‘The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales’ Directors On Animals As Evergreen Storytelling Subjects

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From French directors Benjamin Renner and Patrick Renner, GKIDs animated release The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales is a collection of animal-driven folktales with its own delightfully particular sense of humor. Framed as a series of plays in which animals are the players, and replete with clever visual gags, the film uses animal tropes and stereotypes to comment on human foibles.
Stemming from the imagination of Renner, who wrote several graphic novels featuring animal…

A Look At The Leading Contenders In This Year’s Oscar Best Animated Feature Race

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In this the 90th Oscar race, 26 features have been approved to duke it out for the Best Animated Feature award. This year, there are several obvious frontrunners. Never count out Pixar, which has Day of the Dead themed Coco and its variety of original songs; Warner Bros. is in the fold with The Lego Batman Movie, a well-received follow-up to the massively popular Lego Movie; and 20th Century Fox has Ferdinand, a tale of a Spanish fighting bull who refuses to fight.
Among…

‘Coco’ Director Lee Unkrich On His Journey Into The Heart Of Mexico, Firsthand & On Screen

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Winning an Oscar seven years ago for Toy Story 3—his solo directorial debut—Pixar’s Lee Unkrich looks to be a certain frontrunner again this year with his gorgeously colorful, thematically powerful Día de Muertos drama Coco. Centered on the young, musically-talented Miguel, the film charts the boy’s journey to the Land of the Dead, as he follows his dream—in spite of his conservative upbringing—and visits his deceased ancestors in their domain.
Set in Mexico—with the…