Editor: Steve Henderson

Steve Henderson

Steve Henderson is the Editor of Skwigly Online Animation Magazine as well as a PhD researcher at Loughborough University studying UK animation production and looking after the Animation Academy archive. He is also the Co-Director of the Manchester Animation Festival and regularly hosts events and discussions on animation at film festivals and screenings and sits on the jury of animation awards and competitions.

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  • Oscars 2017: Thoughts on the Animated Shorts

    Oscars 2017: Thoughts on the Animated Shorts

    There is no doubt that the Oscars are the biggest film awards ceremony of the year, that time where the vast majority of the movie industry is treated to a spectacle of glossy advertisements for elaborate dresses and overpriced jewellery. …

  • BAFTA Wins for Kubo and the Two Strings, A Love Story and The Jungle Book

    BAFTA Wins for Kubo and the Two Strings, A Love Story and The Jungle Book

    The British Academy Film and Television Award winners have been announced in London.

    Winning the award for Animated Film (Feature) Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings have beaten a Disney led triumvirate of Moana, Zootropolis from Disney Feature Animation and …

  • GREAT and Karma Sutra Rides Again Released online!

    GREAT and Karma Sutra Rides Again Released online!

    Bob Godfrey’s GREAT – the first UK made animated short film to win the academy award has been officially released online for the first time on Vimeo on Demand.

    Great from The Bob Godfrey Collection on Vimeo.

    The short scooped …

  • 89th Oscar Nominations Announced

    89th Oscar Nominations Announced

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have today unveiled the official nominations for the 89th Academy Awards ceremony. The award will celebrate the last year or so of filming and award, according to academy voters, the more meritus …

  • Watch: ‘Mr Madila’ Released Online

    Watch: ‘Mr Madila’ Released Online

    Mr Madila or The Colour of Nothing is the Royal College of Art graduation film by Tusk director Rory Waudby-Tolley that has been delighting festival circuit, scooping awards internationally.

    Synopsis:

    Mr Madila or The Colour of Nothing documents a series …

  • Maisie Williams joins the cast of Aardman’s Early Man

    Maisie Williams joins the cast of Aardman’s Early Man

    Studio Canal have today announced via twitter that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will be joining Eddie Redmayne in the cast of Nick Park’s upcoming feature Early Man.

    We’re excited to share that @Maisie_Williams has joined the cast of …

  • 2017 BAFTA Nominations Announced

    2017 BAFTA Nominations Announced

    Awards season is back with a bang, and in terms of animation we’ve already seen Zootropolis (Zootopia for our friends in America) scoop the Golden Globe.

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have unveiled the contenders for …

  • Frank Quietly’s “Nothing to Declare” an Interview with the Team Behind the Festival Frightener

    Frank Quietly’s “Nothing to Declare” an Interview with the Team Behind the Festival Frightener

    Nothing to Declare is the upcoming animated short film that sees an accumulation of Scottish talent working to a script by acclaimed graphic novel artist Frank Quietly who has taken a move away from penciling and inking the likes of…

  • Wes Anderson presents Isle of Dogs footage

    Wes Anderson presents Isle of Dogs footage

    A fleeting few seconds of Wes Anderson’s upcoming movie Isle of Dogs has been revealed in a video by the director.

    The reveal was ably assisted by cast member Edward Norton who plays Rex in the film. The director of …

  • The Emoji Movie – Why so :(

    The Emoji Movie – Why so :(

    Sony pictures animation have released the first trailer for their upcoming Emoji Movie which you can see here.

    Admittedly, this is by no means a trailer I would have usually covered here on Skwigly, and regardless of wether it would …

  • Blue Zoo’s “No More Stuff” – Interview

    Blue Zoo’s “No More Stuff” – Interview

    Working away year long like elves in Santa’s workshop the animators at Blue Zoo are no strangers to creating charming short films as part of the studios in house shorts program, an ongoing effort to afford their animators room for …

  • UK Animation Industry Celebrated at 10 Downing Street

    UK Animation Industry Celebrated at 10 Downing Street

    Animation UK and the newly formed UK Screen Alliance, joined Aardman to celebrate their 40 years of excellence and success as part of a wider Animation success story, at a reception hosted by the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP at …

  • Bob Godfrey’s GREAT to be remastered and released

    Bob Godfrey’s GREAT to be remastered and released

    The Bob Godfrey Collection has today announced the forthcoming release of Bob Godfrey’s Oscar-winning animated short GREAT which will be made available on Blu- Ray/DVD and Digital HD download. This marks the first time that the film has been released …

  • Disney directors Ron Clements and John Musker talk Moana

    Disney directors Ron Clements and John Musker talk Moana

    Disney’s Moana sees animation legends Ron Clements and John Musker return to the role they find themselves most comfortable in, joint directing a Disney animated feature. When Disney looked at it’s bleakest in the early 1980’s Clements and Musker directed …

  • BAFTA Scotland Wins for Isabella and No Place Like Home

    BAFTA Scotland Wins for Isabella and No Place Like Home

    BAFTA Scotland, the contingent of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts based north of the border last night revealed it’s 2016 winners at a glamorous red carpet event in Glasgow.

    Whilst there is usually a singular award for …

  • Dublin Animation Film Festival 2016 Podcast Special

    Dublin Animation Film Festival 2016 Podcast Special

    Taking place in Dún Laoghaire (Dunleary) just south of the Irish capital, the Dublin Animation Film Festival (DAFF) is an under-reported gem nestled in one of Europe’s, if not the world’s most fervent areas of animation activity. This year Skwigly …

  • Ethel & Ernest  – Review

    Ethel & Ernest – Review

    Home grown, hand drawn animated features are a rare and cherished thing in the UK so it is with great anticipation that Ethel & Ernest has made its way into cinemas. The film as it is based on the graphic …

  • Disney’s Moana – New Trailer

    Disney’s Moana – New Trailer

    A brand new trailer for Disney’s 56th animated feature Moana has been released. The action packed, musical adventure sets teenager Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) and a once-mighty demigod (Dwayne Johnson) on an ocean spanning adventure set in the south pacific.

    The …

  • Aardman Week – Television

    Aardman Week – Television

    The peerless efforts of Aardman Animation have been the focus of #AardmanWeek here on Skwigly. Whilst some studios take a specialism in adverts, features, shorts or TV series, Aardman have not only managed to have a go at them, but …

  • Ethel and Ernest – First Trailer

    Ethel and Ernest – First Trailer

    The first trailer for Ethel and Ernest, the hand drawn, feature length adaptation of the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs (The Snowman, Fungus the Bogeyman) has arrived. The film will be released in cinemas 28th October 2016.

    The film has …

  • Ice Age Collision Course Competition

    Ice Age Collision Course Competition

    Blue Sky’s latest addition to everyone favourite pre historic, scrat-bothering franchise Ice Age: Collision Course has been entertaining audiences in cinemas since it’s release nearly a month ago. The film sees the return of the ever expanding herd consisting of …

  • HOUND: An interview with director Georgia Kriss

    HOUND: An interview with director Georgia Kriss

    Man’s best friend comes in all shapes and sizes, though none quite as varied and as abstract as the ones featured in HOUND, the colourful and creative film from RMIT University graduate Georgia Kriss. This delightfully bizarre love letter to …

  • The Lego Batman Movie: New Trailer debuts at SDCC

    The Lego Batman Movie: New Trailer debuts at SDCC

    “You’re darn right woah!”

    Ever the throbbing hub of pop culture, the San Diego Comic Con is pinpointed in the calendar as one of those events that delivers for fans from the world of comics, movies, video games and animation. …

  • Hasbro buys Boulder Media

    Hasbro buys Boulder Media

    Hasbro, the toy makers behind Transformers, My Little Pony and Mr Potato Head have purchased Dublin based studio Boulder Media.

    UK readers will know Boulder Media as the team who recently animated the new Danger Mouse for Freemantle Media and …

  • Know Your Europeans: The United Kingdom – Released Online

    Know Your Europeans: The United Kingdom – Released Online

    With the recent Brexit decision worrying creatives have been questioning their alliance with Europe and their identity as a nation. One film that surmised the British in full comedic clarity is the 1994 film Know Your Europeans: The United Kingdom.