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The Boom of Animation


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Once thought to be only for kids, the appeal of animated programming has expanded exponentially over the past decade. Prime time sitcoms like The Simpsons and Family Guy, as well as a wide variety of programs on channels like Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, have demonstrated that cartoons have high entertainment value for children as well as adults.

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Top Five Animated Films to Watch Out For in 2015


Five for 2015

2015 is already looking promising as a year for animated features. Elizabeth Eckhart takes a look ahead at the new year in animation, what to expect, and what to look forward to.

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Cartoon Life To Hit Next Week


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For fans of animation, one of the most exciting names to see attached to The Book Of Life is Guillermo del Toro. The Mexican director/producer/writer has created a massive following thanks to his truly unique style. His most recent project sees him in a producing role for a fellow Mexican filmmaker and director Jorge Gutierrez….

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Don’t Have a Cow, Man! The Top 5 Episodes of The Simpsons


Top Five Simpsons Episodes

Now entering its 26th season, The Simpsons has earned the honor of the longest-running sitcom in America. Largely considered one of the greatest television series in history, the show has earned numerous accolades during its quarter-century tenure, including being named as the best television series of the 20th century by Time magazine. It’s also received…

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The Other Side Of Maleficent


I have been looking forward to Maleficent with equal amounts of anticipation and dread. On one hand, she is easily my favorite Disney villain, so cold and so pure, and I want desperately to see more of her and her back-story. On the other hand, she is easily my favorite Disney villain, and I would…

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Frozen Leaves Us Cold


Frozen is definitely Disney- per­haps Dis­ney Junior better describes this ‘tween movie. There are bits and pieces of what we know and expect from Disney here, but when it is all put together, a little Disney does not a great film make. This film is obviously aimed squarely at girls 12 and under, with very…

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Cartoon of the Day: Gorilla My Dreams


Cartoon of the Day: Gorilla My Dreams

One of the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons, Gorilla My Dreams was also one of director Robert McKimson’s finest. Known mainly for creating the Tasmanian Devil and Foghorn Leghorn, McKimson made a few classic Bugs films, too, including this one.

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Some heroes are born to fly…. Rio Review



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Rio opened here last night and it was with a great deal of pleasure and relief to watch after the awfulness of Hop. Rio is a genuine animated feature unlike Hop, and it has one thing over the bunny disaster….namely quality!!

I wouldn’t go as far to say that Rio is great because it doesn’t quite lift itself into that league. It isn’t Rango territory, or Pixar even, but it is well above that of the recent Gnomeo and Juliet.

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Hop… or Flop? (Review)


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Speaking of Hop, should you Hop right out and see it, or should you scurry away as quick as you can? Our reviewer Brent Pearce went and saw it over the weekend, and he gives you his take on this film.

Read the Big Cartoon Review of Hop.

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Wrangling Rango, A Review


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Movie night! And it is my weekly trip to the local cinema with tonight’s offering the animated flick Rango. I had seen the promos for some time and found they gave no real indication of this movie at all. They are somewhat misleading, but in an unusual way in that Rango is far from just another animated film.

The feeling you get from the promos is that this is animation primarily aimed a younger audience but which adults would enjoy to. It is the norm with animated films today. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Rango is animation for adults and if adults take kiddies along so be it. Bums on seats equates to more bucks so a film makers aren’t going to cut out a potential market by pushing it as solely adult orientated. I have consistently stated throughout my movie watching life that animation isn’t solely the domain of children and have tried hard in breaking down this barrier of ignorance within adults. If Rango doesn’t finally get through to adults then I sadly fail to wonder what ever will.

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