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Happily Ever After
"...comes across as a tacked-on moral afterthought. The cel animation methods employed by Happily Ever After, which boasts that..."

May 28, 1993 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Austin Jewish Film Festival: Bukra Fil Mish-Mish
The tragic story of a lost chapter of animation history
"...that the Frenkel brothers - the pioneers of Arabic animation - have been forgotten...."

Nov. 12, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Minnow Mountain Co-Founder Goes Into the Archives
Animation studio's Steph Swope takes a mountaintop view
"...meant evolving their workflow, fitting the complex demands of animation with the more fluid editing process of documentary filmmaking,..."

Sept. 4, 2020 Screens Feature

Wes Anderson Brings Isle of Dogs to SXSW
Plus Midnighters bring the gore, and Alita party
"...opening night film. Now Wes Anderson's new star-studded canine animation Isle of Dogs will be the top to its..."

Feb. 7, 2018 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Rock Dog
It's a dog … that rocks!
"...with its engaging central characters and unencumbered storyline. The animation is unexceptional, but by keeping its focus on the..."

Feb. 24, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Linklater's Lunar Latest Coming to Netflix
Apollo 10 1/2 to be animated by Austin's Minnow Mountain
"...that his next picture, a return to Waking Life-style animation called Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure, will..."

July 16, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Oscar Shorts 2020
Best of the Oscar animated and live-action shorts

Jan. 31, 2020 Movie Review

A lot of fuzz and cuteness, but not much else to this yeti jaunt
"...There’s some gorgeous animation and impeccable camerawork on display here. But as George..."

Sept. 27, 2019 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Angry Birds Movie 2
The birds are back, with an added subversive twist
"...Van Orman. The last 10 years of American TV animation owe him a huge debt because of his 2008..."

Aug. 16, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Seven Things We Learned From the RWBY Panel at RTX
Behind-the-scenes changes for volume 7, plus game and comic details
"...Monster-hunting animation RWBY has become Austin-based online studio Rooster Teeth's biggest..."

July 8, 2019 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Secret Life of Pets 2
The cute critters return, but breaking the pack up means no one has as much fun
"...bone, Hollywood loves a good sequel. 2016's talking creature animation The Secret Life of Pets was a dog's-eye view..."

June 7, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Made in Abyss: Journey's Dawn
Part one of epic anime quest is a fine first step
"...of high-stakes drama that fantastic anime can handle. The animation is a delightful mix of epic and kawaii, and..."

March 15, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Delightful anime explores growing up from a kid's viewpoint
"...a tissue or two – with enthralling and inventive animation that only serves to up the overall emotional impact..."

Nov. 30, 2018 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A beloved children's book gets a mediocre screen adaptation
"...out, you could do worse than this presumably PETA-approved animation...."

Dec. 15, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Despicable Me 3
Animated franchise confirms the law of diminishing returns
"...nary an outburst of laughter to be heard. The animation is superb, particularly when it focuses on Gru/Dru’s James..."

June 30, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Everything, Everything
Another YA adaption of star-crossed lovers
"...Maddy who, as is explained in both voiceover and animation, suffers from a rare autoimmune disorder that has kept..."

May 19, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
Visually arresting tale of a high school gone to sea
" joke though. Prepare for some amazing but brain-melting animation...."

April 28, 2017 Movie Review by Ashley Moreno

Austin Filmmaker Shelby Hadden on Her Film “Tightly Wound”
Catharsis through animation
"...the stylistic hybrid of documentary storytelling and handcrafted 2-D animation. "When I first came up with the idea, I..."

March 24, 2017 Screens Feature by Sean L. Malin

Miss Hokusai
The life of an artist through the eyes of his daughter
"...The artistry of the film’s animation is no less extraordinary. Director Hara and his team..."

Oct. 28, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Austin-made doc re-creates the UT Tower massacre with stunningly powerful immediacy
" Richard Linklater’s Waking Life. Then he combined the animation with archival live television, police radio chatter, and the..."

Oct. 21, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

La Leyenda del Chupacabras
Dark animated tale may be too frightening for children
"...of the movie more confusing than ever. Nevertheless, the animation is handsome, and shows some nice creative flourishes...."

Oct. 21, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Stranger-than-fiction doc about an eccentric doctor
"...approach to telling Brinkley’s life story, using fairly unsophisticated animation and twangy vocalizations in the spirit of the man’s..."

Sept. 2, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Phantom Boy
Hand-drawn animation is the hallmark of this animated French film
"...Pixar/Disney’s usual summertime CGI onslaught. It employs traditional hand-drawn animation to tell the tale of Leo (D’Angelo), an 11-year..."

July 29, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Angry Birds Movie
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a game! It's a movie!
"...Angry Birds’ 3-D animation is perfectly honed for a game-based flick, but it..."

May 20, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

April and the Extraordinary World
Animated French steampunk fantasy is delightfully imaginative
"...and the film’s utterly beautiful traditional (non-CGI, that is) animation, both tree-huggers and climate change-deniers should, for once, unite..."

April 8, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Only Yesterday
Animated Japanese film about a woman reflecting on her childhood
" a little-seen gem in the crown of Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli. Directly preceded by two of the..."

Feb. 26, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Norm of the North
Animated bear protects his Arctic home
"...– emerge and then disappear in swift succession. The animation is rudimentary, with the Arctic expanse appearing as dull,..."

Jan. 22, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Peanuts Movie
Happiness is a warm animated cartoon called The Peanuts Movie
"...contributed to its screenplay.) That said, the movie’s digital animation and 3-D presentation may offend purists, who are entitled..."

Nov. 6, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Shaun the Sheep Movie
The latest from Aardman Animations is one baaaaaadass movie
"...The stop-motion animation may be retro and the storyline sentimental, but it’s..."

Aug. 7, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Minions have moved from background work to starring in their own animated movie
"...The foregrounded animation of the heroes and villains is well-executed, although the..."

July 10, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

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