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This remarkable animated film tells a contemporary story about an Iranian girl’s coming-of-age while navigating the usual pitfalls of adolescence and the Islamic revolution of the Eighties.
"...her transgressive spirit intact. The film’s flat, mostly black-and-white animation helps convey some of the sense of a graphic..."

Feb. 1, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of … V8?
"...doesn’t disappoint. Yet in spite of its flat, computer-generated animation and a G-rated joke-a-thon, Pirates is an understandable kiddie..."

Jan. 18, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The irony inherent in using 21st century motion-control technology to tell a tale approximately 1,400 years old is just one of many bizarrely entertaining aspects of Beowulf.
" Zemeckis' reliance on the imperfect technique of motion-control animation, which, while superior to the dead-eyed Village of the..."

Nov. 16, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The District!
This animated Hungarian feature is equal parts South Park and Magyar-inflected hip-hop, and an altogether smart, urban riff on Romeo and Juliet.
"...quasi-East-meets-West Side Story and freaky mélange of 3-D, CGI-rendered animation and rough-hewn cut ’n’ paste style – not to..."

Nov. 16, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bridge to Terabithia
This excellent screen version of the Newbery-winning novel is not about fairies and enchanted forests but about kids who feel as though they don't fit in.
", so they emphasize its weakest parts: the CGI animation, the moments of running back and forth upon dirt..."

Feb. 23, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Academy Award-Nominated Animated Shorts 2006
See this year's five nominees and some additional animated shorts.
"...digs. "The Little Matchgirl" is a technically stunning Disney-produced animation that was made for a Fantasia sequel that never..."

Feb. 16, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Happily N'Ever After
The animated Happily N'Ever After isn't just cynically humorless, it's shoddy-looking to boot.
", is animated in a schizophrenic mix of hand-drawn animation and CGI, to resemble a bobbed Audrey Hepburn-cum-"Torn"-era Natalie..."

Jan. 12, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tales of the Rat Fink
Ron Mann's Tales of the Rat Fink is an ebullient survey of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's life that revs along with the zest a souped-up hot rod.
"...that's due to the film's massive use of fabulous animation (by Michael Roberts) and colorful voice work (from the..."

Sept. 15, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Jan Svankmajer's creepy-crawl slowly becomes one of the most mordantly beautiful of the director's films, an asylum-set anti-love story with mobile body parts and splashy theatrics.
"...moist bits of human and animal anatomy via stop-motion animation. In his four-decade career, Svankmajer has explored both the..."

Sept. 15, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals
Yet another computer-animated film about talking animals offers a fine message for the kids, but little originality.
"...debate, but it certainly wasn't for aesthetic reasons; the animation looks shoddy and flat compared even to modern video..."

Aug. 4, 2006 Movie Review by Brian Clark

Monster House
This animated tale of a carnivorous, haunted house and the band of neighborhood kids who decide to put it out of commission feels maddeningly unfinished.
"...(Locke) to combat this architecturally-unsound holiday scourge. Monster House's animation is its best aspect, working up a blood red..."

July 21, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

I Am a Sex Addict
If you leave the theatre with that awkward too-much-information feeling after peering into the director's self-exposed psyche, you will also remember his high-wire act that combines fact and fiction, drama and self-deprecating humor, honesty and self-delusion.
"...and self-deprecating humor, honesty and self-delusion, home movies and animation (by Waking Life’s Bob Sabiston), and messy self-exposure and..."

June 23, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Wild
Despite its title, Disney's new animated film, The Wild, is about as pedestrian as you can get.
"...and best pal Squirrel (Belushi) from certain doom. The animation is top-notch, and the film sports some of the..."

April 14, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A clunker if there ever was one, Doogal is so mind-numbingly incoherent that parents and children alike will stare dazedly at the movie screen wondering what the heck is going on.
" is remotely funny (much less entertaining). The computer-generated animation in the film is rarely interesting, particularly in its..."

March 3, 2006 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The World
Using a sleek visual style and bits of animation, this elegant Chinese film explores the effects of modernism, globalism, and international commerce upon its culture and society.
"...the so-called Sixth Generation’s sleekest visualists – consider that animation and gaming giant Bandai contributes beautiful animated sequences for..."

Jan. 13, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Howl's Moving Castle
The latest from animation master Hayao Miyazaki is ravishingly beautiful but narratively inferior to all his other films.
", but it is leagues beyond any traditional 2-D animation out of 3-D-mad Hollywood lately, and more beguiling than..."

June 17, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sky Blue
This gorgeously dystopian South Korean film rivals and, at times, surpasses the best of Japanese animé.
"...second to the visuals, which here combine traditional cel animation (for the characters) with startlingly life-like CGI backgrounds. The..."

March 4, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Visually stunning sequel to the cult 1995 anime.
"...Yohei up the ante considerably by combining traditional cel animation with some of the most gorgeous CGI backgrounds and..."

Sept. 17, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Disney's Teacher's Pet
Animated film about a dog who wants to be a boy – unusual fare from Disney that will please kids and alterna-adults.
"...the television version, this big-screen Teacher’s Pet sports an animation style that’s just this side of freakish, with outrageous..."

Jan. 23, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space
This new anime import marks a break with the Japanese traditions and invents a wholly original and kittenish appeal.
"...The most interesting aspect of Tamala, however, is the animation. Nearly all black and white, with occasional forays into..."

Sept. 26, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Okie Noodling
Noodling is the sport (some say art) of catching big ol' catfish with your bare hands. The practice is legal only in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Okie Noodling is Beesley's affectionate, funny, and engaging look at the noodlers in his home state.
"...documentary so unassuming and so familiar that despite voiceovers, animation, and other filmmaker's accouterments, the camera disappears and we..."

Oct. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hey Arnold!: The Movie
"...and hairballed him out in 30 seconds flat.) The animation is strictly uninspired, primary color-wheel basics, and for all..."

July 5, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ice Age
Prehistoric buddy cartoon.
"...fair, it's a routineness that mars most American children's animation, descendants all of the Disney school of storytelling. A..."

March 15, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

"...a master of surreal, dark humor, and wildly inventive animation technique, and Monkeybone is the first tarnish on his..."

Feb. 23, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Emperor's New Groove
"...this of all nights were tellingly peepless throughout). Emperor's animation is also a minor letdown, with none of the..."

Dec. 15, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Digimon: The Movie
"...expect much from this generic-looking display of minimally passable animation, which apparently consists of two Japanese TV episodes threaded..."

Oct. 13, 2000 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Conspirators of Pleasure
"...Jan Svankmajer (Faust), who is better known for his animation, is a mostly live-action and mostly silent exploration of..."

Aug. 25, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Pokémon: The Movie
"...22-minute cartoon, “Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.” The look of the animation differs in the two. The short has lots of..."

July 21, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

"...indeed. As is so often the case with Japanese animation, X's plotting is byzantine to say the least, with..."

April 14, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Road to El Dorado
"...Tim Rice are lackluster and instantly forgettable. Otherwise, the animation is beautifully vivid and multidimensional in appearance, though the..."

March 31, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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