Thursday, May 31, 2012

Alan Horn, the New Disney Chairman

For a while, we've been wondering who Disney would hire as Chairman after the previous Chairman, Rich Ross, got the boot. Today, we have our answer!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"Finding Nemo" Swims to Blu-ray December 4th

A release date has finally been chosen for Finding Nemo on Blu-ray! December 4th!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Animation Revolution, Part 2

In my article, "The Animation Revolution", I took a look at the current state of the animation industry in North America and offered what I felt were reasonable suggestions to the studios, suggestions on how to help the art form by opting for better films rather than derivative moneymakers. I am well aware that these studios want to make money, because, let’s face it, who doesn’t? At the same time, however, creativity is being shunted aside. I went over the other films that are dominating the animation scene, the ones that aren’t from whom I consider the “big three”: Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks. I will be honest, I do enjoy some animated romps that don't aim to be serious. I'm not saying "fun" animated films are bad. There's a a place in this world for those kinds of films. The problem is, there are too many in this day and age.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Thoughts on "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"

Since it's coming out in a couple of weeks, I figured I'd offer my thoughts on DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last Friday to very good reception. The film currently sits at 80% on critics aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, though that score may go up or down. All I can say is, I'm very surprised, because out of all the animated films coming out this year, I wasn't really looking forward to this one.

Friday, May 25, 2012

"Wreck-It Ralph" Trailer Coming June 6th

That's right folks, a trailer for Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming film Wreck-It Ralph is on the way! We'll be getting it in less than two weeks, on June 6th. All I can say is, I am very very excited. I was worried that Disney wouldn't have one ready in time. I do wish that they had one to attach to The Avengers, which would've been an extremely smart marketing move. However, at least we'll be seeing this trailer before Pixar's Brave, which is inevitably going to do very well at the box office. In addition to that, we'll probably see it before DreamWorks' Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, which opens June 8th.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pixar and Sequels

Andrew Stanton, the director of Pixar's Finding Nemo and WALL-E, showed up at the Hero Complex Film Festival last weekend and talked about his experiences working with Steve Jobs while also offering a screening of WALL-E. He then brought up the idea of Pixar making more sequels. That's right, you heard it, more sequels.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Brave" TV Spots and "Finding Nemo" 3D Trailer

Yesterday, we got two new things from Pixar: First, a new TV spot for Brave and second, the new trailer for the 3D re-release of Finding Nemo. First up, the Brave spot...

Monday, May 21, 2012

"The Avengers" Soars Again, Second Viewing Thoughts and More

It was bound to happen. The Avengers would inevitably take the #1 spot at the weekend box office again. Universal Pictures' Battleship was no match for Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow. While it didn't crush the third weekend record (Avatar holds that record), it still had a good hold for a blockbuster, dropping 46% from last weekend. The film has now grossed $457 million domestically and $1.180 billion worldwide, making it the fourth highest grossing film worldwide. The bigger question is, will it top Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2? (which made $1.328 billion) I think it has the potential to do so, because it hasn't opened in a few other markets yet, most notably Japan. Its current $724 million overseas total is nothing short of impressive. As for the final domestic total, I still think it has a shot at topping $600 million, as it would be lovely to see a non-James Cameron film passing that mark.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Introducing "KJO and Kris"

Hello folks, the other day, a fellow animation fan and I decided to come up with a web show for YouTube, called "KJO and Kris"! Of course, I'm KJO and my co-host Kris is a fellow blogger (you can also follow her on twitter) and animation lover. The idea was to deliver our take on certain animated features, and to see how our opinions are similar and how they can also differ. We'll be covering older animated films and recent animated films from several different studios.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Disney's Next Short Film, "Paperman"

Walt Disney Animation Studios' has kicked off a series of videos chronicling the making of their upcoming animated short film, Paperman. This short film will be attached to their upcoming animated feature Wreck-It Ralph this autumn. From what I've seen of this project so far, it looks very interesting. Disney certainly knows how to deliver the goods when it comes to animated short films, and like Pixar, they are trying to keep the idea of short films before main attractions going in this day and age. In this first clip, director John Kahrs talks about what inspired him.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review: "Tron: Uprising" Prologue/Preview

Warning: Spoilers ahead! Also, if you haven't seen Tron: Legacy or its predecessor, you may be a bit confused.

Being a fan of the original Tron and one who enjoyed its sequel Tron: Legacy, I definitely had to check out this series. Tron: Uprising takes place between the original 1982 classic and the 2010 sequel. The series will be airing on Disney XD on June 7th. At first I wasn't sure if I would bother with this series, prematurely writing it off as a spin-off just to bring in the bucks, but then I decided to see this prologue (or preview of sorts, titled "Beck's Beginning") in order to judge it. I'm glad I didn't ignore it, this series has potential and it actually attempts to tell a pretty good story for an animated television series.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Box Office: "The Avengers" Rules Again, New "Brave" Clip

The Avengers was #1 yet again, which was expected. This time, it broke more records. It became the first film to gross over $100 million (the total was $103 million) on its second weekend while also breaking second weekend record. It also became the fastest film to hit $300 million and $350 million at the domestic box office. It now sits at $373 million. Worldwide, it has hit $1 billion. All this in just three weeks (most overseas got the film the weekend before we Americans got it), that's just amazing. What should it take in next weekend? I'm saying around $60-62 million.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Animation Revolution

The following is all strictly opinion-based and is essentially what I believe is the right direction to go to expand the art of animation into new territories. Any of my criticisms against certain films and animation studios isn't meant to be taken personally, these are only my personal thoughts.

Animation is an art form... Always has been, and always will be...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Review: The Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour

Ah yes... The Beach Boys... I love The Beach Boys. I believe they are one of America's finest bands, if not THE American band. From the early surfing days to the beautiful baroque experiments of the mid-1960s to the turbulent post-Pet Sounds era... They are a wonderful band, and they have given us some of the finest songs in music history. To me, they're up their with who I consider the giants of the 1960s and 1970s, from The Beatles to Frank Zappa. For their 50th Anniversary (which should've been last year, since they formed in 1961, not 1962), they are on tour right now and have a new album hitting stores on June 5th titled That's Why God Made The Radio. So I went to see them, as they played in my home state just a few hours ago. It was a two-hour show consisting of over 40 of their songs from 1962 to now... And how were they? Nothing short of phenomenal... They still have got it!

Friday, May 11, 2012

New "Brave" Clip Featuring The Triplets

Another Brave clip came today, but this time, it's from the film itself. It's a pretty fun scene of the triplets, Harris, Hubert and Hamish being the little troublemakers that they are. Again, the animation and art direction is wonderful and Patrick Doyle's score shines here. Definitely a fine clip, and proof that the comic relief in the film will not be out of place.

What are your thoughts? Sound off!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New "Brave" Mother's Day Featurette

Well, what do you know? Another Brave promo, just in time for Mother's Day. This promo shows us Queen Elinor's relationship with Merida, and how important it will be to the film's story. Yes, I can already tell this is going to be another tearjerker from Pixar. Oh, and that song? Beautiful. Now I wonder, will they do a promo for Father's Day with King Fergus?

What do you think? Does this clip make you more excited for the film? It sure made me more excited. Sound off!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hilarious "Brave" Kilt Featurette

The marketing for this film just gets better and better. Have a look at this hilarious new clip.

Also, this new featurette confirms that Brave was rated PG by the MPAA, making it the third Pixar film to receive that rating (The Incredibles and Up being the first two). It got a PG for "scary action and rude humor", which proves that Pixar went the dark route for this story. I was expecting it to get a PG rating, were you?

What did you of think of the featurette? Sound off!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Box Office: "The Avengers" Soars, "The Pirates!" Sinks

Today, I'll be covering The Avengers' record-breaking opening weekend gross and The Pirates!' second weekend total, since it's an animated film of course.

Friday, May 4, 2012

"The Avengers" Blows All Expectations Away

The Avengers
Directed by Joss Whedon
Written by Joss Whedon
Produced by Kevin Feige
Distribution: Walt Disney Pictures
Studio: Marvel Studios

Ah yes, The Avengers. This is the moment we've all been waiting for. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow teaming up to take on the ultimate threat to the world! Does it live up to hype? It does, and passes it. Now before I start off the review, I will briefly say this: My comic book knowledge is rather rusty. I got into these comic book films because of Iron Man and The Dark Knight, and when Iron Man 2 came out, I found out that these two films, The Incredible Hulk and two more films were all leading up to this. So I sought out a Blu-ray of The Incredible Hulk and watched it, and I enjoyed it very much. By that time, I was already geared up for Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, and I liked them both. I own all five. I just wanted to get that out of the way before the review.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Disney Announces Brad Bird's "1952"

Brad Bird's next film won't be 1906, but 1952. He will be directing the film for Walt Disney Pictures. The project is based on a original script written by Damon Lindelof, who also wrote numerous episodes of Lost. He also co-produced Star Trek and co-wrote the screenplay for Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens and Ridley Scott's Prometheus. It seems like Brad Bird has now levitated towards J.J. Abrams and company, since Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was a Bad Robot production, Abrams' production company. I'm also guessing that Michael Giacchino will handle the score. Bad Robot might even be the production company behind the film. A Disney/Bad Robot film? Maybe.

It's surprising that Disney green lit this, as they have had trouble with big budget blockbusters outside of Pirates of the Carribean (mainly the marketing!), but that didn't stop them from approving of Paladin. Like Paladin, everything about the story is under wraps. I'm already looking forward to this for many reasons. Brad Bird is directing it, it's going to be a sci-fi film, and the man who wrote the script has a pretty good track record, minus Cowboys & Aliens.

What could it be about? Your thoughts? I think it could be a film that's very similar to the sci-fi films of the 1950s, hence the title. Bird's The Iron Giant had a 1950s setting and was a sci-fi film (the posters for the film made it look like one of those 50s sci-fi films, "It Came From Outer Space!") and The Incredibles had a 1950s/1960s futuristic tone. The bigger question is, will Bird return to 1906 or Ray Gunn after this? What do you think?