Animation Magazine - - Front Page - Tom McLean Edi­tor tom@an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net

I’m writ­ing this the day that news came of the death of mu­sic icon Prince, and while I wasn’t the most ded­i­cated fan of the pur­ple-clad in­no­va­tor, the loss of yet an­other great mu­si­cian this year does drive home the im­por­tance cre­ative peo­ple can have in our lives, and that in­cludes an­i­ma­tors. The projects we cover in this is­sue prove that an­i­ma­tion is a vi­tal and near-in­fi­nite form of cre­ative ex­pres­sion, if only its prac­ti­tion­ers have the courage to dig deep and cre­ate projects that re­ally mean some­thing.

Up front, we’ve got Ratchet & Clank, the an­i­mated fea­ture based on the pop­u­lar Sony PlayS­ta­tion game se­ries. It’s also the sec­ond the­atri­cal fea­ture from Rain­maker En­ter­tain­ment in Van­cou­ver — a stu­dio whose work we’ve long ad­mired, so it’s sat­is­fy­ing to see this long-awaited indie fea­ture hit the­aters at last!

On the com­plete other end of the spec­trum is Bel­ladonna of Sad­ness. I thought I knew quite a bit about an­i­ma­tion, so I’m glad I’m not the only one taken aback by the re-dis­cov­ery of this strange and of­ten dis­turbingly beau­ti­ful lost 1973 an­i­mated fea­ture. The restora­tion looks amaz­ing and this is a true an­i­mated art-house movie — one that de­serves to be seen, ab­sorbed and de­bated end­lessly.

We next have The Loud House, which is a kind of mod­ern throwback to both great news­pa­per comic strips and fam­ily com­edy shows. We’ve known about this one for quite a while be­cause An­imag alum­nus Jor­dan Koch has been work­ing on it for a while — and telling us how fun it is. Hav­ing fi­nally seen fin­ished episodes, I’m happy to say he’s right and it’s worth check­ing out.

And one of the big­gest movie events of the year is com­ing up: the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val and Cannes Film Mar­ket. Turn to page 20 to read my thoughts on the fes­ti­val and how it needs to adapt to give an­i­ma­tion its due as a cre­ative and com­mer­cial force in the world­wide movie in­dus­try. The mar­ket is mak­ing steps to­ward rec­og­niz­ing this, bring­ing in a show­case of an­i­mated projects from An­necy, while the suc­cess of com­pa­nies like Copen­hagen Bom­bay (cel­e­brat­ing its 10th an­niver­sary in 2016) and Wizart shows just how wide and deep a global im­pact an­i­ma­tion has made.

Lastly, we check out the VFX of the block­buster Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Jus­tice, long­time comics fan very much en­joyed, and The Hunts­man: Winter’s War.

Next month, we’re cov­er­ing An­necy in ad­vance of the fes­ti­val it­self — I’ll be go­ing for the first time and I can’t wait to check it out. If you see me, say hi!

We also will be pre­sent­ing a spe­cial re­port called “The In­no­va­tors,” and it’s not too late to sub­mit to us your sug­ges­tions for com­pa­nies, peo­ple and projects that are push­ing for­ward the art, busi­ness and tech of an­i­ma­tion and visual ef­fects.

Un­til next is­sue,

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