You might not know the name Will Vinton. But if you grew up
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag. Click here to view original GIF You might not know the name Will Vinton. But if you grew up watching TV in the 1980s and 90s, you definitely know his work. Vinton was the genius behind claymation characters like the California Raisins, the Domino’s Noid, and the M&M’s before they were taken over by CGI. Vinton died yesterday of cancer after a 12-year fight. He was 70 years old.
The claymation of Vinton helped define an era of popular media, with the singing California Raisins, an incredible hit that started as a TV ad for the California Raisin Advisory Board in 1986.
The raisin characters, known for singing Marvin Gaye’s “ I Heard It Through the Grapevine ,” were so popular that they appeared on everything from lunchboxes and t-shirts to spin-off video games for Nintendo.
But the California Raisins weren’t Vinton’s first hit. Vinton won an Academy Award for his work co-directing the 1974 short film Closed Mondays . He went on to found Will Vinton Productions in Portland, Oregon and worked on projects for Michael Jackson, including videos for Moonwalker, and the Captain EO attraction at Disney World.
As Cartoon Brew notes, Vinton is even credited with coming up with the term “claymation” and trademarked the word. But as Ad Age explains , the rise of computer animation by companies like Pixar helped strangle the demand for stop motion animation by the 2000s. Vinton’s most recent work included projects like the graphic novel Jack Hightower.
Screenshot: Welcome to My Daydream Vinton’s children released a statement to Cartoon Brew about his death:
This morning our father, Will Vinton, passed away surrounded by love from his family. Will had endured a 12 year battle with Multiple Myeloma, although you never would have known of this fight. For the vast majority of that time he continued forward in his life with strength, positivity, and humor, enjoying tropical get-aways, shepherding new creative ventures, and caring for his two sons, daughter and wife. Will was the strongest man we have ever known, both in his work ethic and his mental resolve. He always said, “Do good work and everything else will follow,” and he never gave up on the things that were important to him. He saw the world as an imaginative playground full of fantasy, joy, and character. He instilled in us the greatest values of creativity, strength, and pride in ones own work. He created stories and characters filled with laughter, music, and powerful lessons that are globally beloved. He brightened any room with his signature mustache, and he continued to make jokes and laugh until the very end. His work will live on in animation history and will continue to inspire creative thinkers and makers.
We grieve heavily as our dad leaves a hole in our lives that will be impossible to fill. His wishes were for us to continue the projects he had started; we will try our best to do so. We will honor him in our own work and strive to always embody his lessons. We ask that his passing be a celebration of his life and work. He wouldn’t want us to be sad or discouraged, but rather to celebrate the wonder and beauty of life in his name. We ask for support and understanding for our family during this time.
We love you Dad – Billy, Jesse & Alex
There’s a documentary about Vinton titled Welcome to My Daydream , and you can watch the trailer here .
RIP Will Vinton. Your work touched every American who spent any time in front of a TV during the 1980s and 90s.
[ Cartoon Brew and Ad Age ]
Share This Story
The Dragon Prince Season 2 Premieres in 2019 – IGN News
5 Oct 2018 12:20 PM PDT The Dragon Prince Will Return for Season 2 in 2019 Share. By Colin Stevens
The Dragon Prince, an animated series that just premiered on Netflix in September, is officially returning with a second season in 2019.
Announced at New York Comic Con 2018, the news was tweeted by NX , the sci-fi/fantasy specific Netflix Twitter account, with the caption “Return to a world of magic, friendship, and dragons in 2019. Are you ready for Dragon Prince Season 2?”
No episode count or specific release date were announced. The first season, Book 1: Moon, consisted of nine episodes. Return to a world of magic, friendship, and dragons in 2019. Are you ready for Dragon Prince Season 2? pic.twitter.com/fQs2mEs7Tu
The Dragon Prince was created by Aaron Ehasz (who tweeted out this drawing present at the announcement ) and Justin Richmond, originally premiering on Netflix on September 14, 2018. Ehasz is known for his work on Avatar: The Last Airbender and Richmond co-directed Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
The series takes place in a world where humans that used dark magic were driven off their continent by dragons and elves, resulting in continuing conflict between the races. Exit Theatre Mode
In our review of The Dragon Prince Season 1, we called it “Great” saying it’s “one part Game of Thrones and one part Avatar: The Last Airbender, bursting with dragons, epic action, and only the silliest, most grin-inducing humor.”
New extended Aquaman trailer shows off over five minutes of underwater action
We’re still a few months away from Aquaman hitting theaters , during New York Comic Con Warner Bros. has just given us our best look yet at the Jason Momoa-led film with a new extended trailer that’s packed with footage from the movie.
Clocking in at a hefty five minutes, the trailer gives us a general overview of what to expect in December, starting with the basic origin story. Aquaman — aka Arthur Curry — is the son of a human lighthouse keeper and the Atlantean queen (Nicole Kidman), making him the rightful heir to the throne. He’ll be teaming up with Mera (Amber Heard) on what’s revealed to be a quest for a legendary trident (likely the Trident of Neptune) to unite the disparate kingdoms of Atlantis. But there are plenty of foes in his way, including Orm, the present King of Atlantis, and Black Manta, an armored mercenary and classic Aquaman foe.
The overall vibe of Aquaman seems to indicate that DC is aiming for a more lighthearted tone compared to its dreary and dark predecessors. Momoa and Heard’s banter, in particular, shows off an almost unheard-of sense of humor for the series. Add in director James Wan’s eye for action scenes (he previously directed Furious 7 ), and it’s possible that Aquaman may join Wonder Woman in escaping the long shadow cast by years of lackluster DC films.
Aquaman hits theaters on December 21st, 2018.