The latest Acrobat edition of Animation World Magazine is online, ready for download. In our featured article, Mary Castillo looks at some of the leading players in the rapidly growing world of virtual communities. Additionally, Jon Hofferman talks with composer extraordinaire Normand Roger about how to score with animators. Audrey Brown chats with veteran voice actor Corey Burton about STAR WARS, haunted mansions and all things Disney.
Alain Bielik talks with the creators of the new 3D adventure-comedy in which Prince Charming is a dragon hunter's worst nightmare. Moreover, Bill Desowitz gets an exclusive sneak peek at WALL*E hosted by director Andrew Stanton at Pixar. Joe Strike talks with executive producer Eryk Casemiro about the latest incarnation of the much-loved British franchise, MR. MEN. Janet Hetherington talks to the creators of THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN and discovers that ol' webhead still suffers from teen angst.
In columns, Martin Goodman blows the lid off late-breaking news stories that have a satirical edge in this month's "Dr. Toon." Mark Simon is mad as hell and, in this month's "Mind Your Business," he tells you why you should too. In this edition of her bimonthly column, Nancy Cartwright interviews Kath Soucie, one of the top voice-over actors working today. In this month's "Career Coach," Pamela Kleibrink Thompson advises aspiring animators that Hollywood may be closer than you think.
In event reviews, Russell Bekins reads between the lines of the annual kids' content extravaganza that is the Bologna Children's Book Fair. The intrepid Heather Kenyon reports on new business models and other sea changes in the air at the recent MIPTV. Bekins also reports on the animated activities taking place in and around Salerno, both on- and off-screen, for this year's Cartoons on the Bay. Strike visits the fourth annual Red Stick International Animation Festival in Baton Rouge and likes what he sees. Ron Diamond reports from the 10th edition of Cartoon Movie dedicated to presenting and promoting European animated features.
In other reviews, James Brusuelas reviews three news anime releases, DEATH NOTE, GITS: S.A.C. 2ND GIG -- INDIVIDUAL ELEVEN and BUSO RENKIN. In this month's "Press Start," Peter "The Rizk" Rizkalla checks out SUPER SMASH BROS. BRAWL, ARMY OF TWO, PATAPON and BUZZ! THE HOLLYWOOD QUIZ. As always, Andrew Farago returns with five short film reviews in "Fresh from the Festivals."