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Putting Frozen: Breaking Boundaries into a Trade Paperback, A Review

21 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Frozen: Breaking Boundaries shows that it’s possible to push past conventions, if not duty, to do what’s best for the people of Arendelle and neighbouring Vesterland. The trade paperback released late last month and can be ordered through your local comic book store or on Amazon.

When I was shut indoors, due to extremely frosty weather  (unusual for my hometown at this time of year), I was in the mood for something related to Disney’s Frozen franchise. When the teaser trailer for the sequel released last week did not say much for plot, I figured perhaps looking again at this joint publication by Dark Horse Comics and Disney might.

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Laying it On The Line with The LEGO Movie 2

19 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

  • Spoiler Alert

Everything is not quite awesome in Bricksburg in The LEGO Movie Part Two. Now dubbed Apocalypseburg, the Mad Max theme plays throughout as the citizens attempt to thwart an invading species of bricks. The set up is simple: In the real world, events continue after younger sister Bianca is allowed to the basement where this “world” lives and she can bring her Duplo. And sometimes, certain characters are not who they are. This sense of accepting who they inside define what makes this sequel special.

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The Power of Myth in Mirai no Mirai & Shintoism

11 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Mamoru Hosoda‘s Mirai no Mirai (未来のミライ) will get a North American home video release on April 9th, 2019 through GKIDs, but I had to see this title on the big screen first! It was this year’s Jammies and Toons selection at the Victoria Film Festival; they often feature an anime. This part of the show is one I’m always there for, and they sometimes promote it as part of Canada’s Family Day celebrations when the dates line up. This work by Studio Chizu is certainly the perfect choice.

This movie is jovial and very reassuring in teaching attention-seeking Kun (voiced by Jaden Waldman in the dub and Moka Kamishiraishi in the original) how family matters. Every time he acts up and tries to run away, his world gets turned upside down ala Alice in Wonderland. The Lewis Carroll references are light, but Tick-Tock if the time runs out, he better get the moral of what’s being taught to him Charles Dickens style, lest he gets forgotten. His parents are generally forgiving, but sometimes they feel too exasperated.

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A Silent Voice to Make Itself Heard April 2, 2019!

9 Feb

silentvoice.jpgThe captivating anime feature A Silent Voice will be released on Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack, DVD and digital download on April 2, 2019 from ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio and Shout! Factory. Winner of the 40th Japan Academy Award for Excellent Animation of the Year,  this release will be presented in Japanese with subtitles, and with an English dub

This work comes from the lauded director Naoko Yamada (Liz and the Blue Bird) and writer Reiko Yoshida. Among the film’s many accolades are Tokyo Anime Awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay and the Japanese Movie Critics Award for Best Animation.

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