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#285 December 2018

#285 December 2018


10   Stuff We Love

11   December Planner


12   A Glorious Glitch

Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet offers stunning CG visuals, lovable characters and a lot of good-natured fun.

By Karen Yossman

16   Fighting a Climate of Fear

The Brazilian animated movie Tito and the Birds delivers a powerful message using an allegorical adventure format and stunning oil painting-style visuals.

By Ramin Zahed

18   Adventures in Time Travel

Director Mamoru Hosoda discusses how he approached sibling rivalry and an honest portrayal of family dynamics in his seventh feature, Mirai.

By Charles Solomon

20   Magic vs. Technology

Wizart Animation’s popular heroine returns in an exciting new feature titled The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands.

22   More Miniature Adventures

Aeroplane’s popular little characters are getting ready for their second big international movie, Fixies vs. Crabots.

24   12 to Be Seen in 2019

A dozen hotly anticipated animated features to put on your much-watch list ahead of the 92nd Academy Awards race!


26   A Perfect Hollywood Affair

The second edition of L.A.’s Animation Is Film festival offers a great selection of acclaimed movies from around the world, as well as in-person appearances and lively panels.


28   A Princess Heroine Like No Other

Creator Noelle Stevenson shares her thoughts and creative process on DreamWorks’ much-anticipated new series, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

By Ramin Zahed

30   Po Bounces Back

Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny showcases DreamWorks Animation’s irresistible hero in beautiful, CG-animated adventures.

By Karen Idelson

Award Season

32   Your 2018 Animated Feature Oscar Dossier!

By Michael Mallory

39   The 91st Academy Awards: The Wide-Open Shorts Race

43   The 2018 Animated Oscar Crossword

44   Spectacular Beginnings

The winners of this year’s Student Academy Awards are all women, and display remarkable artistry and talent.

By Ellen Wolff


46   Recreating a Giant Step

Visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert discusses the “no-room-for-errors” visual treats of Damien Chazelle’s acclaimed new movie First Man.

By Trevor Hogg

48   Tech Reviews

Adobe Characterizer, Adobe Premiere Pro and BenQ’s CineHome HT2550 4K UHD Projector

By Todd Sheridan Perry

VR Spotlight

49   Breaking the Waves

Age of Sail, John Kahrs’ acclaimed new Google Spotlight Stories project, makes a big splash on the VR scene.

By Ellen Wolff

50   A Colorful Crow Takes Flight Again

Director Eric Darnell discusses the differences between the 2D and VR versions of Baobab Studio’s acclaimed project.


52   Autonomous Animator

How to get your animated show on streaming services.

By Martin Grebing


54   When Patience Is Rewarded

DreamWorks veteran William Salazar talks about his award-winning new 2D short Bird Karma, which he started 23 years ago!

By Ramin Zahed

55   A Cosmic Ode to Creation

Réka Bucsi wants audiences to feel the warmth emanating from the mystical creatures of her award-winning short Solar Walk.

By Ramin Zahed


56   A Familiar Vessel Takes Off Again

A ‘70s anime touchstone gets a fresh polish in Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

By Charles Solomon

A Day in the Life

57   Elizabeth Hobbs

The London-based experimental animator of I’m OK shares a typical day.

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