#277 – February 2018

Issue 277 - February 2018

Issue 277 – February 2018

 

Prehistoric Plasticine Perfection

Early Man, the new stop-motion epic from director Nick Park and this team at Bristol-based Aardman Animations, centers on a soccer-playing caveman with a heart of gold. By Karen Yossman

Studio Ponoc’s First Magical Journey

Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi looks back at the making of his studio’s first movie, Mary and the Witch’s Flower. By Cameron Koller

How to Make an Indie Angsty Critters Movie

Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero discuss the arduous journey of making their highly original feature Birdboy: The Forgotten Children. By Ramin Zahed

Oscar’s Short Film Shortlist

The top 10 toons advancing to nomination voting for the 90th Academy Awards Best Animated Short Film race. Five final nominees will be announced January 23.

Meet the Final 10 VFX Oscar Contenders

The Academy narrows down the visual effects feature players to 10 remarkable titles.

The Forgotten Crafts

In the past, animated features have often been shut out when it comes to below-the-line awards, but the tide may be turning. By Karen Idelson

The Blockbusters of 2017

In case you are keeping tabs, here is the list of the past year’s top 10 animated and vfx-driven movies at the U.S. box office.

The Night of a Thousand Toons

The Annie Awards will celebrate another year of brilliant achievements in animation and visual effects by indie artists and studio teams alike.

State of the Art: How Game Engines Shape the Future of Television

The Future Group melds real and virtual worlds in its multiscreen game show experience Lost in Time. By Stig Olav Kasin

Not Your Father’s FBI Show!

Hot Streets, Adult Swim’ crazy, off-center new toon, is everything we need this winter. By Ramin Zahed

Pink, Positive and Purr-fectly Tooned

Producers Lynn Wang and Ed Skudder share the secrets of Warner Bros. Animation’s brightly colored Unikitty! By Ramin Zahed

Conjuring New Jedi Tricks

The wizards of The Third Floor reveal a few of the secrets of their work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. By Trevor Hogg

Return of a Beloved Furry Friend

Framestore makes Paddington Bear’s second cinematic journey a marmalade-filled feast for the eyes. By Ramin Zahed

Uncommon Heroines

Five recent anime movies offer fully realized, complex women as their central figures. By Charles Solomon