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The Lion King
Can you feel the shrug tonight?
" know. The film was part of the Disney animation renaissance, packed with memorable tunes by Tim Rice and..."

July 19, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Ernest & Celestine
The team from A Town Called Panic returns with another animated charmer – this time a tale about interspecies friendship and dentistry.
"...In a landscape where animation is dominated by noisy CGI and 3-D spectacle, it's..."

April 4, 2014 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Planet 51
In a switcheroo, animated aliens fear the human in their midst.
"...and who probably would consider The Iron Giant's 2-D animation the equivalent of being held back a year in..."

Nov. 20, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bolt is a canine who plays a cybernetically enhanced dog on TV but has no knowledge of how to cope in the real world in this new animated film.
"...James Lipton. Bolt, the first offering from Walt Disney Animation Studios to be entirely overseen by Pixar's John Lasseter..."

Nov. 21, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Pixar scores another triumph of animated wonder with this story of a rat who craves haute cuisine over garbage.
"...a genuine masterpiece unsullied by more recent "advances" in animation technique. Scripted to perfection by Austin-based writer/director Tim McCanlies,..."

June 29, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Animated retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story has sass but little imagination.
"...good, as are the characterizations. However, the film’s computer animation leaves much to be desired. Instead of the fluid..."

Jan. 13, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Co-director Mike Johnson on 'Tim Burton's Corpse Bride' and how stop-motion has done more than survive amid the rise of computer animation
"...Shrek induce studios and audiences to believe computers invented animation, it seems all too appropriate that the state of..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Screens Feature by Spencer Parsons

The Wild Thornberrys Movie
"...Cathy Malkasian. Although I'm a huge fan of L.A.-based animation house Klasky Csupo, I went into their Thornberrys film..."

Dec. 20, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Pokémon 4ever
"...of Pokémon is chock full of bad, bad, bad animation and helium-voiced youths so patently annoying that an animated,..."

Oct. 11, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Titan A.E.
"...plot points, but Titan A.E., for all its spectacular animation, feels like a been-here-done-that dud. On the plus side,..."

June 16, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

"...credited here with writing the screenplay and creating the animation designs, Otomo has turned the directorial reins over to..."

April 5, 1996 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

One in a Crowd: Toon In, ATX!
New animation convention needs your crowdfunding help
"...Local cartoonist Phil Machi for his 'Toon In, ATX! animation convention. What's the project?..."

Feb. 28, 2020 Screens Column by Asa Canty

Hollywood Gets Animated About Austin
Local cartoon to become big-budget Will Smith vehicle
"...From tiny acorns, mighty oaks grow. Sometimes, Hollywood animation springs from a Mighty Coconut. Fox Animation has announced..."

Oct. 11, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

One Piece Film: Gold
Japanese anime insanity
"...colorful world of traditional action-comedy anime. If your best-loved Japanimation character remains the Totoro next door, chances are this..."

Jan. 6, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Boy and the Beast
Japanese anime film is a fully immersive experience
"...monarch is reportedly at death’s door.) Using old-school, hand-drawn animation, Hosoda directs with flair and interjects some excellent fight..."

March 4, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

In this animated film from the makers of Ice Age, a domesticated macaw finally learns to fly.
"...of 3-D and deeply nuanced narrative. John Lasseter's little animation company that could (now Disney-Pixar), has evolved by orders..."

April 22, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Astro Boy
This American-bred Astro Boy remains true to the heart and soul of the Japanese original but lacks its raw animation and emotions.
"...The Iron Giant and overstreamlined in both story and animation. It's a totally serviceable reboot for young people who..."

Oct. 23, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Meet the Robinsons
While Disney’s latest animated feature might not be a sign of the apocalypse, it’s at least a sign that Disney needs to find some decent writers.
"...Mouse short "Boat Builders" from 1938. Sure, the hand-drawn animation is fun to watch. But hearing Walt’s falsetto Mickey..."

April 6, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg’s magical tale of the Christmas Eve re-education of a Santa-doubting adolescent gets the motion-capture treatment.
"...surface. Nearly all of that is due to the animation style, which faithfully replicates Van Allsburg’s painterly compositions, but..."

Nov. 12, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Pokémon Heroes
"...a Hayao Miyazaki film by now? With its flat animation, garishly overblown color palette, and resoundingly witless storylines, Pokémon..."

May 16, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Animated Japanese sequel about the legendary bounty hunter.
" the bloody heart of what's great about Japanese animation: shockingly beautiful images nested inside an entertaining storyline, girded..."

Nov. 30, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Cats Don't Dance
"...a reverence for classic filmmaking and irreverence of classic animation. The dynamic compositions and vivid pastel palette evoke vintage..."

April 4, 1997 Movie Review by Robert Faires

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
"...class-conscious 15th century is well re-created by the Disney animation teams. The majesty and playfulness of Notre Dame's Gothic..."

June 21, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Indian in the Cupboard
The excellent animation and sly wit make this an above-average kids' fantasy .
"...of The Indian in the Cupboard is the excellent animation -- courtesy of George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic..."

July 21, 1995 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

"The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb"
"...of giants. Borthwick, one half of the brilliantly creative animation team out of Bristol, England, called bolexbrothers (who are..."

April 7, 1995 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force
" far from a typical example of popular Japanese animation. Character-driven and, for the most part, devoid of the..."

March 31, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

" no exception. Svankmajer, the Czechoslovakian king of surreal animation, has been in the public eye since his 1980..."

Oct. 14, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

We're Back! a Dinosaur's Story
"...a second-rate rip-off of Disney's The Jungle Book. The animation is also blandly average, whereby all the human children..."

Dec. 10, 1993 Movie Review by Pamela Bruce

The Speed Racer Show
" American TV later that year. In its limited animation style and its saturated colors, Speed Racer was a..."

Oct. 29, 1993 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Volere, Volare
"...a bizarre mix of Italian sex farce-meets-science fiction/horror-meets-Chuck Jones animation, and the results are hilarious, but uneven to the..."

April 30, 1993 Movie Review by Pamela Bruce

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