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I had a great time covering animation for Cartoon Brew. I finished my run as associate editor with a thinker on Herzog, an interview with stop-mo innovators The Quay Brothers, and more.
“We Left the Door Ajar, and Christopher Nolan Slipped In:” An Interview With The Brothers Quay
Fans of stop-motion surrealism who haven’t been able to witness twin brothers Stephen and Timothy Quay’s fascinating short films currently on tour in 35mm, curated by Inception director Christopher Nolan, can now enjoy the films from the comfort of their own homes.
I spoke via email with the prolific American-born, London-based twin auteurs about Christopher Nolan’s cinematic analysis of their uncanny work, their exhaustive Blu-ray collection, and the still-underrated state of stop-motion animation.
December is good for closure. I shuttered 2015 with a dive into virtual reality, Oscar upstarts, and more.
4 Potential Oscar Upsets in the Animated Feature Category
The Annie Awards and the Golden Globes were in unanimous agreement this year on their feature animation nominees, and therefore the animation industry’s awards-season focus is dominated by Pixar’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, alongside Anomalisa, Shaun the Sheep Movie, and The Peanuts Movie.
But there are also international and independent features competing in the Academy Awards race, include three films from phenomenal indie animation distributor, GKIDS, which nearly swept the Annies’ new independent feature category with three of the four films nominated: Boy and the World, When Marnie Was There, and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
November was quite the animated month. Interviews, reviews, holidays too.
Stitching Together an Animated Leap of Faith: An Interview With The Prophet Director Roger Allers
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, a GKIDS release, is one of 2015’s most compelling films, but it also happens to be one of the historical highlights of anthology animation.
With supervising animation director and screenwriter Roger Allers, director of The Little Matchgirl and co-director of The Lion King, at the helm, The Prophet’s poetic, powerful sequences were produced across the gender spectrum by different artists, studios and directors — including Song of the Sea’s Tomm Moore, Sita Sings the Blues’ Nina Paley, and Cheatin”s Bill Plympton. But instead of being a cross-continental logistical tangle, Allers explained that the ambitious project, co-produced by Salma Hayek, was actually an animated treat.
“I was so fortunate in the talent assembled for The Prophet,” Allers recently told me via email, while spreading the film’s word abroad. “I felt like the kid with the box with two layers of different chocolates!”
Halloween found me wishing happy birthday to the one and old only Ralph Bakshi, whose anti-sermon shook the toonscape.
I Love Animators, I Just Want Them to Wake Up: A Birthday Interview With Ralph Bakshi
Legendary animation outsider Ralph Bakshi celebrated his 77th birthday yesterday with a defiant cartoon comeback called Last Days of Coney Island.
“I did 98 percent of all of the animation, and all of the backgrounds and in-betweens, which was hard for a 77-year-old guy,” Bakshi told me of his transgressive comeback. “At my age, I wouldn’t release it if I thought it didn’t work.”
My continuing bow to The Iron Giant, Brad Bird’s timeless masterpiece of war and peace, commandeered my September.
Ken Duncan On Creating New Scenes for The Iron Giant: Signature Edition
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, director Brad Bird’s remastered masterpiece of war, peace, and paranoia, returns at last to theaters, with new scenes courtesy of Duncan Studio.
“Working with a director who understands character, and is supervising from the standpoint of how a character should work, isn’t always pleasant,” Duncan told me. “Sometimes it doesn’t even result in a good film. But working with Brad was pretty amazing.”
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