2010 Issues

2010 Issues

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      Issue #208 Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011

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      Features - After several years of revisions and reboots, Disney serves up "Tangled", a thoroughly modern, seamlessly animated version of Rapunzel with memorable characters, inspired songs and surprisingly emotional moments; Anime vionsary Mamoru Hosoda imagines a clash between two realities in his 2D sci-fi hit, "Summer Wars"; "Yogi Bear’s" animation director talks about the process of bringing Hanna-Barbera’s famous Jellystone resident to CG life. Television - Rubicon Studio's CEO and founder Randa Ayoubi realizes her ambitious plans by putting Jordan on the global animation map with new international partnerships and innovative educational initiatives. VFX - The penultimate Harry Potter movie, "The Deathly Hallows, Part 1", offers a dark, grown-up adventure glistening with astonishing visual effects; "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" provides many opportunities for the killer vfx teams at Moving Picture Company and Cinesite to make an unforgettable visual splash.

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      Issue #207b Oscar Preview

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      Features - Based on a script by the late French helmer Jacques Tati, Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist" delivers a beautiful homage to a vanishing breed of entertainers; Studio Ghibli reinvents Mary Norton's tale for anime audiences in "The Borrower Arrietty"; useful, real-world tips on directing animation for indie films, excepted from David B. Levy's upcoming book "Directing Aniamtion". Shorts - Director Harry Chaskin discusses his award-winning, stop-motion short, "Bygone Behemoth"; Warner Bros. revives the eternal Wile E. Coyote vs Road Runner battle in a trio of clever, beautifully executed CG shorts. Oscar Watch - Experts weigh in on the animated feature race; A brief guide to the Best Animated Feature contenders and what they are bringing to the Oscar nomination ring this year; An animated peek at 2011 and what features will be playing in theaters next year; A look at the animated shorts that have nabbed awards at various festivals recognized by the Academy

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      Issue #207a November 2010

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      Feature - DreamWorks Animation’s latest 3-D feat, "Megamind", tells a story full of heart and humor from a super-villain’s POV; Prolific artist Bill Plympton takes us behind the scenes of his latest movie, "Idiots and Angels", and discusses the fast-changing world of animation. MIPCOM Special - Based on a popular French book series, Moonscoop’s new animated show "Tara Duncan" is ready to cast its spell on young audiences around the world; Studio100’s new CG-animated version of "Maya the Bee" is poised to win a whole new generation of fans; Aardman’s "Timmy Time" finds the perfect American home on Disney Channel; Our annual Buyers Guide, exec Q & A, show highlights and a look at what’s new from toon studios around the globe. VFX - It took a lot of smooth and well-calibrated vfx work to bring the explosions, stand-offs and flying bullet sequences of "Red" to the screen.

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      Issue #206 October 2010

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      Features - Director Zack Snyder leaves live-action behind to tackle a sweeping 3-D animated adaptation of "Legend of the Guardians", featuring a brave parliament of owls.; "Alpha and Omega", the new 3-D CG-animated pic from Crest Animation and Lionsgate, charts the unlikely friendship between two very different kinds of wolves; Paul and Sandra Fierlinger’s animated adaptation of "My Dog Tulip" tells a poignant, personal tale through realistic and simple drawings and paperless TVPaint technology. Television - The Hub’s president and CEO Margaret Loesch discusses the new Hasbro/Discovery venture’s programming lineup and philosophy; Warner Bros. Animation brings Alfred E. Neuman and the satirizing sizzle of "MAD" to animated life with its new skit series; Disney Channel’s new animated series "Fish Hooks" introduces viewers to a hilarious cast of characters with a backdrop of a great-looking pet shop.. Breakthrough entertainment and Brazil's 2DlAb join forces on the new preschool series, "My Big Big Friend". Home Entertainment - Director Bradley Raymond and producer Helen Kalafatic share the magic of Tinker Bell’s third solo flight on DVD.

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      Issue #205 September 2010

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      Feature - Goro Miyazaki’s adaptation of Urula K. Le Guin’s "Earthsea" series finally makes its debut in the U.S.; Bob Osher and Hannah Minghella discuss the Sony's exciting animation pipeline. Television - Toon mastermind Butch Hartman chats about the making of his new Nickelodeon show "T.U.F.F. Puppy" and shares a few creative secrets of the trade; Dino Stamatopoulos’ cool new slice of stop-motion heaven Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole features a time-traveling Dr. Frankenstein and a cast of Xerox-faced celebrity puppets. VFX - VFX supervisor Frazer Churchill reveals a few of the spectacular behind-the-scenes secrets of "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"; Tech reviews of Vicon's boujou 5.0, Massive, NVIDIA's Quadro FX for Mac, Photoshop & After Effects CS5, the Foundry's Mari. SIGGRAPH Highlights - What’s new from the major players at this year’s computer art and technology confab. Animag’s 2010 Annual Student Reel Awards - Check out our favorite student shorts from 2010’s talented crop of young animators.

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      Issue #204 August 2010

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      Feature - Inspired by Bond, Mr. Bean and the art of cartoonist Charles Addams, Chris Meledandri and his team at Illumination introduce the world to a colorful new villain in "Despicable Me". Comic-Con Highlights - Highlights of the San Diego convention, the latest tidbits on upcoming comic-inspired movies and a look at the new comic-book horizon in digital apps. Television - Genndy Tartakovsky, Bryan Andrews and Paul Rudish talk about the nuts and bolts of "Sym-Bionic Titan", their exciting new Cartoon Network series. VFX - Industrial Light & magic’s Pablo Helman and Tim Harrington discuss making magic believabl with the latest in animation and vfx for M. Night Shyamalan’s "The Last Airbender"; Tippett Studios’ animation supervisor Tom Gibbons sinks his teeth into creating digital werewolves for "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse". Pitch Party 2010 - Meet the winners of Animag’s annual Pitch Party, check out the cool and creative contenders and learn tips on visual pitching from industry vet Marcie Begleiter.

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      Issue #203 June/July 2010 (Cover B)

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      Same Content as Issue #203 (Cover A), just a different cover image. Features - Mike Mitchell and the DreamWorks Animation team deliver "Shrek Forever After", the green machine’s final bow, in 3-D; Director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson share their thoughts on "Toy Story 3"; Finland’s Filmkompaniet gives a familiar European children’s classic a shimmering 3-D polish; Newton's exquisite new 3-D short "Day & Night" blends 2D and CG in a way we really haven't seen before. Television - Bender, Fry and the rest of the "Futurama" gang are back with new adventures as they find a shiny new home on Comedy Central; TBS explores the hot world of animated sitcoms with the clever new summer show "Neighbors from Hell". Special Report - ASIFA’s Golden Anniversary: Bill Dennis shares his reflections on ASIFA’s 50 year legacy of giving to the animation community. Licensing - Hot animation properties at Licensing Int'l Expo in Las Vegas this month

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      Issue #203 June/July 2010 (Cover A)

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      Features - Mike Mitchell and the DreamWorks Animation team deliver "Shrek Forever After", the green machine’s final bow, in 3-D; Director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson share their thoughts on "Toy Story 3"; Finland’s Filmkompaniet gives a familiar European children’s classic a shimmering 3-D polish; Newton's exquisite new 3-D short "Day & Night" blends 2D and CG in a way we really haven't seen before. Television - Bender, Fry and the rest of the "Futurama" gang are back with new adventures as they find a shiny new home on Comedy Central; TBS explores the hot world of animated sitcoms with the clever new summer show "Neighbors from Hell". Special Report - ASIFA’s Golden Anniversary: Bill Dennis shares his reflections on ASIFA’s 50 year legacy of giving to the animation community. Licensing - Hot animation properties at Licensing Int'l Expo in Las Vegas this month

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      Issue #202 April/May 2010

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      Feature - Co-directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois reveal the triumphs and tribulations of bringing DreamWorks’ majestic 3-D epic "How to Train Your Dragon" to animated life. Special Focus - 50 Years of Annecy: A Golden Tribute. In anticipation of the 50th anniversary edition of the Annecy Festival, animation luminaries tell us why they fell in love with this remarkable event. Plus, artistic director Serge Bromberg shares his memories and highlights of the upcoming festival. Television - Cartoon Network’s new action series "Generator Rex" combines sci fi gizmos, fantastical monsters and kick-butt battles; Angela Santomero, creator and exec producer of "Super WHY" and "Blue’s Clues", reflects on the essentials of creating a successful animated preschool show; Rome-based Mondo TV wags its tail for a new animated series based on the popular European toy brand, "Puppy in my Pocket"; Aardman's Wallace & Gromit adapt to new roles as patron saints of gizmo creators from all over the world. MIPTV Market Watch - Everything you need to know about this year’s TV animation market, but were too busy to ask! VFX - Animation supervisor David Schaub spills the beans on the painstaking task of creating 30 major characters for Tim Burton’s surreal "Alice in Wonderland"; Our annual quest to learn what makes top animators and effects artists tick. Find out the loves, loathings and favorite tech tools of artists from WETA, DreamWorks, Sony and more.

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      Issue #201 March 2010

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      Features - Learn all about director Don Hahn’s insightful new documentary "Waking Sleeping Beauty", which travels back to 1984 to chart the rebirth of Disney Studio’s creative spirit; A close look at what’s brewing in the hot, European animated melting pot at Cartoon Movie. Television - Comedy Central finds a terrific companion for "South Park", Devin Clark and David Stern’s horror-comedy about life with zombies, demons and werewolves called "Ugly Americans"; Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s popular podcasts come to life in HBO’s new animated venture, "The Ricky Gervais Show". Shorts - A curmudgeonly grandmother offers her view of a classic story in Brown Bag Films' Oscar-nominated "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty"; Polish director Tomek Baginski discusses the making of his beautifully animated CG short "The Kinematograph". VFX - How vfx supe Kevin Mack conjured up classic creatures and wondrous transformation scenes for the new fantasy pic "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief". Oscar Watch - A run-down of the final animated shorts and features Oscar nominees, and which toons are repping additional categories. The 2010 Anicomm Awards - We celebrate the best animated, most original, funniest and all-around awesome commercials of the past year!

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      Issue #200 February 2010

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      Television - "Adventure Time with Finn and Jake", one of the most anticipated shows of the year, premieres on Cartoon Network next month; FX pushes the envelope with "Archer", a clever new animated take on the international spy genre; "Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil" is Disney XD’s newest action-packed toon. Special Focus - Animation Magazine's 200th Issue: A look back at the key moments of the last 100 years of toon history; Teh shows, films and characters that won over today's industry heavyweights. Oscar Watch - Your handy guide to the vfx Oscar bake-off contenders. 2010 School Guide - Inspiration and information for animation students—plus our quick guide to animation, vfx and digital media university programs around the globe. VFX - How the magical world of James Cameron's awe-inspiring "Avatar" was created.

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      Issue #199 December 09/January 10

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      Features - The directors of the highly anticipated "The Princess and the Frog" discuss the studio's risky return to traditional animation and singing heroines; "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" promises more high-pitched singing and lots of elaborate CG-animated/live-action sequences; Director Tomm Moore shares his thoughts on the studio's breakout feature, "The Secret of Kells", and is bid for the animated Oscar race. Special Focus - Indian toon powerhouse, DQE, reflects on 10 years of astonishing growth; The smart and sassy French animation house, Marathon, celebrates 10 years of blending anime style and American toon conventions to create globally popular franchises. VFX - Phil Tippett spills the beans on creating the furrocious vfx for "Twilight: New Moon".