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Inu-Oh is Swoon Worthy Hellraiser and a Lot More at Fantasia 2022

27 Jul

Inu-Oh PosterPlaying at Fantasia 2022 July 27 9:30 PM and Coming to theatres August 12, 2022 Courtesy of GKIDS

Masaaki Yuasa’s musical fantasy is very ambitious, and that should be of no surprise for anyone who loves rock and roll or heavy metal. There’s a bit of history too, but to say how much of it is accurate is tough to ascertain. That’s because there’s not a lot of surviving records about the real life Inu-Oh (犬王, lit. “Dog King”). 

The themes in this self-titled movie concerns defying the status quo and showing that it’s okay to be yourself. That’s how Inu-Oh lives his life. He believes there’s no need to conform, especially when he’s born deformed Sadly, people run away if they see him in his true form. Thus, he’s always wearing a mask and dons a huge garment to cover up his entire body. It’s a shame nobody can see past his ugliness, but thankfully Toma can. That’s because he’s blind.

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Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis is a Deuce! Coming This Summer

15 Jun

Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory
Coming to VOD and DVD:
July 5, 2022

Game, Set, Match! This summer, get ready as the tennis prodigy Ryoma Echizen and his friends will grand slam your heart in a thrilling new adventure. This cinematic adaptation is based on the blockbuster Japanese sports manga series and its sequels created by renowned manga author Takeshi Konomi.

With 60 million copies sold over 22 years, Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis is the first CG anime movie from this popular franchise. Featuring an all-new storyline with music and lyrics by Konomi and directed by Hiroshi Koujina (City Hunter, The Vampire Dies in No Time), this highly anticipated movie finally makes its long-awaited North American home entertainment debut following its nationwide theatrical release.

Available for the first time in North America, the collectible Blu-ray + DVD combo pack boasts an exciting movie presentation (featuring English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles) with special bonus content – Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis edition. This is the full-length alternative cut of the movie that includes different scenes featuring Hyotei team captain Keigo Atobe and Shitenhoji team captain Kuranosuke Shiraishi.

A definitive entertainment release that will score well with anime and pop culture enthusiasts and collectors, this title is available for pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com and will be available in stores and other fine retailers.

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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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The Deets on Sing 2 Collector’s Edition!

3 Mar

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Home Video Release:
March 29th, 2022

Available to digitally view or preorder on Amazon USA

Buster Moon and his crew are back preparing to launch their most dazzling extravaganza yet in Sing 2, now available to own digitally. Hailed as “the best animated feature this year” (FOX-TV Houston) and earning a 98% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, fans of all ages can now sing, dance and laugh more than ever with this collector’s edition, brimming with exclusive bonus content, including 2 never-before-seen mini movies with some of your favorite characters, sing-alongs to the hit songs from the film, a dance-along with renowned choreographer Sherrie Silver, outtakes with the star-studded cast and more interactive fun for the perfect family movie night.

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Disney’s Encanto Can Only Last So Long…

27 Nov

EncantoBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Walt Disney Animation Studios continuing plan to explore other cultures through their films has always been enlightening even though they aren’t always educational. Their latest, Encanto, is a mixed bag of wonder created by a committee.

Byron Howard, Jared Bush and Charise Castro Smith introduce us to a latino world where mysticism is still practised. The backstory reveals how the Madrigal family became the town’s founders and protectors. A magical hacienda (called a Casita in the film) emerged out of the candle and it’s been protecting this clan for generations, so long as it keeps burning. It’s easy to ignore one factual problem of living in the middle of nowhere and nothing has been said further about those pesky conquistadores. 

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