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Review: "A Monster in Paris" Blu-ray Yields Modest Charms

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A Monster in Paris is a film that’s a bit too thin in some dimensions and too full in others, producing something that’s moderately satisfying but not truly outstanding in either good or bad ways. The most noteworthy thing about this movie is probably its modest reported budget of €25 million (about $32.8M at current […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "The Tick" (1994)

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The Tick (1994) is another example of how a theme song can do a whole lot of the heavy lifting in setting the tone of an opening sequence, and by extension an entire series. Doug Katsaros provides a metric ton of retro swing for the theme song, with scat singing that’s so over-dramatic that it […]

Review: "Wizards" Proves Itself Experimental to a Fault

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Perhaps the most impressive thing about Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards is that it was ever created in the first place. The director once described it as “my homage to Tolkien in the American idiom” and a “fantasy for American kids,” yet ultimately Bakshi’s 1978 take on The Lord of the Rings would represent his best attempt […]

Review: "Adventures in Zambezia" Offers Well-Worn But Enjoyable Family Fun

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If Adventures in Zambezia had been released by a major Hollywood studio, it would be solid and enjoyable but largely unremarkable fare. The fact that it is the first animated feature film by South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios and was made for a fraction of what most animated features cost today makes it much more […]

Toonzone Interviews Stuart Forrest, CEO of Triggerfish, on "Adventures in Zambezia"

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Stuart Forrest is a longtime animator and the current CEO of Triggerfish Animation Studios, based in Cape Town, South Africa. He began Triggerfish by doing stop-motion animation in his living room (much to the annoyance of his wife), before going on to doing animation for Sesame Street for six seasons, along with commercials and 30-minute […]

Review: "The Croods" Isn't as Evolved as It Could Be

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If titles were always entirely accurate, The Croods would be called Grug and Eep. At heart it’s not truly about the adventures and welfare of the titular stone age family, but rather the tale of a strained relationship between a father and his teenage daughter who yearns to break free of her family’s constraining lifestyle. […]

New Official Trailer For DreamWorks' "Turbo"

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A new theatrical trailer has been created for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming comedy Turbo, which will be released in U.S. theaters on July 19th, 2013. Conceived and directed by David Soren, Turbo tells the story of a garden snail that adores IndyCar racing and gets a chance to fulfill his dreams of becoming a great racer […]

Review: "Rise of the Guardians" Delivers for Kids

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Taking inspiration from William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood book series, Rise of the Guardians delivers an unusual reinterpretation of the fantastical icons of childhood legend for an imperfect but enjoyable adventure. The conceit of Guardians is that not only do these figures of myth all exist, they know each other and some of them are […]

PR: New York International Children's Film Festival Announces 2013 Award Winners

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NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2013 AWARD WINNERS PRESENTED MARCH 17, 2013 AT DGA THEATER **** NYICFF 2013 JURY: GEENA DAVIS, MATTHEW MODINE, GUS VAN SANT, CHRISTINE VACHON, JEFFREY WRIGHT, SUSAN SARANDON, JAMES SCHAMUS, JOHN CANEMAKER, TOMM MOORE, LYNNE MCVEIGH, DANA POINTS, TAIKA WAITITI, EVAN SHAPIRO JURY AWARD WINNERS QUALIFY FOR THE 86th […]

Review: "Hotel Transylvania" Needs a "Do Not Disturb" Sign

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Hotel Transylvania was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, and if this movie is Genndy Tartakovsky pouring out his bountiful imagination, creativity and energy, I’d hate to see what happens when he’s just collecting a pay check. Hotel Transylvania is trite, predictable, boring, and why am I even writing about it, because it’s not worth bothering over, […]

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