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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 Originally made by Nickelodeon, “Oswald” was about a fun-loving octopus living with his friends in a neighbourhood of a big city.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 a tall daisy. Seeing the characters, I wished my life was as simple as Oswald’s. Each episode is brief at 12 minutes and nothing unpleasant…

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 bring from another dimension his (deceased in this dimension) wife and son. This causes multiple dimensions to collide with each other and potentially risking of destroying…

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 a mishap, they travel outside their consoles to the Internet to look for a missing spare to keep their game alive. Picturising living beings and…

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 abandoned the family for playing music to the world. Miguel’s desire is so pure, he gets transported to the “Land of the Dead” – a…

The Boss Baby (2017) is a new animation film from Dreamworks. It’s about the secret life of a newborn baby. Dressed in a suit, with the deep voice of Alec Baldwin the baby actually is an officer from the Baby Corp., which has been sent to this house on a mission to find a new breed of “puppies” to be launched by Puppy Corp. If the launch goes smoothly then all the love in the world will go to puppies with none left for babies. The film narrated from the point of view of a young boy, Timothy Templeton starts off well.…