Category Archive: Animation

Mar
25

APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD: You Can’t Steam-Clean Steampunk – Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

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Soooo much to cover in one, brief segment! First, I look at the French animated film APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, and how it takes on the genre of steampunk in a way few steampunkers dare to consider. Then I have some belated thoughts on the entertaining comic book movie, DEADPOOL, and highlight a standout …

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Mar
17

ZOOTOPIA: The Furry Fight Against Trump – Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

NATURAL ENEMIES — Zootopia's first bunny officer Judy Hopps finds herself face to face with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox in Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Zootopia." Featuring the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy and Jason Bateman as Nick, "Zootopia" opens in theaters on March 4, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Here’s a curious thing: A fun, funny, action-packed animated family film that just by happenstance strikes at the very core of the ugliness behind the presidential campaign of a certain, stubby-fingered, orange-American. Couldn’t have been by design, not with production schedules for CG animation being what they are, but there it is: ZOOTOPIA — anthropomorphized …

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Jun
28

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: INSIDE OUT

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Okay, right, yeah, sure, sure: Inside Out is a wall-to-wall wonder, good news for anyone who despaired that the animation studio, Pixar — after numerous missteps — had lost its mojo, and who, frankly, would’ve rejoiced in any glimmer of the ol’ Pixar verve now. It’s better than that, far better. But while you’re alternating …

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Jun
02

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: CHEATIN’

CATCH-UP TUESDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates. From 4/9/15: The course of true love never runs smooth. When cartoonist Bill Plympton is presiding, it can get downright kinky. Here’s my review of Cheatin’.

Nov
20

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD

An animated classic thirty years in the making gets its US debut in THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD.

If you’ve been going through the vast collection of films that have lapsed into the pubic domain — and you probably have, because who can afford entertainment otherwise? — you’ve likely stumbled upon an animated feature called, The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird, a strange little thing with voices by such luminaries as Peter Ustinov, …

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Jun
19

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

The world of dragons is back in all its glory in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2.

I’m at the point where I can pretty much take or leave 3D. As a techie, I want to embrace any technology that’ll expand the cinemagoing experience, but even I have to concede that most of the time 3D is employed as little more than an add-on, just a way to charge extra for stuff …

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Nov
10

Limited Kickstarter Rewards Added: Rare 2001 and REN & STIMPY Cinefantastique Cover Issues

Get hard-to-find issues of CFQ for supporting our Kickstarter campaign.

Help us bring you a new way to go behind the scenes of fantastic film by supporting the Kickstarter for our new video interview show, INSIDE THE FANTASTIQUE, and we’ll reward you with your choice of two, classic, hard-to-find issues of Cinefantastique. The 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY cover celebrates the making of Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking …

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Oct
25

The CFQ Interview: CHINA IL’s Brad Neely & Daniel Weidenfeld

Ronald Reagan is alive and disturbingly lucid in CHINA, IL.

Continuing its mission of lowering the standards of higher education, Adult Swim’s CHINA, IL is presently offering up its second season every Sunday night. Now expanded to a full half hour, the larger canvas has allowed creator/producer/composer/voice talent Brad Neely and executive producer Daniel Weidenfeld room to expand the adventures of the faculty and student …

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Sep
30

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2; WE ARE WHAT WE ARE & More

Do not go gentle into that good stew: Food gets wild in CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2.

The fellowship was broken for this week’s show: Cinefantastique Online’s Dan Persons decided to strike out on his own, braving a wilderness of ravenous, 3D foodstuffs to take in the week’s mainstream release, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, while Steve Biodrowski delved into the hostile terrain of cult horror with the long-delayed slasher …

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Sep
20

ROBOT CHICKEN’s Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV & Eric Towner: The CFQ Interview

The Stoopid Buddy Stoodios brain-trust know how to do a group shot. L to R: Matthew Senreich; Seth Green, Eric Towner, John Harvatine IV.

And you thought stop-motion figures taking swift kicks to the crotch defined the work of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the people behind Adult Swim’s ROBOT CHICKEN and TITAN MAXIMUM. Not quite, Chuck-o — the studio is turning out an increasing variety of shows, including its most recent, FRIENDSHIP ALL-STARS OF FRIENDSHIP, a web series that tracks …

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