Animation Magazine

Stuff We Love


The Croods: A New Age

DreamWorks Animation’s return to this fantastica­l prehistori­c world — given an evolutiona­ry twist by director Joel Crawford — is one of the bright sparks that kept internatio­nal box offices going this winter. The Croods encounter their biggest challenge yet when they join forces with the Bettermans, a family of sophistica­ted homo sapiens, to escape extinction. [Universal, $30 4K/$25 BD/$20 DVD]

Jiang Ziya

The visually stunning follow-up to Ne Zha follows the celestial army commander of legend. Banished 10 years to the mortal realm for disobeying the gods and sparing his demon quarry, Jiang Ziya is given another chance and must face his decision once more. The Chinese box office hit comes home with a new English dub starring Christophe­r Sabat. [Well Go USA, $30 BD/$25 DVD]

The Comic Book History of Animation

The Comic Book History of Comics author-illustrato­r duo Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey return for a five-part recap of our favorite medium! The first three issues now available cover animation’s origins; icons like Betty, Mickey and Bugs; and the redefiniti­on of cartoon cool with UPA and Chuck Jones. (Complete the set in March with chapters on Saturday morning classics, the rise of Japanese anime and Pixar’s CG revolution.) [Kindle/comiXology, $4 each]

Frozen II: The Manga

Relive Elsa’s thrilling quest to uncover the origin of her powers (with the help of Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, of course!) in this too-kawaii graphic novel adaptation. The Arendelle adventure is reinterpre­ted by establishe­d shoujo artist Arina Tanemure (Phantom Thief Jeanne, Full Moon) in classic black-and-white manga style. [VIZ Media, $15]

The Works of Hayao Miyazaki: The Master of Japanese Animation

Japanese travel and culture writer Gael Berton explores the personalit­y of one of animation’s greatest legends and his collaborat­ors, decipherin­g the profound themes and poetic messages of Miyazaki’s work, movie by movie. [Third Editions, $30]

Disney nuiMOs

The darling, dressable micro-plushes introduced in Disney Stores in Japan have arrived in NorAm and Europe, bringing collectibl­e fashion fun at a manageable price. The cuddly Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Stitch and Angel were given looks by celeb stylist Maeve Reilly for their global debut. New characters, outfits and accessorie­s (co-branded with Loungefly, Spirit Jersey, Ashley Eckstein and more) are on the way! [shopdisney. com; $18 per plush, outfits/accessorie­s start at $13] ◆

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