It’s Hip to Be Square
Cube your fun quotient with The Boxtrolls and SpongeBob SquarePants, plus DC’s Throne of Atlantis, Tom & Jerry’s latest and the must-see Studio Ghibli documentary. By Mercedes Milligan.
Last fall, LAIKA’s third stop-motion feature proved once again that there is room for all types of animation on the box-office charts. Painstakingly hand-crafted and augmented with inventive cinematography, stereoscopics and seamless CG elements combined with a unique story plucked from Alan Snow’s Here Be Monsters! helped win over audiences and earned the neo-Victorian fantasy a 13-strong majority of Annie Awards nom- inations. Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, the film centers on a young boy raised by the misunderstood Boxtrolls who, with the help of a plucky little rich girl, infiltrates the surface world to face off with a power-hungry exterminator to save his unconventional family.
Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Sir Ben Kingsley and Jared Harris lead the voice cast, which also includes Toni Collette, Richard Ayoade, Nick Frost, Tracy Morgan and Simon Pegg. Special features include behind-the-scenes looks at voice world with our own may be drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman et al must fend off the warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds with the help of superheroic newcomer Aquaman — voiced by Matt Lanter ( Star Wars: The Clone Wars).
Directed by Ethan Spaulding ( Avatar: The Last Airbender) with dialog direction by Andrea Romano, Atlantis also features the voices of Sam Witwer (Orm), Jason O’Mara (Batman), Christopher Gorham
If you’re looking for a guiding light on your studio’s journey, you could do worse than turn to Pixar co-founder and current DisneyPixar president Ed Catmull. Written for managers looking to inspire their teams to new creative heights, Catmull has created a manual for those striving for originality, handing you the keys to create working environments that allow inventiveness and talent to shine. Delving into the nerve center of Pixar — into the meetings, postmortems and brain-trust sessions where some of the world’s most successful films are fine-tuned — Catmull leads you by example toward the clearest path to fostering a creative culture.
If that creepy Second Life documentary didn’t scare you off the topic of virtual worlds forever, this brand-new offering from awardwinning, 20-year veteran of virtual environment design Cudworth is a comprehensive look at the subject and principles. The 400-plus-page book explores the intertwining of 2D graphics, 3D models, lighting, sound and storytelling, and illustrates how these elements come together to create accessible virtual environments for teaching, research and entertain-
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