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#284 November 2018

#284 November 2018


4   Stuff We Love

This month’s on-disc and in-print essentials.

6   November Planner


8   Illuminating Dr. Seuss’s Mean One!

The new CG-animated feature The Grinch digs deeper into the world of the favorite holiday curmudgeon.

By Michael Mallory

12   The Force Is Alive and Animated

The team behind Disney-Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Resistance discuss the making of the stunning new show.

By Ramin Zahed

Country Spotlight

16   Et le Boom Continue…?

Despite the government’s plans for France 4’s shutdown, TV and feature studios continue to thrive in France as animation becomes the country’s top content export.

By Cameron Koller

Event Spotlight

22   Meet the Global Animation Buyers

We would all love to know more about the all-powerful animation gatekeepers and execs who attend the content markets all over the world. What goes on in their busy minds and what makes them happy?

32   MIPCOM Market’s News Bytes

October is a busy month for TV and digital content producers, buyers and distributors as the MIPCOM market kicks into gear at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes (Oct. 15-18).


38   Wait … Is that Total Drama in Daycare?

Fresh TV and Cartoon Network’s Total DramaRama brings back the cast of the popular animated teen reality show spoof, but makes them younger — a lot younger!

By Ramin Zahed

40   The New World of Copernicus

Halifax-based Copernicus Studios celebrates 15 years of delivering top-notch 2D animation.


46   Autonomous Animator: Employee vs. Independent Animation Professional?

By Martin Grebing

State of the Art

47   The Evolution of a VFX House

By Adam Stern

Visual Effects

48   The Art of Producing Perfect Parasites

Two-time Oscar-winning vfx supervisor Paul Franklin shares the secrets of creating super symbiotes for the hot fall movie Venom.

By Trevor Hogg

50   Tech Reviews

Creation Effects, 3DCoat 4.8 and the HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation.

By Todd Sheridan Perry


52   Japanese High School Kids vs. Alien

Adapted from Yusei Matsui’s manga, Assassination Classroom is a sci-fi coming-of-age story with everything on the line.

By Charles Solomon

Virtual Reality

54   Emotional Reality

Directed by Jeff Gipson, Disney’s first original VR short Cycles follows the lives of a family in a mid-century home.

By Tom McLean

Final Shot

56   A Day in the Life of … Ceri Barnes!

This month, we catch up with the lovely showrunner of popular British kids’ show Floogals.

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