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.
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.
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.
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.
A Cutting-Edge Valentine to a Gone-by Era - The new Disney short Paperman offers a visually striking marriage between CG and traditional animation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Hot VFX Summer Sampler - We focus on some of the innovative digital effects of three of the season's early blockbusters.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eye on the Oscars: Animated Shorts - We survey the 10 amazing titles shortlisted by the Academy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Swashbuckling Cat for All Seasons - Shrek's beloved sidekick Puss in Boots takes center stage in DreamWorks' beautifully crafted 3-D adventure.
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.
Limited Edition Speed Racer lithograph with certificate of authenticity. This lithograph brings to life the excitement of the original Speed Racer series, which was created by the Tatsunoko Studios in Japan in 1965. The series came to America in a dubbed version in 1967. The poster bears an official Speed Racer Enterprises seal and features a facsimile signature of Ippei Kuri the Key Animator/Director of the original Speed Racer cartoons. 17-1/2 wide x 21-3/4 high. Shipped unframed and rolled in a protective tube.
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.
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]
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.
Smurfs and the City - Peyo's beloved little blue creatures come to CG life in Sony's Smurfalicious 3-D hybrid extravaganza.
Tail-Waggingly Terrific - Hasbro Studios and The Hub let the fresh new dogs out in the charming reboot of Pound Puppies.
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.
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.
Not Your Grampa's Campfire Story - Industrial Light & Magic helps intergalactic creatures invade the Wild West in Universal's Cowboys & Aliens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Same content as Issue #116 (Cover A), just different cover image! Limited print Collector's Cover starring Pamela Anderson of Stripperella, based on characters created by Stan Lee. Ward Kimball: 1914-2002 - We are sad to report that legendary Disney artist, animator, designer and filmmaker Ward Kimball passed away on July 8 at the age of 88. MGL Takes Toys to TV. The One Big Cartoon Pitch: European Producers Gather at Cartoon Forum.
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.
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".
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.
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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.
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