'ARLO THE ALLIGATOR BOY' CELEBRATES THE BEAUTY IN THE BIZARRE
Ryan Crego spent over a decade developing his red-headed bayou crooner, who stars in a new animated musical alongside a group of misfits all looking for a place to belong, premiering on Netflix April 16.
“I tend to write a lot through drawing, and Arlo was a character that started coming up in sketches, then took on a life of his own and started to steal my imagination,” recalls Crego, known for his directorial work on Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig. “I grew up playing music. I played in bands my whole life and toured, then put music to the side just because I really needed to focus on my career. And then this story with Arlo woke up something inside me that I’d been missing.”
'SHE-RA AND THE PRINCESS OF POWER'S BIG, BEAUTIFUL LESBIAN LOVE FINALE
Nominated for two Annie Awards, Noelle Stevenson and DreamWorks Animation’s hit series may have ended its five-season Netflix run, but its unflinching support for lifestyle diversity, and message that love and friendship will conquer the fear of failure, will continue to positively impact audiences well into the future.
“It's been incredible,” says Stevenson. “I could never have anticipated the size and enthusiasm of the response. So much of making a show is working on it for years before it's ever announced, and during that time all you can really do is just hope that it connects with people the way you want it to. So, to have it all be out, and to see people continue to connect with it and engage with it in all these different ways, it's such a relief. I'm so glad that people love it as much as we do.”
'TROLLSTOPIA' SEASON 2: JAZZ TROLL TROPES, HAIRICANES, AND RUNAWAY TRAINS
Executive producer Matthew Beans builds on Season 1 themes of harmony and positivity to explore issues of vulnerability, perfectionism… and what a jazz troll’s lair looks like; a new season of DreamWorks Animation’s ‘hair-raising’ adventures premieres today on Hulu and Peacock.“
Last year, seven months after the release of DreamWorks Animation’s Annie Award-nominated animated musical extravaganza, Trolls: World Tour, Robot Chicken writer Matthew Beans executive produced the inaugural season of TrollsTopia, a new 2D animated trolls series that combined rock with funk, and pop with classical. Today, the journey to promote friendship and harmony continues as Beans’ second season of TrollsTopia premieres on Hulu and Peacock.
HOW 'CITY OF GHOSTS' TAKES A KID'S-EYE VIEW OF THE SUPERNATURAL
‘Adventure Time’ director Elizabeth Ito’s new documentary-style animated series follows a group of kids, known as the Ghost Club, as they investigate ghost sightings and encounters around L.A.
“It's really interesting how kids do tend to see ghosts, and they tell their parents about it in some weird way, and it’s usually the parents who gets creeped out,” Ito shares. “Similar to how pets can react before an earthquake, I think kids have this sense for certain things too.”
But despite the Ghostbusters-like plot, the six-episode series employs a calm, clever, and quietly comical tone where the Ghost Club members not only befriend the ghosts, but also interview them and listen to their life stories, learning more about the history of Los Angeles neighborhoods in the process.
'BOMBAY ROSE' PAINTS AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF INDIA'S PAST AND PRESENT
For writer and director Gitanjali Rao, the ‘love’ within a simple rose inspired her compelling and beautifully hand-painted animated film about people in India living unfulfilled lives as they struggle to survive.
“It’s a story of Bombay people,” says Rao, known for her award-winning and Oscar-nominated animated short, Printed Rainbow. “People I come across each and every day of my life. Whether you’re traveling, going to school, or going to work, you're always thrown in with people who live in the streets. It’s quite a homogeneous city. You can sometimes be stuck in a traffic jam for hours together. You see their lives and realize that this is a very marginalized society.”...
BEHIND THE MARTIAL ARTS AND MOTIFS OF 'RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON'
Striving to create distinct, authentic, and believable fight choreography, artists on Disney’s new animated action fantasy were determined to show emotion-packed action quite different from what audiences are used to seeing on screen.
From classics like the Karate Kid and Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury, to more recent TV series like Warrior as well as animations such as Kung-Fu Panda and Baki, martial arts stories have been gracing our screens, in various forms, since the 1950s. But Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest action fantasy, Raya and the Last Dragon, released today simultaneously in theatres and on Disney+, is setting itself apart, featuring Southeast Asian martial arts that were choreographed, reviewed, and refined by martial arts experts on the production team...
'FLEE': AN ANIMATED DOCUMENTARY RECOUNTS A HARROWING PERSONAL TRAUMA
Jonas Rasmussen’s intimate and powerful 2D film tells the untold story of his long-time friend Amin’s life as a gay child growing up in Kabul before his escape via Russia to Denmark.
For over two decades, documentary film director Jonas Rasmussen says he had no idea of the trauma that his friend Amin - an Afghanistan native - had experienced by the time they met in the filmmaker’s hometown of Copenhagen in 1996... “He knew that he had to tell the story at some point, because his life was split into two pieces,” says Rasmussen. “He couldn’t keep living for his past, and he had to bring his past and his present together to start a new life with his boyfriend. So, I think he knew he had to tell this story and this film gave him that opportunity to open up.”...
'ARCHIBALD'S NEXT BIG THING IS HERE' RETURNS WITH MORE SLAPSTICK AND SINCERITY
Premiering today on Peacock, Emmy Award winner Tony Hale and DreamWorks Animation’s 2D animated comedy about the misadventures of a curious, loveable chicken is back with a new season of hijinks and heart.
“We decided, with these new episodes, to really lean into the weird and really dive in headfirst,” explains returning executive producer Eric Fogel. “You're going to see a lot more genre-specific episodes and more fantastical adventures.” From shrink rays and body switching to encounters with stone-age-minded cave chickens and adventuring through boardgames, Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here takes stories inspired by Hale’s 2014 children’s book and shifts into overdrive with what the show does best: slapstick silliness with sprinkles of fond familial messages...
THE CHARMING, TINY HERO'S JOURNEY OF 'THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE'
Max Lang and Daniel Snaddon are back with an enchanting stop-motion / CG tale about a most unlikely pair taking a sea-going trip of a lifetime.
Two-time Oscar-nominated director Max Lang had wanted to develop [Julia] Donaldson’s aesthetically charged pages and adventure-driven plot in animation since adapting the author’s 1999 book The Gruffalo in 2009 with Magic Light Pictures; that project, a CG TV special, went on to earn Oscar and BAFTA nominations. But now 10 years later, Lang, co-directing again with Daniel Snaddon, has once again created an animated masterpiece with a Donaldson story; their new 25-minute, award-winning, stop-motion / CG short, The Snail and the Whale, should contend for an Oscar as well...
'KAPAEMAHU' HElPS REVIVE HIDDEN HAWAIIAN HISTORY OF HEALING AND ALOHA
Beautifully animated, award-winning 2D short celebrates the long-suppressed, centuries-old story of Waikiki’s mysterious four-boulder monument to the gentle people, both male and female in mind and body, who brought science and healing to the island.
“There was a lot of effort to peel away the layers to uncover what had been hidden for so long and intentionally suppressed,” says Joe Wilson, a writer, co-director, and producer on Kapaemahu along with partner Dean Hamer and lead director Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu. “This film is a great metaphor for calling us all to try to see what's in front of us and understand it more deeply than just what's on the surface.”...
'BEARLY' CHARMS AS SCAD ANIMATION STUDIO'S DEBUT FILM
The delightful 2D/3D animated musical short, about a curious bear cub’s attempt to resist hibernation, marks the start of the program’s ambitious plan to produce two new shorts each year.
“Students, especially those in their senior year, can relate to the eagerness of leaving the familiar to venture off into new territory,” says [Cameron] Brown (B.F.A. Animation), a SCAD student in the collaborative class SDGM 560 (School of Digital Media), which was re-named SCAD Animation Studio last year. “Many times, reaching your goals can be challenging, even scary. But just like Bearly, it is important to not let doubt, and fear of the unknown prevent you from pursuing your aspirations. It’s a message that I feel will resonate with so many students, especially ones who feel their goals may be too ambitious.”...
'COPS AND ROBBERS': CONTRASTING CHILDHOOD PLAY WITH RACIAL HATRED
Premiering today on Netflix, Timothy Ware-Hill and Arnon Manor’s powerful new spoken-word animated short harkens back to simpler days when hands up was for blocking shots on the court, not in the streets.
“I think that's the beauty of animation, that it allows us to enter into a world we may not always be willing to enter into at first glance,” Ware-Hill shares. “It allows people to put their walls down long enough to be intrigued to figure out ‘Well, what is this really about?’ And maybe, once they hit play, they'll stick through the entire four-minute film and, after watching it, figure out a way to take some action.”...
THE PERSONAL STORY BEHIND GUY'S OPENING SEQUENCE IN 'THE CROODS: A NEW AGE'
For story artist Colin Jack, boarding the heartbreaking backstory meant dealing with his own recent loss, made easier by enlisting the help of his son Gabriel.
For the past six years, DreamWorks Animation has been home for story artist Colin Jack, working on family-friendly and adolescent-angled stories like Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Trolls Holiday, Trolls World Tour, and the recently released The Croods: A New Age. While Jack mostly utilized action comedies and rom-coms as references for his boards on the new Croods sequel, inspiration for the film’s opening sequence, revealing a young Guy and the death of his parents, came from a much more emotional and personal source: his own family...
'LUPIN III: THE FIRST' BRIDGES THE 2D-3D GAP BETWEEN EASTERN AND WESTERN ANIMATION
Tomokazu Sakamoto and Tatsuya Akagi share their efforts, with support from the franchise’s late creator, Monkey Punch, to respectfully depict iconic 2D anime characters in the 3D/CG style more familiar to international audiences.
After fifty years of longevity - with two manga series spanning 35 volumes, a five-part six-season 2D anime and over a dozen feature films including the acclaimed Hayao Miyazaki feature directorial debut, The Castle of Cagliostro - Lupin III released its first 3D/CG animation installment, Lupin III: The First this last October. And much to the relief of animation supervisor Tomokazu Sakamoto and rigging supervisor Tatsuya Akagi, long-time fans of the franchise created by the late Monkey Punch (Kazuhiko Kato) have been enthusiastically embracing the new film’s deeper dimensional look...
FRANK ABNEY III'S 'CANVAS' PAINTS A STORY OF GRIEF AND HEALING
Premiering tomorrow on Netflix, the poignant and moving animated short draws directly from the director’s childhood loss; he hopes his film encourages storytellers in the Black community to get their voices heard.
“Growing up after my dad passed, I watched how my mom would navigate that grief, usually through something artistic, whether she was on the phone and doodling or taking part in a play,” says Abney. “And I had always wondered if there was something she’d lost in that loss with my dad. Canvas started to take shape as I was kind of thinking about these things. It was my therapy.” He adds, “We go through these traumas and losses and I wanted to put something out there that shows we don't have to go through it alone.”...
Head of character animation Jakob Jensen talks about new characters and new looks for returning characters in DreamWorks Animation’s just released ‘The Croods’ sequel.
The comedic, paleolithic adventures of DreamWorks Animation’s favorite Stone Age family, The Croods, won three awards for its animation - two of those for character animation - following its 2013 release. Seven years later, Eep, Grug, Ugga, Guy, Thunk and Gran Crood have returned in The Croods: A New Age, now showing in theaters, with not only a new world to explore and a new family to collide with, but also sporting new character animation, helmed by long-time DreamWorks character animator Jakob Jensen...
CINZIA ANGELINI'S 'MILA' GIVES AN ANIMATED VOICE TO CHILDREN OF WAR
10 years in the making, and completed with the help of ‘The Addams Family’ production studio Cinesite, the powerful CG short, about a young girl’s witness to the WWII bombings of Trento, Italy, offers a compelling message about hope and perseverance.
“When I was young, my mother often spoke about her feelings growing up during WWII and, in particular, how she felt as a little girl caught in the middle of the bombing,” remembers Angelini... “So many times, she told me how she could vividly remember the sense of void during those moments. How she couldn’t move or run to shelter until someone would pick her up. That was the story that I wanted to tell with the medium I love, animation, and to bring the spotlight on terrible realities that many kids have to still go through.”...
A COUPLE FACES THE PAIN OF UNSPOKEN GRIEF IN 'IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU'
In Will McCormack and Michael Govier’s animated short, estranged parents of a child killed in a school shooting try to overcome their heartbreak and find each other again; now showing on Netflix.
Grief, while a universal concept, is also a complex emotion, difficult to fully understand and pick apart. There are the commonly known stages of grief - denial, anger, depression and so on - though those can also look different for different people. But in the Oh Good Productions animated short, If Anything Happens I Love You, released Friday on Netflix, creators Will McCormack and Michael Govier tackle the wrenching pain of grief through animation, telling an emotional and relatable story that can hopefully help bring people together...
'TROLLSTOPIA' CELEBRATES COMEDY AND CANDOR WITH REFRESHING 2D ANIMATION
Executive producer Matthew Beans rethinks the entire ‘Trolls’ world, bringing all the tribes together with a new visual style in DreamWorks Animation’s new series, now available on Hulu and Peacock.
With so many Troll tribe worlds coming together in one series, the show required a new creative vision, including putting to good use the scores by platinum-selling songwriter Alana Da Fonesca and Grammy-winning composer Alex Geringas; Beans strove to not just add more fluidity, softness, and depth to the 2D animation, but to highlight the Trolls’ natural knack for mixing humor with sincerity. We recently spoke with Beans about the production challenges and rewards that came with combining five worlds into one, the advantage that 2D animation offered compared to the franchise’s original 3D setting, and the bizarre episodes that, in Beans’ opinion, highlights the best of Trolls...
CHIODO BROS' 'ALIEN XMAS' JOINS THE PANTHEON OF STOP-MOTION HOLIDAY CLASSICS
For Stephen, Edward, and Charles Chiodo, their love of 1960s-style stop-motion animation transformed a children’s book about kleptomaniacal aliens trying to steal Christmas into a heartwarming, cocoa-sipping, and warm blanket-snuggling special, available today on Netflix.
“So many people grew up on them,” says Stephen Chiodo, Alien Xmas writer and director. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town... we grew up on them, and it became the cultural conscience of Christmas.”
Edward Chiodo, one of Alien Xmas’ executive producers, along with other brother Charles Chiodo, added, “Those were our benchmarks and one of the initial things that brought us into the love of stop-motion animation.”...
'THE MIGHTY ONES' GETS DOWN, DIRTY AND COLORFUL WITH NATURE-INSPIRED ANIMATION
For executive producers Sunil Hall and Lynne Naylor, laying face-down in the grass brings the artistic perspective needed to create the adventures of a rock, strawberry, twig, and leaf in the new DreamWorks Animation comedy series.
“Getting hands-on in production for us included our art director Jenny Gase-Baker and her art team literally laying face-down in the grass at the DreamWorks campus and then sketching what they saw down there,” says Sunil Hall, executive producer, along with Lynne Naylor, on DreamWorks Animation’s newest animated comedy, The Mighty Ones, now streaming on Hulu and Peacock. The series stars an enthusiastic rock, a wild strawberry, a wisdom-filled twig, and a laid-back leaf. Regarding the show’s main characters, Hall notes, “My backyard is pretty messy and my kids do a lot of imaginative play out there, so I'm often looking at our yard for story inspiration.”...
BRAD MINNICH EXPLORES NEW ANIMATION TERRITORY WITH 'THE GOOD LORD BIRD' AND '2150'
The veteran VFX editor and supervisor talks about his two latest projects, Ethan Hawke’s Civil War-era period Showtime series, and a fully animated feature inspired by ‘Love, Death & Robots.’
Cataclysmic climate changes, super-powered emerald energies, and electrifying Pokémon powers have been visual effects editor Brad Minnich’s specialty for over a decade. Since 2008, Minnich has worked on box-office hits such as The Day After Tomorrow, the Twilight Saga, Captain America, Green Lantern, Justice League and Detective Pikachu. But this year, Minnich is expanding his VFX and animation horizons with two new projects: his first historical period production, The Good Lord Bird, and his first fully animated feature, 2150...
GLEN KEANE'S 'OVER THE MOON' ARTFULLY ILLUSTRATES HEALING FROM GRIEF THROUGH PLAY
With vibrant colors, gelatinous creatures and an unreal Lunarian moonscape, Sony Pictures Imageworks helps visualize a young girl’s emotional journey to a whole new world, in Pearl Studios’ new animated musical, now showing on Netflix.
“Dealing with grief, and learning to see things from a different perspective, can be a journey in itself,” says Over the Moon’s FX supervisor Ian Farnsworth. “And it’s important to know that it’s ok to heal through play.” Farnsworth, a father of three, says that while grief is “not usually a subject we think about geared toward children,” it’s one of the reasons, along with the chance to work with Keane, that he was excited about Imageworks taking on the project’s animation...
Jack Cusumano and Teri Hendrich’s ‘Color is Design’ social media campaign is a key part of their ongoing effort to get color designers paid the same as other jobs in animation design.
“It’s an overlooked role,” adds Daniaelle Simonsen, who worked as a color designer on Gravity Falls, with Cusumano on the Disney animated series DuckTales, and is currently a color supervisor on Shion Takeuchi’s upcoming animated Netflix comedy series, Inside Job. “Color designers are responsible for establishing these nuanced moods and shades, and some of the scenes we color are not just one character, it's entire moments,” she notes. “There's a lot more to it than just filling things in. Not to mention we handle insane volumes of work funneled from the character, prop, and effects teams, with designs that come to us past our deadlines.”...
'TRASH TRUCK': MAX KEANE'S PERSONAL, PRECIOUS AND NOSTALGIC PRESCHOOL SERIES
The show’s creator never understood his son Henry’s love for garbage trucks, until it inspired him to develop a CG animated kids’ series, set to premiere November 10 on Netflix.
“One foggy, cool morning, I was standing outside with my son, Henry – who was about two-years-old at the time - in his pajamas,” remembers Keane. “Down at the end of the road we could see the garbage truck coming with the lights flashing through the fog like some creature coming to visit. It pulled up in front of us, grabbed the trashcan all noisy, dumped it, and slammed it back down. I looked at the big metal lifter arms and all the grimy cables, and suddenly it was like, ‘Wow, I get it now. This thing is amazing.’”
“The driver honked as he left and Henry leaned into my arms and said, ‘Bye trash truck!’” he continues. “I thought, ‘Man, I wish that big, dumb truck knew how much this little boy loved him.’”...
'FAST & FURIOUS: SPY RACERS' SEASON 2 TAKES ITS HIGH-OCTANE ACTION TO RIO
Launching today on Netflix, DreamWorks Animation's new season of the family-friendly animated action adventure heads to South America, bringing the same car-racing thrills as Gary Scott Thompson and Universal's hugely popular live-action movie franchise, without the same level of danger and violence.
“When Universal bought DreamWorks Animation in 2016, they came in with two gigantic properties: Jurassic Park, and Fast & Furious,” says [Tim] Hedrick. “Those were the two prime opportunities to make animated shows, and we came aboard to create a kid-friendly version of the excitement, the action and all the things Fast & Furious is while bringing it to an audience of kids who can't necessarily go see the movies.”
'STORIES TO OBSESS OVER': WEBTOON’S LIVE-ACTION COMIC PROMOS
The one-minute, black and white spotsfeature well-known U.S. actors taking on comic character personas, monologuing lines from stories in a promotional tease.
Webtoon’s new promo project, “Stories to Obsess Over,” is spearheaded by Fred & Farid creative director Chelsea Steiger and cinematographer Kevin Phillips, the project’s director. “Stories to Obsess Over” tackles one featured Webtoon series after another, creating a one-minute, black and white teaser for the comic, featuring a well-known U.S. actor who takes on the persona of the comic’s main character and begins monologuing lines from the story.
“It creates an interesting dimension for audiences to interact with,” says Phillips...
SOUTH AFRICA'S CABBLOW STUDIOS BRINGS A CUTE 2D TWIST TO IMPORTANT DIABETES EDUCATION
Kabelo Maaka and Dr. Tshepo P. Maaka’s animated short, ‘3 Teaspoons of Sugar,’ which competed in Annecy 2020, artfully presents needed information about the dangers and difficulties faced by people with disease.
“It’s one of those diseases that people think it's okay to just have, like it's like a handbag that you just carry around,” says Dr. T, a medical practitioner and anesthesiologist of 26 years. “They don’t realize how serious it is and that’s why we need to educate people about diabetes.”
Kabelo adds, “You go on an emotional journey with the characters and we give you the information without overwhelming you. We want our animation to still be a beautiful art form; all that we're doing is giving it a medical theme.”...
'DRAGON'S DOGMA': A STOLEN HEART, VENGEANCE, AND THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS
For producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Netflix’s seven-episode anime adaptation of Capcom’s 2012 video game is much more than just one man’s quest to slay the dragon that killed his family.
“When Netflix producer Taiki Sakurai sent me a proposal about making Dragon's Dogma into an anime, the seven deadly sins concept was so interesting that I approved it straight away, and it went right into production,” says Hiroyuki Kobayashi, a co-producer on the show and co-producer of the Dragon’s Dogma video game. “Even back when we were developing the original game, I'd always wanted to make a television series version. Unfortunately, we never had the chance until now. I'm so glad we've been able to create an anime adaptation on Netflix.”
KIDS ON THEIR OWN AND IN DANGER - WELCOME TO 'JURASSIC WORLD: CAMP CRETACEOUS'
For producer Scott Kreamer, Steven Spielberg’s iconic franchise has always been about kids, but in the new Netflix and DreamWorks Animation series, this time, they’re all alone with no adults around to save them.
Isla Nublar has more stories to tell and Steven Spielberg is back in the prehistoric saddle, welcoming more young visitors on another big-toothed, big-clawed adventure. But, this time, no adults are coming to the rescue...Though the show is as thrilling and terrifying as ever, one of the producers, Scott Kreamer, hopes that telling the story of Camp Cretaceous through animation--without blood and gore--helps introduce the Jurassic universe to a younger generation of fans...
ANIMATING THE ESSENCE OF NATURE IN AYUMU WATANABE'S 'CHILDREN OF THE SEA'
The director discusses bringing Daisuke Igarashi’s 2006 manga to life in a dazzling, iridescent, and beautifully animated film that captures the complex bonds between all living things.
The cry of a newborn child, the song of a humpback whale and the birth, and death, of a star--all parallel symbols in the Japanese animated film Children of the Sea, brought to life with dazzling, dancing, iridescent animation that beautifully encapsulates one cinematic subject.
“The theme of this film is ‘The mystery and joy of life,’” says Ayumu Watanabe, the film’s director. “And that everything is a part of the universe.”...
FROM FEATURE PREVIS TO AN ANIMATED SITCOM: NINA HELENE HIRTEN TALKS 'DUNCANVILLE'
The editor on FOX’s hit animated comedy discusses her unlikely landing of the coveted job, and how as a wife and working mom she relates to the show’s family-centered humor.
While Duncanville, now renewed for a second season, amplifies the incredible imagination of children anxious to stand out and make their mark on the world, the show also highlights the humorous happenings of family life, from coming-of-age teen drama to sibling rivalries and parental phenomena. We recently spoke with the show’s editor, Nina Helene Hirten, who took a seemingly circuitous route from working as a previs editor at The Third Floor on films like Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Venom and Ant-Man and The Wasp, to editing a primetime animated sitcom.
THE CATHARSIS OF VOICING DONALD TRUMP IN 'OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT'
For veteran voice actor Jeff Bergman, voicing President Trump on Showtime’s ‘seriously ridiculously political’ animated series helps ease the stress of keeping current with our 24/7 cycle of real news.
For over 30 years, children’s cartoons have been voice actor Jeff Bergman’s bread and butter. Lending his versatile vocals to iconic Warner Bros. characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, as well as Hanna-Barbera favorites like Fred Flintstone and Yogi Bear, has given Bergman a chance, as he puts it, to “prolong my childhood.” But, amidst voicing characters for the recently rebooted Looney Tunes Cartoons, Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! and his first animated feature film Space Jam: A New Legacy, Bergman has also taken the dive into adult animation by taking on Donald Trump in Stephen Colbert’s workplace animated comedy, Our Cartoon President...
'PROMARE': HIROYUKI IMAISHI AND HIROMI WAKABAYASHI'S VIVID DEPICTION OF RACISM AND UNITY
The director and producer of the electrifying, high energy anime feature tackle segregation, cruelty, and protest against injustice in a future society forged by the collision of fire and ice.
Promare’s animation is energy itself, but the illustrations speak to much more than just aesthetically enticing action scenes. “This film’s main theme is the ‘fusion of two elements,’” explains Promare producer Hiromi Wakabayashi. “The story has two protagonists with their own goals that collide yet eventually work together. We wanted to illustrate that with visuals rarely seen in Japanese animation.”...
GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S 'WIZARDS' BRINGS HIS 'TALES OF ARCADIA' TRILOGY TO A CLOSE
For executive producers Chad Quandt and Aaron Waltke, the third and final series, now available on Netflix, sadly concludes their work on the ambitious science fantasy that began life as a live-action feature project almost a decade ago.
The series has won 5 Annie Awards, 8 Emmy Awards and 3 Kidscreen Awards. For co-executive producers Chad Quandt and Aaron Waltke, working on both Trollhunters and Wizards has been a dream-come-true. “Once we even got wind of this project almost a decade ago, our eyes and hearts just lit up because we already had such a huge respect for Guillermo,” says Quandt of Tales of Arcadia. “And every single movie he’s made and everything he’s crafted were already inspiration points for us. So, getting to work with the master himself was so awesome.”
Director of the first fully 3D/CG animated ‘Scooby-Doo’ feature shares his long-time love of Warner Bros. cartoon animation and the timelessness of Mystery Inc.
A lime green van, endless Scooby snacks and phrases like “jinkies,” “zoinks,” and “you meddling kids” have been key ingredients in our Saturday-morning-cartoon rituals for the last five decades. One of the most prolific Saturday morning cartoon stalwarts is Joe Ruby’s and Ken Spears’ Scooby-Doo, which to date has seen 14 animated series with over 400 episodes combined, 43 films including 2 live-action, 27 short films and even a few plays since the show’s birth in 1969. And there are still plenty more animated pooch stories to tell...
COMPOSER CARL JOHNSON COMES HOME TO 'LOONEY TUNES CARTOONS'
Musician picks up where Carl Stalling left off, returning to Warner Bros. more than 25 years after composing on ‘Animaniacs’ and ‘Pinky and the Brain.’
Deciding the best music to illustrate characters caught in a dynamite explosion, being flushed down the toilet or haunted by a tiny ghost bird takes considerable talent, especially on an 11-minute animated comedy careening forward at the only pace slapstick knows how to run: Road Runner fast. But Looney Tune’s composer Carl Stalling was the master and commander of cartoon scores that flowed effortlessly with a character’s every move. Now, Carl Johnson, known for his work on Skyfall and The Magnificent Seven, is stepping into Stalling’s shoes...
KEVIN KOLDE TALKS 'CASTLEVANIA'S UNAPOLOGETIC VIOLENCE AND SEASON 3 FINALE
For the executive producer of Netflix’s hit animated medieval fantasy, great characters are key, but the show’s brutal vampire world wouldn’t be the same without the gore.
Castlevania’s violence is unapologetic, as the story follows a young man named Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage), born and raised to slay vampires and underworld creatures, as he joins forces with a magical Speaker named Sypha (Alejandra Reynoso) and a half-breed vampire called Alucard (James Callis) to defeat Dracula, who has released hordes of evil creatures upon earth to avenge his human wife’s murder. Not surprisingly, there are scenes that may shock viewers, especially as large hordes of demons slash human beings like a shredder ripping through paper. But, Kolde believes that unnerving, highly detailed, animated violence is what makes the show so different and successful...
JONAH SCOTT AND THE EXPRESSIVE MULTI-LAYERED CG ANIMATION OF 'BEASTARS'
For the voice acting star of Netflix’s new anime series, the show’s nuanced use of 3D/CG is as big a story as the mature themes of sexuality and mental health.
Netflix’s recently released anime series, Beastars, has received considerable attention from viewers, both anime fans and otherwise, who are either intrigued by the show’s gritty, Zootopia-like vibe, or adamantly opposed to the series due to the highly mature themes of sexuality and self-loathing, tackled through anthropomorphic animals.
The show’s leading English voice actor, Jonah Scott, says the show “definitely isn’t your mom’s anime” but should still be given a chance, especially by teens and adults who, like Scott, have struggled (or are struggling) with mental health...