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21 Apr 2016 // 9:14 AM

‘Archer’, Season Seven, and the Fantasies of Success

Apolitical Archer eases into its seventh season with the same dedication to parody and fantasy that's always characterized the series.

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‘Zootopia’ Is An Amazing Animated Allegory and One of Disney’s Best

A flashy cartoon feast that deals with the concept of racism? Yes, Zootopia lives up to that promise, and offers much, much more. As with any work of art, the conversation it creates is as important as the entertainment value offered.

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HBO’s ‘Animals’ Turns Our Furry Friends into the Obnoxious Bro Next Door

Though occasionally funny, HBO's Animals is just not nearly as edgy as it thinks it is.

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More Po and His Pals Are Not A Bad Thing With ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

Kung Fu Panda 3 contains a lot of those necessary beats to keep fans happy. It also does so in a way to keep things from feeling stale.

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‘Steven Universe’: Cartoon Network’s Avant-Garde Animation

Steven Universe's brightly colored world offers nuanced characters and complex plots by doing everything "wrong" by the outmoded standards of typical animated programs.

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Steven Universe: Season 2, Episode 29 - “Log Date 7 15 2”

The conclusion to this week’s "StevenBomb" is a quiet episode that offers greater insight into Peridot.

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Steven Universe: Season 2, Episode 27 - “It Could’ve Been Great”

Peridot's the focus of an episode with an ominous cliffhanger that could spell large-scale changes for the character.

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7 Jan 2016 // 11:00 AM

Steven Universe: Season 2, Episode 25 - “The Answer”

The first episode of the new year doesn’t provide answers so much as clarification and a deeper understanding of both the characters and the sociopolitical aspects of the Gem Homeworld.

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‘Anomalisa’: Through a Puppet’s Eyes, Darkly

Like some slim and semi-acclaimed allegorical novel recently translated into English, Anomalisa is about existential rootlessness.

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This ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ Falls Short as a Tall Tale

The last (and least) of Gene Kelly's experiments with animation.

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The ‘Good Dinosaur’ Is a Familiar Beast

Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur features some of the studios’ most dazzling animation yet, but its story, while satisfying, borrows a few tricks from its predecessors.

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Both Old Fashioned and New Fangled, ‘The Peanuts Movie’ Is a Throwback Delight

A movie which combines the best of the late Charles Schulz's legacy with the technological tweaks of today.

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‘Extraordinary Tales’ Brings Edgar Allan Poe’s Classic Stories to Vivid Life

Five of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known stories are brought to vivid life in Extraordinary Tales.

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1 Oct 2015 // 10:29 AM

Why ‘Toy Story’ Was So Innovative 20 Years Ago

In the case of Toy Story, said John Lasseter, “ we knew what computer animation could do. What its strengths were. And we knew what it couldn’t do.”

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‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’ Isn’t All Just Fluff

Aardman Studios' stop-motion film introduces basic yet layered characters and sends them on clever, oftentimes funny adventures.

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‘Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist’ Is Older But Still Wise and Just As Funny

While this show is as funny now as it was when it first aired 20 years ago, the passing of time has given it even greater cultural meaning.

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Story-based Virtual Reality Short ‘Henry’ Is a Creative Game-changer

SAN FRANCISCO — On a recent afternoon in sparsely chic offices, the people making the virtual-reality animated short “Henry” convened to watch footage of their cutting-edge

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On Miyazaki’s Gross, Funny and Touching ‘Spirited Away’

The imagination of the film is unparalleled, but what truly makes Spirited Away a masterpiece is how it imbues the fantastic with so much real feeling.

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The Long Con in ‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’

Somehow this surreal and crazy story about a sponge living in a place called “Bikini Bottom” with his starfish best friend works.

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‘My Depression: The Up and Down of It’, Sketches a Relationship With Illness

The supermarket bins in this story are stocked with Mystery, Anxiety, and Fresh Doubt, and shelves are lined with boxes of Tired and Go Away or sacks of Malaise.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 19 - "The Chitters"

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"Another stand-alone episode, but there's still plenty to discuss in the Supernatural world.

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