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V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013
She can make snowflakes. Can a Frozen Blizzard at Dairy Queen be far behind?

Film Review

Frozen

Classic fairy tale takes Disney to a winter wonderland

Frozen is a heavily rewritten take on Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 tale. Those familiar with it won’t find a lot of the original story left standing. That might not be a bad thing.

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V.22 No.6 | 2/7/2013
Disney’s The Aristocats gets an edgy remake.

Film Review

The Rabbi’s Cat

Arabesque animated fable offers a feline’s take on Middle Eastern religion

From the very first frames, viewers can tell the adult-oriented French cartoon The Rabbi’s Cat is going to feature some lovely, bright animation and an exotic setting. That’s almost but not quite enough to leaven a muddled story that requires a bit too much contemplation. The film is based on the work of French comic book artist Joann Sfar, who wrote and directed the lavishly animated, mostly successful biopic Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. Sfar co-writes and co-directs The Rabbi’s Cat, ensuring the artist’s vision is, for better or worse, fully preserved.

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V.18 No.50 | 12/10/2009
“C’mon. Everybody does it, lady. ... I’ll give you some beads.”

Film Review

The Princess and the Frog

Disney is back to form with clever updating of classic tale

A few years ago, Walt Disney Pictures tried to declare an end to “traditional” hand-drawn, 2-D animation. Then they bought out cutting-edge 3-D animation studio Pixar, which promptly took over all cartoon-related duties at Disney. Pixar seized the opportunity to announce that the death of traditional animation was greatly overstated. (God love those Pixar people.) So here we are, several years later, ready to ogle the first honest-to-goodness Disney toon in the classic mold in many a moon: the fairy tale-informed The Princess and the Frog. Ignoring ill-advised computer-animated experiments like Meet the Robinsons and Bolt and direct-to-video junk like Bambi II and The Emperor’s New Groove 2: Kronk’s New Groove, this is the first time Disney’s looked like Disney since ... 2002’s Lilo & Stitch at least.

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Alibi Illustrator and PJ Men Selected for Sundance Film Festival!

Still from “One Square Mile of Earth”
Jeff Drew Pictures
Still from “One Square Mile of Earth”

The Sundance Institute announced its short film program for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and Alibi illustrator and graphic designer Jeff Drew made the esteemed list. (According to Sundance, “This year's international short films were selected from a record 2,588 submissions.”) He animated and directed “One Square Mile of Earth,” the anointed entry. (See all of Jeff’s illustrated, animated and musical projects at JeffDrewPictures.com.)

His anthropomorphic animal comedy was co-written by Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen, better known as The Pajama Men, who are in London right now with their original comedy show The Last Stand to Reason. (Read fresh interviews with them in The Guardian and The Times.) “I was the guy in the audience calling out locations,” says Jeff of his job in the improv-based, living room writing sessions. “It’s ‘A PJ/JDP Joint.’ Just like Spike Lee! ... Just kidding!” Jeff tells me this as he simultaneously designs 20,000 ads and the cover for the Alibi issue going to press today.

“OSMO” stars Gary the frog and Bill the bunny
Jeff Drew Pictures
“OSMO” stars Gary the frog and Bill the bunny

This isn’t the first time Jeff’s been to Sundance. His "Walk" animated short screened there in 2002. It’s proof that once you go JD, you never stop craving the flavor. (Or, at least, you crave it once every eight years.)

The 2010 Sundance Film Festival takes place Jan. 21-31 in ice-cold Park City, Utah.

Thad the bear has the woodland hots for Lucy the goat
Jeff Drew Pictures
Thad the bear has the woodland hots for Lucy the goat
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