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"Monsters Inc" Blu-ray: We Scare in High-Definition Because We Care

Monsters Inc. has taken up permanent residence on my “Top 5 Pixar Movies” list, jockeying for position with both Toy Story movies and The Incredibles. In addition to the personal reasons I’ll discuss later, the movie is thoroughly charming and hilariously funny, while also using the fantastic elements of the story to wittily comment on […]

Cool Stuff: C Block

C Block was done as Vladimir Kooperman’s 4th year project at Sheridan. Love the music.  Nice pacing. Consistent animation. Adorable dog. Hijinks ensue as the aforementioned pooch loses his only possession, a doll, and is drafted into a canine kamikaze squad.

Cool Stuff: Two By Two

2008 Sheridan graduate, Matthew Kalinauskas, animated Two By Two as his final year project. It’s a cute short that pits the ever-prepared Noah against significantly less detail-oriented captain of Yeti Cruises. The story loosely mirrors that of the fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper and the minimalist approach to color, limited animation and character […]

"Disney's A Christmas Carol": Zombies, Not Ghosts, of Christmas

Let’s start with the basics: Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol long ago turned into a cartoon, at least in the public imagination. The story is utterly familiar, and Dickens’s already caricatured crackpots have become stereotypes. Few of us, probably, can easily see past the story’s surfaces (worn and crinkly, like disused wrapping paper) to the […]

"Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure": Seasonal Lessons, Sweetly Told

You know, I have to admit it: Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure is actually pretty good. Now, before you accuse me of going all soft and gooey on account the Christmas theme, I’ll just thank you to click over and read this little notice; does that sound like the work of a man ready to roll […]

Cool Stuff: Witches Brew

Witches Brew takes us briefly into the lives and hut of a witch and her apprentice. I wasn’t supremely impressed by the short. The animation seemed a little stiff, but the character designs were cute and the sight gag at the end made it worth it. This short was created by Gergana Hristova, a student […]

"SpongeBob" and "Fanboy": Familiarity, Meet Contempt

When you’ve been making SpongeBob SquarePants cartoons for ten years, I suppose it’s okay if you start phoning it in. And since anniversary specials are almost never all that special, I don’t guess there’s anything wrong when you decide to goof off instead of making one. Okay, obviously I don’t know that the makers of […]

"Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure" Neatly Avoids the Sophomore Slump

I was as surprised as any when I found myself enjoying the first Tinker Bell direct-to-video movie, despite its long and troubled path from script to screen (and the fact that I am well outside its target demographic of girls too old for Princesses and too young for Hannah Montana). However, it seems that John […]

"Tying Your Own Shoes" Wins Golden Dove Award at Leipzig Festival

The National Film Board of Canada’s animated documentary “Tying Your Own Shoes” has won the Golden Dove Award at the 52nd International Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. The film by Shira Avni lets four artists with Down Syndrome provide their own unique perspectives on their work. A trailer for the film, along […]

"Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1970s Vol. 2": The Nightmare Continues

I recently confessed to being a child of the 1970s, which in animation terms is like confessing to having grown up on a Nevada A-bomb test site. If you want to extend the analogy, that would make the sale and distribution of Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1970s, Vol. 2 roughly equivalent to the sale and […]

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