A Ban­ner Year at the Box Of­fice

Animation Magazine - - Editor’s Note -

As we put the fin­ish­ing touches to this month’s mag­a­zine, we got word that Dis­ney’s Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net: Wreck It Ralph 2 was a huge hit over the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day, bring­ing in around $84.5 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally and a global to­tal of close to $126 mil­lion world­wide. This is great news for all of us who love or work in the an­i­ma­tion busi­ness. In fact, look­ing at the Top 20 list of box of­fice win­ners of 2018, you would be hard pressed to find a ti­tle that wasn’t ei­ther fully an­i­mated or used some CG an­i­ma­tion to tell its story. Fully an­i­mated movies such as

and ued to feed the ap­petites of the film­go­ing pub­lic.

In this month’s is­sue, we’ll take you be­hind the scenes of two of the most an­tic­i­pated fam­ily movies of the year: Sony Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion’s Spi­der-man: Into the Spi­der-verse and Dis­ney’s Mary Pop­pins Re­turns. While Spi­der-verse takes the fa­mil­iar Mar­vel web­slinger into un­char­tered ter­ri­to­ries in terms of CG an­i­ma­tion and its eth­ni­cally di­verse hero, Rob Mar­shall’s Mary Pop­pins se­quel gives us a brand new mag­i­cal gov­erness, with re­fresh­ingly retro 2D an­i­ma­tion (cour­tesy of Dun­can Stu­dio).

Also fea­tured in our year-end is­sue are in-depth fea­tures about the mak­ing of di­verse, in­die fea­tures such as El­liot: The Lit­tlest Rein­deer and Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Tur­tles. It’s quite en­ter­tain­ing to find out about the unique chal­lenges and artis­tic in­flu­ences of each one of these an­i­mated movies, which will be worth look­ing for in lim­ited re­lease.

We also had the chance to catch up with some of the tal­ented folks at DreamWorks’ TV an­i­ma­tion di­vi­sion, which cel­e­brated its fifth an­niver­sary this year. Don’t miss this chance to read all about how they man­aged to de­liver so many great an­i­mated se­ries in such a short pe­riod of time. This is the place to look if you were seek­ing an­other ex­am­ple of how it is pos­si­ble to achieve what seems im­pos­si­ble by putting to­gether a great group of tal­ented peo­ple and in­spir­ing them to do their best work. As a wise man once said, “the only place you will find suc­cess be­fore work is the dic­tio­nary!”

Since this is­sue will land in your hands in early De­cem­ber, I wanted to wish you all a won­der­ful, peace­ful hol­i­day sea­son. On be­half of ev­ery­one here at An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine, I also hope that 2019 will be a good year for ev­ery­one — full of love, hap­pi­ness, peace and pros­per­ity and free of all the hate and mis­ery that di­vide us.

Covet­ing Car­toon Net­work. The CN on­line shop is your go-to for the per­fect gifts for cool, toon-lov­ing kids (and grown ups). Any­one would be happy to sport a We Bare Bears Cali Stack tee ($25), stay cozy in a cute and sub­tle Sum­mer Camp Is­land Sweat­shirt ($40) or Are You Puff Enough Pullover ($50), or cel­e­brate love in all its forms with Steven Uni­verse Enamel Pins ($13-16). We also love the Teen Ti­tans Go! Night Be­gin to Shine Funko POP! Raven and Beast Boy ($15 each). Urge to splurge? Snag an Ad­ven­ture Time Lim­ited Edi­tion Gui­tar ($999) by ASG Guitars, fea­tur­ing an il­lus­tra­tion by Ja­son Ed­mis­ton — per­fect for com­pos­ing a heart­felt ode to the end of a g great show.

Any true knight of Wes­teros s would love to have a bot­tle of Di­a­geo’s White Walker by John­nie Walker Blended Scotch Whisky ($36) or any/all of the eight Game of f Thrones Sin­gle Malt Scotch Whisky Col­lec­tion ($30-$65) wait­ing un­der der the tree. It’s the per­fect sip to keep you warm while you read Ge­orge eorge R.R. Martin’s new his­tory of House Tar­garyen, Fire & Blood (Ban­tam, am, $35), and wait for Game of Thrones sea­son 8 to ar­rive on HBO in April. HBO Shop has lots of ap­parel, ac­ces­sories and home goods to make ake up a cus­tom GOT gift bas­ket — as does s Boxlunch.com, where you can find a great Danielle Ni­cole x Game of Thrones bag or back­pack to cramm cram it all in.

Merry Mer Rick­mas! Need some­thing ing that say says, “I’ve got hol­i­day spirit, but also a su­pe­rio su­pe­ri­or­ity com­plex and a drink­ing prob­lem?” m?” Fes­tive Fes­tively schwifty gifts in­spired by Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty got ya a cov­ered. En­ter­tain­ment E Earth th has a vari va­ri­ety of or­na­ments (in­clud­ing Pickle Rick and Plum­bus) for $6-$10 as well ll as a faux fur-tr fur-trimmed stock­ing ($14). $14). And pop-cu pop-cul­ture ap­parel de­sign sign shop Num­skull Num has added two R&M look looks to its hi­lar­i­ous hol­i­day sweater s col­lec­tion, which come with free gift box and b bonus pin ($50). Happy Birthday, day, To­toro! It’s the 30th th an­niver­sary year of Hayao ao Miyazaki’s beloved film My Neigh­bor To­toro, which is s the per­fect ex­cuse to spread the fuzzy for­est spirit love. Rocklove of­fers a lim­ited ed col­lec­tio col­lec­tion on of hand­crafted d sil­ver jew­elry with three charm­ing, three-diee-di­men­sional sculpted de­signs by Al­li­son Cimino o ($79-$89). Bluefin teamed up with Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer r Sun Ar­row for ra a lov­able new nine-inch plush ush (with leaf hat!), t!), at Bar Barnes & No­ble ble for $30 $30. And on­line sho shop Vio has a wh whole range of full full-color, all-over prin print hood­ies and tees tee in­spired by the wo world of Stu­dio Ghi Ghi­bli — many now on sale!

14Academy mem­bers: Turn in your Os­car nom­i­na­tions bal­lots! Vot­ing closes to­day.

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