Review: “The Wind Rises” – Miyazaki’s Solemn Tribute to Invention

by Todd DuBoison March 3, 2014
Reasonable people can disagree about whether Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement from directing feature films will stick, but I think it is impossible to walk away from The Wind Rises without a lasting impression that it was created and directed as though it were this auteur’s final project. This film of exquisite beauty is ostensibly a biopic […]

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Liveblogging Animation at the 2014 Oscars

by Todd DuBoison March 2, 2014
The award ceremony for the 86th annual Academy Awards has begun, and a liveblog for all things animation-related will be happening right here. As always the academy will be offering golden statues for the best animated film of 2013, as well as the best animated short. Let’s review our nominees below. Best Animated Feature Film […]

Madhouse CEO Speaks Out On “Ninja Scroll” Sequel

by Todd DuBoison February 28, 2014
The official website of the Japanese animation studio Madhouse has posted an English statement from CEO Hiroyuki Okada about the status of a planned sequel for its 1993 action film Ninja Scroll that first came to light in 2012. In the statement Okada reveals that Ninja Scroll director, screenwriter and character designer Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Lensman, Wicked City, Demon […]


Review: “Khumba” Blu-ray – Half a Zebra, 4/5ths Satisfying

by Ed Liuon February 28, 2014
Triggerfish Studios’ first film, Adventures in Zambezia, was a pleasant surprise. While it didn’t really break new ground in terms of its story, the movie was still exciting because it showed great potential for a newcomer to the feature animation scene and demonstrated tremendous technical skill for a surprisingly small amount of money. Unfortunately, it […]

Oscar Week Animated Features Party

by Alex Beanon February 27, 2014
If you happen to find yourself in the general vicinity of Los Angeles, you may want to take the opportunity to attend the Animated Features Celebration party hosted by the Academy and featuring John C. Reilly, who voiced ralph in 2013’s “Wreck-It Ralph”. Reilly will show film clips of all the Oscar nominated animated feature […]