December 13, 2003
It Ain't Over Yet!
Roy E. Disney, still smarting from being unceremoniously kicked off the board of directors of the company his father and uncle had founded, makes a surprise appearance at The Animation Guild's holiday party and makes a rabble-rousing speech. Also, some snapshots of the festivities.
October 3, 2003
SAFO Preview & Adieu
Begun in 1997 by the Ottawa International Animation Festival as an stopgap measure, the 2003 International Student Animation Festival (SAFO 03) will mark the final edition of what has become the world's premiere student animation festival. Artistic Director Chris Robinson explains it all and gives an update on the Festival's funding crisis.
September 8, 2003
Back to Miami
An invitation to participate in the Fleischer Studios Animate Miami program at this year's Florida Moving Image Archive's Rewind/Fast Forward Film & Video Festival, brought me back to the city where I was born, enabling me to take a new look at the Fleischers' Miami experience and visit the company's historic studio buildings.
May 18, 2003
Mike Nguyen's My Little World
At Burbank-based July Films, director Mike Nguyen in making My Little World, which may provide a practical model for other Hollywood animators wanting to make their own movies. It could also help extend the viability of traditional cel animation in the theatrical realm.
May 1, 2003
What Happened to Will Vinton?
Seemingly without warning, Will Vinton got fired from the studio he founded 27 years ago. While waiting for the full details as to emerge from a pending lawsuit, here's a taste of what happened.
April 9, 2003
My Life as an Anime Expert
Thoughts on my anime expertise upon visiting the opening of the Japan American Center's Postwar Japanese Anime/Manga Exhibit. Also a visit to an exhibit of paintings by Cathy Hill and Mark Kausler.
March 9, 2003
Meanwhile in Zimbabwe ... and Iran
News of a cultural exchange mission to Zimbabwe puts the spotlight on the little-known Iranian animation industry, which yearns to deal with producers in the West, including the United States.
March 2, 2003
The AOL-Time Warner Soap Opera
The continuing saga of the trials and tribulations of AOL Time Warner have given the merger business a bad name. However, its effects on the company's animation unit has not necessarily been so disastrous.
February 23, 2003
14th Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference
Last year, I heavily promoted the 14th Annual Society for Animation Studies, in Glendale, California, which I had the honor of chairing. Doing this, among other things, was responsible for suspending my regular commentaries for the last half of 2002. However, I would like to take this opportunity to present a brief report in words and pictures of this important event.
February 16, 2003
Whither Disney? The Case of Treasure Planet
Disney's surprise that Treasure Planet was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar raises further questions about the company's handling of the film. In addition, a brief note on Disney Animation's wonderful tribute to Ward Kimball.
February 9, 2003
Famous's House of Animation
Some thoughts on Famous's House of Animation what is probably South Asia's premiere commercial house, whose world-class work belies the image of India as more than just a place for low-cost service studios.
February 2, 2003
30th Annual Annie Awards
A brief look at this year's Annie Awards winners and losers, plus a few snapshots of the post-cermonies festivities.
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