2011 Issues

2011 Issues

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      Issue #217 December 2011 / January 2012

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      A Grand Adventure - Global sensation Tintin finally arrives in America, thanks to a spectacular movie directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson.

      Once More, with Feathers - George Miller's Oscar-winning, soft-shoeing penguin crew is back in the new 3-D adventure, Happy Feet Two.

      The Island of Lost Chipmunks - The CG-animated singing critters are back and in excellent form in the new family movie Chipwrecked.

      How to Create a Spanish Gem - Director Ignacio Ferreras discusses the joys and challenges of adapting the graphic novel Arrugas (Wrinkles) into a 2D animated film.

      Television

      Building a Multi-Dimensional Spy's World - Mixing traditional animation with 3D-generated backgrounds allows for cinematic directing in FX's animated hit series Archer.

      VFX

      Divine Digital Intervention - Raymond Gieringer, vfx supervisor of the current box-office hit Immortals, discusses how he and his team created stunning battle sequences involving both ancient gods and mortals.

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      Oscar Preview 2011

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      A High-Tech, Dysfunctional Santa's Coming to Town - How the wizards at Aardman joined forces with Sony Animation to deliver the poignant and funny CG-animated holiday adventure, Arthur Christmas.

      Awards Preview '11

      The Big Picture! - Past Oscar winners and nominees (and some of this year's top contenders) share their views on the toon business in this exclusive Animag feature.

      Something Worth Tweeting About! - Tweety, Sylvester, Granny and some familiar voices make the new Warner Bros. 3-D short the cat's meow.

      Animation Magazine's Oscar Watch [Part 1 of 4] - Early award season watchers seem to be unable (or unwilling) to pick frontrunners in the animation race this year. But most of them have high hopes for a certain Belgian boy reporter and his dog Snowy.

      The 2012 Features Race - Which of the 2011 releases will be leading the Best Animated Feature Oscar race, and which will be left in the dust? Here are our recaps (and pre-caps!) of the possible contenders and their chances for the winner's circle.

      The Long and Short of It - We've got the goods on films witty, dark, hand-crafted or technological edge-pushing that have earned consideration for a coveted Best Animated Short Oscar nomination.

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      Issue #216 November 2011

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      A Swashbuckling Cat for All Seasons - Shrek's beloved sidekick Puss in Boots takes center stage in DreamWorks' beautifully crafted 3-D adventure.

      Television

      Kung Fu Panda Proves His Chops on Nick - Po and his warrior pals get ready to fight the good fight on an awesome new weekly show.

      Midwestern Madness - Adult Swim brings Brad Neely's zany characters to animated life in the new series, China, IL.

      Nos Amis Across the Sea - How the French government is bolstering international animated co-productions, plus a whirlwind tour of top toon houses.

      Keeping Toons Alive in Old Blighty - Despite a rough financial climate, U.K. TV animation producers continue to fight the good fight.

      Cartoons at Cannes

      2011 MIPCOM Guide to Cartoons - Our handy guide to the top animated fare available at the market, listed alphabetically by producing studio/distributors.

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      Issue #215 October 2011

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      The Dark Knight Rewinds - Warner Bros. delivers a striking new animated feature focusing on Bruce Wayne's first year as Batman.

      A Fin-de-Siècle Fantasy - DreamWorks veteran Bibo Bergeron goes back to his French roots with A Monster in Paris, an elegant CG-animated feature set in 1910.

      Roaming Deeper into The Lion King - Disney's beloved classic gets a stereoscopic 3-D makeover and theatrical release in advance of its October Blu-ray release.

      Television

      Gods of Animation Smile at MTV - The cabler toons up its schedule with new episodes of Mike Judge's beloved Beavis and Butt-Head and the premiere of the surfer show Good Vibes.

      Fox Strives for Flippin' Good TV - Fox-TV's new animation lineup sees the awkward teens of Napoleon Dynamite get a toon makeover, and Jonah Hill as a sophisticated schoolboy in Allen Gregory.

      Euro Toons Parade in Poland - Sixty-six new animated properties fight for buyer and funding attention at the 22nd edition of Cartoon Forum in Sopot.

      How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love CG - Veteran animator and supervising director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars discusses the digital evolution of his job. [by David Filoni]

      Home Entertainment

      Autumn Chillers and Charmers on Disc - Dumbo, Danny Phantom, Vash the Stampede and two spooky DreamWorks specials are this month's entertainment options for a cozy fall night.

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      Issue #214 September 2011

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      Smurfs and the City - Peyo's beloved little blue creatures come to CG life in Sony's Smurfalicious 3-D hybrid extravaganza.

      Television

      Tail-Waggingly Terrific - Hasbro Studios and The Hub let the fresh new dogs out in the charming reboot of Pound Puppies.

      Siggraph '11

      Your Essential SIGGRAPH '11 Tip Sheet - Our list of the key events to check out at this year's SIGGRAPH Expo in Vancouver (Aug. 7-11).

      SIGGRAPH Recruiters Hum 'O, Canada' - A look at which studios are looking to hire at the big CG confab.

      The Quiet Revolution - A timely SIGGRAPH panel examines the pros and cons of distributed production.

      Home Entertainment

      Midsummer Fun on DVD - Enjoy these old favorites and shiny new toon treats while you nurse your sunburn. If you don't like them, you can use the discs as coasters at next year's BBQ.

      VFX

      Not Your Grampa's Campfire Story - Industrial Light & Magic helps intergalactic creatures invade the Wild West in Universal's Cowboys & Aliens.

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      Issue #213 July/August 2011

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      Back to the Days of Christopher Robin & Pooh - Disney returns to the basics with the terrific 2D movie Winnie the Pooh, which is inspired by five classic stories by A.A. Milne.

      Sweet Serpent - Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters' charming Ballad of Nessie brings a certain lake-dwelling Scottish monster to animated life.

      Prepare for the Stampede! - Eleven Arts and FUNimation are bringing Vash the Stampede to the U.S. and Canada with the North American release of Trigun: Badlands Rumble.

      Television

      Those Super Space Cats Are Back! - Cartoon Network premieres a new, high-energy take on the hugely popular show ThunderCats, produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Studio 4°C.

      Welcome to your Phineas & Ferb Summer! - To mark the fifth anniversary of the show, a new TV movie featuring the popular animated siblings premieres on Disney Channel and Disney XD in August.

      VFX

      The Robots Invade a New Dimension - Michael Bay's shiny Transformers are back for their third big screen outing, but this time they require a lot more vfx magic in 3-D.

      Comic-Con '11

      Bam! Pow! Ka-Ching! - Just in time for Comic-Con, Ron Richards of iFanboy.com talks us through the dizzying array of comic-book based films careening towards theaters.

      Opportunities

      Navigating the Platform Jungle - L.A.'s Otis College of Art and Design leads the way with classes on animation and gaming for the latest digital media apps and mobile platforms.

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      Issue #212 June 2011

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      Features - Mr. Lasseter’s Wild Ride John Lasseter and his A-Team at Pixar up the ante for Lightning McQueen, Mater and the rest of their four-wheel buddies in the summer’s highly anticipated sequel, Cars 2. Return of the Kung Fu Beast from the East - Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson reveals how DreamWorks is bringing back Po and the Furious Five for a 3-D rematch in Kung Fu Panda 2. A Superbe Year for French Animation - A record number of top-notch animated movies are slated to be released in France. Is it just coincidence or a sign of things to come? Television - Gumball Begins Reign of Color - Cartoon Network Europe’s hot new series serves up the adventures of an animated sitcom family with amazing verve and visual pizzazz. A Classic Tale Gets a 21st Century Reboot - DQ Entertainment prepares a 3-D CGanimated version of Edith Nesbit’s family classic, Five Children and It. Home Entertainment - New Summer Discs Turn Up the Heat - Whether you’re craving superheroes, ‘90s nostalgia or some heavy metal, new DVD and Blu-ray sets will help you ride out bikini season. Lisensing - 2011 Licensing Wish List - A quick run-down of what to expect from top toon franchises at this year’s Licensing International Expo held in Las Vegas, June 14-16. Visual Effects - Seeing the (Green) Light! - Sony Imageworks vfx supervisor Jim Berney and his team revisit the classic comic book and use real-world references to construct the luminous world of Green Lantern.

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      Issue #211 April/May 2011

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      Features - Brazilian Rhapsody: Under the direction of Carlos Saldanha, the team at Blue Sky delivers Rio, a visually stunning valentine to the birds, the beauty and the infectious music of Brazil. Television - The Totally Odd Couple: Bugs and Daffy share a home in The Looney Tunes Show, an offbeat new half-hour toon which introduces the classic characters to a new generation of Cartoon Network audience. MIPTV Special - 10 New Shows to Write Home About: We sample 10 of the hot new toons that will be available for pick-up at the MIPTV market in Cannes this month. Cartoons at Cannes - A Guide to Animation for MipTV 2011. Home Entertainment - Spring Showers Bring Toon Flowers Disney classics old and new, anime musthaves and Besson's Arthur are in bloom on DVD and Blu-ray! VFX - CG Creature Double Feature: Universal serves up two very different films, Hop and Paul, with a common link: both feature computer animated stars in live-action environs. Opportunities - Head of the Class: How Toon Boom inspires a new generation of animators in classrooms around the world.

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      Issue #210 March 2011

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      Features - Director Gore Verbinski and ILM vfx supervisor Hal Hickel discuss the making of "Rango"; A Spanish studio delivers a love story infused with Cuban and American rhythms in Chico & Rita; Cartoon Movie offers a fine collection of Eurocentric animated fare with eclectic themes and styles. Oscar Watch - All the animation and vfx-related categories you really care about are here. Shorts - The German co-directors of the acclaimed special "The Gruffalo" dicscss how they adapted the popular children's book for the small screen; Director Alex Weil and the team at Charlex kick off the new year with a CG-aniamted flight of fancy titled "ShapeShifter". Television - The Hub's new "Transformers Prime" series adds sophisticated storylines and top-notch CG animation to the popular franchise. VFX - Veteran supe Greg McMurry reveals some of the clever ways he and the artists at ILM, Entity FX and Hammerhead deliverd the visual magic for "I Am Number Four".

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      Issue #209 February 2011

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      Features - Director Kelly Asbury and producer Baker Bloodworth talk about the challenges and rewards of their new animated movie "Gnomeo and Juliet"; "Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance" gets ready for its flight to U.S. theaters. Oscar Watch - Our quick glance guide to the key effects of this year's Oscar VFX contenders. Television - Warner Bros. Animation delivers the next evolution of your favorite teen heroes for Cartoon Network's "Young Justice"; The new addition to FOX-TV's Sunday night lineup is "Bob's Burgers" by Loren Bouchard; Preschool veterans Robert Scull and Jonny Belt dive in with their swimming new educational series, "Bubble Guppies"; Disney TV Animatoin's new preschool show "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" revisits Peter Pan's old haunts.