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

The Worldview Of ‘The Jungle Book’

Following is a fair and honest exploration of the world view presented in the new movie “The Jungle Book” by author and professor Sean McDowell, Ph.D. Be warned, it contains spoilers. “My entire family went to see The Jungle Book this past weekend. From my 3 ½-year old son, to my mother-in-law, we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Disney is to be commended for making an engaging, creative, and faithful “live” version of this classic story. Like all fictional movies, The Jungle Book offers a story, which has worldview implications. Two questions lie at the heart of the movie: What does … Continue reading The Worldview Of ‘The Jungle Book’

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

Alexander’s Bad Day

Finally, a family comedy that’s funny, clever, well acted, clean for the most part,  and full of that old-fashioned Disney Magic. Crosswalk.com says this … If not for the omnipresent iPhones, the otherwise delightfully retro Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day could pass for something very early Disney, like maybe The Shaggy Dog or even Honey I Shrunk the Kids with better acting. Based on the popular grade-school book with the same title, Alexander successfully maintains the spirit of Judith Viorst’s original 20-page story while incorporating plenty of sitcom hi-jinx to help bulk it up to … Continue reading Alexander’s Bad Day

Maleficent Movie Review

Maleficent takes an old fairy tale and magically turns it into a modern masterpiece. I saw it last night with my 10 year old daughter. We both gave Maleficent high marks. For anyone who is not already aware, Maleficent is the name of the evil witch that casts the sleeping spell on Sleeping Beauty. In the Disney classic animated movie from 1959 she is 100% evil, just like we expected all witches to be. Not so today. Most villains these days have some sort of tragic past that causes us to feel a little sorry for them. With Maleficent, also … Continue reading Maleficent Movie Review

Pixar’s Next Big Hit – INSIDE OUT

Pixar has just released new details on their next original release, Inside Out. Here is the new press release:   “From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her … Continue reading Pixar’s Next Big Hit – INSIDE OUT

Captain America Films, Good & Bad

As the 2nd Captain America solo film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier prepares to launch this weekend, I thought it would be fun to see how this most patriotic of Marvel heroes has progressed throughout the years in film. He’s been one of the most popular Marvel comic book characters since his introduction in 1941. So, it’s only natural that there have been several attempts to dramatize Captain America in movies and television. CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE SERIAL – 1944 – As you’ll see in the trailer below, our hero seems more like a super cop trying to bring down the … Continue reading Captain America Films, Good & Bad

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

MALEFICENT New Trailer

It’s no secret that the villain often turns out more interesting than the hero. So, it makes perfect sense to re-tell a beloved fairy tale from the villain’s point of view. Insert an A-list actress and the best in make-up, computer graphics, and special effects and you should be well on your way to a big hit. When I first heard about Maleficent a few months ago I have to admit that it did not sound appealing to me. After all, I’m a big fan of heroes. I love to see good win over evil. But, the more I hear … Continue reading MALEFICENT New Trailer