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DVD REVIEW – The Ricky Gervais Show (HBO, Channel 4)

By Stewart Sutherland 

What do you get when you take a comedian, an BAFTA Award-winning writer and an uneducated radio producer and put them in a small room with a set of microphones? The answer is the most downloaded podcast ever recorded. Over two hundred thousand people have tuned in to hear Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington gather for “pointless conversations” about everything from religion, travel, reproduction, charity and monkeys. After debuting on HBO and Channel 4 in 2010, the animated version of their first ground-breaking series, The Ricky Gervais Show, is now available on DVD.

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Mini Interview – Puzzle Agent: What Does Graham Annable Think?

By Marty Mulrooney

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Following on from the success of AMO’s Tales Of Monkey Island mini interviews last year (What Does Dominic Armato Think?) I decided to go out on a limb and invite Grickle creator Graham Annable back to chat with us once more in an exclusive mini interview, this time specifically regarding his new game Puzzle Agent (recently reviewed here). I was delighted when he accepted my offer! As expected, Graham was an absolute pleasure to interview again: he not only reveals his innermost thoughts on the game, but also offers a small glimmer of hope for fans itching to see more of Nelson Tethers in the future…

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Graham Annable (Cartoonist/Animator/Illustrator)

By Marty Mulrooney

AnnableBioPic Graham Annable is a renowned cartoonist and animator living in Portland, Oregon. He is the creator of Grickle and has most recently been working at Laika Entertainment, where he storyboarded for the feature film Coraline. Previously, he had a long and illustrious career at LucasArts working on such classic videogames as The Curse Of Monkey Island, and was also the creative director at Telltale Games during the company’s first AnnableBioPic02year. As of late, he has been helping Telltale Games create their first ‘pilot’  videogame based on the Grickle universe, entitled ‘Puzzle Agent.’ A collection of selected Grickle material entitled ‘The Book Of Grickle’ has also recently been released to critical acclaim. It is therefore with great pleasure that I am now able to present a special interview between myself and Mr Graham Annable!

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FILM REVIEW – The Princess And The Frog

By Marty Mulrooney

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The Princess And The Frog is Disney’s 49th feature film and their first traditional 2D animation since 2004’s Home On The Range. Loosely based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘The Frog Prince’, Disney seems keen to shake things up from the usual formula they have stuck to in the past. Case in point: this is the first Disney film to feature an African-American princess. Taking my seat in the cinema, my main hope was that this bold simultaneous return/departure from Disney tradition would amount to more than a mere gimmick.

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FILM REVIEW – Ponyo (Studio Ghibli)

By Marty Mulrooney

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As a huge Studio Ghibli fan, it has been driving me somewhat mad knowing that Hayao Miyazaki’s latest animated feature film originally came out in July 2008 in Japan and was then released with an English dub in August 2009, but only in the US. It has only just arrived in the UK in February 2010! Frustrating to say the least. So was it worth the wait?

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Colin Odell and Michelle Le Blanc (Authors of Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata)

By Marty Mulrooney

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I recently reviewed the wonderfully comprehensive Studio Ghilbi: The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata (Kamera Books) by Colin Odell & Michelle Le Blanc, awarding it 9 OUT OF 10 and declaring it to be ‘the authoritative English language text on Studio Ghibli.’ It was therefore a great pleasure to be able to catch up with the authors and discuss this seminal work for a special interview exclusive to Alternative Magazine Online.

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Gary Goldman (Don Bluth Productions)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Logo ALTERNATIVE SPEAKS EXCLUSIVELY TO THE STUDIO CO-FOUNDER ABOUT THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF DON BLUTH PRODUCTIONS…

Continuing onwards with the resurrection of articles taken from the original print edition of Alternative Magazine (the inspiration for this site!) I am proud to present a chat that took place earlier this year between myself and Gary Goldman, one of the founding fathers of the world-renowned Don Bluth Animation Studio, responsible for such timeless classics as An American Tale and All Dogs Go To Heaven. There is also some exciting new artwork to see from Don Bluth’s achieves, so I hope you all enjoy this exclusive interview!

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