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Archive for the ‘Animation’ Category

Miyazaki’s “Wind Rises” Briefly

With one-week Oscar qualifying runs in New York and Los Angeles, anime master Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” is getting an extremely careful roll-out from distributor Walt Disney—as well it might. The animated feature that the 72-year-old Miyazaki has said will be his last, is a fanciful bio-pic of the aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi, introduced as a boy who dreams of designing airplanes that somehow become Japan’s most feared World War II weapon, the Mitsubishi Zero fighter.


Nagisa Oshima: Avant Garde “Ninja”

Nagisa Oshima's "Band of Ninja"

“Tokyo 1955-1970”, the current sixth-floor exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art is subtitled “A New Avant-Garde”, and, as rich and strange and garish as the show is, I’m inclined to call it “an Other Avant-Garde.” Trauma is indistinguishable from liberation. Science fiction rules. (It reminds me of Robert Smithson’s fondness for the Museum of Natural History where, he wrote, “the time states of ‘1984’ are mixed with those of ‘One Million BC.’) The show’s two poles are the mutant and the primordial; its operating principle, for reception even more than production, would seem to be creative misunderstanding. (more…)

Sally Cruikshank’s Magic Kingdom (on Mars)

“I made animations because I wanted to see my drawings move,” Sally Cruikshank told an appreciative audience at the Museum of Modern Art, Friday night. “I also wanted to make my own amusement park.” That’s one way to describe the Cruikshank oeuvre. Another is to use the title of her early cartoon, “Fun on Mars.”


Fairy Story in 3D: Artist Michel Ocelot’s Animated Eye Candy

With their rich colors and bold patterns, French artist Michel Ocelot’s animations — “Kikirou and the Sorceress,” “Princes and Princesses,” “Kikirou and the Wild Beasts,” and “Azur and Asmar” — have a near irresistible visual charm. His latest feature, “Tales of the Night,” opening September 26 at the IFC Center, is another fairy story, or rather an anthology of six variously set in 15th century Burgundy, the Antilles, Aztec Mexico, West Africa, Tibet, and the Land of Charles Perrault.