Reviews


  • “Seth’s Dominion” – Review & Director Interview

    “Seth’s Dominion” – Review & Director Interview

    An area we find ourselves returning to time and again here on Skwigly is the unique strength animation brings as a component of – or driving force behind – non-fiction storytelling. With animation and documentary becoming increasingly intertwined of late, …

  • ‘Sing’ Review

    ‘Sing’ Review

    A grey, drizzly day seems just as good as any to take in the newest film from firm family favourites Illumination Entertainment, makers of Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise. Written and directed by Garth Jennings (Hitchhiker’s …

  • ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ – Review

    ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ – Review

    The Lego Movie‘s largely flawless execution doubtless came as something of a relief to those who, having been burned by many an ill-conceived movie adaptation of a toy-line, didn’t quite know what to expect. On top of relief was the …

  • Toon Boom Harmony 14 – Review

    Toon Boom Harmony 14 – Review

    As some may already know, alongside my role as Managing Director here at Skwigly I am most often entrenched in the world of 2D animation and motion graphics, alternately as a freelancer and, when resources and circumstances allow, an independent …

  • Disney’s ‘Moana’ – Review

    Disney’s ‘Moana’ – Review

    Since its announcement and subsequent preview at the Annecy Animation Festival this summer, Moana has been greatly anticipated as Disney Animation’s feature offering of this year, brought to you by directing duo John Musker and Ron Clements. Watching the film …

  • ‘The Art of Aardman’ Book Review

    ‘The Art of Aardman’ Book Review

    This year marked the official 40th anniversary for UK based animation studio Aardman Animations. The world renowned company who came from humble origins have made some of the most highly regarded and beloved animated films of all time – but …

  • Dublin Animation Film Festival 2016 Podcast Special

    Dublin Animation Film Festival 2016 Podcast Special

    Taking place in Dún Laoghaire (Dunleary) just south of the Irish capital, the Dublin Animation Film Festival (DAFF) is an under-reported gem nestled in one of Europe’s, if not the world’s most fervent areas of animation activity. This year Skwigly …

  • Ethel & Ernest  – Review

    Ethel & Ernest – Review

    Home grown, hand drawn animated features are a rare and cherished thing in the UK so it is with great anticipation that Ethel & Ernest has made its way into cinemas. The film as it is based on the graphic …

  • ‘The Little Prince: The Art of the Movie’ – book review

    ‘The Little Prince: The Art of the Movie’ – book review

    A few months ago we in the UK were treated to the Netflix release of the animated adaption of The Little Prince. Following its rather uncertain distribution earlier in the year, it was with great joy that we received this …

  • An Interview with ‘Storks’ Composers Jeff and Mychael Danna

    An Interview with ‘Storks’ Composers Jeff and Mychael Danna

    Jeff Danna and Mychael Danna – the composing team that brought us The Good Dinosaur soundtrack now bring us the music for Warner Bros and Sony Pictures Imageworks’ latest animation feature, Storks.

    The Danna brothers have an extensive repertoire of …

  • Inner Sanctums – the Quay Brothers’ distinguished Blu-ray arrival

    Inner Sanctums – the Quay Brothers’ distinguished Blu-ray arrival

    It’s been a decade since the British Film Institute released The Quay Brothers – The Short Films 1979-2003 on DVD. In the time passed, the American-born, London-based, identical twin filmmakers Stephen and Timothy Quay have designed operas and plays in …

  • ‘Storks’ Review

    ‘Storks’ Review

    “Where do babies come from?”  said the boy to his mother.  “Well, from the storks of course” she replied with an evident blush filling her cheeks.  “Really?  Even me?” the boy asked with a raised eyebrow, unconvinced by his mother’s …

  • Canterbury Anifest 2016

    Canterbury Anifest 2016

    After a year off it was great to see Canterbury Anifest back in full swing over the past few days.  It is the largest animation festival of its kind in the South East and offers animation enthusiasts masterclasses, talks, screening …

  • 40th Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) Overview

    40th Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) Overview

    What a way to celebrate! Ottawa International Animation Festival is now officially 40.

    It’s Sunday night and the 40th Ottawa International Animation Festival is winding to a close. The final frames will fade out as the festival wraps with a …

  • Ottawa International Animation Festival at 40

    Ottawa International Animation Festival at 40

    They say that 40 is the new 30, and if that works for animation festivals like it does for those of us born pre ’76 then the OIAF is still young at heart. For 40 years the organisers have been …

  • Clangers, Bagpuss & Co at the V&A Museum of Childhood

    Clangers, Bagpuss & Co at the V&A Museum of Childhood

    Over the summer, the V&A Museum of Childhood has presented a beautifully produced exhibit dedicated to the work of Smallfilms whose magical worlds of The Clangers and Bagpuss enthralled millions across the country. Clangers, Bagpuss & Co is the first …

  • Review and Interview: Emmanuelle Walker (‘Dogs In Cars’)

    Review and Interview: Emmanuelle Walker (‘Dogs In Cars’)

    Brand new from jolly publishing house Flying Eye Books is a collection of bold, tail-wagging delights by Emmanuelle Walker. Dogs in Cars, created with writer and Skwigly favourite Felix Massie showcases the duo’s love for our four legged friends as …

  • Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday- an animated reflection

    Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday- an animated reflection

    Today marks what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. The beloved author is responsible for some of the most inspiring, dark and funny children’s books of all time. His tales have been revisited thousands of times, being reimagined as …

  • ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Review

    ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Review

    Though not the biggest headline grabber of this summer’s mainstream cinematic offerings, LAIKA CEO Travis Knight‘s first directorial effort Kubo and the Two Strings does a far better job of meeting the bar of quality raised by some of 2016’s …

  • Animation Super Grill – Review

    Animation Super Grill – Review

    This past Saturday marked the first Animation Super Grill in Cardiff, a spin off of Animation Grill, a regular meet-up for animation students and professionals to show and review personal animation work. The Super Grill, however, is a day’s worth …

  • Sausage Party – Review

    Sausage Party – Review

    When movie trailers first surfaced of Sausage Party it may have caused you to do a Scooby Doo worthy double take. Did that cute sausage just wail in agony as his guts were ripped out by a human eating him? …

  • ‘The Barefoot Bandits’ – An Interview with Mukpuddy

    ‘The Barefoot Bandits’ – An Interview with Mukpuddy

    The Barefoot Bandits is a brand new animated comedy adventure series created by the New Zealand based animation studio Mukpuddy.  Season One has been airing this year in a prime time slot, on Television New Zealand‘s channel TV2.

    The show …

  • EIFF 2016: McLaren Award: New British Animation 2

    EIFF 2016: McLaren Award: New British Animation 2

    Named after Stirling-born experimental animator Norman McLaren, the second selection of award nominated films were played in front of a packed audience. As in the previous day’s shorts, there was a great range of films, with the crowd pleasing, Simon’s …

  • Notes on Animation: Cats Don’t Dance

    Notes on Animation: Cats Don’t Dance

     

    Some films are guaranteed hits, some films underperform, some do OK, some even exceed expectations. This one almost vanished the minute it was completed.

    In 1997, the heyday of the animated musical, Turner Feature Animation were completing their first …

  • EIFF 2016: McLaren Award: New British Animation 1

    EIFF 2016: McLaren Award: New British Animation 1

    Despite having a single short in competition at this years Annecy Festival, the UK has still managed to develop an impressive and varied crop of animated shorts this year. 21 of which, totaling nearly 3 hours, were split over two …