Kim Possible – Showdown at The Crooked D (2006)

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Nifty name, spunky heroine, snazzy design, slick animation – plus a fast and harmless adventure with some kind of shallow moral lesson.

Quite charming, I can imagine this working very well with the tweens of 2006. Far from my own personal book, though.

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Shudō (2015)

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Solemn, evocative, low-key rumination on love and death.

Unexpected setting, sensitive handling. Maybe in my book of masculinity.

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Wildfire (2015)

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A suggestive everyday tale of the inexplicable power, threat, and allure of dancing flames and glowing embers.

Silently powerful, but a little too unresolved for my taste. Not in my book of firefighting.

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Alison, Mary, Eve, Lotte, Claire (2015)

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The 2015 festival vignettes honorably salute the important – but alas, far too few and unknown – female legends of animation.

Intelligent and touching. Maybe in my book of gender and heritage.

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Au Lapin Agile, Au Moulin Rouge, Tchin!, La beauté est dans la rue, Ripaille (2016)

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Another collection of school vignettes made for the animation festival in Annecy. Funny, amiable, irreverent, inventive, disparate – and amazingly skilled.

Definitely enjoyable, though not long-lasting enough for my book of esprit.

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La La Land (2016)

Intimate and grand, reinventing the classic musical in a warm, nostalgic, and tongue-in-cheeky way. Emma Stone’s face and voice are both remarkably touching in this charming mixture of fantasy and reality. Love, sacrifice, and consequences – highest calibre Hollywood schmalz!

Irresistible. In my book of dreams.

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Le serpent blanc, Puzzle, La sieste, Wu qi dao, Yāoguài (2017)

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«La Chine à l’honneur»

A handful of short animated vignettes, all made by the Gobelins school for the Annecy festival and spotlighting China. No stories or messages really, just some kind of very nicely made showcase pieces.

Varied and interesting enough, but still not in my book of bilateralism.

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