Writer: Gareth Cavanagh

Gareth Cavanagh

Gareth is a Senior Animator at Oysterworld Games in Treforest, South Wales.

Welsh, Doodler, Animation Geek, Gamer, Dad, HP Sauce fan.

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  • Zootropolis – Review

    Zootropolis – Review

    First off, let’s address the elephant in the room – it’s Zootropolis in Europe, Zootopia in the U.S. However, it really doesn’t matter what you call it, because Disney has knocked it out of the park once again.

    The story …

  • Review – Sketching for Animation by Peter Parr

    Review – Sketching for Animation by Peter Parr

    A vital lesson to all students of animation is that the vital, and sometimes overlooked skill of sketching is one that divides the good animators and the poor ones. Sketching for animation isn’t simply sketching, it is doing so with …

  • “Cartoon Character Animation with Maya” book review

    “Cartoon Character Animation with Maya” book review

    As a practising animator of nearly 20 years, I more often than not feel let down after I’ve purchased and read a new book about animation techniques. I think it stems from the fact that we’ve been spoilt by two …

  • The Art of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City & Arkham Knight.

    The Art of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City & Arkham Knight.

    To commemorate the conclusion of the best-selling, critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham video game series from Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Abrams Books have published The Art of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City & Arkham Knight (Abrams; July …

  • MILK VFX opens new studio in Cardiff

    MILK VFX opens new studio in Cardiff

    Some very exciting news  for the flourishing Welsh VFX industry. BAFTA award-winning London VFX house Milk is opening a second studio in Cardiff, Wales to support its expanding roster of TV and feature film projects. Milk joins the emerging infrastructure …

  • ‘Big Hero 6’ Review

    ‘Big Hero 6’ Review

    When I first heard that Disney had acquired Marvel Comics and were developing an animated feature based on an obscure, antianxiety online review, three-issue comic-book series about a team of colourful Japanese heroes, my initial reaction was of general apathy …

  • Planes: Fire and Rescue Blu-ray review

    Planes: Fire and Rescue Blu-ray review

    “From above the world of Cars” was the tagline to the first “Planes” movie released in 2013 to moderate success. The aviation focused side-quel (?) to Pixar’s smash-hit Cars series has now produced a sequel of its own, which arrives …

  • Animated features of 2015

    Animated features of 2015

    2014 was a pretty good year for Animation. Good points, Disney triumphed at the Oscars with “Frozen”, which went on to become the most successful animated festure of all-time (so far). “The Lego Movie” made a mint, Studio Laika released …

  • Deep Breath, There’s A New Doctor In Town

    Deep Breath, There’s A New Doctor In Town

    It may have escaped your attention, what with all the iced water being thrown around social-media lately, that there’s a new Doctor occupying the TARDIS these days. Saturday (23rd  August 2014) saw the debut episode for Peter Capaldi’s interpretation of …

  • Superted up for 21st century makeover.

    Superted up for 21st century makeover.

    We at Skwigly have been busy reporting lately about various reboots of classic animation series. Bananaman, Morph, Danger Mouse, The Wombles, Thunderbirds and The Clangers are all in various stages of revival at the moment. Today news reaches us that …

  • Bananaman Movie planned for 2015

    Bananaman Movie planned for 2015

    It’s been a frantic day of movie release announcement. As well as the news of an Incredibles sequel and another Cars sequel, comes the announcement that Britain’s fruitiest Superhero, Bananaman will possibly be coming to a multiplex near you in …

  • “The Art of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow” Book review

    “The Art of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow” Book review

    Without showing my age, back in the late 80s the various topics of conversation on my primary school playground were usually football or console related. You were either a Liverpool or Manchester United fan (Everton…I liked to buck trends even …

  • Paddington Bear Movie Teaser Debuts

    Paddington Bear Movie Teaser Debuts

    The teaser trailer for the upcoming Paddington Bear movie has been unveiled. Due to arrive in the UK in November 2014, the movie debut of Michael Bond’s marmalade-sandwich munching, raincoat wearing, Peruvian-born bear making his way in London is being …

  • Zu3D iPad app review

    Zu3D iPad app review

    As an animation fan and lover of all things “gadget-ey”, I jumped at the chance to test and review this new stop-motion creation app for the iPad. I’ve played with the PC version of the Zu3D Stop Motion software a …

  • Doctor Who: Day of the Doctors – A VFX Interview with Milk

    Doctor Who: Day of the Doctors – A VFX Interview with Milk

    WARNING! This article contains a fair few spoilers for the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who; “The Day of the Doctors”. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it, order it now.

    Watched it? Good, let’s continue.  London-based Milk Visual Effects worked …

  • Art of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Book Review

    Art of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Book Review

    Launching an “Art of” book to coincide with the release of the latest big-budget Animation feature-film has become a staple tradition over the last decade or so. Aimed less at the average cinema-goer and more at the animation “connoisseurs” who …

  • The Art of Battlefield 4 by Martin Robinson

    The Art of Battlefield 4 by Martin Robinson

    “War! What is it good for?” Well, if you’re EA Games, absolutely millions in world-wide sales. Now in its 11th year, the Battlefield franchise has turned out to be a massive money-spinner for both EA and its developers, the Swedish …

  • 10 Animated Shorts announced in running for 2014 Oscar

    10 Animated Shorts announced in running for 2014 Oscar

    Earlier today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the ten animated shorts that have been shortlisted for the Best Animated Short Film category in the 86th Academy Awards.  The NFB came out on top with a total …