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Animation Magazine - - Editor’s Letter - Tom McLean Edi­tor tom@an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net

It’s sum­mer here in an­i­ma­tion land, and that means it’s block­buster movie time. This month, we have a look into DreamWorks’ much-an­tic­i­pated How to Train Your Dragon 2. Us­ing some amaz­ing new tech­nol­ogy called Apollo, our pals in Glen­dale have re­ally raised the bar for them­selves on this one, and we’re sure you’ll en­joy our be­hind-the-scenes look at this flick just be­fore it hits the­aters on June 13.

We’ve also got a lot of great vis­ual-ef­fects movies cov­ered in this is­sue. Ob­vi­ously, X-Men: Days of Fu­ture Past is very high on my list of must­see movies since I wrote the book on the orig­i­nal tril­ogy. (Check out Mu­tant Cin­ema: The X-Men Tril­ogy from Comics to Screen at www.se­quart.org if you need a re­fresher on this ever-chang­ing fran­chise.) We’ve also a great look at ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite citys­tomp­ing monster Godzilla from Bill De­sowitz, and a peak at how they made An­gelina Jolie scary for Malef­i­cent.

The piece I am per­haps most proud of in this is­sue is our three-page look at the an­i­ma­tion of Cos­mos: A Spacetime Odyssey. I’ve been a fan of the orig­i­nal since I was a kid and as an adult got to meet Carl Sa­gan very briefly once. But it all paled to sit­ting down with Kara Val­low and her crew for a marathon dis­cus­sion of how they came up with the strik­ing an­i­mated seg­ments for the new edi­tion of Cos­mos. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to catch an episode of the Fox se­ries be­fore it ends its run.

And sum­mer is also a great time to travel, and we have plenty of in­ter­na­tional news this is­sue. The doc­u­men­tary Be­tween Frames: The Art of Brazil­ian An­i­ma­tion is a must­see film mak­ing fes­ti­val rounds that tells a story about the fa­mil­iar love of an­i­ma­tion we all feel in an ex­otic land. We also take a peek at the up­com­ing An­necy fes­ti­val, one of our fa­vorites; look back at Car­toons on the Bay; head to Rus­sia for a look at the bur­geon­ing an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try there; and then cel­e­brate the cen­ten­nial of an­i­ma­tion in Fin­land. Who needs to travel? There’s more, but I think I’ll let you dis­cover it for your­selves. As I men­tioned last month, I’m still kind of new to this job and am anx­ious to hear from you — good or bad — what you think of this is­sue. We want to make our read­ers happy, so if there’s some­thing you want to see cov­ered in the mag­a­zine or on our web­site — or even if you just want to chat about your fa­vorite toon — drop me a line at tom@an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net.

Un­til next time.

P.S.: Sum­mer is also in­tern­ship time, and we’re look­ing for an ed­i­to­rial in­tern who is both in­ter­ested in an­i­ma­tion and in the jour­nal­is­tic process of as­sem­bling and pub­lish­ing a mag­a­zine. If that’s you, send a re­sume and no more than three clips or writ­ing sam­ples to tom@an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net.

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