Wednesday, May 24, 2017

10 Questions with Swain Fuller, Director/ Animation Director of Elephant Room Studios

As many of our readers know, animation comes in a number of different forms. The same can be said for those who dedicate their lives to creating and pushing the medium to new heights. Each bringing their own thoughts and vision on how to expand visual storytelling. Whether it's the work of an entire studio or an independent production (sometimes even a single individual), we here at Animation for Adults love to hear the stories of the people in our community who follow their passions to make their animated dreams a reality.

One such story, I came across during my time in New York at Animation Nights New York: Best of Fest. Swain Fuller, animation director of Elephant Room Studio, was also in attendance and we had the to opportunity to chat about the animation on display, our enthusiasm for the medium and even a bit of information regarding his own work and upcoming feature length film.

A film based on a young adult book he authored himself, entitled "Ani & Tetisheri"

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spark (2017)

Major spoiler alert: Though whether it is actually possible to 'spoil' a movie which made $192,705 on its opening weekend…that’s $308 per screen, by the way...is an open question, but you have been warned.

Episode IV: Return To The Planet of the Tropes

A long time ago, in a film-making community far, far away…

It is a time of civil war. A vertically-challenged rebel ape in Napoleon-type jacket, stack heels and an English accent so arch you could drive a bus under it has killed his brother and married his sister-in-law while partially-destroying the planet Banana (oh, sorry, ‘Bana’, but really…) by...oh, you really don't want to know how. But you'll find out. Oh yes. Pretty, it ain't.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A 'Miraculous' Day Out: The Zag Studios Fan Event

Zag Studios held an event this week and I got to attend on Wednesday in the late afternoon. This event was held mainly for Miraculous Ladybug but they also showcased their other future projects. Earlier that day, they showed their upcoming projects which the later session, unfortunately, didn’t get to see. However, everyone had a good time.

They were running a little late and as we waited, we were informed that kids from a local school were also going to attend the event. The host came out to pump us up for the event. Our friendly host was Ezra Weisz, the voice director for the English dub of Miraculous Ladybug, who also lent his voice to the show. We all gathered around to talk about our mutual love for the show and someone mentioned that they came from Arizona, a mother with her daughter, just for this event… Mom of the Year! There were also some cosplayers in their amazing hand-made outfits.

'In This Corner Of The World' Comes to US Cinemas This August

Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner Of The World will finally receive its US premiere at this year's LA Film Festival. We've been awaiting news of when the wider US public would get their chance to see the film, however. We need wait no more, as US distributor Shout Factory has confirmed an August theatrical run for the movie.

Shrewdly enough, Shout Factory is partnering with Japanese animation specialists Funimation's theatrical arm Funimation Films on the release. Funimation's recent success at bringing anime to cinemas with the US release of Your Name should help them make sure the film gets the best possible treatment.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sausage Party (2016)

The food products in a supermarket dream of the day that they are chosen by "the gods". One fateful day, a hapless sausage named Frank learns the horrible truth about the relationship between humans and food. Can he get the rest of the Store to believe him?

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldgerg's creation Sausage Pary was directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. It opened in cinemas in the US in August 2016, and went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated animation released to date.

Reviewing comedy is a tricky prospect. There are few things as subjective as what is or isn't funny, so of course I can only speak of my own experience with the film. Your mileage may well vary.

'Regular Show' Creator J.G. Quintel Brings 'Close Enough' To TBS

J.G. Quintel's hit series Regular Show came to an end on Cartoon Network earlier this year. It seems he's wasted no time in getting to work on his next creation- this time for TBS. Quintel's new series Close Enough will centre on a married couple dealing with issues of young adult life such as parenthood, relationships and choosing the right day care.

The series is being produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Studio T. The initial order is for 13 episodes, which are expected to start airing next year. This is part of the network's attempts for a major push into adult animation, joining American Dad and upcoming series The Cops, Tarantula and Final Space.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mamoru Hosoda's Talks Next Project 'Mirai'

Mamoru Hosoda is one of the most popular directors working in Japanese animation today. His last feature The Boy And The Beast was not only a major financial success in Japan but also won the award for Best Animated Feature from the Japanese Academy in 2016. Now he has begun to reveal the first details about what he is working on next.

Hosoda's new project will again be produced at Studio Chizu, and is gooing by the working title of Mirai. The film will be shopped around at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and the director has revealed a few early details in an interview with Variety.

Mirai will centre on a four-year-old boy who is not dealing well with the arrival of a new little sister. That is until he discovers a mysterious gateway to the past in his garden, that allows him to meet his mother as a child, his great-grandfather as a younger man and his sister as an adult woman. Through his adventures, he's finally able to step up and become the big brother he was meant to be.