We all knew R2-D2 was cool...but in Star Wars Episode II he turns into a swash-buckling, damsel saving hero. Bill Desowitz speaks with Billy Brooks of ILM's "rebel unit" to find out about the transformation.
Jean Ann Wright begins a series of articles on writing for animation. Here she outlines the steps to getting started, what to discuss in your first story meeting, and writing, the all important, story premise.
There's a lot to like about Lilo & Stitch! Jerry Beck explains in his review of Disney's long-awaited summer release.
Cosgrove Hall, home to Dangermouse, Duckula and now Albie, is one of Europe's largest and most prolific animation studios. As it celebrates its silver anniversary, Andrew Osmond asks how the company is facing the next quarter-century.
We've all been waiting to see Yoda in a light saber duel and Star Wars Episode II does not miss the mark. Bill Desowitz speaks with ILM on how they created Yoda in CGI and brought him to action.
Gene Deitch, who began his animation career at the UPA studio at its start in 1946, describes the UPA animators' enthusiasm for making "different" films from the established Hollywood cartoon formula.
Heather Kenyon offers a preview of Zagreb 2002, a year which marks not only the festival's thirtieth anniversary but also it seems a remarkable comeback.
Whether ants, ogres or woolly mammoths, they all act like us North Americans. The Pimp questions just how tolerant we've grown; how far have we really come?
Jon Hofferman reviews five short films fresh from the festival circuit: Carmelo by Jorge R. Gutierrez, Slava Ushakov's Hara Mamburu, Kitchen Katastrophe by Derrick Auyoung and Andrew Huang, Red Vines by Evan Mather and P Th's The Sexual Life of Fireflies. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
Karl Cohen sits down with Rob Coleman, Episode II's animation director, and learns how the ILM team combines many different techniques into one seamless digital world.
Fred Patten reviews the latest anime releases including Astro Boy, Devil Hunter Yohko: The Complete Collection, I'm Gonna Be An Angel, Love Hina and Macross Plus Movie Edition.
From studios to independents to schools, Chris Robinson details the animation scene in Ottawa, from its humble, scientific beginnings to its current bubbling state.
Chris Lanier explores the purpose and meaning of caricature from its very inception to its latest use in the "rotoscoped" Waking Life.
Chris Lanier reviews the new Waking Life DVD. If you liked the film, or haven't seen it yet, this DVD is the way to go. Extra audio tracks, missing scenes, technology demonstrations, the short film Snack and Drink and more, are all included.
Andrew Osmond reports from Bristol on this year's Animated Encounters, starring Matt Groening, a toon Beryl Cook and Shrek in 3D.
Is your career healthy? Pamela Kleibrink Thompson advises you how to prepare against disaster in these uncertain times.
Heading to Annecy? Wondering if you should? Tina Paas outlines the many exciting screenings, panels, tributes and business opportunities that are in store.
Jon Hofferman reviews five short films fresh from the festival circuit: Black Soul/Ame Noire by Martine Chartrand, Ian Freedman's Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance, A Hunting Lesson/Une Len de Chasse by pinscreen master Jacques Drouin, The Journal of Edwin Carp by Richard Bazley and Emily Hubley's Pigeon Within. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
Gregory Singer sits down with industry veteran Frank Gladstone and learns that it isn't all gloom and doom when facing a career in today's market. The trick is to be flexible.