February 16, 2011 |
A decade ago, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created the Oscar for animated feature, the new category's nominees included "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius," a Nickelodeon-produced movie memorable for little more than its belch jokes. Ten years on, the competition has become much fiercer: This year, the three films vying for the prize are all critical darlings that had to beat out two other well-reviewed box-office hits to earn a nomination. The three nominees are Pixar's "Toy Story 3," the highest-grossing animated movie of all time and the culmination of a franchise that revolutionized the way animated films are made; DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon," another computer-graphics blockbuster that set a new benchmark for 3-D with its sweeping flying sequences; and "The Illusionist," an independently produced French film with very little dialogue that's a love letter to the waning art of hand-drawn animation.
October 2, 2010 |
It has been many years since I bothered to get up on a Saturday morning just to turn on a television. But believe me, I put in that time in my time, back when all TV was broadcast TV, and when for a few hours each week the few networks there were all belonged to We the Children. Television has since changed, of course; there are multiple cable networks devoted to supplying the small fry with cartoons and what else they crave, if not quite around the clock, through as many hours as they are likely to be watching.
June 27, 2002
Tuesday: "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" and "Shallow Hal." July 9: "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Hart's War," "Impostor," "A Walk to Remember" and "No Such Thing." July 16: "Amelie," "John Q," "Charlotte Gray," "Pinero," "Storytelling" and "Mean Machine." July 23: "The Time Machine," "Crossroads" and "Kung Pow! Enter the Fist." July 30: "Dragonfly," "Collateral Damage" and "Resident Evil."