#237 February 2014

#237 February 2014

#237 February 2014

February ’14 Highlights – Issue 237

There Be a Cunning Dragon!
Joe Letteri, the Oscar-nominated vfx supervisor of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, discusses the fine art of crafting the dragon, those spiders and other visual treats of Peter Jackson’s epic movie.

Smooth Criminal
Toronto’s ToonBox and Korea’s Redrover tell the tale of a critter heist in the year’s first new CG-animated feature, The Nut Job.

A Toon of Love and Fury
Rio 2096, Brazil’s entry in the Best Animated Feature Oscar race, explores the country’s history and the transcendence of love through animation.

Oscars 2014: The VFX Contenders
Ten visually stunning flicks will contend for the final Academy Awards nomination slots at the effects branch’s annual Bake Off.

An Then There Were 10
56 animated shorts were qualified to be considered for the Academy Awards; here’s our run-down of the short-listed films.

FX Sweetens the Toon Deal
This month, the cable network debuts Chozen, an intriguing new animated series about a white, gay rapper–and showcases a diabolically different new season of Archer.

A Hair-Raising Space Adventure
Adult Swim welcomes Toonami’s newest hero from the Land of the Rising Sun, Space Dandy.

2014 School Guide
Listings for schools offering animation, fx and gaming programs around the world, plus special animation education editorial.