Friday, October 31, 2008

The Mickey Mouse Revue, Walt Disney World 1971

The Mickey Mouse Revue performs at Walt Disney World 1971.

This animatronic musical show was moved to Tokyo Disneyland in 1983.

This attraction originally opened in 1971 at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and closed there in 1980 before moving to Tokyo. It was in the spot where Mickey's Philharmagic is today. It's kind of interesting how the two attractions are a different medium but the idea is still pretty much the same.

Here it is in Tokyo:



Thursday, October 30, 2008

Directors Love Actors 6: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp (and more!!!)

Sweeney Todd

Johnny Depp: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hallow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Coming: Dark Shadows

8 total

So Tim Burton is a director who uses the same actors regularly...

Planet of the Apes

Helena Bonham Carter: Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Dating Tim Burton is good job security. =^)

6 total

Sleepy Hallow

Christopher Lee: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Alice in Wonderland (2010)

5 total

Mars Attacks!

Ed Wood

Lisa Marie: Ed Wood (1994), Mars Attacks! (1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001)

Lisa was engaged with Burton during this time period and got four movies out of it. =^) Her last was Planet of the Apes, when Burton left her for Helen Bonham Carter. It was Lisa's last Burton movie of 4, and it was Helen's first Burton movie of 6 now.

4 total


Michael Gough: Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005)

4 total



Michael Keaton: Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992)

3 total

Batman Returns

Danny DeVito: Batman Returns (1992), Mars Attacks! (1996), Big Fish (2003)

3 total

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Paul Reubens: Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), Batman Returns (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Burton gave Pee-wee some roles.

3 total


Jeffrey Jones: Beetlejuice (1988), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999)

3 total


Mars Attacks!

Jack Nicholson: Batman (1989), Mars Attacks! (1996)

2 total


Catherine O’Hara: Beetlejuice (1988), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

2 total

Ed Wood

Mars Attacks!

Sarah Jessica Parker: Ed Wood (1994), Mars Attacks! (1996)

2 total


Edward Scissorhands

Winona Ryder: Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Together they helped foster the goth movement. =^)

2 total

Batman Returns

Sleepy Hallow

Christopher Walken: Batman Returns (1992), Sleepy Hollow (1999)

2 total


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Directors Love Actors 5: James Gray and Joaquin Phoenix

Collaborations: "The Yards," "We Own the Night," "Two Lovers"

The cinematic connection between writer/director James Gray and actor Joaquin Phoenix must be inspired by mutual respect and a shared perspective on the creative process, because it's clearly not about money. The fact that their previous two films together -- 2000's "The Yards" and 2007's "We Own the Night" -- made less than $30 million combined in the United States didn't stop Gray and Phoenix from reuniting on "Two Lovers," a romantic drama that premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews and few interested distributors; its producers, 2929, ultimately gave the movie to its sister company, Magnolia Pictures, who'll release it in January. Phoenix is Gray's go-to black sheep; in all three pictures he plays a ne'er-do-well who holds a family's fate in his hands. Gray needs Phoenix in particular because his films don't indict these screw-ups, and it takes an actor of Phoenix's caliber to craft characters we sympathize with even as they continue to disappoint us. In an interview with Cinema Blend, Gray defended Phoenix's repeat casting even though it hasn't translated to huge box office success. "I'm not trying say the things I've done are as good as this, but I don't remember anyone telling Martin Scorsese, 'You shouldn't work with Robert De Niro again, 'Raging Bull' was not a success.' "

See also: Phoenix's co-star from both "The Yards" and "We Own the Night," Mark Wahlberg, another James Gray favorite.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Directors Love Actors 4: Woody Allen and Scarlett Johansson


Collaborations: "Match Point," "Scoop," and "Vicky Christina Barcelona"

Three of the four movies made during Woody's Allen's recent European vacation have featured a prominent American character; in all three instances, that character was played by Scarlett Johansson. The three movies have very different tones and themes -- "Match Point" is a thriller with moral overtones, "Vicky Christina Barcelona" is a romantic travelogue and "Scoop" a goofy supernatural comedy -- but in each film, Johansson's role is roughly the same: the good-looking girl traveling abroad who enters a world (be it the British aristocracy, the Spanish art scene or journalism's homicide beat) for which she's not fully prepared. In the two comedies, her adventures are played for flirty laughs; in the drama, they drive her mad. Ironically, the partnership started almost by accident; Kate Winslet was originally cast in Johansson's role in "Match Point," but dropped out just before shooting started to spend more time with her family. Discussing Johansson's casting with the website Buzzine Allen noted that she was selected initially out of desperation but that he "became totally captivated by her. She was not only beautiful but also bright, amusing, charming and gifted." He's promised in many interviews to try to work with her whenever he's written parts for her, but their affair could be a strictly international one: ScarJo doesn't appear in Woody's next picture, a Manhattan-set comedy called "Whatever Works" starring Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood.

See also: Allen clearly prefers working with actors he knows, particularly female ones: Diane Keaton appeared in five of his pictures in the 1970s and a reunion in 1993 ("Manhattan Murder Mystery") after Allen broke up with his next muse, Mia Farrow, following completion of "Husbands and Wives," the couple's 12th consecutive movie together (or 13th, if you count Allen's contribution to the anthology film, "New York Stories").


Monday, October 27, 2008

Directors Love Actors 3: Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen

Collaborations: "Freaks and Geeks," "Undeclared," "The 40 Year Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," "Funny People"

Since he discovered Seth Rogen in Vancouver while casting his cult television series "Freaks and Geeks," Judd Apatow has cast the burly Canuck in every single project he's directed, from the "Freaks" follow-up, "Undeclared," to a key supporting turn in Apatow's big-screen debut, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," and eventually the lead role in last year's "Knocked Up." (He also stars in Apatow's new project, next summer's "Funny People" with Adam Sandler). Along the way, he's encouraged Rogen's own career as a writer, producing the scripts Rogen penned with his writing partner Evan Goldberg for "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express." An auteurist might want to believe that for Apatow, Rogen represents an alter ego for the director, the slovenly secular Jewish, pot-smoking, foul-mouthed guy whose gruff exterior belies his sensitive core. The reality behind the relationship may be a little more practical. "He was just so funny to hang around with, and he would improvise some hilarious lines that no writers could ever come up with," Apatow told of Rogen. "He was such a good writer [on 'Undeclared'] that it was almost embarrassing, because his scripts were better than most everybody else's scripts, and he was a kid...when I got ["The 40-Year-Old Virgin"], I made him one of the stars so I could... force him to come to set every day and pitch jokes for all the other actors."

Seth Rogen's Apatow films:

  • Pineapple Express (2008) - Judd produced
  • Funny People (2009)
  • Superbad (2007) - Judd produced
  • Knocked Up (2007)
  • The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
  • Undeclared (TV; 2001-2003)
  • Freaks and Geeks (TV; 1999-2000)

See also: Apatow is one of Hollywood's most loyal filmmakers in Hollywood, and has built a huge stable of dependable performers including Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, and Jason Segel, the second actor put on the Seth Rogen track when he got to write his own Apatow-produced vehicle, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."


Andy Samberg is linked to Seth in that they both did a Google sketch for MTV's Movie Awards back in 2005.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Directors Love Actors 2: Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio

Collaborations: "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," "The Departed"

To star in films directed by Martin Scorsese, as Leonardo DiCaprio has done three times now -- with a fourth, "Shutter Island," coming next year -- is to invite comparisons to Robert De Niro, who made eight pictures with Scorsese, three of which ("Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas") are routinely mentioned in any list of the greatest films of their respective decades. Scorsese and De Niro haven't worked together since 1995's "Casino" and in that time, DiCaprio has clearly supplanted Bobby D as Scorsese's go-to leading man. Not coincidentally, a lot of what DiCaprio brings to these performances -- high-wattage intensity, a willingness to get ugly (morally and physically) on-screen -- are the same things De Niro brought to his. Still, it's hard to imagine De Niro taking on the role of eccentric billionaire industrialist Howard Hughes, which is why it's not surprising to learn that the Hughes project belonged to DiCaprio first, with Scorsese coming on board to direct after their initial success with "Gangs of New York." Even in these early stages, Scorsese's pairing with DiCaprio has already brought him things the one with De Niro did not: a Best Director Oscar (for "The Departed") as well as the director's first two movies to gross over $100 million at the domestic box office.

Leo's Scorsese films:

  • Gangs of New York (2002)
  • The Aviator (2004)
  • The Departed (2006)
  • Shutter Island (2010)
  • Sinatra? (2011?)
  • The Rise of Theodore Rosevelt? (2012?)

See also: It appears that De Niro isn't ready to pass the torch to his young competition just yet. He and Scorsese recently announced plans for their first movie together in over a dozen years: a based-on-truth mob story called "I Heard You Paint Houses." Then again, DiCaprio is currently attached to two Scorsese projects in the works: "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt."


Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Killing Room (An Empire Animation)

What's your favorite part?

This is the kind of thing where you're going to have to play it back about 10 times to understand everything that happens in this battle sequence. It goes by fast, kind of like real battles. The most confusing part is that Red fires a web up and pulls down part of the ceiling. Also check out the animation on Red's tail! That's pretty sweet!

Made with Flash.

Animation and Sound Effects by Snorre Productions.

Written and Voiced by Ed 'word' Price

This is our first collaboration with Snorre Productions! More are coming!!!

If you like this video, please share it with your friends!!!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Directors Love Actors 1: Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott

If it feels like Russell Crowe is in every movie Ridley Scott directs these days, that's because he is (2006-2010). After winning a Best Actor Oscar for "Gladiator" in 2000, Crowe reeled off three Scott pictures in three years: 2006's "A Good Year," 2007's "American Gangster" and this year's "Body of Lies." And the two are already at it again: Scott recently announced that "Nottingham," his long-stalled adaptation of the Robin Hood legend, will move forward with Crowe taking on both roles of the legendary archer and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

  • Gladiator (2000)
  • A Good Year (2006)
  • American Gangster (2007)
  • Body of Lies (2008)
  • Robin Hood (2010)


Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Truth Behind Mary Poppins

From the description:

Watch as Jason will discover the truth behind the secret of Mary Poppins and the floating umbrellas.

The umbrella music was also created by me.

From our good friend Stuntman89! Check him out! He's been on TV three times!
Let's get him partnered! Show him your support!!!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Killing Room: Rated R for Gore (SnorreProductions)

This is the bloody version of the animation with lots of blood, rated R!

TheAnimationEmpire (we) and SnorreProductions did the story together, Snorre animated and did sound effects, and we did the voices and dialogue.



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Killing Room (Snorre Productions)

This is an animation Snorre made in flash; Ed Price from The Animation Empire got Snorre started on this and helped him build a funny story and, like always, violent animation. Ed made the voices and Snorre made the animation. It is a bit short but live with it...

You can alsso watch the video on the TAE channel but it's not really that big of a change but anyway; there is another version of this animation containing blood!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Joe Castillo - Movie Extra Extraordinaire

We made the 3D logo animation at the beginning:



Sunday, October 19, 2008

◄THIGH SLAPS 2► (Oh noes!!! Tehy hitting eachother!!1!)

This is our second video on our Thigh Slaps series we made.

Starring Flyan and J-Cow. It's sort of like the fight club but there are no winners. Just losers. =^)

This takes place right after the first video, Thigh Slaps 1:

Masterfully recorded by OTizzle:


OTizzle 2 - Family Guy Theme Song:

OTizzle 1 - Love Medley:

Bucket Full of Cheese:

Taking Care of Business:

This is so a sport!!! I'm submitting it for the Olympics.



Saturday, October 18, 2008

Wanted - MysteryGuitarMan

We made the 3D logo animation at the beginning:

The intent of this video is to incite commentary on the brevity of life by encouraging viewers to contemplate how indecision and other dividing forces can often hold us back in life...

For the non-crossmackers, this vid is for teh lulz.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Disney Rides Based on Animated Movies

I'm including short films released in theaters.

DL = Disneyland

DCA = Disney's California Adventure

DLR = Disneyland Resort, California

MK = Magic Kingdom


DW = Disney World, Florida

DLP = Disneyland Paris

TDL = Tokyo Disneyland

TDS = Tokyo Disney Sea

DLHK = Disneyland Hong Kong

Disney Rides Based on Animated Movies:

  • Snow White’s Scary Adventure
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train (Dumbo)
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats (sort of a mix)
  • Mad Tea Party / Teacups (Mad Hatter; Alice in Wonderland)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Splash Mountain (Brer Rabbit; Song of the South)
  • Gadget’s Go Coaster (But she wasn’t ever in theaters) – DL, TDL
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin – DL, TDL
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug (Bug’s Life 3D show)
  • Turtle Talk with Crush (Finding Nemo)
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • King Arthur Carousel – DL, DLR
  • Mr Toad’s Wild Ride (The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad) – DL, DLR
  • Alice in Wonderland – DL, DLR
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – DL, DLR
  • King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea (Little Mermaid) – DCA, DLR
  • Monster’s Inc. Mike & Sully to the Rescue – DCA, DLR
  • Flik’s Fun Fair rides: Flik’s Flyers, Francis’ Ladybug Boogie, Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train, Tuck & Roll’s Drive Em Buggies – DCA, DLR
  • Cinderella’s Golden Carousel – MK, DW
  • Stitch’s Great Escape (old Aliens ride) – MK, DW
  • The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management (Aladdin and Lion King) – MK, DW
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin – MK, DW
  • Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor – MK, DW
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic – MK, DW & HKDL
  • Grand Fiesta, Starring the Three Caballeros – Ep, DW
  • Seas with Nemo & Friends – Ep, DW
  • Animagique – DLP
  • Crush’s Coaster (Finding Nemo) – DLP
  • Cars Race Rally – DLP
  • Stitch Encounter (like Turtle Talk) – DLP & TDL
  • Mermaid Lagoon: Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster, Scuttle’s Scooters, Jumpin Jellyfish, Blowfish Balloon Race, The Whirlpool – TDS
  • Arabian Coast: Caravan Carousel, Magic Lamp Theater – TDS

Coming Soon:

  • Monster’s Inc. Ride & Go Seek (interactive ride like Toy Story and Buzz) – Tokyo DL, 2009
  • Orange Stinger –becomes-> Silly Symphony Swing – DCA, DLR, 2011
  • Mulholland Madness –becomes-> Goofy’s Sky School – DCA, DLR, 2011
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Adventure – DCA, DLR, 2011
  • Cars Land: Radiator Springs Racers, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Luigi’s Roamin Tires – DCA, DLR, 2012

More on DCA changes:


Thursday, October 16, 2008

MGM logo for Mystery Guitar Man

Just the 3D logo we did for MGM:


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Animation History: Mickey Mouse's The Band Concert

I was talking to someone about Mickey’s Philharmagic, the Disney World ride, and it got me on the topic of Mickey Mouse’s short, The Band Concert.

Not only is Mickey Mouse from animated shorts (and features)…

But the amazing ride, Mickey’s Philharmagic is loosely based on the 1935 Mickey Mouse short, The Band Concert:

The tornado comes at about 6:20.

It was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon in Technicolor, and it was very popular in 1935. In 1994 it was voted #3 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field.

The feature length films Mickey has been in:

Fantasia (Sorcerer’s Apprentice; 1940)
The Three Caballeros (1944)
Fun and Fancy Free (Mickey and The Beanstalk; 1947)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

And the Band Concert (1935, color) was a sequel to the 1930 black & white Mickey Mouse short, The Barnyard Concert:

Which itself was designed to take off of Steamboat Willie from 1928 (notice how he similarly tortures animals like the pigs and cow to produce music):

Yeah, Mickey was a bit of a rogue. Even in 1935’s Band Concert. As he slowly lost that image, he also slowly lost his popularity. They had to reinvent him a few times, but I think toward the end, their reinvention techniques were to make him amiable, when they should have been reinventing him back as the scoundrel he was originally intended to be.

In the meantime, Bugs Bunny’s attitude and Donald Duck’s attitude grew in popularity as Mickey’s attitude and popularity dwindled. Of course, the theme parks have kept Mickey alive in our hearts. =^)

In Barnyard Concert, it’s interesting how Mickey’s the “star,” made to be a bit of jerk, and then gets avenged by the cow at the end. As his personality has changed, he’s gotten happier endings. Then the rude characters like Donald Duck and Bugs Bunny were often avenged by the other characters in the end of those shorts. For example, Chip n Dale and Huey, Dewy, and Louie always got the upper hand on Donald Duck, and the tortoise always got the upper hand on Bugs Bunny in the “Tortoise and the Hare” shorts.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ménage à MGM

We made the 3D logo at the beginning:


MGM fights with MGM fights with Joe Castillo fights with MGM.

Monday, October 13, 2008

PLUMBING (Project Direct Finalist)

We suggested the last shot of this vid to our friends, the creators, OverUnderWear.


This film is a finalist in the project direct contest. I hope you enjoy!

Written and Directed by Louis Iacoviello

David Ury as Carl
Julie Mitchell as Erin
Nick Amado as Friend


Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Elephant and Darth Vader - 123GiantPanda

123GiantPanda's cut of this animation. Animated by 123GP.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Talking Baseballs: The Phone is Ringing! (123GiantPanda)

This cut is from 123GiantPanda. Written and animated by 123GP.


I figured that it would be kind of odd for TAE to have a video of mine that I didn't, so I'm posting this. If you haven't already, head over to The Animation Empire and enter their joke contest, attached to the baseball video! Unless you're not funny. But you should be.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Music Showcase 3: OTizzle - Family Guy

This is MattyO's version of this great cover.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

MASH- Book Quest

A lot of randomness, but the fight sequence is amazingly hilarious!!!


Wednesday, October 08, 2008

MASH- Dew Run 2

Awesome zoom sequence!


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Who Would Win 12: Unpleasant Cartoon Battle Royale

TheAnimationEmpire asks you... Who Would Win in a fatal four-way between the most unpleasant cartoon characters of all time?

Directed and edited by MattyO.
Check out MattyO's "Spectrum Song" and "Flowers N Plus" on his channel:

Grumpy Dwarf is from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Grumpy Bear is from Care Bears. Grouchy Smurf is from the classic Hannah Barbera cartoon, The Smurfs (which also features Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy Smurf, etc.). Eeyore is from Walt Disney's Winnie the Pooh series (which also features Piglet, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Christopher Robin, Rabit, Owl, Huffalumps, etc.).

3D animated intro by Ed 'word' Price. 2D animation and effects by MattyO.

Written by Ed 'word' Price with assistance by MattyO. Featured Animation Empire Doodz include: Ed, Justin, OTizzle, Tyler, John, and Shawn.

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1 - Punky Brewster VS Pippi Longstocking:
2 - Superman VS Batman:
3 - Superman VS Himself:
4 - Ash (Pokemon) VS Ash (Army of Darkness):
5 - Abraham Lincoln VS Ronald Reagan:
6 - Walt Disney VS Bill Gates:
7 - Optimus Prime VS Harry Potter:
8 - Woverine VS Aquaman:
9 - Captain Jack Sparrow VS Captain America:
10 - Indiana Jones VS The Ultimate Warrior:
11 - John McClane VS John Rambo:
12 - Battle Royale: Grumpy Bear, Grumpy Dwarf, Grouchy Smurf, and Eeyore:

Monday, October 06, 2008

The Carrot and the Pea (an Empire Short Short)

Yet another masterpiece written and animated by 123GiantPanda:

You can check out his live-action work over at MashBrothers:

This is the fifth animation from 123GiantPanda and TheAnimationEmpire...

1. Talking Muffins:

2. The Phone is Ringing:

3. An Elephant and Darth Vader:

4. Breaking News - Jello Jumper:

5. The Carrot and the Pea:



Sunday, October 05, 2008


A Nintendoh Colab of various flash artist,
Chris (Kirbopher15)
Mar (MarIsPotatoes)
Seizure Demon (SeizureDemon)

This compliation is a little violent but incredibly random!!!


Saturday, October 04, 2008

Punch Out for Wii

Finally!!! We haven't seen Punch out since the SNES! I think maybe showing Little Mack in Smash Brawl got people's interest.

It's a great idea for Wii, seeing how Nintendo already did boxing in Wii Sports! A perfect match.

We're pretty stoked about this game.


Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Joker takes on Bush's bailout plan

Hehehehe. They did an excellent job in editing this.


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