Kelly Asbury

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21 Jun 20192 stars

EIFF 2019: Pop stars aplenty lend their voices to an imperfect animation

'Perfection can stuff it,' runs the tagline for UglyDolls, the latest animated feature seemingly designed to shift merchandise. The Uglydoll plush toy brand has been around since 2001, and perhaps the failure of UglyDolls at the US box office suggests…

Kelly Asbury: 'My aim was to make UglyDolls a full-on traditional movie musical; fun, light-hearted and emotional'

11 Jun 2019

Director of the musician-led animated movie discusses what sparked his interest in the project and its message of diversity, acceptance and inclusion

Difference, unconventionality and freakiness rule in UglyDolls, the new animated film from STX Entertainment. While many kids films preach about the need for self-acceptance, they tend to feature perfect, unrealistic animated versions of people that…

Smurfs: The Lost Village

27 Mar 20172 stars

This wholly animated franchise reboot features a meagre plot, some bad puns and too much sappiness

That lost village isn't the only thing that goes astray in the ungainly return of Belgian artist Peyo's little blue critters. The previous two Smurfs movies weren't great, but what pleasures they did deliver stemmed from their pantomimic pile-ups of…

Gnomeo & Juliet's British cast add charm despite pop culture references

2 Feb 20113 stars

Shrek 2 director's animation big on visual jokes but lacks standout sequence

(U) 84min The idea of turning William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into an animated movie featuring gnomes sounds like a tragedy in its own right, but thanks to a star studded British voice cast and some fun visual jokes, Gnomeo & Juliet almost…