Category: Animation

Otis the cow in Barnyard

Barnyard

    Otis, the barnyard bull, has udders. Because, kids, that’s what bulls have, isn’t it? Voiced by Kevin James, and with a first name that is generally appended to a male, it’s clear that either Otis is a transgender animal or cowardice has taken hold somewhere at the design

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Mumble the penguin leaps for joy in Happy Feet

Happy Feet

    A CGI animation featuring penguins which comes along in the wake of March of the Penguins, so it’s probably pushing at an open door. And unlike a lot of animated films about animals, this one sets its stall out really quickly. Emperor penguins, it seems, all have a

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Roddy the Rat holds on tight in Flushed Away

Flushed Away

    Aardman, the animation house that gave us Wallace and Gromit, announced the ending of their collaboration with DreamWorks (Shrek) just as Flushed Away was released. And watching it, you can understand why. High on sentimentality and laden with backstory, it’s a DreamWorks movie with Aardman touches, rather than

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Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     6 August   US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima, 1945 On this day in 1945, about ten days after the US, UK and USSR had threatened Japan with “prompt and utter destruction”, an American B-29

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Hiccup rides Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     8 March   Raymonde de Laroche is first woman with a pilot’s licence, 1910 On this day in 1910, Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman in the world to receive a pilot’s licence. The

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Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     18 January     AA Milne born, 1882 On this day in 1882, Alan Alexander Milne was born in Hampstead, London, UK. The son of a Scottish teacher, he was educated at his father’s small

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Saddam Hussein and Satan get cosy in South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut

South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     2 November     Lady Chatterley Trial verdict, 1960 On this day in 1960, a jury in the trial of Regina versus Penguin Books found the UK publisher not guilt of obscenity. The trial against

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Barthélémy Karas, as voiced by Daniel Craig, in the Anglophone version of Renaissance

Renaissance

      Daniel Craig, Romola Garai, Ian Holm, Catherine McCormack and Jonathan Pryce? That’s quite a cast and it’s just for starters. And for a French anime-style sci-fi too, the “French” bit being the clue that the names are actually here to revoice Gallic product for Anglophone consumption. What

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Lightning McQueen in Cars

Cars

    Have the wheels come off at Pixar? Mawkishness now seems to have replaced energy and invention at the studio that… no hang on, this is the studio that once gave us Toy Story. Let’s not get carried away. But if Pixar have been known for anything it’s their

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Snow White sings to the bluebird in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    David Hand? Look at the credits and you’ll see the name down as the director, one among quite a few, depending on where you’re looking. Such is the grip of the “director as auteur” notion on modern thinking that everyone – from the IMDB down – feels obliged to

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