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On Animation and Workflow

by The Staff February 26, 2015


  This screening Saturday night at EMPAC is part of a colloquium that brought together “small groups of artists, curators, visual effects specialists, engineers, and theorists to informally discuss ideas centered around the conditions of the ...


Giving the People What They Want

by Shawn Stone November 13, 2014


  There’s a lot to like about Walt Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6. It’s unusually inventive. The setting, a mash-up of Tokyo and San Francisco called “San Fransokyo,” is a pleasing cultural collage that provides the ...

AnimationFest 2014

by The Staff August 13, 2014


  There’s something for everyone at this year’s AnimationFest, presented by Proctors in the GE Theatre. From family-friendly favorites to R-rated Japanese anime classics, the selection is diverse and appealing. The fun begins Tuesday (Aug. 19) with ...

GE Theatre at Proctors


by Shawn Stone January 30, 2014


  The Nut Job is an animated comedy set among our furry friends in an urban park, circa fall 1949. Winter is coming, and, under the stern but fair leadership of Raccoon (voiced by Liam Neeson) ...

Flying High

by Laura Leon August 15, 2013


  Disney’s Planes is very much like Pixar’s Cars, in that it’s animated (and available in 3D) and softly colored, and features machines that function with far more capabilities than those for which they were intended. ...

Softer Heart Still Shines

by Laura Leon July 10, 2013


  Pulling off a sequel to Despicable Me, in which the evil genius Gru (Steve Carell) steals the moon from the sky before succumbing to the sweetness of the three little girls he adopts, is a ...

It’s a Small Small Small Small World

by Laura Leon May 30, 2013


  Having been aggressively previewed at kids’ motion pictures for more than a year, and coming as it did on a weekend in which there was pretty much nothing to do except seek out any movie ...

Bargain Bin

by Shawn Stone October 25, 2012

  There’s only one DVD in this edition, but it’s a terrific find: Walt Disney’s 1944 love letter to South America, The Three Caballeros. As the fun begins, it’s Donald Duck’s birthday. The irascible quacker receives a ...

A Boy and His Dead Dog

by Laura Leon October 10, 2012


  The dark at the top of the attic stairs. The deceptively quiet emptiness of a school hallway at night. A cemetery during a midnight storm. Such are just a few of the horror-movie conceits filmmaker ...

Monster’s Ball

by Laura Leon October 4, 2012


  When I saw the name Genndy Tartakovsky listed in the credits for the new animated picture Hotel Transylvania, I did a momentary “aha!” remembering that he had been involved with some of my favorite (and ...

Dead and Alive

by Laura Leon August 23, 2012


Following in the footsteps of Coraline, the Oscar-nominated, 3D stop-action movie, ParaNorman delivers a solidly entertaining story in stunning visual manner. Eleven-year-old Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a regular kid, except that he speaks to the ...

Wizards 35th Anniversary Edition

by Shawn Stone April 4, 2012


When Wizards was released in 1977, it turned Hollywood’s view of feature animation on its head. The film’s success proved that there was a market for more than children’s fairy tales (though Wizards was consciously ...

Animation Festival

by The Staff August 3, 2011


Beginning tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 5), the GE Theatre at Proctors is hosting a sprawling, week-long animation festival with something for animation fans of all ages. Friday’s show, however, is geared toward adults and starts with the ...

GE Theatre at Proctors

Ice Age to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios

by The Staff June 8, 2011


In addition to housing and curating a spectacular archive of Norman Rockwell’s work, the Norman Rockwell Museum considers itself “the home for American Illustration.” The museum has showcased the work of master illustrators from ...

Norman Rockwell Museum

No Pandering Here

by Laura Leon June 2, 2011


The first Kung Fu Panda was a rollicking adventure story centered on Po (Jack Black), an ever-hungry panda, and his unlikely quest to become a member of the Furious Five, a street-fighting, martial-arts animal menagerie ...

Fine Feathered Friends

by Laura Leon April 27, 2011


One second into the opening musical number of Rio will have you completely forgetting the cold and dreary winter we’ve endured. Dappled sunlight lends a dreamy glow to the candy-colored flora and fauna of Brazil, ...

The Lizard King

by Ann Morrow March 9, 2011


The Old West has been mined for mythic looniness in animated films before, but director Gore Verbinski’s Burtonesque vision of a parched frontier town in need of a hero brings an inspired zest to the ...