Filmmaker’s childhood inspires movie magic

Filmmaker Ru Kuwahata spent her childhood in the Tokyo suburb of Chiba living in a place that was seemingly conjured up by the minds of Studio Ghibli. While living in an idyllic setting that included a vast rice field with a forest of trees surrounding a comfortable home that appeared to be bulging at its […]

Academy Awards honors Asians

Tom Cross, who is Vietnamese American, received an Oscar for his film editing on “Whiplash,” the story of a young drummer at a cut-throat music conservatory. HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The 2015 Academy Awards, held Feb. 22 at Hollywood, Calif.’s Dolby Theater, included a few wins for Asians in film and animation. Disney’s “Big Hero 6” […]

BOOK REVIEW: The king of cartoon characters

IWAO TAKAMOTO: MY LIFE WITH A THOUSAND CHARACTERS By Iwao Takamoto with Michael Mallory (Jackson, Miss.: University Press of Mississippi, 2009, 240 pp., $22, paperback) Iwao Takamoto (1925-2007), the creator of such beloved characters as Scooby-Doo, Muttley, Atom Ant and Penelope Pittstop, has left us with a memoir much like his personality — witty, humorous […]

TOM YASUMI: From Tokyo to SpongeBob in 44 years

Tom Yasumi has worked in animation for the past 22 years, his entire professional life. He is currently an animation director for the hit cartoon series, “SpongeBob SquarePants.” He’s worked on many of Nickelodeon’s popular shows, including “The Rugrats” and “Rocko’s Modern Life.” He has worked on “SpongeBob” for the past 12 years. He was […]

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