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Back to the future

Comedy Central resurrects Groening's other show
Comedy Central resurrects Groening's other show
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 25, 2010
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A music producer eyes a revival

It was 2006 and music producer Jo Jo Gator, a couple of decades removed from the glory days, needed to get back on the radar screen.
The Gator
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  April 16, 2010
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Nothing beats nothing

Jerry Seinfeld held out on a Seinfeld reunion till last year, when he finally found a way to do a comeback that wasn't really a comeback. He and Seinfeld co-creator Larry David resurrected the greatest sit-com of the '90s as a show-within-a-show on D
Jerry Seinfeld and Ricky Gervais return
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  March 05, 2010
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Review: A Town Called Panic (2010)

It is, indeed, a golden age for animation, where silent montages can wrenchingly portray a lifelong bond (in Pete Docter's Up ), or a band of stop-motion foxes can act out complex and angsty family dynamics (Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox ), or a c
Chaos reigns in a Belgian Town Called Panic
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 12, 2010
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Review: The Princess and the Frog

Fans of traditional animation will be relieved to learn that 2004's Home on the Range was not the final nail in Disney's 2-D toon coffin.
Disney becomes slightly enlightened?
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 11, 2009
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Madcap laffs

Come with us now, on a journey through time and space to the world of the Mighty Boosh.
The Mighty Boosh comes to DVD
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 17, 2009


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Interview: Pete Docter

Pete Docter was only the third animator to come aboard Pixar when he joined up in 1990, and he's had a lasting effect at the computer-animation powerhouse.
3-D or not 3-D? That is the first question . . .
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 22, 2009
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Gag reel

The Devil's in the details in Fox's new animated series, Sit Down, Shut Up , but I wish he'd gotten more involved in the main elements as well — like stories.
Sit Down, Shut Up needs to take its own advice
By DAVID KRONKE  |  April 17, 2009
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The moving pictures

There are moments when, by coincidence or an aligning of the stars, something amazing accidentally comes together. Here in Providence, next week is one of those times.
David Polonsky and the Festival of Contemporary Animation
By GREG COOK  |  April 10, 2009
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Slideshow: Contemporary animation in Providence

Next week in Providence, two unrelated but complimentary events combine to create one of the finest showcases of contemporary animation that you’ll probably find anywhere in North America this year. And it’s all free.
Waltz with Bashir art director speaks, plus Festival of Contemporary Animation
By GREG COOK  |  April 10, 2009
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Inside looking out

Visiting Elizabeth King's "The Sizes of Things In the Mind's Eye" at Brown University's Bell Gallery (64 College Street, Providence, through December 21) is a bit like visiting Dr. Frankenstein's lab — all glass eyes, artificial limbs, and automatons.
Elizabeth King shares her mind's eye
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2008


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Bolt

The celebs are okay under the direction of Chris Williams and Byron Howard, but the best lines belong to animator Mark Walton as Rhino, a fanboy hamster who fogs up his plastic ball when excited.
Pixarian technical wizardry and Disney schmaltz
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  November 18, 2008
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Is he being served?

In the first animated adaptation of Tony Millionaire's sumptuously debauched comic strip Maakies , the soused Drinky Crow was voiced by erstwhile Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter.
Tony Millionaire's still best on the page
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 18, 2008
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Word play

The end of the world has always appealed to movie audiences, no more so than now that the prospect is looking more and more likely.
Doomsday is just a state of mind in Synecdoche, New York
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 04, 2008
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars

It is Star Wars , but it's also an ad for an upcoming video game and an animated TV series debuting in October.
A stiffly-animated, money-grabbing afterthought
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 20, 2008
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Not by George

A long time ago, on a bricks-and-mortar soundstage far, far away, the last great Star Wars movie was made.
Robot Chicken: Star Wars
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 11, 2008


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A cop with an assitude

Mr. McGee comes by his name honestly. He is, quite simply, an ass.
Watertown’s Clambake Animation pushes TV’s boundaries with a homicidal heinie
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 09, 2008

Crossword: ''Wiig party''


Cast off, cast on
By MATT JONES  |  March 12, 2008

Life in cartoon motion

Welcome to the Public Broadcasting System’s new show, What Were You Thinking, You Idiot?
Politics and ohter mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 30, 2008
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Superpower of attorney

Why did they make this game, again?
The jury’s out on Harvey Birdman
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 28, 2008

Crossword: ''Cornering ability''


Words to wrap your head around
By MATT JONES  |  January 16, 2008


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Political cartoons

Among its hordes of firsts, The Simpsons helped transplant politicians from the cartoon funny pages to our television sets.
The 20 Best Animated Politicians in Cartoon History  
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  July 26, 2007
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An inconvenient poop

Maybe 18 seasons is too long to remain topical and funny, especially in prime time on Fox TV.
The Simpsons Movie  craps out
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 25, 2007

Crossword: ''Dissed List''


Deride, deride if you must
By MATT JONES  |  May 30, 2007
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Warm and Scratchy

The Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” isn’t just about programming smart animation for Futurama and Family Guy addicts.
14 new and exclusive tracks from "Adult Swim"
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 29, 2007
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The girls of summer

It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2007


Readers' pick: Piece of public art

There's interactive musical art at the Kendall Square T stop.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 19, 2007
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Mooninites invade; all hell breaks loose

What made this incidentrise to the level of art was Boston officialdom’s unwitting collaboration and the questions it raised about local art and fear.
The day 'art' died
By GREG COOK  |  February 07, 2007
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Mooninite scapegoats?

A year from now, what will we think of the Mooninite fiasco?
Plus, Republican blood lust and Mitt Romney
By EDITORIAL  |  February 07, 2007
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The artists are innocent

This was an obvious joke, as anyone under 25 would have known in an instant.
It's the media and politicians who blew this one
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  February 02, 2007