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"Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas" Decks the Halls with Style

Sooner or later, it was inevitable. The big mouse held fast to tradition as long as it could, but even Disney had to give sway to the CGI trend eventually. Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas marks not only Disney’s first CGI feature, but also the CGI debut of the Disney founding fathers Mickey, Donald, Goofy, […]

"Tom Goes to the Mayor," Then Goes to Jail, Camp, and Hell

Actually, those are places that Ernest went. But the new Williams Street/Dipshot Films show, Tom Goes to the Mayor certainly has the potential to go for miles. Its extremely inexpensive animation (mere “clipart-style” rotoscoped drawings with no lip sync) and extremely small staff means a nearly inexhaustible number of episodes can be produced. That could […]

"Shrek 2" Still an Ugly Duckling

While it is common with live action films, the notion of theatrical sequels remains a strange one to the world of animation. Only a handful have come to pass so far, most notably Pixar’s very clever and successful Toy Story 2, which is generally considered to have improved on the original. This example was apparently […]

"The Iron Giant" Special Edition: Spectacular Movie, Fantastic DVD

The Iron Giant did not perform too well in the theaters. Those who saw it, however, felt something at the end of the movie. The story makes a strong emotional connection with its audience, and it still gets to me every time. That’s what’s earned it a place among the best animated films of all […]

"The Incredibles": Truth In Advertising

A “blockbuster,” in my opinion, is a movie that delivers an incredible ride but also doesn’t mince on the characters or story. It’s not going to make you really think, but it is pure entertainment – often the best of what films offer. And The Incredibles is the best blockbuster movie since The Empire Strikes […]

"Cyber Team in Akihabara Vol.1": A Little Old-Fashioned Kitsch Never Hurt Anyone

What do you get when Sailor Moon-style sentai magical girl antics are mixed with Pokemon-like owner/pet relationships and Bubblegum Crisis-style battle suits, all with bit of a Go Nagai-style twist? Why it’s Cyber Team in Akihabara! When an enigmatic prince (who looks like Tuxedo Mask and Char put together) attempts to steal Hibari’s PataPi, a […]

"Sponge For Hire" Isn't Exactly Made to Order

Just in time for the upcoming Spongebob film, yet another TV show compilation DVD arrives. Sponge for Hire puts together eight episodes which primarily focus on Spongebob’s beloved job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab restaurant. This fortunately means a starring role for the Krab’s owner, Mr. Krabs, whose wild and hilarious eccentricities […]

"Garfield: The Movie" - I Hate Easy Paydays

With the arrival of the Scooby Doo movies, it was just a matter of time before America’s favorite cat clawed his way on screen. Yes, Garfield the sarcastic, gluttonous, and lovable cat celebrated 25 years of comics, cartoons, and merchandising with his motion picture debut. The film started modestly at the box office, but thanks […]

"Puffy" Power is Undercharged

Perhaps envious of the high social status given toys in the U.S., Japanese celebrities seem to be looking for their own piece of the pie. After all, who wouldn’t want bling-bling like Pikachu has – millions in the bank, Hummers in the garage, Pokemon in the Jacuzzi. So here comes Japanese pop duo Puffy hoping […]

"Variable Geo" Serves Up Good-Looking Food, If Not Much Substance

Variable Geo is a martial arts tournament. Women will fight with immense special powers in this contest, but behind the scenes, something sinister is going down. Yuka Takeuchi is a rising star in this contest, having succeeded her friend Satomi at the fighting. But what’s the prize? Money, land, and… the title of the toughest […]

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