2011: Life and Animation

I wanted to talk about a certain year in my life for some random reason... For a while, I had somewhat considered 2011 to be a downer year for feature animation. Why this specific, not-so-distant stretch of 365 days you ask? It just sort of came to mind... 2011 was a year of some firsts … Continue reading 2011: Life and Animation

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‘Yellow Submarine’ – An Animation Thesis

Fifty years ago, feature animation and popular music came together, and created something glorious. My next pick for "Animation Thesis" is, unlike the three films before it, something that the House of Mouse was never involved with in any way... Yet, the House of Mouse considering doing a remake of it at one point in … Continue reading ‘Yellow Submarine’ – An Animation Thesis

Make Up Your Own Mind

Another year, another live-action Disney film that tried to do something a little different has possibly failed at the box office... Walt Disney Pictures' adaptation of Madeleine D'Engle's arguably-unfilmmable¬†A Wrinkle in Time hit screens this weekend. Backed by vague and unconvincing trailers, the film seemed to get by on its director's pedigree and its refreshingly … Continue reading Make Up Your Own Mind

Rottenfield

WARNING: Major spoilers for THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX ahead... I saw a "bad" movie and really enjoyed it... Yesterday, Netflix surprise-released The Cloverfield Paradox. The third film in the J. J. Abrams Twilight Zone-esque series of weirdo sci-fi tales, it was - for the longest time - aiming for a theatrical release last year. Delays kept … Continue reading Rottenfield

‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ – An Animation Thesis…

My next pick for animation thesis isn't an all-animated film, but it contains a lot of animation... Pure animation, too. Not VFX trickery and lifelike creations. Who Framed Roger Rabbit... A Walt Disney Pictures/Amblin Entertainment film released under Disney's Touchstone banner, spearheaded by Back to the Future trilogy¬†director Robert Zemeckis and executive producer Steven Spielberg, … Continue reading ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ – An Animation Thesis…

The Odd Parallels Between Disney’s Animation and The Beach Boys…

Maybe I'm totally reaching with this, but I'm gonna go for it... Disney Animation and The Beach Boys are very similar to each other... Like, really similar. Both are American, both have hailed from California, and both are as iconic as baseball, apple pie, and the red, white, and blue. Both also are more than … Continue reading The Odd Parallels Between Disney’s Animation and The Beach Boys…