Animation in film

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Muppet power! RSC uses puppet legends for My Neighbour Totoro staging
The RSC’s version of the Japanese classic has smashed box office records – before the curtain’s even gone up. We meet the Jim Henson puppeteers bringing Studio Ghibli’s beloved fluffy monsters to life

Chris Wiegand

28, Jun, 2022 @1:39 PM

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Pompo: The Cinephile review – anime love letter to movie-making
Takayuki Hirao’s animated feature is set in the fictional Nyallywood, where a B-movie producer in pigtails and a sailor dress takes on a serious-minded film about ageing, art and loss

Phuong Le

27, Jun, 2022 @2:00 PM

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The Sea Beast review – dazzling maritime adventure
A terrific animated escapade from Netflix, in which a plucky orphan hooks up with a misunderstood monster of the deep

Wendy Ide

26, Jun, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Minions: The Rise of Gru review – feeble origin story hopefully lays franchise to rest
This fifth instalment in the Despicable Me animation series spirals back to 1976 and a stolen mega-powerful amulet but the plot is perfunctory and it runs on the faintest of fumes

Peter Bradshaw

22, Jun, 2022 @6:00 PM

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Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe review – animated idiots return for sci-fi comedy
There are some funny moments in the feature-length return of Mike Judge’s long-running duo but there are also too many missed opportunities

AA Dowd

22, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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The Sea Beast review – feisty stowaway hunts monsters in lavish fantasy epic
There are rollicking action scenes and family-friendly humour in this visually sumptuous work from the director of Big Hero 6

Leslie Felperin

22, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Lightyear review – a trudge through outer space
Buzz is back on a mission – but it’s a disappointingly pedestrian one that lacks the wit and wonder of previous Pixar animations

Wendy Ide

19, Jun, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Best of Pixar: our writers’ favourite movies from Toy Story to Turning Red
To celebrate the release of Lightyear, Guardian writers detail their most-loved films from the animation studio’s back catalogue

Andrew Pulver, Jesse Hassenger, Radheyan Simonpillai, Charles Bramesco, Benjamin Lee, AA Dowd, Scott Tobias, Adrian Horton, Veronica Esposito and Lisa Wong Macabasco

17, Jun, 2022 @5:16 AM

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To infinity – actually, let’s go back: why can film franchises no longer look to the future?
Everywhere you look, Hollywood’s biggest science-fiction, fantasy and action franchises have stopped exploring uncharted territory, and put themselves into reverse gear

Nicholas Barber

15, Jun, 2022 @9:36 AM

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Mad God review – a gruesomely squelchy fever dream from Star Wars effects maestro
A 30-year side hustle for legendary talent Phil Tippett, this stop-motion horror, set in a hellish landscape, is suitably grisly and grating

Leslie Felperin

14, Jun, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Lightyear review – Toy Story spinoff boldly going beyond with a treat from Pixar
This cracking origin story for Toy Story’s spaceman hero is fun and clever and reminds us why we loved Pixar in the first place

Peter Bradshaw

13, Jun, 2022 @9:00 PM

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Saudi Arabia bans Pixar’s Lightyear over same-sex kiss
The Hollywood film has been banned in a number of countries in the Middle East because of a kiss between space ranger Alisha and her partner

Andrew Pulver

13, Jun, 2022 @1:43 PM

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