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Goro Miyazaki's From Up On Poppy Hill Feels Anxiety of Anime Influence

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 [...]

Futurama: The Sci-Fi Toon That Wouldn’t Die

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 [...]

Aeon Flux Creator Peter Chung’s Firebreather is a Cross-Species CGI Missile

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 [...]

Genndy Tartakovky Powers Up Sym-Bionic Titan

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 [...]

The Last Airbender Blows Controversial

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 [...]

In Praise of Ralph Bakshi, Animation Pioneer

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 [...]

Sweet, Surreal Ponyo Is Worth The Wait

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 [...]

Wired Dump! Batman, Colbert, Robot Chicken, Stickman Exodus

My mind is wiped after a frenetic week spend on the content treadmill. On Friday alone, I tackled the fine programs in the subject line above. So I’ve decided to start a daily feature called the Wired Dump, wherein I offload part of my workday onto you, fine reader. Thank you for being so strong, [...]

<cite>Wonder Woman</cite> Plays The Sex Card

Like Superman and Batman before her, Wonder Woman has finally received her own mature animated film, which is definitely not for the kids. Unless you have kids in their teens. I reviewed the hotness for Wired the other day, which made waves thanks to a steady stream of sexual innuendo and sexualized backstory. Confused? Let [...]