Animation

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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.

Star Trek Lower Decks

‘Star Trek’ Explores its First New Genre in 50 Years with ‘Lower Decks’

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The cartoon has the best chance yet for bringing new fans into the franchise.

Totoro Cas Van De Pol

More Cartoon Recaps and Fewer “Live-Action” Remakes, Please

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Why watch a redundant photorealistic remake when you can watch a charmingly irreverent recap video that’s under five minutes?

Rango Close Up

Animating Ugly: The Wonderful Weirdness of ‘Rango’

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Here’s a video essay celebrating the bizarre imagination of ‘Rango’.

Eli Short Film

Animating a Manic Episode: The Bold, Beautiful Sundance Short ‘Eli’

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What we’re watching: a true story that draws from the realms of high strangeness, magical thinking, and manic delusion.