Tag: animation

Sitges 2017 Review: TEHRAN TABOO, a Savage Look at the Paradox that is Modern Iran

Blunt, angry and eye-opening, Tehran Taboo offers a scathing portrait of Iran’s largest city. Think of it as Short Cuts meets Persepolis, although that facile shorthand does not begin to get at just how much is going on, plot and...

Shudder: FOUND FOOTAGE 3D and SEOUL STATION Ready to Spook in October

As we near the most, wonderful time of the year - Halloween - we look to our streaming services to fulfill our desires for chills, thrills and outright scares. Look no further that AMC Networks’ Shudder, whose sole purpose is...

10+ Years Later: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, Much More Than a Spine-tingling Visual Knock-out

Who framed Roger Rabbit? ‘Who indeed?’, is the question I found myself asking a few weeks back when suddenly Robert Zemeckis’ vibrant crossbreed of live action and animation reemerged into my life as a Netflix recommendation. What exactly did they...

Screamfest 2017: TRAGEDY GIRLS Leads First Wave of Titles

Okay Angelenos. It is that time of year again. Autumn is approaching and with it the promise of another scary season come October. To help get you into the mood Screamfest is back for its seventeenth year. The festival is...

Japan Cuts 2017 Interview: IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD Producer Maki Taro on Its Risks and Meaning

In This Corner of the World is already a blockbuster hit in its native Japan.  Japan Cuts hosted the US premiere of the film and I had a chance to chat with its producer, Maki Taro, about the risks and...

New FIREWORKS Trailer for Japanese Animated Adaptation Skews Gorgeous

The full English-language title for this upcoming animated film is Fireworks: Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?, so you'll forgive me if I just refer to it as Fireworks in the headline. It's based on a...

Watch THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS Trailer, Strikingly Different Animation

The trailer for The Girl Without Hands (La jeune fille sans mains) caught my eye because of its strikingly different animation style. In her review for Variety, Alissa Simon notes: "Each shimmering frame is composed of multiple layers of diverse...

Miyazaki's LUPIN THE 3RD THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO Heads to U.S. Theaters

It only took 38 years, but Miyazaki Hayao's Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro, also known as Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro, is heading to U.S. theaters. Miyazaki had about eight years of experience as an animator when he...

I AM ROBOT YOU ARE NOT! Watch First Episode Now

I love robots. Do you love robots? Who doesn't love robots? Especially when they star in an animated short with a great theme song that runs less than 4 minutes, make cute sounds, fire their weapons, and generally add joy...

Run For Your Lives! There's A FIRE IN CARDBOARD CITY!

About to screen in selection at the New Zealand International Film Festival a trailer has arrived for Phil Brough's fantastically titled - and fantastically fun - Fire In Cardboard City. In which, yep, a city made entirely of cardboard catches...

HAVE A NICE DAY: Full Trailer Premiere For Acclaimed Chinese Animated Thriller

The simple fact that Chinese animator Liu Jian's thriller Have A Nice Day even exists at all is somthing of a marvel. Independent animation is a tough arena to succeed in in any nation, independent animation intended for adults exponentially...

Toronto Japanese Fest 2017 Review: IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD

A young girl named Suzu who, in 1944, moves from neighbouring Hiroshima to the port city of Kure, the largest military base for the Imperial Navy and home to ships like the Yamamoto. She moves there to marry Shūsaku, a...

Crowdfund This: Phil Tippett's MAD GOD, Demented Stop-Motion Animation

I confess that the first two parts of Phil Tippett's Mad God completely passed me by, but now that a kind reader has tipped us off to the existence of Part 3, all I can say is ... wow! Tippett...

Review: YOUR NAME, A Wondrous Delight From Start to Finish

Body swapping, time displacement and comets of mass destruction all feature prominently in Makoto Shinkai’s heart-wrenching adolescent romance. Boasting an infectious soundtrack by RADWIMPS and luminous animation, Your Name proves a winning combination of laughter, tears and occasionally mind-bending concepts...

WOLFWALKERS: Watch The Full Proof Of Concept Trailer For Tomm Moore's Next!

It was just a week ago that we shared the first proof of concept teaser for Song of the Sea and The Secret Of Kells director Tomm Moore's latest animated feature, Wolfwalkers. Moore is co-directing this one with his Song...

Interview: SAMURAI JACK Actor Phil LaMarr Gets Back to the Past

Long ago in a distant land, Cartoon Network abruptly, mysteriously, cancelled one of their most critically-acclaimed series about a foolish Samurai warrior wielding a magic sword, who stepped forth to oppose Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness.  After a full...

Hand Drawn SciFi Feature NOVA SEED Coming Soon! Check Out A Clip And Song From The Soundtrack!

We've been keeping an eye on hand drawn scifi film Nova Seed around these parts for quite some time now, the entire film being not just a throwback to a bygone (and fondly remembered) era but also a testament to...

UNICORN WARS Teaser Will Cuddle You To Death

It's teddy bears versus unicorns in acclaimed director Alberto Vazquez' upcoming Unicorn Wars. And, yes, Vazquez appears to be making this every bit as dark and absurd as you may hope from that premise. Teddy bears and unicorns have been...

WOLFWALKERS: Watch The Proof Of Concept Teaser For Tomm Moore's Upcoming Animated Feature

Song of the Sea and The Secret Of Kells director Tomm Moore has been off at the Cartoon Movie co-production and finance market pitching his upcoming effort Wolfwalkers - this one to be co-directed with his Song of the Sea...

CERULIA: Watch The Trailer For The Latest From XX Animator Sofia Carrillo

One of the great pleasures I had in producing all-female horror anthology XX was having the opportunity to work directly with Mexican stop motion animator Sofia Carrillo. I'd had the chance to program some of her short films over the...