Trailer, Tick­ets, Poster Re­leased for ‘Force Awak­ens’

Animation Magazine - - Front Page - By Brigette Koyama-Richard [Flam­mar­ion, $19.98, Reis­sue]

Just in case you missed it — there’s got to be at least one of you out there — the fi­nal trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens was re­leased Oct. 19.

The new clip de­buted dur­ing a broad­cast of ESPN’s Mon­day Night Foot­ball and im­me­di­ately was posted on­line, along with sev­eral stills of the movie and a new poster with cred­its.

Also, tick­ets are now on sale for the movie, which opens Dec. 18, and a movie marathon of all six Star Wars films capped with the de­but of The Force Awak­ens was an­nounced for Dec. 17.

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An­other fa­mil­iar ti­tle on our list this month is this fas­ci­nat­ing, in-de­mand look at the history and de­vel­op­ment of Ja­panese an­i­ma­tion. While anime’s dis­tinc­tive aes­thetic seems like a rel­a­tively re­cent wave in car­toons to Western au­di­ences, its cul­tural phe­nom sta­tus in Ja­pan took root in the 1970s. But as this bit of schol­ar­ship shows, the very mod­ern medium ac­tu­ally draws on cen­turies-old artis­tic tra­di­tions.

A pro­fes­sor of com­par­a­tive lit­er­a­ture and art history at the Univer­sity of Tokyo (and au­thor of the equally well re­searched 1000 Years of Manga), Brigette Koyama-Richard traces the evo­lu­tion of anime from painted scrolls and wood­block prints through to the early black-and-white days and up to the present. Leg­endary fig­ures like Osamu Tezuka and Hayao Miyazaki are high­lighted, and the book fea­tures more than 500 im­ages, many rarely seen out­side Asia.

All an­i­ma­tion must be built on sim­i­lar solid artis­tic foun­da­tions, but each medium re­quires its own spe­cial skills as well. If you are in­ter­ested in stop­mo­tion film­mak­ing, look no fur­ther than this in-de­mand guide from the Bris­tol-based ge­niuses be­hind Wal­lace & Gromit. Pro­ducer, di­rec­tor and Aard­man An­i­ma­tions co-founder Peter Lord and pro­lific en­ter­tain­ment writer Brian Sibley here pro­vide a prac­ti­cal, fully il­lus­trated, step-by-step look at cre­at­ing strong char­ac­ters, sto­ry­boards, sets — and even­tu­ally, an en­tire film.

This fourth edi­tion in­cor­po­rates a brand-new chap­ter offering a look at Aard­man’s more-re­cent work. This in­cludes ex­clu­sive in­ter­views with the pro­ducer and di­rec­tor of the stu­dio’s most-re­cent hit fea­ture, Shaun the Sheep Movie; a ded­i­cated sec­tion packed with be­hind-the-scenes insight on the making of The Pi­rates! Band of Mis­fits; and a re­vised chap­ter on CGI tech­nol­ogy touch­ing on the lat­est devel­op­ments.

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