KJFG No. 5

KJFG No. 5
During the month of July I had some great days enjoying the Anima Mundi, the 16th International Animation Festival of Brazil. I watched several short animations and three animated feature films. If you ask me about them, I’m going to talk about the feature films and some shorts, but checking the festival catalogue I can remember of almost all. Of course there are always some remarkable animations that you can’t forget so easy. That’s the case of KJFG No. 5:

Three professional musicians – the bear, the rabbit and the wolf – are practicing their art in the forest when a hunter turns up…

The Hungarian animation directed by Alexei Alekseev won some prizes in short film and animation film festival around the world, including the Sacem Award at Annecy 2008 (you can watch the video awards ceremony here). Alekseev made everything in the film: scripts, scenery, animation, music and sound. It’s a short, simple video and brilliant animation – I watch it several times. I hope you enjoy it.

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Bed Jump Blog

Flying High at the Hotel Arts in Calgary
There are so many things that you need to share: the Bed Jump, aka – Hotel Bed Jumping blog is one. It’s easy to image the subject by the photo above: hotels guests jumping on beds. The blog was a clever idea promotion of the Hotels By City site, which also has more hotel blogs.

The blog has a huge gallery of photos, but it isn’t updated since July – yeah, I’m not the only only that do that. But you can help submitting your photos. Too bad I don’t have any image to send. I should travel more. BTW, for even more images check the Hotel Bed Jumping set at Flickr. (Live4Soccer FriendFeed)

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Wrigley’s Extra Commercials

Wrigley's Extra

Joining humour and attractive images has been very used in the last product campaigns. If you make the public smile you won some points, that’s probably the idea. The agency DDB Sydney used this strategy to the last year’s campaign of Wrigley chewing gum “Wrigley’s Extra”.
Those commercials were starred by a group of super cute food creatures designed by TWiN™. The cute CG characters full of personality interact with live action scenes on the Wrigley’s Extra commercials, directed by Jonathan Baker.
The ads had some success since there was a first Wrigley’s Extra commercial, then the Wrigley’s Extra ‘White’ commercial, and a new campaign this year starred by the same group of characters for the new “Wrigley’s Extra” chewing gums.

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Best Wild Animal Photos of 2008

Black-crested macaque by Stefano Unterthiner

Last month the National Geographic announced the 7 Best Wild Animal Photos of 2008 which is organized by the Natural History Museum of London and BBC Wildlife Magazine. The black-crested macaque photo you see was the winner in the category “Animal Portraits”, photographed by Stefano Unterthiner, which followed a group of the monkeys on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island for six weeks, always wearing the same clothes, so they would recognize him.
The overall winner was the beautiful shot of a Snowstorm Leopard, but the sad news is there are “few as 3,500 snow leopards remain in the wild.

Stalking India’s Hemis National Park, a snow leopard lives up to its name in U.S. photographer Steve Winter’s award-winning National Geographic magazine image.
“This is the hardest story I have ever done because of the altitude and the steepness of the mountains,” the U.S. photographer told National Geographic. “At night it was 30 below zero [Fahrenheit].”
Over ten months Winter’s 14 “camera traps” shot more than 30,000 frames in pursuit of the endangered cat.

There are more pictures of snow leopards by Winter in this photo gallery, a six minute video about his search to photograph them, and an article. And the winner image:
Snowstorm Leopard
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Juan Carlos Federico

Snake by Juan Carlos Federico
The illustrator Juan Carlos Federico has a brilliant portfolio, filled with very cute children’s books illustrations, editorial, monsters, and his very creative series Restatos and Sumanes. The series, which look like collages, always make me smile. And if that wasn’t enough the Argentine artist has also a blog with a funny name masporquerias (something like “more rubbishy”) with new works and a design portfolio. Check his interview published by Trendsetter Magazine.

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Vintage Vespa Images

Vespa: pin-up in Egypt
There was a very nice with vintage ads and images of Vespa, so much loved by the Italian, but the site disappeared. Then I found a gallery at flickr, that is blocked now. That’s why I’m glad for Found in Mom’s Basement had found a delightful new Vintage Vespa Images set on Flickr. There are vintage ads, photos, illustrations, posters, pin-ups images -of course, and other ephemera images collected by Huro Kitty.

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Yes you did!

Barack Obama Hope
THANK YOU! Thanks to all the Americans that went to vote today. A very special thanks to all of you that supported and voted for Barack Obama. I really wanted to see him elected, but I wasn’t sure that he was going to win. I was afraid that it was just a dream, and I couldn’t go sleep before I was sure that Obama was going to be the next president of US. THANK YOU!
And now, sorry. Sorry for all the links about politics I have been posting at Delicious, FriendFeed, Mento, Facebook and even the politics related images at FFFFOUND!. I promise I’m going to stop them, after today. Now I have some hope for the next 4 years. And I’m greateful for not posting something like this again. Great work America!

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Where the heck is Bibi?

32ª Mostra no Cinematógrafo
Hi guys, before one more reader / visitor / friend send me a message here it is my fast answer: I’m here and I’m fine now. Thanks for all the kind words, the messages and links. You are awesome! And I’m serious about that.
The problem is not you, it’s me. Yeah, I know you heard that story before, but it’s true. I didn’t have any problems with readers, visitors and all kind people that give me links. However, I had – have – some problems. Nothing serious and I’m trying to fix them.

I keep reading blogs, saving links for me to post here and putting up a lot of stuff on social sites like FriendFeed, FFFFOUND!, Delicious, Mento, Twitter and many others. You can probably find me everywhere. Here is one more site with tons of links to places where you can find me: MeAdiciona.

I’m also covering the 32th São Paulo International Film Festival (32ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema) aka Mostra, at Cinematógrafo. It isn’t the kind of coverage I wanted, but I don’t have a notebook to write stuff on the road and I also need to sleep sometimes. To keep it fresh, I’m posting my last impressions of films and the news I get on the festival at Cinematógrafo’s Twitter. The blog postings and tweets are in Portuguese, but I can always give you my impressions of films in English, if you ask me. And the translator helps in most cases – just don’t depend on the film title translations.
I’m saying this because I’ve not been posting as much in those social sites, since I’ve been busy watching tons of films. I’m not dead and I didn’t give up of blogging; if I came back to blogging at Cinematografo after being away for so long, there is hope for Bibi’s box. I’m not going to promise anything. Just keep in touch, keep your RSS subscription (you can always read the cool stuff I save in my delicious bookmarks), and take care. See you!

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Chinese Political Cartoons

Anti-U.S. Chinese Political Cartoon

Ethan Persoff has a new neat gallery with 35 Anti-U.S. Chinese Political Cartoons, circa 1958-1960.

Culled and restored from reviewing hundreds of Eastern newspaper pages and illustrations, this set of 35 images represents what we consider the best late 50s editorial cartoons (Manhua) from China and Indochina. Set during a time of escalating western imperialism, these images react against U.S. military actions in Laos and Vietnam, and represent a unique moment of political commentary. It seems to be a hidden history, too.

Related posts:
The Art of War
Chinese Pamphlets
America in Caricature 1765 – 1865
The Heritage of the Great War

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Nick Brandt

Lion before Storm #2, Maasai Mara 2006
The photographer Nick Brandt studied Film and Painting at St. Martins School of Art and in December 2000 he started photographing in East Africa. His portfolio has stunning pictures of animals in Africa, taken between 2000 and 2007. In 2005 the Chronicle Books published the book On This Earth with gorgeous pictures from East Africa by Nick Brandt, Alice Sebold, Jane Goodall. It was added to my wishlist. (via augentier’s found)
Cheetah and Cubs, Maasai Mara 2003

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