Tag Archive: Animation

Apr
19

Which Cartoon Lagoon Will Make You Swoon?

Well, this is awkward. Kevin Smith has just put out a show on iTunes called Kevin Smith’s Cartoon Lagoon — judging from the trailer, he’s doing the Ricky Gervais Show thing: taking the audio from his podcasts and bringing them to animated life, hopefully to humorous effect. Which is all well and good — Smith …

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Apr
15

Cinefantastique Spotlight: SCARY MOVIE V & JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS

Ignore those shots of Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. Simon Rex (left) and Ashley Tisdale (right) are the actual stars of SCARY MOVIE V. (That's Christopher "Critter" Antonucci in the center.)

SCARY MOVIE V opened this week! Yeah, us neither. So instead of delving in-depth into this weekend’s big release (takeaway: A HAUNTED HOUSE was much funnier), Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons deliver a quick capsule review, and then Lawrence French joins them for a fiftieth anniversary discussion of stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen’s epic …

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Mar
25

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE CROODS

Higglety Pigglety Pop!: Or There Must Be More to Life Than Living in a Cave: Emma Stone seeks broader horizons in THE CROODS.

We should be grateful that mainstream entertainment has evolved enough for an animated tale of a prehistoric family not to be solely defined by how many times the work “rock” is prefixed to other nouns. The new DreamWorks film, THE CROODS, is about a primitive clan — led by cautious father Nicolas Cage — facing …

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Mar
08

Keith David: The CFQ Interview

Keith David (left) and Roddy Piper fight the power in THEY LIVE.

Quick, when I throw out the name Keith David, what’s your first thought? Him casting a suspicious glance towards Kurt Russell in THE THING? The fistfight with Rowdy Roddy Piper in THEY LIVE? Maybe it’s the noble and ferocious Goliath from GARGOYLES or the nefarious Dr. Facilier from THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG? Face it, …

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Dec
31

Cinefantastique Spotlight: 2012 Roundup

The Faces and Feats of 2012.

The future is a bottomless well, its mysteries yet to be revealed. The past is the road that stretches behind us, a strange and twisted route littered with ghosts, demons, hobbits, hostile aliens, Dark Knights, the gods of myth, and far too many teenagers lugging amateur camcorders. 2012 is over, a year that, as with …

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Nov
26

Cinefantastique Spotlight: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

An all-star cast (l to r: Isla Fisher, Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, and Hugh Jackman) protect childhood's most valuable resource in RISE OF THE GUARDIANS.

With THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Disney succeeded in extending the holiday film season from the beginning of November to the end of the year. Now, DreamWorks has upped the ante with RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, a CG animated, 3D fantasy that not only has a burly, Slavic Santa (Alec Baldwin) heading up a team of …

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Nov
14

J.G. Quintel on REGULAR SHOW

J.G. Quintel and his REGULAR SHOW.

Give REGULAR SHOW creator J.G. Quintel credit for coming up with a title that works in ironic counterpoint to itself. On the one hand, the Cartoon Network series is an examination of young people entering the workforce in modern America, with all the friction, tension, and social and moral quandaries that might ensue. On the …

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Oct
20

Pen Ward on ADVENTURE TIME

Moving outward (there's a novel approach): Me-Mow, Jake, and Finn from ADVENTURE TIME.

Television has managed to deliver up no shortage of animated shows ostensibly aimed at kids that also manage to build a justifiably enthusiastic adult fan base. Even with that, ADVENTURE TIME stands out. The tale of a human boy, Finn, and a shape-shifting dog, Jake (who’s also Finn’s brother — long story), making their way …

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Oct
10

Temple of Bad: XANADU

Not Quite the Next Bright and Shining Star of the Cinema Firmament We Had Hoped: Olivia Newton-John glows prettily and skates adequately in XANADU

Somewhere towards the end of the 1970’s, the entertainment industry got it into its head that the public not only wanted to spend their nights out rollerskating to driving, disco music, but that they wanted to watch people rollerskating to driving disco music — so much so that there’d be no need for such niggling …

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Oct
08

Cinefantastique Spotlight: FRANKENWEENIE

A young scientist (voiced by Charlie Tahan) defies the laws of God and man in FRANKENWEENIE.

FRANKENWEENIE is about resurrections in more ways than one. While the 3D, stop-motion animated tale, in glorious black and white, centers on a young Victor Frankenstein (here a (relatively) normal suburban kid rather than a deluded doctor) jolting his beloved dog Sparky back to life after a tragic car accident, with serious repercussions when his …

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