The latest Acrobat edition of Animation World Magazine is now online. Download your copy today while its still available for free. This issue we cover many topical subjects surrounding television. John Cawley looks at how, in a matter of a few years, TV animation production has moved to rely on Flash more and more as a cost alternative. Cawley also charts the changing landscape of Saturday morning animation programming in the U.S., which used to be the primetime for toons on TV. With the growing ease of CG production, Joe Strike maps the growth in computer-generated 3D productions on TV in North America. Karen Raugust looks into how major general-market distributors, retailers and studios keep an eye on the Christian-themed animation sector.
Additionally, Bob Swain uncovers the truth behind Helsinki-filmi's THE EMPEROR'S SECRET, the first CG-animated feature form Finland. Hock Wong traveled to various Asian countries, such as Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, China and Indonesia, to find out more about how Asian governments are lending helping hands in the animayion boom across the continent. Moreover, Andrew Osmond chronicles the making of U.K.-based BrekThru Films and Poland-based Se-Ma-For studio's dark, stop-motion version of PETER AND THE WOLF.
In columns for the month, Dr. Toom profiles independent Midwest animation company Perennial Pictures, looking at the growing trend of toon production without borders. Joseph Gilland questions the demise of the 2D/3D debate and wonders where animation is headed for the next generation of artists, in this month's "The Animated Scene." In this month's "Career Coach," Pamela Kleibrink Thompson makes an impression on the reader about business cards.
As for reviews, Rick DeMott attends this first Ottawa Int'l Animation Festival, chronicling what he saw and thought, as well as revealing the dirty unspoken secret that all attendees share. Bob Swain and Ron Diamond fly to Cartoon Forum, uncovering the future of CARTOON and cartoons in Europe. Libby Reed uncovers Chris Robinson's new book, UNSUNG HEROES OF ANIMATION, to tell us if it's a book we've been missing or one that we should have left buried. And as always, Taylor Jessen returns with five new short film reviews in the newest edition of "Fresh from the Festivals."