Posts Tagged ‘Dreamworks’

Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole – Fails To Take Flight

Posted 06 Nov 2010 — by contributor
Category Animation, Film Reviews, Member Movie Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get

Member Review By Oddmuninn

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, USA / Australia, 2010

Directed by Zack Snyder

legend of the guardians the owls of ga'hoole Soren flying movies i didnt getSome movies we watch purely for the spectacle. There’s nothing wrong with that, but in my book, a film has to earn its right through good story and characterization to impress me with its special effects. Or if it can’t do that, it at least has to be so fun that I’m enjoying myself too much to care. Unfortunately, there are far too many films that do neither, and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is one of them.

The first time I saw the trailer for this animated film, it immediately appealed to my inner fantasy geek. It features a bright-eyed hero who is as in love with stories and myths as I am. The fact that the main character is a CG owl was no deterrent, as I’ve always liked movies that anthropomorphize animals, as long as they do it well. This one certainly does. However, the creators forgot to add one important element: heart. Read More

Toy Story 3 Hits The Shelves

Posted 02 Nov 2010 — by Jason A. Hill
Category Film Industry News

By Jason A. Hill

Toy Story 3, USA, 2010

Directed by Lee Unkrich

toy story 3 alternate movie poster movies i didnt getToday may be Election Day, but as the votes come in for Congress many people will be heading for stores or staying home and ordering on Amazon. That’s because Toy Story 3 is being released today on DVD and Blu-ray. Toy Story 3 is the highest grossing animated film of all time, earning over a billion dollars at the box office worldwide. Pixar will also be in the Oscar running once again for this latest effort. Sequels don’t usually outperform their predecessors, but Toy Story 3 did so both at the box office as well as critically. All this with stiff competition from Pixar’s first real challenge to the animation mantel by Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon, released earlier the same year.

Toy Story 3 tells the story of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of Andy’s toys as they once again face separation from Andy as he prepares for college. The film is packed full of action, humor, and heart. Read More

How To Train Your Dragon

Posted 15 Oct 2010 — by Jason A. Hill
Category Animation, Film Industry News, Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Jason A. Hill

How To Train Your Dragon, USA, 2010

Directed by Dean Deblois and Chris Sanders

hiccup and toothlessToday Dreamworks releases How To Train Your Dragon on DVD and BluRay Disc. The release is highly anticipated due to the film’s underdog success. Its initial opening was a decent one, but its residual and viral attention has made it a hit despite being overshadowed by James Cameron’s Avatar. With 3-D becoming such a phenomenon, some films are going to rely too heavily on this appeal to snare viewers. I feel 3-D is especially effective in animation, where technicians have more control over color and light, which allows Dragon to fire on all cylinders.

How To Train Your Dragon opened strong but seemed to lag in an overly weak box office weekend, finishing just ahead of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland and Hot Tub Time Machine. The film may have suffered from Dreamworks’ lower than Pixar status because of the enormous success of Up (2009), which was released just a year before and took the film world by storm, becoming the first animated feature nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in the general category. But soon after a lull hit the box office due to lack of any real contenders, How To Train Your Dragon got a second wind via residual viewers, and returned to #1 five weeks later.

It’s taken a while for word to get around about how good this film really is, and I will dare to say it is quite possibly the best 3-D animated film ever made. That’s right, Toy Story, I said “best ever!”  Read More