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How Craig of the Creek Saved My Summer

'Craig of the Creek' is a fantastic story about the creativity and imagination of youth.

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Steven Universe’s “A Single Pale Rose” Wasn’t Really About Rose

When Steven Universe's "A Single Pale Rose" finally confirmed a longstanding theory, I was more interested in everything else it said about the characters, especially Pearl.

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What Animated Food Do You Most Want to Try?

The Royal Ocean Film Society shared a supercut titled "Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner" of some of the most delectable-looking meals in animation.

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Animation Recreates the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening That Was Never Made

We've now seen a lot of things from Star Wars: The Force Awakens take strange and unexpected turns thanks to The Last Jedi, but even the events of the first movie weren't always set in stone. There was even an entire alternate opening planned before it was eventually scrapped, and now you can watch it, recreated in animated form.

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Bojack Horseman Creator Finally Addresses the Issue of Diversity in Animation Voice Casting

Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the creator of Netflix's Bojack Horseman, knows that there's a big problem on his show. Namely, that the character of Diane, who is supposed to be Vietnamese, is voiced by Alison Brie, who is white. This issue has been brought up in fan circles plenty of times before, not only in relation to this show, but throughout animation. Yet, according to Bob-Waksberg, no one's brought the conversation directly to him, until now.

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The Quiet Dynamism of Studio Ghibli and Ponoc Animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Channel Criswell who also created the great video essay "Hayao Miyazaki - The Essence of Humanity" shared a new video on the works of Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

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The “End of Ze World” Sequel Encapsulates 2018 Like the Original Did 2003

Also it's very NSFW.

Years ago, in the simpler time of 2003, a weird video took the internet by storm: "End of Ze World." Living alongside the likes of Homestar Runner, All Your Base Are Belong to Us, Foamy the Squirrel, and other vintage internet phenomena, it was still a commentary on the state of the world, but it was less concerned with that than with its own silly sense of humor, and was noticeably different in tone from the sequel that debuted over the weekend.

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The Most Important Magic in Mary and The Witch’s Flower Is No Magic

The magic of Mary and The Witch's flower is beautiful, but director Yonebayashi and producer Nishimura explain why its non-magical moments are so important and personal.

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Studio Ghibli Co-Founder Hayao Miyazaki Turns 77 Today


Hayao Miyazaki the Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist, who has been often called the "Walt Disney of Japan" has turned 77 this year.

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It’s Time for Animaniacs and They’re Zany to the Max—Nostalgia Strikes Again With Hulu Revival

Nostalgia is really working overtime. Hulu announced yesterday that it would be bringing back one of the staple cartoons for children of the 90s: Animaniacs.

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Relive the Climactic Moments of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in LEGO and Pixel Animation

Star Wars: The Last Jedi had not one, but several climactic scenes to go with a few of its various, intertwining storylines, and you might have left the theater (after your first, third, or however many viewings) wishing you could recapture the rush without buying another movie ticket. Until the home video release arrives, we'll have to rely on some clever animators to make that happen, and a few have answered our distress call so far.

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None of the Major U.S. Animated Films in 2018 Have a Female Director (Again)

Efforts to include more women has been a challenge in the animation industry, a fact illustrated by incredibly depressing numbers. Unfortunately, it's looking like 2018 is not going to be much different.

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Miles Morales Is Ready for His Big-Screen Debut in the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Trailer

Sony Animation has dropped the teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, an animated movie starring Miles Morales that will hit theaters in December 2018.

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How the Most Progressive Moments in My Favorite Cartoons Shaped My Feminism

I don't think any feminist voyage starts out perfectly; mine certainly didn't. It took me years to realize that I was oppressed as a neurodivergent woman, and even longer to realize I had privileges as an able-bodied white person. It's been a very topsy-turvy journey that has both empowered and humbled me.

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Review: The Breadwinner Is Exactly the Kind of Female-Led and Created Story We Need Right Now

4.5 out of 5 stars.

In the flurry of news about all the world's terribleness, let's not forget that there are still examples of beauty and love to be enjoyed. One such example is a gorgeous animated film called The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, based on the children's novel by Deborah Ellis.

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Interview: How Director Nora Twomey Captured the Rich History & Culture of Afghanistan in The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner director discusses how the film navigates scenes of violence—taking children seriously as audience members without being gratuitous—and the incredible care the team at Cartoon Saloon took in ensuring both accuracy and sensitivity.

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Interview: Saara Chaudry Calls The Breadwinner a Hopeful Story About the Power of Girls’ Education

Since first reading Deborah Ellis' book, Saara Chaudry has admired and related to The Breadwinner's Parvana. "It’s a story of millions of girls and women all over the world who do not have equality and are denied an education," she says.

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Louis C.K. Ruined More Than Just His Own Career

Louis C.K. had the power to amplify marginalized voices. But now those voices are subject to his downfall.

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Land of the Lustrous Is Much, Much More Than “Anime Steven Universe

Land of the Lustrous is a gorgeous, smart fantasy show about agender rock people—and it deserves much, much more than just being jokingly referred to as "anime Steven Universe."

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Director Nora Twomey Delivers a Film That “Celebrates the Strength of Afghan Women” in The Breadwinner

Irish director Nora Twomey, has already made a huge impression on animation as the director of the Academy Award-nominated film, The Secret of Kells. Now, she's delivering her second feature film, The Breadwinner, based on the best-selling children's novel by Deborah Ellis.

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