Tag Archives: DreamWorks Animation

When A Horse’s “Spirit” Goes from “Untamed” to Trained

4 Sep

Spirit: Untamed | JB Hi-FiBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

DreamWorks Entertainment
Available on Streaming Platforms, Home Video
Amazon USA Purchase Link

DreamWorks Spirit has a sequel, and viewers don’t need to know the Netflix series or past iterations to enjoy the latest release. The CGI animated update certainly reveals how this franchise has evolved with the times. It’s a different beast when compared to Stallion of the Cimarron (2002). They are all set in the Wild West–even though many years have passed between story to story. This latest focuses on the girl attempting to tame a horse, who conveniently shows his independence, and establishes a relationship with.

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Boss Baby. From Back in Business to Family Business, the Clues are There…

6 Jul

The poster for The Boss Baby, Family Business, with new date.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Playing on Peacock
and theatres near you.

Digital release:
Aug 31, 2021

Home media release:
Sept 14, 2021

Spoiler Alert

The only shame with The Boss Baby franchise is the voice of Tim Templeton, one of the main characters, was recast. I would’ve preferred Pierce Gagnon from the Netflix continuation than James Marsden to take over. Tobey Maguire isn’t back because he doesn’t have the skills to sing. Usually someone else can fill in those bits but the producers opted to get a new performer. This information was reported on Yahoo News.

Unless Timmy’s voice cracked twice, he’s not likely to experience a second or third childhood since he never fully grew up. The hilarity isn’t tough to maintain. As a director, Tom McGrath‘s crazy sense of humour is exemplified when he was the brains behind Penguins of Madagascar. Ever since that series was retired, he’s been bringing his style to other properties. He directed Back in Business and shared creating the story with Michael McCullers. The short bursts of kiddie humour are off the rails—especially during the climax—and yes I miss the birds.

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The Croods Come Alive with Virtual Paleontology

14 Feb

In partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, the Canadian Museum of Nature will host “Family Day with The Croods,” based on the DreamWorks Animation family film The Croods: A New Age. The fun virtual event will be broadcast live on Family Day this Monday, February 15th on the museum’s Facebook page at 2:30pm ET in English and 4:30pm ET in French. To join in the interactive programs,  like the Canadian Museum of Nature Facebook pageThe Croods: A New Age is available to own on Digital now and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray™ and DVD February 23, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

“Family Day with The Croods” will be a live event where families can meet scientist and Paleobiologist Dr. Danielle Fraser, who will teach participants about the saber-toothed cat and other prehistoric animals. Participants will also meet DreamWorks animator Ludovic Bouancheau, who will demonstrate how to draw a Croodimal from The Croods: A New Age in an exclusive tutorial. Bring your paper, pencils and eraser to draw along with the tutorial and bring the fan favourite Croods characters to life.

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Evolution is in Trouble with The Croods: A New Age

19 Dec

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Available on VOD
For outlets, please visit www.watchcroods.com

A DNA sequence must be missing to make The Croods sequel, New Age stand out. One problem is the time it took to make this animated film. Seven years, not including the Netflix prequel, is quite the long time. One issue is because of Universal Pictures’ acquiring the DreamWorks Animation and the uncertainty which resulted. The other is handing over the directorial reigns to story artist, Joel Crawford.

This franchise created by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco is good. Who doesn’t love a Flintstones like family trying to make sense of a changing world? The duo had ideas. Whoever said their story required the help of The Hageman Brothers, Paul Fisher, and Bob Logan to fine tune needs a rock tossed at him.

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Trolls: World Tour is Loud and Live on VOD!

11 Apr

Trolls World Tour (Western Animation) - TV TropesBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on Amazon and iTunes

After a rousing success with the first Trolls film, the sort of couple Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) are going on a world tour! That’s quite the date for the second outing of these happy-go-lucky music loving critters who never had a huge back story before DreamWorks Animation acquired the license. With a franchise more than 60 years old and not having consistency in the few animated takes last century, it at least sowed the seeds to what this animation studio would further.

All the puff haired critters want to do is have fun. When Poppy learns others of her kind are living elsewhere, she believes it’s time to meet and perhaps also unite the different tribes. The irony is that her nemesis, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), also has the same idea of uniting them to one sound–the world of hard rock. Her once and former king dad doesn’t disagree and has since retired from the throne. To hear Ozzy Osbourne as the the voice is perfect.

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