GKIDS Retrospective: The Secret of Kells

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We continue our series of reviews chronicling all of the (non-Studio Ghibli) animated films distributed by GKIDS Films — some of the most original and breathtakingly beautiful animated films from around the world — and how they hold up for a young American audience.

We’re traveling chronologically (the entire retrospective is found here), and this time we’ve got…

The Secret of Kells (2009): Tomm Moore, director

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Bob the Builder Returns, Refreshed and Ready to Fix It

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Bob the Builder is back. He and his friends have a new look, but they can still fix it. Yes they can!

If your kids are anything like mine, they’ve gone through (or have persisted in) a construction phase. My son is obsessed with cars and trucks – really, anything with wheels – and shows like Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine are right in his wheelhouse.

When it comes to Thomas, I’ve noticed that he tends to prefer the newer versions with smoother animation over the older series with somewhat creepy stop-motion animation. The same was true for Bob the Builder. He wanted to like the show, but the quirky stop-motion animation always seemed to be a bit of a deal breaker for him.

Well, Bob is back with a new show that not only has refreshed character designs and visuals but also is made with enhanced CG animation.

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GKIDS Retrospective: Eleanor’s Secret

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We continue our series of reviews chronicling all of the (non-Studio Ghibli) animated films distributed by GKIDS Films — some of the most original and breathtakingly beautiful animated films from around the world — and how they hold up for a young American audience.

We’re traveling chronologically (the entire retrospective is found here), and this time we’ve got…

Eleanor’s Secret (2009): Dominique Monféry, director

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GKIDS Retrospective: Sita Sings the Blues

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We continue our series of reviews chronicling all of the (non-Studio Ghibli) animated films distributed by GKIDS Films — some of the most original and breathtakingly beautiful animated films from around the world — and how they hold up for a young American audience.

We’re traveling chronologically (the entire retrospective is found here), and this time we’ve got…

Sita Sings the Blues (2008): Nina Paley

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GKIDS Retrospective: Mia and the Migoo

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We continue our series of reviews chronicling all of the (non-Studio Ghibli) animated films distributed by GKIDS Films–some of the most original and breathtakingly beautiful animated films from around the world–and how they hold up for a young American audience.

We’re traveling chronologically (the entire retrospective is found here), and this time we’ve got…

Mia and the Migoo (2008): Jacques-Rémy Girerd, director

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GKIDS Retrospective: Nocturna

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We continue our series of reviews chronicling all of the (non-Studio Ghibli) animated films distributed by GKIDS Films–some of the most original and breathtakingly beautiful animated films from around the world–and how they hold up for a young American audience.

We’re traveling chronologically (the entire retrospective is found here), and this time we’ve got…

Nocturna (2007): Victor Maldonado & Adrià Garcia, directors

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GKIDS Retrospective: Azur & Asmar

titleThis is the first in a series of reviews that will chronicle all of the (non-Studio Ghibli) animated films distributed by GKIDS Films. GKIDS distributes some of the most original and breathtakingly beautiful animated films from around the world, and I’ll be taking a look at how these films hold up for a young American audience.

We’ll be going chronologically in order of release, so first up is…

Azur & Asmar (2006): Michel Ocelot, director

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Batman Rewatch: Nothing to Fear

  • Season 1, episode 3
  • Writers: Henry T. Gilroy & Sean Catherine Derek
  • Director: Boyd Kirkland

It took me a lot longer to post this episode than I had planned. Zoey simply wouldn’t watch it. She saw it once before, and the Scarecrow scared the bejeezus out of her. I just couldn’t convince her to watch it again. So this “rewatch” recap will be light on the Zoey commentary. I’ll let Bruce show you how that makes me feel.

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Batman Rewatch: Christmas with the Joker

  • Season 1, episode 2
  • Writer: Eddie Gorodetsky
  • Director: Kent Butterworth

One of the very cool things about Batman: The Animated Series is that they didn’t feel the need to start off with anyone’s origin story. Episode 1 was just a story about Batman hunting down the Man-Bat. There was no Batman origin. Here, in episode 2, we meet Joker, but it’s not his origin story. And they introduce Robin (Dick Grayson), but it’s not his origin either. I love this.

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The Chipmunk Adventure

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This was a pure nostalgia trip for me. As a kid, I was a HUGE Alvin & The Chipmunks fan. I had nearly every toy available, and I watched the show whenever it was on TV. Naturally, when a movie came out, I made my dad take me. I remember it so clearly. We were in Florida visiting my grandparents, and I somehow convinced him to take me.

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Batman Rewatch: On Leather Wings

Batman: The Animated Series is, for my money, the best animated show ever made. Hands down. End of story. It was a staple of my weekday afternoons in the mid-90s. My daughter just discovered it. She’s watching it for the first time. And I’m just along for the ride. We’re watching it again, for the first time.

  • Season 1, episode 1
  • Writer: Mitch Brian
  • Director: Kevin Altieri

Right off the bat, we get a taste of what’s to come. Darkness. Art-deco Gotham. And police blimp. Awesome.

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The Scarecrow is gorgeous!

Sure, it might be a subtle ad for Chipotle, and yes, it’s also an ad for an app of the same name, but The Scarecrow is flat-out gorgeous. Released less than a week ago, the video already has more than 4 million views on YouTube, so I feel a little late to the party. However, this is one of the best animated shorts I’ve seen all year, and it’s certainly better than the new Mickey Mouse shorts (a la Ren & Stimpy). Enjoy!