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Film Histories, Part 2: Animation and TV in Context

April 20th, 2013 · No Comments · Animation history and criticism, Feature films, Film history and criticism, Television history and criticism

Several years ago, I did a posting which promised to be the “first in a series of posts in which I would evaluate some of the one-volume histories of film in English.” For various reasons, I neglected to follow through on it, though I never stopped thinking about it. For instance, I recently wanted to […]

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The Case of Brenda Chapman

August 22nd, 2012 · 2 Comments · Directors, Feature films, Women Filmmakers

Photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar. On August 14th, Brenda Chapman wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times,  “Stand Up for Yourself, and Mentor Others,” which starts off by asking, “How can we get more women in positions of power in Hollywood?” The piece was the result of Chapman being fired during the production of […]

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Tangled

December 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment · American cinema, Cinematography, Computer animation, Feature films, Stereoscopic films

Despite the unexpected critical admiration Byron Howard and Nathan Greno’s Tangled seems to have gained, I was somewhat neutral in approaching the film. In the end, though, I found much to admire in it, especially its use of lighting. The film, which is inspired by the Brothers Grimm version of Rapunzel, is not without its […]

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Two Films Added to the New UK Memory of the World Register

July 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Awards, British cinema, Documentary films, Feature films

  The young David Lloyd George’s dream of David and Goliath in Maurice Elvey’s The Life Story of David Lloyd George. On July 14th, the UK’s National Commission for UNESCO announced the 10 items and collections to be included in its first UK Memory of the World Register, which follows in the footsteps of  UNESCO’s […]

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Are New Oscar Rules for Mocap a Power Grab?

July 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Animation technology, Awards, Feature films, Motion capture

I’m writing this from Edinburgh, Scotland, where my wife and I have been enjoying a really wonderful Society for Animation Studies conference. A full report will follow when I get back home, but I can’t help responding to the Motion Picture Academy’s new rules for defining what is animation (see press release here), which states […]

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Ari Folman’s The Congress

March 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Animation and live action, Feature films, Filmmakers

Raz Greenberg, in a post on the Society for Animation Studies discussion group, pointed out the above Spanish-language clip from a Euronews report on Ari Folman’s new film, The Congress, which mixes animation and live-action. The movie is based on Stanislaw Lem sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress and is follow-up to Folman’s acclaimed animated documentary, […]

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Max Linder’s The Three Must-Get-Theres

December 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Actors, Feature films

Europa Film Treasures, which I wrote about earlier here, has really put a major treasure online in the form of Max Linder’s The Three Must-Get-Theres (1922), the last of his American films, which he also considered his best film;  a hilariously anachronistic spoof of Douglas Fairbanks’ Three Musketeers (1921), it is presented in a fine […]

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Indian Animated Movies Stumble at Box Office

March 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Feature films, Indian cinema

Trailer for Yash Raj Films’ Roadside Romeo coproduced with Walt Disney Pictures. A veritable flood of locally-made animated movies were released in India in 2008, but according to The Times of India, Trade sources confirm that Bollywood has had a bad run with animation this year. Between Hanuman Returns, Krishna, Roadside Romeo, Dashavatar, Ghatotkach and […]

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Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues on the Big Screen in Atlanta and Online

March 7th, 2009 · No Comments · Feature films, Independent animators, Screenings

Nina Paley‘s Sita Sings the Blues, the highly-acclaimed animated feature whose distribution has been hampered by copyright problems, will have a special screening sponsored by ASIFA-Atlanta at the Plaza Theatre (1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. Atlanta 30306. 404 873-1939), Wednesday, March 11th, at 7:30 p.m. Prices are $8 for ASIFA-Atlanta members and $10 for non-members […]

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Ari Folman on Funding Animated Documentaries

December 24th, 2008 · No Comments · Documentary films, Feature films

Although animated documentaries are one of the most exciting areas of filmmaking today, in an interview for Comingsoon.net, Waltz with Bashir director Ari Forman in discussing the problems getting funding, notes, The problem was clearing the film as an animated documentary. This was the main problem, because people sit in documentary funds, they get 10 […]

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa & Bolt

December 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Animation technology, Computer animation, Feature films, Stereoscopic films

I am a little late in reporting my thoughts on Madagascar: Escape to Africa, the new DreamWorks Animation movie directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, and Bolt, the new stereo 3D film directed by Byron Howard and Chris Williams. Madagascar 2, which continues the screwball capers of the original, seems much the better of […]

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Azur et Asmar Finally Gets U.S. Release

October 21st, 2008 · No Comments · Feature films, French cinema

When I reviewed Michel Ocelot’s latest film, Azur et Asmar in August, I bemoaned the fact that it did not have an American distributor. This has now changed. As Dave Jesteadt wrote me: I enjoyed reading your thoughts about Michel Ocelot’s Azur and Asmar, and wanted to let you know that the film is indeed […]

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Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D

September 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Feature films, Special effects, Stereoscopic films

Eric Brevig’s version of Jules Vernes’ Journey to the Center of the Earth is not a film I would usually comment on, but several things piqued my interest. First, I’ve always been something of a sucker for stereoscopic films ever since seeing Bwana Devil, the film that started the first wave of 3D films,  when […]

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Azur et Asmar

August 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Feature films, French cinema

As I noted in my previous post, I had the chance to see Michel Ocelot’s latest film, Azur et Asmar (France, 2006), in the British release version, Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest, at the Society for Animation Studies conference in England, with the director present. Unfortunately, a lack of 35mm facilities meant a DVD […]

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Presto, WALL·E

June 30th, 2008 · No Comments · Feature films, Short films

Doug Sweetland’s Presto, the new Pixar short that shows before Andrew Stanton’s WALL·E, is an absolute delight. As good as some of best classic Hollywood cartoons, it is brilliant, very funny and a much better piece of filmmaking than the accompanying feature. The nonstop piling of gag upon gag seems more in line with more […]

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