Inside Out Review (Spoiler Free)

Inside out is the latest installment of the Pixar feature film line up.  Following the life of 11-year-old Riley as she transitions from her care free life in the Midwest to move with her parents to San Francisco.  We learn of her emotional roller coaster throughout the film as we literally peer into her mind and see her core emotions personified. There is Anger, Fear, Disgust, Sadness, and most prominently Joy who control all of Riley’s actions through a control panel in her “Headquarters”.

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Popeye test footage

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the Sony Pictures Animation rendition of Popeye looks nothing short of amazing!

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Disney’s Frozen: highest grossing misconception ever

It was announced not too long ago that Disney’s Frozen has surpassed Toy Story 3 as the highest grossing animated film of all time. It is a great film, but does it deserve to be called the best?

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Peanuts, a first impression

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Since the release of the teaser trailer of the 2015 Peanuts movie, a few things have come to mind about it. My first thought was “Wow, I love the style of animation that they have developed for this”. The almost claymation style really seems to fit. From the way Charlie Brown smiles, to the speed lines of Snoopy when he kicks his feet, down to the flatness of the background elements to make them feel like the comic strip.
Initially I felt uneasy about Bluesky Studios animating such an iconic cast of already established characters. Even with their heavy hitters Ice Age and Rio, the Animation has been great but I have always thought that they have lacked in the story department. However after further thought, this may actually work toward the films advantage. The Peanuts series was built upon quick jokes built upon dynamic characters, so Bluesky’s straight forward style of story telling may help the film stay true to its source material.
My last thought on the film revolves around the target audience. Disney/Pixar has always been known for their family friendly films, Dreamworks has established themselves as a company that will always have adult content in their films, even if its marketed toward kids. Bluesky however has yet to truly established themselves in either direction. I can definitely see how this film can be used to reinvigorate the Peanuts brand for the you get audience, I can also see how this film could help to bring in the older audience that grew up with these characters.
Regardless of the market though, 2015 will be a good year for animated films. Bluesky will release the Peanuts and the much anticipated Ratchet and Clank film will release. Only time will tell how this movie will fair.

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Disney’s Frozen an unexpected treat

I know that treats are usually set aside for Halloween and gifts for Christmas, but when I saw Disney’s Frozen on Thanksgiving I marveled as my eyes unwrapped the 108 minute gift of a film.

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Pokemon Origins episode 1

One of video games most iconic silent hero has been re-imagined in the new 4 part anime Pokemon Origins.  Can this retelling live up to the classic story which unfolded in Gameboy hit or does it fall short of its original glory?

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Sonic Boom

When I hear the words “Sonic Boom” three things come to mind: breaking the sound barrier, the theme song that goes with everything and the Blue Blur. An upcoming television show set for release on Cartoon Network focused on the latter of the three has me spin dashing with excitement!

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Animation Show of Shows SCAD-Atlanta Screening

Last night I had the distinct privilege and honor to yet again see a screening of the Animation Show of Shows.  Curated by Ron Diamond of Acme Filmworks, each year is a true treat filled with animated films by industry veterans, like Bill Plympton and Lauren MacMullan, as well as college students.

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Turbo F.A.S.T.

Toy Story 2, Turbo, and Stuart Little are all 3-D animated films by, but there is one unique detail that binds these movies together.

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Wonder Over Yonder

“Audiences want more, they want to love the character so when I’ve been doing my shows I’ve always tried to make sure the characters to stand out strongest.” – Craig McCracken

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