"The Bear & the Hare is the first John Lewis campaign to embrace the emotive power of animation, a filmic technique so evocative of Christmasses gone by.
Elliot and Yves took the two most traditional and time-honoured animation processes – stop-motion and traditional hand-drawn 2D animation – and combined them to create something innovative and unique. Their aim was to do almost everything in camera, using real lighting, lens and film craft to build a world where the audience can see and feel the painstaking work behind it. The 2D animation’s physical interaction with the set and the human imperfections inherent in the process create a hand-crafted piece full of heart and integrity.
The animation process involved constant shifts between 2D and 3D worlds. In order to achieve this complicated combination the whole film was first created in Blinkink Studios as a 3D previsualisation animatic with all the sets and characters built to scale. This allowed everything to be developed and planned alongside the modelmakers and animators, thus integrating the different disciplines and processes before the set was built or the characters were printed.
Aaron Blaise (Brother Bear, The Lion King, Mulan) and his team of veteran Disney animators at Premise Entertainment in Orlando, Florida, designed and animated the characters. The 2D-animation frames were printed onto mounted paper and cut with a laser. Each frame (nearly 4,000 in total) was then individually hand-labelled before going on set. Feature-film stop-frame animators then spent 6 weeks bringing the world to life.
The set was built by our production designer John Lee (Aliens, Fantastic Mr Fox, Frankenweenie) and his team at Shepperton Studios before being transported to Clapham Road Studios ready for the stop-motion shoot.
Post-production was done in-house in Blinkink’s animation studio, and the final grade was completed at MPC.”
What do you get when you assemble an eight-hour palette of exciting and potentially rage-inducing video games, prize giveaways, and a fluffy altruistic cause? A splendiferous, pony-infused, video game–themed fundraising event of course!
Bronies for Good, in tandem with intrepid folks from Derpy News and Equestria Daily, as well as Everfree Network’s podcast hosts Emily Jones and Dpad Pony are excited to bring you Gaming for Good! A Brony video games–themed charity fundraising event benefiting the Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraising initiative!
Come join us November 16, noon EST on events.yoursiblings.org with our show hosts, featured guests, and cadre as we delve headlong into your favorite competitive video games! We’ll be playing Team Fortress 2 (competitive hat simulator), DoTA 2, League of Legends, Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition, Skull Girls, Papers Please, and much more!
Play your cards right and generously, and you’ll even be able to jump in on a few rounds as the bullets start flying and frustration keeps mounting, not to mention getting your chance to win steam games, pony swag, and more!
We’ll also be interviewing the development teams from both Legends of Equestria and Mane 6 to bring us the latest on their respective projects!
We look forward to seeing you all there while helping us ensure the advancement of ongoing humanitarian projects for sustainable development in Uganda and Burundi!
2. Release of “Under The Moon”
We are also pleased to announce the release of an updated and remastered version of “Under the Moon,” a bluesy orchestral ballad featured on our fourth and most recent charity album, A Beautiful Heart. “Under the Moon” features the musical talents of Sprocket and Feather, and poses the question: What if the princess had sung a soliloquy during “Luna Eclipsed”?
The Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraising drive is an ongoing effort that has been in the works since August of this year. We have raised more than €25,000 for the Safe Project orphanage in Uganda and the Green Village for street children in Burundi. As a direct result, the scores of children in the care of the orphanage were able to move into their new building a few weeks ago. Everypony who donates to this drive receives a complimentary download of A Beautiful Heart as well as the other three charity albums. (Those who have already donated can also download the updated version of “Under the Moon.”)
A Beautiful Heart is our fourth album. It is the culmination of months of work from many talented musical artists throughout the fandom. Featuring 38 tracks, more than two hours of music, several ambitious collaborations, and music from both popular artists throughout the fandom and up-and-coming musicians alike, A Beautiful Heart is a testament to the generosity and spirit of altruism running strong in the brony music scene today. It’s our pleasure to share it with you now. Keep an eye out for contributions from artists such as EileMonty, MEMJ, Forest Rain, Feather, Makkon, Carbon Maestro, Seventh Element, MC Flowny, and many more.
I just had the opportunity to play a bit of this game at a friend’s house (which is lately becoming my “test what to buy” method, apparently), and the little I saw of it -the first “chapter” of episode 1-, got me intrigued.
I got into Bill Willingham’s fables a while ago, around the “Homelands” arc, I believe, caught up to that point really quickly, and eagerly awaited for more every new issue. My enthusiasm faded a bit with the conclusion of the main Empire arc, and from then on, I felt the series had a marked decline in quality, wandering from subplot to subplot, barely advancing any of them and just introducing more forks in the road; The Mr Dark arc didn’t help my opinion, and I stopped buying them myself, instead opting for catching up every couple months on the story by borrowing from one of the two or three friends I got into it.
And then this game happened.
It’s set up as a prequel of the actual series, as well, so no need to re-learn every character and connection I probably forgot during the series’ run; The couple foreshadowing (from Bigby’s prespective), meaningful-in-hindsight (From a reader’s perspective) references I caught during my brief play session again got me interested in the series. And it’s a noir style mystery as well!; It seems to be capturing everything I loved about Fables when I started reading it a while ago, and that the series veered away from after the main arcs started coming to a close.