“Early Bloomer”

September 10, 2008

Short underwater animated film produced by Sony Pictures Imageworks and created and directed by Kevin Johnson. The film showed at SIGGRAPH in 2003, and with Finding Nemo, led to new developments in computer imaging of underwater environments.

The humor of this short comes from the fact that the tadpole grows legs under the water and thus becomes out of place with his tadpole friends.

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RealFlow 3d animation software

April 5, 2008

RealFlow is a fluid and dynamics simulation tool for 3d animation and the standard environment for animating water. Many of the case studies on the RealFlow site show samples of moving liquids (more compelling graphically) but it can also be used to simulate underwater spaces. The the program is particle based: physical properties control the particles’ behaviors and their interaction with each other, as well as extraneous impulses, forces and accelerations. It can also calculate buoyancy of objects and simulate their motion in water. It seems that the transition to particle based animation environments (versus layer based or object based) allows for new types of simulations of environmental conditions, and thus new modes of underwater mediation.

RealFlow has been used for animation in a variety of feature films, including Poseidon. In 2007, the creators of RealFlow were awarded the Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Yellow Submarine (Dunning, 1968)

March 28, 2008

Animated film featuring the Beatles, based on their hit song “Yellow Submarine.” Also draws from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Yellow Submarine


Little Mermaid Oceans Awareness

March 14, 2008

The Ad Council paired up with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Defense and Disney to promote ocean awareness.

The result were PSAs with characters from The Little Mermaid and messages about marine debris.

Keep Oceans Clean online game

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