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Richard Linklater

Versatile animation beyond the cartoon cel

Horton Hears a Who! and Chicago 10, both opening today, and that international hit Persepolis demonstrate what animation lovers have known for a dozen years. The resurgence of full-length cartoons, like that of documentaries, owes less to technical innovation than to artists' - and audience's - needs to extend the range of contemporary moviemaking.

The result has been features that try to slake our thirst for poetic ways of escape - and for transformative visions of reality.

Since 2001, when Richard Linklater made Waking Life, animation has been moving on dual tracks, between the jolly, zoolike landscapes of most computer-generated animation - Horton is an ebullient example...