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4 years 11 months ago

'Waking' Disney from animation slumber

Animation had sunk so low at Walt Disney by the early 1980s that artists at the studio that invented feature-length cartoons would invoke the name of a slumbering Disney princess, wondering if she ever would awaken. The documentary "Waking Sleeping Beauty" picks up from there, relating the remarkable revival...

4 years 11 months ago

'How to Train Your Dragon' flies high

What a refreshing change "How to Train Your Dragon" brings to the cartoon world: The creatures are not all that cute, and they do not speak a word. DreamWorks Animation has been at the head of the pack for adorable, fast-talking critters with such movies as "Over the Hedge,"...

5 years 2 weeks ago

'South Park' ready to take on Tiger

Golf clubs in hands or not, the kids of "South Park" are ready to take on Tiger Woods. No subject is sacred for creators of the Comedy Central cartoon. So for the opening of its 14th season on Wednesday, the troubled golfer encounters Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman in...

5 years 1 month ago

Palin slams 'Family Guy' over Down character

Sarah Palin is lashing out at the portrayal of a character with Down syndrome on the Fox animated comedy "Family Guy." In a Facebook posting headlined "Fox Hollywood - What a Disappointment," the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and current Fox News contributor said Sunday night's episode felt like...

5 years 2 months ago

Some see racist theme in "Avatar"

It may seem strange for a film that pits greedy humans against noble natives of a faraway moon, but the sci-fi hit "Avatar" is being criticized by a small but vocal group of people who claim it contains racist themes. They contend the latest blockbuster by writer and director James...

5 years 2 months ago

'Avatar' reaches $1 billion worldwide

James Cameron's science-fiction epic "Avatar" had another stellar weekend with $68.3 million domestically, shooting past $1 billion worldwide, only the fifth movie ever to hit that mark. No. 1 for the third-straight weekend, 20th Century Fox's "Avatar" raised its domestic total to $352.1 million after just 17 days. The...

5 years 5 months ago

'Astro Boy' a wild and wonderful robot romp

Given my somewhat idiosyncratic taste in family films, I should probably start this review with a disclaimer - if you thought I was crazy for championing "Meet the Robinsons" and "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," then I'm probably never going to convince you that "Astro Boy" is a delightfully funny and...

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