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New Gods Yang Jian. All the Trailers You Can Find and Sequel News

8 Dec

New Gods Yang Jian

Anyone keeping track of Light Chaser Animation’s next production New Gods Yang Jian will be glad it’s getting a global release just in time for Chinese New Year 2023! It originally debuted in China back in August, to steller reviews and beating out Minions: Rise of Gru.

GKIDS released an American-side trailer yesterday, and it puts the focus back on the titular hero when compared to the other teasers offered so far.

People who read Creation of the Gods or Journey to the West (Amazon USA links) know this hero is named Erlang Shen, a god of justice. This immortal has superhuman strength and a third eye, which allows him to see the truth. This includes seeing through the deception made by magic and outright verbal lies. In this film, it looks like he’s chosen to seal away his gift than to use it. That’s because, like Superman, he can use it emit a ray of fire (laser) at his enemies! It’s too powerful and quite often, he’s been holding back. This immortal knows when to pull his punches, and as for how he feels when serving the will of others, his superiors, it seems he has reservations.

When he used his abilities in a huge battle to bury Lotus Peak under more than one mountains worth of rock, perhaps he became even more aware of the dreaded power he wields, and thus decided to leave heaven.

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The Buzz About Lyle, Lyle Crocodile is Wonderful

6 Dec

Currently Available on Digital

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile is one of this year’s better comic strip/children’s storybook adaptations to grace the movie screen. After a different effort by another studio with a certain comic strip, Marmaduke did not sit. If people missed catching this flick because of the limited screenings, then they can thank Sony for the digital edition that’s now available.

Alternatively, the home video release is next week; the extras that come with it will certainly get me dancing and perhaps singing to Broadway too. I loved the musical presentation, and I’m eager to see music videos and featurettes to detail the production. On the list are:

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Just How Familiar Can Disney’s Strange World Get?

4 Dec

Strange World PosterSpoiler Alert

Disney Animation Studio‘s Strange World is visually gorgeous, but something is missing to make it a film worth remembering. I believe that’s because it’s not as true to those dime novels using ancient mythology to define where the adventure is at. Some pulps involve taking adventage of the era’s current interest in some archaeological dig or is simply high fantasy. Other publications offer sci-fi adventure.

Unfortunately, the Jules Verne influence in this motion film was not to my liking becuase the trailers suggested an Edgar Rice Burroughs direction. Had I been able to yell at the top of my lungs like Tarzan, I’d be happy. But instead, what we have here is a story about Searcher Clade (Jake Gyllenhaal) ecstatic about discovering an energy-producing plant, and Jaeger, his father (Dennis Quaid), has gone off the deep end. Well, sort of. The elder believes there’s more to find in the unexplored regions of this world. But without any acknowledgment about why they like to explore, part of this film’s concept falls on deaf ears.

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The Entire Ninjago Crystalized Season Should’ve Been A Movie

28 Nov

Ninjago CrystalizedComing to Netflix Canada on December 1st
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Season 16 of Ninjago should simply be called Ninjago Crystalized The Movie. I refrained from continuing to post weekly looks back a few episodes after the mid-season cliffhanger when I realised that. Now that the run is finished on Teletoon, I can finally reflect upon all that’s been revealed, said and done. With no surprise, now that one contract is over, other services can stream it.

These days, the team led by Lloyd isn’t always hailed as heroes. Nearly everybody loves them, except for the new Mayor and certain bounty hunters like Hounddog McBrag. That made up the first half of the series. By the time the team figures out who’s the mastermind, chaos erupts, we learn a few emotional things about certain characters, namely P.I.X.E.L., and see the return of characters from previous seasons. With no surprise, when the populace sees the Overlord is back, everyone is running! Even that leader of the city is considering abandoning his post.

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Does The 3rd Outing of Tad The Lost Explorer and the Emerald Tablet Have to Be His Last?

24 Nov

Tad The Lost Explorer and the Emerald TabletBlink, and it’s easy to find Tad The Lost Explorer and the Emerald Tablet has come and gone. Thankfully, finding it on Roku saved the day, since not everyone may have been aware of its limited run in the States at AMC Theatres. 

Not everyone is aware of this Spanish film franchise, either. That’s because the time between releases is very long. The first self-titled movie was released in 2012. The Secret of King Midas was in 2017 and this latest in 2022. The graphic novels on which the films are based never got translated to English, and that’s why it’s never been on the radar for many. Had it been given the proper love by some publisher in the States, I’m sure no one would complain about enjoying a comedy-archaeological-adventure similar to Jackie Chan’s Adventures.

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