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Review: Rise of the Guardians

A true surprise, this feature directing debut from storyboard artist Peter Ramsey isn't the lump of coal I expected. Instead it's a computer-animated crowd pleaser featuring unique interpretations of mythical childhood characters reinvented as the kiddi

By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 23, 2012
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Review: Wreck-It Ralph

John C. Reilly gives a terrific vocal performance in this computer-animated look at the secret lives of video game arcade characters (like Tron by way of Toy Story ), directed by Rich Moore, a veteran helmer of The Simpsons and Futurama .

By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 02, 2012
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Review: Hotel Transylvania

Genndy Tartakovsky's crummy cartoon would suck under any circumstances, but its inadequacies are particularly glaring when it comes out the week before Tim Burton's macabre gem, Frankenweenie .

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  September 28, 2012
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Review: ParaNorman

This second feature from animation house LAIKA (the company behind Coraline ) is the type of holiday entertainment that kids (and adults) used to tune into annually, back when Rankin/Bass was creating wonders of stop-motion.
Throwback to Amblin's summer fare of the '80s
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 17, 2012
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Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift

Perhaps you've seen "Scrat's Continental Crack-Up," the animated short that debuted theatrically a year and a half ago featuring the sabre-toothed squirrel causing a prehistoric tectonic cataclysm as a result of his pursuit of an elusive acorn.
It's all been done
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 13, 2012
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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

The franchise that began as a tame kiddie pleaser about four pampered zoo animals lost in the wild has matured and sharpened its teeth, perhaps thanks to Noah Baumbach ( The Squid and the Whale ) collaborating on the script.
The franchise matures
By TOM MEEK  |  June 08, 2012


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Photos: Anime Boston 2011

Anime Boston , winner of the Best Nerd Gathering  award in the Phoenix Best 2011, takes over the Hynes Convention Center on April 22-24, 2011.
Anime Boston | Hynes Convention Center | April 22-24, 2011
By ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  April 29, 2011
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Review: Rio

Love drives this animated 3D flight of fancy from Carlos Saldanha, director of the Ice Age series and a native of the title city.
A vibrant visual feast
By TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2011
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Review: Nine Nation Animation

The animated short is one of the most misunderstood genres in film.
Eclectic but masterful
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 15, 2011
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Review: Hop

This candy-colored, candy-pushing combo of animation and live action imagines an Easter Bunny who's a cross between Santa Claus and Willy Wonka and an Easter with no mention of the Passion of the You Know Who.
Candy-colored, candy-pushing combo of animation and live action
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 01, 2011
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Roger Deakins (True Grit) may have just lost the Academy Award for a criminal ninth time, but his talent as a cinematographer is one of the secret weapons in the first CG movie from live-action director Gore Verbinski (the Pirates of the Caribbean trilo
Brilliant animation...and it's not in 3D!
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 04, 2011


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Review: Gorey at the Athenæum, animation at MassArt

In Edward Gorey's old-timey illustrated books, parents leave on an excursion and never return, friends enter a tunnel and never come out, a mother falls ill and dies, a man driving around searching for his lost daughter runs over her with his car, a pec
Cartoon network
By GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2011
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Review: 'The 2011 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition'

For some years I've been looking forward to Lorelei Pepi's animated cartoon Happy & Gay .
The art of the state
By GREG COOK  |  February 11, 2011
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Review: The Illusionist (2011)

Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati work their magic.
Sleight of hand
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  January 28, 2011

DregNog Video Advent Calendar, Day #15: The North Pole Reindeer Massacre


We've reached the end of our daily DregNog oddities, and I thought it would only be appropriate for the master of all things humorously strange...
By Infinite Santa 8000  |  December 24, 2010

DregNog Video Advent Calendar, Day #14: Silent (hic!) Night


Some animals don't know how to hold their eggnog. Take this cow, for example: he starts off at a holiday party, mixing it up with...
By Infinite Santa 8000  |  December 23, 2010


Slay Bells: The world of Infinite Santa 8000


Episode #1 of Infinite Santa 8000 Go ahead, pick any character, any person (even this guy); put them in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, and you've got...
By Steve Miller  |  October 29, 2010

Glowy carpets, smart lasers, and a tsunami of CGI: Preview the synapse-melting delights of SIGGRAPH 2010


So, every year there's this little conference called SIGGRAPH. And by little, I mean totally huge and a really big deal. This is the place...
By Steve Miller  |  July 27, 2010
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Photos: Anime Boston 2010

Photos from Anime Boston 2010 at the Hynes Convention Center
Photos from the Northeast's largest anime confab
By MADDY MYERS  |  April 09, 2010
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Review: How To Train Your Dragon

Animation directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders have fashioned a family entertainment that functions as a copy of James Cameron’s most successful film of all time.
Also better than Avatar
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 26, 2010
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Review: The Secret Of Kells

It's early-ninth-century Ireland, and young, flame-haired Brendan is agog over the arrival of Iona refugee Aidan and his white cat, Pangur Bán, at the Abbey of Kells.
Celtic crossover
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 19, 2010


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Slideshow: Anime Boston at Hynes

Photos from Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center
Japanime lovers converged at the Hynes Convention Center on May 21, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX STREET TEAM  |  May 29, 2009
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Slideshow: Quay Brothers at Fourth Wall Project

Animation experts the Quay Brothers put on an exhibit at the Fourth Wall Project of their still-life.
Quay Brothers Gallery Exhibition at the Fourth Wall Project
By JENNIFER MORGAN  |  May 15, 2009
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Braziliant

As if puny, leaf-free trees and a general lack of flowers in late April weren't enough of a message to the post-winter season to hurry its shit up, art schools across Boston are poised to open their annual May fundraisers, all in the name of spring.
'Brazil on Screen 2009,' Mass Art shorts, and spring sales at Mass Art and the SMFA
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 01, 2009
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Review: Battle for Terra

Say you want to produce an independent computer-animated sci-fi epic but you don't have the deep pockets of Pixar or DreamWorks — what to do? If you're director Aristomenis Tsirbas, you simplify.
A computer-animated sci-fi epic in 3D
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 01, 2009
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Marketing magic

When you dial the Disney Channel headquarters in Burbank and ask to be transferred, the operator will cheerily instruct you to have a “magical day.”
Building the new Disney empire, one tween at a time
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 15, 2007