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.

Star Trek Lower Decks

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


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


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’


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

Eli Short Film

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


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