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FILM REVIEW – Toy Story 3 (3D Version)

By Marty Mulrooney


After languishing in development hell for nearly ten years, Toy Story 3 has finally arrived. Disney’s own Circle 7 Animation tried to do a third sequel without Pixar’s involvement in 2004, but when relationships were patched up in 2006 (Disney actually bought Pixar in January of that year for $7.4 billion) production was halted and the project transferred back to Pixar where it belonged. Four years later, the toys are back in town for one final adventure, this time in Disney Digital 3D.


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FILM REVIEW – Ponyo (Studio Ghibli)

By Marty Mulrooney


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


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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BOOK REVIEW – Studio Ghibli (Kamera Books) by Colin Odell & Michelle Le Blanc

By Marty Mulrooney


Western fans of the animation masters at Studio Ghibli will no doubt agree that, somewhat disappointingly, information about the studio is often severely lacking beyond the special features available to us on DVD. I was therefore highly intrigued when I noticed that Kamera Books were about to release Studio Ghbili: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. But would this finally be the book to accurately detail Ghibli’s history down on paper for English-speaking fans, or merely become a rehash of what we already know?

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