Shrekiversary Double Take

Double Take: ‘Shrek’ at 20 and the Iconic Legacy of DreamWorks’ “All Star”

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It’s the 20th Shrekiversary. Time to peel back the layers.

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‘The Spine of Night’ is a Heavy Metal Parade of Violence


Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King celebrate Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta. If you don’t know who they are, move along.

Ralph Bakshi Lord of the Rings Rotoscoping

A Beginner’s Guide to Rotoscoping


What do a dancing walrus and a long-legged ghost have to do with jazz superstar Cab Calloway? Well, in a word: rotoscoping.

Jidlo Food Jan Švankmajer

The Morbid Delights of Jan Švankmajer’s ‘Food’


It’s a real gut-buster. In more ways than one. Here’s a video essay on the absurdist short film’s tonal tightrope walk.

Tom and Jerry Best Cartoons Hbo Max

The 10 Best ‘Tom and Jerry’ Cartoons


With the HBO Max release of ‘Tom & Jerry: The Movie’, we rank the ten best episodes depicting the savage conflict between cat and mouse.

Nate Milton Cassini Short Film

Identifying With Space Probes: The Cosmic Solitude of ‘Cassini’


Here’s a short animated film about loneliness, unlikely company, and the quiet beauty of a solitary space probe.

Blue Sky Animation

Remembering the Animation of Blue Sky Studios


As Disney shutters the 20th Century Fox animation division, we look back fondly on what they did best.

Pixar Lighting Soul

The Real Fake Lighting of Pixar’s ‘Soul’


Here’s a video essay on the development of Pixar’s ray tracing technology and its importance (and beauty) in their latest film.

Fantasia Ave Maria Sequence

How Animators Created the Elaborate “Ave Maria” Sequence for ‘Fantasia’


You know what doesn’t help an already challenging multiplane camera set up? An earthquake.