Jeff York

The Taste of the Academy’s Animation Branch is Broadening

The Taste of the Academy’s Animation Branch is Broadening

A funny thing happened on the way to the Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature this year. The Academy decided not to nominate the all-time biggest moneymaker in animation history. That’s right, Frozen II did not make the final five. Did that snub reflect jealousy on the part of the animation branch of voters, or […]

 Jeff York

Oscar’s 2020 Animated Shorts Forego Cuteness for Consciousness

Oscar’s 2020 Animated Shorts Forego Cuteness for Consciousness

If you’ve been following the Oscar-nominated animated shorts for the past few years, it will come as no surprise that this year’s crop of candidates includes some cute hand-drawn critters, edgy stop-motion entries from across the pond, and stories with enough pathos to tug at the hearts of old and young Academy members alike. What […]

 Jim

“Characters Should Be Understandable In Their Vulnerabilities” Raphael Bob-Waksberg On ‘Bojack Horseman’

“Characters Should Be Understandable In Their Vulnerabilities” Raphael Bob-Waksberg On ‘Bojack Horseman’

Talking animals have been seen in films and TV shows for decades. There was even a show about a talking horse called Mister Ed that ran from 1961 – 1966. Fortunately, Ed was nowhere near as glib, melancholic, or self-destructive as Bojack Horseman, the washed-up former Hollywood star of the canceled TV show Horsing Around. We spoke […]

 Jim

“Around The World In 94 Minutes” Chris Butler Talks ‘Missing Link’

“Around The World In 94 Minutes” Chris Butler Talks ‘Missing Link’

Chris Butler, writer, director, storyboard artist and animator is somewhat of a fixture at LAIKA Animation Studios in Portland, Oregon. LAIKA is known for both its technologically advanced stop motion animation including Kuba and The Two Strings (2016), Paranorman (2012), and Coraline (2009). Butler shares a screenwriting credit an all three of these films although […]

 Jeff York

“The Lion King” Remake Tells Its Familiar Tale with Technical Bravado

“The Lion King” Remake Tells Its Familiar Tale with Technical Bravado

How you react to the remake of The Lion King will likely depend upon your attitude towards Disney’s “reimagining’” of their classics library. Some will see their latest effort as little more than box office greed, a new way to ring up dollars off an established property. Others will view the studio more generously, tipping […]