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!”