The first-day session will feature a discussion on animated films
and manga by Susan Napier, professor of Japanese literature and culture at the University of Texas, and Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the popular animation series ''Mobile Suit Gundam.
It is the first time for an animated film
to win the top prize in Berlin, one of the world's three top film festivals along with Venice and Cannes.
My pedestrian tastes at the time, perhaps due to my age, ran to the cartoon side of animated film
and away from the esoteric.
With about 70% of Japan's estimated 300 animated film
production companies already based in Tokyo, the festival is aiming to boost the capital's image as the center of the animated film
In a nutshell: The sequel to one of the great animated films
in recent years does not disappoint.
The fair will feature, among other things, a display tracing the history of Japanese animated films
since the popular ''Astro Boy'' series in the 1960s to more modern works, and a studio on animation production.
Beginning with 1995's ``Toy Story,'' Disney and Pixar have shared the success of five critically acclaimed and commercially successful blockbusters, culminating with ``Nemo,'' which, with its $840 million gross (including home video), stands as the top money-making animated film
The animated film
version of the Nobel Prize-winning 1952 novel of the same name by the late Ernest Hemingway was created on the centennial anniversary of his birth last year.
It is the first animated film
featuring synchronized sound, with Disney providing the voice and animator Les Clark providing the moving pictures.
Visually entertaining and informative, this special event will showcase materials from several upcoming DreamWorks animated films
and will include substantial discussion and demonstration of contemporary animation practices and techniques.
Previously, as DeBlois notes, young heroines in most animated films
were frustrated by where they are in the world - like Belle in ``Beauty and the Beast'' - and go on a journey of discovery.
Pixar has created six of the most successful and beloved animated films
of all time: "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc.
Disney initially found IMAX success when it reformatted its classic animated films
``Beauty and the Beast'' and ``Fantasia.
There she oversaw the computer graphics work on such major animated films
as "Mulan," "Tarzan," "Fantasia 2000" and "Dinosaur.
Over the last 10 years he has created 13 animated films
and the drawings created in the process,'' Barron said.