Debate flares whenever someone tries to identify the world's first animated film, which means some will surely take exception as the Annecy fest gives the honor to Frenchman Emile Cohl this time…
It's been said that animation has no boundaries. In recognizing achievement in the animated cartoon world, Academy voters have often looked beyond U.S. borders to acknowledge superior work.
Evolution takes strange turns on islands. Sheltered from competition from established mainland creatures, species can grow freakishly large.
Picture a competition of films from the U.S., Great Britain, Japan and France; stop-motion vs. cel animation; CG vs. clay -- such is the international flavor and diversity of techniques recognized by…
For 100 years, animation has kept pace with -- and often advanced -- the art of motion picture storytelling. The development and maturity of the animated film over the past century neatly reflects…
Punctuated by Disney's return to relevance, the re-emergence of traditional stop-motion techniques, the rise of indie-produced CGI pics and the continued marginalization of the hand-drawn form, this…
If the Academy's animated feature noms are a snapshot of the state of the industry, the Oscar-nominated shorts often portend the shape of things to come.
The Academy's animation branch may have fewer features to consider, compared with numbers from previous years, but there's a much wider array of techniques on display. And, without a Pixar…
Max Fleischer's "queen of the animated screen" started her career as a canine jazz crooner in a delightfully bizarre cartoon, "Dizzy Dishes," first animated by Grim Natwick in 1930.
The near-sighted Mr. Magoo was a 1950s phenomenon. Director John Hubley first modeled Magoo after his bullheaded uncle. Jim Backus provided hilarious ad libs for the cantankerous old crank, and the…