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Paranormal Activity, Oren Peli, 85 mins, (15)<br/>Bunny and the Bull, Paul King, 101 mins, (15)

Bumps, thumps and shaking chandeliers make for enjoyably hammy horror

Philip Hensher: The deadliest rivalry lurks in literary festivals

Some writers treat them as a brute Darwinian struggle for survival

John Ryan: Cartoonist and animator who created Captain Pugwash

Best known as the creator of the classic Captain Pugwash series of animated cartoons for BBC children's television, John Ryan also drew topical cartoons for the Catholic Herald for more than 40 years and was the author and illustrator of more than 50 books.

Hayao Miyazaki: Modern movies are too weird for me

The Oscar-winning animation director Hayao Miyazaki has gone back to basics with his new film about a goldfish, 'Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea'. David McNeill meets Hayao Miyazaki

Nick Park: 'I'm like Wallace - a tinkerer'

Wallace & Gromit are a labour of love for their creator Nick Park. The much-loved Plasticine pair have almost become his children

Bill Melendez: Animator who worked on Disney classics and adaptations of the 'Peanuts' cartoons

Animator, producer and director, Bill Melendez had a distinguished career in animation that spanned more than 60 years, from the early Disney classics through the vintage era of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to a long, highly successful spell as producer of television shows and movies based on the long-running comic strip "Peanuts", about Charlie Brown and his friends. Melendez was the only animator authorised by Charles M. Schultz, the creator of "Peanuts", to bring his legendary characters to life.

Origin: Spirits of the past (12A)

Japanese animators must get frustrated by the way their work is overshadowed by, and compared to, that of Hayao Miyazaki (of Spirited Away fame).

Homer's no loser with a voice worth $400,000 per show

Where would The Simpsons be without the distinctive voices of Homer, Bart, Marge and Lisa? The importance of the actors behind the world's most famous dysfunctional cartoon family was recognised yesterday with a new pay deal in which cast members will take home about $400,000 (£200,000) per episode.

Ollie Johnston: Last of Disney's 'Nine Old Men'

Ollie Johnston was the last surviving member of the legendary group of animators dubbed "the Nine Old Men" who worked at the pioneering Walt Disney studios from the mid-Thirties. He graduated from animating Mickey Mouse shorts to work on such classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Bambi, Cinderella and The Jungle Book.

Adam Buxton: I, Pavel, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

An animated Adam shows his character

Frank Thomas

Master animator and one of Walt Disney's 'Nine Old Men'

Spirited Away (PG)

Away with the fairies
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