Animation

Film Review: Coco (USA, 2017) is yet another irresistible fable from a studio uniquely versed in their ways of storytelling

December 19, 2017

We really shouldn’t be overly surprised at this point when Pixar release yet another beautiful, thought provoking, emotionally stirring film. What’s more important is the respective film’s ranking in the overall studio canon, and if it will earn longevity (ala Toy Story) or leave little impression (2015’s The Good Dinosaur). Time will tell if Coco has what it takes to maintain a placing in the upper regions of Pixar’s filmography, but as it stands on its own, it’s a sweeping, lovingly detailed epic of sorts that benefits from its unique setting and Latin-American soundtrack.... Continue Reading

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Is a Bob’s Burgers movie such a good idea?

October 10, 2017

At a time when most animated programmes are crass, cruel or just plain depressing, it’s heartening to know that a show like Bob’s Burgers appears on our screens. The colourful hand-drawn sitcom follows the inane adventures of Bob Belcher (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) as he and his family try to operate their fast-food restaurant whilst simultaneously navigating the complexities of the modern world.... Continue Reading

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A Beginner’s Guide to BoJack Horseman

September 7, 2017

This weekend heralds the return of everyone’s favourite anthropomorphic horse, with Netflix streaming the eagerly awaited fourth season of BoJack Horseman. Since its premiere in 2014, the animated comedy has received much praise from critics – despite an initially frosty reception – with some going as far as to call it the best television series currently airing.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Sing (G) (USA, 2016) is a pleasant outing for families this holiday season

December 21, 2016

Stacking itself plentiful with a heft of pop songs ranging from the classic sounds of Lennon & McCartney to the modern screech of Lady GaGa, Sing is a jukebox musical of sorts that’s suitably bold and bright. Seemingly content not reaching for critical acclaim in the same vein as recent animated offerings like Zootopia, this somewhat old-fashioned tale isn’t a musical in the traditional sense, but allows plenty of showy numbers to liven up the relative two-dimensionality of it all.... Continue Reading

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Fans of The Lion King don’t seem impressed Disney are doing a live action remake with Jon Favreau

September 29, 2016

So Disney today announced that they’re undertaking a “re-imagining” of the all-time best-ever family film The Lion King. And it nearly broke Twitter.... Continue Reading

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Ice Age: Collision Course co-director Galen T. Chu reflects on Scrat, Blue Sky Studios and the record-breaking fifth film

June 23, 2016

14 years after the release of the original, the Ice Age series today embarks on an intergalactic, earth-shattering journey in what is the fifth feature film in the franchise – the first animated series to reach such a milestone. But it shouldn’t come as any surprise. In spite of lukewarm reviews, the last two instalments went on to make close to US$900 million worldwide a piece, buoyed by massive numbers outside the US. It’s no wonder they keep coming back for more.... Continue Reading

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ACMI presents ‘Screen It’ 2016 with this year’s theme revealed!

March 3, 2016

Children creatives, this one’s for you! ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) are on the lookout for young and inspired children to enter Australia’s student film competition, Screen It. This year’s theme, Mystery, will spark the creativity of school students around the country in making authentic and inventive films, animations and video games.... Continue Reading

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