animation

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

'Wind' Not A Worthy Finale For Miyazaki

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The current word is that Hayao Miyazaki, the greatest and perhaps the last of the movies' hand-drawn-feature animators, is going to retire after his latest releast, The Wind Rises. And while I am always skeptical about show business retirements, I would like to report that the maker of Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and so many other animated masterworks, was going out in a blaze of glory.

But The Wind Rises isn't nearly up to his top standard.

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Commentary
6:26 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Movie Review: Epic

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There are animators who could give Pixar a run for its money, and among them are the makers of Epic.

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Movie Review
5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Movie Review: The Croods

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The Croods is a quite enjoyable animation that might have been a little better if it had made up its mind what it wanted to do and worked a little harder to avoid repetition.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Movie Review: Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie had several strikes against it before it even came on, so I consulted with no less than eight people about it after it ended, and must report that nobody, including me, rated it at less than three stars out of a possible four, with half giving it a maximum four.  I don’t like Tim Burton’s stop-motion puppets because they are either spherical heads with tiny pyramidal noses or grotesque but too traditional caricatures.  But you have to credit Frankenweenie with effective emotional expression whenever emotional expression is attempted.  But only the caricature

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