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When It’s Not Two Frozen for Arendelle’s Future

30 Nov

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Mild Spoiler Alert

“Show Yourself” may not be the definitive musical number to inspire in Frozen 2. Unlike the first film with its spectacular set pieces, this sequel tries too hard to offer refreshing ideas. It’s tough to outdo “Let it Go” because of its many meanings. This sequel at least delivers a story which answers a few questions, has a cultural sub-context which will definitely be of debate for years to come, and looks at how this kingdom continues to survive.

The expected economic examination is ignored. Instead, we find Elsa (Idina Menzel) acting a little off lately. In the side-lines, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) is trying to figure out the perfect moment to propose to Anna (Kristen Bell). As the trailers have shown, the Queen of Arendelle must heed the siren’s call.

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A Homecoming is Happening with How to Train Your Dragon on December 3rd!

24 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

DVD Release Dec 3rd
NBC Broadcast Dec 14th, 2019

After Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States of America, a “homecoming” is set for How to Train Your Dragon fans. I’ll be headed to my local Walmart to buy the Bluray and hope there’ll be more than just this animated short. On Amazon, apparently only the DVD release is available.

To see Astrid, Toothless and gang continue to celebrate the yuletide season can mean anything for this aspect of the franchise. This work looks like it’ll reflect upon those wonderful memories in lest we forget. It’s safe to assume the team will get together again.

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Reading the Two Trailer Clues Before Frozen 2

20 Nov

Image result for frozen 2 posterBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date:
November 21, 2019

Usually there’s at two, and if we’re lucky three, trailers leading up to the release of the most anticipated films for the year. In the case of Disney Frozen 2, we only have two. Part of the appeal is not only with the Broadway style spectacle and musical numbers. For me, it’s the folklore being established. Dark Horse Comics teased at a few elements in its two graphic novels–namely neighbouring kingdoms to which Arendelle is either at peace with (or not).

In looking over the trailers again before opening night, I previously said everything I can with the first release. The second one is a bit more telling. We are introduced to Anna and Elsa’s parents, telling a once upon a time style tale. There was once an enchanted forest. It was magical but something went wrong. Nothing could get in or out because a veil of mist appeared.

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Finding Meaning from Halloween to Mexico’s Day of the Dead…

2 Nov

Dia de Muertos PosterBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Halloween is not over yet. Other cultures have their own variant. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a significant two day fiesta spent celebrating the life and legacy of loved ones who passed on. The first day of November is dedicated to the young who sadly passed before they had their time in the sun and the second day for adults. That is, the Día de los Inocentes (“Day of the Innocents”) precedes Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”).

The entertainment industry can dwell on the complexities of what this event means or go full on horror. I prefer the happier context and only a handful of works exists.

El Universal reported Dia de Muertos, a new animated work directed by Carlos Gutiérrez Medrano, is coming this month! It’s anglicized title is Salma’s Big Wish. As for whether this will get any North American screenings, is Shout! Factory listening?

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