'Penguin Highway': What goes up must come down ... in penguin form

Film / Reviews Aug 15, 2018

'Penguin Highway': What goes up must come down ... in penguin form

There's something about the playful, magical realist novels of Tomihiko Morimi that seems to lend itself to animated adaptations. Those adaptations include TV series like "The Tatami Galaxy" ("Yojohan Shinwa Taikei") and "The Eccentric Family" ("Uchoten Kazoku"), plus last year's film "The Night is ...

'Akira': Looking back at the future

Film Jul 16, 2018

'Akira': Looking back at the future

On the 30th anniversary of the release of the animated version of 'Akira' in Japan, we examine the enduring legacy of Katsuhiro Otomo's sci-fi classic.

The pain and the passion that fueled the creation of 'Akira'

Film Jul 14, 2018

The pain and the passion that fueled the creation of 'Akira'

When I tell Kuni Tomita the anime classic "Akira" turns 30 years old this month, she shakes her head and laughs. "Unbelievable," she says. The animator has a very personal connection to the movie: She was one of more than 60 key animators assembled to bring ...

'Akira' soundtrack featured music worthy of a visual masterpiece

Music Jul 13, 2018

'Akira' soundtrack featured music worthy of a visual masterpiece

A crack of thunder. Pulsing polyrhythmic percussion. The roar of a passing motorcycle. A haunting symphonic chorus. Once you've heard the soundtrack to "Akira," the anime classic that turns 30 years old this month, it's almost impossible to forget it. Like every other aspect of the ...