My Top 13 Blue Sky Studios Films

With the release of their first film in 2002, Blue Sky Studios quickly proved itself to be an animation studio of note. Maybe never ranking alongside Walt Disney Animation Studios or Pixar, but it would definitely be mentioned among the secondary tier of animation studios.

Unfortunately, Blue Sky Studios went defunct in April 2021 after Disney acquired 21st Century Fox. To pay tribute to them, I’ve decided to make a top 13 list ranking their (conveniently 13) films from my least favorite to my favorite!

This film doesn’t count!

So sit back and enjoy!

Warning, there may be mild spoilers.

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Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Dies at 67

In incredibly sad news, beloved comedian, actor, and voice actor, Gilbert Gottfried has passed away. Mr. Gottfried (1955-2022) was a stand-up comedian with very raunchy material, but was well-known for his voicework in animated projects.

Some of these include Thumbelina, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Animal Crackers, and Cyberchase. But his most famous voice role was that of the parrot, Iago, in Disney’s Aladdin franchise and other projects.

He shall be missed!

My Thoughts: TURNING RED (2022)

Sigh…the more I think about this film, the more I hate it! Sorry, you can already tell that this is going to be a negative review.

Pixar’s 25th film, Turning Red, was the third Pixar film in a row to be released on Disney+ instead of theaters. At first, I wasn’t supportive of this decision, but after seeing this film, I think it was the right thing to do. Without further ado, let’s take a look at Turning Red!

Warning: There will be spoilers ahead!

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94th Academy Awards Results!

Alas, the 94th Academy Awards have ended and the biggest takeaway rom it is when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after Chris made a joke about Jada’s hair loss. Besides that, the ceremony wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, although I really hated how they ruined the We Don’t Talk About Bruno performance (and why did they perform it anyway?).

My score this year was 16/23 which is my second-best score! In terms of animation, Encanto won Best Animated Feature and The Windshield Wiper won Best Animated Short.

For a list of the other winners, click here.

My 94th Academy Awards Predictions!

It’s that time of year again: Oscars time!  Interestingly enough, this year will be the first ceremony to feature official hosts since the 90th Academy Awards with Jimmy Kimmel. This year’s hosts will be Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes.

This year will also feature two controversial elements. One, the two most popular films (as voted for by Twitter users) will be announced during the telecast as the “Oscars Fan Favorite”. And two, eight categories (Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Film Editing, Best Live Action Short, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Sound) will not be awarded live and will instead be pre-taped an hour before the telecast.

I’m not in favor of either of these elements, but what can I do? Instead I will just move forward with my predictions for the 94th Academy Awards! The ones that I think SHOULD win will be in RED, the ones that I think WILL win will be in BLUE, and if they’re both the same, they will be both RED AND BLUE. I have left my picks for Best Animated FeatureBest Supporting ActorBest Supporting ActressBest ActorBest Actress, and Best Picture for the end.

Let me know your thoughts!

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My Thoughts: SCOOB! (2020)

As one of my favorite franchises ever, you can imagine how excited I was when they announced an animated Scooby-Doo film coming to theaters! Yes, we’ve had multiple animated direct-to-video Scooby-Doo films before, but never one that was intended for theatrical release or theatrical quality. I wasn’t too fond about Dax Shepard being involved in the writing and directing, but the fact that it was intended to be the first film in a Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe completely had me stoked!

Fast-forward through COVID-19 and Scoob! would no longer be released to theaters and would instead go directly to streaming. (It would later get a brief weekend theatrical release in North America in 2021, but that was it.) Did the film live up to my expectations? Read on to find out!

Caution: there will be spoilers ahead!

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94th Academy Award Nominations Announced!

The 94th Academy Award nominations have been announced and I’ll post my predictions soon. Until then, here are the animation-related nominees:

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Encanto
Flee

Luca
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM:
Affairs of the Art
Bestia
Boxballet
Robin Robin
The Windshield Wiper

Disney’s Encanto also scored Best Original Score and Best Original Song (Dos Oruguitas) nominations.

What do you think of the nominations this year? Let me know in the comments below!

My Thoughts: ENCANTO (2021)

I’m always excited when a new film in the animated Disney Canon is released! It’s such a grand event for me!

“Oh yeah? Then where’s your review of Raya and the Last Dragon? HUH?”

But it’s even a grander event when the film is a milestone number in the Disney Canon! I remember the hype when Tangled was released as it was the 50th film in the Disney Canon. Fast-forward ten films and we’ve arrived at the 60th film in the Disney Canon, Encanto! What do I think of it? Read on to find out!

Spoilers ahead!

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Actress Joan Copeland Dies at 99

The actress, Joan Copeland, has sadly passed away at the age of 99, a few months before her 100th birthday. Ms. Copeland (1922-2022) was the sister of the playwright, Arthur Miller, and made her film debut in 1958. In terms of animation, she was the voice of Tanana in Disney’s Brother Bear.

Our condolences go out to her family and friends. She shall be missed!

My Thoughts: RON’S GONE WRONG (2021)

It’s always exciting when a brand-new animation studio enters the market! So when the newly-founded Locksmith Animation announced their first film, Ron’s Gone Wrong, I was legitimately excited to check it out! What did I think of it? Read on to find out!

Also, there will be spoilers!

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