Disney’s ‘Moana’ is classic princess story for new century

Coming off the heels of mega-hits “Frozen” and “Zootopia,” Disney’s 2010s Renaissance shows no signs of stopping. Its latest effort, “Moana,” easily holds its own beside recent successes and also finds a comfortable place among the Disney classics of the ‘90s, introducing a likable, confident, kickass Polynesian princess to its
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‘The Book of Life’ not quite lively enough

Mexican producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez decided to focus on a holiday that gets much less attention than Halloween does in the United States during this time of year. His musical animated feature “The Book of Life,” released Friday, takes place on Dia de los Muertos, the
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Creativity and craftsmanship reign in animated ‘Boxtrolls’

As animated films become more slick and commercial-looking — as CGI takes over not only backgrounds and motion but also character construction and whole projects — stop-motion only gets more charming and valuable. Richly textured, with a distinctly organic feel and the unmistakable stamp of handmade craft, the “The Boxtrolls”
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