#279 – April 2018

#279 - April 2018

#279 – April 2018

4    April Planner

6   Apocalypse Bow Wow

Wes Anderson’s amazing new animated feature Isle of Dogs delivers wonderful visuals, a clever cast of canine puppets and a thoughtful homage to Japanese culture.

By Ramin Zahed

10   Not So Elementary, Dear Watson!

Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth gets the garden gnome treatment in Paramount’s new animated movie, Sherlock Gnomes.

By Karen Idelson

14   A Magical, Mystical Fish Tale

The beautiful Chinese animated feature Big Fish & Begonia pays homage to Spirited Away and The Little Mermaid.

By Charles Solomon

16   Celebrating with German Perfectionism

The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (Trickfilm) marks its special 25th edition with an ambitious program of features, shorts, concerts and informative panels.

International

18   Riding the New Russian Wave

Some of the key animation players in Russia discuss challenges and opportunities in the region.

By Ramin Zahed

24   Must-See Toons at MIPTV

MIPTV, the global TV and digital content market, brings together many of the world’s top animation creators, producers and distributors to Cannes April 9 thru 12. Here are six of the hot new shows which will be making their debut at the event.

28   Revisiting the Babies’ Rainbow Connection

Disney Junior delivers an awesome new CG-animated reboot of Muppet Babies, packed with clever adventures, pop culture references and catchy tunes.

By Ramin Zahed

30   A Moveable Feast

Humor and fun are the main ingredients in the mouth-watering new comedy Tasty Tales of the Food Truckers.

By Ramin Zahed

32   Kids Gone Wild!

Matt Burnett and Ben Levin discuss the making of their new Cartoon Network show Craig of the Creek.

By Ramin Zahed

36   Rising Stars of Animation 2018

Our classic annual highlight of talented, diverse and incredibly creative up-and-comers returns. This year’s brilliant group includes key creatives on highly anticipated projects and visionary creators on the rise.

44   Tech Reviews

Atomic Fiction’s Conductor, Thinkbox Software’s Deadline 10 and Red Giant’s Universe 2.2.

By Todd Sheridan Perry

46   Opportunity and Confusion

Little Airplane’s founder reflects on the industry’s ongoing struggle to incorporate “new” digital platforms.

By Josh Selig

47   Lord of the Rink

A combination of interesting characters, an unusual sport and an understated romance made Yuri!!! on ICE one of the breakout hits of 2016 in Japan.

By Charles Solomon

48   A Day in the Life of …

The directors and producers of nominated short Negative Space take us along at the 90th Oscars.