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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
| November 23, 2012
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 .
| November 02, 2012
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 .
| September 28, 2012
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
| August 17, 2012
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
| July 13, 2012
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
| June 08, 2012
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
| April 29, 2011
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
| April 15, 2011
Review: Nine Nation Animation
The animated short is one of the most misunderstood genres in film.
Eclectic but masterful
MICHAEL C. WALSH
| April 15, 2011
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
| 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!
| March 04, 2011
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
| February 18, 2011
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
| February 11, 2011
Review: The Illusionist (2011)
Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati work their magic.
Sleight of hand
| 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...
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...
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...
| 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...
| July 27, 2010
Photos: Anime Boston 2010
Photos from Anime Boston 2010 at the Hynes Convention Center
Photos from the Northeast's largest anime confab
| April 09, 2010
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
| March 26, 2010
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.
| March 19, 2010
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
BOSTON PHOENIX STREET TEAM
| May 29, 2009
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
| May 15, 2009
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
EVAN J. GARZA
| May 01, 2009
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
| May 01, 2009
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
| August 15, 2007
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