January 6, 2017
albert brooks, animated film, animated movie, animation, bobby moynihan, chris renaud, ellie kemper, eric stonestreet, film review, illumination entertainment, jenny slate, kevin hart, lake bell, louis c.k., movie review, the secret life of pets
When the trailer for Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets was released, I was honestly surprised as to how positive/optimistic many people seemed to be towards it. Almost everyone I knew said that the film looked cute or funny or had an interesting premise or was a film that they were looking forward to seeing. I, on the other hand, seemed to be in the minority opinion!
I thought the trailer seemed kinda stupid. It seemed to be pushing the ubiquitous “funny jokes for kids” trope that we see in a lot of animation and I didn’t really find any of the jokes funny. The plot seemed very reminiscent of past films such as Toy Story and it seemed that the only reason Kevin Hart, Louis C.K. and Eric Stonestreet were cast as voices were just to have popular celebrities’ names attached to the film. Heck, I’m not even a “pets” person, so I couldn’t even identify with that aspect of the film that many pet owners seemed to readily identify with! I was much more looking forward to Illumination Entertainment’s Sing than this film.
74%? Really? This movie was THAT good?
Eventually, I ended up watching this film. Was I as disappointed as I thought I was going to be? Or was I surprisingly impressed? Read on to find out what I thought of The Secret Life of Pets.
By the way, there will be some SPOILERS!
December 22, 2016
Just wanted to let you know that I’ve done some work in making my menus on this site more readable and navigable. Now, if you hover your mouse on the Indexes label located at the top of my blog, a drop-down menu will appear where you can access all the indexes that I have on my blog (My Thoughts, Top 13 Lists, Forgotten/Minor Characters Projects).
Likewise, if you hover your mouse over the WWTBAM-Animation Edition Games label, a drop-down menu will appear where you can access those videos from whichever season you desire.
Hope this helps make navigation and visibility easier! Let me know what you think in the comments below!
December 17, 2016
alec baldwin, andrea libman, animated film, animated movie, animation, anthony gonzalez, ashleigh bell, bejamin bratt, billy dee williams, blazing saddles, blazing samurai, blue sky, blue sky studios, bobby moynihan, bonnie hunt, bronies, captain underpants, cars, cars 3, cheech marin, coco, danny pudi, dav pilkey, dave franco, demi lovato, despicable me, despicable me 3, dia de los muertos, dia de muertos, djimon hounsou, dreamworks, dreamworks animation, ed helms, emily blunt, emojimovie, ferdinand, fred armisen, gabriel iglesias, gael garcia bernal, george takei, hilary swank, ilana glazer, illumination entertainment, jace norman, jack mcbrayer, jackie chan, james corden, jeff dunham, jenny slate, jessica biel, jimmy kimmel, joe manganiello, joker, jordan peele, justin theroux, katherine heigl, kevin hart, kristen schaal, kristen wiig, kumail nanjiani, larry the cable guy, lego, lego batman, lego batman movie, lego ninjago movie, liev schreiber, lightning mcqueen, lisa kudrow, mandy patinkin, mariah carey, maya rudolph, mel brooks, michael cera, michael pena, michelle yeoh, minions, miranda cosgrove, mlp, munro leaf, my little pony, my little pony the movie, nick kroll, ninjago, olivia munn, owen wilson, patrick stewart, pierre coffin, pixar, rainn wilson, ralph fiennes, renee victor, ricky gervais, rosario dawson, samuel l jackson, smurfs, smurfs: the lost village, sony animation, spark, steve buscemi, steve carell, susan sarandon, t j miller, tara strong, the boss baby, the lamb, the lego batman movie, the nut job 2, the star, thomas middleditch, tobey maguire, trey parker, warner animation, warner animation group, will arnett, zach galifianakis
As the year comes to a close, it comes time again to prepare ourselves for the animated films being released next year! So read on below to find a list of the theatrical animated films set to be released in 2017! Like usual, I’m only listing the ones that have confirmed US release dates at the moment, hence this list is mostly composed of films from the major animation studios. Enjoy!
December 15, 2016
animated film, animated movie, animation, despicable me, despicable me 3, illumination entertainment, kristen wiig, minions, miranda cosgrove, pierre coffin, steve carell, trey parker
Regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of the Despicable Me franchise, Illumination Entertainment is making a 3rd film! And the first trailer for Despicable Me 3 has recently debuted!
From what I see in the trailer, I feel that this film will be….okay, at best, something along the lines of Despicable Me 2 quality. The villain seems quite annoying and I know I’m alone in this, but I miss the Minions’ presence in the trailer. (Oh, and I love Gru’s singing voice!) Hopefully the film (which is set to be released on June 30, 2017) will exceed my expectations!
What do you all think of the trailer? Are you interested in a 3rd Despicable Me film? Let me know in the comments below!
December 15, 2016
albert brooks, animated film, animated movie, animation, disney, dominic west, ed o'neill, ellen degeneres, film review, finding dory, finding nemo, hayden rolance, idris elba, kaitlin olson, movie review, pixar, ty burrell
Pixar’s latest film is one that I honestly wasn’t dying to happen! I mean, I wasn’t against a Finding Nemo sequel, but I wouldn’t have been disappointed if we never got a sequel either! So like a true animation fan, I went to see Finding Dory with an open mind. What did I think of it? Well, read on to find out!
November 30, 2016
alan tudyk, animated film, animated movie, animation, auli'i cravalho, disney, disney animation, disney canon, dwayne johnson, jermaine clement, lin-manuel miranda, moana, rachel house, walt disney
Since it’ll be a while until I post my review of Disney’s latest film, Moana, you can find out what I thought of the film in this video podcast I did w/Rachel Wagner from 54disneyreviews.com. Let me know in the comments what you think!
November 29, 2016
academy awards, animated film, animated movie, animation, disney, emily blunt, hayao miyazaki, joseph gordon-levitt, josh krasinski, mandy patinkin, martin short, oscars, stanley tucci, studio ghibli, the wind rises, wener herzog, william h. macy
The Wind Rises was a Studio Ghibli film that I’ve wanted to see for a long time, but due to various circumstances, I wasn’t able to see it until last week. I had heard great things about it: It was a Studio Ghibli film inspired by true events rather than something fantastical, it was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars (with many people thinking it should have won the award instead of Frozen), and it was going to be Hayao Miyazaki’s last film ever as he was retiring!
Well, so much for that plan!
So, did I end up enjoying this film and thinking it’s amazing as everyone says it is? Well, let’s take a look! (By the way, I watched the English dub of the film.)