Andy Hanley on the director of Letter to Momo. When it comes to well-known anime film directors, it’s easy to pigeon-hole them in the expectation that their works will adhere to a particular genre or style – mention Hayao Miyazaki, Mamoru Hosoda or Makoto Shinkai, and most fans of the medium will instantly be able […]
Andrew Osmond on the subtle changes to Kung Fu Panda 3. “We were doing drawings of the dress of Mei Mei the girl panda,” remembers Alessandro Carloni, co-director of DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 3, which opens in Britain on Friday. However, Carloni says his Chinese partners on the film spotted a problem. “We were told, […]
Andrew Osmond takes a step into the past. Thanks to cinema and TV, some long-ago places can feel closer to us than most present-day countries. For British people, one of the closest is Victorian England, specifically Victorian London, home to Dickens dramas, Sherlock mysteries, Martian invasions and the gory mythos of Jack the Ripper. This […]
Jasper Sharp uncovers some animated treasures streaming for free. The word ‘anime’ only really entered the English lexicon at the beginning of the 1990s, whereas the history of Japanese animation taken as a whole stretches back at least 70 years earlier, its beginnings usually pinpointed to 1917. However, the immediate problem for curious viewers wishing […]
By Andrew Osmond. So you love Japanese animation, and want to make yourself an expert. Of course you use Google and Wikipedia to broaden your knowledge, but web sources are reliably unreliable, especially when discussing a medium rather older than the internet. Sometimes there’s no alternative to hitting the books.