Cli-Fi: We Cannot Separate Food From Politics

November 9, 2017 Morphizm 0

One of our most persistent fictions of climate change is that the food industry, whose waste and emissions must be brought under immediate control if we are to survive the Anthropocene, can live without immigrants, whose existence puts the lie to nations and nationalism.

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.

Farmers Markets Come Under Presidential Fire

October 30, 2017 Morphizm 0

My latest investigation for Civil Eats is not so much alarming as predictable. The current presidential administration, already an international laughingstock, has targeted farmers markets for elimination. The punishment? Death by pointless cuts.

A Cartoon Man’s Cartoon Men

October 28, 2017 Morphizm 0

Some of the most influential animation in history have come from the hearts and minds of Phil LaMarr and Carl Jones, including The Boondocks, Samurai Jack, and more. That was all I needed to pick up the phone.

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.

Guru Studio’s Aim is True

September 8, 2017 Morphizm 0

For decades, cooler-headed Canada has helped lead the way in animation innovation and mindful programming. Its rising studio Guru is carrying those goals forward, with the help of Pharrell Williams, in the fantastic new Netflix series, True and the Rainbow Kingdom.

Cli-Fi: The Dead Zone, Mass Extinction Edition

August 4, 2017 Morphizm 0

Stephen King’s horror novel never saw this real-time nightmare coming. A state-sized dead zone at the bottom of the South, which is so deprived of oxygen it might as well be deep space — which is, recalling Alien, where no one can hear you scream.

Niko and The Sword of Light Illuminates Amazon

July 31, 2017 Morphizm 0

The fact that Amazon chose to invest a healthy budget in Titmouse and Niko, in search of staying power and cultural relevance, should be a warning shot to the animation business as usual. After all, as Titmouse told me, we’re in a cartoon gold rush.

Looking Back at Animation’s Future, With Ralph Bakshi

July 24, 2017 Morphizm 0

I’ve spoken a few times with animation auteur, Ralph Bakshi, who pioneered the pathways of underground and overground cartoons for decades. This time, we analyze the live-action/animation merge of Cool World, which like its foundational forebear, Lord of the Rings, created the CGI universe we take for granted today.

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.

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: Ron Finley Rewilds South Central

May 24, 2017 Morphizm 0

My latest piece for Civil Eats chronicles the victory of sanity over nonsense, Earth over concrete, regeneration over regression. It was an honor to write, and even more brilliant to witness in person.

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.

Cartoon Saloon Schools St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2017 Morphizm 0

From director Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated masterpieces The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, to director Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner and beyond into the great unknown, the indie studio that was once international animation’s best-kept secret is a secret no longer.

Getting Civil About Sustainable Eats, Starting With California

February 28, 2017 Morphizm 0

I am honored to explore the entire University of California system’s sustainable food efforts for my first piece at Civil Eats. Greening these influential universities will upgrade our state’s profile and power, especially if we can reach full sustainability in the short term, which is no easy feat.

At Last, Samurai Jack Returns

February 6, 2017 Morphizm 0

Last year, I once again interviewed Samurai Jack creator and animation auteur, Genndy Tartakovsky, who told me the samurai’s arrival was imminent. Now here he is, in all of his glory and wonder, when we need him most.