Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cheer up! - Cartoon eCard (Opera)

More colorful e-cards for all occasions on my YouTube channel.
Starring: The Cow!
Altre coloratissime e-cards per ogni occasione sul mio canale YouTube! Starring: La Mucca!

Friday, May 25, 2012

An homage to Osvaldo Cavandoli and La Linea

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"CAVANDOLI!", from an idea by Hurrican Ivan in collaboration with Piero Tonin and Emanuele Fossati, is an affectionate tribute to the beloved humorist Osvaldo Cavandoli, also known as Cava, father of the world-famous cartoon character La Linea (The Line).
The story is a shocking, horrific journey in the Afterlife. The Comics Committee is in crisis: cartoons are not funny anymore! What happened? What terrible spell lingers over their ink souls? And above all, who will save them from their grim fate?
Puck the Dwarf, Dirty Bastard and The Cow are sent to the Comics Paradise to seek advice from cartoon legend Osvaldo Cavandoli.
Will the trio be able to come back from the Other Side and revive their miserable careers with the help of a jar of jam*?
"CAVANDOLI!" is a unique comic-strip story drawn by 30 of the best Italian cartoonists, all of which, in one way or the other, are connected to the Maestro.
From the legendary cartoonists of Carosello** (Bruno Bozzetto, Gino Gavioli, Nedo Zanotti, Carlo "Perogatt" Peroni), to Cavandoli's closest collaborators (Lucio Tomaz, storyboard artist, and Mauro Gariglio, animator), to his friends and colleagues, all teamed up for the first time to pay homage to one of the pioneers of Italian animation.
The great Brazilian poet Vinicius de Moraes also makes a special appearance. Cavandoli was a big fan of de Moraes' work and wrote many poems himself: some verses from "Allo specchio" ("At the mirror") are cited in the Comics Paradise sequence.
"CAVANDOLI!" also pokes fun at Italian media, that have regrettably neglected Cava and his work over the years.
But we don't need their approval, right Osvaldo?

Piero Tonin
(Many thanks to Stefano Baratti for helping me write this in English)


*Cavandoli loved to cook in his spare time. In a little kitchen by his studio, he would prepare fruit jams and other delicatessen for his friends and visitors. The jars were labeled "Premiata Conserveria del Cava" ("Cava's Award-Winning Fruit Preserve"). You can see them in Comics Paradise sequence.

**Carosello (The Carousel) was a television advertising program aired by RAI (the Italian national broadcasting company) from 1957 until 1977, with an approximate 10-minute running time.
Carosello was a unique and unprecedented phenomenon, created to circumvent the strict Italian laws that made it virtually impossible to insert commercials during television programs.
The show was divided in two segments: a longer comedy sketch bearing no direct reference with the advertised product, followed by a very short commercial message. Basically, the objective of the program was to provide sponsored entertainment as opposed to a hard sell.
Carosello was aired at 8.50 p.m, seven days a week, and every commercial lasted 135 seconds. No commercial could be broadcast more than once, so, over the span of 20 years, more then 7,000 unique caroselli were produced (all shot in dazzling black and white, 35mm film).
The shows were often shot either as animations or played by major Italian celebrities of the time including Totò, Mina, Vittorio Gassman, Virna Lisi, Ugo Tognazzi, Alberto Sordi, Raffaella Carrà, Nino Manfredi, Sandra Milo.
They also often featured foreign stars such as Frank Sinatra, Brigitte Bardot, Jerry Lewis, Pelè, Jayne Mansfield, Orson Welles, Fernandel, Yul Brynner, the Kessler twins.
Many caroselli were directed by celebrated film directors, often uncredited, such as Ermanno Olmi, the Taviani brothers, Richard Lester, Sergio Leone, Gene Deitch, Pier Paolo, Pasolini, Federico Fellini, Luciano Emmer (by many considered the father of Carosello).
For two decades, Carosello provided a unique showcase for Italy's talented actors, film directors, scriptwriters, musicians and artists.
As a matter of fact, La Linea was created by Osvaldo Cavandoli to advertise Lagostina stainless steel pots.



Ivan "Hurricane" Manuppelli: Puck the Dwarf
Piero Tonin: The Cow, the Chronovisor, Osvaldo Cavadoli, the Comics Paradise.
Emanuele Fossati: Dirty Bastard


Claudio Acciari: The Crocodiles
Bruno Bozzetto: Minivip, Mr. Rossi
Silvio Camboni: Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse
Athos Careghi: Fra Tino
Fernando Caretta: The Cherubettes
Sandro Dossi: Geppo, Popeye the Sailor
Maurizio Ercole: The Vortexes
Giuseppe Festino: Vinicius de Moraes
Mauro Gariglio: La Linea 
Gino Gavioli: Vigile Concilia, Trinchetto, Cimabue, Caio Gregorio
Joshua Held: Gino the Chicken
Laca: Pasol
Danilo Loizedda: Wonder Pig
Roberto Mangosi: National Italian TV President
Alberico Motta: Nonna Abelarda
Francesco Natali: Topounto
Franco Origone: Nilus
Leo Ortolani: Ratman
Carlo "Perogatt" Peroni: Slurp, Skull, Sonny
Sergio Ponchione: Obliquomo
Giorgio Rebuffi: Pugacioff, Tiramolla
Silver: Cattivik, Lupo Alberto, Henry the Mole
Carlo Squillante: Gennarino Tarantella
Lucio Tomaz: Busty Girlz
Andrea Valente: Pecora Nera
Nedo Zanotti: Bill & Bull, Mr. Popper, Omino

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Piero Tonin cartoons in Japanese

My first cartoon in Japanese. Sugoi!
La mia prima vignetta in giapponese. Sugoi!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

"Cow Vs Fly": review by

A great review by of Cow Vs Fly, my gameplay for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad.
Cow Vs. Fly: Help Agent Cow Destroy the Mutant Flies in this Addicting iPhone Game.
Cow Vs. Fly (iPhone/iPod touch) is an addicting game developed for kids, but adults who love casual games will also find themselves playing. Developed by LagMac Studio and cartoonist Piero Tonin the goal of the game is to help a cow flying in a helicopter to destroy mutant flies by firing missiles at them. There are five types of mutant flies for gamers to blow up: Baby, Angry, Ninja, Furry and Monster.
The Cow is tired of the mutant flies bothering him and the farmers, so he has set out to destroy them all. Once the furious cow is in his helicopter, gamers must tap on the flies to fire missiles. That’s the only control needed to master the game. Of course, players may want to use both of their thumbs while playing because the levels are more difficult as the game advances.
Cow Vs. Fly is fast-paced so gamers will have to use not only speed but strategy to defeat the flies. With over 63 different levels, five different mutant flies and three special weapons, players won’t grow tired of this game quickly. Cow Vs. Fly also includes Game Center achievements and leaderboards for those who enjoy competing against friends. The game even stores personal best records so gamers can try to beat their own scores.
After completing a level, gamers are awarded one to three stars based on their performance and the next level is unlocked. This is where the game can get repetitive. The levels aren’t categorized into specific worlds like most games with a similar game play style, which means the background and game play never really seems to change a whole lot.
Despite the repetitive game play, the graphics are clever and pretty amusing. I loved the design of the game and particularly enjoyed the barnyard music in the background. It is clear that the developer spent time to make this humorous game appeal to players of all ages. It has a style all of its own, which is a key selling feature.
The only issues had with the game is that it doesn’t have a clear tutorial to help players get started, and the story line is only available in the app description. A fun cartoon intro to the game would help players get acquainted with the story line, while a quick tutorial guide could  help explain the mechanics.
In addition to these minor issues, adding more power-ups such as helicopter upgrades and perhaps maybe even incorporating a way to purchase them within the game would increase the replay value and help users get past difficult levels.
Cow Vs. Fly is an amusing game with a lot of potential. The simple controls and challenging game play make it addictive and appealing to players of all ages. For less than one dollar, casual gamers won’t want to pass this one up in the App Store.

Authors: Piero Tonin and Gino Preti (LagMac Studio)
App Store Link: Check it out!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

La Mucca - The Cow @ Wikipedia!

La Mucca ora anche sull'edizione italiana di Wikipedia. Il bovino ringrazia commosso gli anonimi autori della pagina.

The Cow is now on the Italian edition of Wikipedia. The bovine is deeply moved and grateful to the anonymous creators of the page.