MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE – Review by Leslie Combemale

If you love dogs, independent films, and Fauvist artists like Henri Matisse, Marona’s Fantastic Tale is the movie for you. Creative animation –the way emotions, personalities, and experiences are shown in inventive, artistic ways — makes Marona’s Fantastic Tale vibrant, compelling and, I’d even say, magical to watch.

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Michelle O’Reilly talks Arcana Studios, Animation and Graphic Novels – Marina Antunes interviews

Being a woman in two under-represented industries, comics and animation, is no easy feat, but Michelle O;Reilly takes it all in stride, and she takes full advantage of whatever opportunities she can to close the gender gap. “We try really hard, especially within the studio, to give women opportunities in any way we can.”

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ONWARD – Review by Susan Granger

Seeking to revive enchantment, this new, animated Disney fantasy is set in suburban New Mushroomton, populated by mythical creatures: scavenging unicorns, punky motorcycle-riding pixies and pointy-eared elves – like angst-riddled Ian Lightfoot, who yearns for a connection with his father who died of cancer before he was born.

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I LOST MY BODY – Review by Diane Carson

Into the increasingly diverse and strange world of animation comes the Academy Award nominated feature I Lost My Body. Faithful to the title, a severed hand, the central character, if you will, flees a Parisian laboratory, fighting to extract itself from a medical facility’s refrigerator, to find its missing body. Yes, that’s correct, in this unique nightmarish tale.

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SPOTLIGHT December 2019: Leslie Iwerks, Filmmaker, THE IMAGINEERING STORY

Leslie Iwerks is either Disney royalty, or a Disney brat, depending on whether you’re talking to fans or the director herself. She’s the grand-daughter of animator and inventor Ub Iwerks, one of Walt Disney’s oldest friends, creator of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and co-creator with Disney of Mickey Mouse. She is the daughter of technical innovator, lifetime Oscar Award winner, and Disney Legend Don Iwerks. As documentary director/producer, she has a distinguished career in film and an Oscar nominee for her work on The Pixar Story.

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Review by Susan Granger

With Halloween around the corner, this animated, sinister sequel with its snap-happy theme song has timing in its favor. In the ‘origin’ prologue, Gomez (voiced by Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (voiced by Charlize Therson) Addams are being married. Part of the ceremony involves putting a lime in a coconut and drinking it, like the 1971 Harry Nilsson song, as they vow to make each other unhappy for the rest of their lives.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK October 11, 2019: DILILI IN PARIS

Michel Ocelot’s Dilili in Paris isn’t your standard animated kids’ fare — not by a long shot. And that’s a good thing. With its sophisticated Belle Epoque setting and parade of cultural and artistic figures and references, it’s almost like taking a trip to a colorful, informative, interactive museum. Which is somewhat apropos, given that we first meet young Dilili (voiced by Prunelle Charles-Ambron) when she’s participating in a living cultural exhibit of the Kanak people.

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ABOMINABLE – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Mostly aimed at the 10 and younger crowd, the movie offers plenty of eye-popping and ear-pleasing spectacle for all ages, from gorgeous scenes at the Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan, where Yi plays a violin cover of Coldplay so beautiful that it conjures natural wonders, to a glitzy sequence on the Shanghai Tower, where the kids use the mega-skyscraper’s daily light show to ditch Burnish’s thugs.

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