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The Doc Option: Instead of "The Lorax" Watch Dr. Seuss' "Your Job in Germany" and "Our Job in Japan"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • February 28, 2012 6:29 PM
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Do you think the new animated feature, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" is liberal propaganda? Lou Dobbs does, and I'm so sure it has nothing to do with this latest animated Seuss adaptation being at Universal instead of Fox (like the previous one, "Horton Hears a Who"). Regardless, though, if you'll be avoiding this "tree-hugger" cartoon for political reasons, I have some conservative-minded Doc Options for you:

The Only Live-Action Remake of "Lady and the Tramp" We'll Ever Need

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • February 15, 2012 1:46 PM
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While Disney's animated classics continue to get live action remakes, whether of the studio's own doing or via some other production company digging into the same fairytale source materials, it's nice to see that "Lady and the Tramp" will probably be left alone. At least in feature form, that is. Instead of announcing another movie in the vein of either 1996's "101 Dalmations" or "Maleficent," the upcoming reworking of "Sleeping Beauty," Disney has gone ahead and shown us what at least one iconic scene from "Lady and the Tramp" looks like redone in live action form. The following video was produced by the studio itself as both a Valentine's Day treat and part of its promotion of the new DVD and Blu-ray releases of the 1955 film. Enjoy:  

Short Starts: Watch the Hayao Miyazaki-Scripted "Panda! Go Panda!" and "On Your Mark"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • February 13, 2012 1:55 PM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at three shorts from the mind of Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki, who co-wrote "The Secret World of Arietti," which opens Friday.

Review and Ranking of the 2012 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • February 7, 2012 3:42 PM
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Curious which Oscar-nominated animated short film will win the Academy Award on February 26? Well, I'm no prognosticator and I honestly don't really care which little-known filmmaker takes home the golden statue. But I am happy the Oscars exist and have the animated short category because it means that moviegoers have at least one chance a year to see at least five (supposedly) exceptional animated shorts in the theater. There's usually at least one in the bunch I'm not that in love with, but even 4 out of 5 makes for a great program, especially when the best films are really something special. And maybe you, like the Academy, will enjoy them all.

Short Starts: Watch Two Tim Burton-ish Films by "Journey 2" Director Brad Peyton

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • February 6, 2012 12:16 PM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at two early films by director Brad Peyton, whose latest feature is the sequel "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island."

The Doc Option: Instead of "Beauty and the Beast 3D" Watch "Waking Sleeping Beauty"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 13, 2012 11:03 AM
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The main attraction in theaters this weekend is the 3D re-release of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." If you're hoping to introduce a new generation to the animated classic, by all means bring your kids. But if you're just a grown up wishing to revisit a childhood favorite, and you can't get off the cinematic nostalgia train running full speed these days, don't fall for it. Instead, I have another Doc Option for you.

Short Starts: Watch the 1952 Animated Version of "Beauty and the Beast"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 9, 2012 11:49 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at two earlier animated versions of "Beauty and the Beast," in anticipation to Disney 3D rerelease, which hits theaters everywhere this Friday.

Pingu the Penguin Stars in a Claymation Remake of "The Thing"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 5, 2012 3:41 PM
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Disappointed with that recent prequel/remake of John Carpenter's "The Thing"? To make up for it, here's a short redo of the 1982 version as reenacted by the claymation character Pingu. Not only does it make perfect sense for penguins to remake a sci-fi/horror film set in Antarctica, but this is a great day to share the video since it's National Bird Day (see my list of bird docs elsewhere).

The Doc Option: Instead of "The Adventures of Tintin" Watch "Tintin and I"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 21, 2011 12:23 PM
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Two of the most anticipated movies of the holiday season open in theaters today. But if you're thinking of choosing "The Adventures of Tintin," don't. I have a new Doc Option for you instead.

The Doc Option: Instead of "Chipwrecked" Watch "Chumming With Chipmunks"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 16, 2011 10:12 AM
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I know, you're so excited about the new "Alvin and the Chipmunks" sequel, "Chipwrecked," but the theaters are going to be packed with obnoxious children all weekend so why not wait a bit? In the meantime, I have another Doc Option for you.

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