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Entries Tagged as 'Animation'

The Ant Bully

April 9th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Animation · Comedy · Drama · Family · Rating · Sci-Fi/Fantasy

The Secret of Kells

April 1st, 2010 · 4 Comments

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Tags: Animation · Drama · Rating · Sci-Fi/Fantasy · War


March 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Animation · Director · Family · Rating · Sci-Fi/Fantasy


March 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

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Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

March 1st, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Animation · Comedy · Drama · Foreign Language · Rating · Romance · Sci-Fi/Fantasy · Short

The Water Horse

February 5th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Animation · Drama · Family · Rating · Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

January 28th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Animation · Family · Rating · Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

January 1st, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Animation · Family · Rating

Waltz with Bashir

June 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Filmmaker Ari Folman had difficultly getting financing for Waltz with Bashir, in part because no one would embrace the idea of making an animated documentary. Although animation has grown far outside the confines of the children’s “cartoon,” apparently Folman’s idea of an animated memoir, exploring his mental block surrounding his military service during the Israeli [...]

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Tags: Animation · Documentary · Drama · Foreign Language · Review · War

Sita Sings the Blues

May 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Filmmakers, especially screenwriters, sometimes run afoul of good storytelling by assaulting us with thinly-veiled personal stories of the tortured and misunderstood artist (usually a writer) who makes some journey that is of tremendous importance — to one person on earth. Nina Paley’s innovative, eclectically animated feature, Sita Sings the Blues, avoids the vortex of self-obsessed [...]

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Tags: Animation · Capsule · Drama · Musical

Kung Fu Panda

May 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

Despite the fact that its title seems more like the synopsis of the studio pitch meeting that okayed the project (“It’s got kung fu! It’s got a panda! We think we can get Jack Black!”), Kung Fu Panda is a solidly middle-of-the-road animated feature that parents can happily let their children embrace. While it might not [...]

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Tags: Action/Adventure · Animation · Capsule · Comedy · Family


April 26th, 2009 · No Comments

For our son’s first birthday, my wife and I bought him a copy of the restored, blu-ray edition of Pinocchio. This time around he stopped his frenetic crawling and climbing long enough to gawk in delight at a few scenes, but bedtime came before the film finished. What struck me the most, watching the rest [...]

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Tags: Animation · Capsule · Family


March 28th, 2009 · No Comments

I rarely begin watching an animated film produced by an American studio with high expectations. There is apparently something about creating a film aimed at both children and adults that tends to bring out the worst tendencies in organizations already trying too hard for broad-based appeal.  Having said that, when an exception comes along, it [...]

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Tags: Animation · Capsule · Family

Princes and Princesses

March 16th, 2009 · No Comments

When recently discussing Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, I mentioned that I watched the feature-length animation via an online stream at The Auteurs, a site which provides a glimpse into what is likely to be a major component of the future of cinematic consumption.  While the site’s design is refreshingly simple, it is the technology underneath [...]

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Tags: Animation · Capsule · Family · Foreign Language

Kirikou and the Wild Beasts

March 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Having recently seen Michel Ocelot’s most recent film, Azur & Asmar, on the big screen, I was looking forward to checking out this, the sequel to his highly regarded feature-length debut, Kirikou and the Sorceress. Turns out that Kirikou and the Wild Beasts is one of a frustratingly small group of films available for full size streaming [...]

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Tags: Animation · Capsule · Family · Foreign Language