Animation

MOANA (2016)

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An Animation by Ron Clements, Don Hall

Cast: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House

This cool Animation is for kids as well as adult I have to say they are getting good with animation and you can do a lot more with them that you can with movie. And yes it is a Disney animation.

For a generation, Chief Tui has forbidden his people to explore the world beyond their island’s reef. The island begins to no longer be the resource-rich home it once was. And yes to spice things up the daughter Moan is the adventurous one and wants to go out of the island like her father when he was young she has a sense of adventure. She is forbidden by her father to leave the island. Despite all that she is the next in line to be chief after her father however her grandmother on her death-bed tells her to go. and yes she goes. She seeks out Maui. A demigod who, according to legend, thanks to him taking the heart of Tahiti, released a darkness onto the world which is why Moana’s people are facing the peril they are. Up she goes on the boat to find the demigod so he can put the heart back in Tahiti.

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Here is a colour full animation  a trip on the boat with beautiful colours I like when she said the ocean is my friend and pop back up on the boat. fitting nicely into the traditional American hero myth of the adventurer willing to explore the unknown  rather than choose the known safety . Moana is Disney’s latest attempt at diversity amongst their classic Princesses and it works here they are trying to reinvent the wheel. The animation bring joy and tears and the music is upbeat. fun to watch for kids and adults. Keep in mind it is going to be gorgeous experience.

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KUBO AND THE TWO STRING (2016)

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A film by Travis Knight

Cast: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey

Kubo begins at night, with a desperate woman at sea fighting off waves with her small boat and a shamisen who has magic powers. The mother has a son who’s name is Kubo. The mother who  is in a depressive state hide in a cave which Kubo goes to this village where he entertain the people but must go back in hiding before dark, they are hiding from something.

Here Knight combine story telling and origami with the idiosyncratic 3-D visual conceits which include floating eyeballs undersea. The director put a story for all ages, it involves a giant animated skeleton, underwater eyestalks, a flying dragon, and a few other stuff that looks real cool to top it all off it is a fast paced action animation. There’s also humor to be found, especially in the interaction between Monkey and Beetle, whose arguments often sound like those of an old married couple.The theme here is how important is family and choosing the right path. At some point the animation is a bit more adult than you think it could not be avoided here but it works well. Kubo and the Two Strings is a magical motion picture well you know what I mean.

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ZOOTOPIA (2016)

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A film by Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Zootopia, a fantasy set in a city where predators and prey live together in harmony, is a funny, beautifully designed kids’ film with a message that it restates at every turn. And yes the massage here does not fall apart it keeps on coming. Discrimination is wrong, but stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason and it is not easy to overcome the reason but you will have to be patient.

Ginnifer Goodwin  who voices Bunny Hops, a small town rabbit who’s told that she can’t be a police officer in Zootopia because there’s never been a rabbit police officer.The job tends to be done by rather large predators. and yes Hops makes it through police training anyway and gets assigned to meter maid duty which she does not like, she wants real work.  Well her carrot farmer parents (Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake),  gave her fox repellent as a going-away present. Nice. Well of course you have guessed it, Hops ends up partnered with a red fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a small-time hustler who reluctantly helps her investigate the disappearances of a dozen predators. Like I said here is a disney animation with a message asking its characters to look past species stereotypes.  And yes  there are acknowledgments of the destructive self-hatred that discrimination can cause. May of the animals makes jokes at the expense of stereotypes about their species. The thing is Wilde became a hustler because other animals hazed him as a pup while repeating anti-fox stereotypes. So he became the hustler to him there were no other choice. But Hops is optimistic if you want it bad enough you are going to work as hard if not harder than the other. The thriller’s plot, borrows from 48 HRS and every cop drama involving governmental conspiracy, is smartly written here. Here is a cool animation that will become a classic before we know it. And yes it is for kids as well as for adults.

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ANOMALISA (2015)

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A film by Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman

Cast: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

Charlie Kaufman’s film of animated figurines in wax, filmed in stop-motion frame by frame turns out to be a pretty neat animation for adult.

In telling the story of a married man who is traveling and wants to rekindle the relationship with this woman of whom he broke it off years later. Kaufman tackles crises that mark our existence, pointing the doubt in building the dream of wanting more. Between subtle analysis of the midlife crisis, evocation of the regret of a great love, representation of guilt related to adultery and escaping with fantasizing the script has many interpretation depending on the experience of each.

It is a nice very nice animation who has beauty and intimacy. we are far away from an animation for kids here because of the subject matter but also because of the sex scenes. Gradually plunging us into a world between reality and nightmare, where all the characters have voices of man.  Kauffman  immerses us with humor leaving our brains full of questions.

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INSIDE OUT (2015)

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A film by Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen

Cast: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black

A girl experiencing conflicting emotions and an ever-growing shyness after her parents move her from Minnesota to San Francisco.

We are introduced to Riley where she si just born at the same time we are introduced to the emotions which occupy her mind: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). All of them take their turns at the controls of Riley’s mind, but Joy has the most influence as she is determined to keep Riley as happy no matter what. Yeah! who want to be unhappy right.

Things changes drastically when Riley’s Parents are moving to San Francisco. The girl finds out that it is not what it’s cracked up to be. New town, new friends and the moving truck won’t be in until a couple of days later that they planned. The house is a dump well you get the picture. As the results joy feels threaten by the negative emotions which begin to have more influence over this pre-teen girl who has yet to discover the horrors of turning 13.

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Here is a cool Animation for kids here where Pixar has put their imagination at work. The story telling is exceptional here. The cast here is perfectly chosen. There is an unforgettable moments like when certain parts of Riley’s mind like Imagination Land crumbles and falls into the Memory Dump where memories are forever forgotten. As a kid you will not remember some stuff when you are going to be ab adult, I can’t remember all of my childhood but some it. I want to get some thing back but we ca not. Also there is some stuff you want to forget but can’t. Hey! That’s life. The thing is sometimes we are happy sometimes not. Pixar has not done one bad animation here so far and to me that is a good thing. A little information here when Steven Jobs got fired from Apple some how he met George Lucas who told him I have an Animation company that I want to sell to you if you are interested. Of course Steven Jobs said yes bought it and even said that it is fun to work in this business not so much with Apple. Years later he got call back to Apple and was doing both. If you have kids I would suggest to take them to see it.

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CASABLANCA (1942)

Casablanca is a classic and one of the most revered films of all time. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in a love triangle in the city of Casablanca which is a refuge for many fleeing foreigners looking for a new life during the war. Political romance with a backdrop of war conflict between democracy and totalitarianism. A landmark in film history. one of my favorite movie of all time. Studio publicity in 1941 claimed that Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan were scheduled to appear in this film, and Dennis Morgan is mentioned as the third lead. This was never the case, however, and the false story was planted, either by a studio publicist or a press agent for the three other actors, to keep their names in the press. Meanwhile George Raft was angling for the part with Jack L. Warner, but Hal B. Wallis had been assigned to search for what would be Humphrey Bogart’s next starring role. He wrote to Warner that he had found the next movie for Bogart and the role was perfect for him. Nobody else was ever considered for the part. The Allies invaded Casablanca in real life on 8 November 1942. As the film was not due for release until spring, studio executives suggested it be changed to incorporate the invasion. Warner Bros. chief Jack L. Warner objected, as he thought that an invasion was a subject worth a whole film, not just an epilogue, and that the main story of this film demanded a pre-invasion setting. Eventually he gave in, though, and producer Hal B. Wallis prepared to shoot an epilogue where Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains hear about the invasion. However, before Rains could travel to the studio for this, David O. Selznick (whose studio owned Bergman’s contract) previewed the film and urged Warner to release it unaltered and as fast as possible. Warner agreed and the premiered in New York on November 26. It did not play in Los Angeles until its general release the following January, and hence competed against 1943 films for the Oscars. Michèle Morgan asked for $55,000, but Hal B. Wallis refused to pay it when he could get Ingrid Bergman for $25,000. Because the film was made during WWII they were not allowed to film at an airport after dark for security reasons. Instead they used a sound stage with a small cardboard cutout airplane and forced perspective. To give the illusion that the plane was full-sized, they used little people to portray the crew preparing the plane for take-off. Years later the same technique was used in the film Alien, with director Ridley Scott’s son and some of his friends in scaled down spacesuits. Many of the actors who played the Nazis were in fact German Jews who had escaped from Nazi Germany. The movie’s line “Here’s looking at you, kid” was voted as the #5 movie quote by the American Film Institute In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #3 Greatest Movie of All Time. When the Epstein brothers won an Oscar for their script, they became the first (and as for 2007 the only) Academy Award winning twins.Humphrey Bogart’s wife Mayo Methot continually accused him of having an affair with Ingrid Bergman, often confronting him in his dressing room before a shot. Bogart would come onto the set in a rage. In fact, despite the undeniable on-screen chemistry between Bogart and Bergman, they hardly spoke, and the only time they bonded was when the two had lunch with Geraldine Fitzgerald. According to Fitzgerald, “the whole subject at lunch was how they could get out of that movie. They thought the dialogue was ridiculous and the situations were unbelievable… I knew Bogart very well, and I think he wanted to join forces with Bergman, to make sure they both said the same things.” For whatever reasons, Bogart and Bergman rarely spoke after that. The film’s success led to plans for a sequel, which was to be called Brazzaville. Ingrid Bergman was not available, so Geraldine Fitzgerald was considered for Ilsa before the project was killed. It was not until the late 1990s and Michael Walsh’s novel “As Time Goes By” that a true sequel ever came to pass. In the famous scene where the “Marseillaise” is sung over the German song “Watch on the Rhine”, many of the extras had real tears in their eyes; a large number of them were actual refugees from Nazi persecution in Germany and elsewhere in Europe and were overcome by the emotions the scene brought out.