March 14, 2017
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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”!
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!
January 27, 2017
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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!
November 30, 2016
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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
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Well, we’re nearing the awards season which means multiple awards ceremony nominations will be announced soon. One set of nominations that have already been announced is the Annies, the “Oscar for animated films”. I’ve listed the four categories that I’m most interested in below, but if you want a list of all the nominations, then click here.
July 13, 2016
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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!