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ANIMATIONWorld Cats Don't Dance

Danny the cat.I came to Cats Don't Dance with few expectations, thinking only "a flick with six Randy Newman songs in it can't be all bad." Things got off on the wrong foot with a lifeless, laughless Foghorn Leghorn short, Pullet Surprise (directed by Darrel Van Citters for Chuck Jones Productions) tacked to the beginning, but took a more promising turn as the feature proper got underway. Any movie that borrows successfully from Sunset Boulevard and Singin' in the Rain in the first reel is well on its way to winning this old film buff's heart. Cats...

ANIMATIONWorld 16th Brussels Cartoon and Animated Film Festival

Brussels logo by Johan DeMoor.The sixteenth edition of the Brussels Cartoon and Animated Film Festival, organized by Folioscope, was held from February 4-16, during the Mardi Gras school holiday.

Apart from a retrospective held at the Museum of Cinema, this year's event was limited to one movie theater (Passage 44). The organizers, essentially, had not been able to reach a satisfactory agreement with the Botanique (a publicly-subsidized cultural center) that had served as the venue for specialized programs for previous editions.

Festivalgoers nevertheless didn't suffer because of this,...

ANIMATIONWorld Imagina 97

Imagina 97From its start, Imagina has been organized by the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA) to coincide with the Monte Carlo Television Festival (this year celebrating its 37th anniversary). The 16th annual Imagina conference was held from February 19-21 in Monaco and highlighted new imaging and communications technologies. Traditionally, Imagina, like the American SIGGRAPH conference, has been devoted entirely to computer graphics and special effects for film and television. Gradually, it has added such areas as virtual reality, virtual communities on...

ANIMATIONWorld Death Laughs Among Us: The Films of John Schnall

John Schnall.Independent animator John Schnall has put together a home video of his short films in association with Poteet Music, an independent record distributor based in New Jersey. Among the community of East Coast independents, Schnall is notably prolific; in this regard, his colleague Steve Dovas said that, "To me, what has been most admirable about his career has been the regularity with which he's turned out his funny, wierd, and wholly singular, self-produced animated films." All this abundance has driven Schnall to be able to release a 40-minute video collection at a relatively early...

ANIMATIONWorld 16e Festival du Dessin animé de Bruxelles

Logo du festival par Johan DeMoor.La seizie ition du Festival du Dessin animde Bruxelles, organis par Folioscope se tenait du 4 au 16 frier, piode de congscolaire du Mardi Gras.

Mis part une rrospective sur les pionniers du genre au Mus du Cina, la manifestation belge ait circonscrite cette ann dans une unique salle (celle du Passage 44). L'organisateur en effet, n'ait pas parvenu reconduire un accord satisfaisant avec le "Botanique" (centre...

ANIMATIONWorld Heard at NATPE 97

At the 1997 Convention and Conference of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), our reporter on the scene, asked animation distributors: "What are some of the considerations involved in developing, producing, and ultimately distributing animation to the international market?" Herein are a selection of answers followed by some comments drawn from a panel discussion "Animation: The Universal Language," moderated by Cartoon Network President Betty Cohen , which discussed the realities of the much-hyped global marketplace for animation.Joel Andryc, Saban's Senior Vice...

ANIMATIONWorld La Freccia Azzurra

Scarafoni in La Freccia Azzurra by Enzo d'Alò.Usa il computer in maniera raffinatissima, questo film: cosraffinata che quasi non si vede. Guidata dal cervello elettronico, la sua macchina da presa compie carrellate ed evoluzioni che sarebbero possibili solo nel cinema "dal vero"; disegnati dai pixel, i suoi personaggi arrivano a disporsi su 30-40 livelli in profonditdi campo, rimanendo tutti perfettamente a fuoco. questo uno dei segreti della fondamentale leggerezza di un film che non assomiglia a nessun altro, e che riesce a narrare una divertente e gentile fiaba...

ANIMATIONWorld La Freccia Azzurra (The Blue Arrow)

La Freccia Azzurra (The Blue Arrow) is a film that uses computers in a highly refined manner; so much so, that one hardly notices. Guided by an electronic brain, its camera is able to execute tracking shots and pans which one only thought possible in a live-action movie; drawn with pixels, the film's characters are seen across 30-40 levels, with each one staying in perfect focus. This is one of the secrets to the basic "lightness" of a film like no other, one which tells an amusing and fun-loving fairy tale set in the 30s, with the touch of a modern electronic storyteller. Scarafoni...

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