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Blue Period Review

High-schooler Yatora Yaguchi (Hiromu Mineta) looks like a delinquent but works hard to achieve good grades so he can enter a good university, find a good job, and break off his family’s financial shackles. His life is dull and predictable—until he stumbles upon his senior’s artwork. Guided by teachers and fellow art club members, such […]

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Tom & Jerry: The Movie review – don’t bother

Rating – ⭐⭐ Usually it’s easy to get a film review to an appropriate length – good films have plenty to rave about, bad films have plenty to rant about, and mediocre-to-unremarkable films can be broken down into their interesting parts. Tom and Jerry: The Movie, of all films, is somehow so unappealing, so vanilla, […]

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Soul

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 5 stars As 2021 dawns, it marks just over 25 years since Pixar’s first animated feature – Toy Story (1995). It’s been a rollercoaster since then, as the studio have outdone themselves over and over, the quality of their films growing alongside the fidelity of computer animation. You could argue […]

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If Anything Happens I Love You: Review

Netflix’s short film If Anything Happens I Love You, is one of a kind. Dexterous animation melds with gripping music to render a heart-wrenching experience. Under the direction of Michael Govier and Will McCormack, it succeeds where films in similar categories fall short.  The twelve-minute animated film invites us on a journey of reconciliation. We […]

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Bojack Horseman: Is this the end of an era?

The summer after my junior year of high school, I was in between TV shows and in search of a mindless comedy to pass the time while I searched for a serious drama to binge-watch. One fateful day, I stumbled upon a cartoon about an anthropomorphic horse on Netflix. The show seemed silly enough, so […]

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Interview: Animator Will Anderson talks his BAFTA-nominated short film ‘Have Heart’

Edinburgh-based animator Will Anderson won the 2013 BAFTA Award for Best Short Animation for The Making of Longbird,  his graduate film for the Edinburgh College of Art. He has since been nominated in 2015 for Monkey Love Experiments and again in 2018 for his latest film Have Heart, which won Best Short Film at this […]

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The Bruvs

Adult animation is perhaps more popular than it has ever been before. Following in the footsteps of earlier Goliaths such as The Simpsons and South Park, new cartoons aimed at adults are being produced at an unprecedented rate. There has, however, never been a notable British adult animation. UKTV’s The Bruvs rectifies this issue, for […]

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Trolls

When a creepy monster ruins the trolls’ ultimate club night, Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick) drags her doom and gloom friend Branch (Justin Timberlake) to rescue their friends before they are eaten by the vicious Bergens. It’s a simple plot at its core, basking very much in the glory of The Lego Movie, which was also […]