Writer: Julia Young

Julia Young

Julia is a 2D animator, concept artist and storytelling nerd. She is only really happy with a drawing implement in her hand, fantasy novel under her arm and tea somewhere within drinking distance.

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  • Disney’s ‘Moana’ – Review

    Disney’s ‘Moana’ – Review

    Since its announcement and subsequent preview at the Annecy Animation Festival this summer, Moana has been greatly anticipated as Disney Animation’s feature offering of this year, brought to you by directing duo John Musker and Ron Clements. Watching the film …

  • Wreck-It Ralph Sequel Officially Announced

    Wreck-It Ralph Sequel Officially Announced

    The news officially broke yesterday that Disney are developing a sequel to their hit 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph! Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, the director and co-director of the film, were on Facebook Live yesterday with John C. Reilly (the …

  • Interview with ‘Supervenus’ director Frédéric Doazan

    Interview with ‘Supervenus’ director Frédéric Doazan

    Supervenus is a gripping, brilliantly satirical, slightly twisted film about a plastic surgery nightmare that has finally been released online this week after a hugely successful festival run. A cut-out girl is manipulated by god-like hands and subjected to all …

  • Q&A with George Gendi (‘Apple and Onion’)

    Q&A with George Gendi (‘Apple and Onion’)

    As we reach the end of October, the clocks have turned back and we’re stocking up on winter woollies, the Annecy Animation Festival seems a very long time ago. Together with Daniel Chong (director of Cartoon Network’s We Bare Bears) …

  • A Conversation with Ken Duncan: Expanding ‘The Iron Giant’

    A Conversation with Ken Duncan: Expanding ‘The Iron Giant’

    Earlier this year Duncan Studio was approached by Warner Bros. to expand on Brad Bird’s classic animated feature The Iron Giant by bringing to life two additional sequences that had previously only existed in storyboard form. The studio was personally …

  • ‘Song of the Sea’ – Film Review

    ‘Song of the Sea’ – Film Review

    Song of the Sea is the latest feature film by Tomm Moore and Cartoon Saloon. The story follows Saoirse (pr: SEAR-sha), a little girl who can change into a seal, and her older brother Ben as they race against time …

  • An interview with Cartoon Saloon’s Tomm Moore, director of ‘Song of the Sea’

    An interview with Cartoon Saloon’s Tomm Moore, director of ‘Song of the Sea’

    Directed by Tomm Moore, Song of the Sea is the latest feature film by Cartoon Saloon. A powerful story about a family’s struggle to stay together after the children’s mother disappears, Ben and Saoirse must adventure through the world of …

  • Annecy 2015 – Women Filmmakers

    Annecy 2015 – Women Filmmakers

    The spotlight at this year’s Annecy festival was on women in animation – a great theme that saw some fantastic films on display, not to mention the fabulous intros created by Gobelins students to celebrate some of the greats. The …

  • Annecy 2015 – Spain: Stamp of the Artist

    Annecy 2015 – Spain: Stamp of the Artist

    Spain was the guest country at this year’s Annecy festival, giving festivalgoers an insight into the history and significance of Spanish animation through a variety of different screenings. I found this particularly appropriate as I didn’t know much at all …

  • “Mune” – Review and director insight

    “Mune” – Review and director insight

    The feature film Mune, which premiered in Italian cinemas this past February, will be released in Switzerland and France later this year with a wider worldwide release to hopefully follow. Directed by Benoît Philippon and Alexandre Heboyan, the film was …

  • Keiichi Hara’s “Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai” – Review

    Keiichi Hara’s “Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai” – Review

    Part of the Annecy 2015 feature film official selection, Miss Hokusai (adapted from the manga series Sarusuberi) is the story of O-Ei, the free-spirited, outspoken daughter of the famous Edo-period Japanese painter Tetsuzo Hokusai (most famously known for The Great …

  • Annecy 2015: Pixar’s Line-up – ‘The Good Dinosaur’, ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’, new RenderMan & ‘Lava’

    Annecy 2015: Pixar’s Line-up – ‘The Good Dinosaur’, ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’, new RenderMan & ‘Lava’

    What if the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs didn’t hit the Earth, but missed? That is the question that Pixar asks in its new film The Good Dinosaur, due in cinemas at the end of this year. Peter Sohn …

  • Rémi Chayé’s “Long Way North” – Review

    Rémi Chayé’s “Long Way North” – Review

    Set in 1892 Saint-Petersburg, Long Way North is a film that follows the story of Sasha, a young Russian aristocrat. Sasha’s grandfather, Oloukine, was a renowned explorer who never returned from his last expedition to the North Pole. Unbeknownst to …

  • Interview with Glen Keane, Disney veteran and legendary animation artist (Part 2)

    Interview with Glen Keane, Disney veteran and legendary animation artist (Part 2)

    Last week Glen Keane’s interactive short Duet was released on Moto X devices ahead of a wider release on multiple platforms scheduled for early 2015. Glen appeared as a special guest of this year’s Bristol Encounters Festival in September where …

  • Interview with Jorge Gutiérrez, director of ‘The Book of Life’

    Interview with Jorge Gutiérrez, director of ‘The Book of Life’

    The visually rich world of Reel FX‘s newest feature film The Book of Life opens in UK cinemas today, midst a gleefully saturated and dynamic advertising campaign which has screamed out from bus stops and billboards across the nation. A …

  • ‘The Book of Life’ Review

    ‘The Book of Life’ Review

    This Halloween we can all look forward to the cinematic release of The Book of Life, the newest feature from ReelFX in association with 20th Century Fox. Set around the Day of the Dead in Mexico, the film is a …

  • Encounters 20/20: Part Three

    Encounters 20/20: Part Three

    This year at Encounters was not only my first time at this event, but also my first ever festival. As a wide-eyed animation student, I found the Watershed and made my way to the screening rooms but no one told …

  • Morph Returns! Q&A with Peter Lord & David Sproxton

    Morph Returns! Q&A with Peter Lord & David Sproxton

    Thirty-seven years after he first appeared on our screens, Morph is finally back with a slight difference; ­He’s coming to us via YouTube! After a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, we have an all-new fifteen-part series of one-minute episodes featuring Morph …

  • A Look Inside Cartoon Saloon’s Brian Ború Exhibition

    A Look Inside Cartoon Saloon’s Brian Ború Exhibition

    In the Long Room at Trinity College Dublin is a new exhibition to commemorate the millennial anniversary of the battle of Clontarf and the Emperor of the Irish, Brian Ború. Some of you may have heard of the Book of …

  • Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’ Review

    Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’ Review

     

    Released in Japan almost a year ago, The Wind Rises is finally making its way to the UK! Hayao Miyazaki has brought us another classic (this time not quite so directed at children); a fictionalised biography of Jiro Horikoshi …

  • Visiting The Ghibli Museum

    Visiting The Ghibli Museum

    The Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, Tokyo

    Located half an hour’s train ride away from central Tokyo, the Ghibli Museum sits in a quiet park in Mitaka. Following Totoro-topped signposts, your first sight as you arrive is of a life-sized Totoro toy …