Even knowing there was going to be an exhausting amount of discourse when it was announced that Illumination had been chosen for the job of making Nintendo‘s first foray into features in 25 years with an animated Mario movie the amount of baffling discussion around the final product has surprised even this watcher. It startedContinue reading “The Super Mario Bros Movie Is What It Set Out To Be. For Better And Worse.”
Category Archives: Animation
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is PERFECT
It’s rare but sometimes one will see a film that simply short circuits all of their critical faculties with a pure blast of concentrated wonderful That already happened once in terms of 2022 releases for this viewer with Everything, Everywhere, All At Once. Having seen every DreamWorks animation theatrical offering for the past 18 yearsContinue reading “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is PERFECT”
The Odd Case of Disney’s Strange World.
Do you know that there was a theatrical Walt Disney Animation Studios production pushed out into the world on November 22nd 2022? Better question. Did the mouse house want the general public to know that this release even existed? That is the question currently surrounding the discourse one of the most memorably notable flops thisContinue reading “The Odd Case of Disney’s Strange World.”
Disenchanted (2022) Review.
The first Enchanted is a film that really should not work. The shortest possible pitch of “What if Shrek was earnest?” sounds like something that should have been tried and failed after the DreamWorks juggernaut was released in 2001. Critically well before Disney’s response during the 2007 holiday season. Yet it’s one of those lightning-in-a-bottleContinue reading “Disenchanted (2022) Review. “
Lyle,Lyle,Crocodile. Quick Review.
When the trailer for Lyle,Lyle,Crocodile first dropped this writers impression upon first viewing is that we were looking at the next instant meme within the film world. Come on. It’s Shawn Mendes as a singing crocodile with songs by Pesek and Paul. . Evan Hansen’s feature adaptation to the beach From M night Shamalan’s OldContinue reading ” Lyle,Lyle,Crocodile. Quick Review. “
My Old School. Quick Review. (FULL SPOILERS)
This documentary has been building a lot of buzz in the Scottish independent cinema scene since it debuted. The kind of stranger than fiction piece, that’s the bread and butter of people who watch these things for the insane twists and turns. On that level, My Old School is a solid entry into this genreContinue reading “My Old School. Quick Review. (FULL SPOILERS)”
Luck. (Apple TV +) Quick Review.
Of all the careers and legacies tarnished by the dawn of #metoo the allegations and ousting of John Lassiter were the most difficult to process from a personal perspective. As a viewer who grew up with a lot of classic era Pixar and watched him guide Disney feature animation into the CG era in real-time.Continue reading “Luck. (Apple TV +) Quick Review.”
DC League of Super Pets. Why?
The thought Of initially covering this very kid-centric animated feature didn’t seem too appetizing. Just look at any of the trailers or general marketing campaign. It’s exactly what viewers think it is. The sort of targeted at the very young animation with enough mildly amusing moments and DC references in hope that adults don’t seeContinue reading “DC League of Super Pets. Why?”
Lightyear. More Interesting For What It Isn’t.
As a confessed die-hard Pixar fan on paper, it was great to finally see them back in cinemas. The joy of seeing that little bouncing lamp on the screen was designed to bring this viewer a pang of joy like few other media-related events in 2022. One just wishes it had been with a distinctlyContinue reading “Lightyear. More Interesting For What It Isn’t. “
Toy Story In Concert. Edinburgh (Usher Hall.) Review.
In the age of Disney +, the entire Pixar canon is available at the push of a button for nothing more than the cost of a subscription. This doesn’t account for the viewers that still have physical media collections. Some (including this writer) still treasure them in the age of continued streaming dominance. What willContinue reading “Toy Story In Concert. Edinburgh (Usher Hall.) Review.”