Posts Tagged ‘Animation’

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Director: Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings
Writer: Garth Jennings (written by)
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johannsen, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton
Release Date: December 21, 2016
Runtime: 1h, 48min
MPAA Rating: PG

 

 

 

I’m a big fan of Illumination Entertainment (the Despicable Me franchise, as well as The Secret Life of Petssee my review here), and in this, their seventh outing, they maintain the anthropomorphic stylings from the latter film, while giving us a completely new story set in a world where animals run the show a la Zootopia. And really, running the show is what this movie is all about. Click through for my spoiler-free review.
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Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writers: Hayao Miyazaki (comic), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt
Release Dates:
July 20th, 2013 (Japan)
February 21st, 2014 (USA – limited)
February 28th, 2014 (USA – wide)
Runtime: 126 min
MPAA Rating: PG-13

 

 

Hayao Miyazaki, famed directer of such acclaimed films as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, has publicly stated that The Wind Rises will be his final feature length animated film. At the age of 73, and a career that stretches back into the 1960s, perhaps he deserves a break – it’s just a shame that he won’t be around to produce more films like this one. Click after the break for my full review.
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Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Writers: Hans Christian Andersen, Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, Shane Morris
Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathon Groff, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk
Release Date: November 27th, 2013
Runtime: 1 hr. 42 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG

Walt Disney Studios’ winter 2013 release Frozen is the latest in a string of animated films the studio has put out over the last several years (other titles include Brave, Tangled, and Wreck-it Ralph). This time around, they rely on the tried and true Disney formula of basing the story on a beloved fairy-tale, in this case Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.” As usual, Disney plays with the story enough to make it their own, and adds in some music and dance numbers for good measure. How does this particular interpretation hold up?
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