2001-2002 Commentary
by Harvey Deneroff

April 24, 2002
More on the State of Feature Animation
Further musings on the subject in response to a reader's letter on last week's passing mention of a rumor of a possible sale of Blue Sky.

April 17, 2002
Ice Age and the State of Feature Animation
The success of Chris Wedge's Ice Age highlights a series of profound changes in feature animation, including a shift in production away from the Los Angeles area.

March 23, 2002
A Luncheon for Cordell Barker
In the runnup to this year's Oscars, the annual reception for Canadian Oscar nominees by the country's Counsel General in Los Angeles remains one of the local animation community's most civilized events.

October 16, 2001
Ub Iwerks — Memories of a Brief Encounter
The recent publication of Leslie Iwerks and John Kenworthy's The Hand Behind the Mouse revives memories of my meeting with one of the least known of the great pioneers of American animation.

October 4, 2001
Fear of Flying and Other Matters
A brief notes on the impact of the events of September 11 on the Week With the Masters Animation Celebration, MIPCOM and the animation industry, along with some thoughts on Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and Osmosis Jones.

June 26, 2001
SOS — Atlantis: The Lost Empire
While Disney's latest animated feature seems to likely to be profitable, it release seems to mark the end of an era for cel animation and the triumph of 3-D computer animation.

June 8, 2001
Independent (Animated) Movies?
The phenomenal success of Shrek has been a great morale booster to the American animation community and bodes well for the long-term success of mainstream animated movies; however, the prognosis for independent features still remains cloudy.

May 23, 2001
DreamWorks' first animated blockbuster, which derives much of its manic passion from Jeffrey Katzenberg's reaction to Michael Eisner's characterization of him as a “little midget,” finally justifies the company's original plans for animation as a major profit center. Also, a note on Flix, a piece of software which converts live action to the Flash format.

April 30, 2001
The Disney Bombshell
The sudden announcement of large-scale layoffs and wage cuts at Disney Feature Animation comes as a shock, even after three years of declining employment levels. Also, a note on labor relations problems over at the parent company of AOL Time Warner.

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