#281 – June-July 2018


#281 – June-July 2018

Life, Marriage and 2D Toons

Alison Snowden and David Fine are back in fine form with their clever new NFB short Animal Behaviour.

A Mouth-Watering Short

Domee Shi’s Pixar short Bao satisfies artistic appetite.

Bigger, Faster and Even More Incredible!

Brad Bird’s beloved family of superheroes are back in one of the year’s most highly anticipated animated features.

10 Questions for Nina Paley

The acclaimed flmmaker, artist and self-described hermit discusses her new feature Seder-Masochism.

Surviving the Taliban

Les Armateurs’ upcoming 2D-animated movie The Swallows of Kabul paints a frank picture of the harsh realities of life in Afghanistan.

Animation at the Movies: 2018 and Beyond

As the summer blockbuster season arrives, we undertake to give you a quick, comprehensive guide to the tentpole toons, eye-opening imports and underdog entries coming to theaters in the next couple of years.

Score One for Animation

Some of the top composers working in the animated feature arena discuss the essentials of their craft.

Music to Soothe the Toon Beasts

The talented composers behind some of today’s best-loved animated shows discuss their creative process.

Eight Things You Can’t Miss at Annecy

A Few Words from Monsieur le Directeur 

Marcel Jean, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival’s artistic director, shares a few trade secrets about this year’s amazing line-up.

A Sneak Peek from Paramount and Ilion  

DreamWorks to Unveil New Shorts at Annecy

10 Minutes with Pierre Sissmann

CEO of Cyber Group Studios,

Six Short Gems to Catch at Annecy 

We had the chance to interview some of the diverse animation artists from around the world who are screening their colorful and highly entertaining projects at the world-class event.

A Pilgrimage to the Home of Astro Boy

Our correspondent pays a visit to Tezuka Productions in Saitama.

Riding the Toon Boom in Brazil

The animation sector is benefiting from the growing appetite for content in the country.

The Cry of the Long-Haired Camel

TV animation veteran Josh Selig takes us along on his recent trip to China and tries to decipher the country’s new government content policies.

 That Saturday Afternoon Feeling

A very modern Little Audrey, Little Dot and Little Lotta get their own DreamWorks Animation show in Harvey Street Kids.

Modern Moose and Squirrel Madness

Jay Ward’s beloved characters are back in DreamWorks’ clever new reboot of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.

An Animated Guide to City Life

Shane and Chris Houghton’s Big City Greens lands on Disney Channel this month.

The Return of the Alien

Director Kazuto Arai delivers two new seasons of the intriguing and colorful FLCL anime series, which debuts on Adult Swim this month. 

Cloudy with a Chance of Friendship

Michael Dudok de Wit and Christophe Erbes’ best-selling book about a boy’s friendship with a cloud becomes a charming new animated show.

Having His Cake and Eating It, Too!

Jan Pinkava and Mark Oftedal talk about the making of their brilliant new Google Spotlight VR short, Piggy.

Immersed in the Magic of Méliès

Google Spotlight’s Back to the Moon VR short pays homage to the wonderful illusions of the French cinema pioneer.

Up Close with Dogs and Puppets

Hot VR studio Felix & Paul is not afraid to experiment with bold new visuals.

Riding with Mickey, Minnie and the Minions

New attractions at Universal and Disney parks use state-of-the-art animation to elevate the ride experience.

More Magic from the Merc with a Mouth

Visual effects supervisor Dan Glass discusses the secret formula behind Deadpool’s second unpredictable cinematic outing.

Meet the New Hybrid Dinosaurs

With the arrival of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the summer vfx season officially kicks into high gear.

Tech Reviews

Allegorithmic’s Substance Painter & Designer, ViewSonic’s VP2785-4K Monitor, Autodesk’s 3ds Max 2019 and Cebas’ thinkingParticles 6.6.

Autonomous Animator

Your job as a business.

Now Enrolling Young Superheroes!

My Hero Academia blends two popular anime genres: Superhero action and high school drama.

A Day in the Life of …

The feline force behind Simon’s Cat.



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