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Unbelievable it was almost twenty-five years that the first instalment in this franchise, Toy Story (1995) got released. That film catapulted Pixar and the whole category of animated movies to new levels. The next two instalments Toy Story 2 and 3 that came in 1999 and 2010, kept the excitement alive of watching Toys being able to walk and talk, anthropomorphism in short. There is only so much you can extend a franchise with sequels,…

There is a timeless beauty to simplicity. More than a decade ago, when my son was a few years old, I remember watching a TV series for kids on Cartoon Network. Originally made by Nickelodeon, “Oswald” was about a fun-loving octopus living with his friends in a neighbourhood of a big city. The main characters apart from Oswald, are “Weenie” which is Oswald’s pet dog, and Oswald’s friends – “Henry” the Penguin and “Daisy” is…

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) was fun and more enjoyable on an IMAX 3D theatre. This is not a sequel to The Amazing Spider Man 2, but a parallel narration. Spider-Man (2018) is an animation film about Miles Morales, a teenage boy of African-American race, accidentally becoming a spiderman and tasked with saving the entire universe he is living from being destroyed by the villain Kingpin. Kingpin is building a particle accelerator to access parallel universes to…

Disney is the undisputed leader when it comes to making animated films that both kids and adults adore. I always notice their brilliance in the way they bring out human emotions in all their characters whether they are toys, animals or princesses. Ralph breaks the Internet (2018) – The story is about two friends – Ralph and Vanellope, both are virtual characters in two arcade games that are in an old video game centre. Due to…

Ahead of this holiday season, we have Coco (2017), the new animation film from Pixar. Like all previous Pixar films, it has an underlying emotional background. The story is about a 12-year old boy Miguel, living in Mexico, who has an inherent talent for music. However, his grandmother prevents him from following his heart – Miguel’s great-great-grandmother had banned all forms of music in her life and her descendants – her husband, a talented musician had…