Russell Bekins chronicles the eclectic mix of films from the East and the West at the Future Film Festival.
Joe Strike braves the (virtual) cold of the Canadian winter to report on the merger of two of Canada's premier producers of animation.
In this month's "The Animated Scene," Joseph Gilland explores the sea change that's come about in the animation process.
Joe Strike swings through the jungles of production (misses a tree) and finds the details behind Classic Media's revamp of the TV classic, George of the Jungle.
With the growth of motion/performance capture, Oscar-winning animator Gene Deitch contemplates the future of animation.
Joe Strike samples a bit of the behind-the-scenes work that went into cooking up Cartoon Network's latest series.
Andrew Farago cracks open three new books from Jerry Beck to see if they stack up to the high standard of his previous work.
Janet Hetherington talks to the creators of the new VeggieTales movie about the challenges of animating vegetables and making pirates more jolly and less jolly roger.
In this month's "Mind Your Business," Sgt. Simon fights for a good contract, offering survivaltips for artists.
For the first "Press Start" column of 2008, Peter "Rizk" Rizkalla takes a look at Unreal Tournament III, NiGHTS Journey of Dreams, Assassin's Creed and Dementium: The Ward.
In this month's "Dr. Toon," Martin Goodman contemplates the Princess explosion and whether fairy-tale role models are good for little girls.
In the first "Career Coach" of 2008, Pamela Kleibrink Thompson discusses the only constant in life -- change.
In their quest for the next big idea, feature film studios are open to simple, elegant pitches with a strong core concept. Karen Raugust reports.
In this edition of her bimonthly column, Nancy Cartwright interviews Charlie Adler, veteran voice actor and voice director, who has worked on classic cartoon series such as The Rugrats, as well as the recent live-action blockbuster Transformers.
Karl Cohen talks to the makers of Persepolis about fundamentalism, growing up in Iran, and the unexpected success of their groundbreaking film.
Janet Hetherington examines how Marjane Satrapi's graphic novels were adapted to create an animated film that stands apart.
Taylor Jessen reviews four short films -- Cold Calling by Nick Mackie, Elephant Girl by David Lobser, Metamorph by Rastko Ciric and How to Hook Up Your Home Theater by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton.
With The Simpsons Movie hitting DVD, Russell Bekins took an opportunity to chat with director David Silverman about his long history with the TV series, as well as its huge jump to the big screen.
Joe Strike ventures to the New York Anime Festival to find an event that goes deeper than most events into the rich world of anime.
The first hint should have been the name of the Norwegian TV series the film was based on: Two Wasted Wankers.
The CG animation feature Free Jimmy has been touring the festivals of Europe since its premiere in 2006, racking up such prestigious awards as the Annecy Cristal. At the same time, it has struggled to find distribution because of its uncompromisingly dark themes, including drugs, sex, and some hilarious grotesque violence. The production itself seemed cursed by this dark vision: it took six years to make and featured a series of misadventures worthy of a film in themselves.
"Many people ask me whether I use 3D techniques." The filmmaker gave a half-grin. "The answer is no. The way I get the 3D effect is that I draw a shade drawing at the same time as the normal drawing." As one of the festival judges, filmmaker Koji Yamamura (Mt. Head, Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor) presented a lecture on his working methodologies. He also had an extensive graphic art show and a retrospective of his films.
Mainly drawing directly on paper with a myriad of colored pencils, Koji scans the artwork and arranges the layers -- sometimes 10-20 -- using Japanese animation software....
Russell Bekins travelled to the Animateka Festival in Slovenia and was schooled in the rebirth of Eastern and Central European animation.
With a note of rhyme, Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman pays tribute to the last surviving member of Disney's Nine Old Men.