QUOTE Bet­ter Days Ahead OF THE MONTH

Animation Magazine - - Front Page - Ramin Za­hed Ed­i­tor in Chief ramin@an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net

The words “di­ver­sity” and “in­clu­sion” seem to be on ev­ery­one’s minds these days: Dis­ney/ Marvel’s Black Pan­ther re­cently sur­passed the bil­lion-dol­lar mark world­wide and as the award sea­son came to its crescendo in early March, we all have rea­son to be hope­ful for the fu­ture of rep­re­sen­ta­tion both on screen and be­hind the cam­eras. As Chris Nee, the cre­ator of Doc McStuffins, re­cently told An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine: it’s im­por­tant for all kids to see them­selves re­flected on TV shows and at the movies.

This past year, we saw some amaz­ing an­i­mated features, TV shows and shorts di­rected and cre­ated by women and peo­ple of color. Nora Twomey, Darla An­der­son, Adrian Molina, Ram­sey Naito, Ru Kuwa­hata and Dana Mur­ray were a few of the cre­ative forces that were rec­og­nized for their work dur­ing this past awards sea­son. How­ever, look­ing for­ward to the rest of the features slated for 2018, we still see lit­tle fe­male or mi­nor­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the di­rec­tor’s chair. But all signs seem to point to big changes ahead. Af­ter all, this De­cem­ber, au­di­ences will fi­nally see an an­i­mated Spi­der-Man who is half African Amer­i­can, half Puerto Ri­can star­ring in his own big the­atri­cal fea­ture (thanks to the folks at Sony Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion).

In this is­sue, we also bring back our Ris­ing Stars of An­i­ma­tion show­case, in which we spot­light a dozen men and women whose ca­reers are about to re­ally blos­som. They come from very dif­fer­ent back­grounds and have made their break­throughs in a va­ri­ety of orig­i­nal ways. What they do share is a true pas­sion for an­i­ma­tion. They are also re­ally de­voted to do­ing what­ever it takes to per­fect their craft and reach the true fruition of their artis­tic dreams. We hope you en­joy get­ting to know a lit­tle bit about our spe­cial group.

This month, movie­go­ers also get to fi­nally take in Wes An­der­son’s un­be­liev­ably well-crafted and metic­u­lously de­tailed in­stant-clas­sic Isle of Dogs. I had the great honor of chat­ting with some key mem­bers of the film’s cre­ative team, and I found my­self hy­per­ven­ti­lat­ing just hear­ing about their mas­sive ac­com­plish­ments and highly in­volved hand­i­work. No­body said mak­ing a stop-mo­tion movie about a group of out­cast ca­nines suf­fer­ing from dog flu in an apoc­a­lyp­tic world was go­ing to be easy — but this, my friends, is truly some­thing to be­hold!

We also have an in­for­ma­tive snapshot of the Rus­sian an­i­ma­tion scene, as our pub­lisher Jean Thoren vis­ited the coun­try on a spe­cial as­sign­ment and met with many of the re­gion’s top stu­dio heads and an­i­ma­tors. You won’t want to miss this re­port if you want to find out what’s brew­ing both ar­tis­ti­cally and com­mer­cially in this fas­ci­nat­ing re­gion of the world.

Here’s hop­ing that the spring sea­son brings you a re­newed sense of hope for the fu­ture of our world and the art of an­i­ma­tion.

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