It became personal. In September 2015, a photo of a young child from Syria washed up on a beach “was everywhere,” says Travis Barbour. “[My wife] Whitney and I felt righteous anger; we have a child about the same age.
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On June 6, Cedar Park Church in Delta, B.C., staged its second annual Breath of Life Animation Festival, using cartooning and claymation workshops to intrigue both kids and their parents. Under the guidance of church member Ken Priebe, a faculty member at Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, church and community members were invited to learn how to draw a cartoon character, make clay models “move” for frame-by-frame storytelling, and do related skills. The event attracted nearly 100 participants.
When I was about nine years old, growing up in Michigan, my dad took me to see a theatrical re-issue of Walt Disney’s classic 1940 film Pinocchio. I already knew the story from my Disney books and records, but this was my first time seeing the entire movie on the big screen.