Retro Ramblings

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Archive for the 'Animation' Category

Spirited Away (2001)

Friday, May 21st, 2010

What in the hell was that?

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Peter and the Wolf (2006)

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

This won the Oscar for best animated short film in 2007, and you can see why. It clocks in at 30 minutes long, and the animation is incredible.
This is a modernised take on the original Prokofiev tale. It uses the music throughout, but here Peter lives with his cantankerous grandfather, is bullied by local poachers […]

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Hellboy: Blood and Iron (2007)

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Before I started reading about the first Hellboy movie on AICN I’d never even heard of him. I was intrigued at the time though and ordered a copy of the DVD from Japan, so I had it a good six weeks before its theatrical release in the UK. And it was awesome. I was hooked, […]

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Planet 51 (2009)

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Another CGI animated film about space exploration that came out just before Christmas. It didn’t really stand a chance up against Avatar. It will at least get a slightly more coherent review from me than that did.
As you can see from the above picture, the design of Planet 51 is very nice. Although a little […]

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Was this really the first feature-length stop motion film? I find that hard to believe. Even if it isn’t, it’s still a very impressive piece of work. Of course, it’s not just the beautifully designed, and disturbing, sets and characters that make this such a great movie. It’s also got an incredible score, and it […]

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Sita Sings the Blues (2009)

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

For those who complain that you can’t get something for nothing, I give you Sita Sings the Blues, an incredibly inventive and entertaining feature-length animation from Nina Paley. It’s bright, colourful, insightful and also educational. What more can you ask?
According to her website, Nina began making this film after a difficult break-up from her husband. […]

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