BOOKS & DVD

TWO GUYS NAMED JOE  
MASTER ANIMATION STORYTELLERS   
JOE GRANT & JOE RANFT   
A Book written by John Canemaker
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Ponyo
Joe Grant Joe Ranft John Canemaker
© Walt Disney Company/Disney Enterprises, Inc./Pixar Talking Pictures
Photograph of Joe Grant and Joe Ranft taken by Howard E. Green. Used by permission.
BOOK
Two Guys Named Joe, Master Animation Storytellers: Joe Grant and Joe Ranft
A book written by John Canemaker

By Ron Barbagallo - August 9, 2010

The latest book by John Canemaker focuses on two Animation storytellers: Disney's Joe Grant and Pixar's Joe Ranft. Grant was a newspaper caricaturist who ran Walt Disney's Character Model Department. During Disney's golden years, Grant's ability to imbue iconic character traits into design helped make lasting portraits out of dwarfs, witches, baby elephants and many other now legendary motion picture characters. Ranft was one of the founding members of Pixar. As a student, his fondness for vintage animation led him to CalArts, where many legendary artists who worked at Disney taught. Ranft's reverence for animation and his own warmth and irreverent humor were invaluable to Pixar as that studio led animation's transformation into the digital age. To attend John Canemaker's book tour lectures and signings, please check these links below:


TO PURCHASE JOHN CANEMAKER'S TWO GUYS NAMED JOE, please check this link on Amazon:
TWO GUYS NAMED JOE by John Canemaker

JOHN CANEMAKER WILL BE APPEARING AT THESE LOCATIONS AND TIMES:

WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM, San Francisco, CA. - Illustrated lecture and book signing.
Friday, August 13 (6:30 pm) and Saturday, August 14 (3 pm)
Seating is limited, reserve now on-line at this link:
JOHN CANEMAKER AT THE WALT DISNEY MUSEUM - San Francisco, CA

BARNES & NOBLE Glendale Americana - Book signing.
Tuesday, August 17 (7 pm) 210 Americana at Brand Street, Glendale, CA
For more information on John Canemaker's appearance at the Barnes & Noble store, please check this link: JOHN CANEMAKER AT BARNES & NOBLE - Glendale, CA

ANIMAZING GALLERY - Book signing.
Saturday, September 25, 3010 (2 - 6 pm) at 54 Greene Street, New York City, NY
. Phone (212) 226-7374.
For more information on John Canemaker's appearance at the Animazing Gallery, please check this link:
JOHN CANEMAKER AT ANIMAZING GALLERY - New York, NY

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART - Illustrated lecture and book signing.
Friday, October 1, 2010

11 West 53 Street New York, NY 10019

CEL-BRATION GALLERY - Book signing.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
30 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
RSVP (732) 842-8489

PIXAR'S  UP I
Disney/Pixar Up

© Walt Disney Company/Disney Enterprises, Inc./Pixar Talking Pictures.

BOOKS & DVD
UP
RELEASED ON DVD and BLU RAY - November 10, 2009
TO READ MORE ABOUT UP, check out this book:
The Art of Making Pixar's UP by Tim Hauser with Forward by Pete Docter
Here is a link to it on Amazon.com:THE ART OF MAKING UP


PIXAR and PETE DOCTER's UP was released on DVD and Blue Ray on November 10, 2009.
Here is a link to it on Amazon.com: UP

HAYAO MIYAZAKI    
Ponyo   
By RON BARBAGALLO I
Ponyo
© Walt Disney Company/Disney Enterprises, Inc./Pixar Talking Pictures.
REVIEW
Ponyo
By Ron Barbagallo - July 16, 2009

Any discussion of Hayao Miyazaki's work needs to acknowledge that within the world of Japanese Anime, Miyazaki's films are nearly unique. Many Anime films use a similar visual style and their directors frequently traffic within storylines of revenge or apocalypse. While the works of Miyazaki do owe their visual lineage to the aesthetics of Anime, it's Miyzaki's sensitive portraits of children, girls in particular, and his morality plays that more closely align his films with the type of narratives normally written by children's book authors Lewis Carroll, Hans Christian Andersen or J.R.R. Tolkien. Whether grounded here on Earth or heralding from some mythical place of Miyazaki's creation, Hayao Miyazaki stories are told with the precision of a master filmmaker. As a director, his visual vocabulary and specialized storytelling are like fellow auteurs Stanley Kubrick, Tim Burton or Quentin Tarantino -- directors whose aesthetic sense is so strong and storytelling so unique that every film they make, even the small ones, are worth exploring.
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TO READ MORE ABOUT HAYAO MIYAZAKI'S PONYO, check out this book:
THE ART OF PONYO (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea) by Hayao Miyazaki.

HAYAO MIYAZAKI'S PONYO COMES OUT ON DVD and Blu Ray on March 2nd, 2010.
Here is a link to it on Amazon.com: PONYO

SPIKE JONZE     
Where the Wild Things Are     
By RON BARBAGALLO I
Where the Wild Things Are
© 2009 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
REVIEW
Where the Wild Things Are
By Ron Barbagallo - October 26, 2009

At first glance, Where the Wild Things Are might not strike you as what you were expecting but in this case, that's a good thing. We've been pre-programmed to slapstick humor, exaggerated facial expressions and topical gags from our kids’ films. While Where the Wild Things Are is reverend to both the 338 words of Maurice Sendak's book of the same name and the look of the characters he created, David Eggers and Spike Jonze have updated this film genre with a twist by imbuing character traits, personalities and even neurosis to Sendak's furry, dysfunctional family.
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TO READ MORE ABOUT WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, the movie and the children's book that inspired it, check out these books:

Heads On and We Shoot: The Making of Where the Wild Things Are from the Editors of McSweeney's with screenplay by Spike Jonze and David Eggers.

The Wild Things (Fur Covered Edition), a novelization by David Eggers.

Where the Wild Things Are [Deluxe Edition], the original children's book by Maurice Sendak.

SPIKE JONZE'S WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE IS ESTIMATED TO COME OUT ON DVD and Blu Ray in March 2010.
Here is a link to it on Amazon.com: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE