Film


  • ‘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 …

  • 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 …