Au­tumn Heats Up I

Animation Magazine - - Editor’s Letter - Jean Thoren Pub­lisher jthoren@an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net Tom McLean Ed­i­tor tom@an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net

t’s been a hot sum­mer, and au­tumn is look­ing like a hot time for an­i­ma­tion.

But first — make sure you read Jean Thoren’s note above on the up­com­ing World An­i­ma­tion and VFX Sum­mit. This is an event you don’t want to miss. We are very proud of the lineup we’ve put to­gether for this year’s event and think you’ll be kick­ing your­self if you don’t sign up and make sure you’ll be part of the fun.

And the per­fect set-up for the sum­mit can be found in the World An­i­ma­tion Cel­e­bra­tion, put on Nov. 1 by An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine and our friends at An­i­ma­tion Li­ba­tion. This event is go­ing to fea­ture some amaz­ing an­i­mated short films in a spe­cial and fun one-day cel­e­bra­tion at the Los An­ge­les Film School. This is­sue is packed full of in-depth looks at some of the sea­son’s most com­pelling an­i­mated re­leases. The Book of Life is the sec­ond film from Free Birds mak­ers Reel FX, and noth­ing has us more ex­cited about this movie than the sheer en­thu­si­asm di­rec­tor and co-writer Jorge Gu­tier­rez has shown at ev­ery stage of its mak­ing. The fi­nal film looks beau­ti­ful and is as full of life as the ti­tle sug­gests, mak­ing it a per­fect Oc­to­ber treat for an­i­ma­tion fans.

There are two great re­turns in our cov­er­age of Song of the Sea. One is the film it­self, which is Car­toon Sa­loon’s long-awaited follow up to the amaz­ing Se­cret of Kells. The other is the re­turn to our pages of for­mer ed­i­tor in chief Ramin Za­hed, who did a won­der­ful job writ­ing the ar­ti­cle.

And there are few of us who don’t love Star Wars. So Dis­ney XD’s new Star Wars Rebels an­i­mated se­ries — which not only brings back the beloved fran­chise but also heads back to the fa­mil­iar era be­fore Episode IV: A New Hope — is another sweet treat.

Fun is fun, but there’s plenty of business to take care of, too, as we give you the es­sen­tial info needed to nav­i­gate MIPCOM and the Brand Li­cens­ing Europe show. We also give you the scoop on some of the most in­no­va­tive and in­ter­est­ing an­i­ma­tion pro­duc­ers in the world, look­ing at Mat­tel’s still-new Play­ground Pro­duc­tions op­er­a­tion, the charm­ing work of Paris-based Go-N and inside the re­design of the an­i­mated com­mer­cials icon known as the Trix Rab­bit.

All in all, it’s a pretty sweet lineup. Don’t for­get to brush your teeth af­ter­ward, and we hope to see you next is­sue, when we swing into the awards sea­son.

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