Film


  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • ‘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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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? …

  • 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 …

  • Annecy 2016: Short Films In Competition 6 – ‘Off-Limits’

    Annecy 2016: Short Films In Competition 6 – ‘Off-Limits’

    On first viewing of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival‘s sixth (of six) short film competition screening ‘Off-Limits’, I left with a vague impression that the selection largely suffered from ‘Naked Emperor’ syndrome; the inevitable cluster of films whose artistic …

  • Annecy 2016: Short Films In Competition 5

    Annecy 2016: Short Films In Competition 5

    The grey skies and puddles have failed to dampen our spirits as the week hurtles along at a breakneck pace. It is at this point in an Annecy trip when you begin to look back at the festival and take …

  • ‘My Life as a Courgette’ – Film Review

    ‘My Life as a Courgette’ – Film Review

    Perhaps the least surprising outcome of this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival awards ceremony came in the form of a double-win for My Life as a Courgette (AKA My Life as a Zucchini, depending on where you catch it), …

  • Annecy 2016: Short Films In Competition 4

    Annecy 2016: Short Films In Competition 4

    Time certainly flies when you’re having fun, and Thursday at Annecy brings with it a day full of the joys of international parties and soirees. Those with invites, and those without can find themselves heading to the German, Belgum, Swiss, …

  • Annecy 2016: Short Films in Competition 3

    Annecy 2016: Short Films in Competition 3

    Day three of the Annecy festival saw the much anticipated presentation of Trollhunters – the new Netflix TV series helmed by perhaps the most visually creative directors of our age – Guillermo del Toro. A whistle stop tour of his …

  • Annecy 2016: Short Films in Competition 2

    Annecy 2016: Short Films in Competition 2

    Day one at Annecy was superb, even the rain couldn’t dampen our spirits as we were treated to another strong selection of Short Films in Competition. As well as that we had the pleasure of attending the screening of Michael …

  • Annecy 2016: Short Films in Competition 1

    Annecy 2016: Short Films in Competition 1

    It’s been a few years since I was last at Annecy and so as you may expect I was excited to return. I’m welcomed back to the familiar sounds of popping noises emanating from the darkness and paper airplanes either …

  • ‘Psychonauts, the Forgotten Children’ review

    ‘Psychonauts, the Forgotten Children’ review

    Among the Official Features Selection of this year’s Annecy festival is Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vázquez’s Psychonauts, The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas, los niños olvidados). Adapted from Vázquez’s independent graphic novel Psiconautas, the film is a feature-length outing for the characters …

  • Don Hertzfeldt on Blu-ray – Review

    Don Hertzfeldt on Blu-ray – Review

    Blu-ray has been a tricky medium for this consumer to get on board with, existing as it does in an era where the ephemeral nature of home media has become resoundingly clear, yet the fond memories of accruing films and …

  • Zootropolis – Review

    Zootropolis – Review

    First off, let’s address the elephant in the room – it’s Zootropolis in Europe, Zootopia in the U.S. However, it really doesn’t matter what you call it, because Disney has knocked it out of the park once again.

    The story …

  • ‘Anomalisa’ Review

    ‘Anomalisa’ Review

    After wowing audiences abroad Anomalisa will finally make its eagerly anticipated way to UK cinemas this month. Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, the film tells the tale of Michael Stone, a motivational speaker without motivation finding himself in …

  • The Best Animated Feature Films of 2015

    The Best Animated Feature Films of 2015

    This year we have seen many brilliant films from familiar giants including Pixar, Disney and Aardman, along with releases from independent studios such as Cartoon Saloon with Song of the Sea. It’s been a great year for animated film with …

  • Christmas Gifts for Animators 2015

    Christmas Gifts for Animators 2015

    Struggling to think of things to get the animator in your life this Christmas season? Well let us kindly elves at Skwigly give you a helping hand! There’s a present to suite all disciplines and budgets, so check out what’s …

  • Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie – Successful CGI Makeover?

    Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie – Successful CGI Makeover?

    How do you take a comic strip – one that ran for fifty years and thrived on the sisyphean struggles of its central character – and translate it into a 90-minute feature film – a storytelling medium that depends upon …

  • Belleville Rendez-Vous! DVD release review

    Belleville Rendez-Vous! DVD release review

    We love a classic here at Skwigly, some titles become classics over time but others have a back of becoming instant classics, resonating immediately in your consciousness as something special due to it’s depth and quality of film making. Sylvain …