For decades, the animated films of Hayao Miyazaki have captured my imagination and changed my life. It’s hard to watch Kiki’s Delivery Service these days without crying and remembering all those years I spent watching it with my daughter as she was growing up. But time passes, and so do torches.
For Miyazaki and his anime [...]
No matter how hard or how often shortsighted television executives tried to assassinate it, Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s animated sci-fi satire Futurama has refused to expire. Payback is a shiny metal ass, fully bitten. To honor the anticipated return of the show’s half-finished season, and the recently greenlit seasons to come, I picked [...]
Uncompromising but repeatedly rewarding animator Peter Chung brought anime to the MTV generation with the epochal Aeon Flux. His technocultural inquiry injected philosophy and heart into The Animatrix. But his newest CGI film Firebreather, Cartoon Network’s first, is an amped monster sci-fi hiding out in high school. I chatted up the opinionated Chung again for [...]
For animation and anime lovers, Genndy Tartakovksy is toon royalty. He’s made crossover kids’ stuff Dexter’s Laboratory and The Power Puff Girls, and more mature essentials like the award-winning Samurai Jack and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Now he’s back at last after years working on films like Iron Man 2 with a whole new [...]
M. Night Shyamalan’s cinematic compression of Nickelodeon’s stunning animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender has serious fandom boots to fill. And it needs much more time to fill them.
Like the Fire Nation’s obsessive, disgraced Prince Zuko, Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, the first installment in a planned film trilogy, could use more patience and less tortured [...]
This was one of my favorite pieces of the year so far. I wrote it for Wired.com, but I’m not sure they appreciated it as much as I did. Maybe it’s because I saw Ralph Bakshi films in the ’70s and ’80s, and they utterly blew my mind. And Peter Jackson’s. And John Kricfalusi’s. And [...]
For some ridiculous reason, it took Disney a year to get Japanese animation auteur Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film Ponyo across the pond. Maybe because it took that long for Miley Cyrus’ sister and the Bonus Jonas to make a hideous autotuned theme song? Whatever the reason, the wait it over at last.
And it was worth [...]