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My Father’s Dragon, More Than A Thoughtful and Magical Adventure

16 Nov

My Father's DragonNow on Netflix

Elmer Elevator (Jacob Tremblay) is young and optimistic, but his mother Dela (Golshifteh Farahani) is worried about making ends meet in My Father’s Dragon. This animated fantasy is loaded with splendid production design, and Cartoon Saloon never fails to deliver. We are never told what happened to his father. It’s assumed he passed on and was the “breadwinner,” but since he’s gone, the family is struggling. Nora Twomey‘s last film had that title, and its story is very similar to this one.

In part one, he’s forced to move to a new town with his mom, and they’re struggling to pay the bills. The boy wants to help, but he’s going all about it wrong. After an argument, he runs away.

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Gulliver Returns to Daring Adventures!

1 Jun

Gulliver Returns VOD Release: July 26 &
DVD on Aug 9, 2022
Available to preorder on Amazon USA

Summer will soon be here, and there’s a no better way than to enjoy the time with one of literature’s biggest heroes. In Gulliver Returns, the titular hero heads back to Lilliput and all new adventures. A bit of prior knowledge is required and there’s no better book than reading Jonathan Swift’s book that started it all.

From the Press Release:

The classic character Gulliver is not a giant in size but a giant in heart and courage. Inspired by both Jonathan Swift’s timeless tale and an original idea from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Gulliver Returns is a fresh and funny adventure the whole family will enjoy! A production of Gulliver Films and 95 Animation Studio in Ukraine, the English-language movie is directed by Ilya Maksimov (Dobrinya and the Dragon) with Tony Bonilla (Encanto, Moana) as animation director.

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Pouppelle of Chimney Town is Coming Home!

1 Mar

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Shout! Factory
Eleven Arts

Coming to VOD on May 3, and Home Video on May 17, 2022

Read our movie review here.

Based on a popular Japanese picture book by celebrated author and creator Akihiro Nishino, the fantastical tale of Lubicchi and Poupelle leaps from pages to the screen. Poupelle of Chimney Town will certainly delight fans of all ages.

Directed by Yusuke Hirota and produced at Tokyo’s famed STUDIO4ºC, this movie brings to life a unique and inspiring tale about friendship, courage, hope, and perseverance to reach for the stars through an awe-inspiring adventure filled with whimsical characters, stunning animation, and unforgettable performances. The film boasts the stellar English-language voice cast of Tony Hale (Being the Ricardos, Veep), Antonio Raul Corbo (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Stephen Root (Finding Nemo, King of the Hill), Misty Lee (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Ultimate Spider-Man), and Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show, The Morning Show).

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Lu Yang’s A Writer’s Odyssey Comes to North America!

26 Jan

AWO_BR_Cover_72dpi.pngShout! Studios
Available to pre-order on Amazon USA

Shout! Factory is bringing last year’s hit Chinese New Year film to North America, and it’s going to be A Writer’s Odyssey (刺杀小说家) come March 8, 2022. This fantasy action-adventure movie mixes in a variety of fantastic visuals in its presenentation, and it’s based on Shuang Xuetao’s novel of the same name, and its sequel Godslayer.

From the Press Release:

A film by Lu Yang (The Sacrifice, Brotherhood of Blades), A Writer’s Odyssey is an entertaining thrill ride that uniquely blends non-stop action, visual splendor, and a fantastical storyline in equal measures. Available for the first time for home entertainment in North America, A Writer’s Odyssey Blu-ray™ and DVD contain spectacular movie presentation in English and the original Mandarin language audio track option. This movie is available for pre-order at ShoutFactory.com and will be available in stores and other fine retailers.

Plot Synopsis

After the disappearance of his daughter, Guan Ning has descended into despair. With nothing left to lose in his life, he is approached by a powerful corporation who hires him for a dark task – to kill the young author of a fantasy novel. But the author’s work is no ordinary book… for its fantastic world is somehow impacting and merging with the real one. Guan’s journey into this realm uncovers hidden secrets… and reveals the transformative power of art and imagination.

Some Bite, but It’s Light in Clifford, The Big Red Dog

7 Nov

Clifford2021Poster.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Coming to Theatres Nov 11, 2021
Spoiler Alert

Clifford the Big Red Dog joins a long line of illustrative products turned to film. For this particular IP created by Norman Bridwell, it’s also been a long running television series. There’s been many adaptations throughout the decades, ranging from Garfield to Marmaduke to Paddington, and as for why they’re beloved lies with what the animal’s relationship is with the human. They often help a troubled individual understand the world.

Older fans will notice references to the original publications. The story about Emily (Darby Camp) is not fitting in at school isn’t too new. She’s more socially awkward than anything else. The older students are bullying her, and by helping the dog out, she’s helping herself. It’s a good story. 

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