The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – An Outstanding Dying Art

The-Tale-of-the-Princess-Kaguya-600x450With Miyazaki’s final film, The Wind Rises, having been reviewed here last year, I have been waiting; as I assume all fans of Studio Ghibli have been doing, for what could be possibly Isao Takahata’s final foray into filmmaking, and perhaps ever so slight more frightening, the second to last Studio Ghibli film that may ever be released. Continue reading “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – An Outstanding Dying Art”

Reviews I Forgot to Do: Treasure Planet

imagesWhen did I start writing this?: 21st June 2014, pretty much as soon as I had finished my Titan A.E. review.

What was I writing it for?: I’d intended Treasure Planet to be a follow-up piece to the wasted film that was Titan A.E. I wanted to show how a film, similarly premised on space exploration, although with different goals, could be not only good, but so good that it warrants multiple viewings and pestering friends to watch it.

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Big Hero 6 – Colourful Costumed Crusaders

Big_Hero_6_film_posterJanuary, as I understand it, is meant to be a month of desperation. A month where films that cause breath to thin and skin to shudder to claw their way out of the ground, grab our ankles and drag us down to their abyss of bile and gunge. So can anyone explain why Big Hero 6 is being released in the UK in January?

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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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