January 27, 2014
animated film, animated movie, animation, ballet, film review, howard mcgillin, jack palance, john cleese, michelle nicastro, movie review, richard rich, richcrest, sandy duncan, steven wright, swan lake, the swan princess
Let’s talk a bit about a man named Richard Rich.
Richard Rich was an employee at Walt Disney Studios. He started in the mail room and worked his way up until he became an animation director as well as co-director for films such as “The Fox and the Hound” and “The Black Cauldron”.
In 1986, he left Disney to form his own animation studios called “Rich Animation Studios”, now known as “Crest Animation Productions”.
“And yet somehow you like him and dislike me?”
“That’s the way the cookie crumbles, Don!”
For this studio, Richard Rich would produce and/or direct many animated films including “The King and I”, “The Scarecrow”, “The Trumpet of the Swan”, “Muhammad: The Last Prophet”, “Alpha and Omega”, “The Little Engine That Could”, and a handful of educational/religious direct-to-video releases among others. But his most famous film by far is the subject of this review, “The Swan Princess”. More
January 20, 2014
ben kingsley, disney, film review, gemma arterton, jake gyllenhaal, jerry bruckheimer, movie review, persia, prince of persia, prince of persia the sands of time, ronald pickup, walt disney
My review for “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” is up on my other blog. You can check it out here.
January 19, 2014
animated film, animated movie, animation, box office, brendan fraser, gabriel iglesias, jeff dunham, katherine heigl, liam neeson, maya rudolph, the nut job, will arnett
The first animated film of the year, “The Nut Job”, landed 3rd place in the US/Canada weekend box office. Grossing over $2o million, the film has been getting negative reviews, but may yet pass its budget of $42 million (I hope it doesn’t).
Have you seen this? If so, how was it? If not, do you plan on seeing this?
I’ll watch this when it comes to DVD, but I’m REALLY not looking forward to it!
January 16, 2014
academy awards, animated film, animated movie, animation, despicable me 2, disney canon, dreamworks animation, ernest & celestine, ernest and celestine, feral, frozen, get a horse, illumination entertainment, mickey mouse, mr hublot, oscars, possessions, room on the broom, studio ghibli, the croods, the wind rises, walt disney
Well, the day we (or at least I) have been waiting for has finally arrived: THE OSCARS NOMINATIONS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!!! More
January 13, 2014
al pacino, animated film, animated movie, animation, benjamin bratt, despicable me, despicable me 2, film review, illumination entertainment, ken jeong, kristen wiig, minions, miranda cosgrove, moises arias, movie review, russell brand, steve carell
Gru, the girls, and the Minions are back in this blockbuster sequel. Is it worth its nigh one billion dollar worldwide gross? Well, let’s take a look at it! More
January 1, 2014
alfonso ribeiro, animated film, animated movie, animation, fresh prince, fresh prince of bel-air, fresh prince of belair, iron man, james avery, shredder, tatyana ali, teenage mutant ninja turtles, tmnt, voice actor, will smith
I regret to inform you all that we start the year with some sad news. Actor James Avery has died! Mr. Avery (1948-2013) was an actor most famous for playing the role o“f Philip “Uncle Phil” Banks on the sitcom, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, also featuring Will Smith.
Mr. Avery was also quite adept in the field of animation providing voices for various animated series and films including “The Prince of Egypt”, “Spider-Man”, “Iron Man”, “Aladdin”, and “The Legend of Prince Valiant”. His most famous animated role was probably that of Shredder in the series, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.
He also provided the voices of Br’er Frog and Br’er Bear in the Disneyland/Magic Kingdom ride, “Splash Mountain”.
Whether you loved him as Uncle Phil or Shredder or any of his other voice and live roles, he will definitely be missed!