New Ad­ven­tures in Stream­land

Animation Magazine - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

We’re wrap­ping up this is­sue just as many of the new stream­ing ser­vices are in­tro­duc­ing their 2020 slate to the press at the TV Critics As­so­ci­a­tion win­ter show­case. HBO Max, Ama­zon, NBC’s Pea­cock, CBS All Ac­cess, Hulu and many oth­ers un­veiled some of their up­com­ing con­tent for the press. Frankly, there is so much new an­i­mated and VFX-driven con­tent be­ing pro­duced right now that you’ll need an army of typ­ing elves to keep up with ev­ery­thing that is com­ing down the pipe­line.

One of the up­com­ing shows that re­ally caught our at­ten­tion was The House. A Net­flix se­ries co-pro­duced by BAFTA-win­ning Nexus Stu­dios, this dark com­edy stop-mo­tion project fol­lows the sur­real sto­ries of three gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies who lived in a house through the years. What makes the show a must-watch is the tal­ent at­tached to it: Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels (This Mag­nif­i­cent Cake!, Oh Willy…) are di­rect­ing one chap­ter, while Niki Lin­droth von Bahr (The Bur­den) and Paloma Baeza (Poles Apart) are tack­ing the other two parts. All four di­rec­tors are well-known for their in­ven­tive and ac­claimed short-form projects and have daz­zled fes­ti­val au­di­ences for the past few years. “Nexus Stu­dios had a re­mark­able his­tory of work­ing with the best an­i­ma­tors from all over the world, and we’re thrilled to part­ner with Nexus and their in­cred­i­ble di­rec­tors to bring The House to life,” com­mented Net­flix adult an­i­ma­tion head Mike Moon.

You can read more about Moon and his in­no­va­tive pro­gram­ming ini­tia­tives at Net­flix in this month’s spe­cial fo­cus on an­i­ma­tion and stream­ing, penned by our excellent con­trib­u­tor K.J. Yoss­man. It wasn’t easy track­ing down the busy an­i­ma­tion ex­ec­u­tives at Net­flix, Dis­ney+, HBO Max and other out­lets, but she man­aged to de­liver a well-rounded and in­for­ma­tive over­view of what is hap­pen­ing in the quickly evolv­ing stream­ing toon land­scape.

You also won’t want to miss her excellent be­hind-the-scenes fea­ture on the mak­ing of Aard­man An­i­ma­tions’ charm­ing A Shaun

the Sheep Movie: Farmageddo­n. Al­though the movie has al­ready screened in most ter­ri­to­ries, it’s fi­nally get­ting its U.S. re­lease this month, thanks to the folks at Net­flix. The in­ven­tive ad­ven­ture, which has al­ready grossed $37.7 mil­lion world­wide, is di­rected by Aard­man’s own Will Becher and Richard Phe­lan, who also worked on Early Man and di­rected episodes of the Shaun the Sheep se­ries.

Of course, we also have our pop­u­lar An­nual Ed­u­ca­tion and Ca­reer Guide in this spe­cial is­sue. We have packed this re­port with lots of help­ful tips, school pro­files and job-find­ing ad­vice, so if you know a young high school stu­dent who is look­ing to study an­i­ma­tion in col­lege or a re­cent col­lege grad who is look­ing for a first job in an­i­ma­tion, make sure you pass on the is­sue to them. This year, we also have a very spe­cial treat for toon lovers: every­one’s fa­vorite an­i­ma­tion his­to­rian Jerry Beck has picked his 10 fa­vorite clas­sic car­toons that ev­ery stu­dent must watch be­fore they grad­u­ate from school. Make sure you thank Jerry when you see him at an­i­ma­tion events and screen­ings around town!

Be­hind the scenes of Farmageddo­n

Ramin Za­hed Edi­tor in Chief ramin@an­i­ma­tion­

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