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The Vintage Tempest’s Top Animated Picks of 2016

1 Jan
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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

There’s plenty of animated films to look at in the new year. Some are more interesting than others and herein, I make my Top Animated Picks of 2016 to look forward to. Instead of glancing at the films coming out of North America, I’m looking world-wide and the movies I see offered get diverse.

But before I get to the list, the following are my honourable mentions: Just because Finding Dory is PIXAR and I loved Finding Nemo, that does not mean this movie will be excellent. Thirteen years have passed (an unlucky number for the superstitious) since Nemo went home. In another film, I’m thinking the cat featured in Secret Life of Pets is the next Garfield. For the story featured in Henchman, I’m figuring this film can easily fit in the world of Mastermind although this movie is developed over at BRON Studios.


Animal Crackers (TBD)

Not to be confused with the Marx Brothers film of the same name, this animated fare looks at a life of the Huntington family who finds a magical box of said crackers who can change the eater into the animal they have pulled out from the box. This film has promise when there is an all-star cast assembled to provide the voices.

What’s especially lovable is the fact that it’s tough not to love a cartoon that Patrick Warburton is featured in; ever since Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, he does a great job at voicing one of my favourite characters from Toy Story. Not to be forgotten, the other stars include: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, Sylvester Stallone, Wallace Shawn and Raven-Symoné.

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Unwrapping The Boxtrolls, A Blu-ray/DVD Review

21 Jan

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
and James Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Ed: I swear, The Boxtrolls must be related to the Jawas from Star Wars somehow. Whether by strange coincidence or by some cosmic decree, these tinkerers in both galaxies are being given a bum rap by the humans they want to hide from. Even when James and I are watching this movie again, which released January 20th, I still can’t shake that thought.

But when it comes to the steampunk technology showcase in what these trolls can build, I’m impressed! That type of bonding skill also shows in the fellowship developed when a baby human is unceremoniously dumped into their lair, only to grow up to become a wild child.

James: To call them that, Ed, is a little unfair to the boxtrolls. Just because they eat worms and beetles as part of their diet doesn’t make them unsophisticated. Okay, it does, but for those who are considered sophisticated, they have their own faults.

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