First Impressions: Pixar’s Monsters At Work is facile family viewing that should entertain young audiences

June 29, 2021

Supported by Pixar but not specifically animated by them, Monsters At Work serves as a direct continuation of 2001’s Monsters, Inc., picking up in the hours after learning the laughter of children is a much more efficient way to energise their city over the nightmarish screams they used to evoke. Despite the sequel feel of […]

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Win a family pass to new animated adventure film Cranston Academy: Monster Zone

June 15, 2021

Thanks to Rialto Distribution we have five family passes (Admit 4) to give away to the upcoming release of the animated adventure Cranston Academy: Monster Zone, featuring the voices of Jamie Bell and our own Ruby Rose, in Australian cinemas from June 24th, 2021, just in time for school holidays. Bullied for his intelligence and struggling […]

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Interview: Ron’s Gone Wrong directors Sarah Smith and Jean-Philippe Vine on addressing social media and physical separation

June 10, 2021

To coincide with the trailer launch of Ron’s Gone Wrong, the latest animated comedy adventure from 20th Century Studios telling the story of a socially awkward middle-schooler and his digitally-connected, walking, talking “best friend” whose hilarious malfunctions set him apart in this digital age, Peter Gray chatted with the film’s directors, Sarah Smith and Jean-Philippe […]

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Disney: The Magic of Animation exhibit to bring wonder to Melbourne this winter

May 13, 2021

Australia’s national museum of screen culture, ACMI (formerly Australian Centre for the Moving Image), has brought the internationally acclaimed Disney: The Magic of Animation exhibit to Melbourne for its Australian debut as part of the city’s Melbourne Winter Masterpiece series. From today, May 13th, through to Sunday, October 17th 2021, the exhibition celebrates a near-century […]

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Film Review: Tom & Jerry is a kitty litter-filled excuse of a film that dishonours the cartoon’s legacy

March 31, 2021

Given the fact that Tom & Jerry screenwriter Kevin Costello has a duo of self-aware, critically acclaimed projects to his name – the dramedy Brigsby Bear and Jean Claude Van Damme’s underrated television series Jean Claude Van Johnson – one might think he’d be able to create something innovative off the basis of 7-minute cartoon […]

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Film Review: The Croods: A New Age is a cheerful slice of family entertainment

December 17, 2020

Given that it’s been 7 years since the first Croods movie was released, the original target audience are all likely scattered across primary and high school now.  But displaying the sense that it honestly doesn’t care about this statistic, The Croods: A New Age delights all the same, and very much presents itself as its […]

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Interview: The Croods: A New Age director Joel Crawford on finally getting a sequel off the ground and the coup of the original cast returning

November 25, 2020

To coincide with the US release of the hotly anticipated sequel The Croods: A New Age (set for a North American date of November 25th), our own Peter Gray caught up with the film’s director, Joel Crawford, to discuss the coup of reuniting the original cast and furthering the emotional aspect of the original story. […]

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Film Review: Coco (USA, 2017) is yet another irresistible fable from a studio uniquely versed in their ways of storytelling

December 18, 2017

We really shouldn’t be overly surprised at this point when Pixar release yet another beautiful, thought provoking, emotionally stirring film. What’s more important is the respective film’s ranking in the overall studio canon, and if it will earn longevity (ala Toy Story) or leave little impression (2015’s The Good Dinosaur). Time will tell if Coco […]

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Is a Bob’s Burgers movie such a good idea?

October 10, 2017

At a time when most animated programmes are crass, cruel or just plain depressing, it’s heartening to know that a show like Bob’s Burgers appears on our screens. The colourful hand-drawn sitcom follows the inane adventures of Bob Belcher (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) as he and his family try to operate their fast-food restaurant […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to BoJack Horseman

September 6, 2017

This weekend heralds the return of everyone’s favourite anthropomorphic horse, with Netflix streaming the eagerly awaited fourth season of BoJack Horseman. Since its premiere in 2014, the animated comedy has received much praise from critics – despite an initially frosty reception – with some going as far as to call it the best television series […]

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Film Review: Sing (G) (USA, 2016) is a pleasant outing for families this holiday season

December 21, 2016

Stacking itself plentiful with a heft of pop songs ranging from the classic sounds of Lennon & McCartney to the modern screech of Lady GaGa, Sing is a jukebox musical of sorts that’s suitably bold and bright. Seemingly content not reaching for critical acclaim in the same vein as recent animated offerings like Zootopia, this […]

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Fans of The Lion King don’t seem impressed Disney are doing a live action remake with Jon Favreau

September 29, 2016

So Disney today announced that they’re undertaking a “re-imagining” of the all-time best-ever family film The Lion King. And it nearly broke Twitter. No. Stop. You've gone too far this time. Back away from that script right now, sir! — Liz Tierney (@eliztierney13) September 28, 2016 Lion King remake… *sigh! Must all things be ruined? 🤔 — Cate […]

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Ice Age: Collision Course co-director Galen T. Chu reflects on Scrat, Blue Sky Studios and the record-breaking fifth film

June 22, 2016

14 years after the release of the original, the Ice Age series today embarks on an intergalactic, earth-shattering journey in what is the fifth feature film in the franchise – the first animated series to reach such a milestone. But it shouldn’t come as any surprise. In spite of lukewarm reviews, the last two instalments went on […]

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ACMI presents ‘Screen It’ 2016 with this year’s theme revealed!

March 3, 2016

Children creatives, this one’s for you! ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) are on the lookout for young and inspired children to enter Australia’s student film competition, Screen It. This year’s theme, Mystery, will spark the creativity of school students around the country in making authentic and inventive films, animations and video games. Screen It […]

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Exclusive Interview: Jim Murphy, director of Pixar’s Lava, discusses the short film’s origins, and more

June 5, 2015

Jim Murphy, director of Pixar’s newest short film Lava sat down with us at SXSW to talk about the beauty of showing shorts before features, how he approached creating the film, pitching ideas to Pixar, and more. The film will be premiering in Australia later this month, playing before Inside Out, which premieres on June […]

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TV DVD Review: The Simpsons – The Complete Seventeenth Season (USA, 2014)

December 29, 2014

The Simpsons is one great but frustrating TV show. The animated series about our favourite dysfunctional family and the other characters that inhabit Springfield is now in its 26th series. The DVD releases are a little delayed with season 17 (which aired in 2005) only just being released. In the style of the more recent […]

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Producer Roy Conli talks about the creation of Disney’s Big Hero 6

December 26, 2014

Having produced the hit Tangled, and been part of the team behind Wreck-It Ralph and the sensation that is Frozen, Roy Conli is part of Disney’s incredible track record from the last few years. His latest effort sees him serving as the Producer for Big Hero 6 – which was released in Australian cinemas today (read […]

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Film Review: The House of Magic (USA, 2014)

September 17, 2014

If you’re a fan of amazing CGI effects, a rollicking soundtrack and Hollywood superstars lending their voices to bring a story to life, then The House of Magic, produced and directed by Ben Stassen, is probably not going to sit well with you.  If you’re after a simply story to help while away 80 odd […]

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Film Review: Disney Planes – Fire & Rescue (USA, 2014)

September 16, 2014

Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cooke) has defied all odds, transforming himself from a small town crop duster to a global aerial racing champion. Planes: Fire & Rescue is the next exciting chapter to his story, following his training with the unsung heroes of Piston Peak’s fire and rescue unit. After a routine practice session […]

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DragonBall Z: Battle of Gods to Screen in Cinemas Across Australia & New Zealand on August 30

August 4, 2014

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will screen in theatres across Australia and New Zealand, and tickets are available now! Madman have announced the screenings will take place as a very special Reel Anime event on August 30th. Ticketholders will also receive a free A2 poster from participating cinemas on the day, subject to availability. […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Yearbook (USA, 2013)

June 15, 2014

There’s only one time in my life that I can recall having something that I can only describe as an anxiety attack. It was at a Brian Cox lecture in Sydney last year and I believe it was when the rockstar physicist was describing the moment when the Earth would cease to exist. The very […]

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Film Review: Daddy I’m a Zombie (Papá, soy una zombi) (PG) (Spain, 2012)

May 4, 2014

On the surface, the promise of Daddy I’m a Zombie’s Tim Burton animation style and horror/comedy sensibilities is appealing. Given the rising popularity of animated films within the genre (such as Coraline and Paranorman), there was hope that this Spanish feature might solidly deliver the same type of visual enchantment. Unfortunately it’s unpolished production, puzzling […]

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New trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies online.

April 14, 2014

Dreamworks Animation pleasantly surprised everyone when they released How to Train Your Dragon back in 2010. What could have been a generic kids movie about dragons turned out to be a moving portrait of friendship and acceptance that viewers of any age could enjoy. Four years later and we are a few months away from […]

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Film Review: The Lego Movie (PG) (Australia/USA, 2014)

April 1, 2014

If you don’t end up walking out of this movie with a nostalgic tinge for your childhood or singing “Everything Is Awesome” or wanting to buy Lego then you must be a robot. This movie has been one of the hotly anticipated films of the year and with good reason. A combination of stop motion […]

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Hello Asia! Film Review: The Wind Rises (Japan, 2013)

March 3, 2014

The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) is the much heralded and final offering from legendary Japanese animated feature film director of Studio Ghibli fame – Hayao Miyazaki. In true Miyazaki style, it is loosely based on historical events steeped deeply in fantasy and adventure. Although this film is a highly fictionalised biography, it pays tribute to […]

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Film Review: Frozen (PG) (USA, 2013)

December 25, 2013

The Little Mermaid. Beauty and the Beast. Aladdin. The Lion King. These animated musical classics were all released within a 5 year period (1989-1994) when Disney animation was at its high point. This fruitful period, known as the Disney Renaissance, continued until the end of the century and also included films such as Mulan (1998) and Tarzan (1999). However, during the […]

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New Trailer: The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu – Japan, 2013)

November 28, 2013

The grandmaster of animation, Hayao Miyazaki, made the somewhat unexpected announcement of his retirement from filmmaking a few months back when his film The Wind Rises played at the Venice Film Festival. The film’s trailer has arrived, and after great reviews from the festival circuit I’m hoping it’s a great watch. The film tells the […]

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New Trailer and Character Posters Revealed: The Lego Movie (USA/Australia, 2014)

November 14, 2013

Being produced right here in Australia at Animal Logic (Happy Feet), is the new film from Phil Lord & Christopher Miller – directors of 21 Jump Street and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The film is the first ever full length theatrical LEGO adventure, and is aptly titled The LEGO Movie, set for an Australian cinematic […]

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