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  • Akira (R)

    An interminable Japanese SF animated feature (1988), based on the graphic novel by Katsuhiro Otomo, who scripted and directed this adaptation. more...
  • Aladdin (G)

    Adhering religiously to the formula that made megabucks on The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, this 1992 cartoon Disney feature, directed by John Musker and Ron Clements from a script they wrote with Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, can probably be plumbed for ideological notations on nuclear power in the Middle East and other aspects of the New World Order (I'm inclined to take a parrot named Iago, dubbed by Gilbert Gottfried, as a stand-in for Israel), but it's also a fairly straightforward fairy tale about an American-looking street urchin who marries into wealth with the help of a genie not only dubbed by but conspicuously patterned after Robin Williams. more...
  • Alice

    Czech puppet animator Jan Svankmajer began making shorts in 1964, but not until 1988 was he able to realize his dream of a feature adapting Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. more...
  • Alice in Wonderland

    The Disney version (1951) lightens and sweetens Lewis Carroll's tale, but what's really disappointing is the undistinguished animation: the film looks and plays more like the Disney shorts than the Disney features, though the Cheshire Cat (voiced by Sterling Holloway) is a small masterpiece of elusive menace. more...
  • Alois Nebel

    Directed by Tomas Lunak, this feature-length Czech animation (2011) centers on a dispatcher at a rural train station who's visited by ghosts from the country's political past. more...
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks

    Live-action stars take a backseat to CGI chipmunks in this uneven family comedy: Alvin, Theodore, and Simon have the only good lines or recognizable emotions, with Jason Lee and David Cross straining to flesh out their cardboard roles. more...
  • Animation Nations

    Leave the kids at home for this disturbing but delirious reel of short animations. more...
  • The Animation Show of Shows
  • The Animation Show of Shows

    Aside from World of Tomorrow, a characteristically brilliant piece by Don Hertzfeldt (Everything Will Be OK), there are no revelations in this program of recent short animations, but the selections are consistently imaginative and enjoyable. more...
  • The Animation Show of Shows

    Curated by Ron Diamond, the annual Animation Show of Shows anthology collects short works from around the world; this year's entries range from narrative to abstraction but all demonstrate the highest dedication to craft. more...