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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

From Up On Poppy Hill

Studio Ghibli’s magic is a fey and insubstantial thing. It can’t be stamped, filed, indexed or codified but it’s unmistakable. So when, last week, Studio founder Hayo Hiyazaki announced that he was retiring, anime aficionados h...