The December Acrobat issue of Animation World Magazine is now online! This issue is all about feature films. Rick DeMott reports on the 10th anniversary re-release of a large-format version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to see how it measures up to the original, and he also charts the rise of box office hit JIMMY NEUTRON. Kumi Kaoru takes a look at Hayao Miyazaki's Japanese blockbuster SPIRITED AWAY. Andrew Osmond talks to Jimmy Murikami about his five decades in animation. Also: Ken Faier discusses licensing and merchandising trends, Gene Deitch relates his ill-fated attempt to animate THE HOBBIT and two European animation events - I Castelli Animati and Cinanima -- are detailed. Glenn Villpu continues his "sketching on location" series, Fred Patten reviews the latest anime releases, Jon Hofferman brings us five short films fresh from the festivals and Jerry Beck offers up his opinion of John Grant's new book MASTERS OF ANIMATION. We also hear from regulars Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman, The Animation Pimp, The Career Coach and Catherine Winder and Zahra Dowlatabadi on Producing Animation.
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