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Why Is Pixar So Successful? Behold - The Ultimate Secret!

I liken Pixar Animation Studios to the Roadrunner. No matter how many traps the coyotes of the desert try to lay down for the purpose of capturing and devouring the essence of this miraculous being, it speeds on through, turning almost any effort to siphon the powers on show into a painful instance of backlash. […]

"Cars" DVD Provides Great Flick But Is Light On Extras

Conventional wisdom would be that the film comes first and the DVD second in the review. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’m going to switch it up. That way, I don’t have to blunt the criticisms of the DVD with retroactive apologetic tone nor end it on a downer note at all. (Our fellow […]

"Flushed Away" May Be Typical, But Does Typical Well

What is it you expect from a film? The trailers of any given movie will lead you to expect something. The history of the company producing the film will lead you to expect something. There are plenty of folks who have no sense of expectations when they go to see a film, but let’s face […]

Flushed Away Interview #3: The Directors

In our final interview with the cast and crew of DreamWorks and Aardman’s upcoming feature Flushed Away, I sat down for a one-on-one (or rather, one-on-two) with the directors of the film, David Bowers and Sam Fell. Despite being the first ones to get a crack at directing an Aardman film without Nick Park in […]

Halloween Does Little To Change "Yin Yang Yo!"

One would have to go long and far to find someone who actually seeks out frightening imagery and tension from an animated television series. I reflected upon that as I viewed the recent Halloween episode of Yin Yang Yo!. Halloween is one of two times of the year (three guesses as to what’s the other […]

Flushed Away Interview #2: The Supervising Animators

For the second in our triad of interviews with Flushed Away cast and crew, I spoke to Simon Otto and Jason Spencer-Galsworthy, two of the supervising animators on the film. Simon comes from Dreamworks; Jason comes from Aardman. (For what it’s worth, Simon, a native of Switzerland, has the more exotic accent.) Despite their alternating […]

"Flushed Away" Interview #1: Andy Serkis

I had the good fortune to head over to DreamWorks recently and speak to several of the key creative folks involved with the making of the DreamWorks/Aardman collaboration, Flushed Away, which premieres Nov. 3. In one of three interviews that we’ll premiere over the coming weeks, Andy Serkis, voice of the sinister yet ineffectual henchrat […]

"Everyone's Hero" Strikes Out

This movie is a trap for any noble respondant who wishes to honestly critique it. It comes to us loaded. Yes, the Reeve factor. No matter how much I feel justified in all my forthcoming comments, I still feel like a bully. Fact is, the only solution is to shove it aside. Folks, I’m not […]

"Yin Yang Yo!" Makes A Promising First Impression

Yin and Yang, rabbit siblings, join the dying practice of Woo Foo, as taught by their Master Yo, to take on the evil forces around them. Oh, yes, on September 4th, Jetix will bring us the next word in the long line of furry animal martial-arts comedies. I know, I make it sound like you […]

Toon Zone Was There: Press Party With The Casts and Crews of Disney TV

Imagine along with me: you’re driving through West Hollywood north on La Cienega, heading into Restaurants’ Row. You can feel the price range soar above your head. As you get past Melrose, you see the destination of your journey off on the right, with valets literally standing right there to take your car and save […]

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