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.
Twice a week, Animation Obsessive explores the highlights in animation from tent-pole premieres to unsung classics. We dig up the richest stories and most intriguing tidbits we can — drawing on international news, rare books, lost websites and more. It’s part investigation, part treasure hunt.
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. But we aren’t apolitical — we’re committed to elevating marginalized voices, and to the cause of social equality. Our goal is to help you enjoy the world of animation in all its beauty and diversity.
Why become a member?
Paying subscribers (members) get total access to everything we publish. That means:
Complete access to our Sunday issues, including the paywalled sections that delve into retro ads, standout shorts and more.
Exclusive access to our Thursday issues, where we cover animation stories more specialized or intricate than our Sunday format allows.
The full archive of our newsletter, dating back to February 2021.
Membership is for you if you want to see everything that animation has to offer — and help the world to do the same.
Only members make it possible to keep our newsletter going. Our research is expensive, both in time and money, because we break new ground.
In our free issues, we’ve published first-of-their-kind excursions into Hayao Miyazaki’s painting process, the design of the Powerpuff Girls and the Perfect Blue and Requiem for a Dream dispute. We’ve translated an obscure Soviet feature and made a rare artbook free to all. That’s just the start.
Members make this work possible, and only members see some of the most exciting stuff we do here. In our paid issues, we’ve studied Jiří Trnka’s stop-motion masterpiece The Hand. We’ve looked into the banning of Glass Harmonica. We’ve told the story of America’s global outsourcing machine. And so much more.
The cost of membership is $10 per month or $100 per year — with a deep discount for students and faculty with academic email addresses. (If that’s you, subscribe through this page to get 40% off.)
We’d love to have you with us as we continue to explore this thrilling, imaginative form of art. Thanks for reading!
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