Kontakt [Contact] (1978)

It’s simple enough: An artist goes out to enjoy a day in the country.  Unfortunately, while he’s soaking his feet in a beautiful pond, an alien arrives in his spaceship. Not long ago, I noted my indifference towards Russian animation.  Yes, I know it has a fan base, there’s clearly a bit of talent at […]

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Futuropolis (1984)

It’s amazing how many films came out on VHS and have never been re-released. Which isn’t to say that many — or even most — of them don’t deserve to languish in obscurity. But thanks to the wonders of Youtube, a lot of films that were just a whisper heard here or there, a comment […]

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Doctor Who Anime (2011)

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a short film. In fact, there are untold numbers of them floating around, although few of them are really noteworthy.  Many are poorly made, or worse, poorly written, some are vanity projects, and quite a few are nothing more than demo projects, showing off, say, the director’s exploding […]

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Archon Defender (2009)

In the digital age, it should come as no real surprise that a number of animators have created one-man films.  One thinks of such efforts as Machines Don’t Cry (2006), Flatland and The Chosen One (2007), and of course, the hand-animated Nova Seed (2016).  I have a lot of respect for those willing to take on the incredible burden […]

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

I”ll confess that my expectations for this one were quite low. I’m a big fan of the original Bullwinkle show and have been thoroughly disappointed by every attempt to make a feature film based on the series.  The original was such a strange  and quirky sort of effort that it is hard to imagine any […]

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Nova Seed (2016)

You have to see this one. As I’ve noted before, most animated films these days are stuck in the rut of Pixar.  Every major animated film out there, it seems, has to be CGI — and clean, semi-realistic CGI at that.  Only a few movies (outside of Japan where the official style is Miyazaki-lite) dare […]

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RPG Metanoia (2010)

“Metanoia” refers to a moment of spiritual growth brought on by an act of penitence and true remorse for one’s actions.  As curious as naming a fictional video game after a Christian theological term may seem, it seems more curious that the main character of this film does, in fact, undergo such a change.  Perhaps […]

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Space Detective (2017)

“The following transmission has been translated into local Terran dialect.  Some visual distortion may occur” I have no idea what in the world Antonio Llapur and Matt Sjafiroeddin were smoking when they created Space Detective.  I just hope someone buys them more of it – and soon. I find myself at a loss what in […]

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