October 29, 2007

Top 5 Hallowe'en Cartoons
Discussions about cartoons' content are usually limited to a few basic emotions. Do they make us laugh? Do they make us cry? Do they arouse us, make us think, make us want to take action? No one ever seems to ask: What about the scariness?

Podcast 014: Au Petite Mort
A stream, a fisherman, a dragonfly, a fish: In Little Fluffy Clouds' Au Petite Mort (2003), these elements come together to evoke the waning days of summer, the circle of life, and just a little cruel irony.

1000 Annecy Extracts
In honour of World Animation Day, 1,000 short films (extracts) are being hosted on the Video on Demand site Toondra.com.

World Animation Day 2007
Sunday was World Animation Day. Here are some events that are happening in different cities. Check with web sites, media outlets and your friends to learn more.

Croatian Animation at the Lincoln Center
New Yorkers have four opportunities to catch a screening of 11 Croatian animated shorts between Saturday, October 27 and Wednesday, November 14.

CQ's German Animation Spotlight
I've given much love to the Japan Media Arts Festival in the past (and my review of this year's works is coming up soon), so I should mention that the 11th annual festival's Call for Entries site is now open. While most of the festival's work is from Japan, don't let that discourage you from entering.

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The District Hits North American Theatres
Atopia has acquired North American rights to The District (Nyocker!), the 2005 Hungarian feature by Aron Gauder. The film screens in Montreal beginning Friday, October 26th at the Cinema du Parc for a two-week run. The film will then show in Boston, Austin, Winnipeg and Cleveland.

Persepolis presents a complex, layered, compassionate and often humorous look at the people of a country that has been presented only superficially to Westerners, most recently as a member of the "axis of evil" with a lunatic as a leader.

Three on Tekkonkinkreet
When Tekkonkinkreet made its North American DVD/Blu-ray/UMD debut, we celebrated with three days of related bits of Tekkon goodness: an image gallery featuring movie stills, original background art and even reference photos; an interview with director Michael Arias; and a music video set to the Shinicho Osawa remix of "White's Dream," from the Tekkonkinkreet soundtrack remix CD.

Before Kitaru, Fragile Machine Redux
Brett Rogers has been watching Ben Steele's newly re-edited cut of Fragile Machine and looking forward to seeing how that crisp, eye-popping style will evolve in Steele's upcoming debut feature, Kitaru.

The Ghibli Museum
After Kino Kid attended the closing ceremonies at the Worldcon in Yokohama, she hopped on a bus with a group of mostly Canadians, Americans, Brits and Aussies for Mitaka to visit the Ghibli Museum.

Animation Highlights at the first World Science Fiction Convention in Japan
As a delegate for the 67th World Science Fiction Convention bid for 2009, Kino Kid had the chance to attend this year's 65th Worldcon in Yokohama, Japan. While she was there, people were buzzing about many different types of fandom, including science fiction and fantasy in animated form.

The Astro Boy Essays
A man whose ambition knew no bounds, Osamu Tezuka is one of Japan's most recognizable icons, while at the same time the nation's best-kept secret. He was a veritable "one-man dream factory," as author and translator Frederik L. Schodt wrote in his new book, The Astro Boy Essays.

Japan Media Arts Festival 2006
One of SIGGRAPH's (many) hidden gems is the collection of digitally animated shorts from the previous Japan Media Arts Festival. Here we present a peek at notable entries in the Entertainment Division and the Animation Division.

Bring SIGGRAPH's Computer Animation Festival to Your Desktop
If you couldn't make it to this year's SIGGRAPH conference in San Diego, you're in luck: here's a list of links to all of the shorts from this year's Electronic Theater and Animation Theaters that are available online in their entirety.

Japanese Anime Classic Collection
Enjoy a five-minute excerpt from Oira no Yakyu [Our Baseball Match], one of the shorts featured in the four-DVD Japanese Anime Classic Collection boxed set, reviewed at the end of July. Tying into both of these is an interview with Larry Greenberg, the founder and CEO of Digital Meme, the company behind the boxed set.

10/30 - Looney Tunes: Golden Collection Vol. 5 (DVD)
10/30 - Looney Tunes: Golden Collection Vols. 1-5 (DVD)
10/30 - Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection Vol. 5 (DVD)
10/30 - Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection Vols. 1-5 (DVD)
10/30 - Lupin the 3rd: Fuma Conspiracy (DVD)
10/30 - Phoenix Vol. 1: Persistence of Time (DVD)
10/30 - Pure Animation: Steps to Creation With 56 Cutting-edge Animators (paperback) (Book)
11/1 - Anime (Eye on Art) (hardcover) (Book)
11/1 - Computer Animation (Eye on Art) (hardcover) (Book)
11/1 - To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios (hardcover) (Book)
11/2 - Bee Movie (Movie)
11/6 - Cars (Blu-ray)
11/6 - Cat's Eye Vol. 5 (DVD)
11/6 - Cat's Eye Vol. 6 (DVD)
11/6 - Gundam Seed Destiny Vol. 11 (DVD)
11/6 - Nausicaa Watercolor Impressions Art Book (paperback) (Book)
11/6 - Nobody's Boy Remi Vol. 5 (DVD)
11/6 - Nobody's Boy Remi Vol. 6 (DVD)
11/6 - Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 1 (Blu-ray)
11/6 - Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 1 (DVD)
11/6 - Princess Iron Fan (DVD)
11/6 - Ratatouille (Blu-ray)
11/6 - Ratatouille (DVD)

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