*With the excellent films Coraline, ParaNorman, and now The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion animation studio Laika has firmly established itself as the smartest and therefore best purveyor of animated entertainment working today. It certainly helps their case that Pixar has become obsessed with sequels, that Pixar’s parent company Disney still holds a fetish for singing princesses, and that DreamWorks Animation mostly produces mediocrities. A much larger factor in Laika’s pre-eminence, however, is the consistency of the three features that its produced over the last five years. All three films have promoted a visually compelling house style and a commendably weird tone while still maintaining individual identities.
*This review was also printed in the Colorado Springs Independent.
*Like most of Kevin Smith’s films, Tusk is all dick and no balls.