Gene Deitch responds to fan mail questions and one hate mail letter in the last excerpt from his book How to Succeed in Animation (Dont Let a Little Thing Like Failure Stop You!)
From 3D for the Web s chapter on designing and making characters, authors Carol MacGillivray and Anthony Head delve into how to bring life to the eyes.
Dr. Toon ponders the areas of animation in which he covers via a comment made by The Animation Pimp.
Bob Swain and Ron Diamond traveled to Potsdam for Cartoon Movie 2005 and report back with whats hot in the European feature market.
In celebration of April Fools, the Career Coach looks at all the wisdom written about foolishness and applies it to career matters.
Franklin Wilfinger talks with Franchise Films head about the revitalizing of classic characters into a new franchise.
Christopher Panzner looks into the historical success of the Japanese direct-to-video market, or better known as V-Cinema and OVA.
Disney has come a long way since The Return of Jafar in figuring out how to continue the adventures of its animated characters. Too many of the early sequels were content to recycle the original films familiar story beats, usually with the heros offspring retracing the parents steps. (In more than one of the films someone eventually observes, he/shes just like his/her father/mother.) Taking no chances, Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea even threw in a penguin and walrus team to serve as Timon and Pumbaa clones, while 2003s Jungle Book 2 sent Mowgli...
Karen Raugust looks into how HIT uses direct-to-video releases to establish a hook for promotions and product extensions.
Greg Singer reports on the profitable business of producing animated features for the home entertainment marketplace in the U.S.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films: Command Z by Candy Kugel and Vincent Cafarelli, Prowlies at the River by Adam Phillips, Still I Remain (like a fish out of water) by Tom Gibbons, Woman in the Attic by Chansoo Kim and Patricia Grey by Anne Koizumi. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
Bob Miller chronicles the new kind of fantastic Framestore CFC had to appeal to bring dragons to life in Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real versus their groundbreaking work on Walking with Dinosaurs.
Karen Raugust attends Toy Fair, reporting back on how technology infuses toy offerings at the annual New York event.
This month the Animation Pimp gets a little queer about the gay hysteria circling around various cartoons.
Bill Desowitz talks with many of the artists that formed the lush, retro-futuristic world of Robots.
For the book 3D for the Web, Carol MacGillivray and Anthony Head continue their step-by-step look at creating a simple 3D button for the Web.
The liberal left. The religious right. Dr. Toon gets in between the two sides of the culture war that has invaded toonland.
Heather Kenyon reports on the 2004 I Castelli Animati festival, where the selection included a special, and very ambitious film.