The animated adventure 'Kubo and the Two Strings' from Laika

‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – An animated Japanese odyssey on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) – In the age of CGI and Pixar’s animation domination, the Oregon-based Laika is keeping the art of stop-motion animation alive in inventive, engaging, and engrossing features filled with textures and details you won’t find in even the greatest Pixar accomplishments. “If you must blink, do it now,” recommends […]

From Japan's Studio Ghibli comes the animated adventure based on the novel by "Pippi Longstocking" author Astrid Lindgren

Watch This: Studio Ghibli’s ‘Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter’ comes to Amazon Prime in January

Studio Ghibli, the great Japanese animation house founded by Hayao Miyazaki, presents this animated series based on the novel by Astrid Lindgren (author of “Pippi Longstocking”) and directed by Gorō Miyazaki. A hit in Japan in 2014 and 2015, the series debuts in the U.S. in an English language version (with Gillian Anderson narrating) on […]

Gerry Anderson's 1966 feature film spin-off of the Supermarionation TV series

The original ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ on Amazon Prime

Gerry Anderson’s 1960s Supermarionation series action series about a private rescue organization with really cool vehicles was an inspired mix of Japanese monster movie mayhem and British stiff upper lip cool. It brought new meaning to the term “wooden performance”; its stars were literally puppets, a rather bland and interchangeable marionette family of clean living […]

The animated film 'The Little Prince' debuts on Netflix in the U.S.

What to stream: ‘The Little Prince’ on Netflix and other choice picks on Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, VOD, and more

The Little Prince (2016), an animated feature based on the beloved novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), is a big-budget American production from a major studio and played in theaters around the world (where it was a success) but Sony dumped it straight to Netflix in […]

Kris Kringle in 'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town,' a Rankin and Bass TV special

Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty: Beloved Christmas specials on Amazon Prime

For big kids of certain age, it wasn’t really Christmas until all those silly Christmas specials produced by Rankin& Bass, usually with stop motion animation that looked like toy rooms come to life but sometimes with more traditional hand-drawn animation, started showing up on prime time TV. Sure, A Charlie Brown Christmas and the original […]

Frozen Fever is one of a dozen films on Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection, now streaming on Netflix.

What to watch the week of Friday, October 30

Netflix has Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection: a dozen mostly recent cartoons, including the inventive Get a Horse! with Mickey and Minnie traveling from the early Disney days into the 21st century, a pair of Oscar-winning shorts (Paperman and Feast), and the brand new Frozen Fever featuring the characters from Frozen, for all […]

'Mad Monster Party?' from Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass is an animated monster movie spoof. With songs!

‘Mad Monster Party?’ on SVOD and Blu-ray/DVD

Everyone is familiar with the landmark horror classics. This is one in a series of suggestions for Halloween viewing that may not be so familiar, including titles that teens and tweens (and in some cases adolescents) can watch without breaking the R-rating. In the midst of making their classic Christmas specials (like Rudolph the Red […]

The animated feature 'When Marnie Was There' from Japan's Studio Ghibli

‘When Marnie Was There’ on DVD and Blu-ray

I hate to think that When Marnie Was There may be the last film to come out of Japan’s Studio Ghibli, the great animation studio created by filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away). Miyazaki didn’t direct Marnie—Studio Ghibli animator-turned director Hiromasa Yonebayashi helms this lovely tale—but the studio’s dedication to the art of hand […]