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When Marnie Was There
Will this ghost story be the final film from animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli?
"...may be the final feature release from Japan’s storied animation powerhouse. Studio co-founder and longtime figurehead Hayao Miyazaki officially..."

June 5, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Strange Magic
Woodland goblins, elves, and fairies go to war in this animated movie from LucasFilm Animation.
"...The animated musical fairy tale Strange Magic from Lucasfilm Animation envisions A Midsummer Night’s Dream as your hit parade,..."

Jan. 30, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

DVDanger: Drawn to the Screen
Some animated selections from beyond the House of Mouse
"...Go"-induced PTSD. But don't worry, there's a world of animation out there that doesn't involve Disney at all...."

Dec. 20, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Penguins of Madagascar
You can hardly lose with animated penguins … and how about that cameo from Werner Herzog?
"...the penguin leads of this latest feature from DreamWorks Animation. Regular viewers of the Emmy Award-winning Nickelodeon series The..."

Nov. 28, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Big Hero 6
Witty charm, lively animation, and a swift pace help this animated superhero story rise a cut above.
"...6 is powered nonetheless by its witty charms, lively animation, and swift pace. Disney’s first foray into Marvel territory..."

Nov. 7, 2014 Movie Review by William Goss

How to Train Your Dragon 2
You'll want a dragon of your own after seeing this animated sequel that surpasses the original.
"...The 3-D animation is gaspingly good at conveying the freewheeling joys of..."

June 13, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Rio 2
The animated blue macaw family takes a trip back to the Amazon.
"...dancing, all color: Rio 2 is a modern, studio animation blockbuster spilling all over the place, rather than arching..."

April 18, 2014 Movie Review by Louis Black

The Wind Rises (English dubbed)
The swan song of master animator Hayao Miyazaki appeals to the head and heart.
"...undisputed king of thoughtful, morally complex, and achingly beautiful animation going back – in my case, at least –..."

Feb. 28, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Nut Job
Everyone's a rat, more or less, in this animated film.
"...Arnett – aggressively uningratiating). But the richly hued CG animation is quite nice – a mix of hyperdetailed character..."

Jan. 17, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Free Birds
Animated film about the Turkey Liberation Front and the first Thanksgiving is ideologically cute, but unremarkable.
"...good intentions, ideological cuteness, humorous polish, and skillful computer animation. The fine voice talents of the almost-ideal cast are..."

Nov. 1, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

This new animated film is charmless and schematic.
" a co-production of DisneyToon Studios and India’s Prana Animation Studios. (It was also reportedly first intended to go..."

Aug. 9, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

A snail wants to race in the Indy 500 in this new animated comedy.
"...The plot of this latest release from DreamWorks Animation isn’t terribly original, but it’s serviceable, and the images..."

July 19, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

DVD Watch: My Neighbor Totoro
Hayao Miyazaki's sweet and monstrous classic arrives on Blu-ray
"...When Japanese animation icon Hayao Miyazaki moved in next door to My..."

May 21, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

From Up on Poppy Hill
This latest film from the Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is dubbed into English.
"...For nearly three decades, the Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli has produced film after film of..."

April 19, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

FF2012: 'The King of Pigs'
And you thought your schooldays were hellish
"...Say what you want about animation being a flimsy to convey mature themes and imagery..."

Sept. 24, 2012 Screens Post by Marc Savlov

Although the animation looks terrific and the story features an immensely sympathetic heroine, Brave lacks the sheer imaginative oomph of prior Pixar pics.
"...Walt Disney's once-upon-a-time fairy-tale land. Despite the consistently awe-inspiring animation – the 3-D is extremely well handled – and..."

June 22, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Adventures of Tintin
Steven Spielberg brings Hergé's comic books to animated life.
"...storytelling and serialized derring-do. Add to that the photorealistic animation and the wickedly immersive 3-D, and you've got a..."

Dec. 23, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
We're wondering if anyone will call the ASPCA if we leave these animated rodents chipwrecked far from civilization.
"...Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked uses lifeless CGI animation to tell a haphazard tale about singing sensations Alvin,..."

Dec. 16, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Smurfs
Line up for your innoculations: We've been Smurfed.
"...Hills Chihuahua, Gosnell is becoming something of a mixed live-action/animation expert, so you would think that by now his..."

July 29, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hoodwinked Too!: Hood vs. Evil
Back for another installment is this rude animated riff on Red Riding Hood and other fairy tales.
"...a bunch of noise, chaos, and flat jokes. The animation quality is rudimentary and unengaging, featuring largely motionless characters..."

May 6, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Illusionist
From the director of The Triplets of Belleville comes this new animated feature, which is based on an unproduced script by the great French filmmaker Jacques Tati.
"...daughter. But now its adaptation into the realm of animation has resulted in a picture that is at once..."

Feb. 11, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Summer Wars
Charming anime about families, social media, and summer love
"...comparisons to the work of Japan's longtime king of animation, Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro), Summer Wars is every..."

Jan. 7, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

This animated film is vibrant and exceedingly clever, but also a rather slight thing for such mega-sized proportions.
"...Directed by: Tom McGrath. The DreamWorks Animation team devotes its extraordinary attention to 3-D visual detail..."

Nov. 5, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Hausu (House)
This 1977 Japanese film is a surreal, indefinable piece of horror/comedy, a must-see film for lovers of the inscrutable, the grotesque, the funky, and the eccentric.
"...on Dada (dance numbers!) mixed with crimson gore, eerie animation that can only be described as unbalanced and haunting,..."

May 21, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Secret of Kells
This animated Irish stunner is visually complex and colorful and was a contender this year for the best animated film Oscar.
"...colors. The film is a wonder of predominantly hand-drawn animation and, moreover, is a fascinating exercise in re-creating the..."

May 7, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Battle for Terra
An animated tale of a peace-loving race of creatures known as Terrians, who are invaded by alien humans.
"...Directed by: Aristomenis Tsirbas. Canadian animation studio Snoot Entertainment goes up against the big boys..."

May 1, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Tale of Despereaux
Despite this animated film's overabundance of vocal talent and source material that won the Newberry Medal in 2004, The Tale of Despereaux is a multispecies offender.
"...much less than the sum of its parts. The animation looks decent enough, but the narrative is a choppy..."

Dec. 19, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Fear(s) of the Dark
This French anthology of six short animated films, which are thematically linked by their dark tonalities and stirrings of dread, has greater appeal for animation buffs than horror hounds.
"...and stirrings of dread, will have greater appeal for animation buffs than horror hounds. Taken together, they tap into..."

Nov. 28, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Fly Me to the Moon
This animated film is a simple parable of spirited can-do-ism, in which a trio of young houseflies semiaccidentally tags along on the Apollo 11 moon shot.
"...3-D nature and entertainment shorts) and gobs of colorful animation, but anyone over the age of 8 is likely..."

Aug. 15, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, and Carol Burnett provide just-right voices for these Seussian characters who offer the perfect antidote to the injustices experienced in childhood.
"...disapproving kangaroo mom lacks real distinction. Twentieth Century Fox's animation is in the mold of their previous films Ice..."

March 14, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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