MorphToons: January 2016

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 [...]

MorphToons: December 2015

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 [...]

MorphToons: November 2015

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 [...]

MorphToons: September 2015

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 [...]

MorphToons: August 2015

From Banksy’s tragicomic Dismaland to Studio Ghibli’s vault, my birthday month was an arty head trip.

Look Inside Dismaland, Banksy’s Bleak New Theme Park

Art provocateur Banksy has transformed a derelict English seafront lido called the Tropicana into his largest art project to date, a phantasmagoric installation called Dismaland — with the help of artists including Damien [...]

MorphToons: July 2015

I bowed to Bugs Bunny’s 75th birthday, dove into Oculus’ VR hole, and more, before absconding for Canada. Worth it.

Happy 75th Birthday, Bugs Bunny! Here’s 7.5 Times You Changed Cartoons Forever

Whether he’s the destabilizing force of Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes’ glory days, or more centered in contemporary reboots that can’t measure up, Bugs Bunny [...]

HALT! WHO DARES ANALYZE MY CARTOONS?

I’m the associate editor of Cartoon [...]

Path of Blood's Cartoon Samurai Code

I interviewed for Eric Power for Cartoon Brew. Hide the [...]

Goro Miyazaki's From Up On Poppy Hill Feels Anxiety of Anime Influence

For decades, the animated films of Hayao Miyazaki have captured my imagination and changed my life. It’s hard to watch Kiki’s Delivery Service these days without crying and remembering all those years I spent watching it with my daughter as she was growing up. But time passes, and so do torches.

For Miyazaki and his anime [...]

Futurama: The Sci-Fi Toon That Wouldn’t Die

No matter how hard or how often shortsighted television executives tried to assassinate it, Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s animated sci-fi satire Futurama has refused to expire. Payback is a shiny metal ass, fully bitten. To honor the anticipated return of the show’s half-finished season, and the recently greenlit seasons to come, I picked [...]