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“Characters Should Be Understandable In Their Vulnerabilities” Raphael Bob-Waksberg On ‘Bojack Horseman’

“Characters Should Be Understandable In Their Vulnerabilities” Raphael Bob-Waksberg On ‘Bojack Horseman’

Talking animals have been seen in films and TV shows for decades. There was even a show about a talking horse called Mister Ed that ran from 1961 – 1966. Fortunately, Ed was nowhere near as glib, melancholic, or self-destructive as Bojack Horseman, the washed-up former Hollywood star of the canceled TV show Horsing Around. We spoke […]

 Jim

“Around The World In 94 Minutes” Chris Butler Talks ‘Missing Link’

“Around The World In 94 Minutes” Chris Butler Talks ‘Missing Link’

Chris Butler, writer, director, storyboard artist and animator is somewhat of a fixture at LAIKA Animation Studios in Portland, Oregon. LAIKA is known for both its technologically advanced stop motion animation including Kuba and The Two Strings (2016), Paranorman (2012), and Coraline (2009). Butler shares a screenwriting credit an all three of these films although […]

 Jeff York

“The Lion King” Remake Tells Its Familiar Tale with Technical Bravado

“The Lion King” Remake Tells Its Familiar Tale with Technical Bravado

How you react to the remake of The Lion King will likely depend upon your attitude towards Disney’s “reimagining’” of their classics library. Some will see their latest effort as little more than box office greed, a new way to ring up dollars off an established property. Others will view the studio more generously, tipping […]

 Jeff York

Pixar is Four-for-Four with “Toy Story 4”

Pixar is Four-for-Four with “Toy Story 4”

As if being one of the greatest trilogies in film history wasn’t enough for the Toy Story franchise, along comes a fourth feature that’s just as fun, witty, and incredibly moving as the first three. Hats off to Pixar (and parent company Disney) for being four-for-four with Toy Story 4. This new film is one […]

 Jeff York

Five “The LEGO Movie 2” Rules Every Animated Film Should Follow

Five “The LEGO Movie 2”  Rules Every Animated Film Should Follow

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is a rare sequel that doesn’t feel redundant or like a cynical cash grab. Instead, it’s a clever film, well-made and hilarious, with plenty of heart too. Even more so, it’s an example of how to do animation properly on the big screen. It knows that even if […]