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December 5, 1997 | by Dave McNary, Los Angeles Daily News
Hollywood's animation war heated up as upstart DreamWorks SKG committed to co-financing and releasing "Chicken Run," a full-length comedy from the industry's leading clay-animation producer. DreamWorks, of which film director Steven Spielberg is a partner, has committed to four other animated movies. It announced Wednesday it will team with French distributor Pathe on the Aardman Animations project but gave no release date. "We haven't even started production yet," a spokeswoman said.
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May 9, 1996 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
"Ghost in the Shell," one of the animated movies in this year's Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, is part of the new wave of art meshing high-tech drawing techniques with cyber-punk stories. Directed by Mamoru Oshii ("Appleseed") and adapted from the popular "Manga" comic strip, "Ghost in the Shell" is the story of a government agent tracking down a computer hacker. Both the agent and the hacker are cyborgs - machines with human intelligence, and perhaps the essence of the human soul.
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April 17, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarr@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
DAVID ALICEA, 2, and his uncle Joey Rivera, 13, often enjoyed watching Lightning McQueen in the animated "Cars" movies. But that won't happen anymore. A speeding vehicle struck David and his mother Monday night in front of their Fairhill home. The driver never stopped. "They took our angel away from us," Gloria Aponte said of David, breaking down in tears just a few feet from where her grandson was hit. David succumbed to his injuries early yesterday. His mother, Josephine Rivera, 19, survived but remained at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
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September 26, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"THE BOXTROLLS" comes to us from Laika, the animation studio behind "Coraline" and "ParaNorman," movies that share a knack for the grotesque. Laika goes nuts with it in "The Boxtrolls," the story of a boy raised by nocturnal trolls, though these creatures are anything but macabre - they are, in fact, the cutest thing in animated movies since the the minions of "Despicable Me. " The truly ugly figures here are the grown-up humans, administrators of...
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February 16, 2001 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
"Recess: School's Out" indicates that somebody at Disney has had an overdue brainstorm. Whether that person works in animation or accounting is open to question. Disney, as you know, has a long and honorable tradition of applying top-notch artistic talent to classic stories, usually resulting in first-rate family entertainment. Its animated movies, while time-consuming and expensive to produce, usually post box office in the $80 million to $100 million range, sometimes more.
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June 30, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the third installment in the animated movies about goofy prehistoric animals who form an interspecies clan. One might call this feeble attempt to wring every last nickel from a moderately enjoyable franchise The Crass Menagerie . The best thing about the Ice Age movies has always been the tangential plotline about Scrat, the very hungry rodent, who stalks an elusive acorn to the ends of the earth. The worst thing about this one is that the film's other wild and woolly characters stalk an even more elusive story.
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July 1, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the third installment in the animated movies about goofy prehistoric animals who form an interspecies clan. One might call this feeble attempt to wring every last nickel from a moderately enjoyable franchise The Crass Menagerie. The best thing about the Ice Age movies has always been the tangential plotline about Scrat, the very hungry rodent, who stalks an elusive acorn to the ends of the Earth. The worst thing about this one is that the film's other wild and woolly characters stalk an even more elusive story.
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January 24, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com215-854-5992
Today's Oscar nominations set the stage for an Oscar season marked by arguments that may get incredibly loud, and a race that will be incredibly close. Right now, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" is the nominal favorite with 11 nominations, just ahead of the neo-silent movie "The Artist," with 10. Dig into the actor/actress/writing/directing categories, though, and you'll see a voting body with its collective mind going in a million directions. There were nine nominations for best picture, and you can usually look for the eventual best picture winner among the best director category, where the five nominees are Terrence Malick ("Tree of Life")
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2012
YESTERDAY'S OSCAR nominations set the stage for an Oscar season marked by arguments that may get incredibly loud, and a race that will be incredibly close. Right now, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" is the nominal favorite with 11 nominations, just ahead of the neo-silent movie "The Artist," with 10. Dig into the actor/actress/writing/directing categories, though, and you'll see a voting body with its collective mind going in a million directions. There were nine nominations for best picture, and you can usually look for the eventual best-picture winner among the best-director category, where the five nominees are Terrence Malick ("Tree of Life")
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April 17, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarr@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
DAVID ALICEA, 2, and his uncle Joey Rivera, 13, often enjoyed watching Lightning McQueen in the animated "Cars" movies. But that won't happen anymore. A speeding vehicle struck David and his mother Monday night in front of their Fairhill home. The driver never stopped. "They took our angel away from us," Gloria Aponte said of David, breaking down in tears just a few feet from where her grandson was hit. David succumbed to his injuries early yesterday. His mother, Josephine Rivera, 19, survived but remained at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
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September 26, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"THE BOXTROLLS" comes to us from Laika, the animation studio behind "Coraline" and "ParaNorman," movies that share a knack for the grotesque. Laika goes nuts with it in "The Boxtrolls," the story of a boy raised by nocturnal trolls, though these creatures are anything but macabre - they are, in fact, the cutest thing in animated movies since the the minions of "Despicable Me. " The truly ugly figures here are the grown-up humans, administrators of...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2012
YESTERDAY'S OSCAR nominations set the stage for an Oscar season marked by arguments that may get incredibly loud, and a race that will be incredibly close. Right now, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" is the nominal favorite with 11 nominations, just ahead of the neo-silent movie "The Artist," with 10. Dig into the actor/actress/writing/directing categories, though, and you'll see a voting body with its collective mind going in a million directions. There were nine nominations for best picture, and you can usually look for the eventual best-picture winner among the best-director category, where the five nominees are Terrence Malick ("Tree of Life")
NEWS
January 24, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com215-854-5992
Today's Oscar nominations set the stage for an Oscar season marked by arguments that may get incredibly loud, and a race that will be incredibly close. Right now, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" is the nominal favorite with 11 nominations, just ahead of the neo-silent movie "The Artist," with 10. Dig into the actor/actress/writing/directing categories, though, and you'll see a voting body with its collective mind going in a million directions. There were nine nominations for best picture, and you can usually look for the eventual best picture winner among the best director category, where the five nominees are Terrence Malick ("Tree of Life")
NEWS
April 29, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, 215-854-5992
Feature animation had an explosively great year in 2009, so it's startling to be reminded in "Waking Sleeping Beauty" that it was all but dead 20 years ago. This inside documentary (made by animators) about the fall and the rise of the House of Disney starts in the early 1980s, when once-mighty Disney bombed with "The Black Cauldron" and corporate bean counters talked about junking the white-elephant animation division to free up money for Bette Midler movies. New chairman Michael Eisner, though, was a believer in animation (or at least in the power of its brand)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the third installment in the animated movies about goofy prehistoric animals who form an interspecies clan. One might call this feeble attempt to wring every last nickel from a moderately enjoyable franchise The Crass Menagerie. The best thing about the Ice Age movies has always been the tangential plotline about Scrat, the very hungry rodent, who stalks an elusive acorn to the ends of the Earth. The worst thing about this one is that the film's other wild and woolly characters stalk an even more elusive story.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2009 | By LAURA RANDALL For the Daily News
When it comes to personal preference, Queen Latifah's taste in animated films runs more along the lines of "Dungeons & Dragons" than "Alvin and the Chipmunks. " One of her all-time favorites is "Heavy Metal," the 1981 sci-fi/fantasy cult favorite known for its sex, loud music, and horror. "It's not quite a kid's movie, but I did see it as a kid and I thought it was pretty cool," the rapper-turned-Oscar-nominated actress recalled. Still, when 20th-Century Fox approached her about taking on the voice of Ellie the Woolly Mammoth in the sequel to the first "Ice Age," she told her agents to make it happen.
NEWS
June 30, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the third installment in the animated movies about goofy prehistoric animals who form an interspecies clan. One might call this feeble attempt to wring every last nickel from a moderately enjoyable franchise The Crass Menagerie . The best thing about the Ice Age movies has always been the tangential plotline about Scrat, the very hungry rodent, who stalks an elusive acorn to the ends of the earth. The worst thing about this one is that the film's other wild and woolly characters stalk an even more elusive story.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2002 | By LAURA RANDALL For the Daily News
Mushmouth, Dumb Donald and Old Weird Harold will all be back. So will the junkyard. So will the daily life lessons that were always served up with the humor. Fat Albert, the famed cartoon character based on Bill Cosby's stand-up acts about his Philly childhood, starts his journey to the big screen next month, when shooting begins in Los Angeles with a live cast, major studio budget, and the support of the Cos himself. The movie version mixes animation with live action and won't be exactly the same as the long-running CBS TV series "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," director Forest Whitaker told the Daily News.
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