How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Why Are Dragons So Cute?

how_to_train_your_dragon_two_ver7So when the first How to Train Your Dragon trailers rolled across my TV screen I was, absurdly in retrospect, quite sceptical about the film. I thought it would be a film only for kids and would only add to the slew of bad and mediocre films DreamWorks were producing since Flushed Away, with Kung Fu Panda being the only anomaly at the time. But I was wrong. I’ll admit that. How to Train Your Dragon was a phenomenal success that put DreamWorks firmly back in contention with Disney and Pixar.

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Titan A.E. – Simply Squandered

Titan_AE_One_SheetSo my vision after finishing my review of Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas was to be ultra-productive. I was going to start a book, game and film review all within a week to be put up over three weeks, Then my body went “Hey, this is the perfect time to have the mother of all colds.” So for the past week I’ve been surrounded by tissues, Lemsip, lots of drinks and more tissues. But now I’m coming out of the constant sneezing and coughing so I can get around to writing my reviews!

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Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas – Sailing Away Over the Traditional Animation Horizon

sinbad - legend of the seven seasWell here we are, the end of traditional animation, or at least, the end of DreamWorks traditional animation efforts. I apologise at how long it’s taken me to produce these reviews but I hope you’ve been able to bear with me through all of this. But since it is the end let’s see how this ends, with a whimper or with a bang.

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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron – Equine Excellence

Spirit_Stallion_of_the_Cimarron_posterWell we’re at the penultimate review and we are delving into the world where traditional
and computer animation start to collide with Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Though Jeffery Katzenberg called this, stupidly in my opinion, “tradigital animation”, the idea of blending the two styles together is not unheard of, being used in Don Bluth’s somewhat forgotten film Titan A.E and the much more successful and fondly remembered Disney film Tarzan.

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The Wind Rises – Making Something Beautiful

THE-WIND-RISESWell I never intended for these DreamWorks reviews to be a biweekly thing, but that’s how it’s somehow turned out. I was about to break this cycle and put up my review of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron today, but something prevented me and, if you read the title, I think you can guess what it was.

It’s the first time I’ve reviewed a film that is still being shown in the cinema at time of reviewing since About Time and what a film to bring me back from reviewing films from years gone by. I’m a bit of a Studio Ghibli fan and when I heard that Hayao Miyazaki’s possibly final film The Wind Rises was screening near me I knew what this Wednesday’s review was going to be.

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Joseph: King of Dreams – Appropriately Sleep Inducing

joseph-king-of-dreams-1009982-pSo yeah… can I just say that this is a DreamWorks film that we should probably just forget about and move on from? I mean Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is after this film and I’d much rather be reviewing that than this alternative to sleeping pills. I think we’d all like to be reading about that than this.

Hell I’d like to be writing about that right now. But I’ve said I would review it so I’ve guilt tripped myself into sitting down and finally reviewing it. So here we go with obligatory overview time. Just for those who haven’t heard of this two thousand year old story, this review is going to have spoilers and damn right it should if it’s been out in the public domain that long.

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The Road to El Dorado – It’s Fun to Be a God

So here we are, at last. My second traditionally animated DreamWorks review! If you’ve not seen my first of these, then go check out The Prince of Egypt review right now. I mean it go on. I’m not starting until you’ve read it….. Read it yet? Well the hell with you then. Let’s get started, as we always do at The Chronic Chronicler, with the obligatory overview.

16.000000,16.000000It’s 1519 and Tulio (Kevin Kline) and Miguel (Kenneth Branagh) are two con artists in Seville, Spain have just finished getting the last of the thug Zaragoza (Tobin Bell) of his gold when he produces a map to El Dorado, wanting to bet it for all the money he lost. With Miguel believing its authenticity, he gets Tulio to gamble it all for it, using Zaragoza’s non loaded dice. They win, but are soon seen for the con men they are and, after brilliant acting and a chase scene, Miguel and Tulio accidentally get on board a ship to the New World.

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