Head of Disney Nancy Kanter and I have been chatting about the meteoric success of Disney Jr's latest children's TV series, Henry Hugglemonster. Starring the voice talents of Brenda Blethyn, Brian Blessed and Geri Halliwell, the show has been watched by a staggering 5.1 million viewer -the success of the show is unheard of in the industry.
Comics have always been storyboards. In the absence of today's tech, writers and artists had to find ways to nudge the reader's attention to the right word balloon, to make them parse and run the images cinematically in their mind without the intrusion of a storyboard's zoom lines and motion arrows.
The more Hollywood relies on remakes and pours money into superhero franchises that are safer bets at the box office, the more people will turn up to watch these beautifully drawn animated worlds brought to life. As long as Studio Ghibli and Pixar are open for business, it will be worth our effort and money every time.
Every year in Venice, the Chinese invade the film festival with their massive army of delegates to launch a movie they hope might permeate through to make it big in the West. It's always a massive gamble, and often they don't succeed. But this year, with Tai Chi 0 I think they're finally onto a winner