QUOTE A Season to Celebrate OF THE MONTH
This year’s awards contenders — spotlighted in this issue of Animation Magazine — serve as an excellent reminder of the outstanding work and amazing creativity of this business. From The LEGO Movie through the focus of this issue’s cover story, Disney’s Big Hero 6, this year’s animated features have shown just how varied a medium animation is — and how much its increasingly realized potential is still but a drop in the bucket. And while we enjoy all the ins and outs of the Oscars and awards season race, the medium itself is proving to be the biggest winner of all.
You might have noticed the names of a few new writers contributing to this issue. So welcome Karen Idelson and Michael Speier to the pages of Animation Magazine — both are true veterans when it comes to reporting and writing about all things entertainment. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Karen’s report on Big Hero 6 and Michael’s survey of the directors of this year’s top animated features.
But there’s more going on than just awards stuff. Disney TV Animation is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month, and we’ve got the scoop on how they keep things creative and fun — both for the talented people who work there and those of us who just watch. And nothing has made me laugh quite so much as Mike Tyson Mysteries, which will have debuted by the time most of you read this, so I hope you’ll give the former champ a chance.
And, of course, nothing has us more excited than the third annual World Animation & VFX Summit, which is set for Nov. 2-5 at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. We have an amazing list of honorees, speakers and panels lined up and we just can’t wait to share it all with our friends, colleagues and readers. Check out the amazing honorees for this year’s summit starting on page 42.
If that’s not enough, the summit will be preceded by the return Nov. 1 of the World Animation Celebration! Our colleagues at Animation Libation Studios have assembled an amazing day full of screenings of student shorts and talks. It’s going to be great, and we can’t wait to see the amazing work these students are doing and share it with everyone.
As always, I love to hear from our readers about what they like or don’t like about Animation Magazine. If something tickles your fancy or irks you in some way, let us know.
Until next issue!
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