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More New And Notable Film Books

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 11, 2013 2:48 PM
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Here’s a second helping of film-related books worth checking out this holiday season. I hope the listings are useful, whether you’re looking for Christmas gifts or adding to your own library.

Tom And Jerry Music—Performed Live!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 17, 2013 2:47 PM
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Many symphony orchestras now play music from Hollywood’s golden age, but none that I’m aware of has attempted to perform Scott Bradley’s breakneck-paced scores for Tom and Jerry cartoons—until now.

New And Notable Film Books

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 16, 2013 1:42 AM
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Roman Polanski once said, “You have to show violence the way it is. If you don’t show it realistically, that’s immoral and harmful."

Monsters University

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 21, 2013 12:05 AM
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When my daughter was young, I found myself watching movies through her eyes. I came to appreciate films that delivered a positive message even if I felt they had shortcomings.

BUGS BUNNY’S OSCAR BATTLE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 3, 2013 1:00 AM
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Did you know there was a furor over two strikingly similar cartoons—one from MGM with Tom and Jerry, one from Warner Bros. with Bugs Bunny—back in 1946?

Classic Animation In Prime Time

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 18, 2012 1:00 AM
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When I was growing up, TV was a living museum of animation. Every day I was exposed to everything from silent Terrytoons to Looney Tunes from Warner Bros. I learned the name Ub Iwerks from the main titles of Flip the Frog and Willie Whopper shorts I saw every morning, and became familiar with such now-forgotten characters as Molly Moo Cow. What’s more, Walt Disney and Walter Lantz showed me how animated films were made on their weekly shows.

Frankenweenie—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 5, 2012 1:00 AM
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Tim Burton has returned to familiar turf in 'Frankenweenie'. That will come as good news to some fans and bad news to others, who may feel that he’s gone to the same well once too often. I enjoyed this feature-length remake of his 1984 short, even though the seams show.

Paranorman—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 17, 2012 1:30 AM
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'ParaNorman' is the first of three horror-movie-inspired animated features this year, to be followed by 'Hotel Transylvania' and 'Frankenweenie'. Laika, the studio that gave us 'Coraline', is responsible for this tale, which assumes that kids will get the “joke” and not be distressed by its macabre content.

Ice Age: Continental Drift—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 13, 2012 1:00 AM
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I was charmed, and pleasantly surprised, when I saw 'Ice Age' a decade ago. Its enormous success has prompted multiple sequels, which have made a ton of money around the world (with Fox cannily hiring well-known actors and comedians to provide the voices for their individual countries). This money machine, with its sure-fire kid appeal, makes the fourth entry in the series, 'Ice Age: Continental Drift', virtually critic-proof.

Brave—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 22, 2012 1:05 AM
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If you have kids, you’ll want to take them to 'Brave', and they’ll almost certainly have a good time. If you’re an animation buff, you may have quibbles with the film, which looks great but isn’t up to Pixar’s high standards in terms of story. That’s the problem with creating so many innovative and memorable movies: when you do something that’s “merely” pretty good, it feels like a letdown.

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