Blue Sky Animation

Remembering the Animation of Blue Sky Studios


As Disney shutters the 20th Century Fox animation division, we look back fondly on what they did best.

Pixar Lighting Soul

The Real Fake Lighting of Pixar’s ‘Soul’


Here’s a video essay on the development of Pixar’s ray tracing technology and its importance (and beauty) in their latest film.

Fantasia Ave Maria Sequence

How Animators Created the Elaborate “Ave Maria” Sequence for ‘Fantasia’


You know what doesn’t help an already challenging multiplane camera set up? An earthquake.

Lupin The Third

Reimagining an Icon in ‘Lupin III: The First’


Lupin III is one of the first icons of manga and anime history. A new film that takes the character into 3D animation for the first time lives up to all the expectations that come with that legacy.

Pixar Soul

The Middle-Aged Protagonist of ‘Soul’ is the Hero My Child-Self Needed


Pixar’s latest endeavor is a crushing confrontation of self, but it offers tools to battle the inevitable onslaught of doubt.

Best Animated Series 2020

The 20 Best Animated Series of 2020


With their fantastical escapes and beautiful worlds, these shows served as much-needed reprieves from a dark year.

Best Animated Movies of 2020

The 20 Best Animated Movies of 2020


This year’s gems sprung from both the expected and unexpected corners of the medium.

The Croods A New Age

‘The Croods: A New Age’ is Bananas



Coraline Ancient Storytelling

The Ancient Storytelling Rhythms of ‘Coraline’


There’s a reason ‘Coraline’ gets under your skin (and your eyeballs).