A naughty dog? What in the world does an undisciplined canine have to do with the medium? Recently, I've been getting into a video game series called Uncharted. The developer of said series happens to be called Naughty Dog. Let's go back a little ways and look at something that put this very developer on … Continue reading Animation’s Naughty Dog…
The Oscars and animation... The nominations are now out, and once again it's the same old predictable game. There are nine Best Picture nominations, as a tenth slot is inexplicably missing. All of the films on there are filmed with real-life cameras on real-life sets with real-life people, or films that have a lot of … Continue reading The Complications of the Animated Oscar
'My Mistake' - Split Enz, Dizrythmia (1977) - There's a certain kind of coolness to the few Split Enz songs that I've heard. From the looks and sounds of it, Dizrythmia was when the band started their transition from progressive rock to then-new new wave... Yet their spin on it was quite fresh and full … Continue reading 10 Songs of the Month! (January 2017)
Loving certain works of entertainment can come with a price. I know that very well as a fan of animation, and especially the legendary Disney animated classics "canon". Back in August of 2015 on my mainline news blog, I ripped five generalizations about the body of work apart. Now, I want to do the same … Continue reading Pixar Generalizations and Complaints That I Don’t Like!
The time is almost near... The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards ceremony will be out soon... I've talked a great deal about the Best Animated Feature category in the past, but this year - more so than any past year - I'm a bit conflicted about two mainstreamers. Now, before we go any further, … Continue reading Conflicted on Nominations
The nominating process is underway, and the debates are firing... Now it's my turn. What do I think the Academy should give the little golden men to? Well, I want to talk about short films... Or, a short film to be specific. Borrowed Time. *SPOILERS ahead, for anyone who hasn't seen this film yet* Made … Continue reading Why ‘Borrowed Time’ Should Win
This is it folks... We're at the end of the Disney Renaissance. Or, more appropriately, the time where most people mark the end of Disney's esteemed Renaissance era of animated features. We're at the last film in a streak of box office successes, the end of an apparently idyllic time that soured a bit in … Continue reading Breaking Down the Later Disney Renaissance, Part 5