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Barefoot Gen
"...uncertainty. Although Nakazawa's narrative is moving and riveting, the animation is uneven. At times, it doesn't manage to rise..."

Feb. 12, 1993 Movie Review by Pamela Bruce

"...busily getting from one scene to the next. The animation is at first promising, especially when it mixes the..."

April 3, 1992 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

First Look: Seis Manos
See footage from new animated Netflix series by Austin's Powerhouse
"...Austin-based Powerhouse Animation Studios has finally unleashed some sneak-look footage from its..."

July 7, 2019 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Mary and the Witch's Flower
Studio Ghibli alums stick to the formula for magical tale.
"...Where would Japanese animation be without British literary fantasy to adapt? Doing quite..."

Feb. 16, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Banal plot mars this toy marketing scheme
"...this utterly tame although vibrantly animated feature from DreamWorks Animation. Target-demographically precise gags, songs, and the often downright psychedelic..."

Nov. 4, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Boy and the World
A singular masterpiece of mixed-media animation that is as beautiful, chaotic, depressing, and joyous as the world it depicts
"...the upcoming Academy Awards, this singular masterpiece of mixed-media animation is as beautiful, chaotic, depressing, and joyous as the..."

Jan. 22, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Good Dinosaur
Sweet and charming, Pixar's dino pic should please everyone
"...With its latest film, Pixar Animation continues to reign supreme in the realm of family-focused..."

Nov. 27, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

2015 Academy Award-Nominated Animated Short Films
Five Oscar nominees, plus some extra treats.
"...block across the country, reflecting a diverse array of animation techniques from all around the world...."

Jan. 30, 2015 Movie Review by William Goss

The Congress
This live-action/animated hybrid starring Robin Wright is total stoner bait.
"...long, a way too heavy-handed preamble to the crazed animation to come, and the actress’ vocal delivery – soft-spoken,..."

Aug. 29, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The animation outfit behind Coraline scores another one for the dark side with this endearingly sweet and spooky ode to the supernatural.
"...Laika, the animation outfit behind 2009's marvelous stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman's..."

Aug. 17, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

John Carter
Old-school "Gosh, wow!" sense-of-wonder filmmaking is in short supply these days, but now John Carter has arrived to fill the void.
"...second film of the year helmed by a Pixar Animation alum making his first foray into a live-action Hollywood..."

March 9, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Arthur Christmas
The folks at Aardman Animation, who gave us Wallace & Gromit, seve up an instant – and funny – holiday classic.
"...Town." Happily, once Bieber scuttles offscreen and the Aardman Animation titles come up, you're in good, competent, and refreshingly..."

Nov. 25, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Beautiful Bitter
The heartachey animation of Don Hertzfeldt
"...Award-nominated filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt, whose painstakingly hand-drawn and photographed animations have, since 1995, tapped into not only his own..."

Nov. 11, 2011 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Some films are saccharine, but Hop is pure sugar – processed sugar.
"...sugar. This Easter-themed hybrid of live action and digital animation is a confectioner’s delight (most literally in the case..."

April 1, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wes Anderson's delightful animated film has room for both existentialist dread and a grinning joie de vivre.
"...delight. Fantastic Mr. Fox is rendered in traditional stop-motion animation – a style nearly bygone in these digital days..."

Nov. 27, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Academy Award-Nominated Animated Shorts 2009
The Academy gets animated.
"...famous people about the wonders of short films and animation. It’s a lot of superfluous preaching to the choir...."

Feb. 13, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Curious George
It’s not perfect, but this big-screen debut of H.A. Rey’s lovable monkey is faithful to George’s gentle spirit while fully exploiting the possibilities of old-school, two-dimensional animation.
"...spirit while fully exploiting the possibilities of old-school, two-dimensional animation. Movies are magical, it suggests, and everything is beautiful..."

Feb. 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Burton's best work in ages is eye candy of the highest order and as eminently watchable as a hilltop Halloween pyre or a Día de los Muertos parade run amok.
"...out once more and coupled with Mike Johnson’s seamless animation – he did the terrific "Devil Went Down to..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Tree of Palme
It's the Pinocchio story filtered through the prism of cyberpunk animé.
"...common enough yardstick by which to measure most Japanese animation. Nakamura, a key animator on watershed animé ranging from..."

Feb. 11, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Academy Award-Nominated Short Films 2003
A package of some of the most recent animated and live-action Oscar nominees.
"...his Hollywood tinsel rubbed off on the project. The animation is technically routine, although the story’s cavalier tone ("Life..."

April 23, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

French Twist
Sylvain Chomet's 'The Triplets of Belleville' takes animation in a profoundly odd direction
"...It's been a unique year for animation, what with the recent contretemps between Pixar and Disney,..."

Feb. 13, 2004 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Millennium Actress
This Japanimation import is a sweeping romantic saga full of big, lush ideas.
" Satoshi Kon. Absolutely nothing like that other recent Japanimation import – Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space..."

Oct. 24, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Animated equine love story that's also a fresh take on the standard cowboys-and-Indians tropes.
"...miss anything?”) There's some nicely done cel and CGI animation (working in tandem much of the time), including a..."

May 24, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Animated Jimmy saves Retroville from the aliens.
"...younger kids, needless to say, good does prevail. The animation is perhaps a bit below the bar, what with..."

Dec. 21, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Waking Life
This animated journey through one character's dreams is a stirring, motivational, and metaphysical head trip.
"...and not the product of Pixar. But then, the animation is also raucously surreal -- the head of an..."

Oct. 26, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
" ask some tough questions: For example, “If computer animation has advanced so far that it is virtually impossible..."

July 13, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Toy Story 2
"...Iron Giant was a mix of traditional and computer animation). Now that CGI techniques are part and parcel of..."

Nov. 26, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

"...Jungle Book and George of the Jungle). In retrospect, animation seems an all-too-obvious solution to the unreal merger of..."

June 18, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

"...get a little crowded in the world of computer-generated animation (CGI). This fall sees the release of both this..."

Oct. 2, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ghost in the Shell
"...not the least of which is the film's superb animation -- a dazzling mixture of high-tech computer graphics and..."

March 22, 1996 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

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