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Evolution of Animation: Part Three – Emergence of Features

Contrary to popular belief, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is not the first feature-length animated film. That honour goes to an Argentinian film from 1917 called El Apostol (The Apostle). In fact, Argentina is somewaht of a ‘ground zero’ for feature-length animation, as the first four such films were produced in the country. Sadly,…

A Look Back at August

Business really started to pick up this month in terms of new films released, and in terms of posts on my site. I finished my Top 10 retrospective on animated films, which turned out to be well worth the work, judging by reactions; and I even covered a few more Disney offerings at home, while…

My Top 10 Animated Films

It occurred to me the other day that, for all my posturing, and championing of animation, I hadn’t really revealed my litmus test of what I consider to be ‘great’ animation; I also noticed how popular my listed entries seem to be on my sight, so I thought that while I was in the midst of…

Evolution of Animation: Part Two – Rise of Disney

So, when we left off last time, the studios had risen up to take charge of animation, and one man, in particular, had just had his most popular character ripped away from him by his studio, and that man would go on, to say the least, to achieve much success regardless. Walter Elias Disney was…

Top 10 Robin Williams Performances

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost six years since the world lost Robin Williams, and it feels like we lost a little bit of joy with him. Many thousands of words have been written in the time since then eulogising someone who I consider to be one of the all-time greats. Not only a…

Was Arthur Fleck Really The Joker?

I think enough time has now passed since the release of Joker last year to properly delve into some talking points, now being a comfortable time to start giving away the kind of spoilers that would see me flogged in the street immediately post-release, but now people have had time to watch, there is now time…

A Look Back at April

If it was difficult to look at March’s output, then it’s going to be like solving a Rubix cube wearing oven mitts for April. At least March had the advent of actual new releases (remember cinemas? Those were the days…) April had no such luck, so I spent it looking back at older films, either…

A Look Back at March

Well, this last month seemed to go on forever, didn’t it? The world has ground to a halt thanks to the spread of a deadly virus, one that isn’t fictional this time, closing pretty much everything, including cinemas. But still, I have endeavoured to keep the site ticking over with reviews of older films, both…

A Look Back at February

So, two months, and twenty-two films, into 2020 and the year is starting to take shape a bit more. We’re still to see any of the year’s real blockbusters, arguable the biggest release of the year has been Sonic the Hedgehog, and although that film was better than it had any right to be, I’m still…