Based on the theme of features and short films, the latest Acrobat edition of Animation World Magazine is now available for download. Disney launches a new shorts program with a timely Goofy misadventure, and Bill Desowitz gets an AWN exclusive from some of the directors, animators and John Lasseter. Janet Hetherington checks in with Canada's award-winning National Film Board and finds that its commitment to innovation in animation is as fresh as ever. Jon Hofferman surveyed a host of filmmakers to find out what we can expect from them in the near and distant future. With the feature animation industry booming in India, Lisa Goldman reports on the challenges companies face in reaching the diverse audience.
Additionally, Joe Strike gives readers a taste of how DreamWorks Animation worked with Jerry Seinfeld to bring the comedian's vision of an insect society to life in BEE MOVIE. Joe Strike talks to the creators of Disney's ENCHANTED, who blended new and old to achieve a style that's both fresh and familiar. Ellen Wolff chats with veteran animator Lou Dellarosa on how the filmmakers brought holiday cheer to a grumpy old ogre in ABC-TV's special, SHREK THE HALLS.
For columns, in the latest "Dr. Toon," Martin Goodman sees a promising future for comic book superheroes in animation, compared to their past toon incarnations. In this month's "Mind Your Business," Mark Simon hears the call of strike and feels a pain in his pocketbook. For the latest "The Animated Scene," Joseph Gilland wonders if all this connectivity causes animators to lose connection with their work. In "Career Coach," Pamela Kleibrink Thompson talks about how we can show our thanks and help our careers in the process.
In reviews, Marco Consoli converges on the VIEW Conference in Torino, Italy to discover a bit about the future of visual effects and animation. Animation sales veteran Catherine Branscome gives an insider's tour of MIPCOM and beyond. In this month's trio of anime reviews, Chris Feldman tells us about HAMMERBOY, KARAS: THE REVELATION and WELCOME TO THE N-H-K. For the latest "Press Start," Peter "The Rizk" Rizkalla checks out FOLKLORE, GUILTY GEAR XX ACCENT CORE, DK JUNGLE CLIMBER and SPIDER-MAN: FRIEND OR FOE. In Olivier Cotte's book SECRETS OF OSCAR-WINNING ANIMATION, Martin A. Goodman discovers a wealth of behind-the-scenes information and secrets that go beyond technique. And last, but not least, Taylor Jessen returns with three short film reviews in "Fresh from the Festivals."