Tag Archives: Animation

Moana

THE OCEAN IS CALLING.  The 16-year-old daughter of a chief leaves her tribe and Polynesian island to find the demigod Maui, bringing a mystical stone that was lost for a millennium. Inspired by Polynesian mythology and the stories about the shapeshifting Maui in particular, the legendary Disney directors delivered their first entirely computer-animated film in … Continue reading Moana

A Monster Calls

STORIES ARE WILD CREATURES. Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with his mother’s terminal illness and a bully at school when late one night he has an encounter with a ”monster”, a giant yew tree that has three stories to tell him. Patrick Ness brings his children’s book (and Jim Kay’s illustrations) vividly to life … Continue reading A Monster Calls

Big Hero 6

14-year-old Hiro is a robotics genius with a brilliant future ahead of him at a prestigious university, but a sudden tragedy takes him in a different, dangerous direction. Disney’s first animated Marvel movie is an unexpectedly successful collaboration that brings out the best from both studios. Attractive entertainment in beautiful 3D for both kids and … Continue reading Big Hero 6

Zootopia

WELCOME TO THE URBAN JUNGLE. Judy Hopps makes her dream come alive as the first rabbit to enter Zootopia’s police force; on parking duty, she stumbles across a plot where predator animals are disappearing… Two of the directors behind Bolt (2006) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012) joined forces for this attractive and hugely enjoyable 3D adventure … Continue reading Zootopia

Sausage Party

A HERO WILL RISE.  A hot dog sausage and his bun girlfriend realize that their existence at the Shopwell’s supermarket is based on a lie – those groceries that humans bring out of the store are not saved, but eaten. A 3D animated comedy targeted at adult audiences, a very raunchy, foul-mouthed spoof of Disney/Pixar … Continue reading Sausage Party

Despicable Me 2

MORE MINIONS. MORE DESPICABLE. When a mutagen is stolen from a lab in the Arctic Circle, the now reformed Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to find the guilty – and he’s partnered with a female agent. The kind of sequel that audiences wanted to see, but where the filmmakers really seem to have … Continue reading Despicable Me 2

Finding Dory

AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY SHE PROBABLY WON’T REMEMBER. One year after the events of Finding Nemo (2003), Dory begins to remember a few things about how she got separated from her parents; together with Marlin and Nemo, she sets out to find them. This 3D sequel is stunningly beautiful, showing just how amazingly technology is moving … Continue reading Finding Dory

Coraline: Meeting the Others

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. Sometimes I hate the band wagon during the awards season. You know what I mean – one documentary or animated film gets all the attention because the category is pretty small. In 2010, everybody simply decided that the wonderful Pixar film Up was the best of the bunch in … Continue reading Coraline: Meeting the Others

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran’s popular 1923 book consists of prose poetry essays and this ambitious animated adaptation has several short, poetic segments touching on the nature of love, freedom, work etc. Each one was designed by a seasoned animator/filmmaker under Roger Allers’s supervision, and the segments are held together by a frame story starring a poet deemed … Continue reading The Prophet

Kung Fu Panda 3

THE WEIGHT IS OVER. At the same time as Po is trying to handle his new role as a teacher, he also meets his real father and has to battle a spirit warrior. Another 3D adventure with the panda whose most dangerous nemesis seems to be stairs. Po’s reunited with all the lovable supporting characters … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 3

Dead Wake: Lusitania and the Movies

If you’ve never read anything by Erik Larson, it is high time. I recently finished his latest, “Dead Wake”, and was as thrilled by it as the other books by him that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. The first, “The Devil in the White City” (film rights sold to Leonardo DiCaprio in 2010) followed … Continue reading Dead Wake: Lusitania and the Movies