Tag Archives: Animation

Ice Age

THE COOLEST EVENT IN 16,000 YEARS. During the last ice age, a mammoth, a sloth and a saber-toothed tiger with a hidden agenda try to bring a human baby back to its “herd”. This is Fox seriously challenging DreamWorks and Pixar in the field of computer-animated movies, an adventure reminiscent of older Disney flicks that would … Continue reading Ice Age

Spirited Away: Never Forget Your Name

After making Princess Mononoke (1997), director Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s most celebrated artists, looked forward to retiring after a prosperous career. But a guy who’s pushing 60 is not always ready to leave everything behind. One day he met the daughter of a friend and suddenly got the inspiration to write yet another film. … Continue reading Spirited Away: Never Forget Your Name

James and the Giant Peach

ADVENTURES THIS BIG DON’T GROW ON TREES.  Young James Trotter’s (Paul Terry) parents are dead and he’s now living with his wicked aunts, but a huge peach in the garden leads him into adventures… The Nightmare Before Christmas director strikes back with another stop-motion film that also includes live-action footage. The story is familiar to … Continue reading James and the Giant Peach

Curse of the Were-Rabbit: Gorgeously Cheesy

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY HOPS.  Here’s a few numbers for you: 2.8 tons of Plasticine in 42 colors were used for the characters and the miniature sets, of which there were 30; it took 44 pounds of glue every month to hold the sets together; the filmmakers got 3 seconds of footage every day and … Continue reading Curse of the Were-Rabbit: Gorgeously Cheesy

Monsters, Inc.

YOU WON’T BELIEVE YOUR EYE. Another well-made, good-looking film from Pixar, this time about a community of monsters in a city whose power supply consists of screams from children who have encountered the monsters in their bedrooms. When a human girl accidentally winds up in the city, two of the monsters try to bring her … Continue reading Monsters, Inc.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

FANTASY BECOMES REALITY.  In 2065, scientist Aki Ross is looking for spirits that could destroy creatures that are tormenting the people of Earth, but a general has dangerous plans of his own. Plenty of critics liked this space adventure, but to me this is nothing but another video game disastrously adapted for the big screen. … Continue reading Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

The Incredibles: It’s a Family Affair

SAVE THE DAY. In 1999, there was a film called The Iron Giant. It was an animated tale about a boy who ran into a being from outer space, a gigantic figure made of iron. The giant was befriended by the boy, but the grown-ups feared it was nothing but a massive weapon of mass destruction … Continue reading The Incredibles: It’s a Family Affair

Shrek 2

ONCE UPON ANOTHER TIME… Newly-weds Shrek and Fiona visit the princess’ parents and cross swords with the Ferry Godmother who wanted her son to marry Fiona. A typical example of how some filmmakers are first given a budget and then have to try to come up with a way to continue a finished story. The amazing … Continue reading Shrek 2

Shrek: Green Is Beautiful

THE GREATEST FAIRY TALE NEVER TOLD. There’s a new ogre in town and he’s not making Disney happy. Just imagine taking beloved fairy-tale characters like Pinocchio and Cinderella, stars in their own right, and reducing them to insignificant (and somewhat annoying) supporting parts in an all-new fairy tale. And those who are doing it are … Continue reading Shrek: Green Is Beautiful

a bug’s life

AN EPIC OF MINIATURE PROPORTIONS.  In my opinion, a bug’s life and its competitor, Antz, are equally good, but this one might actually appeal more to kids. Conceived with plenty of imagination, this is a remake of The Seven Samurai with ants standing in for the villagers, grasshoppers for the parasitic bandits and a circus troupe of various insects for … Continue reading a bug’s life