Posts Tagged ‘animated’
His name’s on the box! Eggs prepares to lead his tribe in The Boxtrolls.

Cheese and Eggs

The Boxtrolls: Is Laika Entertainment the new Pixar?
Kristian Lin
Just in time for the start of autumn comes The Boxtrolls, the first good mainstream movie of the season or indeed in what feels like ages. Of course, this stop-motion film is made by the excellent animation studio Laika Enterta...


Dorothy and Toto eye the rainbow that will take them back in Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.

New Friends of Dorothy

Don’t surrender your money to Legends of Oz.
KRISTIAN LIN
The first film version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz appeared all the way back in 1910. Ever since then, movies have been trying to revive or build on the fantasy world evoked in L. Frank Baum’s novels. The trouble is, this i...



Young Jiro Horikoshi holds an imaginary conversation with an Italian aviation pioneer in The Wind Rises.

Jiro Dreams of Aircraft

Oscar-nominated and ethically complicated, The Wind Rises lifts you up.
KRISTIAN LIN
I never took Hayao Miyazaki seriously when he claimed that The Wind Rises would be his last movie. It seems that the now-73-year-old director has a habit of announcing his retirement and then going back on it, and he has done t...


Frozen

Ice Castle

Sisters do it for themselves in Disney’s dazzling Frozen.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last August we had The Snow Queen, a Russian film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fable. Frozen is based on the same story, but it’s both the best animated movie of the year and the best musical. The heroine is Anna (voi...



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Turkey Time

The animated comedy Free Birds is a real tur … oh, I can’t say it.
KRISTIAN LIN
Even with the advent of computers, it takes so much effort by so many people to make an animated film. That’s why even substandard animated films tend to at least have focused stories. That’s not the case with the comedy Fr...


Shorts

Big Ticket
As the summer winds down, you don’t have to take your movie-watching children to see the latest Spy Kids installment. Instead, you can spend the middle of the week taking them to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, where The...



The Lion of Judah: Lamb Chop

OMG! This animated Christian film is so bad, it’s ungodly.
KRISTIAN LIN
If I tell you that The Lion of Judah is an animated film set during biblical times pitched at Christian audiences, you might think you know what to expect. Let me assure you, you have no idea what’s in store here. This isn’...


The Illusionist: Scots Oui, Oui

A French animation genius returns to the screen at last.
KRISTIAN LIN
Seven years ago, Sylvain Chomet captured the world’s attention with his animated feature film debut The Triplets of Belleville. At the time, many critics including me saw the influence of Jacques Tati, the great mid-20th-cent...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Beaches of Agnès (NR) An autobiographical documentary by French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda (One Sings, the Other Doesn’t) looking back over her long career and life. (Opens Friday in Dallas)


Amphibian Production

KRISTIAN LIN
Traditional hand-drawn animation has been out of fashion for much of this decade. Most of Hollywood followed Pixar’s lead years ago and went to computers for their animated family movies. Now the novelty value of that has...