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Rio 2: This Sequel Soars

April 11, 2014 The Brazilian director of the computer animated $484 million dollar blockbuster, Rio, Carlos Saldanha and Blue Sky Studios come together again for a sequel, bringing gorgeous color, highly detailed backgrounds, enhanced characterization and better songs to Rio 2, making it a far superior film than its predecessor. Also the director of several …

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Finding Nemo 3D — Fresh Fish

Saturday, September 15, 2012 If Cinema Siren had a dime for every time a perfectly down-to-earth average adult said Finding Nemo is one of their favorite movies, I might have a yacht as big as Steven Spielberg’s. The Siren knows animation. Alter ego Leslie Combemale owns a gallery that has specialized in animation and film …

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Top 10 Christmas Cartoons of All Time

Saturday, December 3, 2011 If Cinema Siren’s alter ego Leslie Combemale knows about one thing, it’s animation. She’s been selling animation art and teaching about its history at her gallery ArtInsights, in Reston, for over 18 years, so she knows a little something about holiday cartoons.   Whittling down the best to a top 10 …

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Legend of the Guardians

LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: This hero’s quest offers both fight and flight… Friday, September 24, 2010 Shakespearean relationships, sweeping and fantastical scenery, archetypal characters embarking on a seemingly hopeless quest, epic battle scenes in a war of good against evil…all playing out with animated owls in 3D. Leave it to Zack Snyder, who for better …