MY FATHER’S DRAGON – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Based on the 1948 children’s book by Ruth Stiles Gannett and lovingly hand-drawn from a child’s perspective, the animated film My Father’s Dragon hits the sweet spot, offering young viewers a whimsical adventure amid a coming-of-age tale. It’s gentle and charming, with characters who behave in unexpected ways. Airing on Netflix, it assembles an impressive creative team, from director Nora Twomey and screenwriter Meg LeFauve to the voice cast, including Rita Moreno , Jacob Tremblay and Gaten Matarazzo.

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10 International Animated Films That Showcase World Cultures – Dana Ziyasheva reports (Guest Post)

The United States has always been a culturally diverse country, and it will become even more so in the future. In 2019, more than half of Americans under age 16 identified as a racial or ethnic minority for the first time – so not really a minority after all! Young audiences want to relate to what they’re watching, explore their heritage, and learn about their friends’ cultural background. And Hollywood has started to take notice: Moana, Mulan, Coco, and Encanto added ethnic diversity to Disney/Pixar’s time-tested formula, with action-packed, broad-stroke narratives centered on their title characters’ identity search.

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SON OF THE WHITE MARE – Review by Diane Carson

Based on Hungarian folktales, director Marcell Jankovics’ Son of the White Mare offers wildly inventive, psychedelic animation with astonishing artistic flourishes and dazzling storytelling. Its opening statement, “In memory of the Scythians, Huns, Avars and other nomadic peoples,” sets the stage for a trip to “a land far, far from here, almost at the gates of Hell.”

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THE WOLF HOUSE – Review by Diane Carson

Cinema today offers a treasure trove of animated films, nothing more imaginative than the Chilean fantasy The Wolf House, La Casa Lobo in its original Spanish. Writers/directors Joaquin Cociña and Cristóbal León transform a fairy tale nightmare into a haunting, disturbing story through stop-motion animation using what looks like paper mâché characters along with two and three dimensional objects.

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RUBEN BRANDT: COLLECTOR – Review by Martha K. Baker

Ruben Brandt: Collector draws on art. Nominees for Best Animated Film of 2018 were lackluster to say the least, but the list for 2019 will be led by the astounding Ruben Brandt: Collector. The plot is tiny and almost unessential, but the execution of the animation will open your eyes and the music will alert you to more art.

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