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Spider-Man: Phil Lord and Chris Miller developing animated film

23 Apr 2015

Yet another cinematic outing for the webbed one, due out in 2018

Not content with rebooting the live action Spider-Man franchise twice in recent years, Sony have announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, responsible for the phenomenally successful Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street (plus its sequel), are writing and…

Cinderella

23 Mar 20154 stars

Kenneth Branagh helms a lavish rendition of the fairytale, starring Cate Blanchett

After delivering the likes of Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, commercial cinema has finally woken up to the idea that audiences don’t always want their fairytales spiced-up and rejigged. Kenneth Branagh’s…

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

23 Mar 20153 stars

Fun cinematic return for the animated TV star, featuring Antonio Banderas

Life in Bikini Bottom is chugging along as usual for our animated hero SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny). Plankton (Mr Lawrence) is still determined to steal the secret recipe for the delicious Krabby Patties, launching a major attack on the Krusty Krab.

Home

16 Mar 20152 stars

Irksome animation featuring the voices of Jim Parsons and Jennifer Lopez

The DreamWorks Animation brand has recently delivered some notable misses (Rise of the Guardians, Mr Peabody & Sherman) alongside its hits and Home is a painful example of a studio going once-too-often to a well that’s running rather dry. Director Tim…

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

16 Mar 20154 stars

Beautiful, feminist animation from Studio Ghibli's Isao Takahata

Not every little girl aspires to be a princess. Something that’s important to keep in mind while watching Isao Takahata’s feminist-slanted adaptation of an old Japanese folktale, 'The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter'. What may be Takahata’s last Studio Ghibli…

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Peppa Pig: The Golden Boots

18 Feb 20152 stars

The animated kids' favourite hits the big screen in a cobbled-together collection

With over ten years as a beloved children’s entertainer, Peppa Pig makes the jump from television to cinema screens with a disappointingly small splash in this animated adventure for tots. A brand new 15-minute Peppa Pig adventure, The Golden Boots, is…

Scotland’s first 48 hour animation competition comes to Glasgow

17 Feb 2015

Ani Jam gives animators and creatives the chance to produce a short film in a tight time frame

Smudge Digital and Glasgow Short Film Festival have partnered up to offer animators and creatives the chance to produce an animated film in just 48 hours. Participants can enter Ani Jam in teams of two to ten and have just two short days to produce a…

New show in style of Spitting Image coming to ITV

11 Feb 2015

New prime time puppet show Newzoids is set to lampoon politicians and celebrities

Good news for Spitting Image fans: ITV is set to air a new prime time puppet show, which will reunite some of the talent behind the long-running series. Newzoids features impressions from the likes of Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson, and will…

BAFTA 2015 winners include Eddie Redmayne, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel

9 Feb 2015

Redmayne picks up Best Actor gong, and The Lego Movie wins Best Animated Film

Eddie Redmayne won best actor at last night's BAFTA Film Awards for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The film won a trio of gongs, rounded off with outstanding British film and adapted screenplay. Julianne Moore…

Half-term activities for kids in Edinburgh this Spring

3 Feb 2015

Our top five activities for wee ones this Spring half-term

Ah, to be young in Auld Reekie. In addition to all of the usual activities on offer, such as trips to one of the city’s famous museums, parks or attractions, there are plenty of creative goings-on to keep the kids occupied during the school break.

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David Lemm: Debris and Phenomena, Edinburgh Printmakers

3 Feb 20153 stars

Semi-abstract screenprinted sea charts are more noise than signal

David Lemm has translated his linear language into a series of screenprints which were initially conceived of during a residency on the Isle of Eigg. Lemm has printed over a series of found pages featuring outdated sea charts, whose age is revealed in…

Introducing manipulate, Scotland’s annual festival of visual theatre

26 Jan 2015

Gareth K Vile, manipulate’s critic in residence, tells us what 2015’s festival has to offer

Manipulate’s vision to raise the profile and appreciation of visual theatre within Scotland extends beyond the stage: for the third year, I am taking up the position of ‘critic in residence’, responsible for engaging in the wider discussion of the…

Big Hero 6

26 Jan 20154 stars

Appealing animation combining cutting-edge visuals with classic Disney charm

In the bustling metropolis of San Fransokyo, 14-year-old tearaway Hiro (Ryan Potter) has just been persuaded by older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) to channel his engineering talents into robotics when tragedy throws his life into turmoil. Struggling…

Penguins of Madagascar

1 Dec 20143 stars

Knockabout spin-off featuring the voices of John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch

Over their three Madagascar features to date, DreamWorks Animation have successfully established a menagerie of comic characters. The franchise's penguins have already struck out with their own short film and TV show, and they now get their own movie...

The Book of Life

22 Oct 20144 stars

Exuberant animation featuring the voices of Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana

Inspired by Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead, director Jorge R Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro's charming animated adventure begins with a museum guide (Christina Applegate) introducing a bunch of detention kids to Mexican folklore, telling…

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

13 Oct 20143 stars

Fun, cheesy reboot of the action franchise starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett

The director's credit may read Jonathan Liebesman, but there's no mistaking the influence of producer Michael Bay on this reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise, which began life in 1984 as a humble self-published comic book by Peter Laird…

Interview: Robert Rodriguez, Eva Green and Jessica Alba talk Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

26 Aug 2014

The director and stars are making a return to Frank Miller's graphic neo-noir universe

If there’s been one question Robert Rodriguez has faced over the past nine years, it’s this: When are you going back to Sin City? ‘To have a movie that people chase you down about to get a sequel for. That just doesn’t happen,’ nods the 46-year-old…

The Unbeatables

11 Aug 20144 stars

An enjoyably quirky football-themed animation featuring the voices of Rupert Grint and Rob Brydon

The Unbeatables (original title Metegol) is probably the last film you would expect from Argentinean director Juan José Campanella. His first feature since the moody, labyrinthine and ultimately Oscar-winning thriller The Secret In Their Eyes is a…

How to Train Your Dragon 2

10 Jul 20144 stars

The animated vikings 'n' dragons sequel arrives full of its predecessor’s invention, wit and flair

Cast your mind back to 2010, and Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders’ animated adventure How To Train Your Dragon. Inspired by the series of YA books by Cressida Cowell, this tale of a young Viking named Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his impossibly…

The Nut Job

8 Jul 20142 stars

Bluntly animated and over-complicated Ice Age spin-off offering low entertainment

Like last year’s Free Birds, in which enterprising turkeys build a time machine and attempt to stop the first Thanksgiving, The Nut Job feels like an archly contrived excuse to justify the groaning pun of the title. The story of an eccentric squirrel…

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: When Michel Gondry met Noam Chomsky

10 Jun 2014

The distinctive filmmaker's latest project is an animated conversation with the political theorist

Arguably the best thing to have come from Versailles since the peace treaty, writer and director Michel Gondry returns to the fray with two new feature films. The idiosyncratic auteur behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind let his own high…

The Wind Rises

21 Apr 20144 stars

An engaging, deeply moving and mature Studio Ghibli film that exudes intelligence and compassion

Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki has taken a few curtain calls in the past; if his final film is to be The Wind Rises, then he’ll be going out at the very top of his game. A beautifully animated study of Japanese aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi…

WATCH: The hilarious teaser trailer for Aardman's Shaun the Sheep movie

3 Apr 2014

The scene-stealing sheep from Wallace and Gromit is set for his own big-screen adventure

A teaser trailer for Aardman Animation's Shaun the Sheep movie has landed, and it's reassuringly hilarious. While the new footage doesn't offer any plot details – the movie itself won't be released until 2015 – Aardman's signature talent for humanising…

McLaren 2014 festival shines a light on underappreciated experimental filmmaker Norman McLaren

27 Mar 2014

Filmmaker Iain Gardner: 'Were he still alive today he’d be at the forefront of digital technology'

When it comes to Scottish icons, we hear a lot about bards and Bonds, hip musicians and blockbusting painters – but some trailblazers still slip under the radar, even when their work has transformed an industry or an art form. The Stirling-born…

The Congress

27 Feb 20143 stars

Psychedelic animation/live action hybrid from Waltz with Bashir director Ari Folman

Robin Wright hasn't had a good part in 15 years. Her entire career has been blighted by poor choices – in relationships as well as roles. At this point in time, it'd be better for her if she bowed out of showbusiness entirely. This is the rather…