Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Dark Age? (Part 2)

In part one of "The Dark Age?", I took a look at the two films that Disney’s feature animation wing produced following the death of Walt Disney: The Aristocats (1970) and Robin Hood (1973). Both films showed just how misguided the studio was after Uncle Walt’s passing. Executives wanted to play it safe, and the animators didn’t seem to have much freedom, sticking to a formula that was only successful in The Jungle Book. Meanwhile, several animated films from other studios tried new things: George Dunning’s Yellow Submarine, Ralph Bakshi’s Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic, and several foreign animated films.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Dark Age? (Part 1)

The 1970s and 1980s are often regarded as the Disney “Dark Age” and a tough time for animated films in general, but were they really?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

"The Dark Knight Rises", An Epic Finale

The Dark Knight Rises
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan
Produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Studio: Legendary Pictures / DC Comics / Syncopy Films

If you haven't seen the film, read no further.

The Dark Knight Rises... The finale to Christopher Nolan's game-changing Batman film trilogy, another huge moment we've all been waiting for...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Minion Mania

Illumination Entertainment... It's only been two years since they've released their first film in theaters. The three films they've produced all cost much less than what most animated films cost these days, they do very well at the box office and they're backed by incredibly aggressive marketing that pushes cutesy and candy-coated visuals down your throat. Kids love them, big time. Adults and teenagers found joy in Despicable Me, but Hop was for kids and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax was no different than Despicable Me with its paint-by-numbers writing and again, zany antics and visuals. Despicable Me 2 comes out next summer. That will probably be no different as well. What's next?

"Monsters, Inc." 3D Moved Up, "Peabody" Pushed Back

Disney has moved the 3D re-release of Pixar's Monsters, Inc. up a month. Originally slated to open on January 14, 2013, the re-release is now opening on December 19, 2012.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Logo Plastering

When you watch a Disney film released between 1953 and 1984, you are most likely going to see something like this at the beginning of the film:

This would happen to be the logo that was created for Disney's self-distribution company, Buena Vista. It's common because a lot of the classic Disney animated features had this logo before the credits, live action favorites like Mary Poppins do as well. Most home video releases of the Disney films in the 1990s preserved these logos. Some, however, did not.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Buried Treasures

After the end of the Disney Renaissance, the then-troubled animation studio released two animated features that are similar in many ways: Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

DreamWorks and Classic Media

DreamWorks Animation is in talks of acquiring Classic Media, a New York-based production company that holds the rights to several classic cartoons, characters and several other things. Since DreamWorks tends to make films based off of pre-existing source material (How to Train Your Dragon and upcoming projects like Rise of the Guardians, Pig Scrolls and Happy Smekday!), this would seem like a perfect move for them to expand their roster.

Finding Nemo 2? (FALSE ALARM)

Apparently Andrew Stanton has a good idea for a Finding Nemo sequel.

A Finding Nemo sequel? Why??

Monday, July 16, 2012

DreamWorks To Team Up with Sony?

We all know that DreamWorks Animation's distribution deal with Paramount ends with the release of Rise of the Guardians in November, and we've all been wondering, who would DreamWorks turn to for distribution? Would they self-distribute? Or would they turn to someone like Warner Bros.? According to a newspaper article found by The Animation Guild, they might join forces with Sony.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

2012 Animation Report Card: First Half

With Blue Sky's Ice Age: Continental Drift kicking off the second half of the year (grossing an estimated $46 million on its opening weekend), now is the time to grade what we got in the first half. We only got four animated features of course (not counting The Secret World of Arrietty, being a 2010 film), while the second half will give us six.

Friday, July 13, 2012

"Brave" Blu-ray up for Pre-Order

The Blu-ray of Pixar's Brave is finally up for pre-order on Amazon. Two versions are going to be released, as usual for most Disney and Pixar releases on Blu-ray: A 5-disc "Ultimate Collector's Edition" with the 3D Blu-ray and a 3-disc collector's edition without the 3D Blu-ray and Digital Copy. The release date has not been set, but you can pre-order the Ultimate Collector's Edition and get $8 off with a coupon, similar to what Disney did for the 3D Blu-ray release of Tangled and other titles.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Disney Releases "Fix-It Felix, Jr." App

For Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming film Wreck-It Ralph, Disney gave 8-bit fans their fix a month ago with a playable version of Fix-It Felix, Jr., the fictional game where the title character is from, on the film's website. Now they've released the game as an app.

I've already downloaded it and gave it a shot, and it does not disappoint. People looking forward to this film will like it, and so will fans of 8-bit games. It's a lot of fun. Also, Disney is actually really marketing this film. What a shocker...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Making Progress (Part 1)

In "Moving Forward", I took at how Walt Disney Animation Studios has been getting better and improving over the last few years. Now another studio is also going through this sort of progression, but in a different way. Who is it you may ask? It's none other than DreamWorks Animation SKG.

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Second Half of 2012: A Closer Look

Halfway through the year, we have gotten four animated films: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Brave. Brave was pure Pixar brilliance once again with fantastic visuals and a heartfelt emotional core, whereas Dr. Seuss' The Lorax was more of a kid-pleasing romp (albeit with some funny bits and colorful animation) with a rote environmental message. Madagascar 3, which I have yet to see believe it or not, was called the best in the series and another good film in DreamWorks' recent line-up. The Pirates! was more inventive quirkiness from Aardman.

So, what's next?

Friday, July 6, 2012

"The Amazing Spider-Man" Is Amazing

The Amazing Spider-Man
Directed by Marc Webb
Written by James Vanderbilt, Steve Kloves and Alan Sargent
Produced by Avi Arad, Laura Ziskin and Matt Tolmach
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Studio: Marvel Entertainment / Laura Ziskin Productions

Sorry, I just had to... I know the pun is lame, but dang it I could not resist. Anyways, The Amazing Spider-Man...

"Rise of the Guardians" Trailer #2

Well it's about time, we got the second trailer for DreamWorks' upcoming film Rise of the Guardians. While I wasn't as impressed with this trailer, I am still looking forward to the film and it does look like it could be DreamWorks' best film.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Disney Videocassette Freak

There are many collections in the world, whether it be rocks or coins or cars or comic books or memorabilia. Out of all those things to collect, why videocassettes of Disney films? Why in the world would I find these things fascinating? Who else in the world collected the videocassette releases of Disney films? I mean, why look into every tiny detail on these cassettes? FBI warnings, logos, labels on the tapes, print dates, variations of different title screens and logos, why look into all of that? Why not just get them for the movies themselves?

Well, here's why...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Magic Lives On...

Though I don't plan to go a completely different direction here, I felt I dedicate a good chunk of this place to my #1 hobby: Collecting videocassettes of Disney films, both animated and live-action. It's been something I've been doing for nearly seven years now and much of my YouTube channel is centered around that.