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Head of the Class
Spike & Mike sets aside its sick and twisted ways (for now) with New Generation Animation
"...to Spike & Mike, the touring three-ring-circus anthology of animation – sick, twisted, and otherwise – that used to..."

Dec. 4, 2009 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Macross II: Lovers Again
"...been exposed to the rich, colorful art of Disney animation and Warner Bros. cartoons for too long. I don't..."

July 9, 1993 Movie Review by Pamela Bruce

How to Climb a Minnow Mountain
The Austin animation studio resurrecting Rotoscoping with Richard Linklater
"...Last November, he was in the offices of the animation studio he co-founded, Minnow Mountain, when he mentioned that..."

Sept. 4, 2020 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
"...nobody loved, comprised as it is of part computer-graphic animation (the backgrounds and monsters, which is lovely and challenging)..."

July 4, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Boxtrolls
The third time isn't the charm for this animated film from the studio that gave us the magical Coraline and ParaNorman.
"...is decidedly not the charm for the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio Laika. Unlike its two previous releases – the..."

Sept. 26, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Croods
Animated cave dwellers are stealth charmers.
"...And not the crack-your-teeth, cloying kind of sweet: DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods is a spirited and eye-popping stealth charmer...."

March 22, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Spriggan
"...to be seen to be believed. The frenzied, realistic animation (by the team who also made Akira) pulls out..."

Nov. 9, 2001 Movie Review by Jay Hardwig

Shrek
Animated comic gem.
"...Aside from the computer-generated work coming out of Pixar's animation studio lately (Toy Story 2) and the ground-shaking triumph..."

May 18, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Missing Link
More than just fuzzy fun in this latest stop-motion wonder
"...to subvert those standards. Instead, this delightful stop motion animation doesn’t need to subvert anything, instead finding the wonder..."

April 12, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Kubo and the Two Strings
Sublime animated movie is disguised as kids' fare
"...sublime Neil Gaiman adaptation Coraline in 2009, the Laika animation studio has distinguished itself as the ne plus ultra..."

Aug. 19, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Rango
Watch out, cartoon critters: There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Rango.
"...Tom and Jerry. In Rango, Verbinski opts for pure animation but again goes against the grain by making it..."

March 4, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Ten Commandments
This family-oriented adaptation of the Book of Exodus is the inaugural film in a planned franchise of crudely animated Bible stories.
"...Bible stories, using a crude form of three-dimensional computer animation. One can only hope that the future entries in..."

Oct. 26, 2007 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Finding Nemo
We're happy sweet, funny Nemo is back onscreen – 3-D or no.
"...of course, with the rapid-fire advances in computer graphics animation, it's not just the voices that need to mesh,..."

May 30, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Metropolis
"...by: Rintaro. If your experience thus far with Japanese animation (anime) has been limited to late-afternoon brushes with the..."

Feb. 15, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Fantasia
"...was for it to be an ongoing work, pairing animation and classical music to create something called a “concert..."

June 23, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Space Jam
Dexterously mixing live action and animation, Space Jam tosses NBA champ Michael Jordan onto the 2-D court with the entire Looney Tunes gang and the opposing Monstar team of cartoon characters from another planet.
"...piece of film entertainment. Dexterously mixing live action and animation, the movie tosses NBA champ Michael Jordan onto the..."

Nov. 15, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Behind the Scenes on Netflix’s New Austin-Made, Mexico-Set Anime
The many hands of Powerhouse Animation make light work of Seis Manos
"...obsession that has led to his company, Austin-based Powerhouse Animation, unleashing their new show Seis Manos on Net­flix last..."

Oct. 11, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Titmouse That Roared
Chris Prynoski on Venture Bros., tech, and more
"...for one of the most subversive and ubiquitous of animation companies in America – Titmouse...."

Aug. 12, 2018 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Cars 3
Third times not a charm for this franchise
"...may be the least-loved of all of the groundbreaking animation studios’ movies so far, but the kiddie set continues..."

June 16, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Belladonna of Sadness
This transgressive animated film from 1973 Japan has been recently restored. Blending gorgeous, watercolor-infused Japanese landscapes with Western influences like Art Nouveau and Expressionism, the film tells the sexually outré and hallucinogenic story of two lovers in a feudal village.
"...so by the combination of both abstract and realistic animation styles. Attempting to put the past behind them, Jeanne..."

May 13, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Mr. Peabody & Sherman
The genius dog and his adopted human son return for these animated adventures in time travel.
"...since come a long way from the original’s crude animation – and even cruder treatment of historical figures like..."

March 7, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Chico & Rita
The music, scored by Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés, is the real star of this animated movie.
"...the gender imbalance in full-frontal nudity carries over to animation, too; see nude Rita – a lot of nude..."

March 2, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Tangled
Disney does Rapunzel.
"...latest “lost princess” legend. The classic hallmarks of Disney animation are all here: stunning attention to the details of..."

Nov. 26, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
This new animated comedy is a brilliantly conceived and executed bit of Brit wit, perfect for both kids and their parents and anyone even remotely interested in laughing themselves silly.
"...Nick Park and Steve Box. Enough with the CGI animation, Disney, DreamWorks, et al.: Between Tim Burton’s smashingly fine..."

Oct. 7, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Incredibles
Animated take on the superhero genre overflows with wonderfully silly shenanigans and knowing insight into modern parenting.
"...seriocomic take on the superhero genre deftly mixes Pixar Animation Studios’ justly famed skill with CGI imagery with a..."

Nov. 5, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Gospel of 'Toonage
Mike Judge & Don Hertzfeldt present 'The Animation Show'
"...Does the world really need another animation festival? After all, there are already several permutations of..."

July 18, 2003 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Monsters, Inc.
Re-released in 3-D.
"...the point to say that this new collaboration between animation behemoths Disney and Pixar is wildly entertaining; what else..."

Nov. 2, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Bug's Life
"...of adult- and kid-friendly entertainment. As with Antz, the animation is stellar, though not necessarily in terms of startling..."

Nov. 27, 1998 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Hideaway
"...a hit, thanks in part to its cutting-edge computer animation and cyberpunk theme) has discovered the magic of characterization..."

March 10, 1995 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Pagemaster
"...lively, vivid animated sequences. The transition from live-action to animation is cleverly shown as the ceiling's painted scenes from..."

Nov. 25, 1994 Movie Review by Alison Macor

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