Magazine article Variety

Toon Fest Dazzles with Array of Special Events

Magazine article Variety

Toon Fest Dazzles with Array of Special Events

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THINGS TO DO

1 Annecy typically attracts 8,000 festivalgoers and what is there to do between screenings? Long lines outside the ice cream emporium Glacier des Alpes suggest many opt for sweet treats. Or they browse BDfugue's collection of books and DVDs for animation geeks. Outdoor lovers rent pedal boats on Lake Annecy, and bearing bread, cheese and wine, they simply drift in the sun.

SPANISH ANIMATION

2 In all 83 countries have entries at Annecy, and Spain has several standouts. For "Psiconautas, The Forgotten Children," Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vázquez adapted the namesake comic book for teens and adults, and Vázquez contributed the short "Decorado." The feature "Capture the Flag" from Enrique Gato Borregán is also garnering attention, since it was released in the U.S. in December.

MASTERCLASSES

3 Two high-profile animation directors will conduct master classes and reveal new projects. Guillermo del Toro will present unseen footage of the fantastical worlds in his new Netflix series "Trollhunters." And "Ren & Stimpy" creator John Kricfalusi will unveil his Kickstarter-funded short "Cans Without Labels," and also will screen rarely seen cartoons he has directed.

WORKS IN PROGRESS

4 Sneaks of two 2016 animated musicals will be highlighted at Annecy: DreamWorks'"Trolls," which showcases the voices Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani, and Disney's "Moana" with music from "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. …

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