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Daring to Defy the Odds; Dumbo, a Movie Review

29 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Disney’s film entertainment division really need not turn all their past animated hits to live-action spectacles. That said, Dumbo is the latest and while it looks terrific in a post-World War I America setting, none of the backstories matters. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) comes home to his two kids, Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) who have been living at the circus. Prior to being sent off to fight for his country, the father was part of a circus act–a headliner.

Before anyone can yell, “It’s showtime!” enter the elephant’s mother and the birth of a big-eared baby pachyderm. The CGI is decent, but the emotional performance is hit and miss. Unlike Gollum, and other animated critters, who have graced cinema in the past, to convey fear and grief is only as good as understanding the creature itself.

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The Jungle Book Teaser Trailer Gives Me the Shivers

15 Sep

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

JungleBook While we are all gawking at what Walt Disney Studios has planned for us with their Star Wars movie line-up and merchandise tie-ins, Disney is reminding us why they are a movie-making media powerhouse and that it’s not just about a story in a galaxy far, far away. With the release of Disney’s The Jungle Book trailer, the story is closer than we think. In fact it is here on Earth.

Rudyard Kipling’s tales of a boy-cub who manages to survive in the darkest of jungles receives new life by leaving Disney’s hand-drawn animation roots and embracing a live action and CG mix. And if I were asked, “Does it work?” my answer is yes.

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The Future is Bright for Big Hero 6, A Movie Review

10 Nov

Disney_BigHero6_Poster_BaymaxNot everyone will realize that Disney’s Big Hero 6 is based on a lesser known Marvel Comics property from 1998. The print edition was originally created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau, and they crafted a product that does not seem like it’s inspired from anime. The names are familiar, like Gogo to Golgo 13 and Honey Lemon to Cream Lemon. Thankfully there is no relationship to the latter comparison when considering it is an erotic product. If the executives of this company have known, they might not have approved this film’s go-ahead, or the roster of heroes that Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) managed to put together.

When considering that this CGI film premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 23, 2014, there were probably more than a few snickers within the audience.

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The Lone Ranger “Celebrate” TV Ad

24 Jun

This is the newest TV spot for the Lone Ranger starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp and directed by Gore Verbinski. The Lone Ranger opens in theatres July 3rd.


Source(s): Disney Movie Trailers