Monday, November 29, 2010

Epic Mickey release is this week!

Epic Mickey is everywhere, and we could not be more proud.

IGN had a fantastic review of the piece.

Our favorite quote?

"An outside studio called Powerhouse Animation used a 2D visual approach to create retro-inspired cutscenes that typically introduce major new worlds, quests or concepts. These pieces feature some of the best acting, animation, and character development seen anywhere. It's remarkable to see Mickey's face contort in the simplest ways to perfectly convey an emotion, and the frequency with which Powerhouse precisely hits comedic notes is truly exceptional."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Austin Comic-Con and PHA Bowling Photos

Powerhouse Animation Studios had a pretty busy week last week.

Mike Daubert, Sony Art Director, and Brad Graeber, Powerhouse CEO, hit the first Austin comic con to check out giant Superman drawings because despite working on 30 mins of cinemas for DC Universe online, they can't get enought Jim Lee!

The comic con had the Batmobile, Burt Ward, and Adam West in attendence.

Powerhouse artists' like Chris Beaver took advantage of the con coming into town to showcase their skills.

Sam Lotfi, another talented Powerhouser, sold sketch books and commission sketches to fans.

At the end of the week, the Powerhouse crew went bowling to introduce some new employees to everyone.

(LtoR)Frank Gabriel, Powerhouse CCO, Ed Booth, Adam Deats, and Jeff Freeman prepare to bowl, and prepare to discuss Powerhouse ball wipes.

Phil Knoll talks with new employee Chris Von Der Gruen

Powerhouse COO, Bruce Tinnin, and Cindy Crowell discuss the finer points of the game.

Ringtales: Behind the Scenes

The Washington Post pointed out the behind-the-scenes videos about the syndicated comics that Powerhouse Animation animates for Ringtales.

You can check out the story here:

Or a selection of the videos here:

Even more videos are availvle here:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

More Epic Mickey

Cartoon Brew and posted this great new video about Epic Mickey, featuring "forgotten" Disney characters that populate the Wasteland in the game.

This video has tons of scenes from the cinemas that Powerhouse Animation Studios created and directed:

Time Warp Animation reaction by Ad Executives in Australia

On the August 11, 2010 edition of the Australian TV Show The Gruen Nation, several ad executives discussed the animation we created:

Time Warp starring Tony Abbott from Australian Labor on Vimeo.

Here is a visual transcript of the conversation:

"The Labor Party have... turned the knob all the way up to eleven."
-Wil Anderson, host of The Gruen Nation

"The First thing I think we should do is thank the ALP for making that ad. It's just absolutely brilliant entertainment."
-Russel Howcroft,
George Patterson, Young and Rubicam

"I think it's an entertaining waste of money."
-Todd Sampson,
Leo Burnett

"Very entertaining and great animation."
-Neil Lawrence,
Lawrence Creative Strategy