The Critics: Oh no! It's that walking-in-the-air time of year again

The Snowman Peacock, WC2 The Secret Garden Little Angel Theatre, N1

Musical: Melting into mediocrity

The Snowman Peacock Theatre London

First Night: Pale imitation of a children's winter classic

The Snowman Peacock Theatre London

Film: Mulan (U)

Disney's anachronistic take on Chinese history and culture nevertheless turns out to be one of its better animated offerings in recent years. The story concerns a feisty girl who dresses as a man and joins the army to save her father's life.

Education Home Help 4. Science: Celebrate learning about science the easy way

IF YOU thought science was just a load of old ticker tape and test tubes, you'll be just as fascinated by today's range of scientific software as your kids.

Arts: The grit between the teeth

Jonathan Myerson is sick of reading novels about lovelorn graduates in Hampstead. He lives in Clapham. Well, it's a start

Students of animation learn the wrong skills

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Photography: Comedy bites in South Park

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Why Disney's Hercules fails to topple Gromit

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The seamy side of Pooh and Piglet

Not even the innocent world of Winnie the Pooh is sacred, it seems. A radical adaptation of the AA Milne children's classic in which Piglet is painted as a swearing drunk and Pooh as a homosexual has been penned by a businessman keen to give the characters "more of a racy treatment".

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Wallace and Gromit stage their comeback

The city-wide hunt for a pair of Britons who vanished in New York on Saturday soon after touching down from London was called off yesterday after they were discovered by a Yellow Cab driver and returned to their hotel.

How studios keep track of animated assets

Animation computers such as Animo may have taken the drudgery out of cartoons but they have created new headaches for the world's major studios.

Nothing on telly? There will be

NETWORK `Tele-multimedia' could soon be available on your own TV, writes Steve Homer
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