Animation

Tom and Jerry

The famous cat and mouse are the stars of the show, not the humans. To quote Roger Ebert when he panned “Inspector Gadget” on his Worst of 1999 show: “One of the freedoms of cartoons is their freedom from the… Read More ›

Soul

This existential Pixar animated feature is full of life. I’ve watched Pixar’s latest masterpiece “Soul” in the same analogy as thinking that immediately after midnight, it’s Christmas morning. The movie was supposed to come out in theaters, but thanks to… Read More ›

The Croods: A New Age

This delayed animated sequel evolves with excellent visuals, silly antics, and well-meaning characters. The first “Croods” movie from 2013 was made on a budget of $135 million, and it was a great-looking film. It was like if it’s distributer Dreamworks… Read More ›

Wolfwalkers

This Irish animated feature howls up the beauty and love of humans and animals. “Wolfwalkers” is the latest animated feature from Irish director Tomm Moore, who also made “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea,” and I must… Read More ›

Over the Moon

Glen Keane’s directorial debut levitates with colors and positive messages. I was expecting the new animated feature “Over the Moon” to be a kiddie feature, especially since its uses jokes about adult diapers and little brothers. It is a kiddie… Read More ›

The One and Only Ivan

This ape wins you over, and Sam Rockwell is winning in this voice role. This year, alone, I’ve received two crappy live-action family adventures with CGI animals. There was “Dolittle” with Robert Downey, Jr. arguably wasted as the man who… Read More ›

Animal Crackers

A few broken pieces don’t taint these fresh cookies. A lesson I’ve acknowledged as a young film critic is that when movies keep getting pushed back, they can be disastrous. But once in awhile, some tend to surprise you. For… Read More ›

Close Enough

J.G. Quintel’s new animated series matures quickly and ambitiously. Animator J.G. Quintel was known for his hit Cartoon Network show “Regular Show,” which provided a 80s-90s nostalgia, delivered adult humor, and energetic fantasies. I’ll never forget a gag, when two… Read More ›

Scoob

It would have been good if it wasn’t for those Meddling Kids. Most of us fans hated the live-action “Scooby Doo” movies from two decades ago, because of how they made the Hanna-Barbara dog a CGI monster, and for tainting… Read More ›

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