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Friday, November 07, 2008

Classic anime clip: The Spider and the Tulip (1943)

Reader Matt asked what anime the still featured here comes from and - whaddya know - it just happens to be on YouTube.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Best of Japan Media Arts Festival award winners

One of the pleasures of film festivals, whether you’re watching them or organizing them, is in discovering unintended themes in the films.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Interview with Akira Tochigi

The To the Source of Anime retrospective ends its run today at the Cinémathèque Québécoise with a tribute to Noburo Ofuji. The “Wartime Japanese Animation” programs included propaganda cartoons that feature strikingly American character designs.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

More Early Anime Unearthed

“It all started with Osamu Tezuka” or “It all started with Astro Boy” have been common ways to start describing the history of anime for years, even though a moment’s sober reflection would reveal the fallacies in those statements. Somewhat surprisingly, the increased popularity of anime outside of Japan has largely served to reinforce, rather than disabuse, these and other notions about the country’s rich animation history.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Getting to the Source of Anime

La Cinémathèque Québecoise in Montreal is hosting the largest retrospective of early Japanese animation to ever take place outside of Japan.

Friday, December 07, 2007

20 Minutes with Norabbits’ Minutes Creator Yuichi Ito

At this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival, I sat down with I.Toon’s Yuichi Ito and his manager Hiroko Kamata to talk about his series of short stop-motion films, Norabbit’s Minutes.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

A trio of Tekkonkinkreet treats

The Tekkonkinkreet anime made its North American home video debut earlier this week, and we decided to celebrate with three bits of Tekkon goodness.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Astro Boy’s Tell-All Book

The Astro Boy Essays traces the evolution and rise of manga and anime through the lens of Osamu Tezuka’s iconic robot.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Japan Media Arts Festival 2006, Part 2: Animation Division

Ever since I first discovered CG-Arts and the Japan Media Arts Festival, I’ve been delighted to find that every year the festival features at least one short that looks and feels unlike any film I’ve ever seen—my criterion for an excellent film fest.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Japan Media Arts Festival 2006, Part 1: Entertainment Division

One of SIGGRAPH’s (many) hidden gems is the collection of digitally animated shorts from the previous Japan Media Arts Festival.

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