Animation

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Lupin The Third

Reimagining an Icon in ‘Lupin III: The First’

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Lupin III is one of the first icons of manga and anime history. A new film that takes the character into 3D animation for the first time lives up to all the expectations that come with that legacy.

Pixar Soul

The Middle-Aged Protagonist of ‘Soul’ is the Hero My Child-Self Needed

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Pixar’s latest endeavor is a crushing confrontation of self, but it offers tools to battle the inevitable onslaught of doubt.

Best Animated Series 2020

The 20 Best Animated Series of 2020

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With their fantastical escapes and beautiful worlds, these shows served as much-needed reprieves from a dark year.

Best Animated Movies of 2020

The 20 Best Animated Movies of 2020

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This year’s gems sprung from both the expected and unexpected corners of the medium.

The Croods A New Age

‘The Croods: A New Age’ is Bananas

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B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

Coraline Ancient Storytelling

The Ancient Storytelling Rhythms of ‘Coraline’

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There’s a reason ‘Coraline’ gets under your skin (and your eyeballs).

Crayon Shin Chan nostalgia

‘Crayon Shin-chan’ and the Dangers of Toxic Nostalgia

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Here’s what the ninth installment of the ‘Crayon Shin-chan’ series can teach us about the pitfalls and limitations of nostalgia.

Bigtop Burger Steve

Drop What You’re Doing and Watch ‘Bigtop Burger’

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Does anyone fancy a hamburger? From an interdimensional food truck run by clowns?

Avatar The Desert

‘Avatar: the Last Airbender’ Shows Us What Can Be Done With a Bottle Episode

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Here’s a video essay on why two episodes of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ are shining examples of a show using the bottle episode to its advantage.