Review: Oscars Animated Shorts Program

This year’s Academy Awards shorts programs have been released on limited platforms, and these categories reflect an accomplished set of work from a cross-section of styles, nationalities, and subject matters as diverse as the Academy itself as an organization increasingly aspires to be.  The animated short nominees tend to represent the most varied nominees per …

Review – ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Raya seeks the help of the legendary dragon, Sisu. Seeing what’s become of Kumandra, Sisu commits to helping Raya fulfill her mission in reuniting the lands. Featuring Kelly Marie Tran as the voice of Raya and Awkwafina as the voice of Sisu, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” will be in theaters …

Review – ‘The Elfkins: Baking a Difference’

German animated film, The Elfkins: Baking a Difference is a bland blend of Gnomeo & Juliet and The Smurfs, and strictly made for pre-teens, with a very on-the-nose message on capitalism and finding one’s purpose in the world to keep this somewhat manageable for parents forced to sit through this. In true Elfkins of Cologne …

Review – ‘Dreambuilders’

Dreambuilders is a computer-animated movie where the humans look cute but hide an ugliness that comes from suppressed emotions. It’s not entirely clear what this movie is trying to do, though it has some intriguing moments. It feels like this should’ve been a live action movie, but by turning it into an animated feature, the crew was …

Hulu Review – ‘Animaniacs’ Season 1

Animaniacs — (Photo Courtesy of Courtesy Amblin Television/Warner Bros. Animation) They’re back! The Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner sister Dot, have a great time wreaking havoc and mayhem in the lives of everyone they meet. After returning to their beloved home, the Warner Bros. water tower, the siblings waste no time in …

LAAPFF Short Film Review – ‘The Quiet’ & ‘The Other Side’

The 36th edition of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has some incredible short film programs, all grouped into themes. This time we choose to explore “WWYD (What Would You Do?) 2020”, where emerging filmmakers reflect on difficult decisions in life and dare to ask the question “What Would You Do?” ‘The Quiet’ Just when …

TIFF20 Review – ‘Wolfwalkers’

Wolfwalkers is a delightful celebration of sisterhood in its many forms. It encourages humans to bond with animals, nature and our kindred spirits. Honor Kneafsey (‘A Christmas Prince: A Royal Baby’) voices the role of Robyn Goodfellowe, a young apprentice hunter, who with her father, Bill (Sean Bean – ‘Possessor’), have come to the county …

Review – ‘Trolls World Tour’

Once a global toy phenomenon, Trolls found new success on the big screen in 2016. Making about 345 million USD at the global box office, a popular Netflix spin-off series wasn’t far behind – although that show didn’t have any similarities animation-wise – and a sequel announced to open in theaters March 2020. Then just …

Review – ‘Onward’

Writer and director of 2013’s Monsters Inc. prequel, Monsters University, Dan Scanlon, is back with a new Pixar-animated film. This time no monsters, but mythical creatures such as elves, dragons and not enough unicorns, to make us smile and tear up just that tiny bit, like we’re so used to from animation powerhouse Pixar. But …

Mardi Gras Film Festival Review – ‘Top 3’

Swedish animated film Top 3, part of this this year’s Mardi Gras Film Festival program, is straightforward and tells its story in a very unique way. In this funny, bittersweet romantic comedy, perpetual list-maker Anton (Eric Ernerstedt) falls in love with David (Jonas Jonsson), but things start to go awry when Anton realises that his …