2013 Issues

2013 Issues

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      Issue #235 December 2013

      $8.00

      Features

      Disney on Ice - Frozen, the studio's 53rd animated feature, puts a modern spin on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

      The Tale of an Unlikely Friendship - Director Benjamin Renner discusses the making of his beautifully crafted, 2D feature Ernest and Celestine.

      Khumba Earns Its Stripes - The scoop on South African indie Triggerfish's second feature.

      Television

      Swept Away - The team behind the two Gruffalo specials delivers another family gem, the charming CG-animated special Room on the Broom.

      Festivals and Events

      Oscar Contenders: 2013 Edition - The annual face off between major Hollywood toon blockbusters and independent efforts makes for another nail-biting Best Animated Feature race this year.

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      Issue #234 November 2013

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      Features

      Get Ready for a Real Turkey Feast! - The creative forces behind Reel FX's new animated feature Free Birds discuss the choices behind their time-traveling turkey pic.

      Miyazaki's Fond Farewell - Legendary Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki bows out of the limelight with his final Studio Ghibli feature, The Wind Rises.

      Out-of-This-World Visuals - Framestore's vfx master Tim Webber discusses the stunning CG elements of Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity.

      Television

      It All Adds Up Beautifully! - The whimsical new PBS series Peg + Cat helps kids understand simple mathematical concepts without coming across as boring or pedantic.

      People

      Meet the Buyers: 2013 Edition - Before you attempt to rub elbows with key toon buyers at the MIPCOM market, grease those puppies up with the inside scoop on their likes, dislikes and possible conversation starters.

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      Issue #233 October 2013

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      Save Room for Seconds! - Sony Pictures Animation delivers a delicious second helping with its 3-D CG sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

      The Reign in Spain - Kandor Graphics' Justin and the Knights of Valour delivers a charming adventure set in an enchanted kingdom.

      Television

      Cartoon Network's Extra-Good Mornin' The manic minds behind the channel's new 2D toon Uncle Grandpa give us a glimpse into their super-positive world.

      Nine Shows to Track Down at MIP Junior The MIP Junior event in Cannes gives buyers and execs a look at the future of kids' entertainment. Here are nine new shows that landed on our toontastic radar.

      People

      Rising Stars of Animation - 2013's crop of up-and-coming animators proves there's still room for originality and inventiveness in the toon landscape.

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      Issue #232 August/September 2013

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      Flying the Friendly Skies - Disney's Planes takes off thanks to a crowd-pleasing storyline and colorful cast of high-flying characters.

      The Battle for Smurfette's Soul - The Smurfs 2 director Raja Gosnell and animation director Richard Hoover spill the beans on the trials and tribulations of bringing the little blue creatures' second big cinematic adventure to life.

      Television

      A Walk on the Bright Side - TV animation auteur Craig McCracken chats with us about the challenges and rewards of his charming new Disney Channel show, Wander Over Yonder.

      Hulk to the Power of Five - Expect lots of larger-than-life dilemmas, plenty of action and dysfunctional family jokes in Marvel's new series Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. for Disney XD.

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      Issue #231 July 2013

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      The Gru Next Door - Universal/Illumination's acclaimed anti-hero returns to the big screen in the 3-D summer sequel Despicable Me 2.

      Hail the Magnificent Mollusc - Turbo, DreamWorks' second animated feature of 2013, offers a high-energy tale about an unlikely hero who dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500 race.

      Television

      The Dream Team Is Back - Marvel's Avengers Assemble brings the very popular and quirky superheroes to the Disney XD lineup this summer.

      Holy Awesome, CG-Animated Show, Batman! - Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson chat with us about Beware the Batman, their highly anticipated animated series on Cartoon Network.

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      Issue #230 June 2013

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      Features

      Blue Sky Goes Green - Epic, the new animated adventure from director Chris Wedge and his gifted team at Blue Sky Studios, opens the door to a world inhabited by fantastic creatures hidden from plain sight.

      Mike and Sulley's College Adventure - Pixar's much-anticipated Monsters University raises the bar on big feature prequels this summer.

      Oz Revisited - Roger S. Baum's further adventures of his great-grandfather's beloved characters are given a new animated life in Summertime's Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.

      Television

      The Tale of a Boy and His Snake - Sanjay and Craig, Nickelodeon's eccentric and hilarious new animated series, is exactly the kind of show we love to see on the kid's cabler.

      Events

      Illuminating Shorts - Our reporter zeroes in on four toons that represent the rich diversity of talent spotlighted at the Annecy Festival this year.

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      Issue #229 April/May 2013

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      Features

      A Croodaceaous-Era Flashback - DreamWorks Animation's latest feature The Croods goes back to the basics with a strong family comedy set in a magical, prehistoric period.

      The B-Movie Beasts Are Baaaaack! - Emmy-winning animation veterans Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle spill the beans on their eagerly awaited Nickelodeon show.

      Television

      A Monstrously Good Show - Disney Junior and Brown Bag Films introduce preschool audiences to a close-nit creature family in a new toon called Henry Hugglemonster.

      Territory Report: French TV Animation in 2013

      Events

      Lucky 13! - A baker's dozen of hot shows to seek out at MIPTV.

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      Issue #228 March 2013

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      Features

      Collodi's Wooden Boy Comes Back to Life - Italian director Enzo D'Alò serves up a faithful new animated feature based on the original Pinocchio.

      A Zany Return to Area 51 - Director Cal Brunker stresses strong visuals and iconic imagery in the new, sci-fi comedy movie Escape from Planet Earth.

      Television

      The Millenial Hipster Superheroes Have Arrived! - Warner Bros. Animation takes the familiar DC characters in a totally new direction in the upcoming Cartoon Network series Teen Titans Go!

      Putting Himself Out There - How South Park veteran Ryan Quincy tapped his awkward phase for IFC's first original cartoon.

      Events

      Cartoon Movie Pics at a Glance - Quick takes on some of the new European-grown animated features presented at the event.

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      Issue #226 January 2013

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      Features

      A Valentine to a Vanished Era - Goro Miyazaki's delicate, coming-of-age movie From Up on Poppy Hill offers a welcome respite from the loud, CG world of most American movies.

      Building a Beguiling Bengal Tiger - VFX supervisor Bill Westenhofer discusses some of the mind-blowing visual effects of Ang Lee's Life of Pi.

      Television

      The Return of a Seasonal Friend - Channel 4 and Lupus Films revive Raymond Briggs' beloved characters in a new animated special The Snowman and the Snowdog.

      Stop Motion Casts a Spell on SpongeBob - How the talented team at Screen Novelties brought a familiar 2D toon to 3D life in the It's a SpongeBob Christmas! special.

      Events

      2013 Anniversaries - We celebrate the toon old-timers (and some fresh faces) celebrating milestone anniversaries this year.