Cinema: Stars & B'ars

The art of animation has fallen on evil days. Once upon a time Walt Disney had a duck that laid a golden egg, but for many years now it has cost more to draw a paper performer than it does to hire a live one. In order to balance their books, most modern animators compromise their methods. They simplify figures, eliminate movements, primarize colors, standardize settings. Even so, they occasionally do exciting work. Of two feature-length cartoons in current release, one is about as good as such things get. The other, unhappily, looks like...

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