Category Animation

The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite categories at the Academy Awards has long been the Best Animated Short category. It’s always a fun mix of nominees; films from all around the globe and each short seems to have a different look and style. For the last few years, I’ve made it a point […]

Big Hero 6

Now that Disney owns Marvel (in addition to its many other big-name purchases), we can safely assume that they will release a steady stream of kid friendly animated versions of comic book adaptations, in addition to the heavy stream of live-action super hero features starring Downey Jr. and company. I hope these hypothetical future Disney/Marvel […]

The Boxtrolls

Laika Entertainment may prove, someday soon, to be the movie studio best suited to knock Pixar off their throne as purveyor of the highest quality animated fare. Owned by Phil Knight and located in Hillsboro, Oregon, Laika has already produced two well-received animated films: Coraline and ParaNorman, and they’re already hard at work on their fourth feature. […]

31 Days of Halloween: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

There’s really only one film I watch every Halloween, every year. That, not too surprisingly, would be It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It helps that it’s under a half an hour, but, the truth is it’s a terrific short film: poignant, philosophical, witty (one of the great lines is Charlie Brown’s response after Linus’ […]

Teacher’s Pet (2004)

           Teacher’s Pet is as frantic, manic and hyperactive as its characters. One of the more bizarre of the Disney animated films, it appeared briefly in movie theaters in 2004, and just as quietly left. It’s fast-paced and often hilarious, and is short enough to end before it overstays its welcome. […]

Planes: Fire & Rescue

If Planes: Fire & Rescue feels like a quickly-produced Pixar rip-off, that’s because it is. Like its predecessor, last year’s Planes, this film was released by DisneyToons Studio, and does not have the Pixar stamp of quality on it. Disney, in their quest for the almighty dollar, took a hint from Cars and Cars 2, […]

The 25 Best Disney Movie Villains

In his review of the 1982 science-fiction classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the great film critic Roger Ebert wrote: “Each film is only as good as its villain. Since the heroes and the gimmicks tend to repeat from film to film, only a great villain can transform a good try into a […]