This month the Animation Pimp gets a little queer about the gay hysteria circling around various cartoons.
Bill Desowitz talks with the people behind the restoration of Bambi about the various challenges of bringing a treasured classic to DVD.
John Michaeli talks with DIC head Andy Heyward about changes in kid audiences and how that has impacted his company.
Anime expert Fred Patten reviews the latest anime releases including Chrono Crusade, Get Backers, Knight Hunters: Eternity, Rave Master and Time Bokan.
Fresh, new and branded. This is a line that is being uttered by acquisition and development executives at both NATPE and KidScreen Summit. What in tar-nation does this mean? How can something fresh and new be branded? Is Taffy Entertainments latest hit, Pet Alien, a brand?
Brand by its very nature is an established production that is consistent in delivering to its audience a quality product that is always the same like Coke or Pepsi. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Brand is a class of goods identified as a product or a particular firm or producer.
Can a new show like Pet Alien be classified as a brand so early in its life?
Taffy Entertainment/Mike Young Prods. has built a reputation of delivering shows that are appealing to their target audiences. Shows like, Jakers!, He-Man and Clifford the Big Red Dog are projects that have set the brand benchmark for the studio. Whether work-for-hire on pre-existing brands, such as He-Man or Bratz, or original productions like Jakers! or Pet Alien, programming executives expect a level of quality from MYP, which translates into viewership.
Marisa Materna talks with the artists behind Gang of Seven, a collective of animators who have pooled their talent to form their own privately owned studio.
Taylor Jessen previews all the Oscar nominated shorts, highlighting the wide array of styles and origins among the nominees.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films: Guard Dog by Bill Plympton, Fallen Art by Tomek Baginski, The Revolution of the Crabs by Arthur De Pins, 9 by Shane Acker and Its the Cat by Mark Kausler. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
In Part 3, Christopher Panzner focuses on new financing issues as he looks at how independent producers have to be a vertically-integrated individual as well as a little of a cowboy to survive in the industry.
Animal Logic creates a series of interstitials to complement Cartoon Networks international rebranding effort. Includes QuickTime clips!
Karen Raugust looks into how studios are reevaluating licensing strategies in the face of toy industry struggles.
In Part 2 of this series, Ellen Besen sits down with former Disney animation artist Charlie Bonifacio to consider the changing role of 2D in a CG-dominated world.
Mary Ann Skweres reports back from Sundance the premiere U.S. film festival regarding the animated encounters she experienced.
Christopher Panzner chronicles the ride taken to bring The Magic Roundabout to the big screen in CG.
With friendly new additions to the Hundred Acre Wood in Poohs Heffalump Movie, Greg Singer reports that the demise of hand-drawn animation has been exaggerated.
Mary Ann Skweres visits Park City and reports on what animation the upstart Slamdance Film Festival featured this year.
In this first of a series of excerpts from 3D for the Web, Carol MacGillivray and Anthony Head cover the basics of 3D for beginners and explain why we all love buttons
The Career Coach reminds you to acknowledge the long-term partners in your career on this Valentines Day.
Janet Hetherington chats with Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, who along with Seth MacFarlane, are the co-creators of FOXs newest cheeky animated series, American Dad.
Christopher Harz reports back from CES about what new electronics will be animating our lives in the near future.
Gene Deitch looks at his diverse fan base, which ranges from lovers of Tom Terrific to his work on Weston Woods Studios projects.
Sean Wagstaff reviews MotionBuilder 6, which remains unmatched at manipulating, re-using and blending animation data from multiple sources, and creating character performances from scratch.
Greg Singer speaks with Cartoon Network, Atomic Cartoons, Augenblick Studios, Six Point Harness, indie animators Michel Gagnand Jayson Thiesson, Sandro Corsaro and Cliff Parrott, authors of the new book, Hollywood 2D Digital Animation, to learn how they make Flash animation look so good.