Tuesday, 15 December 2015


Here are some more Skwigly advent calendar contributions to help you get your holly and jolly on:
Claude Cloutier

Sean Cox

Stephen McNally

Ross Phillips

Blue Zoo
We've passed the halfway point but fret not, there's still plenty more goodness to come. In the meantime you may wish to peruse some other Skwigly offerings such as Lucinda Parry's recent interview with Peter Sohn (director) and Denise Ream (producer) of Pixar's new feature The Good Dinosaur:
Also Laura-Beth has some holiday gift suggestions for the animator in your life, as well as interviews with Pa director Lawrence Rowell, Snowfall director Conor Whelan and Cooped director Mike A. Smith, all fantastic films from this year (and the latter we had the pleasure of screening at MAF last month). Meanwhile Steve Henderson has interviewed Fresh Cut Grass director Rob Cullen, Stephen Cavalier has added some more entries to his ongoing 100 Greatest Animated Shorts series, Johannes Wolters brings us a chat with Pete Doctor (director) and Jonas Rivera (producer) of Pixar's other 2015 film Inside Out (now out to buy) and new contributor Heather Wiggins gives an overview of MAF's inaugural edition as well as the feature film highlights of 2015. Meanwhile I recently caught up with Canadian director Howie Shia of PPF House about his latest NFB film BAM (a fabulous piece of work indeed) along with a Q&A with Tom Gran of Spin Kick Bros about their new webseries Lone Wolves.

I was also kindly invited by Marco de Blois to contribute again to Revue24's end-of-year animated short film critics' lists, my personal top ten being: 
  1. World of Tomorrow, Don Hertzfeldt (États-Unis / USA) 
  2. Teeth, Tom Brown, Daniel Gray, Hungary (Hongrie-États-Unis-Angleterre / Hungary-USA-England) 
  3. Splintertime, Rosto (France-Pays-Bas-Belgique / France-Netherlands-Belgium) 
  4. We can't Live Without Cosmos, Constantin Bronzit (Russie / Russia) 
  5. Ernie Biscuit, Adam Elliot (Australie / Australia) 
  6. If I Was God..., Cordell Barker (Canada) 
  7. Stems, Ainslie Henderson (Royaume-Uni / UK) 
  8. Sonámbulo, Theodore Ushev (Canada) 
  9. Very Lonely Cock, Leonid Shmelkov (Russie / Russia) 
  10. The Story of Percival Pilts, Janette Goodey, John Lewis (Australie / Australia) 
Interesting to note that there isn't quite as notable a disparity between my picks and the other critics as last year. Have a read of the full article and see what you think. I'm looking forward to checking out the films others have picked that I've not yet come across so far.

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