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VANAS, Thunderbirds, Nascar Driver Video Game, Pixmondo, Strange World

November 25, 2022

In this episode we talk about how a Nascar driver used his video game knowlegde in a real race. Also, Thunderbirds has a remake, Sony bought the studio Pixomondo. Jules Bass famous stop motion animation direccor dies at 87. Disney releases its new animated feature film Strange World, and finally, AI to draw becomes free through open source.

Thunderbirds 1965 also known as Thunderbirds: The Anniversary Episodes

They took 3 shows that were recorded on audio albums and recreated the Supermarionation show. They rebuilt the sets, props and marionettes. The shows were produced using the original production methods. For funding the shows they used Kickstarter, way back starting in 2015.

Sony Pictures has bought VFX Company Pixomondo

Pixomondo does virtual production and VFX. It has 3 LED soundstages that were used for “Game of Thrones,” “House of the Dragon” and the upcoming “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

Jules Bass animation producer dies at 87

Half of the Rankin/Bass Productions, was an American production company known for its Holiday specials, often using stop-motion animation.  

In 1964 Rudolph the Red Nose reindeer was first shown on TV. It went on to become one of the most popular and longest-running Christmas specials on television. They also made The Little Drummer Boy, ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ and the ‘Mad Monster Party’.  

They worked with Tadahito Mochinaga, a Japanese puppet animator and director. The stop-motion was done in Tokyo, Japan.  

NASCAR driver uses a move he learned playing Nintendo video game  

During the final lap of the race, Ross Chastain was in 10th place position but needed to place in the top eight racers to earn enough points to qualify for the upcoming championship race on Nov. 6.

Racers are usually forced to slow down because of the track’s tight turns.

“I played a lot of NASCAR 2005 on the GameCube growing up, and” he put his car into fifth gear and floored it, sending his car sliding around the outside wall. I never knew if it would work.

Strange World - Disney Feature Animation  

Strange World is a computer animated adventure film. Directed by Don Hall and Qui Nguyen. With the voice talents of Lucy Liu and Dennis Quaid.  

Strange World | Teaser Trailer | Walt Disney Animation Studios

AI art is becoming very popular

In August 2022 a new software arrived called Stable Diffusion.

Stable Diffusion not only rivals DALL-E 2 in its abilities but more importantly, it is open source. It is free for anyone to use. Free is a reasonable price.

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VANAS, Thunderbirds, Nascar Driver Video Game, Pixmondo, Strange World

November 25, 2022

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VANAS, Thunderbirds, Nascar Driver Video Game, Pixmondo, Strange World

November 25, 2022