Ed­i­tor’s Note

Animation Magazine - - Editor’s Note - Ramin Za­hed Ed­i­tor in Chief ramin@an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net

If you needed any more proof that we’re liv­ing the su­per­awe­some, triple-plat­inum (yes, “golden” sim­ply doesn’t cut it any­more!) age of small-screen an­i­ma­tion, all you have to do is power up your lap­top or TV screen this month. One of our cover sto­ries this month — yes, we have sev­eral cov­ers! — fea­tures some great be­hind-the-scene info on the mak­ing of Lu­cas­film/ Dis­ney’s new se­ries Star Wars Re­sis­tance. You can find out about some of the tal­ented peo­ple and an­i­ma­tion com­pa­nies that worked long hours to de­liver the stun­ning look of this brightly col­ored take on the fran­chise in these pages.

Our other cover story takes us be­hind the scenes of Il­lu­mi­na­tion’s brand-new take on pop­u­lar Dr. Seuss cur­mud­geon The Grinch. It’s been 63 years since Theodor Geisel’s Christ­mas-hat­ing char­ac­ter made his de­but in a 32-line poem pub­lished in Red­book magazine, which was fol­lowed by a book run in 1957. Most of us have fond mem­o­ries of the 1966 an­i­mated spe­cial di­rected by Chuck Jones, which be­came an in­stant hol­i­day fa­vorite. Ev­ery­one has high hopes for this new Cg-an­i­mated ver­sion of the story, which takes us deeper into Grinch’s world and ori­gins. Make sure you read Michael Mal­lory’s in­sight­ful in­ter­view with the movie’s di­rec­tors and artis­tic team.

We also have a great French an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try snap­shot in this is­sue, which ar­rives just in time for the busy MIPCOM mar­ket in Cannes. Just as we went to press, we learned about some of the amaz­ing new toons in the works from some of our fave stu­dios in the re­gion. Stu­dios such as Cy­ber Group, Teamto, GO-N, Gau­mont, Zag Toons, Mil­lim­ages and Xilam are all bring­ing bold, creative, orig­i­nal and highly artis­tic shows to the mar­ket this year, and we’re happy to con­tinue cov­er­ing them in the months ahead.

Speak­ing of bold and creative ap­proaches, many of you must have no­ticed Com­edy Cen­tral’s great mar­ket­ing cam­paign for the new sea­son of South Park. Bill­board ads and a 15-sec­ond teaser were used to pro­mote a fake call to #can­cel­south­park for be­ing too con­tro­ver­sial. Of course, in the teaser, a fan called @fat­jerk re­sponds, “If they can­cel South Park, I will riot!” Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s pop­u­lar show is still de­liv­er­ing bit­ing satire and has been re­newed for a 23rd sea­son. So, there’s no way any­one will see the last of Cart­man, Kenny, Stan and Kyle any­time soon. As Cart­man would say, “Sweet!”

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