Given his preference for static, symmetrical, scrupulously color-coordinated and art-directed compositions, it's less surprising that Wes Anderson has gotten around to directing an animated feature than that it took him this long to do it. Likewise, if Anderson — a nostalgia merchant whose ostensibly contemporary films always seem to be unfolding in some irrecoverable past — was going to do a cartoon, then surely he was bound to favor the handcrafted rigors of stop-motion (a technique nearly as old as movies themselves) over the lifeless... More >>>