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The story of Hayao Miyazaki’s forgotten Sherlock Holmes series

By Alistair Ryder

A copyright dispute around 1984’s ‘Sherlock Hound’ freed the Japanese animator to establish Studio Ghibli.

What’s old is new again in Lupin III: The First

By Kambole Campbell

The classic Japanese manga series makes the jump from 2D to 3D, and makes it look easy.

The story of Border 1939, the great lost Studio Ghibli film

By Alex Dudok de Wit

Isao Takahata’s unrealised passion project was intended as a follow-up to Grave of the Fireflies.

Most of Studio Ghibli’s back catalogue is coming to Netflix

By Hannah Woodhead

Rejoice, Totoro fans: 21 of the Japanese animation studio’s feature films are headed your way.

Audiences deserve better than Netflix’s Enter the Anime

By Henry St Leger

This soulless documentary is an insult to subscribers who wanted to learn more about Japanese animation.

The Polish-American immigrant who changed the face of animation

By Georgina Guthrie

Max Fleischer, creator of Betty Boop and the rotoscope, was one of the great cartoonists of the 20th century.

Mirai

By Michael Leader

Mamoru Hosoda returns with a charming time-bending tale about two siblings.

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The terrifying tale of Treehouse of Horror

By Al Horner

Key members of The Simpsons’ creative family share the inside story of the show’s cherished Halloween specials.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

By Trevor Johnston

There’s shades of Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service in this charming animation from Studio Ponoc.

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Big Fish & Begonia

By Michael Leader

This stunning animated fantasy from Chinese pair Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun rivals Studio Ghibli.

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Watch a selection of incredible short films by emerging talent

By Little White Lies

Grace Lee’s beguiling animation The Baths is one of over 300 films screening at Playback Festival 2018.

How Don Bluth changed the face of feature animation

By Shane O’Reilly

From his studio in Dublin, the American animator rivalled Disney during the 1980s and early ’90s.

Meet the exciting young directors behind animation’s female revolution

By Alex King

Greece’s Anima Syros festival provided a platform for a bright new generation of women animators.

In This Corner of the World

By Michael Leader

This Japanese anime from Sunao Katabuchi doesn’t quite reach the dizzy heights of Studio Ghibli.

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Footprints of a god: Princess Mononoke 20 years on

By Nathanael Smith

The ecological message at the heart of Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 film feels even more urgent today.

Just how weird is Tim Burton’s Dumbo remake going to be?

By John Wadsworth

Will the director borrow any of the original’s surreal elements for his forthcoming live-action version?

Have Disney movies always had poor LGBT+ representation?

By Henry Bevan

The Beauty and the Beast remake is being hailed as progressive, but the studio’s animation vault is filled with queer subtext.

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