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White Fang: In Praise of the Underdog

Alexandre Espigares Director Alexandre Espigares ... Continue Reading →
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Renegade Animation at 25: The Little Toon Train that Could

How much of a challenge has it been to keep an animation studio up and running throughout the industry’s vast technological and artistic upheaval of the past 25 years? You can definitely ... Continue Reading →
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‘Maya’ Buzzes Off to U.K., Nordics

Studio 100 Film has secured a new distribution deal for its CG-animated Maya the Bee movie with London-based entertainment company Primal Screen. The agreement includes all rights for ... Continue Reading →
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Price Was Right, and a Farewell

After 163 entries over the course of 2½ years — all culled from the thousand or so interviews stowed inside my garage — I have decided that it is time to call a wrap on Tales from ... Continue Reading →
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Remembering Martha Sigall

Very few people can be called irreplaceable, but Martha Goldman Sigall, who passed away this week at the age of 97, was one. Martha was a walking encyclopedia of the American animation ... Continue Reading →
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Stamps of Approval

A few days back I was in the post office to buy stamps. “So what?” you may be asking, so, so this: when the postal clerk offered me a selection to choose from, I was delighted ... Continue Reading →
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The Problem With Predictions

The critical success of this fall’s salsa-flavored The Book of Life got me thinking about an effort a decade ago by the Canadian company H2V to create a series of urban Hispanic-oriented ... Continue Reading →
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Remembering ‘Click’

As I write this, the country is mourning the death of Tom Magliozzi, NPR radio star and possessor of the most infectious cackle since Stan Laurel. Tom and his brother Ray Magliozzi ... Continue Reading →
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Which Witch is Which?

Halloween season seems to be the perfect time to bring up one a cartoon character who had one of the most remarkable careers of any animated figure in toon history: Witch Hazel. Live ... Continue Reading →
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There is No ‘I’ in Team (If ‘I’ Means ‘Interest’)

The above title may be a provocative one since motion pictures, both live action and animated, based on comic book teams – X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, and so on ... Continue Reading →