Review: ‘Disenchanted’ Brings Back the Disney Princess Meta-Comedy with Style

In 2007, Amy Adams announced herself as a superstar with her lead performance in Enchanted. The actress had already been nominated for an Oscar for Junebug, but the musical comedy showcased her immense talent. Not only could she fully commit to a silly character, but she proved a gravitational force. Despite getting squeezed out of … Continue reading Review: ‘Disenchanted’ Brings Back the Disney Princess Meta-Comedy with Style

Review: ‘My Father’s Dragon’ Soars As Another Smash Success for Cartoon Saloon

Quietly emerging over the last decade, the Irish animation house Cartoon Saloon continues to showcase hand-drawn works. After breaking onto the scene with The Secret of Kells, the studio has continued to surprise with success after success. The animation team has never missed an Oscar nomination and scored several critical successes. The studio's most recent … Continue reading Review: ‘My Father’s Dragon’ Soars As Another Smash Success for Cartoon Saloon

Review: ‘Good Night Oppy’ Delivers Hope and Personal Stakes to an Adventure in the Stars

The idea of traveling to Mars has long fascinated creatives and scientists. Apart from those who believe a settlement on Mars is merely a matter of time, the planet has long drawn interest. Its similarity to Earth cannot be ignored, yet its inhospitable nature makes us wonder what might have been. Perhaps more importantly, it … Continue reading Review: ‘Good Night Oppy’ Delivers Hope and Personal Stakes to an Adventure in the Stars

Review: ‘Wendell & Wild’ Prioritizes Ambition and Vision Despite a Messy Story

Few animation art forms create division like Stop-Motion. Many fans of traditional 2D animation outright refuse to see these films. This unwillingness to watch stop-motion often stems from the real fears associated with The Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline. For the fans of the medium, these films created our fascination with the art form. Luckily, … Continue reading Review: ‘Wendell & Wild’ Prioritizes Ambition and Vision Despite a Messy Story

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: ‘The Weird Kidz’ Displays An Ambitious Story but Lackluster Visuals

As a medium, animation allows directors to embrace their full imagination. Where an independent production may struggle to craft certain effects, animation lets the creatives run wild. Director Zach Passero has worked on both sides of the business. He was a makeup artist on the horror film May and nearly ten other films as an … Continue reading Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: ‘The Weird Kidz’ Displays An Ambitious Story but Lackluster Visuals

Fantastic Fest Dispatch: ‘Hundreds of Beavers,’ ‘Give Me Pity’ & ‘Razzennest’

We are grouping reviews to ensure we can cover all of the films we saw at the 2022 Fantastic Fest. Check out our series of dispatches as we release them. Hundreds of Beavers - Directed by Mike Cheslik We love a director that wears their influences on their sleeves. In the case of Hundreds of … Continue reading Fantastic Fest Dispatch: ‘Hundreds of Beavers,’ ‘Give Me Pity’ & ‘Razzennest’

Review: ‘Goodbye Don Glees’ Cannot Support Its Lush Visuals Thanks to a Rote Narrative

Sometimes, working in a coming-of-age story can be a good thing for a director. Due to their prevalence, the audience awareness of a tale allows for some simple shorthand. More impressive directors may use the opportunity to subvert the genre. Yet others allow the shorthand to speak for itself, instead opting to design a visual … Continue reading Review: ‘Goodbye Don Glees’ Cannot Support Its Lush Visuals Thanks to a Rote Narrative

2012 Retrospective: ‘ParaNorman’ – Grief and Parody Spawn Emotional Brilliance

When we're growing up, we believe that our parents and grandparents will guide us through life. As our family shares their interests with us, we often glom onto the moments we connect over. For some special families, those moments involve bad zombie movies. The young animation house, LAIKA Studios began production on their first feature, Coraline, in 2005. When 2012 … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘ParaNorman’ – Grief and Parody Spawn Emotional Brilliance

Review: Apple’s ‘Luck’ Delivers Family-Friendly Animation, But Not Much Else

While Disney's dominance in the arena of animated films has never been in question, plenty of competition continues to arise. Perhaps the most surprising distributor to enter the space appears to be Apple TV+, which already released the brilliant Wolfwalkers in 2020. Not only has Apple invested in picking up titles from Cartoon Saloon and a bevy of Peanuts-related content, … Continue reading Review: Apple’s ‘Luck’ Delivers Family-Friendly Animation, But Not Much Else

Review: ‘Lightyear’ Barely Makes Orbit Despite a Gorgeous Takeoff

For months, jokes came in from every corner of the internet. Disney and Pixar had made one of the safest bets imaginable, spinning off Toy Story star Buzz Lightyear into his own film. With a new cast, headlined by Chris Evans, there was no doubt a future hit was in store for the animation powerhouse. However, shortly after … Continue reading Review: ‘Lightyear’ Barely Makes Orbit Despite a Gorgeous Takeoff