Category: animation

Despicable Me 2 [2013] ★★★

It’s always difficult to cook up a sequel to a successful movie. But the folks at Universal Studios have managed to pull it off. “Despicable Me 2” feels fresh, funny and entertaining even if if the element of surprise is gone. The first movie was a huge hit, […]

Monsters University [2013] ★★★

Not every sequel (or prequel) works. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why director Dan Scanlon and his colleagues at Pixar put so much effort into “Monsters University, to validate its existence. It’s that love for animated films, along with creativity and seemingly boundless imagination, that makes this prequel so […]

Epic [2013] ★★★

  I said this once and I’ll say it again: I don’t ask a lot from animated features. As long as they’re entertaining, colorful and funny, I’m hooked. Chris Wedge, the director who brought us “Ice Age” and “Robots” has done it again with “Epic”. Here is an enjoyable, […]

The Croods [2013] ★★★

I had no idea what to expect from this animated feature, and to be honest , I thought the trailer was lame. So it’s with a great sense of relief and delight that I offer an enthusiastic review of “The Croods”.  It has a neat premise and often […]

Frankenweenie [2012]

The Oscar for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film belongs right here, even though the ravishing movie that Tim Burton has conjured up in “Frankenweenie” isn’t strictly animated in the computer-generated sense. Burton and his team used the stop-motion technique, which means taking puppets, about a foot tall, and […]

Brave [2012] ★★★

I approach each new Disney Pixar film with a combination of eagerness and apprehension: will it be as good as I want it to be? As far as “Brave” is concerned,  I knew within minutes that the answer was yes. Even though it doesn’t break any new grounds, I […]