QUOTE A Sea­son to Cel­e­brate OF THE MONTH

Animation Magazine - - Editor’s Letter -

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!

Moana,

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