Archive for the ‘animation’ Category

Directed by Sylvain Chomet. Rating: PG. Running time: 80 minutes. Aesthetically delightful but narratively a little dull, I do not know nor have the curiosity to find out the details of the history surrounding The Illusionist, and its origins in a letter by an apparently famous filmmaker from the 50s suggestive of a screenplay. The […]


[Voices] Phil Harris (Baloo), Bruce Reitherman (Mowgli), Sebastian Cabot (Bagheera). Screenplay by Larry Clemons et al. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. Rating: U. Running time: 78 minutes. So, like Guinness, some childhood favourites just don’t travel well. This is a real tragedy. My parents have often teased me about my daily viewings of The Jungle Book as […]


[Voices] George Clooney (Mr. Fox), Meryl Streep (Mrs. Fox), Jason Schwartzman (Ash), Bill Murray (Badger). Screenplay by Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson. Directed by Wes Anderson. Rating: PG. Running time: 87 minutes. A strangely shot but largely delightful film, Fantastic Mr. Fox brings Roald Dahl’s cherished novella to the screen in the most prefect way possible. […]


[Voices] Owen Wilson (Lightning McQueen), Paul Newman (Doc Hudson), Bonnie Hunt (Sally Carera). Screenplay by John Lasseter, Joe Ranft et al. Directed by John Lasseter and Joe Ranft. Rating: PG. Running time: 117 minutes. In Cars Pixar take their humanisation of inanimate objects to the extreme: not only are the main characters cars, but everybody […]


[Voices] Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz), Joan Cusack (Jessie), Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head), Jim Varney (Slinky), Wallace Shawn (Rex). Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlin and Chris Webb. Directed by John Lasseter, Ash Brannon and Lee Unkrich. Rating: U. Running time: 92 minutes. I never liked this one as a kid, […]


[Voices] Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear), Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head), Jim Varney (Slinky Dog). Screenplay by Josh Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow. Directed by John Lasseter. Rating: PG. Running time: 83 minutes. Fun this intense should be outlawed, for fear of driving kids senile in their excitement. Toy Story […]


[Voices] Edward Asner (Carl Fredricksen), Christopher Plummer (Charles Muntz), Jordan Nagai (Russell). Screenplay by Bob Peterson and Pete Docter. Directed by Bob Peterson Pete Docter. Rating: PG. Running time: 96 minutes. I’ve got to be careful here. 98% on RottenTomatoes – 100% counting solely the Cream of the Crop – is no mean feat. Up is […]