March 14, 2017
alan tudyk, animated film, animated movie, animation, auli'i cravalho, disney, disney animation, disney canon, dwayne johnson, jemaine clement, john musker, lin-manuel miranda, mark mancina, moana, nicole scherzinger, opetaia foa'i, rachel house, ron clements, temuera morrison, walt disney
Of all the 2016 animated films that I’ve seen, this one is definitely my favorite!
“Well, no need to stay for the rest of the review!”
Let me give you some background. Disney was planning to release 2 animated films in 2016 as part of their official Canon: Zootopia and Moana. Ever since I first heard about it, I was way more excited for Zootopia than I was for Moana, although everyone else I knew had the opposite feeling! Zootopia was a sort of anthropomorphic animal mystery/crime/buddy cop movie that I was super excited for whilst we didn’t know much about Moana other than it would be another Disney Princess film, this time a Polynesian one.
But after watching both films, I ended up loving Moana more than I did Zootopia and again, this was opposite from what everyone else was telling me! Most people ended up falling in love with Zootopia and its morals while I ended up falling in love with Moana! It’s actually the only film in this Disney Revival era that I truly “love”!
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 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 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.)
August 20, 2016
alessandro carloni, angelina jolie, animated film, animated movie, animation, bryan cranston, david cross, dreamworks animation, dustin hoffman, film review, j.k. simmons, jack black, jackie chan, jennifer yuh nelson, kate hudson, kung fu panda, kung fu panda 3, lucy liu, movie review, seth rogen
This year, we got the 3rd entry in the famous Dreamworks Animation franchise, Kung Fu Panda. After being disappointed with Dreamworks Animation’s film from 2015, this was the film that I was hoping would lift my spirits! Did Kung Fu Panda 3 lift my spirits? Let’s find out!
July 13, 2016
alan tudyk, animated film, animated movie, animation, bonnie hunt, byron howard, disney, disney animation, disney canon, don lake, film review, ginnifer goodwin, idris elba, j.k. simmons, jason bateman, jenny slate, movie review, nate torrence, octavia spencer, rich moore, tommy chong, walt disney, zootopia
When I had first heard that Disney was working on the movie that would become Zootopia, I was incredibly excited! It was going to feature anthropomorphic animals (which I love) and be part of the crime/whodunnit genre (which I also love)! When the movie was released, it received mass critical praise, made over a billion dollars in the worldwide box office, and was just adored by everyone! What did I think of the film? Let’s see!
Oh, there will be SPOILERS!
March 28, 2016
animated film, animated movie, animation, bill melendez, blue sky, blue sky studios, charles schulz, charlie brown, peanuts, steve martino, the peanuts movie
When we first got the news that Blue Sky Studios was going to tackle a theatrical film adaptation of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, we were quite frightened and protective indeed! When we heard it was going to be a CG film, that didn’t help matters much either! Finally, after months of waiting, the movie was released and generally, people liked it! It was critically acclaimed and got overall positive reviews! But, what do I think of it? Read on to find out.