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Two Thumbs Up for Tangled

Took my family today to see Disney's 50th Animated Feature Film, Tangled. Awesome!

Once upon a time in the not too distant past, cartoons were nothing more than lazy vehicles to briefly entertain children. During our teenage years, we rush and rush to grow up; distancing ourselves from all things young, even the bits and pieces we once loved. But the collective attitude toward animation has changed. Animated films can be, and frequently are, just as funny, serious, joyful, exuberant, honest, heartwarming and unique.

I am part of a small group of people that think animated films are sometimes brilliant, sometimes good, sometimes mediocre, sometimes bad and sometimes unwatchable. We simply treat animated movies like everything else, and when one comes along that’s smart and clever and too much fun to toss aside, we embrace the film and heap on it all the praise it deserves.

Tangled is good. In fact, it’s really, really good, and should be relished by everyone. With a charm entirely its own and two likable, fully developed main characters, Tangled is a joy. For 92 minutes, I once again experienced the magic that is Disney Animation.


"Train Your Dragon" is a Treasure

Tonight we watched Dreamworks Animation's How To Train Your Dragon.

After not seeing this film since it debuted in theaters on March 26, 2010, I forgot how much I enjoyed this animated adaptation of the book. The story, the characters, and relationships that develop with these mythical creatures in this warrior's world is something that I truly enjoyed and easily surrender to.

Although Toothless never utters a word, the acting, expressions and emotions of this creature were exceptionally animated. From the young Viking's virgin flight together, to the synergetic prosthetic conclusion, the story of Hiccup and Toothless is a treasure.

Megamind is Memorable

What a great job it is to be a dad that has to "study" cartoons! I took my daughter to see Dreamworks Animation's Megamind this afternoon and was thoroughly entertained.

Character Design has always been a hang-up for me with many animated films, but the exception of this film is the main character, Megamind, who is tenderly animated expressing a wide range of emotions. As to be expected from Dreamworks, clever comedic delivery of dialogue keeps you focused on every line, beautifully animated and edited action scenes elevates your heart rate, and a college-classic soundtrack that brings back memories that make you bounce around in your seat.

The Little Dragons

This was a fun study I did over 10 years ago, which I just now got from the paper to the computer. The bully of the cartoon I was a little too slow for our Little Dragon...


Welcome to VoogDesigns!

WOW! What a joy it is to finally see a dream of mine becoming a reality. I remember almost 15 years ago imagining a site where I could show my work. I had my logo envisioned and all these ideas in my head. And now with the ease of technology, there is no excuse for not putting those ideas into action.

What will you find at VoogDesigns?
My virtual sketchbook will include cartoons, comic strips, caricatures, portrait illustrations, animation, logos, and graphic designs for your viewing pleasure. And if you like what you see, please share this blog with a friend.

I hope that the many ideas that I have envisioned throughout my childhood and into adulthood find their way into the pages of my web log for others to enjoy. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.