‘Long Way North’ Filmmakers Discuss the Creation of Their Elegant Feature Film



Long Way North
, the animated motion picture from French animator and director Rémi Chayé and producer Henri Magalon, is beginning its first run theatrical release in the United States. I had the distinct pleasure of talking with Rémi and Henri this week as part of their U.S. promotional tour for the film. They had a lot of interesting things to say about their creative choices and the process of making this beautiful and distinctive animated feature.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 75: The Spectacular Greg Weisman

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In this episode the man, the myth, the legend himself, Greg Weisman, joins Tom Fonss and Marc Vibbert.

Weisman’s Shakespearian background, the origins of Gargoyles (and it’s twentieth anniversary), hopes for the possible futures of both The Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice, as well as voice acting on Star Wars: Rebels are all spoken of. Plus so much more…

Also Discussed: Doctor Who and Transformers – Beast Machines reviews, Donald Glover as Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters, and a flying Baymax.

(Recorded on 09/12/14)

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 71: DreamWorks’ Dragons – Roundtable

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In this bewilderbeast-sized episode Marc is joined by Tom Fonss, Jessica Wersky, and the prodigal son himself Matt Quest.

Matt catches us up on what he’s been up to for the past six months as Tom and Jessica assist Marc in our How to Train Your Dragon 2 roundtable discussion. Special guests Jessie Forer and Jennifer Harlow hop on to talk about their favorite parts of the film and share some insight into their work on it as well.

Also Discussed: a whole gaggle of Blu-ray, DVD, and book reviews about – Doctor Who, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ernest and Celestine, Alexander, and The Nutty Professor.

(Recorded on June 15th, 17th, & 22nd, 2014) 

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 65: Jason Schleifer – Head of Character Animation at DreamWorks Animation

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Jon Hueber and Stanford Clark join Marc to interview Jason Schleifer, the head of character animation at DreamWorks Animation about his career as well as Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

We talk about his work at Weta Digital on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, moving up the ranks at DreamWorks, and receiving philosophical wisdom from a random guy on a sand dune.

Also Discussed: trailers for The BoxTrolls and Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, the DreamWorks short Almost Home, Frozen on Blu-ray, breaking news about Cartoon Network, and so much more…

(Recorded on 03/10/14)

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 63: Michael Amos – Character Animator at DreamWorks Animation

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You may have been expecting an AF news edition episode, but have no fear, we have something even more awesome for you. Jon Hueber joins Marc to interview DreamWorks Animation character animator, Michael Amos! We talk about Michael’s work on the upcoming Mr. Peabody and Sherman and the in-development Me and My Shadow, his animation influences growing up in Australia, and his time in the Animation Mentor program.

Also Discussed: the Guardians of the Galaxy teaser trailer, Gravity and Thor: The Dark World on 3D Blu-ray, as well as Adventure Time: Season 3 and Beware the Batman Blu-ray reviews.

(Recorded on 02/23/14)

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 61: AF News – Week of February 9th, 2014

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In this bricktastic episode Marc and Stanford discuss The LEGO Movie and share your input on the film as well. We also talk about ideas for the already in the works sequel to the film and how well it did at the box office this past weekend. In addition, Stanford interviews Floyd Norman in celebration of The Jungle Book coming to Blu-ray this week.

Also Discussed: Arthur Rankin Jr.’s passing, a recap of the Annie Awards winners, a live-action/CG Rescue Rangers film, Pixar’s Party Central preview, the trailer for Postman Pat, and the voice cast for Sausage Party.

(Recorded on 02/10/14)

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 60: Otis Frampton – Character/Background Artist (How it Should Have Ended)

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In this oddly normal interview, Otis Frampton stops by to speak with Marc and Stanford. Find out how Otis and Daniel Baxter of HISHE originally met, what influences Otis’ art, and what his dream project to work on would be.

Also Discussed: The Jungle Book and Justice League: War on Blu-ray, Gargoyles on YouTube, and Robotech: The Complete Set.

(Recorded on 02/03/14)

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Interview with Animation Legend Nik Ranieri

Animation Legend Nik Ranieri

Long before I knew it was him, Nik Ranieri has been entertaining and inspiring me with his character animation. Nik is a talented artist whose bold personality has translated into Lumiere, Hades, Kuzco, Buck Cluck, Lewis Robinson, Charlotte La Bouff and my dad’s favorite animated character, Meeko—all characters he supervised. I first heard Nik on Clay Kaytis’ Animation Podcast and I have been an ardent fan of this passionate animator ever since. I asked him if he may be game for an informal interview over Facebook about various topics related to the state of animation today and he very kindly agreed. Nik is such a kind person, yet he will not sidestep the truth to appease popular sentiment. It was an absolute pleasure getting to interview one of my heroes.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 59: AF News – Week of January 26th, 2014

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The forecast for this episode is cloudy with a chance of awesome!

Stanford and Marc are joined by Jessica Wersky to discuss her studio visit to Sony Pictures Animation for the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Blu-ray press event. Jessica’s interviews with the co-director of the film Cody Cameron, and the director of the Blu-ray animated shorts David Feiss are included as well

Also Discussed: Stanford’s interview with actor Will Friedle (Bumblebee, Transformers: Prime), How to Train Your Dragon 2 teaser posters, Pixar’s Toy Story Christmas special, and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming slate of films.

(Recorded on 01/25/14)

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