Monday, December 20, 2010

Ralph Bakshi's Christmas in Tattertown

A Christmas Special fromthe man who made Fritz the Cat. I'll leave it at that.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Animated Amnesia, Top Ten Favorite Disney Films

I count down my favorite features from the house of mouse.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Animated Amnesia, Pocahontas 2, Journey to a New World Review

Oh yeah, Disney did actually make some of their sequels.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Animated Amnesia, Resident Evil Degeneration

The videogame that spawned a lousy live action film series, could an animated one do any better?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Animated Amnesia, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night review

I've finally returned with the other Disney 'sequel,' from Filmation.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

In Memorium



Satoshi Kon, director of Perfect Blue, Paranoia Agent, and Paprika

1963-2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Happily Ever After, Part Two

Continued from Part One.

Happily Ever After Review, Part One

It may be a sequel to a Disney movie, but at least Disney didn't make it.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Fire and Ice Review

Two legends of their art forms join forces to create this underrated classic. This work is protected by fair use

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Last Airbender Review

M. Night Shymalan’s ‘The Last Airbender’ is finally out and chances are you’ve already formed your opinion regardless of whether you’ve seen the movie or not. Maybe it’s the casting controversy, maybe it’s your opinion of Shymalan himself, or maybe it’s the flood of negative reviews that have been pouring in.

Now that I’ve seen the movie I can honestly say this:

I do not hate this movie.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love it either. Far from it. But though I can’t realistically call this movie ‘good,’ it’s nowhere near being the epic disaster that some critics are implying.

At best I can say that this movie is ‘below average,’ and even then I’m probably being nice. All the things that are good are just that, good. The effects are good, the score is good, some of the acting is good. And all the things that are bad are really bad.

Shymalan’s ultimate weakness as a writer is that he only seems to know how to make one movie, but what he does is he adapts that movie to different genres, be it superheroes(Unbreakable), alien invasion (Signs), Disaster movies (The Happening), or period romance (The Village). And I’m saying this as a Shymalan fan; I enjoy all his movies, including the bad ones. But here Night is not only working with a concept that isn’t his, but a rich mythology that in no way can be applied to that one movie.

While Shymalan does succeed in including a number of characters, plot points, and references from ‘Avatar, the Last Airbender,’ that fans like me love, in his effort to cut, condense, and streamline down twenty episodes worth of material, Shymalan forgot WHY we love them.

Characters defining traits such as Katara’s struggles as a bender, Sokka’s desire to prove himself as a warrior, Iroh’s fatherly nature, Aang’s happy go lucky attitude, are all missing. Not only does the movie seem to be lacking in any character development at all, it’s actually at the point that Aang, the HERO, feels almost like a non-factor in his own movie.

Casting controversy aside, I can’t really hold anything against the cast. Shymalan is not an actor’s director; he just had the fortune of working with really awesome actors early on. Here the actors either lack the experience or the skill to go above what’s asked of them, or the ones who do have the skill are given too little to work with.

Throughout the movie Shymalan breaks the most basic rule of filmmaking, “show, don’t tell.” So much dialogue is dedicated to some of the most forced exposition I have ever heard. Not only that, said exposition get’s repeated constantly. On two occasions Zuko’s backstroy is explained, and at least three times Zhao talks about how he raided a secret library to find a scroll that shows the location of the moon spirit.

I could go on about the poor pacing, the lousy editing, the lazy directing, or the fact that this movie is lacking in any drama, tension or susopense whatsoever, but the thing that ultimately kills me about “The Last Airbender,” the thing that drags this movie down below the likes of even TRANSFORMERS 2 and DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION, is the level of disappointment I’m feeling. For those who haven’t seen it, “Avatar, the Last Airbender” is an incredible series, on par with any mythology in print or on the screen. And while he’s not perfect, Shymalan is a good filmmaker. A very good filmmaker. He’s knows what good movies look like, he’s made good movies at least twice.

I don’t hate this movie, but it deserved so much better than this. And the fact that someone with Shymalan’s talent could look at this and consider it satisfactory astounds me.

Now do I wish to see Shymalan continue the series? No. Not if this going to set the tone for it. If I had any saying, Paramount should pull it from theaters and shelve it. Let it go the way of Corman’s Fantastic Four and let it become a cult item for future film geeks. Let the franchise sit for a years, and if we have too, reboot it under the title, “The Legend of Aang.”

The Adventures of the American Rabbit Review

Before the fireworks, the fur and feathers fly in this Independence day episode Note: I was recovering from illness when I recorded. Plus the audio on the movie was really low.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mummies Alive Review Teaser

Talking snakes, golden armor, and purple robes. Yep, another day in San Francisco.

Mummies Alive

Tangled bandages, mystical forces, golden armor, purple robes. Another day in San Francisco.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Land Before Time IV, Journey Through The Mists

Me and an elite team of reviewers have banded together to take on the Land Before Time sequels. See the other parts at: http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=16457

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown Review

Spike's a stalker, Charlie Brown and the gang are nowhere to be found, and you can actually understand the grown ups!

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Incredible Crash Dummies

The pharse 'Crash and Burn' seems appropriate.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Felidae Review

A near purrrrfect example of animation. Please excuse the lame pun.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Capitol Critters

An American Tail of a different sort.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

David Hand's Animaland

A lesser known chapter of the life of a Disney Legend