Tag 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’.

May
26

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: PADDINGTON

CATCH-UP TUESDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates. Remember Paddington, from this past January? Hey, that was a pretty good film, right? I thought so, too, with a few reservations, and I cover it all in this review, which aired 1/22/15.

Dec
26

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES & SONG OF THE SEA

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There’s a bit of OCD that goes along with genre film fandom — once you’ve signed on to a franchise, you’re kind-of obligated to follow it wherever it will take you, for good or ill. Thus the sullen air hanging over screenings of REVENGE OF THE SITH or any of the Wolverine spin-offs — it …

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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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Feb
10

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: VAMPIRE ACADEMY

Zoey Deutch (left), Lucy Fry (center), and Sarah Hyland brave the perils of a very special high school in VAMPIRE ACADEMY.

“They suck at school,” the posters for VAMPIRE ACADEMY proudly proclaim, and let it now be said that they aren’t any better at movies, either. A lackluster production whose only reason for existing is to try to snag the TWILIGHT SAGA demo with as minimal effort as possible (to paraphrase W.C. Fields: “We want to …

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Dec
02

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: FROZEN

Two princesses (Kristen Bell & Idina Menzel) find their familial bonds tested in FROZEN.

A Disney princess movie with a vengeance, the cg animated FROZEN offers up no less than two princesses for the marketing department to turn into ancillary merchandise: one sweet and plucky (voiced by Kristen Bell); the other (Idina Menzel) cursed with the ability to freeze whatever she touches, with no Professor X around to whisk …

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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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