In 1998 we watched a story about a neurotic ant whose efforts to win the heart of the colony land him in deep trouble, but in the end he not only wins the heart of the princess, but saves the whole colony during a dramatic and very watery grand finale!
And then we watched it again.
This may very well be the best showdown between Disney Pixar and Dreamworks. A Bugs Life followed Toy Story as their second step on their way to dominance in the CGI market, but for Dreamworks Antz was only the start of a road that saw mild success until Shrek really threw down the gauntlet. Now, so far as the box office goes there was one very clear winner, but so far as the better film goes, things get a little more interesting. (more…)
“They don’t make them like they used to”, well maybe you just don’t appreciate them like you used to!
I’ve no doubt that I would have enjoyed Inside Out if I was seven, but I was a little bored by it to be honest, and looking back at the roster 2015 has not been all that great for films for kids, or at least didn’t have an awful lot of real attention grabbers. Except Minions, thanks for the fresh wave of merchandising, bad memes and kids talking gibberish, Universal Pictures. (more…)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010) is an excellent film, of that there can be no doubt. The vikings vs. dragons set up would have been excellent in itself, but the original books (of the same name by Cressida Cowell) present a world filled with a Monster Manual style variety of dragons to pick and choose from, creating a far richer environment. The story is filled with deep characters with fully realized personalities, and the dragons themselves are amazingly expressive. All told it’s little wonder that the film has earned two sequels and some pretty lucrative merchandising deals.
It’s far from the first film about dragons, although it’s certainly the most successful film series about them, but I stumbled across a particularly enjoyable little animated title that was released a couple of years before HTTYD came out. (more…)
You voted more than ever, and I hope you’re all sincerely pleased with yourselves.
You wanted to look under the bed.
You wanted to check in the cupboard just once.
You asked for it, now prepare yourselves….