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The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear Sails Away on VOD!

6 Dec

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The cinematic adaptation of Jakob Martin Strid‘s Den Kempestore Pere (The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear) may well have some fans of children’s works wonder how it stands to Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach? Both shine as solid pieces of family entertainment. The Danish work is getting distribution in North America courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment and is available on VOD services like iTunes and Google Play.

This delightful work is comparable to Hayao Miyazaki‘s Castle in the Sky, Laputa. This filmmaker was the key animator to notable early works like Animal Treasure Island and Puss in Boots, and for this newest film, it may have drawn some inspiration by it. When two anthropomorphic kids, Sebastian (Alfred Bjerre Larsen), an elephant, and Mitcho (Liva Elvira Magnussen), a cat, find a message in a bottle, revealing where J.B. (the Mayor of Sunnytown) disappeared off to, they embark on a wondrous adventure (in a pear).

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Bringing Ethel and Ernest to Animated Life, A Movie Review

14 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Ethel and Ernest (voiced by Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn) is a very nostalgic and sentimental animated film about these two individuals. It has an illustrative style reminiscent of Tintin. Based on the graphic novel of the same name written and illustrated by Raymond Briggs, this product certainly brings to life the ragtime era of Edwardian London in its opening act. Technically, the year is 1928 and all of this era’s sublime and romantic nature is the highlight. The music is recreated in its vintage glory and it steals the show. I was happily humming along.

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On Netflix, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Jane is Just Another Spider-Man

27 Jan

netflix-tarzan-and-janeBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Arad Animation, 41 Entertainment and Arc Productions are behind the latest animated adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ heroic couple. Tarzan and Jane has a very good serialized story to bring pulp style adventure to a new generation of youths growing up on Netflix instead of Disney. I enjoyed Disney’s take from 2001-03. It was more of a comedy than tales taken from the original author’s work. This latest version is no different.

Avi Arad is producing this latest venture, and his influence upon the production can be felt. He is better known for overseeing Marvel Studios many animated productions like Spider-man up until 2006 (he resigned and formed his own company) and the style is still there. Instead of swinging through a concrete city on threads of a spider and saving people from crime, this jungle hero uses vines and has illegal animal traders. From a creation episode to explain Tarzan’s supernatural origins to establishing Jane as an equal than love interest, this new animated version has enough to like for the messages it conveys, but you just have to weed through the action to find it. The theme of animal conservation is important because animals do not deserve to be put into private zoos.

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A Street Cat Named Bob, Coming to VOD this week & Animation News

16 Jan

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

VOD Release Date: January 17, 2017

Spoiler Alert

Based on the book of the same name, A Street Cat Named Bob is a very feline film for those looking for inspiration. When James Bowen (Luke Treadaway) is a struggling street musician with a history of drug abuse, his life takes a turn for the worse when a buddy convinces him to take a shot, and he overdoses. A support worker Val (Joanne Froggatt) thinks he can do better. She helps him at attaining proper shelter and when a ginger tom breaks in to his flat, life makes a turn for the better for both. Bowen saves the kitty because he finds a leg infection, and in recognition, the two forge a bond that’s far too cute. Some observers may say he’s become this man’s muse. Nothing has changed in the music he plays, but the way the cat is so patient around him has me thinking Bob is Bowen’s guardian angel.

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