Gene of All Trades

Some things stay with you for a lifetime. When I was a kid I read a Yogi Bear comic strip in the newspaper in which Ranger Smith punks Yogi by filling his enormous Christmas stocking ... Continue Reading →

New ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Short Debuts Friday

Fans who are hungry for more of Hotel Transylvania’s Drac and the rest of his monster pals have reason to celebrate this Friday. Sony is debuting a charming new animated short, directed ... Continue Reading →

Alexander Film: A Forgotten Toon Powerhouse

Some years back I was talking with a veteran animation director about animation’s Golden Age. “Golden age?” he replied, with an expression of disdain, “I don’t remember getting ... Continue Reading →

Genndy Does the Monster Mash

Acclaimed animation world veteran Genndy Tartakovsky brings some old cartoon-y magic to Sony’s summer frightfest Hotel Transylvania. Last summer, when Sony Animation announced that ... Continue Reading →

Tartakovsky Signs Overall Deal with Sony Animation

Acclaimed animation veteran Genndy Tartakovsky has inked an overall deal with Sony Pictures Animation. The overall agreement goes beyond his current role as director of Hotel Transylvania ... Continue Reading →

Euro Dash

DreamWorks’ delightful zoo buddies find some new European pals in the third chapter of the Madagascar trilogy. After the huge box office success of their first two movies, everybody ... Continue Reading →

A Fin-de-Siècle Fantasy: ‘A Monster in Paris’

DreamWorks veteran Bibo Bergeron goes back to his French roots with A Monster in Paris, an elegant CG-animated feature set in 1910. French director Bibo Bergeron has directed two very ... Continue Reading →

Ed Benedict and the Cartoon Revolution

The recent release of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh illustrates just how much the look of animation has changed over the past twenty years. Today, of course, we regard such changes as ... Continue Reading →

Leon Schlesinger in Dollars and Scents!

Animation corporate executives have not always been highly regarded by the artists who work for them, particularly during the Golden Age. One exception to that trend was Leon Schlesinger, ... Continue Reading →

Comic-Con: Mike Judge and ‘Beavis and Butt-head’ Impress

Mike Judge and his beloved dim-witted duo Beavis and Butt-head also made an appearance at Comic-Con on Friday to spread the word about the return of the animated series to MTV this ... Continue Reading →