Pick your fairy tale and you’ll find a reference, with astonishingly fun, creative action sequences in an animation style that owes more to anime than CGI.
Everyone is delightfully lost in a softly Lovecraftian Osmosis Jones labyrinth with climate change overtones and lovely faceless critters everywhere, trying to pantomime meaning to these stumbling humans.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Del Toro saddles up with stop-motion animation legend Mark Gustafson to present some of the year’s most stunning visuals but also goes a step further by adding some weighty thoughts on war, death, and family to the beloved Carlo Collodi fairy tale.
It’s worth catching up with Giselle and crew one last time, even if the madness of the Big Apple is swapped for the bake sales of suburbia.
The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation returns
It’s oddly fitting that the touring, Los Angeles-based Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation went on hiatus during the dog days of the pandemic.
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
Had the movie embraced its creepier glimmers, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile may have been an appropriately horrific October release. Instead, it bears only the suggestion of such a thing and never finds distinction.
DC League of Super-Pets
The smaller humans who saw the preview were delighted, and their parents didn’t seem to be suffering.
Paws Of Fury: The Legend Of Hank
It’s clear that the makers had an aim to make the movie stand out from typical kiddie fare, and they succeed, generally.
The Sea Beast
If you’re going to title your movie The Sea Beast, you need to commit to a beast that earns its billing.
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Is this in any way, shape, or form defensible as meaningful art? Certainly not. Is it really cute? Yup.
Timelines overlap, worlds warp, and dreams become reality
This month, Chicago filmgoers are lucky enough to experience not one but four genre-defining anime classics on the silver screen as part of Anime Auteurs, a series put on by Facets.
No superman is an island
Disney used to be best known for its children’s animation. But over the last decade the House of Mouse has become the House of Hulk. Princesses and neotenous animal companions haven’t vanished. In terms of market share and screen dominance, they’ve been shouldered aside by the thundering pectorals and power beams of the Marvel Cinematic […]
The candy-coated morality tales of Wong Ping
The artist, animator, and self-proclaimed comedian touches on the personal and political with his “Digital Fables.”