Dreams and memory in Satoshi Kon’s Paprika

There’s a huge interest in Japanese manga and anime in the US, but it’s rare for an anime feature film to get a theatrical release. From the name and poster alone (indeed, what caught my own interest), one might not even guess Paprika is foreign-language, let alone anime. Anime is a medium, not a genre, […]

The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant is a sorely underrated animated film remarkable on so many fronts, not the least being a rare film among the company of The Incredibles (not coincidentally also directed by Brad Bird) as a story truly for the ages and for "all ages." Also one of the few films capable of choking up […]

Is George Miller’s Happy Feet about bootyshaking or overfishing?

Happy Feet is a tough one to try to reduce to a single stars-out-of-five rating. It possesses two extreme split personalities, its lack of integration calling into question its integrity. Was there a struggle behind the scenes between a studio wanting another cookie-cutter cartoon animal kid flick vs. a filmmaker envisioning something of substance? The […]

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