Friday, June 29, 2012

Moving Forward (Part 3)

Here in part 3, I take a look at Tangled, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 50th film (if you happen to go by the canon, that is). This film was notable for being Disney's biggest commercial success since the Renaissance, and one that got outright critical acclaim. But, is it deserving of the status of "Best Disney animated film in years?" Also, I take a look at Winnie the Pooh, the hand-drawn follow up to The Princess and the Frog.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Disney Animation Eyes Down "Big Hero 6"

I never thought this would happen, even though Disney owns Marvel and all, but Blue Sky Disney reported that Walt Disney Animation Studios is currently planning on doing an animated film adaptation of Marvel's Big Hero 6.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Genndy Tartakovsky to Direct "Popeye"

When Sony Pictures Animation first announced that one of their upcoming animated films was going to be a computer animated update of Elzie Crisler Segar's classic comic strip Popeye (though many people remember the original short subjects that were made by the Fleischer brothers), I was rather unhappy. There has been a rather unhealthy trend of updating classic comic strip or cartoon characters for modern audiences, but in CGI. Of course, the dreadful Alvin and the Chipmunks films kicked this off, then we got Yogi Bear and The Smurfs.

Moving Forward (Part 2)

In the first part of "Moving Forward", I took a look at two Disney animated features that marked the beginnings of the comeback of one of the greatest American animation studios of all time after years of disappointing audiences and critics alike. Those two films were Meet The Robinsons and Bolt, which I reviewed while also taking a look at how they performed and what the outcome was for both of them.

Here, I take a look at Disney's The Princess and the Frog, the successor to these two films and the studio's return to hand-drawn animation, a medium they ditched six years prior to its release.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Frankenweenie" Trailer #2

Alongside the trailer for Blue Sky's Epic, the second trailer for Disney and Tim Burton's Frankenweenie has been unveiled today.

"Epic" Trailer is Epic... Sort Of...

Here it is, the first trailer for Blue Sky's Epic (based on William Joyce's The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs), which is hitting theaters on May 24, 2013.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Moving Forward (Part 1)

It's my firm belief that two studios out of what I call the "big three", Walt Disney Animation Studios and DreamWorks Animation SKG, have been stepping up their game in terms of storytelling and writing. As such, these two studios are still doing well alongside Pixar. Other studios in the past six years or so have came and went, with only a few studios actually staying in the playing field (Blue Sky, Illumination and Sony Pictures Animation).

Another Home Run

As usual, Pixar topped the box office for the weekend. Brave took in $66.3 million, itching past Cars 2's $66.1 million opening last year. This makes it the fifth biggest opening weekend for a Pixar film, although it should've gone a little higher because of its big opening day. Still, $66 million is not too bad. Now, we have to see what its legs will be like. With an "A" on CinemaScore, it looks as if audiences really enjoyed this new Pixar film. I know my audience did, so good word of mouth is definitely going to carry this past $200 million.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

DreamWorks' "Happy Smekday!", Cast and Crew

Based on Adam Rex's novel The True Meaning of Smekday, DreamWorks' Happy Smekday! was on the list of upcoming projects. Now, it's slated to follow How to Train Your Dragon 2 for a late 2014 release.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

"Brave": Emotional, Surprising and Just Plain Beautiful

Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
and Steve Purcell
Written by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Irene Mecchi and Steve Purcell
Produced by Katherine Sarafian
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Studio: Pixar Animation Studios

Well, here we are! Every summer, we get our Pixar fix, and this summer's big Pixar event is Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews' Brave. Of course, prior to its release, a lot of folks were probably wondering, "Will this be a Pixar masterpiece? Or will it indicate that the great studio has lost its touch?" Fortunately Brave is the former, but why? Simple enough. It's a very well-made film that hits all the right notes, showcasing Pixar's ability to combine comedy and drama while also telling a good story with characters that you care about, and on top of that, giving audiences something beautiful to look at and listen to.

"Brave" Takes In an Estimated $24.5 million

That's right, $24.5 million. This opening day, if the estimates line up, is the third biggest opening day for a Pixar film, behind Toy Story 3 ($41 million) and Cars 2 ($25 million).

Friday, June 22, 2012

Final Thoughts on the Marketing for "Brave"

Of course, today is the big day. After a long wait (being announced way back in 2008! Remember those days?), Pixar's Brave has opened in theaters nationwide!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

KJO & Kris Ramble #4: "Brave" Reviews

In our fourth ramble for "KJO & Kris", Kris and I talk about the reviews Brave has been getting. As of now, it's at 70% on Rotten Tomatoes.

"Hotel Transylvania" Theatrical Trailer

A new trailer for Sony Pictures Animation's upcoming film Hotel Transylvania (directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack) has shown up today. Thankfully, it is far superior to the rather quick and ultimately disappointing teaser we got before it.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"Monsters University" Teaser Trailers

It's finally here! The teaser trailer for Pixar's Monsters University! Oh wait, scratch that... Make that four teasers! They all have "slight" differences.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: "Temple Run: Brave"

Yes, I'll admit it, I love Temple Run. It's addicting, it's fun, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. I converted to it a couple months ago, and have not stopped playing since. When I heard that a version of the game based on Pixar's Brave was being made, I was excited. Right when it hit the App Store, I bought it. Having already played the hell out of it, I felt I'd give it a quick review.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

"Monsters University" Trailer Coming Wednesday

Disney has announced that the short teaser trailer for Pixar's Monsters University will make its debut on Wednesday. I'm certainly looking forward to it.

Friday, June 15, 2012

"Brave" Father's Day Clip and Early Reviews

I knew it would happen, they could not go without making a Father Day's clip for Brave. It's a good clip, though I personally prefer the Mother's Day one over this. This clip goes for comic relief more than anything, and it's not as long as the Mother's Day clip. Still a nice clip, though.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

"Rise of the Guardians" Character Posters

Yesterday, six character posters for DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians have been unveiled.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

More Animated Goodness from the Licensing Expo

Yesterday at the 2012 Licensing Expo, the first image from Blue Sky's Epic appeared. More images from upcoming animated films also appeared. First up, DreamWorks Animation's summer 2013 release, Turbo. All the images are available to view thanks to /Film and

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Epic First Image of Blue Sky's "Epic"

The first image of Blue Sky's upcoming animated film Epic showed up at this year's Licensing Expo today, and thanks to, it can be viewed online.

Monday, June 11, 2012

"Frozen" Plot Details, "Peabody" Moves and Sony's "Tonka"

Quite a lot has been announced today in the animation world. First off, Disney has unveiled some new details for the 2013 Walt Disney Animation Studios release Frozen, based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. It will be directed by Chris Buck, of course, and produced by Peter del Vecho, the man who produced The Princess and the Frog and Winnie the Pooh.

"Madagascar 3" Opens Strong

I definitely did not see this one coming. DreamWorks' Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted has taken in $60 million over the weekend. Adjusted, this isn't too bad, considering that the previous film's adjusted opening weekend total is $69 million. It looks like nothing wore off for this film, as I was expecting this one to somewhat disappoint on opening weekend considering how Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots did on their opening weekends. The marketing for this film was a step up from the campaigns for those films, but there was a little too much reliance on the "afro circus" joke. I bet that one is drilled in everyone's heads now...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

"KJO and Kris" Ramble #3: "Wreck-It Ralph" Trailer

Our third ramble has been posted earlier today. Kris and I talk about the trailer for Walt Disney Animation Studios' Wreck-It Ralph in full detail, while also bringing up things like sidekicks in Disney films, 80s arcade games and several other things.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Already Hard at Work

Pixar Canada is currently working on two half hour Toy Story television specials, set to air in October 2013 and spring 2014 respectively. Early on, rumors went around about a fourth Toy Story. A lot of Pixar fans, such as myself, don't want a fourth film. It seems likely that they would make one since the third film grossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office and the merchandise sells like hotcakes, but with this studio, they can make for it with specials, shorts and maybe even direct-to-video spin-offs.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" - First Image

The first image for DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman has been revealed today. Opening on March 14, 2014, the film is based on the segments from The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. It's being directed by The Lion King co-director Rob Minkoff.

"John Carter": Better the Second Time Around

Two days ago, Andrew Stanton's adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic influential Barsoom novels, John Carter, came to home media. I knew I was going to buy it, though it wasn't one I was particularly excited about buying because I wasn't too crazy about the film itself when I saw it in theaters. Before it came out, I was very much looking forward to seeing it, knowing that it was from Pixar director Andrew Stanton and it was based on books that inspired the likes of Flash Gordon, Star Wars and Avatar. Stanton also tried out of the science fiction genre at Pixar with his breathtaking epic WALL-E. I had a feeling this would be as brilliant as a Pixar film, even if it wasn't.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Official Trailer for "Wreck-It Ralph"

It's finally here. The trailer for Walt Disney Animation Studios' Wreck-It Ralph, and I must say... This looks amazing. I've been anticipating this film for a while, and have had high hopes for it. Now, we finally have a very good trailer that's going to be playing before Brave, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Rock of Ages. I was afraid that Disney marketing would make us wait for a while for this one. It also has a little introduction by the voice of Wreck-It Ralph, John C. Reilly.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Wreck-It Ralph" Stills

Tomorrow, the official trailer to Walt Disney Animation Studios' Wreck-It Ralph will make its debut, but as a treat of sorts before we get that trailer, four images from the film have been revealed today on USA Today. What do I think? These stills look wonderful...

Sunday, June 3, 2012

A Brighter Future for the Mouse House?

With Alan Horn becoming the Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios in eight days, some changes have already taken place over the last few days at the Mouse House and more should come. Changes for the better, perhaps.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Paperclips: The Look of "Paperman"

In the second "Paperclips" video, director John Kahrs talks about the look of Paperman, which has been getting acclaim all around lately. I'm certainly looking forward to it.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Blue Sky's "Leaf Men" Retitled, Cast Announced

Yesterday, 20th Century Fox has announced (along with an upcoming slate that includes an untitled X-Men sequel and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) that Blue Sky's upcoming animated film Leaf Men has been re-titled. It is now called Epic. Seriously... That is a dreadful title change. It says nothing of the story, and plus, Leaf Men was a much more interesting title. This is more insulting than Disney's recent title changes. Leaf Men was a great title, plus it was the title of the book.