A little while ago I entered a competition through Fatso.co.nz to win tickets to a special advanced screening of Disney's Big Hero 6. I wasn't expecting to actually win tickets so it was a lovely surprise when I found out I was one of the people to receive a pass!

I will be writing a more in-depth review after Christmas, but I just wanted to do a quick write-up of the highlights before the holidays.

Big Hero 6 is the 54th film by Walt Disney Animation Studios and is the follow-up to last year's hit film Frozen which is currently the highest grossing animated film of all time. It is also the first animated Disney-Marvel feature film to be released since Disney bought Marvel Comics, Inc. earlier this year.

Squibble at NZIFF - Week Two

In the middle of the year I always seem get so busy that blogging gets put to the side, so I was never able to upload my post about the remaining films I saw at NZIFF 2014.Here it is finally!

The final two animated films I saw were The Tale of Princess Kaguya and Patema Inverted.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya


Studio Ghibli

The latest film from Studio Ghibli, based on a Japanese fairytale. The Princess Kaguya tells the story of how a bamboo cutter and his wife find a tiny princess in a bamboo shoot and raise her as their own child.

This film did not disappoint - although the story seemed to wander a bit in the middle. The Story of Princess Kaguya was beautifully animated and it is the only animated film to which I have ever been where the audience spontaneously applauded at the end. This is a must-see, and I wish it had been the last film on my list this year as it would have been a great end to the festival.

Patema Inverted


Purple Cow Studios Japan

I had been waiting to see Patema Inverted for a while, so was very excited when I saw it was part of the NZIFF 2014 lineup.

Patema Inverted is a post-apocolyptic tale of a girl living in a society underground. One day she ventures to the surface only to find that everything in the world above seems to be upside-down. The story and characters are charming, but there were a few plot-holes which made the story a bit confusing at times. I will be definitely keen to see this again when it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray but it wasn’t the high note I was hoping for at the end of the festival.

I thoroughly enjoyed the film festival this year and am already looking to next year’s festival. I am hoping Studio Ghibli’s film ‘When Marnie Was There’ will be part of the animation line-up!

Squibble at NZIFF - Week One

The New Zealand International Film Festival is on right now, which means it's animation month here at the Squibble Blog!

I am very excited to have booked tickets for:

  • The Congress
  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  • Patema Inverted

Over the weekend I saw the first two films on my list, The Congress and The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness.

This week's animation post is actually about the game 'Cuphead' being developed by StudioMDHR.

The style and look of the game is based on classic 'rubber hose' animation from the 1930's. Amazingly, the team is animating and inking on traditional animation cels to get an authentic look, and the backgrounds are hand-painted with watercolours.


I came across this 1922 version of Cinderella by the German director and animator Lotte Reiniger on Youtube.

I love the delicate look of the paper cut-outs in silhouette:

This style of animation by Lotte Reiniger was also an inspiration for the animated segment in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: 'The Tale of Three Brothers'