Tuesday, April 30, 2013

30 Seconds of Eric Goldberg Animation

Eric Goldberg did some drawn test animation for Wreck-It Ralph. Below is Eric speaking and showing 30 seconds of his animation.  You probably want to go full screen for a better view. (Link via Bleeding Cool)

8 comments:

Pete Emslie said...

In a perfect world, Disney would give Eric Goldberg a film to direct as he pleased, with his full, cartoony, traditional animation as wonderfully entertaining as this clip. I am convinced that there is still a huge audience for fun, hand-drawn animation, free of the constraints of emulating live action film and unsupported by CG automatons beneath the pencil lines. (Yeah, I'm referring to the animated taxidermy that is "Paper Man"). But, no, instead Bob Iger has decided that the Disney legacy of expressive hand drawn animation is no longer to be created for the big screen. And before all the animation fans out there suggest that drawn animation is still alive and well in other countries and studios other than Disney, well, you really just don't seem to understand that it's just not the same thing as what I'm talking about. A Ghibli film may show competent figure drawing but it is not full, expressive CHARACTER animation in the tradition that Disney pioneered and evolved into one of the most entertaining of American style filmmaking. I am only interested in the caricatured, personality driven "animated cartoon". Take "cartoon" out of the equation and animation pretty much leaves me cold.

Marijan Ajduk said...

Wow! It is better, no, it is much, much,much...better in 2D.

Richard said...

Wow, very cool!

Anonymous said...

" Disney would give Eric Goldberg a film to direct as he pleased"

Good animators rarely make good feature directors. And why rob the world of Goldberg's talents as an animator?

Pete Emslie said...

I would hope that it was obvious what I meant, as of course I'm saying that Eric should ANIMATE on a project of his choosing with complete artistic control, hence as a director as well as animator. I just wish that Disney would see the obvious audience appeal in fun, hand-drawn, personality driven character animation.

Pete Emslie said...

From what someone mentioned on Thad's Facebook page, apparently Disney has now forced the removal of that wonderful animated clip. Sad....

Thad said...

Actually, Pete, the video was deleted voluntarily by the uploader. (Judging by how many Disney cartoons and WHOLE MOVIES are on YouTube at any given time, they seem ignorant of how to file a copyright claim.)

It seems Eric Goldberg and the school where he lectured were getting a lot of flak from Disney for this getting recorded and posted online. Apparently word got around very fast that Disney would likely not be sending anyone else to the school in the future because of this violation, and the student was pressured by his peers to take it down.

Further proof that in this age people must be afraid of anything they say or show in a semi-public forum might end up online. Pretty lame all around, but them's the conditions that prevail...

Thad said...

Oh, BTW, it was posted here again...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LCmixFCEbQ

The odd thing is, though, if Disney didn't force this or the old link to be taken down via copyright claim, which they're legally entitled to do and can have done in seconds, why the hell should anyone cave in to pressure? Sounds like the kind of psychological torture corporate behemoths like to routinely play with their employees and consumers.