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Like any American boy, I grew up on a healthy diet of Star Wars, original and prequel trilogies. The recent announcement has left me, in a word, winded (I’m not necessarily sure that’s the best word). The announcement is too big in terms of culture for me to write a post on (it’s Nano, after all!) and too vague in terms of specifics for me to add anything to the conversation.
However, in the wake of acquiring Lucas Films, Disney made another announcement that many 90s babies will be excited for: the Disney Channel is working with original creator Michael Jacobs to produce a sequel series to Boy Meets World.
I saw WRECK IT RALPH last night. I had not gone to the movies since THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and had fairly high expectations for the new Disney film. I was not disappointed.
The art direction in RALPH is complex and beautiful; each game world is rendered with appropriately personalized styles, as are their chracters, while designs for Ralph, Venellope and Felix are charming and unique.
Likewise, RALPH does not skimp on the plot. While it is slightly disappointing that we don’t get to venture into more games, Sugar Land is the perfect the world to spend about 60 minutes in, and there are so many subplots going on it’s hard to think about what’s going on elsewhere in the arcade.
John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman play off each other well, as do Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch. Adam Corolla, Horatio Sanz and Mindy Kaling pop up as well.
The movie is funny, I chuckled throughout. There are so great references to games from the 60s through current day, including the all-important NES code (Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right–you get the idea!), as well as familiar characters like Bowser, Sonic and Street Fighter’s Ryu.
I’d give RALPH an 8/10 easy, but if you are looking for the elusive “family film,” something for everyone to enjoy, you have found the perfect movie. Go see WRECK IT RALPH at once.
At long last we have reached my ten favorite Halloween specials of the season….
10. Freaks and Geeks “Tricks and Treats”
The Freaks Halloween special takes a serious hit due to budget restraints prohibiting the episode from being filmed at night. Halloween at 3PM is just awkward. However the typical Freaks merits are on display (Seth Rogen laughing, James Franco grinning, Jason Segal being super gangly), winning Judd Apatow’s high school dramedy the 10 spot on this year’s countdown.
In need of some witchcraft and wizardry this Halloween season? Check out Studio Ghibli Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), an adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ novel of the same name. Read the rest of this entry »
I looked over a list of Disney Channel Original Movies last night, for fun, and quickly realized there aren’t nearly as many quality picks as I’d imagined. Of the dozen or so I really enjoyed, though, five of them were released in October and had ghoulish themes. What better time of year to revisit them?
“Susie Q” (1996)
“Susie Q,” released right before “The Paper Brigade,” was one of the last two Disney Premiere Films, as they were called from the early 80’s, not nearly as frequent as the ’97 onset of DOMs. It was about this hot ghost from the 50’s or something, who could only talk to one kid, this 30 year old dude who plays a high school student.
“Susie Q” wasn’t that scary, but it featured the pink power ranger in a hot prom dress for 80 or so minutes. There was also something kinky about the fact she appeared in his bedroom randomly, and the kid’s mom couldn’t see her.
This Friday Pixar’s Finding Nemo 3D hits theaters. Instead of shelling out $14 for glasses like a did for The Lion King, I popped in my Finding Nemo 2-Disc Collector’s Edition and enjoyed a seminal animation studio at their very best.
Trends are a tricky thing, as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Disney/Pixar are likely to find out over the next eighteen months.
In September of 2011, Disney re-released their 1994 classic The Lion King in theaters. To help promote the film’s Blu-ray release, the movie was converted to 3D. Disney’s plans were for a limited, two week run. Those plans changed considerably when TLK scored more than thirty million dollars opening weekend and clinched the number one spot at the box office. Those plans drastically changed when the movie went on to match that feat in its second week, and again a third time.
TLK 3D spent more than three months in theaters, earning ninety-four million at the domestic box office and an additional eighty-three million worldwide.
How could any self-respecting businessman walk away? Immediate plans were put into place for 3D re-releases of Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc and The Little Mermaid, three of which were scheduled for 2013.
Now here’s the trick.
The story told in “The Secret World of Arrietty” is a familiar one, an adaptation of Mary Norton’s The Borrowers. A young boy, Sho, travels to the countryside to stay in the house his mother grew up in while he attempts to recoup from a severe illness.
From the first frame we are greeted with the classic, unchanged animation of Studio Ghibli. Character designs are reused and landscapes sometimes look vaguely familiar, but even the most seasoned Ghibli fan cannot help but be excited to enter a new world. Read the rest of this entry »