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The Iron Giant - * * * 1/2*

Ted Hughes’ children’s book, The Iron Giant, has been adapted before (most notably as a rock album by Peter Townsend), but never as a movie. However, the universal story and themes, combined with its sci-fi subject matter, makes the Iron … Continue reading

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South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut - * * *

It was inevitible that the cable cartoon hit South Park would eventually worm its way into theaters. A show stifled even by the minimal censorship of cable TV, South Park was begging for the freedom to be as crude and … Continue reading

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Tarzan - * * *

After their success with the spoofy George of the Jungle, it seems odd that Disney would focus on the legend of Tarzan for their latest animated feature. Still, the Edgar Rice Burroughs story is a classic, with plenty of good … Continue reading

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Doug’s 1st Movie - * *

Following the success of The Rugrats Movie, Disney has been quick to follow suit. Doug’s 1st Movie takes the TV cartoon staple, Doug, and plops him where he doesn’t quite belong: on the movie screen. The result is mildly entertaining … Continue reading

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The King and I - * 1/2*

The King and I at first seems like simply an animated adaptation of the Broadway musical. But, upon closer inspection, it is a actually only partially an adaptation, mixing in new “kid-friendly” (and very familiar) characters and subplots. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

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Prince of Egypt - * * *

When Dreamworks first set up an animation division to rival Disney, it was a lofty goal. And their first traditionally animated film, The Prince of Egypt, makes some bold steps. Telling the tale of Moses, the film eschews Disney’s traditionally … Continue reading

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A Bug’s Life - * * * 1/2*

The season’s second computer-animated ant tale (following Antz) has finally hit the theaters. It lacks some of the earlier film’s sophisticated humor, but more than makes up for it with its rich animation and endearing characters. The ant colony on … Continue reading

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The Rugrats Movie - * *

The Rugrats have made their way from Nickelodeon to the big screen, and the result is, well, alarmingly similar to the television cartoon. For those unfamiliar with the animated series, it is centered on the point of view of several … Continue reading

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Antz - * * *

In what seems to be the most unusual film trend of late, two studios are offering competing computer-animated-bug films. The first one out of the gate is Antz, the first animated film from Dreamworks SKG. Although not up to the … Continue reading

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Mulan - * * * 1/2*

Disney cements their place in the forefront of feature animation with the release of their latest animated adventure, Mulan. While it adheres a bit too close to the Disney formula to be perfect, it is nonetheless an entertaining film for … Continue reading

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