Archive for February, 2011

Podcast: Shrek Forever After

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Making a sequel isn’t easy, especially when you are tasked to end a very popular and beloved franchise.   That was exactly the challenge Director Mike Mitchell and Head of Story, Walt Dohrn had to face with Shrek Forever After.  You will also recognize Walt as the voice of the villain in the film, Rumpelstiltskin.  We recorded this interview right before the movie premiered, just as Mike and Walt were going all over the world to help promote the film.   We were very fortunate that they found some time in their busy schedule to sit down and talk to us.

Besides being incredibly smart and talented, Mike and Walt are extremely funny guys.  This interview was way too much fun and you will see that it was hard to go five minutes without busting up laughing.  Ben, Jacob, and Stephen all worked on the film and are very proud of it.  We all agree it was one of the funnest productions we’ve ever worked on.  We also agree that this interview very accurately portrays what it felt like to work on the film.  Lots of really great creative discussion mixed with lots and lots of laughs.   So sit back and enjoy this very fun interview with Director Mike Mitchell and Head of Story, Walt Dohrn!!

We should mention that Mike brings up something called “RLO”  that we never explain in the interview.  RLO stands for Rough Layout, and it is the process we use before animation to previs the action and camera.  Also when Mike uses terms like “Yong Dukery”  he is referring to the beautiful camera work of our Head of Layout, Yong Duk Jhun.

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New Podcast Coming Monday!

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Stay tuned and check back here on monday morning for a brand new Podcast!

Megamind Giveaway Game Results

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The game is over!!!
Check out yesterday’s answers.

The past three days have been tons of fun.  You guys rocked the game and we were all impressed.  In fact, a total of four people answered EVERY SINGLE triviriduzzle correctly.  That means we had to defer to the clock to find our winners. Our first place winner sent in his answers only 23 minutes after the questions were posted yesterday, second place was hot on his heels at 37 minutes, and our third place winner at a mere 48 minutes.

First Place Winner, and recipient of the autographed Art of Megamind Book, is Jeffrey Simonetta!

Second Place, and recipient of the Megamind Bluray/DVD combo pack, is John Vielee!

Third Place, and recipient of the Megamind Poster, is Eleanor Dayton!

Honorable Mention goes to Jared Garcias who also never missed a single question.

A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who participated.  We hope you had as much fun figuring out these triviriduzzles as we had creating them.

Megamind Game Day 3

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The LAST DAY of our Megamind Triviriduzzle Give-Away Game.
You can catch up on yesterday’s puzzles here.

Check out the groups of clues below.  Which four animated characters do they describe?
In the event of a tie we will go with the FIRST correctly submitted answers (for today’s questions only).

Email your answers to game@speakingofanimation.com with the subject line “game day 3.”  Obviously if you want the credit you will also have to include your name.
UPDATE: SUBMISSIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED

Here are your next 4 character clues:

#9
In my world every one’s a pony
I’m short, fluffy and yellow
My friend hears voices

#10
I got my first job when I was ten
My parents are real pigs
I almost drowned as a child
Can you help me remember my name

#11
My home was destroyed when I was a child
My fathers ring will show us the way
Using the power of my enemies I was able to create a new home.  I think I’ll call it “Bob”

#12
I wear a medal for cleanup after Chernobyl
I love beets
My little friends will perform for you

ANSWERS:
(highlight below to view)
#9 Katie (Horton Hears a Who)
#10 Chihiro (Spirited Away)
#11 Cale (Titan A.E.)
#12 Mr. Bobinsky (Coraline)

We will stop accepting answers on Friday at noon (PST), which is when we will post the answers to these questions and the game will be over.  Tomorrow afternoon we will post the official game ending results and winners.
IMPORTANT: In the event of a tie we will be determining winners based on who answered first for today’s questions.
UPDATE: WINNERS & RESULTS WILL BE POSTED TODAY

Feel free to now discuss the clues in the comments.

Megamind Game Day 2

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Day 2 of our Megamind Triviriduzzle Give-Away Game.
You can catch up on yesterday’s questions and answers.  You guys are rocking this!

Check out the groups of clues below.  Which four animated characters do they describe?

Email your answers to game@speakingofanimation.com with the subject line “game day 2.”  Obviously if you want the credit you will also have to include your name.
UPDATE: SUBMISSIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED

Here are your next 4 character clues:

#5
I’m a dirty dealer
I love cupcakes
I have a fowled friend

#6
I need to help my friend become a model citizen
I don’t get along with kids my own age
Family is very important to me

#7
I’m a demolitions expert
I always have the right tool for the occasion
I love a good “Kaboom!”
No, I’m not wearing a suit

#8
I install unnecessary switches
My associate converses with wildlife
I occasionally get in touch with my feline side
I love gratuitous packaging

ANSWERS:
(highlight below)
#5 Rumpelstiltskin (Shrek Forever After)
#6 Lilo (Lilo and Stitch)
#7 Rico (Madagascar series)
#8 Yzma (Emperor’s New Groove)

We will stop accepting answers on Thursday at noon (PST), which is when we will post the answers to these questions and post new ones.
IMPORTANT: For the questions that are posted TOMORROW at noon – in the event of a tie we will be determining winners based on who answered first.  So make sure you check the site as soon as possible after the new questions go up tomorrow and get your answers in as soon as you know them.

Feel free to discuss clues in the comments now.

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