I watched a lot of cartoons and movies. I draw incessantly and carry a sketchbook everywhere. I work in animation and self-publish my books. There are monsters in the streets, don't wear red. Mad bulls and monsters hate that color. I still watch cartoons.

Monday, January 31, 2005

Why is this man smiling? Because he is Mr. Incredible, that's why.



"The Incredibles" sweeps the Annies. I wasn't there and I am only hearing the details as they come now. I'm sure I'll hear many stories and I'll post some as soon as I get them. Congratulations to a well deserved crew and leader. Pixar had made an effort to support its people and not burden them with executive meddling and look what happens.


Link to the list of Winners

Link to ASIFA blog with pictures

Link to Cartoon Brew as Jerry reports.


10 Comments:

Blogger Azzamckazza said...

Is it just me...or does Brad Bird bear a similar resemblance to Syndrome?

6:06 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ronnie,

I wonder how ASIFA selects the nominees then selects the winner. Last year, there were numerous nominees and a winner for a not very memorable film, Jungle Book 2 for story boarding in animated film. There was not a single nominee for Finding Nemo. Pixar must of submitted the complex boards such as the Bruce chasing Dory/Marlin in the sub or Jellyfish scene. I understand from the "Art of the Incredibles", the talented Marc Andrews storyboarded the complex action scenes but he was not nominated. Lastly, how did "Father of the Pride" beat out Lynne Naylor's "imaginative friends" in character designs. Her characters are truely unique. I guess that this is why your blog is called "Tirade" or I am just biased.

cK

7:02 PM

 
Blogger Ronnie said...

Azzam,

Yes and no. I some ways both Syndrome and Bob are Brad Bird. Bob is more Brad than Syndrome is, one could add. But Syndrome is mostly, by that I mean 90%, molded after supervising animator Steve Hunter. If you met Steve and spent enough time to hear him tell a story you'd see it instantly.

11:13 PM

 
Blogger Ronnie said...

Charles,

The ASIFA, much like all the awards shows that come around in a public show of community and celebration around this time, is a private guild giving itself awards. It means that for those of us who really know what we do, we really know how to judge what's good about what we do--and we'll hand out awards.

And much like all those awards extravaganzas the ASIFA gets its fare share of criticisms about it's procedures of voting. Who gets nominated? What are the qualifications. These are very public:

http://www.annieawards.org/rules.html

Given all that, it can be tricky and things can trip. I know of one instance when the studio I was working in failed to submit the entry forms to the oscar committee qualifying a certain short. A plain oversight, clerical mishap, forgot the deadline...it was a big deal. Then there is the other fact, Pixar being way up north would have crew members who will never have set foot in Hollywood, let alone be part of the Union. No one thinks about these things because we're busy working, or sumpin'. Some of those who might be eligible may not even be ASIFA members and not uncovered until it's too late. And then there's the membership of each studio. A big feature studio will have over a thousand employees, all members. How does a small studio with a small roster compete? I mean, studio loyalties can be a factor regardless of the quality of the nominees. Whatever the reasons are, it may all be rather mundane and plain.

There was great show of love for The Incredibles and Pixar across the entire animation community. There's enough people out there who've been waiting for Brad to finally come up with another movie after Iron Giant so we may show him how much we are behind him. The Incredibles is an awesome movie that everyone in animation can't help but adore for all the right reasons. It cut across all studio loyalties or bias. It is a staggering achievement of storytelling prowess and unwavering will. So, you gotta admit, this system works. And when it doesn't it will not be lost on its public. Just like you, Charles, I truly think that Lynn wins over all the other nominees in her category, but I am showing my bias. I know how good she always is.

As for Finding Nemo's shut out of the Storyboarding category, well, you got me there. I was one of three story supervisors in that movie and after conferring once with my colleague, Jason Katz, about this mystifying fact, we never talked about it again. Que sera sera. I never really thought about it again until now.

My feelings about awards goes like this: If they're giving me one, I'll take it. But I won't spend more than what's modestly human on thinking about how I deserve it. I got around to my late thirties before I even started to win anything. Most of those awards are for things I didn't feel any great career love for. Except for the "Eisner Award" Bruce Timm and our gang got for "The Batman Holiday Special" comic book. I really treasure that one. And we went there knowing that we just wanted to be a band of misfits having a great time around comic book legends, and no notion of winning. It was such a great time.

Would I have loved an Annie for Nemo? I sure would. I did real hard work on that one. Did Jungle Book 2 do better work? I couldn't tell you, nor does it ever cross my mind. My work is up there on the screen. My prideful moment is knowing I worked on a well-loved movie, and if anyone would want to give me a shiny statue for it someday I'll be sure to prepare a heartfelt speech and remember to thank my parents and my wife.

How's that for a tirade, eh?

R.

12:32 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo, Ronnie! Lea Hernandez here!

It made me slightly crazy that Michael G. didn't get an Oscar nom for his score of "The Incredibles". It is the most gorgeous, best-cued score I have ever heard. But then I reminded myself that while he deserved the recognition, it didn't take anything away from his work.

We (me and the two kids) saw "The Incredibles" for the..uh..third or fourth time this past weekend. (Dad had already seen it with us two-three times.) I am still catching things, still marveling at how many details are present. (And by details, I don't mean injokes--I mean things like Helen pointing Jack-Jack's hair, Mr. Incredible catching the cork in the Bad Guy RV, Syndrome prancing, Dash spinning after he slides down the vine and realizes he's still alive, everyone's hair being messed up after the dinner fight, Helen giving herself a little kick to turn around her chair in Edna's showroom).
There's so much love and craft in The Incredibles, it makes me happy just thinking about it. (Just a look at the credits, seeing how many people did more than one job shows this.) I'm so pleased it was recognized with all its Annie awards!

10:54 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Annies were a lot of fun. It was just so inspiring for an animation student like myself to see such high quality storytelling being appreciated by the industry as whole. Tom Kenny's jokes about Brad were great and positive, which shows how "The Incredibles" has affected all our lives. I wish I had the chance to thank Brad personally for his vision and imagination, but not too downplay the imagination and vision of the owner of this website, Ronnie rules!! I thank you and your fellow Pixar artists for redefining the standards of quality in the animation industry and art!

Many, many thanks.
RĂ©gis

11:58 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ronnie,
Thanks for the insight in response to Charles comment. That was very informative. Very interesting. Yay Incredibles!
-Karen

1:31 PM

 
Blogger Ronnie said...

Hi, Lea! Glad you stopped by. I agree, The Incredibles so deserves all the honor heaped up on it and then some. See you at the conventions.

Regis, glad you could make it to the Annies. It's important to go (though I couldn't make it this time). I still feel like the new guy here at Pixar though I arrived at the same time that Brad and his awesome crew did. Pixar will always be here fighting to get good work done by great people out to the public. Awards are good but I believe its just the by-product of talented people doing the work of their lives -- that's what keeps them going.

Karen, thanks. All that is my assessment of the situation. There are other factors and influences that are in play, to be sure. But it all begins with making a good movie. The rest will take care of itself.


Thanks,
Ronnie

1:52 PM

 
Anonymous Creford said...

How wonderful it is! Today, I had seen the film - "The Incredibles" this afternoon, my father also had seen this film in this evening. This cartoon movie is powered by Disney-Pixar.
In this film, I love the people's sensation, scene, bugbears. The scene is so sublime.
With the great imagination.

4:59 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the incredibles! rocks!go to freewbs.com/theincredilair!

2:05 PM

 

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