The latest Acrobat edition of ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE is now online with a focus on television. Joe Strike looks into the growing trend of celebs stepping behind the production scenes of animation and this affects the overall industry. Christopher Panzner looks into the growing amount of European productions on U.S. networks to find out the real reason behind the trend. Karen Raugust looks at how the growing demand for interstitial content is creating opportunities for large animation houses and independent animators alike. Panzer also looks into how traditional TV programming is finding its way into new media avenues, the growth of DTV and how new technology is making the industry rethink its way of business.
In addition, Andrew Osmond chats with Lloyd Price, supervising animator on WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT, about bringing Aardmans superstar plasticine duo to the big screen. Gerald C. Raiti looks at another trailblazing stop-motion legend, Gumby, who is celebrating his 50th year, with a talk with Clokey Prods. head Joe Clokey, the son of Gumby creator Art Clokey.
In columns, Dr. Toon draws parallels between Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons and the Cold War, Vietnam War and the current Iraq War. The Animation Pimp continues his life ponders in the third part of The Beginning of The End of the Beginning series. In this months Mind Your Business, Mark Simon explains the rules and strategies of playing the sport of negotiating. In Make It Real, Ellen Besen brings in former Disney animation artist, Charlie Bonifacio, former Pixar animation artist, Stephen Barnes, and Nelvana animation artist/director, Matt Ferguson, for one last kick at the can, focusing on character and context. The Career Coach offers 11 interviewing tips to help treat yourself to a new job.
In reviews, Sharon Katz expresses how the Ottawa International Animation Festival serves as an early Christmas present for three of the attendees. Bob Swain and AWN president Ron Diamond attend Cartoon Forum, reporting back about the sweet 16th year of the European event. Jen-Shen Gur gives us a look at the Chinese animation scene via the China International Cartoon and Digital Arts Festival, including impressions from NFB producer Marcy Page and TERKEL IN TROUBLE director Thorbjorn Christoffersen. Rick DeMoot delves into Jerry Becks latest book, THE ANIMATED MOVIE GUIDE, a collection of all the animated features released in U.S. theaters, and reports back on whether the book is worth the price of admission. Taylor Jessen returns with five more shorts reviews in Fresh from the Festivals.