Ed­i­tor’s Note

Animation Magazine - - ED­I­TOR’S NOTE - Ramin Za­hed Ed­i­tor in Chief ramin@an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net

Iam sure you will agree that the first quar­ter of 2020 has proved quite an un­pre­dictable pe­riod for all of us, no mat­ter where we live or what we do for a liv­ing. With the can­cel­la­tion of many of the usual an­i­ma­tion and VFX events we at­tend and cover due to the global spread of COVID-19, we have all been deal­ing with a cer­tain amount of un­cer­tainty and anx­i­ety. As much as it’s im­por­tant to prac­tice all the pub­lic health and safety pre­cau­tions, it’s also nor­mal to hope that things will re­turn to the way they were just a few months ago.

It’s been only a few weeks since we learned of the can­cel­la­tion of Hong Kong Fil­mart, SXSW, MIPTV, NAB, E3 and FMX and watched as me­dia stocks crashed when the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fi­cially an­nounced the coro­n­avirus out­break a pan­demic. Like you, we are hop­ing that coun­tries all over the world will be able to con­tain and fight this ter­ri­ble dis­ease as soon as pos­si­ble. In the mean­time, we should all pay close at­ten­tion to the guide­lines pro­vided by the scientific and med­i­cal ex­perts (WHO is a good re­source: who.int/emer­gen­cies/novel-coro­novirus-2019), stay safe and try and be there for those who are in need of com­pas­sion and as­sis­tance as much as pos­si­ble.

As many in our in­dus­try are now work­ing from home, we would like to re­mind you that we’re do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to make sure we keep you up to date with the latest de­vel­op­ments in the world of an­i­ma­tion and visual ef­fects. Since many of our in­dus­try events may con­tinue to be can­celled in the weeks ahead, make sure you sign up to get our daily news­let­ter take ad­van­tage of our free dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tion of­fer by vis­it­ing the Sus­b­scribe page at an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net and en­ter­ing the code MHOME20. We also have a spe­cial dis­count on our print sub­scrip­tion rates avail­able for a lim­ited time.

We hope you en­joy read­ing about three new an­i­mated fea­tures that are ei­ther re­leased the­atri­cally or will be avail­able for stream­ing in the next few weeks. Dis­ney-Pixar’s On­ward has al­ready found its base among an­i­ma­tion fans and re­ceived praise from crit­ics world­wide, while Dream­Works’ Trolls World Tour is ready to hit the screens in the U.S. on April 10. We have ex­cel­lent be­hind-the-scenes sto­ries on both ti­tles by our long­time con­trib­u­tors Karen Idel­son and Tom McLean. We also have a sneak peek at Kris Pearn’s whim­si­cal new fea­ture The Wil­lough­bys, which will pre­miere on Net­flix this month. We’re sure you’ve never seen an an­i­mated fam­ily quite like this one be­fore!

Our “Ris­ing Stars of An­i­ma­tion” fea­ture has been a pop­u­lar part of our April is­sues for the past few years, and 2020 is no ex­cep­tion. It has be­come more dif­fi­cult to keep the num­ber of pro­files down to 14, be­cause there are so many tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als work­ing in our thriv­ing in­dus­try today. So, con­sider our 2020 se­lec­tion just a sam­pler. We look for­ward to pro­fil­ing more of these bril­liant an­i­ma­tion stars. Re­mem­ber, you can al­ways rec­om­mend your fa­vorite toon tal­ent by email­ing us at edit@an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net.

Here’s to all of us keep­ing safe, healthy and hope­ful in the weeks ahead. And please, leave some toi­let paper and hand san­i­tizer for ev­ery­one else at the stores!

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