February 27, 2017
academy awards, animated film, animated movie, animation, la la land, moonlight, oscars, piper, the jungle book, zootopia
Well, everyone’s talking about that ending! For those of you who don’t know, there was a mix-up at the end of the ceremony wherein La La Land was accidentally awarded the Best Picture title, but it was actually supposed to go to Moonlight. They later fixed the mistake, but it was still an amusing, yet embarrassing thing to witness.
Otherwise, the awards weren’t all that bad even with some surprise wins. I didn’t end up beating my score from last year however; I only got 15/24 right this year. But, it’s still my 2nd highest score in guessing the Oscars wins.
Congratulations to Disney and Pixar for winning Best Animated Feature (Zootopia), Best Animated Short (Piper), and Best Visual Effects (The Jungle Book). For a list of all the Oscars winners, click here.
February 20, 2017
DreamWorks Animation-Forgotten/Minor Characters
animated film, animated movie, animation, dreamworks animation, forgotten characters, minor characters
I’m here to bring you an exciting announcement….well, at least I think it’s exciting. For those of you who have been following me since I started, the first project I did on my blog was a Forgotten/Minor Characters project for the Disney Canon. Basically, I watched the entire Disney Canon and wrote a post for each film talking about a forgotten/minor character (or characters) from the film. It was quite popular and I later did it with the Pixar Canon as well. (You can find these posts underneath the Indexes drop-down menu above.)
Now, I thought it was time to do another project on my blog, so I decided to bring back the Forgotten/Minor Characters project and do the Dreamworks Canon now. This is going to be an interesting one and I hope you all join me along for the ride!
February 16, 2017
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It’s that time of year again: Oscars season! Like usual, I’ll be making my predictions for which 2016 films I think will win which award. The ones that I think SHOULD win will be colored RED and the ones that I think WILL win will be colored BLUE. If they happen to be the same, then I’ll color them BOTH COLORS! Like usual, I’ll leave the top 6 awards (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Animated Feature) for the end.
Last year, I had my best prediction score: 17 correct out of 24 categories! Can I beat that this year? Let’s see!
February 8, 2017
abbi jacobson, animated film, animated movie, animation, dave franco, fred armisen, jackie chan, justin theroux, kumail nanjiani, lego, michael pena, olivia munn, the lego ninjago movie, warner animation, warner animation group, zach woods
If you thought The LEGO Batman Movie was the only theatrical LEGO movie we’d be getting this year, you thought wrong! On September 22, 2017, The LEGO Ninjago Movie will be hitting theaters. The film features the voice talents of Dave Franco, Michael Peña, Fred Armisen, Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux, Olivia Munn, etc. Check out the recently-released trailer below:
I personally find the trailer and movie to be very…….okay-ish, leaning on boring. I mean, it feels more like a direct-to-DVD kinda film, rather than a theatrical release. And having to ride the coattails of The LEGO Batman Movie, I wonder how well this film will do in the box office. Let me know what you thought in the comments below!
January 27, 2017
a man for all seasons, alien, animated film, animated movie, animation, aragorn, disney, disney animation, disney canon, don bluth, harry potter, i claudius, indiana jones, indiana jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull, jackie, john hurt, lord of the rings, plague dogs, ralph bakshi, the black cauldron, the elephant man, the horned king, the lord of the rings, the plague dogs, thumbelina, tinker tailor soldier spy, watership down
English actor, Sir John Hurt, has sadly passed away at the age of 77. Sir John Hurt (1940-2017) was known for his roles in many films including The Elephant Man, A Man for All Seasons, I, Claudius, Alien, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, three Harry Potter films, and the recent Jackie, among others.
But, he was no stranger to the world of animation. Some of his voice roles include The Horned King in Disney’s The Black Cauldron,
Hazel in Watership Down,
Aragorn in Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings,
Snitter in The Plague Dogs,
and Mr. Mole in Don Bluth’s Thumbelina.
He shall be missed!
January 24, 2017
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Well, the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards have been announced today. And as usual, I’ll list the animated film categories below. If you want to see a list of all the categories and their nominations, then click here.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
-Kubo and the Two Strings
-My Life as a Zucchini
-The Red Turtle
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM:
-Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Other related nominations include:
-My Life, Animated (Best Documentary Feature)
-Can’t Stop the Feeling-Trolls (Best Original Song)
-How Far I’ll Go-Moana (Best Original Song)
-The Jungle Book (Best Visual Effects)
-Kubo and the Two Strings (Best Visual Effects)
I’ll post my Oscar winner predictions in the coming weeks, but for now which films do you think will win? Which do you want to win? What do you think of the nominations, in general? Let me know in the comments below!
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!