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Live-action Disney movies and how we devalue animation

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Spider-Man  Into The Spider-Verse was the best movie of 2018 (don’t @ me), and yet it wasn’t nominated, let alone even considered, for Best Picture at the Oscars earlier this year. This is no parts shocking, of course, because in the 91 years that the Academy has been delegating awards, there have only been three instances where an animated movie was nominated for Best Picture: Beauty and the Beast (1991), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010). Let that sink in for a second. Out of the 554 movies nominated for Best Picture over the course of 91 years, a staggering THREE were animated.

10 voice-actors you can thank for your childhood

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Voice actors are the unsung heroes of animation. They breathe energy into our favourite characters, often have many credits on a single show and slip under the radar when it comes to any sort of formal recognition. I could probably write an entire post about my contempt with the way animation is treated as a […]

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Isao Takahata, Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli, Dies At 82

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Isao Takahata, visionary Japanese director, screenwriter and producer best known for co-founding Studio Ghibli alongside partner Hayao Miyazaki, died on April 5 at the age of 82. Through his career, Takahata received worldwide acclaim for his directorial work of anime films. Such films include Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Only Yesterday (1991), Pom Poko (2013), and […]

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Avatar, and the benefit of a continuous story arc in cartoons

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I’m the biggest advocate for cartoons that I know, and yet, up until recently, I let my own biases control how I enjoy them. It wasn’t until I watched Avatar: The Last Airbender that I realized I’m just as guilty at trivializing animation. I finally got around to watching Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender a […]

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Death Note (2017) Movie Review: It’s a Hard No From Me.

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While, yes, the characters have the same name and roles, this adaption has made them so different from their original counterpart it’s laughable. Light Yagami turn Turner becomes an idiot lovelorn teenager with conscious; Misa turn Mia becomes a methodical death-fetishizer; L becomes a heavily irrational and overly emotional dumb dumb.