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South Park: The Stick of Truth – Preview

Being the new kid in town proves tough, especially if Eric Cartman decides to take an interest in you.

Stuff of fantasy: Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

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I finally "got" Wes Anderson the other day. Which is not to say that I hadn't "got" him before – in the sense of liking his work and always being willing to substitute his vision of the world for mine for an hour or two. Though I'm not very fond of fey art-house whimsy (see references to Miranda July passim), there has always been something about.

Main Street in Springfield, Oregon, yesterday. After years of speculation, the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, has finally revealed that the city inspired its namesake in the show

Simpsons creator finally unveils the real Springfield

From Springfield, Ohio, to the city's namesakes in West Virginia, Vermont and Illinois, resounds the exclamation: "Doh!" The creator of The Simpsons has broken his silence and revealed that the real-life inspiration for the animated series is the Springfield in Oregon.

Main Street in Springfield, Oregon, yesterday. After years of speculation, the creator of 'The Simpsons', Matt Groening, has finally revealed that the city inspired its namesake in the show

No power plant, no Krusty Burger – but this is the real home of the Simpsons

Oregonians delight as Groening finally reveals that of 38 US Springfields, he was thinking of theirs

Morph and Chas set for TV return

Animated star Morph is to make a return to children's TV, 35 years after he made his debut.

Winterreise, Tristan Bates Theatre, London
L'Enfance du Christ, Dome, Brighton

A sour, bronchitic rasp opens and closes baritone Thomas Guthrie's staging of Winterreise.

That’s magic: Harry Potter: Page to Screen will cast a spell over the wizard’s fans

Cinema: Don't ask for the moon from these stars

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McCartney halts sale of sketches

A set of drawings by Sir Paul McCartney of a cartoon mouse have been withdrawn from sale after a legal challenge by the former Beatle.

DVD: Toy Story 3 (U)

Bret Easton Ellis, the author of American Psycho, was among those who took to Twitter to broadcast the fact that they had cried at the denouement of this animation. And there's no denying that this third instalment of the Toy Story series is as affecting as it is funny, philosophical, suspenseful and, at times, scary.

First Night: Toy Story 3, Edinburgh International Film Festival

A triumphant return to the playroom that left audience in tears

Ponyo (U)

Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese legend of handmade animation, recasts the story of The Little Mermaid, as a five-year-old boy discovers a goldfish named Ponyo that metamorphoses into a girl.

Spirits, gods and pastel paints: The weird world of master animator Hayao Miyazaki

The films of Studio Ghibli are often as bizarre as they are beautiful. So, on the eve of its latest release, Robert Epstein went fishing for answers from Hayao Miyazaki, the genius behind it all

Leap of faith: The Princess and the Frog

Disney's landmark new cartoon, The Princess and the Frog, has given hand-drawn animation the kiss of life. Guy Adams reports from the Mouse House

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A contender for the most famous feline on the web, Simon’s Cat is the star of five online films that have been watched by 36 million viewers across the world.

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

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Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

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Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

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Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

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