Beauty and the Beast 2017, Still Magical

A STAR for Entertainment Value … Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie gives us all the charm and magic of their 1991 classic and more. The translation from classic animation to real live actors and sets was almost flawless in my book, although I must point out that it wasn’t a full translation. By that I mean there were still many computer generated characters, effects, and settings throughout the film. However, this new mostly live action version was a faithful, modernized adaptation of the animated Beauty and the Beast that we all know and love. The actors chosen to … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast 2017, Still Magical

Zootopia Review

Walt Disney Animation Studios is at the top of their game these days with yet another first class animated movie like Zootopia, coming right on the heels of possibly the most popular animated movie ever, Frozen in 2013. In 2010 they gave us the equally wonderful Tangled and then in 2014 they changed their game with a wonderful story about a boy and his robot called Big Hero 6. Followers of my blog might recall that I wrote a post in 2014 that predicted that Disney had found their new hit movie making formula. I called it the Frozen Formula. … Continue reading Zootopia Review

My TOP 10 Funniest Supporting Characters in CG Animated Movies

INTRODUCTION – Long before computer animation came along, it was a given that every G-rated animated movie would have at least one goofy sidekick character injected into the script to keep the audience laughing. That’s because dangerous situations and evil villains are as necessary in kids’ movies as they are in movies for adults. Therefore, there had to be some way to keep movies from getting too dark or sad. The solution? Humorous supporting characters. These characters are never the star of the film, but they’re always somewhere close to the stars. They provide the balance that keeps us moviegoers … Continue reading My TOP 10 Funniest Supporting Characters in CG Animated Movies

The FROZEN Formula

FROZEN, by Walt Disney Animation Studios came out on Blu-ray and DVD March 18th. By the time that day ended Frozen had sold 3.2 million copies (in one day) to make it “one of the biggest sellers on home video in a decade.” according to Variety.com. “Frozen has now earned $1.032 billion at the global box office and is the 13th highest grossing film ever released.”, the article goes on the say. Read the full article here. This is evidence that Walt Disney Animation has succeeded in reinventing itself and is back on top of the major motion picture animation business. I’m sure … Continue reading The FROZEN Formula

No Pixar Movie Until 2015?

Are they kidding? Watching the newest Pixar movie has been a highlight of every year for me since the original Toy Story came out in 1995. And now they’ve announced that the next movie won’t come out until the summer of 2015? How can Pixar do this to us? Originally they were scheduled to release a new title this summer (2014) called The Good Dinosaur. The early marketing material looks great for this, their first original storyline release since Brave in 2012. However, Pixar recently announced that Dinosaur was being pushed back due to “creative delays”. It is now scheduled to … Continue reading No Pixar Movie Until 2015?