Jeff York

5 Reasons the Animated Batman Still Bests the Live-Action Versions

5 Reasons the Animated Batman Still Bests the Live-Action Versions

Batman: Hush, the new animated Batman movie that hit VOD last Tuesday, is flawed and missing a lot of the narrative that made Jeff Loeb and Jim Lee’s graphic novel so exquisite. Still, even with a truncated running time of only one hour and twenty-one minutes, and an ending different from the comics, it still […]

 Jeff York

What Makes for a Successful Live-Action Adaptation of a Disney Cartoon?

What Makes for a Successful Live-Action Adaptation of a Disney Cartoon?

The new live-action version of Dumbo made a respectable $45 million its opening weekend, but its 50% fresh score at RottenTomatoes.com helps explain why it didn’t do better. Most critics, like yours truly, praised its production values and the adorable CGI-created title character, but the other elements of director Tim Burton’s reimagining were mostly detrimental. […]

 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 […]