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One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island & The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

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Mamoru Hosoda is a Japanese film animator, screenwriter, and director.  He studied oil painting at the Kanazawa College of Art and went to work at Toei Animation as an animator.  Some of his early directorial work included two Digimon animated shorts (which … Continue reading

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Fantasia & Fantasia 2000

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was a symphonic poem composed by Paul Dukas in the late 1890s.  By 1936, the popularity of Mickey Mouse was starting to decline, so Walt Disney decided to produce an animated short set to the music of … Continue reading

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Howl’s Moving Castle & Ponyo & The Wind Rises

(For Miyazaki’s first eight films, check out The Castle of Cagliostro & Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle In the Sky & My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service & Porco Rosso, and Princess Mononoke & Spirited Away) Hayao Miyazaki … Continue reading

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75 Years of Superman: Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short

Looking back on 2013, this year marked a big anniversary for the comic book character known as Superman.  I’ve posted a couple of Superman movie reviews as well as a five-part series on why Bryan Singer shouldn’t have made Superman Returns.  I … Continue reading

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‘Tarzan’ & ‘Surf’s Up’ & ‘Frozen’

Chris Buck is an animator, writer, and director who studied character animation at CalArts and later went to work at Disney.  He worked as an animator on several films, including The Fox and the Hound, Oliver and Company, The Little … Continue reading

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‘The Polar Express’ & ‘A Christmas Carol’

Robert Zemeckis is a writer, producer, and director who first desired to go to film school not long after seeing Bonnie and Clyde with his father when it came out in 1967.  Zemeckis attended USC, where he met Bob Gale … Continue reading

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‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ & ‘Arthur Christmas’

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Santa Claus is an essential part of Christmas.  Who hasn’t sat by the TV and watched the Rankin/Bass classic holiday special Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town?  There have been many interpretations of Kris Kringle on the big screen, ranging … Continue reading