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  • Vesni Durakov 1914 – 2015

    Vesni Durakov 1914 – 2015

    Animation websites in Russia are reporting that legendary Soviet animator Vesni Durakov has passed away in St Petersburg. Vesni Durakov is probably the best-known animator from the obscure former Soviet republic of Olistan.

    Durakov was born in 1914 to peasant …

  • Skwigly Banner – April 2015: TruckMachin

    Skwigly Banner – April 2015: TruckMachin

    TruckMachin are Director/Animator Jane E Davies and Illustrator/Art Director Leah Heming.

    Jane and Leah have collaborated together on various animation projects for the past five years and finally decided to launch a collaborative partnership together in 2015.

    It’s an excuse …

  • Annecy 2015 Reveals Programme

    Annecy 2015 Reveals Programme

    The Annecy festival has today announced its official programme and given animation fans from across the world a taste of what to expect when the calendars top animation event returns to the french lakeside town in June this year.

    A …

  • Don Hertzfeldt’s WORLD OF TOMORROW – Director Interview

    Don Hertzfeldt’s WORLD OF TOMORROW – Director Interview

    Don Hertzfeldt is easily one of modern independent animation’s true heroes. On top of an established career producing some truly brilliant short film work – such as his student short Billy’s Balloon (1998), the gleefully anarchic Rejected (2001), the stomach-churningly …

  • Interview with Chris Sickels of Red Nose Studio

    Interview with Chris Sickels of Red Nose Studio

    Chris Sickels is an illustrator who creates wonderful worlds and enchanting hand-made characters with found objects collected on his travels. Working under the alias of Red Nose Studio, Chris is known primarily as an illustrator creating work for publications such …

  • ‘The SpongeBob Squarepants Experience’ – Book Review

    ‘The SpongeBob Squarepants Experience’ – Book Review

    The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience
    Jerry Beck
    Insight Editions

    With this month’s release of the second feature-length SpongeBob SquarePants film Sponge out of Water, it seems fitting to look back at the longevity of the humble sponge’s legacy. I can think …

  • MILK VFX opens new studio in Cardiff

    MILK VFX opens new studio in Cardiff

    Some very exciting news  for the flourishing Welsh VFX industry. BAFTA award-winning London VFX house Milk is opening a second studio in Cardiff, Wales to support its expanding roster of TV and feature film projects. Milk joins the emerging infrastructure …

  • 100 Greatest Animated Shorts / Storytime / Terry Gilliam

    100 Greatest Animated Shorts / Storytime / Terry Gilliam

    UK / 1968

    Storytime came in the same year as George Dunning’s Yellow Submarine, another hugely influential film that reflected the explosion of creativity going on in ‘Swinging London’. I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say that these films …

  • Spongebob the Movie – Sponge Out of Water – Review

    Spongebob the Movie – Sponge Out of Water – Review

    He’s absorbent, he’s yellow, he’s porous and now he’s 3D! Everyone’s favourite trouser-wearing sponge is back on the big screen and this time you’ll have to pop on your 3D shades and immerse yourself in all his cuboid glory.

    That’s …

  • Propz – an Interview with Animade

    Propz – an Interview with Animade

    By now most of you will have seen Animade‘s latest personal project Animade Propz, in which the team have taken it upon themselves to create between them short, bite-size animations all centered around a prop suggested by the public. This …

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