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A new animated short explores sexual envy from a female perspective

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Hungarian animator Nadja Andrasev reveals how personal experience informed her sensual new film Symbiosis.

What’s old is new again in Lupin III: The First

By Kambole Campbell

The classic Japanese manga series makes the jump from 2D to 3D, and makes it look easy.

The story of Border 1939, the great lost Studio Ghibli film

By Alex Dudok de Wit

Isao Takahata’s unrealised passion project was intended as a follow-up to Grave of the Fireflies.

Studio Ghibli’s next feature will air on TV this winter

By Charles Bramesco

Aya and the Witch tells the story of the smartest girl in the world and her hex-casting companion.

A new online anime festival promises to broaden horizons

By Kambole Campbell

Screen Anime will allow fans to discover more of Japan’s animation output, offering a wide range of films new and old.

Podcasts become strange adventures in The Midnight Gospel

By Kambole Campbell

The new show from the makers of Adventure Time filters personal experiences through psychedelic animation.

Most of Studio Ghibli’s back catalogue is coming to Netflix

By Hannah Woodhead

Rejoice, Totoro fans: 21 of the Japanese animation studio’s feature films are headed your way.

Meet the animation genius behind Ghost in the Shell

By Kambole Campbell

Director and designer Shōji Kawamori sees hand-drawn animation going the way of noh or kabubki in Japan.

Arson at Kyoto Animation Studio takes both a human and artistic toll

By Charles Bramesco

A fire at one of Japan’s foremost animation houses has resulted in the loss of precious life and work.

The Polish-American immigrant who changed the face of animation

By Georgina Guthrie

Max Fleischer, creator of Betty Boop and the rotoscope, was one of the great cartoonists of the 20th century.

Mirai

By Michael Leader

Mamoru Hosoda returns with a charming time-bending tale about two siblings.

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Big Fish & Begonia

By Michael Leader

This stunning animated fantasy from Chinese pair Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun rivals Studio Ghibli.

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Watch a selection of incredible short films by emerging talent

By Little White Lies

Grace Lee’s beguiling animation The Baths is one of over 300 films screening at Playback Festival 2018.

How Don Bluth changed the face of feature animation

By Shane O’Reilly

From his studio in Dublin, the American animator rivalled Disney during the 1980s and early ’90s.

Coco

By David Jenkins

Pixar mine the theme of mortality for light-hearted frolics in this Mexican-set adventure.

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Anime Beyond Akira: The construction and destruction of cyberpunk Tokyo

By Giacomo Lee

Patlabor 2 and other classic-era sci-fi show the past, present and future of Japan’s capital.

Meet the exciting young directors behind animation’s female revolution

By Alex King

Greece’s Anima Syros festival provided a platform for a bright new generation of women animators.

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