2012 Issues

2012 Issues

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      Issue #225.5 Academy/December 2012

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      League of Extraordinary Characters - How director Peter Ramsey and his brilliant team of DreamWorks artists and technicians created the majestic worlds of Rise of the Guardians.

      And Now, For Something Completely Different... - A Liar's Autobiography uses various animation techniques to shed light on the outrageous life and career of the late Monty Python player, Graham Chapman.

      Awards Preview 2012

      Let the Awards Race Begin! - Is it just us or is the Best Animated Features race shaping up to be one of the more exciting categories of the award season once again?

      The Short List: Oscars 2013 Edition - Though the year's jam-packed schedule of festivals bestowing Oscar-qualifying awards has yet to wrap up, there's still a vast and diverse landscape of possible Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film nominees to peruse.

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      Issue #225 November 2012

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      He's Got Game! - Inspired by many of our favorite videogames, Disney's Wreck-It Ralph delivers a funny, original and heartwarming tale about an 8-bit bad guy in search of a new life.

      Dawn of the Dead Pets - Director Tim Burton pays homage to his favorite monster movies and his childhood pet in the charming stop-motion gem Frankenweenie.

      Television

      Cartoon Network Turns 20 - A look at how the trailblazing 24-hour cable channel has changed the toon landscape and evolved over the last 20 years. Plus a timeline of milestones and first person P.O.V.s from some of the talented people involved in CN's evolution.

      Events

      Cartoons at Cannes - Our annual guide to MIPCOM includes buyer profiles, top picks for new animated shows at the market and content listings from studios and distributors.

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      Issue #224 October 2012

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      Genndy Does the Monster Mash - Acclaimed animation world veteran Genndy Tartakovsky brings some old cartoon-y magic to Sony's summer frightfest Hotel Transylvania.

      A Czech Toy Story - An inventive, English-language version of Jirí Barta's acclaimed stop-motion feature Toys in the Attic arrives in the U.S. this month.

      Television

      A Fresh Order of Heroes in a Half-Shell - Nick launches a brand new CG take on an '80s classic with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

      How to Hang with Your Dragon - DreamWorks and Cartoon Network join forces to deliver the further adventures of Hiccup and Toothless in the new series Dragons: Riders of Berk.

      The Hot Sheet: Eight Shows to Track Down at MIP Junior - A quick peek at some of the hot new TV titles debuting at Cannes.

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      Issue #223 September 2012

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      He Hears Dead People - LAIKA studio's second feature, ParaNorman, is an original stopmotion horror story for kids of all ages.

      The Bugs Are Back! - Director Shinji Aramaki and exec producer Casper Van Dien take us back to the world of Verhoeven's classic with the new CG-animated movie Starship Troopers: Invasion.

      Siggraph Special

      2012 SIGGRAPH Must-Sees - With the 39th annual conference and exhibit running August 5-9 in the Los Angeles Convention Center, there's plenty for CG fanatics and technophiles to check out.

      Shorts

      A Cutting-Edge Valentine to a Gone-by Era - The new Disney short Paperman offers a visually striking marriage between CG and traditional animation.

      VFX

      Soaring Heights - The third and final chapter in Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy delivers plenty of spectacular visuals and mind-boggling vfx scenes that linger in memory long after the final credits roll.

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      Issue #222 July/August 2012

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      Scrat and Mammoths and Pirates, Oh My! - The fourth installment of the Ice Age franchise introduces several new characters as well as meticulously rendered visuals to draw fans back into theaters.

      Television

      He's a Bad Mother … Shut Yo Mouth! We're only talking about Adult Swim's newest animated star and his funkadelic show, Black Dynamite! Can ya dig it?

      Inside Cartoon Network's Super Hot Summer - An offbeat Internet fruit sensation, a group of animated reality kids and mystical LEGO fighters add an extra punch to the cable network's summer lineup.

      Comic-Con Special

      Cartoons @ Comic-Con - Before you have a scheduling-induced panic attack, consult our list of cool toon events to squeeze in at the San Diego event this July 12-15.

      VFX

      Extreme Webslinging Ahead! - Our writer goes behind the scenes of Sony's Amazing Spider-Man reboot to uncover the secrets of some of its high-end visual effects.

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      Issue #221 June 2012

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      Meet the Bonnie Lass of Brave - Pixar breaks the toon and tech molds once again with its 3-D Scottish princess adventure

      Euro Dash - DreamWorks' delightful zoo buddies find some new European pals in the third chapter of the Madagascar trilogy.

      Television

      Tales from the Weird Side - Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch taps his childhood memories to create the offbeat world of the hot new Disney Channel cartoon.

      Tapping in to The Grid - Disney XD puts a fresh spin on a sci-fi classic with the new series TRON: Uprising.

      Annecy

      Short on Minutes, Long on Talent - The 2012 edition of the Annecy Festival puts an amazingly diverse and creative range of animated shorts from al over the world in the spotlight.

      VFX

      A Hot VFX Summer Sampler - We focus on some of the innovative digital effects of three of the season's early blockbusters.

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      Issue #220 April/May 2012

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      Avast, Aardman Magic Ahoy! - With The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Peter Lord and his team have outdone themselves with another delightful, beautifully crafted animated movie.

      More Than Just a Pretty Picture - An appraising look at Jean-François Laguionie's latest work of art, The Painting.

      Television

      Korra: The Next Airbender! - From the minds behind Nickelodeon's acclaimed Avatar comes an exciting new chapter with a brand new heroine, The Legend of Korra.

      Teen Spidey Reports for Duty - Ultimate Spider-Man begins to spin its colorful web on Disney XD's new Marvel block.

      MIPTV

      La Dolce Vita Animata - Indie animation producers in Italy continue to deliver the goods despite tough financial challenges and the slow growth of revenue from multimedia projects.

      Anniversary Special

      25 TV Shows That Defined the Toon Landscape (1986-2011)

      Blockbuster Bonanza! Top 20 Animated Movies at the Box Office

      Looking Back in Wonder - Animation Magazine's founder recalls the early days of the publication and 25 years of unbelievable changes in the toon business

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      Issue #219 March 2012

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      Features

      Arrietty: A Tale Twice Borrowed - How Disney brought Studio Ghibli's take on The Borrowers to U.S. audiences.

      Saving the Truffula Trees of Life - How the team at Illumination Entertainment put a shiny new 3-D polish on Dr. Seuss' cautionary, environmentally themed The Lorax.

      Bravo, L'Europe! - Lyon's Cartoon Movie cuts the ribbon for 50 eclectic titles created for both young and mature audiences worldwide next month.

      Shorts

      Sunday Afternoon with Patrick - Canadian indie Patrick Doyon's subtle short Dimanche (Sunday) is a testament to the simple pleasures of 2D animation and well-observed reflections of life.

      A Chicken's Tale Told in Three Acts - Grant Orchard's clever first short, A Morning Stroll, combines various animation styles to tell a delightful story with a twist.

      Television

      The Kinder, Gentler Robots Are Here! - The Hub's Transformers Rescue Bots opens the door to a more peaceful universe for younger fans of the franchise.

      VFX

      An Eye-Popping Homage to Jules Verne - How Journey 2 director Brad Peyton and his vfx team crafted the thrilling visuals of the 3-D fantasy adventure.

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      Issue #218 February 2012

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      Belle of the Stereo Ball - How Disney Feature Animation blended artistry and technology to bring Beauty and the Beast into 3-D.

      The Annies Shake Things Up! - You can look forward to a lot of surprises and top-notch entertainment at the 39th edition of the Annie Awards in February.

      Oscar 2012

      Eye on the Oscars: Animated Shorts - We survey the 10 amazing titles shortlisted by the Academy.

      Shorts

      Expanding the Magical World of William Joyce - How Hurricane Katrina and a veteran children's book advocate in New York City inspired an award-winning animated short and popular iPad app.

      Television

      Welcome to the Emerald Knight's Reboot! - DC Comics' evergreen hero faces new villains and unforeseen challenges in Warner Bros. Animation's hot new Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

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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.