Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tom Whelan’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” limited edition created by Tom Whelan screenprint for the folks over at dark hall mansion as a companion piece to my “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" print.

“This is, hands down, my favorite peanuts special. It invokes a quiet tone and humble demeanor that captures the true spirit of Christmas so perfectly. i had this one in rotation early this year as i was working on the poster and not surprisingly, my son is enamored with it. nice to see it captivates generation after generation.” — Tom.

poster specs:
• 10-color screenprint on cougar natural 100# cover stock
• size: 18" x 24"
• regular edition: 450
• variant edition: 100
• steel edition: 50

online sale info:
• thu, dec 1, 2011
• where:
• fri, dec 2
• where: dark hall mansion


on Deviant Art:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Muppets

The Muppets [PG]
2011 Walt Disney Pictures
Directed by James Bobin

Grade: A 
Up-graded from B
+1: Big music numbers move story forward.
+1: Celebrity cameos.
-1: Celebrity cameos squeezed into late telethon sequence.
+1: Chickens singing Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You.”
+1: Gary (played by Jason Segel) as a Muppet, and his Muppet brother Walter as a human.

Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (short running before “The Muppets”)
2011 Disney/Pixar
Directed by Angus MacLane

Grade: B+ 
Up-graded from B

+1: Mini Buzz.
+1: Quick gags with the fast food toy support group.
-1: Logic - Mom mistakes Mini Buzz for full-sized Buzz Lightyear.
+1: A toy, flashing, belt buckle is funny.
-1: Buzz matter-of-factly shows up back home at the end of the 7-minute short.

[overview on Fandango:]

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

J. Edgar

J. Edgar [R]
2011 Warner Bros.
Directed by Clint Eastwood

Grade: B
Up-graded from B

-1: Makeup effects.
+1: More drama than doc.
par: Leonardo DiCaprio (as J. Edgar Hoover)
+1: Hoover as a sympathetic character.
-1: Actors as famous people (Robert Kennedy, Pres. Richard Nixon, Ginger Rogers, etc.)

Muppet Battle

from the Nation Post:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Daniela Procopio - Viva la Vida

Daniela Procopio sings Coldplay’s Viva la Vida in Bossa style.

Chris Delanno - Beat It

Chris Delanno sings Michael Jackson’s Beat It in Bossa style.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ben Balistreri: His Top 50 Marvel Chatacters #50- #26

Ben is currently a storyboard artist and character designer at Dreamworks, where I just finished work on How to Train Your Dragon. He is an Emmy Award winner for my character designs on “Foster”s Home for Imaginary Friends”.

[link: Ben’s Blog:]

Friday, November 4, 2011

Mound by Allison Schulnik

Mound by Allison Schulnik from garaco taco on Vimeo.

Giraffe Test

There are 4 questions. Don’t miss one. 

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? 
Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down. 

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. 
This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way. 

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator? 

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator? Wrong Answer.
Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. 
This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.. 

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals  attend .... Except one. Which animal does not attend? 

Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. 
This tests your memory. 
Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities. 

4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and  you do not have a boat. How do you manage it? 

Correct Answer:? You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. 
This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes. 

According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the  Professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively proves the theory that most professionals do not have the brains of a four-year-old.  Send this out to frustrate all of your smart friends..  

PS: Just the fact that I sent it to you should make you feel good.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Femka Hiemstra

 Der Hüter
10.0" x 14.0" ©2009

 Der Zugvogel
5.7" x 8.7" ©2011

The Fortune Cookie Hunter
8.5" x 9.0" ©2008


Kirsten Anderson of Roq la Rue Gallery is my representative for the USA. 
Address: 2312 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA. Ph: (206) 374 8977

Erwin Madrid

 Visual Development, Megamind
© Dreamworks

During his last semester of college, Erwin was hired by PDI/DreamWorks Animation where he contributed production illustrations for the animated feature film, Shrek 2. He later became a visual development artist for the ongoing Shrek franchise and the Madagascar sequel.


Anonymous [PG-13]
2011 Sony Pictures
Directed by Roland Emmerich

Grade: A-
Upgraded from B.

+1: Earl of Oxford (played by Rhys Ifans) as a tragic hero with a pen.
+1: William Shakespeare (played by Rafe Spall) as a blackmailing frat boy.
-1: Keeping track of Earls for the uninitiated.
+1: Screenplay full of villains, tragedy and betrayal - just like a Shakespeare play.
par: Entertainment as political commentary to motivate a mob.

[Overview on Fandango]

Real Steel

Real Steel [PG-13]
2011 Walt Disney Pictures
Directed by Shawn Levy

Grade: B+
Upgraded from B

+1: Underdog story.
+1: Robots that aren’t trying to kill people.
Par: Boxing strategies borrowed from Rocky films.
Par: Smart kid, Max (played by Dakota Goyo)
-1: Robot vs. bull as a sport.

[Overview on Fandango]