Category: animation

Fantastic Planet [1973] ★★★½

 A psychedelic experience from start to finish, Rene Laloux’s richly rewarding “Fantastic Planet” (or “La planète Sauvage” in french) is unlike any animated movie you have ever seen. Set on a distant planet called Ygam where humans (called “Oms” here) are enslaved by giant blue creatures called Draags, […]

Zootropolis [2016] ★★★½

 I’m a sucker for Disney movies. But while I enjoyed most of their recent features (“Frozen”, “Big Hero 6”), I can’t remember the last time I loved a Disney animated movie as much as I loved “Zootropolis” (or “Zootopia” in the States). It evokes the best qualities of classic […]

The Peanuts Movie [2015] ★★★

After years of waiting, it’s a pleasure to finally sink into “The peanuts Movie”, the latest animated movie from Blue Sky Studios that radiates charm like no other film of its genre. The classic characters that Charles M. Shulz created for his series of  “Charlie Brown” stories have an irresitible appeal […]

The Little Prince [2015] ★★★

 A book that many people considered unfilmable has inspired one of the year’s most riveting and rewarding movies. I don’t like using hype words, but I found “The Little Prince” truly magical and completely immersive. Rather than observing the story from a distance we’re made to feel part of its […]

Inside Out [2015] ★★★½

Far too many contemporary animated movies are like fast food, easily digested and just easily forgotten. Then there’s the folks at Pixar, who never fail to impress me. Their latest feature, “Inside Out”, is an amazing achievement, for a variety of reasons. It’s a breathtaking ride into the realm of pure […]

Minions [2015] ★★★

 It’s difficult to talk about “Despicable Me” without mentioning the Minions. Family audiences have turned these unusual characters into a certified smash. I’m not surprised. Five years have turned the first two “Despicable Me” movies into a DVD babysitter for kids. Eventually, the Minions had to get their […]