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In "InuYasha: The Movie," Demons Have Feelings Too

by Chris Woodon September 6, 2004
OK, I have to confess at the very top: When it comes to the popular Inuyasha franchise, I don’t really know what I’m talking about. I’ve only seen a few minutes of the TV show. So, I have to judge Inuyasha, The Movie: Affections Touching Across Time as a stand-alone production. So there may be […]

SuperFriends' Greatest "Challenge": Keep the Audience from Laughing

by Chris Woodon July 14, 2004
There are very few animated franchises that develop into true television dynasties. Scooby Doo is one, and its Hanna Barbera cousin SuperFriends is another. From 1973 to 1985 SuperFriends was broadcast virtually nonstop, occupying a prime Saturday morning slot for most of this run. Some competitors aside, up until the debut of Batman: The Animated […]

Hugh Jackman plays Vampire Hunter D in "The London Assignment"

by Chris Woodon May 16, 2004
The latest movie tie-in anime, Van Helsing: The London Assignment, is a worthy prequel to the new Hollywood feature. While the reviews have not been overly kind to its big brother, London Assignment crafts a simple but quite thrilling tale. Not obviously an anime production and not quite a feature, animation fans might better imagine […]

"Triplets of Belleville": From Tour de France to Visual Tour de Force

by Chris Woodon May 6, 2004
Sometimes a movie comes along that is just so far out there that it defies description. Puni Puni Poemy for one. If Sylvain Chomet’s Triplets of Belleville does not go quite so far off the deep end, it definitely is a serious curve ball. Nearly unconventional to a fault, this fascinating French animated film lost […]

"Tokyo Godfathers": Homeless Where the Heart Is

by Chris Woodon April 13, 2004
If there were ever an indication that the Academy Awards voters are a few bricks short of a load, it was their decision to nominate Brother Bear but not Tokyo Godfathers for best animated picture in 2003. Disney’s amiably average tale comes nowhere close to the magnificent artistry of Satoshi Kon’s latest film. One must […]

"Puni Puni Poemy": Parody at the Speed of Light

by Chris Woodon April 6, 2004
Imagine watching on fast forward an R-rated and completely insane Sailor Moon and you’ll have something close to the Puni Puni Poemy experience. I think this is the first anime I’ve seen that might require therapy to get over. You may recall the incident several years ago in which Pokemon TV broadcasts gave some Japanese […]

"Hellboy" Deserves To Become a Hot Property

by Chris Woodon April 3, 2004
Don’t judge Hellboy by the advertising. What appears in ads to be a bland, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen -type ensemble piece actually packs a charismatic adventure tale. Little-known comic books so far have a rather modest track record at the box office, but Hellboy will be an exception if the word gets out. Nor must […]

"Brother Bear" DVD: The Beautiful Bare Necessities

by Chris Woodon March 29, 2004
Following the tepid reception that the action-heavy Atlantis and Treasure Planet received, Brother Bear marks a return to a more traditional format for Disney. Animal characters, a forest setting, and an abundance of Phil Collins songs remind one somewhat of Tarzan. At a time when the viability of 2D animation in general, and Disney’s in […]