Jeff York

The Live-Action “Dumbo” Forgets to Keep It Simple

The Live-Action “Dumbo” Forgets to Keep It Simple

The classic Disney animated feature Dumbo from 1941 was a mere 64 minutes long. The new live-action version is one-hour and 52 minutes. This new take on the material pads out the story, adding dozens of human characters into the mix while lessening the focus on the baby elephant character with the ginormous ears. As […]

 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 […]

 Jeff York

Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is a Charmer for All Ages

Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is a Charmer for All Ages

 Walt Disney Pictures has done an agile job turning their vault of animated films into live-action updates. “Cinderella”, “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast” are just three of the cartoon classics that made the transition successfully over the past decade. And while some may have assumed they were done merely for commerce or […]