Short Film: “The Girl and the Fox” (2011)

“The Girl and the Fox” Premise: A young girl who lives in the wilderness with her family takes it upon herself to hunt a fox that has been killing their livestock. I like short movies like this. It’s a simple, sweet concept well-drawn and animated. The characters have bold, clear designs, uncluttered by unnecessary lines,Continue reading “Short Film: “The Girl and the Fox” (2011)”

Short Film: “Paperman”

I was going to put a slightly-snarky-but-actually-pretty-sincere clever quip right here, but it contained a spoiler, and I don’t feel like spoiling the sweet little surprise of such a short film. Disney itself, as separate from Pixar, hasn’t been doing so well in the animated features department for a few years (with the possible exceptionContinue reading “Short Film: “Paperman””

Short Film: “Night Light”

I promise, an actual Post of Original Content will come before too long. I’ve got the Meme to finish and a bunch of other overdue stuff as well. But first, another pretty animated short film. I had to watch it twice to understand what was going on, because it flies by so quickly, but it’sContinue reading “Short Film: “Night Light””

Short Film: “Crayon Dragon”

I’m back! My visit with the exceedingly lovely ladies Melpomene and Urania was a blast, and included a very productive visit to a very large Half Price Books (and Records and MGZNs). I may report on my book finds later. The Meme shall also be taken up again, although upon returning home I was immediatelyContinue reading “Short Film: “Crayon Dragon””

Movie Review: “The Secret of Kells” (2009)

Title: The Secret of Kells (2010) IMDb Director: Tomm Moore (yes, two M’s) Voice Actors: Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally Score Composer: Bruno Coulais Length: 75 minutes Rating (US): No MPAA rating; suitable for older children, but beware of a few very intense, scary sequences, including an implied slaughter of village folkContinue reading “Movie Review: “The Secret of Kells” (2009)”

Short Film: “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” (2008)

Ah, Grandmas. They’re warm and cuddly, right? They’re wise and experienced. They tell histories and bedtime stories. The sympathize with the young folk, even when they complain that the young folk are too loud. They’re very sweet. Right? Right? Well, not Granny O’Grimm, so much. She comes by her name honestly. Oh, she’d very muchContinue reading “Short Film: “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” (2008)”

Movie Review: “Dragon Hunters” (2008)

Title: Dragon Hunters (2008) (IMDb) (Chasseurs de dragons in its original French) Director: Guillaume Ivernel and Arthur Qwak Voice Actors (US dub): Forest Whitaker, Rob Paulsen, Mary Mouser Score Composer: Klaus Badelt (of Pirates of the Caribbean fame) Length: about 80 minutes, but it sure feels longer Rating (US): PG for “scary images, fantasy action,Continue reading “Movie Review: “Dragon Hunters” (2008)”

Short Film: “The Lady and the Reaper”

I’ve never been one for all the ghoulish, ghastly horrors that popular culture celebrates at Halloween. There is something unnerving, and perhaps unhealthy, about the intensity with which some people indulge in and fetishize the macabre. Yet I acknowledge there’s some innocent fun to be had when playing with “scary” things that go bump inContinue reading “Short Film: “The Lady and the Reaper””

Short Film: “The Lighthouse Keeper” by Gobelins School of the Image

Those who know me personally may be aware of my peculiar fascination with lighthouses. The romance and symbolism of those beacons attracts me, romances me, and causes me to think of important things. The vital responsibilities, the potential loneliness of the keepers, the beauty and conflict of the two worlds, land and sea, meeting atContinue reading “Short Film: “The Lighthouse Keeper” by Gobelins School of the Image”

Short Film: “After the rain” by Gobelins School of the Image

Fishing with bananas as bait can catch you some strange creatures, apparently. This may be my favorite of the Gobelins short films so far. It’s a real story, for one. It’s funny, beautiful, energetic, touching, and pretty understandable (despite a heavily fantastic nature). A perfect example is how the blue creature moves: it breaks allContinue reading “Short Film: “After the rain” by Gobelins School of the Image”