Monthly Archives: July 2013

First look at Star Wars Rebels has details and a first look at the upcoming new animated series Star Wars Rebels, coming to Disney Chanel and Disney XD in 2014. “The series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. It takes place in a time where the […]

Adult Swim crashes Fox’s ADHD debut

Fox’s late night animated comedy block, called Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD), kicked off this weekend, and rival Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim was there to welcome them… literally! Deadline reports that they were able to place two of their iconic black card bump ads into the new shows “in a stealth move through local buys… done […]

“Slimed!” Will Tell the Story of Nick By Those Who Made It Happen

Enough time has passed that the cable channel Nickelodeon can now be seen to have had a ‘Golden Age.’ That’s the theory, at least, for Mathew Klickstein’s forthcoming book Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age. Here is the book summary from the publisher Plume/Penguin: Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age tells […]

Henry Selick Slams American Animation Biz

Director Henry Selick (Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas) states the obvious about the American animated feature industry: “It’s too homogenous. It’s way too much the same. The films aren’t really that different one from the other. Despicable Me could have been made Pixar, by DreamWorks. It’s not a great time for feature animation if […]

“New York Times” Profiles Five Rising Animators

Worth a read today: the New York Times profiles five rising animators in the American animation scene. The five featured artists are Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe), Minkyu Lee (Adam and Dog), Jason Ruiz (Murder Police), Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty), and Timothy Reckart (Head Over Heels).

How Porter Airlines Bucks the Trend With an Animated Mascot

Porter, a regional Canadian airline, has quietly built a unique brand through print and animated ads featuring a jet-setting raccoon named Mr. Porter. I recently flew with Porter for the first time and was blown away by the entire experience; not only are their lounge areas filled with WiFi, free espresso and shortbread cookies, but […]

Planes’ WWII veteran Skipper inspired by Lasseter’s father

In Planes, protagonist Dusty Crophopper is mentored by WWII veteran Skipper, who refuses to talk of his wartime experiences until the characters share a poignant scene on an aircraft carrier. Now DisneyToons Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter tells The Wall Street Journal about the real-life inspiration behind Skipper: his father, Paul Eual Lasseter, who served […]

Artist of the Day: Valentin Seiche

Valentin Seiche is a cartoonist and author of the comic book Anguille et Baldaquin, published by Ankama Editions, which is the publishing arm of the French production company Ankama Group that created the massively popularly MMORPG Wakfu. On Valentin’s webpage about Anguille et Baldaquin, the book’s naive heros are described as existing in “a world […]

This Afternoon in Burbank: “Turbo” Book Signing and Art Demos

This afternoon in Burbank, the newly opened Center Stage Gallery will present “Fast Track to Animation” featuring the work of artists who worked on DreamWorks’ Turbo: senior visual development artists Marcos Mateu-Mestre, Takao Nagaguchi and Jason Scheier, visual development artists Jeremy Engleman and Mike Hernandez, and lighting designer Dominique Louis. From 3 to 4:30pm, the […]


Animated Views’ theatrical reviews are short, mostly spoiler free critiquesof films currently playing that you can feel safe reading before heading out to the theatre. There are good movies — movies that will be around for years to come, entertaining audiences of all ages, moving them to tears or laughter, that filmmakers will be proud […]