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The Secrets Are Revealed in Poupelle in Chimney Town’s Home Video Release

30 May

Shout Factory
Release Date: May 31, 2022

Poupelle in Chimney Town (映画 えんとつ町のプペル) will soon be available on home video, and if the bonus material is any indication, his adventures are far from over. This highly anticipated release is available to stream (Amazon Prime), but my money is on the physical release. It has everything for fans to fawn over and it comes with a nice mini booklet to introduce and explain what this story is all about–a young man daring to dream.

There might be plans for a 4K release down the road, but there’s no official news yet. I can see this film shine with a higher resolution release. There’s a lot of detail to appreciate, and when it’s been wholly animated in CGI, I like to know who those figures are in the background. In what’s offered in this blu-ray version is crisp. The original 5.1 sonic presentation is perfect.

I read more into this movie and expressed it in my article, “From Book to Film and Beyond Poupelle in Chimney Town!” and in what I understood, it’s also about not letting the past get the better of you. The tale is also comparable to the themes explored in the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from Wizard of Oz after I finished watching the bonus material.

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The Usagi Chronicles isn’t Running at Full Throttle Yet

20 May

Samurai Rabbit The Usagi Chronicles Fans of Usagi Yujimbo by Stan Sakai are most likely thrilled that he’s fully crossed over to the animation medium in The Usagi Chronicles. His appearances in the past were scant and even though Miyamato is mostly a background character in this new Netflix series, it’s his ancestor, Yuichi Yujimbo, who is the star of Samurai Rabbit.

The emphasis is on the latter since it’s his story. This youngling’s goal to become a samurai. One day, he’ll be the leader of the team he’s friends with. The first episode sees him having difficulty gaining Gen the Rhino, Kitsune the Fox, and Chizu the Cat’s respect. This rabbit has much to learn, especially when making the rough and tumble streets of Neo-Tokyo his “home.”

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Paws of Fury: Legend of Hank Trailer Analysis

16 Apr

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank - WikipediaThe trailer for Paws of Fury: Legend of Hank looks hilarious. This film is not about how Jimbo can’t teach an old dog new tricks. The canine here is young, and he wants to do good for a local town. It’s safe to say this particular cat will steal the show given how charismatic Samuel L. Jackson is. He introduces the trailer, and what we see is a tale is about how this underdog can stand up to bullies.

I can’t help but think Hong Kong Phooey is a major influence. The character design for the hero is very familiar. Also, I loved that show when I was a kid. Sadly, the Hanna-Barbera toon didn’t age well when I looked for online episodes to enjoy again. Thankfully, Paws of Fury updates the humour.

In a town mostly dominated by cats, a down-on-his-luck hound, Hank (Michael Cera) wants to be a crusader of justice for them. However, to be ready means getting training from Jimbo (Samuel L. Jackson) and hoping his nemesis, Ika Chu (Ricky Gervais) can take his challenge seriously.

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It’s Time For Sing to Sing 2 a New Beat

4 Apr

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Illumination’s Sing & Sing 2 available to purchase on Amazon USA and available to stream.

Had Garth Jennings’s animate hit series Sing been a CGI animated series, I’m sure there’d be more Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) stories to tell. The sequel wastes no time in seeing this motley crew of talents get their act together and put on a show.

This leader of the gang has his theatre rebuilt and while local critics are raving about his latest show, someone else doesn’t think so. He has to convince Jimmy (Bobby Cannavale), a wolf who runs Crystal Entertainment, that his troupe has what it takes to make it to the big leagues. He also has to pull someone else out of “retirement.” I love the fact Clay Calloway (perfectly voiced by Bono) is a play on Cab Calloway, a jazz entertainer whom The Blues Brothers gave new life to.

This team’s life is a highway and to succeed really means living’ on a prayer. Musical pun references aside, the challenge in keeping viewers invested is in being able to get this film out fast enough so fans can remember what happened last time. This film was ready for a late 2020 release and sadly, nearly every movie got pushed back one or two years. The pandemic is to blame here.

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DreamWorks & Netflix’s Ready for More Kung Fu Panda Action July 2022!

19 Mar

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The best news from this month for DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda fans is that Po’s adventures aren’t over. After three successful films, five standalone pieces and two series–one on network television and the other on Amazon–Netflix has its eye to continue the adventures with the lead in The Dragon Knight!

There isn’t too much information to reveal as some aspects are still being developed or are under wraps. All we know so far is that weasels are the primary antagonists in this upcoming series. Confirmed is Jack Black returning to the role instead of Mick Wingert who voiced the title character in Paws of Destiny. This actor also confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that it’s coming July 2022!

Story Synopsis:

When a mysterious pair of weasels set their sights on a collection of four powerful weapons, Po must leave his home to embark on a globe-trotting quest for redemption and justice that finds him partnered up with a no-nonsense English knight named Wandering Blade. Together, these two mismatched warriors set out on an epic adventure to find the magical weapons first and save the world from destruction – and they may even learn a thing or two from each other along the way.

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