Jon Hofferman reviews five short films fresh from the festival circuit: Boobie Girl by Brooke Keesling, Bill Plympton's Eat, FUV by Marv Newland, (it was . . .) Nothing at All, directed by Candy Kugel and Vincent Cafarelli, and Mona Mon Amour, directed by Michael Sporn. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
Fred Patten reviews the latest anime releases Ah! My Goddess: The Movie, Plastic Little, Princess Nine, Psychic Force and The SoulTaker.
As the U.S. Copyright Term Extension Act approaches the Supreme Court, Dr. Toon discusses how it will impact toondom. Is corporate America protecting itself or robbing the public?
Is Adobe's After Effects 5.5 upgrade a significant improvement for animators? George Maestri thinks so. Version 5.5 expands on Version 5's introduction of 3D and now contains over 90 different effects.
Not all Tom & Jerry cartoons were produced in Hollywood, U.S.A. Gene Deitch tells how a full dozen were made in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Renowned drawing instructor Glenn Vilppu continues with his twelfth and final "sketching on location" teaching installment. This month we learn how to use photographs as a reference tool that will make your trip last for years.
Justin Leach left the U.S. to experience animation production in Japan first hand. Taking a position at one of Japan's hottest studios he compares and contrasts two similar but very different worlds.
Andrew Osmond reports on the U.K.'s leading animated awards. What won? Who was there? Who wasn't? All this and more...
Networking is one of the best skills to have when it comes to finding and keeping a job. Pamela Kleibrink Thompson explains how.
The Pimp ponders the true meaning of art. From Plato to Aristotle to Nietzsche to Murder, She Wrote...the Pimp takes it all in and tries to find meaning.
Don't work in a studio or live next to a school but want to learn Maya? John Edgar Park offers a solution and reviews the best Maya training videotapes around.
Jerry Beck finds that Tiny Planets teaches big concepts to pre-schoolers in a completely charming way.
In the world of international voice dubbing, Jacques Barreau sees the need for a universal vocabulary that will help actors properly place their voices and attain the perfect voice that is needed for a job.
Jerry Beck reviews Saddle Rash another entry for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. This one may just ride quietly into the sunset...
So you think selling a show is easy? Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman goes behind the scenes of Atomic Cartoons to see how much work and time goes into getting a show off the ground.
We may feel robbed when paying taxes to the government, but we tax ourselves much worse with some insidious habits. Pamela Kleibrink Thompson explains.
John A. Lent and Xu Ying report their experiences from visiting Chinaand speaking with one of China's leading artists -- animation-relatedor otherwise -- Te Wei, and discussing the nation's rocky past andquickly changing future.
Becoming an animation producer is no easy task but Gerard Raiti offers a few pointers from the folks at Duck Soup Studios, Renegade Animation and Wild Brain, Inc., on how you can get in the door and start to succeed.
NATPE 2002 was a breaking point for the event. Split into two different venues with a steep decline in attendance, some said it was the end...but others just shrugged and did their usual business. How bad is it? Adam Snyder reports.
Will Ryan interviews Eric Goldberg regarding his non-influences and just who he considers animation's first, true pioneer.
John C. Donkin, Blue Sky's associate producer, reminisces on how the studio transformed itself from a small boutique into a major feature film contender.