I knew when I found out Canadian filmmaker Matthew Rankin was creating a surreal short about Nikola Tesla that I would be picking his fertile brain, about a brainiac who was way ahead of his time. It didn’t take long before we were over at Cartoon Brew discussing free energy, bird love, and why dystopians are ascendant in the sixth mass extinction.
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.
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.
In our world of perpetual war, creator William Moulton Marston’s subversive, aspirational Amazonian intertext has returned to the battlefront, with mainstream audiences and Wall Street earnings in mind.
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.
Batman is more than capable of meeting demand across social, economic, political and cultural divides.
A wordless wonder in the tradition of Chaplin, with an eye to rural labor and love, Aardman’s stop-motion masterpiece is for everyone, everywhere.
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.
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.
Let’s turn back to the greatest jam band on the bones, and a master of literary horror, reanimated.
One of those rare films, especially in animation, that analyzes the dizzying complexity of life on Earth using what John Muir called the “glacial eye.”
The North Pole beckons to an overheated world in the feature directorial debut of animator Rémi Chaye.
From the phenomenal Laika, makers of Coraline and The BoxTrolls
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless tale finally lands the feature animation treatment
The peerless animation distributor GKIDS acquires another sublime award-winner
From the phenomenal GKIDS and makers of A Cat in Paris.
We look forward to supporting Nora and the team
I finished my run as associate editor with a thinker on Herzog, an interview with stop-mo innovators The Quay Brothers, and more.
I shuttered 2015 with a dive into virtual reality, Oscar upstarts, and more.
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is one of 2015’s most compelling films, but it also happens to be one of the historical highlights of anthology animation.
Halloween found me wishing happy birthday to the one and old only Ralph Bakshi, whose anti-sermon shook the toonscape.