2017 certainly has been a down year for animated movies. While there have been a number of animated movies released throughout the year, quantity has far outweighed quality. As such, it’s certainly shown in diminishing box office numbers for almost all the animated movies released this year (minus Despicable Me 3). Luckily however, as far as animated movies are concerned, 2017 is going out on a high note with Coco, the latest offering from Pixar Studios. After three straight lower caliber movies (The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Cars 3) from the well-respected animation studio, Coco is more of what we’ve come to expect from Pixar over the years. Thanks to the movie’s uniquely told story, respect to culture, beautiful animation, and catchy, original music, Coco is another noteworthy winner from Pixar.
It was revealed earlier this year that Disney would be launching its own streaming service and that all Disney films would likely be leaving Netflix and landing at their new home in 2019, but it looks like Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars will also be jumping ship. Which makes sense – cause you know – Disney owns everything. Read more
Cars 3: Driven to Win picks up after the final big race in the upcoming Cars 3, and offers an all-new high-speed competition that is filled with both familiar and new faces. Players will be able to take the driver’s seat and set out in action-packed adventures as they join Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez in preparation to take on rival racer Jackson Storm. The game is available now on all consoles! Read more
[Press Release] Cars 3: Driven to Win picks up after the final big race in the upcoming Cars 3, and offers an all-new high-speed competition that is filled with both familiar and new faces. Players will be able to take the driver’s seat and set out in action-packed adventures as they join Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez in preparation to take on rival racer Jackson Storm. With over 20 customizable playable characters to choose from, including popular heroes from the Cars franchise and next generation racers, and more than 20 unique tracks across 13 iconic race environments from the film, Cars 3: Driven to Win allows players to customize their racing adventure and discover a variety of possible experiences through its replayability. Read more
Fight to The Death is an ongoing feature where staffers and readers get to vote and explain why one fictional character would be able to kill another. This week’s featured rumble? Chewbacca versus The Beast from Disney’s Beauty & The Beast – two beloved furry beast men from different planets… See who wins this vicious battle to the grave right here. Read more
The original Beauty and the Beast, the 1991 animated version, is one of the five best animated movies of all-time; it was so good that it became the first ever animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards. With movie studios going through their vault of hit movies and remaking them, it was inevitable that Beauty and the Beast would get a live-action remake sooner or later. And thanks to the advances in creating special effects that make the unimaginable look more realistic than ever, along with Disney coming off a string of successful live-action remakes (Maleficent, Cinderella, Jungle Book), the studio fast-tracked remaking the “tale as old as time.” Even though the narrative of this Beauty and the Beast is uneven at times, the movie, as a whole, hits most of the right notes. I would say it’s difficult not to compare this live-action remake to the near-perfect animated movie; but, in reality, there’s just no way around it.
Both YouTube and Disney announced that they are severing ties with the channel’s biggest star, Pewdiepie after he released (then deleted) a prank video in which he paid two men to hold up signs reading “Death to All Jews”. This however was just the most recent anti-semetic joke that Pewdiepie (real name: Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) had been accused of making through his YouTube channel which has a record-breaking 50-million plus subscribers. Read more
Leave it to Disney to help alleviate some of the turmoil felt throughout America since the Election Day results with an animated sea-journeying epic. Moana has all the makings of a classic 90s animated Disney movie – it includes a wonderful coming-of-age story, heartfelt characters, beautiful animation, and a memorable original soundtrack. If you’re looking for a two-hour escape with the family to try and get away from all the outside noise from the past couple of strenuous weeks, look no further. Family movies don’t get any better than Moana, which is easily the best family movie of the year. Read more
From Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau, who helmed the hugely successful The Jungle Book live adaptation, comes yet another live-action reboot of The Lion King. There is no release date yet at this time but the project is being fast-tracked into production.
How nice it is to finally see a movie that isn’t a comic book or video game. It’s been a while. I don’t remember Finding Nemo at all, except that I’d been impressed by it. I’d meant to see it again for context but I didn’t, so Finding Dory has to stand on its own. And it really did. Finding Dory was strong on all levels, it was beautiful and touching and funny and fun. I liked the writing, the acting and, most of all, the visuals. Read more
From Walt Disney Animation Studios and directors Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid), comes Moana. Starring the voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Alan Tudyk, Moana will hit theaters November 23, 2016.
The Jungle Book is a film in the style of the classic tragedies in which a grizzled and scarred veteran tries to save his homeland from an invasive species with the capability of destroying the entire jungle he calls home. It is a moral tale, where he is undone by his PTSD, inability to trust and thirst for vengeance. Or, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t (as a rule) automatically root for the bad guy, The Jungle Book is about a boy raised by wolves who is trying to find out where, and how, he belongs. Read more
From Disney and director Gareth Edwards. comes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Taking place before the events in the original movie Episode IV, Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen , Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed. The film is scheduled for release December 16, 2016.
Wednesday is here, and new comics are within reach. So you may be like me and are still reading through the stack of comics from the last couple weeks, better make some room for these new titles I will be picking up at my local comic shop. Read more