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‘Puffin Rock’ Opens Up a World of Ecological Imagination for Children

What differentiates Puffin Rock from its peers in the crowded market space of children’s educational programming is its commitment to place and how it imagines authority.

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A Dreamer on a Different Scale: Michaël Dudok de Wit on Creating ‘The Red Turtle’

de Wit emphasizes respect for the audience in his animated works, and feels he's succeeded "...when the spectator is carried clearly and explicitly in a story, and then it's suddenly open to interpretation."

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American Gun Culture and the Political Aesthetics of Keith Maitland’s ‘Tower’

Tower seeks to awake us from our ideological slumber by returning us to the first mass school shooting in modern US history. Are we awake, yet?

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Animation Film ‘Your Name.’ May Be the Best Body Swapping Movie in Decades

Although lacking slightly in character development, Makoto Shinkai's newest film is saccharine, gorgeous and heartwarming.

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Art Transforms in Brad Bird’s Pop Americana Film, ‘The Iron Giant’

This film takes a revisionist approach to forms of American popular culture and mythology -- the Atomic Age, comic books, sci-fi, mid-century design -- and depicts a fierce battle between orthodoxy and individual vision.

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‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Is Therapy for the Caped Crusader

Chris McKay’s blast of comic-geek humor tweaks the Dark Knight’s gothic pretensions while teaching him the importance of that old Sesame Street standby: teamwork.

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Animated “Power of the Daleks” Is a First Look at the Second Doctor’s Debut for Many

The animated version of a missing serial provides fascinating insight into a pivotal moment in Doctor Who's history.

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Queering the Sponge: The Transcendent Queerness of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’

Despite being rooted in nostalgia, the reemergence of SpongeBob could very well be linked to a longing for a yet-to-be-realized queer future.

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Animation: It’s Not Just for Children, Anymore

The inclusive approach in A New History of Animation will have you discovering the work of new animators, and new works by artists already familiar to you.

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Situation Critical: ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ Season 2 Preview

More practical effects and a grimmer tone in season two promise to build on the best of the rebooted series first season.

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Star Trek’s George Takei’s Influence on an LA City Council Election

Can animated, "idealized" versions of political figures sway the average voter?

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19 Years on, ‘South Park’ Is Serialized, Fully Realized, Never Homogenized SoDoSoPa

Who better to mock and satirize our world than our ever-evolving South Park characters?

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Writing in Subtext: The Brilliance and the Problems of ‘Steven Universe’

Steven Universe may be one of the most progressive cartoons ever, but it still stumbles when it comes to depictions of race.

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The Girl of Steel Gets It Right in the First Season

Supergirl manages to balance a large (and growing) ensemble cast with aplomb, but any show with this many costumed characters can come off as a bit silly.

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Something Laika Phenomenon: An Interview With Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner

Laika's Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner break down new film Kubo and the Two Strings and the stop-motion studio's artistic philosophies.

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‘Sausage Party’ Works on Almost Every Demented Level

A gleeful ode to anarchy that transcends both stoner comedy and Pixar spoof.

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‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Indicates Filmwriters Are Worn Out

The Secret Life of Pets is what happens when filmmakers try to create a movie around an entertaining teaser -- you get a main course that makes you long for the appetizer.

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Above All Else, ‘Finding Dory’ Is a Poignant Story of Self-acceptance

Pixar's latest is predictably enchanting, unexpectedly layered and complex.

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On Finding Forgetful Dory and Remembering How to Make a Decent Pixar Sequel

The Finding Nemo follow-up sends its forgetful fish on another ocean-crossing quest: this time to find her parents.

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6 Jun 2016 // 12:00 PM

Thunderbirds Are Go: Season 1

The new version of Thunderbirds Are Go retains the charm and positive message of the original.

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'Doctor Who': Casting a Woman as the Doctor Offers Fresh Perspectives and a New Kind of Role Model

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"The BBC's announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor has sections of fandom up in arms. Why all the fuss?

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