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V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014

Idiot Box

Cartoons in Your Head

“TripTank” on Comedy Central

As expected, “Trip Tank” is rude and irreverent. Blood, cursing and masturbation jokes abound. Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday night.

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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.21 No.25 | 6/21/2012
Red hair and archery? She’s Black Widow and Hawkeye all rolled into one.

Film Review

Brave

Disney and Pixar crown a medieval princess for the 21st century

In its surprisingly short existence (Toy Story came out in 1995), Pixar Animation Studios has rewritten the book on animation in general and computer animation in particular. When the plucky little company entered the big time less than 20 years ago, digital animation was a soulless enterprise suitable for trendy soft drink commercials and little else. Pixar not only contributed to a great leap forward in technology, it revitalized the animation industry by refocussing on the art and craft of storytelling.

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Arts

Dream It, Draw It, Do It!

Week-long art summer camp for kids

Kistler’s Fat Cat
Kistler’s Fat Cat

Emmy-winning cartoonist Mark Kistler teaches a week-long art camp for kids on cartooning and three-dimensional drawing. A proponent of art in schools, Kistler believes that drawing pictures and creating the stories to go with them stimulates the imagination and can help connect the right and left brain. This can lead to better critical thinking and more creativity.

Kistler had two shows on public TV,The Secret City and Mark Kistler’s The Imagination Station, and he has written nine books. His workshops dive into a new theme daily, such as dinosaurs and underwater adventures. Classes are catered to specific age groups, so your lil’ tiger will be with his or her contemporaries.

Kids drawing their hearts out
Kids drawing their hearts out

Classes take place July 18 through 22, at the Christ Lutheran Church and School (7701 Candelaria Road NE)

The summer art camp offers five sessions per day, lasting 60 minutes each. The 5th program, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., is for the entire family and friends. One session daily for one week is $89 per child. $69 for each additional sibling.

Mark Kistler in action
Mark Kistler in action

Visit draw3D.com for more details.

Space Hamsters by Mark Kistler
Space Hamsters by Mark Kistler
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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