Albert ‘t Hooft and Paco Vink discuss the challenges of directing a low-budget theatrical feature in a small animation market like the Netherlands.
Cartoon Brew speaks to director Greg McLeod about “365,” a new short with an unusual concept.
“Why should kids be the only ones who get pleasure out of animation,” says the revered indie animation director Bill Plympton. “It offends me that American animation is stereotyped this way.”
“I do think that animation can have a language of its own, rather than simply mimicking live action.”
“Pim and Pom: The Big Adventure” was not only made on a tiny budget, but had the added challenge of translating the visual style of one of the most beloved Dutch children’s book illustrators.
Roger Allers opens up about his struggles to make a feature film at Disney after directing “The Lion King.”
While animation has been made in Romania for many decades and the country has even produced some internationally recognized figures like Ion Popescu-Gopo, the contemporary animation scene hadn’t received much exposure until the founding of the Anim’est festival.
“BoJack Horseman” creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and director Mike Hollingsworth speak with Cartoon Brew about the making of the show, its dark but sincere tone, and the lighter side of bestiality.
Animation historian John Canemaker talks about the process and challenges of creating the monumental new biography “The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic.”
Since debuting last month, the fan-made episode of “Sailor Moon,” entitled “Moon Animate Make-Up!,” has garnered over 1.2 million views. Cartoon Brew interviewed the organizer of the project, Kate Sullivan, to learn more about how the project was produced.
“Annedroids” creator J.J. Johnson talks to Cartoon Brew about science-based kids programming, the challenges of making live-action/animation hybrids, and why not understanding the animation process can work to a producer’s benefit.
How did Aymeric Kevin and his team manage to produce so many quality backgrounds on such a short schedule? Aymeric speaks to Cartoon Brew about the background art of “Ping Pong.”
Joanna Davidovich is a freelance animator based in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, she has been working as an animator, designer, and storyboard artist on commercials, on-air content, and TV shows since 2005. Her animated short film “Monkey Rag”, which debuts online this afternoon, has been making the festival rounds since it was completed last July.
Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef are an animation duo from Ghent, Belgium. Their work has gained extensive notoriety in the past few years, after their 17-minute wool-animated short “Oh Willy…” swept the festival circuit, racking up countless awards and charming the hearts of audiences across the globe.
Ralph Bakshi pulled himself away from his drawing desk in New Mexico to chat with Cartoon Brew about his legacy, his latest project “The Last Days of Coney Island,” which he recently funded on Kickstarter, and what he really thinks about the computer’s role in animation these days.
The Los Angeles indie animation event of the season takes place tomorrow, Saturday March 8th, at The Cinefamily. Animation Breakdown Roundup! is a collection of over two dozen shorts by seasoned indie stars (Vince Collins, Emily Hubley), current filmmakers (Kirsten Lepore, Takeshi Murata, Devin Flynn, Allison Schulnik, Galen Pehrson, Amy Lockhart, Matt & Paul Layzell, Garrett Davis, Charles Huettner, Caleb Wood, Alex Schubert) and next-wavers (Peter Millard, Sean Buckelew, Quique Rivera Rivera.)
For those of you still feeling sedentary after the holidays or just looking for some weekend inspiration, listen to these two interviews with Lotte Reiniger and Rebecca Sugar. They each have accomplished an important first in animation: Lotte Reiniger was the first woman to direct an animated feature, and Rebecca Sugar was the first solo woman creator of a TV series at Cartoon Network. These milestones are separated by 87 years, which says a lot about both how far animation has come and how far it still has to go.
When the server enters the drawing room of the Crosby Hotel, Kirk DeMicco’s eyes begin to dance, “Mini desserts are coming! Many, many mini desserts!” Both DeMicco (“Racing Stripes,” “Space Chimps”) and Chris Sanders (“Lilo & Stitch,” “How to Train Your Dragon”) are in New York to take part in a presentation on the making of “The Croods,” the animated film that they directed for Dreamworks earlier this year, which went on to gross nearly $600 million worldwide.
Jordan Reichek talks about his new Cartoon Network Asia shorts series “Animal Control!”, his career so far, and where he wants to go with his work.