Isao Takahata: 1935-2018

April 9, 2018 Morphizm 0

A towering influence.

And yet he still left so much to be discovered.

I watch his art each night before dreaming.

Rest in peace, dear influential.

Cli-Fi: Birdboy’s Interconnected Pollution

January 9, 2018 Morphizm 0

Writing about animation provides me the opportunity to probe the minds of brave filmmakers working against stereotype and industry. That struggle found an apotheosis in the surreal fever dream of Birdboy, whose directors I interviewed ahead of their awards season tour.

Cli-Fi: Fox And The Whale’s Metafictional Immersion

January 3, 2018 Morphizm 0

Earth is inspiring, even in the midst of failure. This is an important lesson I learned after interviewing director Robin Joseph about his stunning animated short, Fox and the Whale, a homemade, hand-drawn cli-fi fable debuting, to Oscar acclaim, in a world on fire.

Say It Loud and Proud, Oscars: Animation Is Film

November 1, 2017 Morphizm 0

As the establishment continues to reject toxic industry, the movement to place our attention on issues worth the public’s time is reaching critical mass. And that movement will likely sweep The Breadwinner into awards season.

Animation Is Film, Said The Festival

October 23, 2017 Morphizm 0

It may not seem like we need to have a three-day festival in Hollywood celebrating animation as cinema with a capital C. But if that was the case, I would not have spent the weekend with my girls in Hollywood at the Animation Is Film festival, watching stunning animated cinema and interviewing talented directors.

Cli-Fi: 75 Years Later, Bambi Terrorizes

August 15, 2017 Morphizm 0

Written by an immigrant Jew hounded by Hitler, and envisioned by a Chinese immigrant dreaming of America, Walt Disney’s Bambi remains an unheeded warning of terror and terraformation, sadly forgotten by a burning world careening into an exponential apocalypse.

Animating Hiroshima’s War-Torn Corner of the World

July 7, 2017 Morphizm 0

An assistant director on Hayao Miyazaki’s sublime, stunning Kiki’s Delivery Service, Sunao Katabuchi has since made his name well-known in anime film and television. But his impressive new film, the award-winning Hiroshima epic, In This Corner of the World, might make him a household name worldwide.

Bong Joon Ho’s Okja Animates Cli-Fi

June 29, 2017 Morphizm 0

Revolutionary filmmakers are shaping the future of cinema by analyzing our destabilized planet. Snowpiercer director Bong Joon Ho’s new vision Okja, out today from Netflix, was inspired by biodiversity at the mercy of capitalization and extinction.

Cli-Fi: Coral Vs. Ice, We Lose

June 8, 2017 Morphizm 0

We are slaves to fossil fuels, Chasing Ice director Jeff Orlowski once told me. His new film, Chasing Coral, may find that we have also broken our (food) chains.

It’s Hard To Be A Utopian!

May 26, 2017 Morphizm 0

When I first learned that Matthew Rankin was crafting a surreal short about Nikola Tesla, I knew I soon would be picking his fertile brain about free energy, bird love, and why dystopians are marching to the sixth mass extinction.

Cli-Fi: The Breadwinner Patiently Arrives

May 16, 2017 Morphizm 0

The debut trailer of Cartoon Saloon’s newest animated exploration has come at last.

An international collaboration directed by the gifted Nora Twomey, who I’ll interview later this year, and co-produced by Angelina Jolie, whom you may have heard of, The Breadwinner examines the terror and terraformation of Afghanistan through a gender-fluid prism quite rare for animation.

Cli-Fi: Tesla, Reanimated

April 21, 2017 Morphizm 0

The National Film Board of Canada is responsible for some of the finest animation the world has ever seen. It has also created world-changing documentaries exploring and analyzing how and why our world changes as it does, for better and worse.

Cli-Fi: Paco Roca Goes To The Lighthouse

January 22, 2017 Morphizm 0

Paco Roca’s Wrinkles was one of the most moving graphic novels, and animated films, in recent memory. His promising new comic charts a path through the destabilizing territories of war and healing properties of the natural world.