It’s been no secret that my most anticipated animated film of the year was The Super Mario Bros. Movie! While I’m no scholar of the Mario universe, I, like most people, am familiar enough with the characters due to playing multiple Mario-related games. So, I decided to treat myself to watch this one not only in the theaters, but in 3D as well! What did I think? Read on to find out!
I didn’t grow up with Schoolhouse Rock!, but was vaguely aware of it as a kid. I knew it was an assortment of educational songs, but I didn’t know much more about it until the song, I’m Just a Bill, gained some viral popularity in later YouTube years.
It was only when fellow blogger Eli Sanza made a post about Schoolhouse Rock! did I decide to give the shorts a viewing as most were available to watch on Disney+. I’m happy to announce that I became a fan of the shorts! I loved what they did trying to teach principles of math, science, grammar, etc. via catchy tunes and while not every short was a hit, I did overall enjoy the series!
Well, the 95th Academy Awards have ended and this time I didn’t get to watch it. That was probably for the best because surprisingly, I did the absolute worst in my predictions this year than I’ve ever done in my life: 8/23!!!
The Academy made a lot of surprising choices which I loved (such as Naatu Naatu winning Best Original Song and Brendan Fraser winning Best Actor), but I didn’t expect them to make those choices. Oh well, nowhere to go but up, I guess?
In terms of animation, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio won Best Animated Feature and The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse won Best Animated Short.
It’s that time of year again: Oscars time! Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the ceremony for the third time. Not to mention that this will be the first ceremony post-Will Smith slap!
Anyway, it’s time for my predictions for the 95th 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 Feature, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture for the end.
Skydance Animation is one of the newest animation studios on the block. Having been formed recently, it gained some controversy after hiring the recently ousted John Lasseter as its Head of Animation due to his sexual misconduct allegations at Pixar. This move even prompted actress Emma Thompson dropping out of the film, Luck.
Controversy aside, I finally saw Luck and what did I think of it? Read on to find out!
I enjoyed the first Puss in Boots film. It wasn’t anything amazing, but it was definitely my favorite film in the Shrek universe as I’m not really a fan of the Shrek films.
And I had known that a sequel to the film had been in development for a while. I remember when it was going to be called Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves. Having not heard anything for a while, I thought the film would just be cancelled altogether. But somewhat out of nowhere, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish was scheduled to be released in 2022.
I knew that I wanted to see it, but was in no rush to until critic reviews started coming in. Multiple film reviewers I follow listed this as not just their favorite animated film of the year, but also one of their favorite films of the year! My curiosities were piqued, so I decided to check this film out in the theaters (something I don’t do often) and…I’m so glad that I did!
After Disney’s live-action remake of Pinocchiodisappointed everybody
it’s nice to say that there’s one good adaptation of Pinocchio released in 2022!
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, this stop-motion animated film has been in the making for years, even getting stuck in development hell. But it’s finally completed to the joy of every animation fan who’s been dying to see it!
Read on for my thoughts on the film! (Caution, there will be some spoilers!)
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a story that I enjoy very much and I like to check out as many adaptations of it as I can and oh boy, there are a lot! There are silent versions, live-action versions, animated versions, musical versions, etc. One of my favorite adaptations is the live-action 1970 musical film, Scrooge, starring Albert Finney as the stingy, curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge.
I thought the songs (by Leslie Bricusse) were mostly well-written, the acting was wonderful, and the overall film was delightful. I was surprised to discover that an animated remake of the film would be coming to Netflix entitled Scrooge: A Christmas Carol.
What did I think of this animated remake directed by Stephen Donnelly? Read on to find out! (Caution, there will be spoilers!)