“Kung Food” Is A Pitch Perfect Engaging Family Action Adventure

By Vernon Nickerson “Kung Food”, from Director Haipeng Sun and the writing team of  Jinglei Lin, Hua Ma, and Haipeng Sun is a veritable feast of animated food fantasy. Engaging performances by its three principal actors: Zhengjian Guo, Yu Meng. and Puzhao Yangguang allow the audience a full immersion experience in state-of-the-art animation. I look forward to someday watching this fine adventure/comedy unfold on the … Continue reading “Kung Food” Is A Pitch Perfect Engaging Family Action Adventure

WIA VANCOUVER’S ACE PROGRAM SHORT FILM, PIVOT, TO PREMIERE AT SPARK ANIMATION FESTIVAL

Round Two of Women in Animation Vancouver’s Animation Career EXCELerator Program (ACE) will have their film, Pivot, premiere at Spark Animation Festival, starting October 28th, and streaming throughout the festival.  Growing up isn’t easy, and it’s no exception for 12-year-old Ashley whose well-meaning Mom has her own ideas about who Ashley should be. Finding herself in an impossible situation, Ashley must decide whether to wear … Continue reading WIA VANCOUVER’S ACE PROGRAM SHORT FILM, PIVOT, TO PREMIERE AT SPARK ANIMATION FESTIVAL

2021 Dances With Films Review of “Dear Ike: Lost Letters to a Teen Idol”

By Vernon Nickerson Film animator chronicles a 40- year journey to make a movie with his teen idol Ike Eisenmann (of Walt Disney’s Escape to Witch Mountain’ fame). Just when I had given up expecting anything that gave me a warm fuzzy trip down memory lane to suddenly appear in the middle of 2021 and COVID-19 Delta Variant, a funny valentine comes along. Professional animator … Continue reading 2021 Dances With Films Review of “Dear Ike: Lost Letters to a Teen Idol”

NETFLIX & WOMEN IN ANIMATION VANCOUVER ANNOUNCE NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP FOR WIA VANCOUVER’S ACE PROGRAM AT BANFF

Netflix Canada and Women in Animation Vancouver (WIA) announced today the expansion of WIA Vancouver’s Animation Career EXCELerator Program (ACE). Netflix co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos included the news in his keynote speech at the virtual 2021 Banff World Media Festival where he also shared that the company will be acting as the Premiere partner of the 2022-2024 program. The goal of the … Continue reading NETFLIX & WOMEN IN ANIMATION VANCOUVER ANNOUNCE NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP FOR WIA VANCOUVER’S ACE PROGRAM AT BANFF

Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” Starting March 19, 2021 Shown in brilliant Dolby VisionTM Laser Projection & Dolby Atmos® Audio Technology

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre has been hard at work on reopening plans and welcomes guests back to the big screen to see Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” starting March 19, 2021, shown in brilliant Dolby VisionTM Laser Projection & Dolby Atmos® Audio Technology.  Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” screens Friday, March 19 at 9:00am, 12:30am, 4:00pm and 7:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00am, 12:30am, 4:00pm and 7:30pm; and Mondays … Continue reading Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” Starting March 19, 2021 Shown in brilliant Dolby VisionTM Laser Projection & Dolby Atmos® Audio Technology

“GNT” A Short Film About Female Self Validation

By Joanna Panayi Directed by Sara Hirner and Rosemary Vasquez Brown, “GNT” is an edgy animated short created by and for women. Honest conversations between young females inspire this short film to expose the repeated cycle that is self-validation. We see the female characters Glenn, Nikki, and Tammy’s contradictory friendship as it often relies upon social standards. Glenn constantly measures her self-worth based on her … Continue reading “GNT” A Short Film About Female Self Validation

“The Fourfold” Film Review: Animation for Big Screens!

By Vernon Nickerson Alisi Telengut’s animated film and Official Selection at Sundance 2021, “The Fourfold”, is a visual feast of nature, sound, color, and humans in animation. As soon as it opens in theaters post-pandemic,  you can look forward to enjoying it on the big screen where it was born to be seen. Based on the ancient animistic beliefs and shamanic rituals in Mongolia and … Continue reading “The Fourfold” Film Review: Animation for Big Screens!

2015 Filmquest Film Festival Review: “Waste Paper” Directed by UCLA Alumni Derrick D. Pete

  By: Ellexia Nguyen Created under the talented vision of writer and director Derrick D. Pete, “Waste Paper” is a Live Action and CGI Animation Short film that tells the story of a cartoon illustration that gets thrown in the waste basket by its Animator. It’s a visually engaging film about a “throw-away” cartoon illustration, Owiti (played by Mykee Selkin), who must find the courage … Continue reading 2015 Filmquest Film Festival Review: “Waste Paper” Directed by UCLA Alumni Derrick D. Pete