Lupin The Third

Reimagining an Icon in ‘Lupin III: The First’


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


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


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


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



Coraline Ancient Storytelling

The Ancient Storytelling Rhythms of ‘Coraline’


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


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’


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


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.