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Norm Of The North

Norm (Rob Schneider) is smarter than the average bear. So, when he discovers that an unscrupulous property developer is trying to turn the Arctic wilderness into a luxury housing complex, he sets off to New York to throw a bear...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Anomalisa

For many Anomalisa director Charlie Kaufman is a Chinese puzzle box of a filmmaker. One who, once you have managed to unlock, is full of intricate portraits told in abstract yet familiar ways. But if you’re unable to unlock, an...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Good Dinosaur

Like the hero of the film itself The Good Dinosaur has not had an easy journey. First announced by Pixar in 2009 the film was meant to be released in 2013 but with the third act of the film proving troublesome, directors leavin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Belleville Rendez-vous

Sylvain Chomet’s imaginatively surreal Belleville Rendez-vous is a drizzly, humorous and wholly original affair. Combining the Tour de France with the Mafia, and a charming personal journey situated within a glowing fictional m...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Songs of the Sea

Heartache and loss spur Songs of the Sea into action when one family’s happiness is shattered following mother, Bronaugh’s, disappearance immediately after giving birth to daughter Saoirse. Time doesn’t appear to have healed ol...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Moomins on the Riviera

Finland’s squishy, lovable family of Hippopotamus are ever so enchanting on this sea voyage adventure.  Driven by the lure of the high-life, Snorkmaiden (Stephanie Winiecki) convinces a besotted Moomin (Russell Tovey) and his c...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The SpongeBob Movie: A Sponge Out of Water

Are you ready kids? Aye, aye captain. It’s a crazy ride for our favourite Bikini bottom gang. Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) is at it again. Krab’s tiny nemesis has cooked up a plan to steal the famous Krabby Patty formula and it’s Sp...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

Studio Ghibli have made their reputation with bittersweet tales of love, loss, and human frailty. The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya is the latest and possibly the last oeuvre from one of Studio’s founding fathers – Isao Tak...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shaun The Sheep: The Movie

Believe it or not Shaun The Sheep is twenty years old this year having made his debut in Wallace & Gromit adventure A Close Shave back in 1995. Not bad for a character whose only line of dialogue is essentially a well-place...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Boxtrolls

Upsetting many by claiming a spot on the Best Animated Film Oscar nominations 2015 over Lego: The Movie, The Boxtrolls presents an underdog story not dissimilar to that of its Oscar credentials. But where Lego made computer ani...
 
 
 
 
 
 

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Disputing Pixar’s dominance over animated films How To Train Your Dragon was hands down one of the most exciting and enjoyable family films in recent memory. With the first film’s success comes the inevitable sequel but does Ho...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Wind Rises

The news that The Wind Rises would be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film signalled the end of a significant era in animation. With his collection of beautiful and dedicated work stretching right back to the early 70s, a lot rests on i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Theatre of Mr And Mrs Kabal

Walerian Borowczyk is undoubtedly one of the most singular talents in the history of European cinema. After training as a painter and lithographer in his native Poland, Borowczyk (or ‘Boro’) made his way to Paris where he joine...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tarzan

When Disney put their stamp on a movie they pretty much mark a territory that others fail to rival. Not impossible though. Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent is a fantastic example of that…oh no wait, that was another Disney product...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Lego Movie

Certainly one of the more obvious cases of product placement in cinema, along with Transformers, The Lego Movie nonetheless manages to click in all the right places. The plot is relatively simple and sees Emmet (Chris Pratt) st...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Escape From Planet Earth

While Pixar, and increasingly Dreamworks, seem to have cornered the market when it comes to Hollywood animation it’s not going to stop others from taking a shot at the title. The Weinsteins are more commonly associated with Osc...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Moon Man

Originally released in 2012 as a short film, German animation Moon Man (Der Mondmann) now emerges on DVD as feature length and redubbed into English.  Based on the 1967 children’s book by illustrator Tomi Ungerer, who also brou...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Justin And The Knights of Valour

There is a growing love for animation set in medieval times, sparked by the likes of Shrek, Brave and How To Train Your Dragon.  A film like Manuel Sicilia’s Justin and the Knights of Valour should therefore be an adventure to ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Despicable Me 2

If you have been present pretty much anywhere across social media or the internet over the last three years then you will most certainly recognise a ‘minion’ when you see one.  These tiny, yellow tic-tac shaped dudes from 2010’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dear Dracula

You shouldn’t judge a DVD by its cover, at least not if it’s Dear Dracula. Looking to all intents and purposes like just another average-ish kids’ animation with a star-studded list of voices, this film, based on a graphic nove...