Tag: Animation

One bad day: “Batman: The Killing Joke” animated film announced

The animated Joker from "Batman" comics

It’s nearly impossible to choose one definitive Batman story from comic book lore. From “Year One,” to “Knightfall,” to “The Dark Knight Returns,” each one just as iconic as the last. However, the same cannot be said for his arch-nemesis: The Joker. Ask just about anyone to name the greatest Joker storyline of all time,… Read More

Disney to Expand “Lion King” Franchise in 2015

Try to remember your very first Disney film. It’s not a far reach to suppose that the 1994 classic Disney animated film,  “Lion King,” remains the first introduction into the animation world for countless young adults today. Taking all the right cues from ethically-infused “Hamlet,” Disney supplemented children’s traditional learning and values with a modern… Read More

Disney’s Frozen vs. The Lion King: The King Still Reigns

Disney’s “Frozen” has taken the box office by storm, earning over $1 billion dollars worldwide — making it the highest grossing animated film of all time. Many people are claiming this is Disney is back from a slump and have dubbed “Frozen” as “the most Disney-feeling film in over a decade.”   (Related: Film Director Profile: Jennifer Lee)  … Read More

Animation Review: Rio

  Blue Sky Studios is best known for their work on such films as “Ice Age,” “Robots,” and the recent “Epic,” but what is perhaps their best work, is the 2011 musical-comedy “Rio.”   Set mostly in Brazil and partly in Minnesota, this film concerns an anthropomorphic blue macaw, aptly named Blu. Blu is, apparently,… Read More

Movie Review: Chico and Rita

It is a commonly held notion that animation is a genre of film. It isn’t. Animation is a medium that artists can use to express themselves in any number of ways; a genre is a category in which films that share common narrative and stylistic traits are placed. Calling animation a genre limits and confines how… Read More

Movie Review: Brave

Disney’s “Brave” represented a number of firsts for Pixar when the film was released back in the summer of 2012. It was the first time the studio had tackled fairy tale material, it was the first time a woman would be directing for them, and it was the first time that their film would feature… Read More

Film Director Profile: Brenda Chapman

Few women have had a greater impact on the animation world in the last 20 years than Brenda Chapman. A Disney and DreamWorks veteran, she is the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and she has had a long, successful career in the industry since joining Disney in the 1980s.  … Read More

Netflix Recommendation: Mary and Max

From the first frame of “Mary and Max,” it is clear that this isn’t your typical animated film. It bears almost no resemblance to other feature animations, stop-motion or otherwise. From the characters, to the animation, to the coloring, to the construction, everything in “Mary and Max” is totally unique and novel.   Written and… Read More

Film Director Profile: Rob Minkoff

Last Friday, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” opened to surprisingly good reviews and a decent box office turn out. The film looked like just another studio cash grab, but critics seem to think otherwise as it is currently sitting at 77% on Rotten Tomatoes.   This success makes sense, though, when you look at the talent… Read More