Welcome to Animation Obsessive, a biweekly newsletter devoted to animation from around the world. We cover a little of everything — including the rare and underappreciated stuff you won’t find elsewhere.

Keeping up with animation is hard. There has never been more of it available — whether new or old, foreign or domestic, familiar or strange. Getting lost in all this abundance is easy, if you don’t have a guide.

That’s what we’re here for.

Every week, Animation Obsessive rounds up the highlights in animation. That might be a tent-pole Netflix drop, or it might be an unsung indie gem on Vimeo — in Hindi, with no subtitles. Along the way, you can expect looks back at older animation and many more tidbits worth your time.

We believe in fostering a positive space in which to appreciate animation. Animation Obsessive doesn’t wade into industry rumors, gossip, drama or most controversies. We aren’t apolitical — we’re committed to elevating marginalized voices, and to the cause of social equality. However, we prefer to speak primarily through the art and artists we choose to cover. Our goal is to help you enjoy the world of animation in all its beauty and diversity.

Why become a member?

Paying subscribers (members) keep our newsletter going and growing — their support helps us to invest in the rare books and other materials that power our work. Our research is expensive, both in time and money, because we break new ground. A lot of what we cover hasn’t been written about in detail online or in English before.

We’ve made a rare artbook free to all. We’ve published the most complete breakdowns of Samurai Jack’s backgrounds and the Perfect Blue and Requiem for a Dream dispute out there. If you want to dive deeper into animation, and help the world do the same, then membership is for you.

Members get complete access to everything we publish. Our newsletter goes out twice a week — Thursday and Sunday. Thursday issues are exclusive to members, and cover animation stories a bit more specialized or intricate than our Sunday format allows.

On Thursdays, we’ve peeked behind the scenes of Hayao Miyazaki’s only music video. We’ve broken down UPA’s most creative, most chaotic project ever. We’ve explored the strange and thrilling history of Mongolian animation. And much more.

The price of membership is $10 per month or $100 per year. We offer a deep discount to students and faculty with .edu addresses. If that’s you, drop our price to $6 per month or $60 per year by subscribing through this page.

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