Call it a post-Christmas miracle, albeit a minor one: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” isn't entirely awful.
With a deflated global economy forcing people everywhere to pinch pennies, the mood seems right for the return of the cheapest of the cheap, Ebenezer Scrooge, in Disney's big-budget holiday extravaganza, “A Christmas Carol.”
There's a whole lotta whiz-bang in “Astro Boy,” a slick CGI interpretation of the 1950s manga classic, but even Astro's shiny red rocket boots can't lift this conventional superhero story into orbit.
As success follows success for animation powerhouse Pixar, the pressure to maintain the streak must be phenomenal. Will the next film be the one that stumbles, the one that breaks stride?
The super-duper 3-D big-screen Imaxed-out extravaganza that is "Monsters vs. Aliens" has bells and whistles, whiz and bang, sound and fury. It even has Reese Witherspoon.
"Waltz With Bashir" is one of Israel's first animated features, and it's going to be a hard act to follow. Provocative, hallucinatory, incendiary, this devastating animated documentary is unlike any Israeli film you've seen.
All told, "Madagascar," and its sequel, "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," took 400 people 8 1/2 years to make. But back to back, the two movies wouldn't even take three hours to watch.
Revered Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki has no intention of swapping his pencil for computer graphics and will keep hand-drawing his films for as long as he can, he said during the last Venice film festival.
Animated features intended for families come in two varieties: films with personality and a genuine sense of humor, and films in which characters stand around cracking jokes like they were doing stand-up.