93rd Academy Awards Results!

Well, the (third time in a row) hostless 93rd Academy Awards have come and went! Not to mention that this was the first Academy Awards ceremony during the COVID pandemic.

My score this year was 15/23. (Since they’ve merged the Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing categories, there are now only 23 categories rather than 24.) My record still stands at 17/24!

In terms of animation, Soul won Best Animated Feature and If Anything Happens I Love You won Best Animated Short.

For a list of the other winners, click here.

My Top 13 Favorite Nancy Drew PC Games

One subject I haven’t really talked about on this channel is that of computer and video games. While I don’t consider myself a “gamer” as I don’t think I’m well-versed or well-experienced enough to do so, computer games have been a part of my life ever since I was a child. I’ve never owned a gaming console (besides a Game Boy Advance which I only had one game for), so my familiarity is strictly on the PC platform.

The genre of computer games I’ve played mostly are point-and-click games and one of my favorite series of this genre is the Nancy Drew series produced by HeR Interactive. The series comprises 33 games from 1998 to the present and provided the market with quality computer games targeted towards girls. In each game, you play as the titular detective trying to solve a mystery all the while conversing with unique characters, exploring interesting locations, and solving a plethora of puzzles.

I’ve recently marathoned all the games again and I’d like to share with you my top 13 favorite games of the series. Keep in mind there will be mild spoilers ahead. Otherwise, enjoy!

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93rd Academy Awards Nominations Announced!

Even a global pandemic and the fact that most movie theaters were closed last year won’t stop the Academy Awards from happening! The 93rd 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:
Onward
Over the Moon
A Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon
Soul
Wolfwalkers

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM:
Burrow
Genius Loci
If Anything Happens I Love You
Opera
Yes-People

Pixar’s Soul also scored Best Original Score and Best Sound nominations.

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

Actor, Christopher Plummer, Dies at 91

Veteran actor, Christopher Plummer, sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 91 due to complications from a fall.

Mr. Plummer (1929-2021) had a filmography of over 200 films including Battle of Britain, The Return of the Pink Panther, The Man Who Would Be King, Murder by Decree, Ordeal by Innocence, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Malcolm X, 12 Monkeys, National Treasure, Beginners, The Man Who Invented Christmas, All the Money in the World, and Knives Out. But his most famous role was arguably that of Captain Georg von Trapp in the 1965 musical film, The Sound of Music.

He was also no stranger to animation lending his voice to multiple animated films including An American Tail, Rock-a-Doodle, Babes in Toyland, My Dog Tulip, 9, The Legend of Sarila, and The Star. But, his most famous voice role was arguably that of the villainous explorer, Charles Muntz, in Pixar’s Up.

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. He shall be missed.

My Thoughts: SCOOBY-DOO AND GUESS WHO? (2019-present)

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? is the thirteenth and most current television series in the Scooby-Doo franchise. What do I think of it? Read on to find out!

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My Thoughts: SOUL (2020)

Pixar’s Soul was one of the seemingly uncountable theatrical films that had to be postponed or relegated to streaming due to COVID-19. In Soul‘s case, it was the latter. Directed by Pete Docter (Up, Inside Out), the film has gotten overwhelmingly positive reviews. What are my thoughts on Pixar’s latest? Read on to find out!

Note: There will be spoilers!

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Upcoming Animated Films in 2021

Well, 2020 was some year, huh? Not only did it affect our lives, health, politics, society, etc.; it also affected our film industry. Cinemas were closed for most of the year resulting in many theatrical films being relegated to streaming services or postponed until 2021.

We can all hope 2021 will be a better year, in every respect. To keep our spirits up, let’s take a look at the upcoming animated films set to be released in 2021. Keep in mind that I’ll only be talking about films with set release dates and that I won’t be talking about any live-action/animated hybrid films (like Tom and Jerry, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, Space Jam: A New Legacy, and Clifford the Big Red Dog).

So sit back, relax, and enjoy this list with me!

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‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Dies at 80

I’m incredibly saddened to write this post, but Jeopardy! game show host, Alex Trebek, has died at the age of 80. Mr. Trebek (1940-2020) hosted the popular game show from 1984 until his death and has hosted numerous other game shows in the past. He frequently made film and TV appearances as versions of himself, with two animated appearances being the announcer in an episode of The Magic School Bus

as well as RiddleQuest host, Alex Lebeck, in an episode of Arthur.

My thoughts go out to his family and friends. He shall be deeply missed!