Animation for Grown-ups

Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 by fillups

Still from Sita Sings the Blues Question: What movie mixes an ancient epic story, a modern romantic break up, shadow puppets and the divine crooning of flapper Annette Hanshaw? Answer: Director Nina Paley's mindbending, captivating, hilarious Sita Sings the Blues The center of this movie is the ancient story of Sita from the Ramayana. Sita, the wife of the divine Rama, is abducted by evil forces and undergoes many trials. The . . . more »

Animation for Grown-ups

Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 by fillups

Still from Sita Sings the Blues Question: What movie mixes an ancient epic story, a modern romantic break up, shadow puppets and the divine crooning of flapper Annette Hanshaw? Answer: Director Nina Paley's mindbending, captivating, hilarious Sita Sings the Blues The center of this movie is the ancient story of Sita from the Ramayana. Sita, the wife of the divine Rama, is abducted by evil forces and undergoes many trials. The . . . more »

Charming Homage or Blasphemous Desecration?

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by fillups

Scene from Tom and Jerry in the Wizard of Oz With this weekend's release of Oz, the Great and Powerful, I started thinking about the most bizarre Oz tie-in, I've ever experienced. If the idea of the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry cutting capers while Dorothy Gale croons out "Over the Rainbow" gives you pause, you should definitely avoid this 2011 direct to video mash up of the creations of L. Frank Baum, William Hanna . . . more »

Charming Homage or Blasphemous Desecration?

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by fillups

Scene from Tom and Jerry in the Wizard of Oz With this weekend's release of Oz, the Great and Powerful, I started thinking about the most bizarre Oz tie-in, I've ever experienced. If the idea of the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry cutting capers while Dorothy Gale croons out "Over the Rainbow" gives you pause, you should definitely avoid this 2011 direct to video mash up of the creations of L. Frank Baum, William Hanna . . . more »

Countdown to the 2013 Academy Awards: Stop Motion Dominates Animation

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 by fillups

. When I was a kid I found myself fascinated with the monsters in the movies by special effect legend Ray Harryhausen. I later found out that these monsters were brought to life by a process known as stop motion animation. There are lots of cool elements to this type of animation. Stop motion is made up of actual three dimensional figures that move by . . . more »

Countdown to the 2013 Academy Awards: Stop Motion Dominates Animation

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 by fillups

. When I was a kid I found myself fascinated with the monsters in the movies by special effect legend Ray Harryhausen. I later found out that these monsters were brought to life by a process known as stop motion animation. There are lots of cool elements to this type of animation. Stop motion is made up of actual three dimensional figures that move by . . . more »

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