Tuesday, August 26, 2008

◄Breaking News: Jello Jumper► (an Empire Short Short)

What's your favorite part?

This just in: A man in his thirties will attempt to jump off the Empire State Building and land in a kiddie pool full of Jello.

Written and animated by 123GiantPanda:

Voiced by Ed 'word' Price

The version on 123GiantPanda's channel is slightly different. Other than the title cards (and Darth joke), we also lowered the volume on some parts and more traffic sound to the beginning for our TAE version. See if you can tell the difference with the 123GP version:

This is the fourth animation from 123GiantPanda and TheAnimationEmpire!

1. Talking Muffins

2. The Phone is Ringing

3. An Elephant and Darth Vader



Monday, August 25, 2008

The Legend of Zelda - Prequel of Time

Fan-made 2D animation of Zelda.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Shrek 2 in 5 Seconds



Saturday, August 23, 2008

Link finds a ninja

"its from the n64 version of the legend of zelda ocarina of time. Link finds something in a chest, happens to be a ninja"


Friday, August 22, 2008

◄THIGH SLAPS► (Ack! It hurts so much to watch this!!!)

Starring Flyin Ryan and J-Cow.

Of course, they'd already been slapping themselves for quite awhile before this video.

Masterfully recorded by OTizzle:

So I think the conversation went something like this...

Josh: Hey.
Ryan: What's up?
Josh: Not much.
Ryan: Let's do something. Any ideas?
Josh: How about we find one of the most sensitive parts of our body and slap ourselves there as hard as we can? Then we'd do it repeatedly until we can't move. What do you think?
Ryan: That's a GREAT idea! Let's do it!!!

First time for Josh and Ryan to be in our vids, but OTizzle can be found a few other places on our channel.


OTizzle 2 - Family Guy Theme Song:

OTizzle 1 - Love Medley:

Bucket Full of Cheese:

Taking Care of Business:



Thursday, August 21, 2008

RooDoudou - TV

"A couple of monster living their monster life...Directed by Sun Limet."

Another amusing 3D animation.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Foster Farm | Transformation

Nice puppet and animated editing gag from Foster Farms.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Redneck Hunting Season (by WillemWorks and TheAnimationEmpire)

WillemWorks and TheAnimationEmpire team up again (our third project) to give you a classic joke about two rednecks.



Produced by:
Ed 'word' Price

Written, Directed, Designed, Animated, Edited, Sound Effects by:
Willem Serné
(a.k.a. WillemWorks)


Cletus - Louis Iacoviello

Joe - Robbie Daymond

911 Operator - Ed 'word' Price

~These Voice Actors really made this video work! Thanks!~

Music: John Anderson - John Deere Green

Special Thanks to WillemWorks

Joke originally submitted by ElectroPhill:



Save the Princess (Zelda Parody):

Ant Jokes:



Monday, August 18, 2008

Deaths on Smaller Airplanes

Planes crashing is a major area where everyone should take precautions. I talked to my Boeing friend about this who is a pilot and engineer. You’re usually incredibly safe in most air travel. The exceptions are private planes and smaller planes.

About 95% of that risk is in the pilots. Commercial airlines hire majorly experienced pilots, where the pilots of smaller planes usually haven’t been trained about all the potential issues they may face. The other 5% accidents in the smaller planes occur because of less rigorous maintenance schedules and tests. Almost all deaths are in smaller aircraft because the large companies excel in these two areas.

Add to that fact that the airlines put two highly trained pilots on each plane. That doubles your safety right there.

That said, you can charter a commercial aircraft that is private to your party (stars do this). If you have a large party, and you aren’t traveling great distances, then it’s actually cheaper than getting your crew on a commercial public airplane. These larger commercial businesses that charter private planes use the same precautions of including experienced pilots and rigorous maintenance.

So the lesson learned there is that I wouldn’t go up in a plane unless it’s a large commercial business that concentrates on pilot training and maintenance (which is all the major airlines).

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Tinker Bell Movie

Tinker Bell is significant because it’s Disney’s first attempt at 3D humans in their own animation style. Of course, there was The Incredibles, but that’s Pixar. Then there was Meet the Robinsons, but that was more of a one-off story. This is the first legitimate attempt to do a fairy tale animation in 3D. It’s not perfect, but it’s a solid attempt (the best to date) to turn Disney’s classical 2D style of humans into 3D. The studio’s next major attempt will the theatrical release, Rapunzel.

Lassetter pretty much scrapped the original production when he came on board. They had redesigned the look of Tinker Bell and took her into a world that didn’t fit with Peter Pan. On top of wanting to keep Tinker Bell in her current form/environment, he pushed back and wanted it to be higher quality. The studio pitched this 3D version instead, and then he green lit it. So this is also the highest quality direct-to-DVD release Disney has had.

Another significant thought is that they are just branding it “Tinker Bell.” The original plan was to make one for each season, and then have it focus on a different fairy for that season. It looks like they are centering the branding more around Tinker Bell.

Trailer - Tink:

Trailer - Girl:

Sneak Peek:


Saturday, August 16, 2008

TheAnimationEmpire - Video Banner

Here's a first take on a video banner for TheAnimationEmpire Youtube channel:

Made by Ezex:

Friday, August 15, 2008

Aquaman's People's Skills

Office Space and Justice League. Good combo. =^)

Bambi in 5 Seconds



Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (Trailer)

It’s a prequel starring Ariel, a much better premise than Ariel’s daughter in the last one.

Lassetter is limiting these direct-to-video films. He’s slowing down production so that less are made and the level of quality is much higher. You can even see from the videos below that this Little Mermaid has production levels of a theatrical release. There is a lot more shading, volume in the designs, and the animation is a lot smoother.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning


Jodi Benson as Ariel
Samuel E. Wright as Sebastian
Sally Field as Marina Del Rey
Rob Paulsen as Prince Eric, Swifty
Lorelei Hill Butters as Queen Athena
Kenneth Mars as King Triton
Parker Goris as Flounder
Tara Strong as some of Ariel's sisters (additional voices)
Kari Wahlgren as Alana

Directed by: Peggy Holmes
Music by: Jeanine Tesori
Distributed by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Releasing August 26, 2008 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning tells the story of Ariel, before the events in the original film. According to the official website, in this prequel, music is outlawed in Atlantica. However, Ariel realizes her passion for music in a secret club. Unsure of whether to hide her love for music, or to share it with her father and risk losing everything, Ariel goes on a daring adventure to restore music to Atlantica.

Ariel's Beginning will also tell the story of how Ariel and Flounder became friends, while Ariel's sisters will also have bigger parts in this film than they had in the original. The Movie will also explain why King Triton hates the humans, why Ursula was banned out of Atlantica and why Ariel's mother left her family.

5-Minute Sneak Peek:



Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Deaths in Disneyland

Yeah. Totally morbid. If you don’t like thinking about death, then…


(Not to imply anyone likes thinking about death, but you might see that the value is to prevent your own death/harm and deaths/harm of those you love…)

However, if you can handle it and want to learn through the mistakes of others in order to prevent your own potential mistakes and potential mistakes that your children might make… then keep reading.

Disneyland Deaths

This topic has intrigued me, and I try to learn bout deaths and major accidents in order to take precautionary measures with my own family. I was reading Mouse Tales this week, and it goes into a few details on most of these deaths.

Here are the rides that have claimed lives:

• People Mover – 2

• America Sings – 1

• Matterhorn – 2

• Rivers of America – 2

• Monorail – 1

• Tour Bus in the Parking Lot – 1

• Sailing Ship Columbia – 1

• Thunder Mountain – 1

Notes: Most of these were irresponsible young men who were seeking adventure (and apparently death). Columbia and Thunder Mountain are the only deaths that were Disneyland’s fault (Eisner and his park executive staff got major blame for this). All the other deaths were by guests (and one employee) who ignored the rules. All the families sued. Disneyland won all the lawsuits except for Thunder Mountain, and Columbia, which they settled out of court and didn’t bother trying to win.

Thunder Mountain:

Sailing Ship Columbia

Disney tries to settle all cases out of court and offers good settlements (Columbia was reported at $25 million). However, a few times people have been unreasonable (even though the deceased was at fault), wanted more, continued to court, and of course, lost (so they didn't even get the original settlement). The only cases that could have been won were the Columbia and Thunder Mountain cases. These were the only Disneyland deaths ever that were the fault of Disneyland.

Part of Roy Disney’s Save Disney campaign was to blame this on Eisner and his executives who cut costs on the maintenance. They knew the risk of not maintaining Thunder Mountain properly and for cutting back on the costs of placing more lead ride foremen on the rides and paying for more expensive materials for Columbia. Under Iger’s new regime, a lot more maintenance has been added back to Disney parks (his new team has done everything right so far). These

The lessons learned are to stay in your seat, don’t disobey rules about the water, keep children away from moving vehicles, and stay clear of moving walls. Disneyland deaths occur because people leave caution behind when they enter the park. The atmosphere is that it’s the Happiest Place on Earth, and people buy into that TOO WELL, letting down their guard and making poor safety decisions. It’s proof that common sense is necessary for survival. =^(

Natural (non-ride-related) deaths occurred on:

• Storybook Land – 2

• Matterhorn – 1

• Space Mountain – 2

• Gang Fight – 1

Note: Natural deaths (non-ride-related) include 3 heart attacks (2 elderly men and 1 obese woman), 1 case of a tumor dislodged, and 1 case of a stabbing (not natural, but still unrelated to the park). Also, a horse on Main Street had a heart attack, and then died.

I put this in its own category because if you cram 50,000 people into one area every day for over 40 years, then, yes, there will be many natural deaths.

I think the bottom line for the natural deaths is just to take your health and age into consideration and to make sure you’re accompanied by at least one other adult if you are taking any health risks. That way you can sit out many of the rides.

For every one of these deaths, there are a half-dozen major injuries or so. The causes are all similar.


(1) Heart attack on Matterhorn

So one of those heart attacks was really horrible. A grandfather took his two grand daughters on Matterhorn, and he had a heart attack and died on the ride!!!

When the sled came down. He was dead, on top of them, and they were crying. They had to pry him off!!!

There are only a handful of worse experiences that I could think of for a child to go through.

(2) Tour Bus Death in Parking Lot

The tour buss death was also very tragic. An uncle was with his 7-year old niece, waiting to catch a tour bus back to their hotel. Well, she was too close, and she wandered into the path of the bus. Died on impact.

It makes me want to knock some sense into that uncle of hers. Although I guess a lifetime of guilt should do it.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Honesty of Disneyland Hosts

In Disneyland, most employees have a lot of accountability. One story in Mouse Tales accounts of a Japanese business man opening his wallet on the Skyway, only to have something like $3,000 in cash fly out of his wallet. Employees scrambled to collect it all and literally ripped it out of guest’s hands. (There was initial confusion as to why it was raining money.) The employees then took the cash to Lost and Found, and the man recovered all but $300 of his cash.

Another story is that Disneyland looks for the bad apples. While my sister was working on Main Street, they noticed that one of the registers comes up short a lot. They suspected one of the frequent register users was pocketing cash. So they sent her to Lost and Found with a “lost” purse. She found $20 in the purse, took it out, and was fired by the time she submitted the empty purse to Lost and Found. In other words, they test their hosts to ensure strong ethics.

Bottom line: There is solid ethical accountability within Disney parks, but outside the parks and in the bus system, it’s too individual/independent, and you’re on your own. There is no accountability.


Monday, August 11, 2008

Disneyland Tips

For one tip, I typically go on Pirates right before Fantasmic. It’s a two-minute line and you can walk right off of it and the show’s right there. I then just find a spot under the rope to watch the show.

I would also argue that the last three or so hours of the park are the best. Plus the first three or so hours are pretty good.

So I’d plan a restaurant trip, movie, trip back to the hotel, or watching longer shows during midday, and I’d grab a fast pass or two for midday as well. The bulk of the rides would be riden in the morning and the evening. If you plan your day smart, your longest line could only be 15 minutes long.

Plus it helps to go on a weekday during a non-pique season. My wife and I go the week after New Years. It’s dead. If it happens to be raining on that day, then, well, we own the park. =^)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

My Dog Impersonating Orson Welles

Duke does his best job of reenacting Orson Welles' drunk performance from a commercial shoot for Paul Masson champagne.

Another great mix of live-action, Photoshop, and After Effects. From the creator of Food Fight.


Saturday, August 09, 2008


All monkeys get what they want.

Nice 3D animation. Well made and funny to boot.


Friday, August 08, 2008

My Skin - Bambi 1 & 2

Bambi and The Great Prince miss Bambi's mum.

This is very slow paced. Short attention spans beware!

Thanks for watching :)

LYRICS: (most not a particually good fit to the video, just a warning that this was deliberate, I was going for mood)

Take a look at my body
Look at my hands
There's so much here
That I don't understand

Your face saving promises
Whispered like prayers
I don't need them
I don't need them

I've been treated so wrong
I've been treated so long
As if I'm becoming untouchable

Contempt loves the silence
It thrives in the dark
With fine winding tendrils
That strangle the heart

They say that promises
Sweeten the blow
But I don't need them
No, I don't need them

I've been treated so wrong
I've been treated so long
As if I'm becoming untouchable

I'm a slow dying flower
Frost killing hour
The sweet turning sour
And untouchable

O, I need
The darkness
The sweetness
The sadness
The weakness
I need this

I need
A lullaby
A kiss goodnight
Angel sweet
Love of my life
O, I need this

Do you remember the way
That you touched me before
All the trembling sweetness
I loved and adored?

Your face saving promises
Whispered like prayers
I don't need them
No, I don't need them

O, I need
The darkness
The sweetness
The sadness
The weakness
I need this

I need
A lullaby
A kiss goodnight
The angel sweet
Love of my life
I need this

Is it dark enough?
Can you see me?
Do you want me?
Can you reach me?
Or I'm leaving

You better shut your mouth
Hold your breath
Kiss me now you'll catch my death
O, I mean it


My Skin - The Lion King 2 (Kiara)

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Legend Of Zelda - Zelda Song

User-made Paint video of the Zelda parody song. Enjoy.


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Gotchi Dootchi - Scary Story

Gotchi & Dootchi are regular weird guys living their regular weird lives. Directed by Fabrice Senia. First episode. http://www.planktoon.com/

Another 3D animation.


Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Muppets in Presto

In 2006, Disney bought Pixar for $7.6 billion in stock, making Steve Jobs the #1 owner of Disney stock, at 7.1%.

Did you know that Disney also bought the Muppets? That's why you see the rides in Disney parks. I wonder why they don't have Muppets costumed characters wandering around Disneyland and Disneyworld. They are making another Muppets movie now (they are releasing YouTube shorts in anticipation).

So because Disney owns Pixar and Muppets, Pixar nodded to this. In the new short, Presto, that plays before Wall-E, you can see Statler and Waldorf in the balcony (they’re the Muppet old men who heckle).

More about Pixar:

- Ed

Monday, August 04, 2008

Ant Jokes (from WillemWorks and TheAnimationEmpire)

WillemWorks and TheAnimationEmpire team up to bring you these animated jokes about... Ants!

What's your favorite part?

Animation and Sound Effects by Willem Serne:

Written and Produced by Ed 'word' Price

Featuring the voices of...

Kim Ant - Jen from:

Male Ant & Elephant - Ed 'word' Price



Sunday, August 03, 2008

Beginning English (An Empire Short Short)

Beginning English
(an Empire Short Short)

Animated by Derkyin:

Written & Voiced by Ed 'word' Price
(based on Stripes)

Animated in Pivot.


Saturday, August 02, 2008

An Elephant and Darth Vader (an Empire Short Short)

An Elephant and Darth Vader bring you this animated joke from 123 Giant Panda and The Animation Empire.

Animated by:

Written by Ed 'word' Price

Elephant and Darth Vader voices by Ed 'word' Price. Elevator voice by 123GiantPanda.


Friday, August 01, 2008

Bros Rule: Prom Night (an Empire Digital Short)

Alex and Nick almost forget something that is VERY important to the ladies... prom.

What's your favorite part?

Guest starring as Dawn/Donnie... is the voice of Jen from JenAndKatCandy:

Bros Rule: Prom Night

Directed by MattyO:

Starring Nick, Alex, and the voice of Jen. Produced by MattyO, Nick, Alex, and Ed 'word' Price.

First song:
"Grits (feat. Toby Mac) - My Life Be Like (Ooh Ahh)".



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