Posts Tagged ‘Walt Disney Company’

Tangled

Posted 07 Dec 2010 — by contributor
Category Animation, Film Reviews, Member Movie Reviews, Movies I Got

By Scott Martin

Tangled, USA, 2010

Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard

tangled film review movies i didnt getTangled achieves something exemplary for Disney on two levels: it’s both a return to form and, hopefully, the birth of a new magical touch. They’ve lacked it for quite some time now. At the very least, this can be seen as an apology for last year’s abysmal The Princess and the Frog. No pointless updates to be found here, no ulterior motives, or subtle race cards being played. It’s Disney giving their unique breath to a classic fairy tale, and doing the best job they’ve done in years. Perhaps the most wonderful thing about this is their understanding of what they’re doing. Shades of acknowledgment are paid to Disney classics – Cinderella (1950), The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Pocahontas (1995), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) – in fact, elements of all the “vaulted” Disney films can be found, in some shape or form. Perhaps that’s where the film gets its name from? Catching the references is almost as much fun as the film itself. All at once, Tangled is sharply funny, extremely touching, and visually breathtaking. We even have a couple of silent animals to make us laugh, and be moving in their own ways, along the journey. Read More

Funimation To Submit Summer Wars For Oscar Nomination

Posted 03 Nov 2010 — by contributor
Category Animation, Anime, Film Industry News, Film Reviews

By Corey Birkhofer

Summer Wars, Japan, 2009

Directed by Mamoru Hosada

summer wars movie poster movies ididnt getWith the rampant popularity and ubiquitous prevalence of social networking phenomenon including FaceBook, Twitter, MySpace and so many other copycats, Summer Wars could not have hit the screens at a more timely point in the evolution of mankind’s obsession with recreating reality in a virtually controlled world. Other films, stories, animations, comics and forms of media distribution have all hinted at our dangerous courtship in relying too heavily upon technology to make our lives easier and more connected, but Summer Wars, which is being submitted for an Oscar nomination by Funimation, has its finger on the pulse of the inner fear we all share – the “Terminator”-phobia, if you will – that our heavily depended upon technology will turn on us.

“A spokesperson for Funimation Entertainment told TheWrap this week that it is currently filling out Academy paperwork for the Japanese anime release Summer Wars, directed by Mamoru Hosada, and will complete a qualifying run in Los Angeles before the end of the year. Barring any disqualifications for the kind of eligibility issues that can always arise with the Academy, or any unexpected decisions not to submit, Summer Wars will bring the field only two shy of the needed total.”

–TheWrap.com’s Steve Pond

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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

Marvel Transition Into Disney Begins

Posted 19 Oct 2010 — by Jason A. Hill
Category Film Industry News

By Jason A. Hill

Marvel studios movies i didnt getIn a joint press release yesterday, Walt Disney Company, Paramount, and Marvel Studios announced that the distribution deal between Marvel Studios and Paramount is coming to an end. Disney, who paid four billion dollars for Marvel last year, will pay Paramount $115 million for the transfer of the worldwide marketing and distribution rights for the upcoming The Avengers and Iron Man 3.

Although the partnership between Paramount and Marvel has been a huge success, Disney felt it was in their best interest to push forward the assimilation of Marvel and begin branding it as part of the Disney name.

“In completing this agreement, Disney will now assume worldwide marketing and distribution of The Avengers and Iron Man 3 and leverage these two highly-anticipated films across the multiple global platforms of The Walt Disney Company. We appreciate the tremendous momentum that Paramount established with these iconic Marvel characters and look forward to propelling the brand even further in the coming years.”

— Rich Ross, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios

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Oceans – Definitely Sinks To The Bottom

Posted 03 Feb 2010 — by contributor
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get

By Corey Birkhofer

Oceans, France / Switzerland / Spain, 2009

Directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud

disney  nature oceans

Okay, I’m going to admit it: I absolutely love nature documentaries. March of the Penguins (2005) and the BBC’s Earth (2007) are two that come immediately to mind as nature pictures that have stayed with me since watching them. The latter, a brilliant work narrated by James Earl Jones, was interestingly acquired for U.S. release by none other than Disney’s new-kid-on-the-block independent nature documentary group, DisneyNature. Being as moved as I was by Earth, when I found out DisneyNature had put together their own documentary, I was ecstatic to hear it’d be getting a Japanese release so I could see it over here.

With its ambitious attempt to document the massive bodies of water that cover three-fourths of our planet, Oceans is a visual and auditory masterpiece put together by French directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud. On a visual level, I have to be honest and state that I have never been moved to “ooh” and “aah” more than I was when watching Oceans. And yet, as beautifully shot, edited and scored as the film may be, what didn’t I get about it?

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Robots

Posted 23 Aug 2009 — by contributor
Category Animation, Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get

By Corey Birkhofer

Robots, USA, 2005

Directed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha

Rodney Copperbottom and Herb Copperbottom

Hello again, folks. Thanks for checking in. This time around, I’d like to switch gears from live-action and focus on a 20th Century Fox animation called Robots. Being a huge fan of all forms of animation, from old fashioned cell to state-of-the-art CG, the little kid inside of me still gets a little giddy every time I’m about to watch an animated film I haven’t seen yet. It was no different when I happened upon a film released in 2005 that I had heard very little about, called Robots. Now I’ll go and see just about anything Pixar puts out, but I’ve had mixed feelings when it comes to Fox’s animation attempts. I want to see Fox put out great works so Pixar has some competition to keep them on their toes, but unfortunately, Robots was definitely a movie that I did not get into.

Spoiler Alert

The premise is simple: the Copperbottoms (voiced by Stanley Tucci and Dianne Wiest) are a happy robot couple who live in their peaceful world, filled with spare parts and resources in abundance. They decide to build their own robot son, Rodney Copperbottom (voiced by Ewan McGregor) and raise him the best they can. Rodney is a good son with dreams of becoming an inventor like his hero Bigweld (voiced by Mel Brooks). Rodney’s inventions never seem to quite work out the way he intends, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to show his latest invention to Bigweld and become a famous inventor in the big city. So here we have a simple “small town boy wants to make it in the big city” premise that seems like a reasonable enough base from which to build. Despite its lack of originality, I was still intrigued enough to go along for the ride at this point. Unfortunately, things went downhill from here.

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