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Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez's Recent Posts

A Toy Must Find his Boy VFXWorld

Re-VIEW: ‘Lost Ollie’ – The Power of Memory

Shannon Tindle and Peter Ramsey’s new four-part live-action/animated series, based on William Joyce’s ‘Ollie’s Odyssey,’ reminds us that memories can be fun, but also filled with emotions - unreliable and often fragile - that can be heartwarming or haunting, and easily gone forever.

He’s Not Just a Toy ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: ‘Lightyear’ – A Metatextual Odyssey

Angus MacLane and Pixar’s nostalgic space adventure celebrates the best of sci-fi cinema while also smartly embracing contemporary issues including representation.

Consume Responsibly ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: ‘Love, Death + Robots’ – A Visceral Pleasure

Netflix’s animated short anthology uses every trick in the book – from disturbing grotesquery to quirky humor – to explore humanity’s overriding fear of death, ultimately shining an enriching light on our daily existence and what it means to be human.

Dorky Tweens Rule! ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: ‘Turning Red’ - Embracing the Animal Spirit Within Us

Transformation lies at the heart of Pixar’s latest hit film, a coming-of-age story about a young Chinese girl in Toronto who must break away from all she has known to either accept, or reject, the actual beast inside her.

Re-Forging the Bonds that Connect Us ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: ‘Encanto’ - Seeking Beauty in Truth

Experiencing life as the underdog - an outsider - teaches us empathy and a greater understanding of ourselves, our loved ones, and the critical connections that bind us together.

9 Visionary Chapters are Here! ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: ‘Maya and the Three’ – A Rebel Fire Burning Bright

Employing a delicate balance between foreshadowing and surprise twists, director Jorge R. Gutierrez achieves a sweet clarity of storytelling in his nine-chapter series about a Mesoamerican-inspired warrior princess on an epic quest to fulfill an ancient prophecy and save humanity from the vengeful gods of the underworld.

A Celebration of Life and Love ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: ‘Vivo’ – the Magic of the Mambo

Fueled by a cascade of original Lin-Manuel Miranda songs, Sony Pictures Animation and Netflix’s animated musical adventure is a celebration of life and love powered by energetic music and dance.  

Fun in the Italian Sun! ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: The Fabulous Journey of ‘Luca’

Enrico Casarosa’s heartwarming story of a shy young sea monster, whose insatiable curiosity helps him discover the magic in the everyday, is as complex as the ocean is deep.

What it Means to be Human ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: Love, Death, Robots + Revelation

Volume 2 of Netflix’s ‘Love, Death + Robots’ animated anthology challenges us to see reality through new eyes, encouraging us to be curious and reflect on the intimate connection between beauty and death, and what it means to be human.

The Superpowers of Ordinary People ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ - Using Art to Save the World

Knowing ourselves and understanding reality through art, where we often express our weirdness, is what gives all of us ordinary people our superpowers. 

The Healing Power of Hope ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: ‘If Anything Happens I Love You’

Two parents’ sudden, heartbreaking loss becomes ours in Michael Govier and Will McCormack’s animated short that ultimately fulfills us with the healing power of hope.

Reviews ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: ‘Soul’ and the Cinematic Empathy Machine

Directors Pete Docter and Kemp Powers invite audiences to ponder their own life choices, forging a link between storyteller and spectator that reaffirms the emotional power of cinema.

Running with the Pack! ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s ‘Wolfwalkers’

This beautifully designed film, a story of conflict between civilization and nature, stands in defiance of individualism, reminding us that despite our own strength and resolve, we still need the energy and healing power of the community.

We Dig this Film! Blogs

Re-VIEW: Madeline Sharafian’s Pixar Short, ‘Burrow’

If the goal of the studio’s SparkShorts incubator program is to identify young artists who have directing potential, then producing this wonderful film was an overwhelming success.

Independent Animation Blogs

‘Bombay Rose’ – Viewpoint and Vision

VIEW Conference executive director Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez shares her thoughts on the complex vision of reality, and ultimate celebration of life, in Gitanjali Rao’s debut hand-painted animated feature film, premiering today on Netflix.