Spotlight on Russian Animation

Spotlight on Russian Animation

Last month, a new report dropped on Research and Markets about animation in Russia. In recent days we’ve also seen some activity and buzz surrounding the industry within the country, so it’s worth taking a closer look at how animation has evolved within Russia through the past up until today.

Talent Spotlight: Evan Csulik

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We’re very excited to introduce you to Evan Csulik who started working with Eric Miller Animation Studios last month as a freelance conceptual illustrator and designer. He will be working with us to create fun, beautiful and imaginative worlds. He will mostly be creating designs for our marketing and social media, but will also help out on other projects including some of our own original ideas.

Evan grew up in Sarasota, Florida where his enthusiasm for visual story-telling, and picture making first began to grow. This love for the arts continue to grow over his lifetime. He is extremely passionate about environment design from observing the natural and man-made world.

While growing up, Evan was in love with watching cartoons from Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. He drew for most of his childhood in sketchbooks and doodled on post-it notes. It wasn’t until late high school he wanted to pursue his passion for art. He was accepted to Ringling College of Art and Design in 2012 and majored in illustration. It wasn’t until halfway through his time there when he realized he wanted to pursue his career in animation.

Desert Trip - one of the first illustrations Evan created for Eric Miller Animation Studios

Desert Trip - one of the first illustrations Evan created for Eric Miller Animation Studios

 Evan is not all work and no play. In his free time, he enjoys longboarding, hiking, playing video games, and eating ice cream.

We are honored to have Evan onboard with us, and can’t wait to see what amazing worlds he creates in the coming months. Keep a lookout on our website and social media for more of his work.

You can also visit His Portfolio!

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Eric Miller Animation Studios is dedicated to crafting heartfelt stories and compelling visuals through 3D computer graphics, offering design and VFX for advertising, gaming, TV & film production.  We work with the best animation talent in the industry to deliver visually stunning imagery. Big or small, we can bring any character or story to life.

Flintstones - The Stone-Age Family Staying Modern

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Earlier this week, it was announced that Dublin-based Salty Dog Pictures partnered with Warner Brothers to produce a new spin-off series based on The Flintstones. The title of the series will be Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs!, and at the moment 24 episodes have been ordered. It's a testament to the enduring legacy of America's favorite "modern Stone-Age family", a legacy worth remembering.

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The Flintstones was the brainchild of animation giants William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The studio was enjoying some success with characters such as Huckleberry Hound and Quick-Draw McGraw. However, that success was primarily with children. They didn't have the same full-family appeal as something like their famous comic duo Tom and Jerry. The Flintstones came about from a desire to appeal to adults again. As a result, it took a lot of inspiration from the famous sitcom The Honeymooners, focusing on the day-to-day struggles that the titular family faced in the prehistoric suburbia of Bedrock.

Funnily enough, the show was predated by a short film from Dave Fleischer called Granite Hotel. Coming out twenty years beforehand, the short introduces the audience to a variety of "modern stone-age" characters, including firemen who ride in a sauropod to their jobs. While the similarities are apparent, The Flintstones definitely pushed the concept much further. It was the first animated series to feature in a prime time slot, and to feature a married couple sharing a bed (rather than separately.)

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The first reviews were mixed, with many critics deriding the animation as "limited" and the plots as "derivative". However, it still proved a success with the public, with nearly a quarter of American households tuning in for the first season.  Much of that success drew from its constant use of anachronisms; appliances were operated by small animals, cars ran on footpower. It parodied the "American experience" that prevailed in the national consciousness of the time. The show lasted from 1960 through 1966, and ended up being the most profitable cartoon series ever; it only lost that honor to The Simpsons. By the time it lost that crown though, hindsight had already sweetened attitudes towards the show. It's now considered a classic, and in 2013 TV Guide ranked it as the second greatest cartoon of all time.

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As happens to most successful franchises, the studio obviously wanted to take the franchise even further. The Flintstones have done a lot over the past fifty-eight years of its existence. There've been spin-off series, animated movies, live-action movies, even a fully built Bedrock in Arizona. At the moment, DC Comics publishes a regular comic series based on The Flintstones that focuses on social commentary and more adult topics, in a way preserving the grown-up focus of the original series. 

With the new series now on the horizon, we will see yet another perspective on the Flintstones and their home of Bedrock. Salty Dog Pictures is going to be one more step in keeping the modern stone-age family as modern as possible.


Eric Miller Animation Studios is dedicated to crafting heartfelt stories and compelling visuals through 3D computer graphics, offering design and VFX for advertising, gaming, TV & film production.  We work with the best animation talent in the industry to deliver visually stunning imagery. Big or small, we can bring any character or story to life.

New Studio from "Brave" and "Enchanted" Director Faces Uncertain Road Ahead

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With all the talk of Walt Disney acquiring 20th Century Fox, most attention has been focused on big ticket items like James Cameron's Avatar franchise, or the remaining Marvel heroes being brought into Disney's umbrella. In the animation industry, many have been focusing on Fox Broadcasting's animation heavyweights like Family Guy or The Simpsons, and Blue Sky Studios. However, something else no less notable is getting shuffled into the mix here: a new studio coming from industry veterans Brenda Chapman and Kevin Lima named 'Twas Entertainment.

Chapman and Lima, a married pair, carry quite a long portfolio behind them. Chapman was an in-betweener on Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, directed both The Prince of Egypt and Brave, and provided story art for titles like The Little Mermaid and The Road to El Dorado. She's had writing credits on Brave, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and more. Her experience with some of the leading feature animation companies will surely get name recognition for the new studio. 

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Lima's filmography also contains very impressive titles. He directed A Goofy Movie, Aladdin, and Enchanted. Before that he designed characters for The Brave Little Toaster, The Little Mermaid, and The Rescuers Down Under. Between the two of them, they've had plenty of experience with some of the most high-profile movies to be released in the 1990s. 

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As for Twas Entertainment itself, there's not too much information so far. The pair has said that their goal is to produce "family films with big heart, infectious humor and genuine intelligence." We do know that it's going to produce a combination of animated, live-action, and hybrid films. We also have a first project: The Cartoon Touch, written by both, with no plot details divulged yet. It may be a while yet to see more details, but it's certainly a title to watch. 

However, all these plans may yet be disrupted. The cited story above dates from July 23, four days before shareholders of Disney and Twentieth Century Fox voted to merge. This matters because 'Twas Entertainment currently holds a first-look deal with Fox. Might that deal complicate in the looming buyout? It's tricky to say, but if everything works out we could have a few gems coming our way in the future from Chapman and Lima.


Eric Miller Animation Studios is dedicated to crafting heartfelt stories and compelling visuals through 3D computer graphics, offering design and VFX for advertising, gaming, TV & film production.  We work with the best animation talent in the industry to deliver visually stunning imagery. Big or small, we can bring any character or story to life.