Animation

The Deer King

By Katie Goh

Studio Ghibli alums Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji channels Princess Mononoke in their visually striking “medical fantasy”.

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Mad God

By Kambole Campbell

Phil Tippett’s long-gestating stop-motion animation epic is a frenzied and frequently deranged Dantean odyssey.

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Belle – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

A teenage girl finds online fame in Mamoru Hosoda’s internet-age update of Beauty and the Beast.

Earwig and the Witch

By Lillian Crawford

Studio Ghibli’s first computer-animated feature boasts bags of charm and one its most endearing heroines.

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From far, far away to 4chan – The surprising legacy of Shrek

By Simon Bland

Directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson reflect on the cultural afterlife of their 2001 computer animation.

Anime Yasuke mixes African history with fantasy thrills

By Kambole Campbell

LeSean Thomas’ six-part animated series is an electrifying vision of a long-ignored legend.

A new retrospective reveals the wonders of classic Chinese animation

By Kambole Campbell

The Wan brothers and Te Wei are among the pioneering artists featured in an online film season.

Why Millennium Actress remains one of cinema’s greatest love letters

By Kambole Campbell

Media, memory and film history collide in Satoshi Kon’s time-bending story of a faded screen star.

A new animated short explores sexual envy from a female perspective

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Hungarian animator Nadja Andrasev reveals how personal experience informed her sensual new film Symbiosis.

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.

Studio Ghibli’s next feature will air on TV this winter

By Charles Bramesco

Aya and the Witch tells the story of the smartest girl in the world and her hex-casting companion.

A new online anime festival promises to broaden horizons

By Kambole Campbell

Screen Anime will allow fans to discover more of Japan’s animation output, offering a wide range of films new and old.

Podcasts become strange adventures in The Midnight Gospel

By Kambole Campbell

The new show from the makers of Adventure Time filters personal experiences through psychedelic animation.

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

By Hannah Strong

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

Meet the animation genius behind Ghost in the Shell

By Kambole Campbell

Director and designer Shōji Kawamori sees hand-drawn animation going the way of noh or kabubki in Japan.

Arson at Kyoto Animation Studio takes both a human and artistic toll

By Charles Bramesco

A fire at one of Japan’s foremost animation houses has resulted in the loss of precious life and work.

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