Storks review

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2016’s 12th animated film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that there’s a pleasant feeling to the film, and that it is better than the last few films I have seen this year for animation (not including my Pixar canon writeups in this). Despite this, the film does not offer much else, since all of the potential is ruined by how obnoxious the film is in general. You will just remember the overall pleasant-ness about the film.

Production

The only information about the production of the film is that it was announced in 2013, and probably in production since 2012. Warner Animations have a “think tank”, where directors and writers announce and pitch films, which caused this film to be picked up.

Story

The story starts with with a narration about storks being a way for babies to be born, which has been the case since the beginning of time. Now the storks deliver for a company called cornerstones.com, and……… I already have some weird questions regarding this. Do humans own this? Can the humans understand these animals if they are the ones who run this business? Cornerstone’s top stork named Junior (Andy Samberg) meeting with his boss Hunter (Kelsey Grammer) promoting Junior to the boss of the company, while himself is being promoted to a chairman. Apparently they stopped delivering babies outright because of an orphan named Tulip (Katie Crown) who a stork named Jasper (Danny Trejo) wanted to keep, and with the address signal being broke, they had to keep her. Since she is 18 now, Hunter wants Junior to fire her, so she can return to the human world, and this is the only way Junior can be the boss of the company.

After creating a device that causes most of the animals that cannot fly the ability to fly (a rocket), it ends up blowing up. For some reason, I guess it involves her enthusiasm, he cannot fire her, and tells her that she cannot leave the room, because he misleads her about being a mailroom clerk. She finds ways to entertain herself, and she is likable, but the voice and the actions just give me Izzy flashbacks from Total Drama.

We meet three people named Henry (Ty Burrell), Sarah (Jennifer Aniston), and their son named Nate Gardner (Anton Starkman). The toe parents are workaholics, who ignore their son for work..... 24/7. He asks them if they can have another child for him, and they refuse, and also refuse to tell him where babies come from. He sees a Storks pamphlet, and decides to send a letter without his parent's permission. How much the parents work are obnoxious, and the child is selfish, and wreckless enough to clearly not understand the importance of another child, and how it is NOT his responsibility to make a decision like that for his parents.

We meet three people named Henry (Ty Burrell), Sarah (Jennifer Aniston), and their son named Nate Gardner (Anton Starkman). The toe parents are workaholics, who ignore their son for work….. 24/7. He asks them if they can have another child for him, and they refuse, and also refuse to tell him where babies come from. He sees a Storks pamphlet, and decides to send a letter without his parent’s permission. How much the parents work are obnoxious, and the child is selfish, and wreckless enough to clearly not understand the importance of another child, and how it is NOT his responsibility to make a decision like that for his parents.

The letter manages to get into Tulip’s hand, and she uses this as an excuse to do an exciting task. Junior sees he though the camera monitors, and tries to get Hunter to not see it. She manages to deliver the letter to the baby-making room, instead of the letter room, which….. they decided to not destroy it after 18 years, so it was kind of stupid. I will say that this film would not be as bad if it was not so obnoxious. It is too late, since the baby is made.

For some odd reason, the child who ordered the baby somehow knows that it is on it’s way. In order to keep his job and his promotion, of course Junior is going to help Tulip deliver the baby to the family’s house. But the thing is……. one of his wings broke. We get back to the Gardener family, and oh my goodness are these two horrible parents. I get needing to work more than you would like, but neither one of them WANT to speak to their kid, and the father makes a snide remark about his own son having an imagination, before he quickly runs away. A pigeon named Toady (Stephen Kramer Glickman) realizes that the baby exists, and it of course going to stop it.

The plane crashes, and Junior lashes out at her for everything being her fault, and that there is a reason why she doesn’t fit in. He is kind of douchey, and it is played for laughs, but he isn’t funny, and only comes off as a bit more of a douche. If he fired her like he was supposed to, none of this would have happened.

I really do not like most of these characters. All of them are used as some sort of comic relief, and they only come off as douches. The two of them get captured by wolves named Alpha (Keegan Michael-Key) and Beta (Jordan Peele), but their infatuation with the baby causes them all to escape. Despite this, the wolves still go after them for the baby.

I really do not like most of these characters. All of them are used as some sort of comic relief, and they only come off as douches. The two of them get captured by wolves named Alpha (Keegan Michael-Key) and Beta (Jordan Peele), but their infatuation with the baby causes them all to escape. Despite this, the wolves still go after them for the baby.

The parents finally decide to finally spend time with their son after he throws out some weird, blackmailing dialogue, and they expect the baby to not show up, which they will tell their son afterwards. It is night, and the two start to somewhat bond. He only wants to be a boss because it sounds cool, without planning what to do when he becomes one, but when he asks her a question, she is ill prepared. Tulip tells him that since they are having this weird moment, she admits that the plane was going to be for when she finds her parents. Of course, there is a giggle-worthy scene of them staying up to get the baby to fall asleep.

What neither of them know about is the peacock reporting what he knows to Hunter, and the two decide to tamper with the destination to get them caught. The wolves manage to get to them while in a glass factory, but there is glass everywhere,which is a stork’s worst enemy. Jasper appears, and he realizes that Tulip is the baby, he tells her that he fell in love with her, and feels guilty about screwing up her chances of having a family. He has all of the beacon pieces but one (which she has), and when they put them together, she finally realizes that she is going to meet her real family.

Tulip tells Junior that they will deliver the baby before going to her "real" family, which somewhat hurts him, but he is oddly dismissive of her helping him, and pressuring her to go to her family. He tells her that he was supposed to fire her, which saddens her, but he tells her that there's nothing for her at the factory.

Tulip tells Junior that they will deliver the baby before going to her “real” family, which somewhat hurts him, but he is oddly dismissive of her helping him, and pressuring her to go to her family. He tells her that he was supposed to fire her, which saddens her, but he tells her that there’s nothing for her at the factory.

While Junior delivers the baby to a gentrified house, the Gardners receive a cease and desist regarding the mechanism they built for the new baby, as it is not safe. They tell the child something he was already told, and now he is saddened about it. Tulip decides to not go to her family, and go deliver the baby, only to see Junior tied up, with the baby being given to the penguins. They take the baby to the baby making machine, with thousands of babies being made. Hunter and Toady try to get the machine to stop, and it falls, but he tries to reattach it to the ground, but it breaks with Tulip and Junior falling as well. His wing conveniently was not broken but  dislocated, so he is able to fly them both to safety. All of the countless babies that were made were delivered, the storks love delivering babies, and Tulip reunites with her family, but doesn’t isolate the storks who have become her family as well.

I know I threw a little bit of salt on the film, but it is not a bad film. It is not a brilliant film, and I do think that the jokes are hit and miss, as well as the obnoxiousness of .... everything to be a bit too much. What I wills say is that the voice acting is the best I have heard in YEARS, and that is no exaggeration. There is a lot of heart in this film, and the story and characters are decent. Overall, it is an average film that makes you feel pleasant at the end of the film.

I know I threw a little bit of salt on the film, but it is not a bad film. It is not a brilliant film, and I do think that the jokes are hit and miss, as well as the obnoxiousness of …. everything to be a bit too much. What I wills say is that the voice acting is the best I have heard in YEARS, and that is no exaggeration. There is a lot of heart in this film, and the story and characters are decent. Overall, it is an average film that makes you feel pleasant at the end of the film. It was nice that actual voice actors dominated the film, since you actually needed to have VOICE TALENT to have a part in an animated film in the past, before the celebrity marketing took over the industry. It is weird that the political and cultural aspect of having babies, and reproduction is completely ignored.

Characters

While the story is pretty decent, the characters annoyed me at various points in the film. They aren’t extremely unlikable, but the obnoxiousness factor irritated me, though I will say that the voice acting saved them for me, since there’s so much passion in it.

Junior is about to be the boss, and is kind of pessimistic about everything. He wasn't very interesting, and I felt like his development was kind of rushed.

Junior is about to be the boss, and is kind of pessimistic about everything. He wasn’t very interesting, and I felt like his development was kind of rushed.

You do feel bad for her position, and she is an eccentric and likable character. Maybe I am biased because I LOVE her voice actress, but that might have been the problem. I kept on comparing her to other characters that were better.

You do feel bad for her position, and she is an eccentric and likable character. Maybe I am biased because I LOVE her voice actress, but that might have been the problem. I kept on comparing her to other characters that were better. They never touched on the psychological factors of her being raised by storks, which is disappointing.

He is Kelsey Grammer personified. Kind of funny, but a douchebag as well.

He is Kelsey Grammer personified. Kind of funny, but a douchebag as well.

I do feel bad for his situation, and it was nice to see him bond with his parents, but the dialogue to get them to do it was more than awkward to say the least. Nothing else to say.

I do feel bad for his situation, and it was nice to see him bond with his parents, but the dialogue to get them to do it was more than awkward to say the least. Nothing else to say.

These two were so unlikable to me. I have never seen two parents who were so intentionally negligent. Their development was rushed, and I mentioned the weird dialogue to get to that point.

These two were so unlikable to me. I have never seen two parents who were so intentionally negligent. Their development was rushed, and I mentioned the weird dialogue to get to that point.

Screw him. He irritates my soul, and has no purpose.

Screw him. He irritates my soul, and has no purpose.

Animation

Warner Brothers tens to focus on a lot of boxy designs, and it works for this film. It is a very colorful animation, the designs are pretty pleasing, and while the backgrounds are not the most detailed, it is still nice to look at. Even though I got a crappy copy of the film, it is clear that the animation was very fluid, and well-done.

Music

There really is not much to say about the music in the film. It’s fine,…… you will not remember much about it, but it does the job well, and it was not misplaced. The music will be the aspect you remember the least about the film.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on September 23rd, 2016, it made $74.2 million domestically, and $100.3 million in other territories, with a worldwide total of $175.5 million. I think this film might gross up to $200 million, or it will just miss the mark. It has been out for 2 months now, and with Trolls and Moana out, its time to make a large amount of money in a short period of time is gone.

Critically, people claimed that it was bright, colorful, and has some charm to it, but the story was a bit too simplistic and predictable. Many people saw it as a disappointing follow up to The Lego Movie.

Final Score

Story: 6.5/10

Characters: 5.5/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 7/10

= 27/40 = 68%

The Wild Life review

2016's 11th film.

2016’s 11th film.

http://putlocker-hd.com/watch-the-wild-life-2016-online-free-putlocker.html

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after the film is that I never thought I would be seeing a film that is trash like Norm of the North. Nothing interesting, nothing fun, nothing to care about, nothing to invest into, and nothing to even get your energy riled up about. This film is just utter trash.

Production

There is no information regarding the production of this film.

Story

The film starts on an island in the South Pacific, where pirates are overseeing a bunch of animals, and we see the pirates hang the human Robinson Crusoe (Yuri Lowenthal) to see if he has a tooth. They bring him to the pirate ship to be interrogated by Long John Silver (Dennis O’Connor). The macaw named Tuesday Mak (David Howard Thornton) then decides to narrate two mice about what consists of the island, which is a lot of boredom, and he wants to leave the island.

Robinson bails on his macaw (who he seems to not realize flew off) to be stuck on the boats with pirates to travel around, with his dog Aynsley (Doug Stone) in attendance. Two cats named May (Deby Tinsley) and Mel (Jeff Doucette) decide to take revenge on them after they are stopped from eating the live chicken, but a storm soon erupts. This causes the ship to crash into the land, and the macaw suddenly does not recognize the guy who he was with earlier in the film.

Apparently the first scene was an event that took place later in the movie, though they did not set it up well enough for me to instantly know that they were going back in time. Mak sees the other animals try to chase off the human and dog, and he yells at them for "ruining his chance to leave the island". Number one, how in the hell was the first thought in their heads about these strangers are supposed to be "this is Tuesday Mak's chance to leave here?" I just do not acre, and this film is insufferably boring. The set up in this film is really poor, and most of these characters just ramble on and on with no emotion.

Apparently the first scene was an event that took place later in the movie, though they did not set it up well enough for me to instantly know that they were going back in time. Mak sees the other animals try to chase off the human and dog, and he yells at them for “ruining his chance to leave the island”. Number one, how in the hell was the first thought in their heads about these strangers are supposed to be “this is Mak’s chance to leave here?” I just do not acre, and this film is insufferably boring. The set up in this film is really poor, and most of these characters just ramble on and on with no emotion.

Mak tells them to STAY BACK a few times so he can observe the human to see if they are good or not, and acts like they should, just so he could leave and betray them the send it arises, as he sees it as a chance to ditch them for the new world. The two cats end up surviving the ship, and board on the land to make things hell for the others. At this point, I want the cats to wreck havoc, just so something interesting COULD potentially happen.  The kitties pounce and attack Mak to eat him, which I was here for, but the damn dog fought them off long enough for Robinson Crusoe to shoot at them, which they flee. He takes Mak to the ship with him, while the kitties gain sympathy form the other animals, claiming that Crusoe kept them hostage, and treated them cruelly, also “revealing” that he is going to eat Mak.

May and Mel tell the dumb animals to attack the human, while the two of them attack Mak and Aynsley, which has me hoping that the villains win this one. A candle ends up falling, causing the ship to burn, but Mak calls for his friends, and they soon realize that the cats set their dumbasses up. He makes it out, while Aynsley is blown up in the fire, so I guess I was half correct. Mak ends up bonding with Crusoe, and the other animals feel bad for him as they realized they attacked him on lies, so they bring him food, and ease up on him. We get these weird narrations of what we already know, and they all end up helping Crusoe to build a shelter for him. During this time, May ends up giving birth to a bunch of cats……… Alright….

Since I am tired of reacpping this boring, slow-paced, and pointelss movie, I will say that the cats and animals end up fighting a few times, and the cats end up in the water. Pirates end up coming within the last film to put Crusoe in hostage (where the film started), and….. WHY is this taking place within the LAST 10 MINUTES of the film? Another example of poor pacing. Of course he manages to escape, while the cats end up sneaking on the boat with the pirates. Because they are so pathetic, they just let Crusoe and Mak escape, rendering all of this pointless.

What in the hell was the point of the film? There is nothing engaging or interesting about the characters, the little plot that this film has way too slow execution to gain anything from it, and..... UGH. Just trash. The characters are crap, the non story is crap, the animation looks odd, it is the weakest score I have EVER witnessed in my life, and the jokes are irritating at best.

What in the hell was the point of the film? There is nothing engaging or interesting about the characters, the little plot that this film has way too slow execution to gain anything from it, and….. UGH. Just trash. The characters are crap, the non story is crap, the animation looks odd, it is the weakest score I have EVER witnessed in my life, and the jokes are irritating at best. Skip this movie entirely. Honestly, I do not blame anyone if they do not read this review of a worthless film, thus making this my lowest viewed post. Just…… at least the shit films are over and done with this year.

Characters

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness. This might be the first time I give the characters section of a movie the score of 0. The main characters are unlikable and boring, the side characters are unlikable and boring, and everyone is just unlikable and boring. Because there is pretty much no story to this, the characters have no purpose either.

Animation

The animation is not the worst, but it is kind of cheap. What I mean is that the designs and settings are not unappealing to look at, but the textures are a bit off, and the movement is a bit choppy and weird. Nothing stellar anyways.

Music

There are no songs in the film (thank goodness to that), but there is barely any score to note of. It is way too quiet, and when you do hear a score, it is easy to ignore because it is generic, and a bit too quiet. Very poor.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on September 9th, 2016 (in North America), and March 30th in many places in Europe, it made *giggles* 8 million in North America, and $30.4 million in other territories, causing a worldwide total of $38.4 million. It made back its budget, but the film was still a flop in the box office.

To make things worse, it was critically panned, with many people calling it empty, hollow, and half-hearted.

Final Score

Story: 2.5/10

Characters: 1/10

Animation: 5/10

Music: 3/10

= 11.5/40 = 29%

Pixar Animation Studios review: Toy Story 3

Pixar studio's 11th film.

Pixar studio’s 11th film.

http://kisscartoon.me/Cartoon/Toy-Story-3/Movie?id=1985

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is a brilliant film, and was a strong conclusion (I know now that it is not the conclusion, but we will get there). There is a lot of characters that were introduced, and it can be overwhelming. All of them are likable in their own way. I do like that they took a darker route with the film, and fond it very refreshing.

Production

In the mid 2000s, there was a DisneyToons-like studio being made in Canada, called Circle 7 Animation, and because Disney had the right to Pixar characters, they could make a sequel whenever they wanted to. This is important because the studio was in the middle of making Toy Story 3 over there, before it was shut down when Lasseter closed the studio after being promoted. A month after the acquisition in early 2006, it was announced that Pixar itself was producing their second sequel to Toy Story, with no drafts from Circle 7 being used for inspiration.

There was a lot of pressure from the studio, since they did not want to make their first dud film, and sequels were always very risky to make. When they tried to use and look into the files for the earlier movies from a decade earlier, they found out that they could not edit the files, so they had to remake it from scratch, since the animation software was updated since the last films.

Story 

The story starts with a more visual approach, with the Potato Heads (Don Rickles and Estelle Harris) robbing money from a train, and Woody (Tom Hanks), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) stopping them. This scene was not needed at all, and I think it was only included because in the last two films, it stared with Andy playing with them, but here, he is too old to play with them. All of the other toys are incorporated in this scene somehow, and we get a flashback of Andy (John Morris) playing with all of the toys from his mother’s (Laurie Metcalf) video camera, while You’ve Got A Friend in Me plays. We learn that the toys have been in Andy’s old toybox for years, and they steal his phone, so he can remember them. Nothing comes from it at all.

They all realize that they will never be played with again, since ANdy is going to college in a few days. Woody calls for a staff meeting and to gather everyone, while Slinky () notices that everyone is already here, noting that there's only a few of them left. The soldiers abandon the house and tells them goodbye. Woody notes that they lost Wheezy, Etch, and Bo Peep (for now...), but he tries to cheer them up with Andy still caring about them, since they are still around.

They all realize that they will never be played with again, since Andy is going to college in a few days. Woody calls for a staff meeting and to gather everyone, while Slinky Dog (Blake Clark) notices that everyone is already here, noting that there’s only a few of them left. The soldiers abandon the house and tells them goodbye. Woody notes that they lost Wheezy, Etch, and Bo Peep (for now…), but he tries to cheer them up with Andy still caring about them, since they are still around, and tells them that the attic will be a good place for them to be.

Andy’s mother tells her kids that they have to give some of the toys to the daycare, or they will be in the attic. Molly (Beatrice Miller) decides to donate Barbie (Jodi Benson), and Andy puts all of them but Woody in the donation trashbag, since the latter is going to college with Andy. You even see how Buster gained some weight, has gotten older, and is very tired when Woody tries to get him to assist him. The bag is misinterpreted as trash by his mother, and Woody runs to save them before the garbage man (who is Sid) takes them, but the other toys already save themselves. They are furious when they interpret Andy tossing them in the trash, and Jessie decides that they all should go to Sunnyside Day Care with Barbie. Woody tries to defend Andy, and tells them that they need to be there for Andy, an that they are being ridiculous. Barbie has a meltdown about being abandoned, and everyone is trying to cheer them up before finally being delivered to the daycare.

They enter the daycare, and see a bunch of kids who play with them like Andy does. When it is their recess, the toys leave their box, and introduce themselves to the veteran toys of the daycare. The leader is a care bear lookalike named Lots-O (Ned Batty), who tells them that they will be played with forever and ever, since the kids will always be replaced once they age. He tells Ken (Michael Keaton) to come out, with him and Barnie instantly forming an attraction for one another. Go figure, right? They go on a house-tour, and Ken is a bit sad because he has no one to live in his house with him, until he invites her to be with him. They are taken to another room, and Woody is still stuck on his Andy fixation, since he HAS to be with Andy, and the others refuse to, since their mission is complete with Andy, and the most important thing is that they all stay together. Woody calls them all selfish, but didn’t he go through this in Toy Story 2? Being admired forever at a museum, knowing the inevitable that Andy would grow up without them one day? And he went back to enjoy those last few moments? Maybe it is different because he already went through the phase, but it is different because Andy still WANTED to play with them. It is not like he was abandoned for years before that film. It is also different for Woody, since he has always been the favourite.

Woody manages to escape the daycare, but gets stuck to a tree. When the daycare owner's daughter Bonnie (Emily Hahn) leaves and sees him, she brings him to her house, where he is introduced to a bunch of toys named Dolly (Bonnie Hunt), Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton), Trixie (Kristen Schaal), Buttercup (Jeff Garlin), and Peas-in-a-Pod (Charlie Bright, Amber Kroner, and Briana Maiwand). While this is happening, the younger toddlers harshly play with the toys, and this causes Buzz to speak to the veterans about being moved to the older room. He follows them into a vending machine, where they gamble, and this causes them to turn Buzz into "Auto-mode" to be their little pet.

Woody manages to escape the daycare, but gets stuck to a tree. When the daycare owner’s daughter Bonnie (Emily Hahn) leaves and sees him, she brings him to her house, where he is introduced to a bunch of toys named Dolly (Bonnie Hunt), Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton), Trixie (Kristen Schaal), Buttercup (Jeff Garlin), and Peas-in-a-Pod (Charlie Bright, Amber Kroner, and Briana Maiwand).
While this is happening, the younger toddlers harshly play with the toys, and this causes Buzz to speak to the veterans about being moved to the older room. He follows them into a vending machine, where they gamble, and this causes them to turn Buzz into “Auto-mode” to be their little pet.

Because Buzz is on auto-mode, he is instructed to lock up his friends in some sort of jail, and he has to watch them all night. Mr. Potato Head is put into the sand punishment for the night, and Barbie shows up, only to see the horror. This causes her to leave him, and is joined in the jail with everyone else. Right before Woody leaves for Andy’s house, Bonnie’s toys tell them about the horror of Sunnyside, and how Lotso is the leader for all of the horror that takes place. A clown named Chuckles (Bud Luckey), who had the same owner as him and Big Baby, tells him how the three of them got lost after the family was taken for a picnic, and when the three returned to their home, they saw that there was a new Lotso. This caused him to be furious, and they ended up at Sunnyside, where Lotso and Big Baby corrupted the system to put them in power, and the only way Chuckles escaped was through Bonnie.

Woody makes his way back to Sunnyside, and speaks to Chatter Telephone (Teddy Newton), who has been at Sunnyside longer than most. He tells Woody that the only way to escape the daycare is through the trash, but there is a monkey that oversees all of the surveillance cameras, which is the main issue. After another rough day of play time, the toys are reunited with Woody, and they come up with an elaborate plan to escape through the daycare. Mr. Potato intentionally tries to sneak out, so he can be put back into the sand box again, so he could reattach himself to something else. Woody and Slinky Dog try to capture the monkey, and manage to do so after a lot of trouble.

In order to get Buzz back to normal, Barbie begs and seduces Kent to let her live in his house again, which he accepts. After ranting about how no one appreciates clothes, she asks him to put on a fashion show, which he obliges to. Barbie soon enough tackles and ties him up to get him to reveal where Buzz's manual is, even tearing some of his clothes to do it. A lot of hilarity and shocking complexity between the two characters.

In order to get Buzz back to normal, Barbie begs and seduces Ken to let her live in his house again, which he accepts. After ranting about how no one appreciates clothes, she asks him to put on a fashion show, which he obliges to. Barbie soon enough tackles and ties him up to get him to reveal where Buzz’s manual is, even tearing some of his clothes to do it. A lot of hilarity and shocking complexity between the two characters.

Hamm (John Ratzeberger) and Rex (Wallace Shawn) stage a fight to get Buzz distracted enough, for Jessie to trap him. Barbie gets the manual, and they set him to Spanish mode, which causes him to romantically pursue Jessie. They almost made it to the trash can, but Lotso and the crew show up to stop them. Right as they are about to voluntarily go in the trash, Ken shows up to stop them, but Lotso calls him a girl toy and that Barbie is one in a million. Woody tries to use Lotso’s old toy Daisy, but it doesn’t work. Big Baby throws out Lotso (who misses Daisy), but he grabs Woody, causing everyone to go in the trash with him. Ken catches Barbie before she jumps in the trash can, to separate them for the rest of the film, since she was always separate from the group. Buzz goes to save Jessie from being crushed by throwing her to the crew, and getting squished instead. This causes him to go back to his normal self somehow, and Woody decides to save Lotso, so he can save them, but Lotso refuses to once free, causing them to approach the burning fire. The three aliens save them from burning to death via an industrial claw, and catch a garbage truck to go back to Andy’s. Losto ends up getting stuck to a truck where some other toys are for the rest of the film.

They make it back home, and Woody writes a note, telling Andy to deliver the toys to Bonnie’s house. Andy goes through each toy as he gives it to her, and hesitates to give away Woody, but does so after seeing her face. The two engage in a playing match before Andy says goodbye to the toys, and drives off to college. In the end credits, it is revealed that Barbie and Ken turn around Sunnyside for a more friendly and welcoming place, as Zurg and some others are donated, and the soldiers land in Sunnyside. A letter from ken is delivered to Bonnie’s house through her bag, while at her house, Rex and Trixie bond over their love of computer kids, and the Potato Heads adopt some of them as children. Jessie and Buzz dance to a latin version of You’ve Got a Friend in Me, and that is the end……. for now.

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This was one of the last movies I have ever seen in the theaters (yes, I am a streaming person, especially to avoid paying to see bad movies), and it made me very emotional at the time. I still captured a lot of those feelings, and the trilogy gave me a “Circle of Life” feeling, with the full evolution of the owner-toy relationship coming to a close. All of the characters blended together in a well-neat story, and all contributed to this piece of brilliance.

Characters

Before I talk about most of the characters in this season, I have to post a R.I.P shrine of our dearly departed.

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I never realized so many were missing, because they only mention Bo Peep, Wheezy, and Etch (the end at the very top line) being sold. I will always remember you all. Oh, and expect a post (or a video) of me talking about all of the Toy Story characters sometime within the next few months.

I am making an entire post to talk about the Toy Story characters, because there is WAY TOO MANY to discuss in the characters section, and that has always been the case.

Because Woody already went through the dilemma of living without Andy in the last film, he is more attached to Andy than everyone else is. He only stops that when he learns his friends are in danger. He was a nice contrast to everyone else in the film because he was always seen as the leader and the favourite, isolating him from the others.

Because Woody already went through the dilemma of living without Andy in the last film, he is more attached to Andy than everyone else is. He only stops that when he learns his friends are in danger. He was a nice contrast to everyone else in the film because he was always seen as the leader and the favourite, isolating him from the others.

He did not really learn anything. The more and more films there are, the more Buzz blends in with the others, or has some gimmick. In this film, he is first turned into an auto-bot to be Lotso's *****, and then turned into Spanish mode to be romantic and all of that stuff. Comedic I guess.

He did not really learn anything. The more and more films there are, the more Buzz blends in with the others, or has some gimmick (which seems like is going to continue with the fourth film). In this film, he is first turned into an auto-bot to be Lotso’s *****, and then turned into Spanish mode to be romantic and all of that stuff. Comedic I guess.

Her role in the film mostly involves her being a love interest to Buzz, and worrying about his fate. She does argue with Woody a lot about their fate, and seems to become the new ringleader of the group once he is gone. The romance is nice, and we do get references to her not wanting to go "back in the box".

Her role in the film mostly involves her being a love interest to Buzz, and worrying about his fate. She does argue with Woody a lot about their fate, and seems to become the new ringleader of the group once he is gone. The romance is nice, and we do get references to her not wanting to go “back in the box”.

Lotso is debatably one of Pixar's best villains. We get a detailed backstory about how he became to be like that, and it changed him into the controlling beast he is. He is given chance after chance by the crew to start over, but he just refuses. Seeing how dark he could get was amazing.

Lotso is debatably one of Pixar’s best villains. We get a detailed backstory about how he became to be like that, and it changed him into the controlling beast he is. He is given chance after chance by the crew to start over, but he just refuses. Seeing how dark he could get was amazing.

I do not know if her presence was in the movie to replace Bo Peep, but she was a very enjoyable addition. She still remained her girly "Barbie-ness", but showed that she was able to involve herself in the action without very fear. Very likable, and one of the standouts in the film.

I do not know if her presence in the movie was to replace Bo Peep, but she was a very enjoyable addition. She still remained her girly “Barbie-ness”, but showed that she was able to involve herself in the action without very fear. Very likable, and one of the standouts in the film.

Ken was one of the strongest characters in the film. Sure, he has a lot of feminine qualities, but it still establishes that he is a man who stands up for what he believes in. He is not as bland as the "Ken archetype" has turned a lot of characters in the media. Very refreshing.

Ken was one of the strongest characters in the film. Sure, he has a lot of feminine qualities, but it still establishes that he is a man who stands up for what he believes in. He is not as bland as the “Ken archetype” has turned a lot of characters in the media. Very refreshing.

Animation

The animation is lovely, and you can tell that CGI has improved significantly since the last film in the franchise. The polishing looks a lot better, human characters actually look realistic and properly textured, and you can tell that the scale is a lot bigger in this film. I think everyone else expected this, so none of it is surprising.

Music

The music is relatively the same as the first two films, since Randy Newman returned for the film. I will say that the main song is repeated, and the score does sound familiar. It is very strong, but you are not going to remember them as much as the previous scores.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on June 18th, 2010, it domestically made $415 million, and made $652 million in other territories, with an overall total of $1.067 billion. It became the highest-grossing animated film for 4 years, until Frozen outgrossed it, and it was bumped down to third-highest grossing when Minions outgrossed both. It is currently the 18th highest-grossing film domestically, highest-grossing film of 2010, and the highest-grossing Pixar film.

It was another huge critically-acclaimed film in the Pixar pantheon. They liked the mixture of loss, love, growth, emotion, comedy, and humor, claiming that it is rare for a second sequel to be successful, and continue the integrity of its predecessors. What else is there to say? I am pretty sure you heard it all.

Because it was such a huge success, it led to many accolades. It not only won the Best Animated Feature award in the Oscars, but it was nominated for Best Picture, being the third animated film to accomplish such feat, and the first animated sequel to accomplish it. It won and was nominated for countless other awards.

Reception Today

It’s reception today is that many people consider it to be the best Pixar film, and the best sequel in general. People are thrilled about how it concluded the series (this was before we got the announcement for Toy Story 4), and many people see this as the last good Pixar film. There is a belief that after this film, Pixar went on a slight downward trend regarding its quality, but we will get into this in the future.

Final Score

Story: 8.5/10

Characters: 8.5/10

Animation: 8.5/10

Music: 9/10

= 34.5/40 = 86%

Next time…

Review: November 27th, 2016.

Review: November 27th, 2016.

Ice Age: Collision Course review

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2016’s 8th animated film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is…….. what in the hell happened? I have not watched some of the other sequels ever, or in a long time, but what in the hell happened between the first film and now to receive the film that we got? There is almost nothing that makes sense in the film whatsoever. They try everything to be funny, but nothing worked, and the film often lead me bored.

Production

The concept of the film came from the first film, where the main characters walk over a piece of ice, with a spaceship underneath it. The characters were drawn first by hand, and then they were put together in clay to use as a scope design for the CGI.

Recording was a bit difficult, since most of the actors and actresses live in LA, while the main studio was in New York, so the directors had to consistently fly down to LA.

Story

The film starts with Scrat (Chris Wedge) trying to bury his acorn, but this somehow ends up with him activating some sort of ship, and his ruckus causes the asteroids to fly towards Earth. I cannot with the intolerance and the obscure bullshit in this film. Apparently, he found some way to align the planets as well. I already hate this movie.

We get to the main characters Manny (Ray Romano) playing some sort of hockey with his daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer), who is preparing to get married to her fiance Julian (Adam DeVine), and she ditches the game to spend time with her soon-to-be-husband. His wife Ellie (Queen Latifah) is pleased with Julian giving her flowers (which her husband has not done for a while), and she is planning for their anniversary party. Sid (John Leguzamo) prepares to propose to his recent girlfriend Francine (Melissa Rauch), but she dumps him after the proposal, mad that he did not look like anything in his profile pic. Nice to know there are dating programs in prehistoric times…

Ellie finally unleashes her surprise to Manny, and he forgets it is their anniversary. What a great husband..... anyways, fireworks start to form, and he thinks Sid saved his ass. The young couple decides to tell Manny and Ellie that they will be moving from the group as soon as they are married, which shocks the both of them. The family get into a heated discussion, before realizing that the fireworks are asteroids that are heading their way. Everyone flees.

Ellie finally unleashes her surprise to Manny, and he forgets it is their anniversary. What a great husband….. anyways, fireworks start to form, and he thinks Sid saved his ass. The young couple decides to tell Manny and Ellie that they will be moving from the group as soon as they are married, which shocks the both of them. The family get into a heated discussion, before realizing that the fireworks are asteroids that are heading their way. Everyone flees.

Somewhere in the distance, Buck (Simon Pegg) makes his first appearance in the film when he discovers a stone pillar, and takes it with him. He ends up meeting with the main crew, and tells them how one of the asteroids will take out the mammals, so his plan consists of going to the site where the last asteroid goes, to see what attracts it. I am glad everyone realizes this is a dumb idea, but of course they do it anyways. Of course the young couple is the most sad, because their lives would be over before it starts, and Manny uses this as a chance to keep his daughter in his presence, instead of losing her to Julian.

The asteroid will take 2 days to make an impact, so they decide to go to the last asteroid to solve this issue. We also have dromaeosaurs Gavin (Nick Offerman) and Gertie (Stephanie Beatriz) chasing after Buck, which means they are chasing after our protagonists as well. I have to say that I am sick of these “father ones anything to rid of daughter’s boyfriend” plots, and they hammer it in so much in this film.

Apparently there is some electromagnetic stuff going on, and it attracts the asteroid, so they want to use it to deflect from hitting Earth. May I need to remind everyone that SPACESHIPS WOULD NOT BE IN EXISTENCE IN THE PRE-HISTORIC TIMES? I cannot believe how careless they are with the time frame and settings.

Apparently there is some electromagnetic stuff going on, and it attracts the asteroid, so they want to use it to deflect from hitting Earth. May I need to remind everyone that SPACESHIPS WOULD NOT BE IN EXISTENCE IN THE PRE-HISTORIC TIMES? I cannot believe how careless they are with the time frame and settings.

Ellie tries to make her daughter even more scared about going off on her own, using her brothers Crash (Seann William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck) as tools to scare her into their hands. Unluckily for them, Peaches handles everything that comes her way. Manny plays hockey with Julian, and he hits the young man with the puck, causing him to somehow fall in the ice. How does one correlate with the other? So after he is thawed out, Peaches snaps at her parents, and tells them that she is still leaving with Julian whether they support her or not. I do not know why I do not feel any way about this. Anyways, the dromaesaurses try to steal Buck, but end up taking Sid’s grandmother  Granny (Wanda Sykes).

Everyone realizes that she is gone when they wake up, and Diego (Denis Leary) smells their way to her track, which causes them to run into the last asteroid that hit Earth. They all see her in a place called Geotopia, where all of the animals went to after the previous asteroids hit Earth.

An hour into the film, Sid is given a love interest named Brooke (Jessie J), who is a female version of him, meaning extremely irritating. She introduces them to their leader Shangri Llama (Jessie Tyler Ferguson), who reveals that the crystals in the cave somehow keep them all youthful. Okay then...

An hour into the film, Sid is given a love interest named Brooke (Jessie J), who is a female version of him, meaning extremely irritating. She introduces them to their leader Shangri Llama (Jessie Tyler Ferguson), who reveals that the crystals in the cave somehow keep them all youthful. Okay then… The two fall in love, and their relationship being rushed is fine because it is just their personalities.

There is some sort of realization that the crystals that prevent the other group from aging will prevent the asteroids from hitting earth, and it would by putting them in a volcano to send them into space. Shangri Lmama refuses and rebukes the plan, but everyone knows that stopping the asteroid is more important than everyone staying young. All of the residents from the cave aged after the crystals were displaced. Ellie’s brothers start chanting some bullcrap about hashtags, and they are making DreamWorks look like they are above pop culture tackiness. The dromaesauruses attack Buck, only to decide to help them stop the asteroid. This is somehow used to bond Julian and Manny to push the large crystal in, and everything is stopped as usual. The asteroid does not hit, and everyone remains to live.

The two groups decide to part ways, since the other side is old and stuff……. That is nice. Conveniently, all of them end up turning young and youthful after a piece of the crystal falls into a hot sauna. I forgot to mention that Diego and his wife  Shira (Jennifer Lopez) are planning to be parents, but their issue is that every child ends up being afraid of them…. As you can see, it was barely a focus, which is why I almost forgot to mention them until the very end. Julian and Peaches wed after they get the nervous jitters over with, and everyone lives happily ever after.

I really hope that this is the last Ice Age film. It is sad to see how much integrity was lost between the countless sequels, and the franchise is more than; or should I say less than a shell of its former self. Not much really came from the film, and I was bored throughout the entire thing. Blue Sky could have kept this film.

I really hope that this is the last Ice Age film. It is sad to see how much integrity was lost between the countless sequels, and the franchise is more than; or should I say less than a shell of its former self. Not much really came from the film, and I was bored throughout the entire thing. Blue Sky could have kept this film.

Characters

You know what? Instead of posting some of the pictures of the characters and discussing them bit by bit after a summary of the cast as a whole, but I am NOT going to do that. Call it pettiness, laziness, irritation, whatever you may, but I cannot handle it anymore. Why should I spend time divulging in these characters when the producers, directors, and Blue Sky refused to do so. Pretty much all of the films focus on love. Ellie and Manny have some drama with their anniversary, Peaches is getting married to Julian, Diego and Shira want to have kids, but nothing comes of it, Granny even gets a lover/fling, and Sid gets a girlfriend. There was nothing pleasing about the characters in any sense, and there are way too many, with none of them being utilized in a unique or even a good way.

Animation

What I will say about the animation is that it is very nice. They maintained the cartoonish style they have set in the earlier films of the franchise, and the textures of everything looks nice. Honestly, everything is more of the same, which is nice, but it is not innovative or mind blowing. I will say that I liked the crystals and the color scheme for everything. My expectations regarding the animation was met in this film.

Music

Why were there pop songs played in prehistoric times? I know they LONG left trying to hold some integrity to the setting of their film, and just in general, but POP SONGS? I cannot deal with that. The score is decent enough, but the pop songs really irritated me, though I really should not have expected anything else.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on July 22nd, 2016, it made $64.1 million in North America, and $343 million in other territories, with an international gross of $407.1 million. All of the other films (with the exception of the first one) made more than this film, while this film has the lowest domestic gross out of them all, so maybe the underperformance will end the franchise.

It was negatively panned critically. Many people roasted the film for its lack of creativity, originality, unfunny humor, and claiming that the tired formula of the franchise is making it worse. A lot of people consider this to be the worst film in the franchise.

Final Score

Story: 3.5/10

Characters: 4.5/10

Animation: 7.5/10

Music: 5/10

= 20.5/40 = 51%

Pixar Animation Studios reviews: Up

Pixar Studios 10th film.

Pixar Studios 10th film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is very good. I have only watched this film once before, and I was astounded by it, but rewatching, I did not feel the same magic. I like a lot of aspects about the movie, and I feel like the characters were strong, but there were some stuff that were a bit too loopy and unexplained for my liking. No tone of my favourite Pixar films.

Production

Development of the film started in 2004, when Pete Docter wrote the concept, which was based on escaping life’s problems by flying away with balloons. An old man was decided to be the protagonist because they writers felt like it would result in a lot of humor, not worrying about children not being able to identify because they would see Carl as their grandparent. An initial concept involved two brothers fighting over a throne, and when the ballooned castle fell on Earth, they met a bird who helped them understand one another.

Docter decided to use this film to dedicate his friendships with the deceased Disney veterans Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, while also dedicating it to Joe Granft, who told him to set an emotional bedrock (the first few minutes) because of the wild adventure was to come. In a way, this film was seen as a way for Pixar to handle their grievances for the loss that Disney and their own studio has suffered over the past few years, since one of the main plot points of the film involve grief.

After receiving a video of the Tepui mountains, the main setting was officially to take place in Venezuela. The crew spent three days in various mountains in 2004, drawing various images of the tepui mountains, which was out of their world. They also visited Sacramento zoo. Character designs for Carl and Russell were going to be overtly characterized, though they wanted it to seem somewhat realistic, so they would not look like the humans in the Toy Story franchise.

Story 

The film starts in 1940, where a 9 years old Carl Fredricksen (Jeremy Leart and Ed Asner) is in the movie theaters, watching a documentary of some sorts about the explorer named Charles Mintz (Christopher Plummer). Everyone doubts the explorer about fabricating about a bird he found in Paradise Falls, and he promises to come back with the bird. Carl leaves the movie theaters, and meets a little girl named Ellie (Elizabeth Docter), as they bond abut exploring, an Charles Mintz. We get a montage about their friendship soon blossoming to a marriage, and ho they saved up to go to Paradise Falls, but life gets in the way. They focus on the dream to visit Paradise Falls after she suffers a miscarriage, and is told that she cannot have children. As they become older, they have to slow down, but right as they are about to go on the trip, Ellie gets sick, and dies. We all know it is sad, and I did almost cry when I saw it. Nothing more to say, and I like how it captures the essence of present life, and the trials of a marriage and aging.

It is clear that some years have passed, and he is more miserable than ever, because the government is building a nice condo complex right by where his house is, and they want him to move to a retirement house, so they can blow the house down. Of course, he does not want to go into a retirement home, or leave his house. A construction worker ends up breaking his mailbox, which causes him to swing his cane at the worker’s head, giving him an injury. This is taken to court, where he loses and is told that it is a court order for him to move into the retirement home. A little kid named Russell (Jordan Nagai) rings the doorbell to get his last boy’s scout bade, which is to help out and assist the elderly. Carl sends him off, but he ends up being stuck with him.

The workers of the retirement home shows up at his house to pick him up, but he releases a bunch of helium balloons, so his house could take off. Wait, so he did ALL OF THIS within the timespan of an evening? Or was he working on this for months? How would he be able to compress all of the helium balloons before it was necessary to take off? I am trying not to be nit-picky, but a lot of this is too wacky for me to understand. And how did Russell get stuck at his house? Was he there the entire time, and just did not ring the doorbell? You know what? I am tripping myself out, since the more I think, the more confused I get.

The workers of the retirement home shows up at his house to pick him up, but he releases a bunch of helium balloons, so his house could take off. Wait, so he did ALL OF THIS within the timespan of an evening? Or was he working on this for months? How would he be able to compress all of the helium balloons before it was necessary to take off? I am trying not to be nit-picky, but a lot of this is too wacky for me to understand. And how did Russell get stuck at his house? Was he there the entire time, and just did not ring the doorbell? You know what? I am tripping myself out, since the more I think, the more confused I get.

It was Ellie’s dream to take the house to Paradise Falls, so he took the opportunity to finally make their dream come true, but is angered when he is stuck with Russell. The balloons are used as a way to navigate through the wind circuitry, as he cuts some of them to steer it in a certain direction. How the HELL is Russell able to breathe if they are in the sky? This does not make any sense. They are about to enter a thunderstorm, but he does not hear it since Carl turned off his hearing aid after listening to Russell blab. Of course they end up escaping it, but it forces them to land in a more than abrupt manner.

The two decide to walk the house to the other side of Paradise Falls, since they landed on the wrong side. A bird ends up running and dodging the countless traps meant to capture him, and the dogs that are chasing him down. While Russell goes to the washroom, he sees the footprints, and decides to follow it. The bird is attracted to the chocolate in his hand, so Russell uses it to get the bird to follow him to Carl, so is less than thrilled, and wants the bird gone. They meet a dog named Dug (Bob Peterson), who is looking for a bird for his master, and Carl wants the both of them to leave. We learn that the dogs speaks through a collar, that allows them to speak English, making it easy for the master to understand them. We learn that Russell’s father is extremely annoyed with him, and is always out at work, while Russell calls his mother Phyllis because it is his stepmother instead. It is a nice moment between the two of them, and why Russell is so clingy to Carl.

It turns out that Charles Muntz is the master of the dogs, who is still after the bird. WAIT, HOLD ON, HOLD ON, HOLD ON. If Carl was born in the early 1930s (meaning he is hitting 80 during the present day of the film), and Charles was in his 20s or 30s in the 1930s, this means that.......... Charles is either in his 90s or 100s. It is possible (though rare) for people to live that long, and it is even rarer for someone living in isolation and is an adventurer to live that long. It just seems very convenient to me. Charles invites them to eat with him, and he goes on and on about his obsession with the bird, and we see that he clearly went into madness over the years. He goes on about how everyone called him a fraud, and it caused him to be bitter. When Russell mentions that they saw the bird (which he deems as Kevin), Charles turns on them, and decides to threaten and go after them.

It turns out that Charles Muntz is the master of the dogs, who is still after the bird. WAIT, HOLD ON, HOLD ON, HOLD ON. If Carl was born in the early 1930s (meaning he is hitting 80 during the present day of the film), and Charles was in his 20s or 30s in the 1930s, this means that………. Charles is either in his 90s or 100s. It is possible (though rare) for people to live that long, and it is even rarer for someone living in isolation and is an adventurer to live that long. It just seems very convenient to me.
Charles invites them to eat with him, and he goes on and on about his obsession with the bird, and we see that he clearly went into madness over the years. He goes on about how everyone called him a fraud, and it caused him to be bitter. When Russell mentions that they saw the bird (which he deems as Kevin), Charles turns on them, and decides to threaten and go after them.

They run for their lives, and Dug joins them, since the other dogs see him as a traitor. When they manage to get the bird, Charles lights the house, and Carl goes to dim out the fire, letting the bird get trapped. Of course this causes tension between Carl and Russell, since the child is mad that he broke his promise (though he made it clear that he never wanted Kevin anyways). Russell decides to be a dumbass, and get the bird back himself, while Carl finally is able to look at the adventure book, which Ellie put pictures of their marriage as her adventure, and telling him to find a new one. We get to the climax, and it’s fun to see the old men struggle as they go through the old man pains while they fight with one another. Long story short, the house and Charles end up falling to their deaths.

Once they make it to the floor, Kevin the bird reunites with her children as they say their goodbyes. Dug joins Carl and Russell to America (as well as most of the other dogs), and we meet Russell’s stepmother when he is promoted to a Senior Wilderness Expert. His father is still not there, and we learn that his father is not crap, which is honestly very saddening. The film ends with the three of them eating at the ice cream shop (which is where the house was), and the house ended up landing at the other side of Paradise Falls, which is what he wanted.

I like this film, but not as much as the other films, and not as much as I did the last time I watched it. The leaps out of logic bothered me more than I wanted it to, and I just could not ignore it. I like the dynamic of an older figure and a younger figure bonding that has nothing to do with family, and I like the message of finding a new adventure when the old ones end. The emotion in this film is very strong, and I am assuming that is the most important part. Not one of the best in my eyes, but it is still pretty good and enjoyable.

I like this film, but not as much as the other films, and not as much as I did the last time I watched it. The leaps out of logic bothered me more than I wanted it to, and I just could not ignore it. I like the dynamic of an older figure and a younger figure bonding that has nothing to do with family, and I like the message of finding a new adventure when the old ones end. The emotion in this film is very strong, and I am assuming that is the most important part. Not one of the best in my eyes, but it is still pretty good and enjoyable.

Characters

I actually quite like the characters, and it is refreshing that there is not too many. Pixar suffers at times for introducing way too many characters in their films, so it was nice to see this smaller cast, making it easier to focus.

He is proof that elders can be strong main characters in film, and while still very flawed, there is a softer side to him. Seeing him mourn, and then get to become somewhat of a father with his relationship with Russell. Very neat.

He is proof that elders can be strong main characters in film, and while still very flawed, there is a softer side to him. Seeing him mourn, and then get to become somewhat of a father with his relationship with Russell. Very neat.

He is an adventurer who spent his entire lifestyle obsessing over capturing a creature to regain his reputation (even after no one knows who he is anymore). He is an alright antagonist and villain. Not the most memorable overall. Eh.

He is an adventurer who spent his entire lifestyle obsessing over capturing a creature to regain his reputation (even after no one knows who he is anymore). He is an alright antagonist and villain. Not the most memorable overall. Eh.

He could be borderline annoying, and follow the typical trend of children in animation; either very irritating to very cute. When you think about it, he is a really sad character, with the lack of a father, and no one really wanting to spend time with him.

He could be borderline annoying, and follow the typical trend of children in animation; either very irritating to very cute. When you think about it, he is a really sad character, with the lack of a father, and no one really wanting to spend time with him.

Dug was a dog that belonged to Charles, but I guess he was more happy-go-lucky than the others, and was seen as a joke. He is very funny, and I enjoyed him well enough.

Dug was a dog that belonged to Charles, but I guess he was more happy-go-lucky than the others, and was seen as a joke. He is very funny, and I enjoyed him well enough.

Animation

The humans were a lot more cartoony than they were in The Incredibles even, and while I do not like the overly cartoony styles for humans, it seems to have worked for the film. I was more impressed with the background designs, and the textures of the animal characters. Color was very prominent in the film, since there were a lot of varied settings, and more color would appear when there was an optimistic opportunity arising, which I found very neat.

Music

The music was composed by Michael Giacchino, and he was told to put a lot of emphasis in the emotion of the music, which works out really well. A lot of the characters have their own theme music, which is slowly altered as the film goes on. It is a very neat twist, and while I could not name a specific theme of the score, the music was still very strong. Apparently this is the first score to ever win an award by the Oscars.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on May 29th, 2009, it made $293,004,164 domestically, and $442,094,918 in other territories, with a worldwide total of $735,099,082. It is the 18th highest-grossing animated film, 6th highest-grossing Pixar film, and the 6th highest-grossing film of 2009.

It was yet again another Pixar film that was critically acclaimed, with people liking the wit and depth in the film, ranging from a variety of tones that were in the film. Most people talked about the first 10 minutes of course, and many found it to be the funniest Pixar film. A lot of Asian-American networks praised the portrayal of Russell, and many people liked the choice to make an elder the main protagonist.

Pixar had another good year in the accolades, with Up pretty much stealing all of the awards, yet again. The film received such critical praise that it was the second film to be nominated for Best Picture after almost two decades (the first being Beauty and the Beast), though some believe that it was included because the nominee slot was increased from that year onwards. I believe it won all the Best Animated Film awards through the season as well.

Reception Today

It’s reception today has not really changed. I believe there is still a strong enough presence in the  theme parks, though it is one of the films that will most likely not get a sequel, so its reputation might suffer a bit just for not being one of the films to have a franchise. It is held in very high regards today, and is debatably seen as the best Pixar film.

Final Score

Story: 7/10

Characters: 8/10

Animation: 8.5/10

Music: 8/10

= 31.5/40 = 79%

Next time…

Review: November 20th, 2016

Review: November 20th, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings review

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2016’s 10th animated film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching this film is that it is a shame that people will never give films like this a chance, especially compared to so many of these low-quality CGI films that are being put out, but are more commercialized. You get very involved and invested in the story, and there is a huge emphasis on storytelling as a part of the plot, since they always remind us that one story ends, and another one begins.

Production

The only information I could find about the production of this film is that it was revealed to the public on December 2014, and that the film is Laika’s CEO named Travis Knight’s directional debut.

Story

The film starts with a woman named Sariatu (Charlize Theron) is surfing the water with her newborn Kubo (Art Parkinson), but ends up injuring her eye and coasts along the shore. Years later, the boy creates origami, and aids after his ill mother in a cave of a mountain.  He goes into the village to tell stories, with the illusion that his origami pieces are coming to life. We see some very intriguing, unique, and thrilling animation sequences. The bell to signal him home rings before his story ends, and everyone is begging him to complete the story. He returns to his mother sitting in the same spot, and she actually DOES speak.

She tells him a story that involves his father, and he asks her how his father was really like. Sariatu tells him that he is a clone of his father, and to never forget how much his father love shim. We learn that her father and sisters killed his father, and they took Kubo’s one eye. He is told to never go into the night sky, or else his aunts and grandfathers will take him away and steal his other eye.

So now we know that the inciting incident is going to involve. I will admit that it is nice to see how Ancient Japan was like, and they do distinguish itself extremely well from other Asian communities.

So now we know that the inciting incident is going to involve.
I will admit that it is nice to see how Ancient Japan was like, and they do distinguish itself extremely well from other Asian communities.

He goes into the village the next day, and Kameyo  (Brenda Vaccaro) tells him about the festival, and how it is such a shame that he never stays after sunset. Apparently the festival involves creating a lamp to speak to someone who has departed. Sariatu freaks out after realizing her son is not home, and it is sunset, and it is at this moment, that her aunts approach him to snatch his other eye. He runs into the village, and the spirits roam through most of them. Sariatu is forced to leave her house to stop her sisters, but she sends her son off with her magic, before her sisters end up killing her.

He wakes up to see Monkey (Charlize Thereon) hovering over him, and she tells him that his mother used the last of her magic to bring her alive to guide him. Kubo is told that his aunts (Roooney Mara) never sleep, and if they do not move fast, they will kill her and take his other eye, but neither of them know where this so-called-armour is. He starts to have similar dreams like his mother, which involves origami pieces coming to life, but with him, his origami piece Hanzo comes to life.

They somehow end up with this large creature named Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), who has a connection with Hanzo. Kubo decides to tell him that Hanzo is his father, so Beetle joins them in the mission. Monkey is still very pessimistic about all of this.

They somehow end up with this large creature named Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), who has a connection with Hanzo. Kubo decides to tell him that Hanzo is his father, so Beetle joins them in the mission. Monkey is still very pessimistic about all of this. Since he has the same sign on the red thing he is holding, that is on Kubo’s back, this causes our protagonist to instantly trust him.

In a cave called the “Hall of Bones”, that is where they find his father’s sword, and Beetle takes it out without even questioning if it is a trap. The monster is awoken and takes Monkey and Beetle, but Kubo manages to take a sword out of the monster’s head; disabling it. Monkey and Beetle have an “adult conversation” about what to do about how to get through the lake, and……… I am starting to lose interest. I do not know if it involves the story cliche of the two assistants arguing about the safety of the main character. While they were talking, he managed to somehow create a boat by playing a guitar.

After a bonding session, they decide to go in the lake of the Garden of Eyes to find some sort of breastplate while a storm takes place. His aunts compare Kubo to his father, and tell one another that they cannot let him find the rest of the armour, so they split apart. Thinking that Beetle is in danger, and because protagonists need to save every damn body in films, he jumps in the lake, and finds the breastplate. Monkey gets into a sword fight with one of the sisters, and we learn that she is mad that they lost their sister 11 years ago for falling in love with a man, and betraying their father.

Under the sea, Kubo receives a message that the monkey is a reincarnation of his mother, which she admits as she is fighting her sister, who claimed that love made her weak.

Under the sea, Kubo receives a message that the monkey is a reincarnation of his mother, which she admits as she is fighting her sister, who claimed that love made her weak. This really is not that shocking, especially since you can tell that they are voiced by the same person. She does try to change her voice between the two characters, but it’s still noticeable. They demand that she finally tells the story about her history, and she does. The three sisters were told by their father to go to the earth to kill Honzo, and retrieve the armour, but she reached there first. He whispered to her that “she was his quest”, and it caused them to fall in love with one another, and she spared his life. Her father found out, and decided to kill them, but she and Kubo escaped.  Kubo questions why his grandfather hates him, and it involves something about being cold, perfect, and lying about humanity.

I will say this; when the film divulges in history and culture, it really stands out, but when it goes into predictable storytelling and cliches, it does get me bored at times. Kubo receives a dream about knowing where the helmet is, so they all get up to fetch it. They make it to the palace, but one of the sisters capture them, and reveals that Beetle is in fact Honzo, and the family were around one another the entire time. A battle takes place, causing both the parents and the sister to be killed.

Kubo retrieves the helmet after realizing it is by the village, and he meets his grandfather (Ralph Fiennes), who wants his remaining eye so the kid can rejoin his family and be immortal. Kubo of course refuses, and the two go to battle. Because I simply hate recapping climax events, I will just, say that Kubo uses his mother’s hair, father’s strong, and his own hair for guitar strings, which shows that love conquers all. His grandfather becomes mortal, and seems to not have any memories, so everyone uses this as an opportunity for forgiveness, giving him a false identity. He ends up praying to his parents, and he has a reunion with tier spirits.

I have to say that I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I thought I would. There is such a grand scope throughout the film, and I like how it never backs away from it. There were some storytelling elements that did bother me, and some of the voice acting stood out way too much, but the story saves everything. One of the better films of the years. I am so glad there have not been too many awful films this year.

I have to say that I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I thought I would. There is such a grand scope throughout the film, and I like how it never backs away from it. There were some storytelling elements that did bother me, and some of the voice acting stood out way too much, but the story saves everything. One of the better films of the years. I am so glad there have not been too many awful films this year.

Characters

The characters are……. not the best, but it could have been a lot worse. More focus was put into the story and the message of heart and being a story.

Kubo is a pretty strong main character. He was a storyteller in the beginning, so it was interesting to see him actually have to narrate his own story. He has his emotional moments, insecurities, and wants to know more about his family history. He is not perfect, and keeps you interested.

Kubo is a pretty strong main character. He was a storyteller in the beginning, so it was interesting to see him actually have to narrate his own story. He has his emotional moments, insecurities, and wants to know more about his family history. He is not perfect, and keeps you interested.

Monkey comes off as extremely serious, but we do learn that she is his mother reincarnated, and she does open up more. Great character, and ties to one of the stronger elements in the film.

Monkey comes off as extremely serious, but we do learn that she is his mother reincarnated, and she does open up more. Great character, and ties to one of the stronger elements in the film.

First, I want to say that Matthew's performance threw me out of the film. I knew it was him, and since his character mostly consists of comedic jokes, I was not much of a plan. We learn that he is Kubo's father, but I still don't really feel anything.

First, I want to say that Matthew’s performance threw me out of the film. I knew it was him, and since his character mostly consists of comedic jokes, I was not much of a plan. We learn that he is Kubo’s father, but I still don’t really feel anything.

As two characters, there is nothing to these sisters. We do learn that they looked up to Sariatu, and feel betrayed. Their lack of overreaction, and dark designs make them even more intruiging.

As two characters, there is nothing to these sisters. We do learn that they looked up to Sariatu, and feel betrayed. Their lack of overreaction, and dark designs make them even more intruiging.

Animation

Honestly, it seems like it is not even a stop motion film; I have never seen such beautiful stop motion in my entire life. It was even more intruiging because they infiltrated a lot of japanese art in the animation, which makes the stop motion get its own look. I was very stunned with how quick the motion was, and how detailed things got, but it is not in the same way that many other stop motion films are detailed. There is pretty much nothing wrong with the animation, though it may be too detailed for some people.

Music

The music has some japanese elements, and other traditional Hollywood themes, so there is a decent enough mix. There are no songs, and the score is not very memorable, but it does the job right enough I guess.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on August 19th, 2016, it grossed $47.6 million domestically, and $19.9 million in other territories, with a worldwide gross of $67.5 million. It did beat its $60 million budget, but the overall gross is nowhere close to being impressive, but it is the normal for stop-motion features. It has made the least out of the Laika canon.

Critically, it was very well-received, with people liking the melancholy story, and the animation, claiming that it is a strong family film and another great Laika addition.

Final Score

Story: 8/10

Characters: 7/10

Animation: 10/10

Music: 7.5/10

= 32.5/40 = 81%

Sausage Party review

2016's 8th animated film.

2016’s 9th animated film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion after watching this is…….. WOW, I was not expecting this film to be so graphic and…… raunchy. Sure, I laughed a few times, and they do establish that it is in an alternate world, but the stuff in this film made me uncomfortable more than it made me comfortable. The film is not bad by any sense, but it is for sure not for kids, and I would debate that it is not for a lot of adults either. Not my type of film.

Production

Seth Rogen has been working on the production of the film for 8 years, but no one wanted to pick it up because they did not like the premise, and was scared of the rating the film would have received. It officially got picked up in 2010, and things officially took off. Many people that were involved would talk about how they are working on an R-rated animated film, but not a lot of people believed them. It was officially announced in 2013, which is a partnership from Sony, Annapurna Pictures, and Point Grey Pictures.

Right when I thought there would be nothing to talk about in regards to its production, there is a lot of controversy regarding it. While this film was being made, the animators would be forced to stay overtime, without being paid for it at all. This caused about half of the animating team to quit mid-production, and they were never credited for the work in their film. Apparently, the only reason why we know about this is that a lot of the animators commented on this, and put everyone out there in the comments of a Cartoon Brewl article. With the film being made in Vancouver, and there not being an animation unit over there, it means that there is no union, and people can rip off their animators with when and how much they are getting paid.

Story

The film starts in a shop called Shopwells, and the food are living and anthropomorphic, as they talk to one another, and act like humans. Apparently none of the humans notice that their food has eyes, mouths, eyebrows, etc. The food sing whenever the store opens, as they believe that humans purchase them, so they can live in some sort of promise/heaven-like land. The hotdogs and buns are singing about how they want to fuck (they literally say this in the film) and submerge into one another, though they make fun of the little one named Berry (Michael Cera) for having more girth than length. Brenda (Kristen Wiig) makes fun of Berry, while the other hotdogs tell her boyfriend Frank (Seth Rogen) that she is a cunt. They escape their packages, so they can “rub their tips” against one another…. I fucking can’t. It is 10 minutes already, and all that I have heard is poorly-implied sex.

A few minutes before the store is closed, a woman picks up the hotdog and bun packages, with everyone in the cart celebrating. A douche (Nick Kroll) is put in the cart, as well as a honey mustard can who was returned back to the store (Danny McBride) is put into the cart, and he tries to warn everyone. Brenda is just a rude prick who is insulting everyone left and right.

The honey mustard can ends up committing suicide after Frank fails to save him (with Brenda saving Frank). Some food end up out of the cart, and the douche ends up being broken. The couple, a lavash named Kareem (Davind Krumholtz), and a bagel named Sammy (Edward Norton) decide to sneak into another package to be sold off in the morning, which causes the long journey.

The honey mustard can ends up committing suicide after Frank fails to save him (with Brenda saving Frank). Some food end up out of the cart, and the douche ends up being broken. The couple, a lavash named Kareem (Davind Krumholtz), and a bagel named Sammy (Edward Norton) decide to sneak into another package to be sold off in the morning, which causes the long journey.

The bagel represents a person who believes in Judaism, and the lavash represents a person who believes in Islam. Frank tells them that they should go through the liquor aisle, where all of the cans and bottles were free so they can party. Still bewildered and doubtful about the information Honey Mustard told him about their beliefs about the human (a nudge about how religion may or may not be what people believe it to be), he goes to the Firewater (Bill Hader), who represents a native person because they were the first there; and the firewater does not have an expiration date. He is told that there is a cookbook at the end of the store, which will tell him the truth about what humans do with food.

Douche is taken to the back room, but repairs himself by drinking some of the grape juice leftover. He decides to go after Frank, and to pretty much rape Brenda because he is horny, and was robed of being used by the woman who would have purchased him. After the other three ran away from Douche, they go in a bar meet a taco named Teresa (Salma Hayek), who is struggling with her sexuality. She hides them in a closer, before they bail, causing Douche to look after them even more.

The other food in the cart is brought back to the woman's home, and are thrilled that they are at some sort of a heaven. They quickly learn that it is the opposite in an extremely graphic scene of the food being cooked and killed in countless ways. Barry is the only one who is able to escape, and ends up at a drug dealer (James Franco)'s house. What I will say is that it is pretty clever how they used this as a euphemism for how religion puts pressure on sexuality. Honestly, a lot of the jokes are a bit too much, and they hammer in the message a bit too much.

The other food in the cart is brought back to the woman’s home, and are thrilled that they are at some sort of a heaven. They quickly learn that it is the opposite in an extremely graphic scene of the food being cooked and killed in countless ways. Barry is the only one who is able to escape, and ends up at a drug dealer (James Franco)’s house. What I will say is that it is pretty clever how they used this as a euphemism for how religion puts pressure on sexuality. Honestly, a lot of the jokes are a bit too much, and they hammer in the message a bit too much.

Brenda and Frank reunite, where he tells her about what he learned, but she chooses to remain optimistic, and this causes an argument between the two. This fight becomes big enough to the point where Brenda breaks up with him, though the scene gets ruined with Brenda telling him of the things she will stuff in her to bother him. Everyone abandons him, and we get a sad song of the lovelorn/broken couple, and I do not feel bad because there is really no reason for us to invest in their relationship outside of the fact that we were told to. All we know is that Frank is kind of generic, and Brenda is a…… wiotch.

After taking some bath salts for drugs, the guy wakes up to hear the food talking to him, thinking that he is hallucinating. He goes crazy, and is instructed by Sam to take him back to the grocery store, which he does after sleeping off his high. Brenda enters another package, where the girls curse her off for squishing one of the buns, while the other three return to their designated aisles. Oh, apparently the hotdogs are sausages, though they are animated to look like hotdogs. Sausages are a bit thicker than hotdogs, and the sausages are thin like hotdogs in this film. I realize how nasty this sounds, even when I am not trying to make it sound as such. Damn.

Frank gets on the camera recorder right before the store opens, and shows them the cookbook. All of the food freaks out about the truth, but then they convince themselves that it is false, and that Frank is full of shit. This is like some people believing in religion, so there can be some sort of purpose. I am a bit uncomfortable with the blatant anti-religious message. I have watched and enjoyed films that question certain aspects about religion, but this film makes it seem like religion is horrible in general, and it is why we are not allowed to free ourselves sexually.

Frank gets on the camera recorder right before the store opens, and shows them the cookbook. All of the food freaks out about the truth, but then they convince themselves that it is false, and that Frank is full of shit. This is like some people believing in religion, so there can be some sort of purpose. I am a bit uncomfortable with the blatant anti-religious message. I have watched and enjoyed films that question certain aspects about religion, but this film makes it seem like religion is horrible in general, and it is why we are not allowed to free ourselves sexually.

The store opens, and Brenda’s package is taken, so Frank tries to follow it. Nothing works until Barry and the food from the druggie’s house show up at the grocery store, and with bath salts as well. Apparently they escaped because the human ended up dying and amputated, and they all decide to lace toothpicks with bath salts to shoot the customers with. They end up defeating the humans in an overly graphic and disturbing climax (Douche inserts/impales himself into the store owner (Paul Rudd)’s anus, and all of the food end up killing him). After their celebration, the food objects engage…….. in….. an….. orgy. And… they……. show……. the…. graphic….. parts……. of….. intercourse. WHAT IN THE HELL? It is just way too much, and way too tasteless. WHO wants to watch an orgy with anthropomorphic objects? WHO wants to watch an orgy anyways?

After the orgy, they are told by Firewater that they are not real, and are animated cartoons who are created by and voiced by celebrities; breaking the fourth wall. The film ends with the main characters going to a teleporter to meet their voice actors…… I do not know if this is a leeway to a sequel (I hope not), but….. I am glad this thing is just over.

I will say that this film is very clever with the messages they are tackling. Religion, sexuality, race, so on and so forth. I just think that the characters need a bit more character, and I wish the characters were more than blatant stereotypes.

I will say that this film is very clever with the messages they are tackling. Religion, sexuality, race, so on and so forth. I just think that the characters need a bit more character, and I wish the characters were more than blatant stereotypes. It was just way too vulgar, and the need to add comedic value in everything was just a bit too much. The story is not bad, but I think the combination of everything in the film took away from the message a bit.

Characters

While there is a lot of depth and detail in the story, there is almost none of that in the characters. Most of them are racial stereotypes, and are one-dimensional. While the main characters are not racial archetypes, they were not deep characters at all.

Frank is the typical hero who is doubtful and is different. He is nice, and supportive, but there was nothing that really interested me about him.

Frank is the typical hero who is doubtful and is different. He is nice, and supportive, but there was nothing that really interested me about him.

Brenda was unnecessarily bitchy, and she wanted to be oblivious and believe with her feelings. Wasn't very impressed with her either.

Brenda was unnecessarily bitchy, and she wanted to be oblivious and believe with her feelings. Wasn’t very impressed with her either.

Barry was picked on by everyone for being "disabled", but then proved he was worthy.

Barry was picked on by everyone for being “disabled”, but then proved he was worthy.

He was a douche (in more ways than one), and his horniness was the motivation of the film. After he is satisfied, he is just forgotten about.

He was a douche (in more ways than one), and his horniness was the motivation of the film. After he is satisfied, he is just forgotten about.

She is struggling with her sexuality, and temptation to give into her. I do not like that she kind of assaulted Brenda in the orgy by.... ugh, don't want to talk about this anymore.

She is struggling with her sexuality, and temptation to give into her. I do not like that she kind of assaulted Brenda in the orgy by…. ugh, don’t want to talk about this anymore. I am done.

Animation

The animation is actually kind of good. The textures are well-realized, and they do a lot with the setting of a grocery store. I HATE how humanized and anthropomorphic some of the designs were to establish the body of a human, and the animation is also used to capture a lot of racial and sexist stereotypes.

Music

I barely noticed the music to be honest. When there was something sexual, they played music to get to the groove, and when a conflict or an adventure arises, the generic adventure or conflict music was played. Nothing to mention here.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on August 12th, 2016, it has made (as of October 12th) $97.5 million domestically, and $31.6 million in other territories, with a total worldwide amount of $129.1 million. Obviously, it is not much money, but with the R-rating, I think it was expected, and some probably expected it to perform a lot worse.

It seems to be receiving positive reception, despite it being crude and somewhat low-brow. They cited that there is some wittiness and good storytelling behind a lot of the……. how do I put it nicely…… Bullshit.

Final Score

Story: 8/10

Characters: 4/10

Animation: 7/10

Music: 6/10

= 25/40 = 63%

Pixar Animation Studios reviews: WALL-E

Pixar Studios 9th film.

Pixar Studios 9th film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that I really enjoyed the movie, and it made me realize what I miss in animation; risk. Who would have thought a film about two robots in a trashed earth, and is pretty much a silent movie would do well or be interesting? When I was 11 years old, I didn’t, so I did not bother watch it in theaters. Stanton and Docter put their foot into this film, and touched a real issue that was a worry at the time. Environmental movies have a very thin spectrum, as it could be horrible, or brilliant, so you always have to tread lightly when touching that topic. Brilliant filmmaking.

Production

I am going to try and not be overwhelmed by all of the information regarding the production of this film. The prospects of this film was conceived in the infamous 1994 brunch, where A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc.,  and Finding Nemo were also conceived. The film was called Trash Planet, and work was being done with it in 1995, before both Docter and Stanton stopped; the former working on Monsters, and the latter working on Nemo instead. Andrew Stanton started writing for this film after Nemo was in post production in 2002, and wanted to incorporate a love story, since it is one of the strongest tools to get out of loneliness. After a 20 minute story reel shown in late 2003, the film was officially put on production, though Jobs demanded the name to be changed, which is how we got WALL-E. The reason why it took so long for the film to get off the ground is because they were not confident in themselves to make a film with robots. Maybe they felt like technology was not up to par in the late 1990s, since the two types of robots involve humans with metal skins, and machines with function.

The film was the most difficult production-wise in regards to the animation, especially compared to Monsters, Inc. Lighting was one of the aspects that they wanted to get down, as they wanted a different lighting theme for each scene. The first act was to have romantic lighting, the second to have cold and sterile animation, while the third act had a mix. They really wanted to capture the physics of air and lighting in this film, since they wanted to evoke the science fiction theme really well. Inserting live action was a huge stepping stone for Pixar, since they wanted to make it more realistic, and it was something that they never did before. Another reason for this involves the fact that Stanton was planning to make John Carter after this film.

EVE and WALL-E were supposed to contrast, with her consisting of high-tech, and shaped like an egg, while he is shaped like a box, and he was made from outdated technology. Basic theme of old vs new. Stanton reunited with Thomas Newman from Nemo for the music in this film, since they won the Annie award for Best Music for Nemo. Ben Burt was recruited to be a sound designer for the robots in 2005, who claimed earlier that he would not work of robot films anymore, but could not turn down this opportunity. He made a career high for his film, with 2500 sounds.

Story 

The film starts with us being told that it is 2805, and humans have abandoned Earth to live in space via Generation Ships, due to the Earth being covered with too much garbage to live on. Robots called Waste Allication Load Lifter – Earth-class (Ben Burt)’s, whose purpose was to clean the earth. It proved to be too challenging, causing all of them but one to die. The one remaining becomes extremely lonely, and depends on sappy 1950s films that could still play for entertainment. I do not know why people complain about what happens in the latter half of the film, when it was blatantly obvious what the plot would be within the first 5 minutes.

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A ship soon arrives from the Axiom in space to drop off a machine called Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator (Elissa Knight), who destroys almost anything that gets in her way/is not useful, and is to scan the entire planet. WALL-E soon becomes infatuated with her, and when she asks him for his purpose, he slows her that it is to dispose of garbage. I would like to add that it was risky to make this film a silent film for the most part. Animated companies and audiences are always worried about sticking to a status quo, and never stepping outside of the box to ensure a successful film. This film proves that kids are not as stupid, vapid, or as shallow as people want to believe, since if they can handle a silent film like this, and still be entertained, it only proves that animation should step outside the box with their storytelling. Some of the excuses we get for the crap films that have become formula is more than frustrating, and this film just brought something out of me that has been bothering me about animated media nowadays.

EVE and WALL-E get well acquainted with one another, but some sort of storm takes place, which causes him to take her back to his trailer. They look at some of his findings, which leads to some comedic moments from the both of them. He shows her the plant that he found, which causes her to go into sleep mode after inserting the plant. He freaks out, and tries anything to cause her to wake up again, but nothing works. He does anything to protect her from the weather, taking her out on a romantic date, and even playing an old 80’s game with her; it is really cute.

The ship finally comes to pick up EVE, and WALL-E rushes to the ship to cling on, before it takes off from Earth. Regarding the tone of the movie, it completely changes after this point, which is kind of controversial to many people, since some thinks it gets too preachy, and wishes the entire thing took place on Earth. My opinion is; COME ON. What did you all seriously expect? WALL-E makes it to the Axion world that humans are living in, and the humans are barely able to function. Th humans gained so much weight to the point that they can barely move any point of their body, use and rely on technology to talk to people and to travel, and seem to eat most of the time.

WALL-E continues to follow EVE, while we learn more and more about the space world. The lunches are drank through a drink, a button changes their clothes, and once one of the person's machine is disabled, the take note of the world around them. It's very sad.

WALL-E continues to follow EVE, while we learn more and more about the space world. The lunches are drank through a drink, a button changes their clothes, and once one of the person’s machine is disabled, the take note of the world around them. It’s very sad.

WALL-E ends up in the captain McRea (Jeff Garlin)’s room, and we see that they went up to space in 2105, and from the 2200s, the captains started to gain more and more weight over the next 700 years. WALL-E ends up back in the operating room, as the captain does nothing to wake himself up and to prepare himself. Apparently, it is the 700th anniversary, and he acts like it is a good thing that the former captains would be proud of them doing the same thing now. He is shocked that an EVE probe came back positive, and a visual message pops up, explaining what they need to do to get back to earth. When they check EVE, the plant is not in her, so they see it as a dysfunction and a false alarm. They are taken to the repair ward, and after he causes the room to dysfunction, all of the machines rag-tag WALL-E, and the both of them are seen as rogue robots. This means that everyone on the ship will be after them.

One of the cleaning machines put the plant that was in EVE in the escape pod before leaving, and WALL-E goes in it to retrieve it. The escape pod is activated with him and the plant in it, though it blows up. He gives her the plant, and she is overly excited, resulting in a hug, and their version of a kiss.

While WALL-E and EVE are flying in space, the humans that have their machines destroyed learn more and more about human interactions. This includes touch, space, stars, swimming, so on. The Captain is also learning more and more about life on Earth. It is sad but amazing to see the humans reacquainted with basic human necessities. When EVE retrieves the plant to his posession, and sees what Earth currently looks like, he gets a bit scared. The security camera attached to her shows her what she missed when she was in sleep mode, and how he provided for her. Pretty much, she is falling in love with him.

While WALL-E and EVE are flying in space, the humans that have their machines destroyed learn more and more about human interactions. This includes touch, space, stars, swimming, so on. The Captain is also learning more and more about life on Earth. It is sad but amazing to see the humans reacquainted with basic human necessities.
When EVE retrieves the plant to his possession, and sees what Earth currently looks like, he gets a bit scared. The security camera attached to her shows her what she missed when she was in sleep mode, and how he provided for her. Pretty much, she is falling in love with him.

McCrea wants to go back to Earth, but AUTO is retaliating, and shows him the message, which was delivered in 2100, telling them that it is too toxic to live on Earth, and to stay in space. The AUTO machine tries to shut everything down, tasers WALL-E after retrieving the plant, and EVE is shut down long enough for both of them to be put in the trash. They retrieve the plant to McCrea again, and there’s a climactic battle, which involves the humans being detached from the machines, WALL-E getting crushed, and McCrea having to learn how to walk to disable AUTO. Everyone gives the plant to EVE to put it into Holo-Detector, which signals the ship to go back to Earth. Wall-E is soon released from the Holo-Detector.

As everyone returns to Earth, EVE rushes to his trailer to repair WALL-E, which of course works. Because this has him reset, he does not instantly remember her, and continues with his routine of dumping garbage. Pulling a trick from Disney, a kiss fixes everything, and he regains his memory and feelings for her. The humans learn how to walk, and how to farm, while all of the machines do what they can to help repair Earth.

The last time I watched the film was around the time the film was released, so it has been almost a decade. I do not get the complaints about the second half of the film, as I do feel like it was not as preachy as many other environmental films. It would be nice to see more films utilize silence in their films, but movies today are all about gimmicks nowadays. I thoroughly enjoy the movie, and I am glad that they did not decide to make a sequel to this...... but I should hold my tongue about that for another decade. Pixar manages to mix human emotions with non humans, without anthropomorphizing the world and characters to the point that realism is lost. I am SO not used to giving so many consecutive positive reviews in my life.

The last time I watched the film was around the time the film was released, so it has been almost a decade. I do not get the complaints about the second half of the film, as I do feel like it was not as preachy as many other environmental films. It would be nice to see more films utilize silence in their films, but movies today are all about gimmicks nowadays. I thoroughly enjoy the movie, and I am glad that they did not decide to make a sequel to this…… but I should hold my tongue about that for another decade. Pixar manages to mix human emotions with non humans, without anthropomorphizing the world and characters to the point that realism is lost. I am SO not used to giving so many consecutive positive reviews in my life.

Characters

The characters are not that deep in this film because of the lack of dialogue, but from what we have seen, there is a lot from the main two characters. All of the humans are decent people, but just lost their way in sloth and gluttony. Nothing else to really say about the humans.

WALL-E is a robot who grows a personality, which consists of being a hopeless romantic, curious, and committed to whatever he sets himself to. Watching him make expressions was brilliant because despite being a robot, there was a wide range of emotion and expression coming from him. You know what he is thinking and what he is trying to say.

WALL-E is a robot who grows a personality, which consists of being a hopeless romantic, curious, and committed to whatever he sets himself to. Watching him make expressions was brilliant because despite being a robot, there was a wide range of emotion and expression coming from him. You know what he is thinking and what he is trying to say.

EVE is overtly aggressive, and determined, but as the film goes on, she becomes a lot warmer, and shows that she has a lot of heart. It was funny seeing her destroy anything that came in her path. Seeing the two maneuver through the film with their up and down relationship was amazing, and she was also another character who emoted well.

EVE is overtly aggressive, and determined, but as the film goes on, she becomes a lot warmer, and shows that she has a lot of heart. It was funny seeing her destroy anything that came in her path. Seeing the two maneuver through the film with their up and down relationship was amazing, and she was also another character who emoted well.

Animation

I definitely believe that this film was (and is still) the hardest film to animate for Pixar, since there are so many details and different types of solids and air that are infiltrated in the film. Garbage and all of the little details in that, the soil, and when we get to space, the details take a different turn because of all the technology that the humans use to depend on their daily lives. The visuals rely on a lot of contrasting colors once we get in the second half, and blending colors in the first half. Either way, this film needed to be animated, and it did a bang up job.

Music

The choice for the music is pretty interesting. I heard that they wanted the entire score to be made by an orchestra, and there is a mix of the older, classical theme, and a lot of tech themes are integrated as well. Maybe the 50s music was supposed to touch on the more innocent, lively times of humanity, so it was used as a contrast to the current state of earth in the film. The tech scores become more prevalent when the plot goes into space, so it is self explanatory. It does the job really well, and it had to, especially since the film was mostly a silent film, so another sense of emotion needed to be added to make that connection.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on June 27th, 2008, it made $223,808,164 domestically, and grossed $309,473,269 in other territories, with an international gross of $533,281,433. It is the ninth highest-grossing film of 2008.

Shockingly not, this film received critical praise from audience and critics alike. Many were impressed that the film could keep their attention during the non-speaking first half of the film, the environmental message, and its strong emotional appeal to a large audience. Some liked the first half more than the heavy second half of the film. While some might have found the message revolving around human evolution preachy, many enjoyed it, since it was around the time where people were getting really concerned about the environment. There have also been some critiques about the film discriminating against overweight people.

Regarding the accolades, it was once again nominated and won countless awards, beating out most of its contemporaries. The streak of being the Annies and Oscar’s Best Animated Film continued with this film, but there was some controversy. The studio was really hoping that it would be the second animated film after Beauty and the Beast to be nominated for Best Picture, and a lot of people were angered when it was not nominated for that category. We will talk a lot more about the Best Picture award with the next two reviews.

Reception Today

Its reception today is that it is still seen as one of Pixar’s best, and one of the best animated films overall. This film does not scream sequel, so it will probably be a bit forgotten in that sense. Many see it as one of the best films (not just animated) in the 2000s, so it is for sure a classic.

Final Score

Story: 8.5/10

Characters: 8/10

Animation: 10/10

Music: 9/10

= 35.5/40 = 89%

Next time…

Review: Novermber 13th, 2016

Review: Novermber 13th, 2016

Ethnicity in Disney

With the release of Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios is creating a film with the main characters being of Polynesian descent. This caused me to start thinking about minority portrayals from the company in their lengthy canon. Disney has gotten a lot of heat over racism accusations, and while they have definitely not made it easy on themselves, I do not think they are racist in any sense. If anything, they are ignorant and kind of insensitive when it comes to the portrayal of these ethnic groups. I will go look at the films that consists of ethnic groups, and in this, I will not be looking at animals (another post will come from that), so Dumbo and The Jungle Book (at least when it comes to the monkeys) will not be included.

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The first recollection where I recall there being a minority group being portrayed in a WDAS film is Peter Pan, and the infamous “What Makes the Red Man Red” song, with the crew being at the native tribe. What can I say about this……………….why are they so obnoxiously red? I get it that it kind of goes with the song, but it is still insensitive. I get it that it was the early 1950s, but the characterization of these characters should not just be these horrible stereotypes. It is all really unneeded as well, which makes it even more frustrating.

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The Jungle Book is the next film to have a minority character in the Disney pantheon, but…… you can barely notice it. I have to say that there is not much to critique…. since Mowgli is such a bland character to begin with, he has never interacted with humans to know his Indian heritage, and is used as a prop more than anything else in the film. He is also voiced by a caucasian character, which is another point to add.

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There is a gap within 3 decades, and over 10 films until we get to our next minority characters, which is………. Aladdin. A lot has been said about the portrayal of Arabs in this film, and I am not going to lie; they could have done better, and been a bit more sensitive. We know about the infamous lyrics in “Arabian Nights”, and the city structure of Agrabah has some Western touches in it. There has been the common complaint that the two main characters look a lot more Caucasian than the rest of the characters, who are either evil, or overly brash……. Personally, I have seen Arab people who look like Aladdin and Jasmine, and they do seem to have a similar skin tone as the other characters in the film, so they are not significantly lighter. There is also the fact that the entire cast is voiced by Caucasians instead of Middle Easterns. I hate how they completely Americanized every aspect in the film though.

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The next film that represents minorities is Pocahontas, which many people see as problematic, but for the opposite reason compared to Aladdin. Native Americans are always a touchy subject to talk about, and to portray especially because what is known has been told through the colonizer’s view, and there is not many natives who currently reside in our Euro-centric society. From what I have seen, people have issues with the portrayal of natives in this film because it makes them seem obsessed with nature-like magic, and are perfect beings without any personality. The land geography of 1607 Virginia was heavily romanticized to make the landscape look “more interesting” compared to the realistic physical geography of the area. On the other hand of the spectrum, there have been complaints that the movie made the conflict seem like it was half their fault, when in reality, it wasn’t. I don’t think they were outright trying to be offensive, but the small details became huge issues.

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Many people may not see this next group as a minority group, but I am including it. Esmeralda (and Quasimodo) represent the gypsies in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. There is some controversy about the film involving the accuracy compared to the book, and the portrayal of religion, but I have heard nothing about the portrayal of the Romani groups in the film. I do not know if this is because a lot of people do not know much about them to make that critique, but it is never mentioned. Quasimodo is completely removed from his Romani heritage due to his mother being murdered, and being locked in Notre Dame, while Esmeralda embraces her culture with such strength and pride. From what we see of the gypsy culture, they are a very tight-knit group, who do have their own customs and beliefs, and while they are demonized, we do see some positive traits. Maybe there is not much discussion about this because the film portrays the group better than common knowledge.

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I was debating about whether I should include Hercules in this, but I decided to because it was emphasized how different the ancient Greek setting of the film was different from what the company is used to regarding setting. What we know about this film regarding Ancient Greek history is that like Pocahontas, it was completely distorted and largely ignored to fit a more modern setting and perspective. It is interesting because much of the “Western” society is based off Ancient Greece, but a lot of the setting was upgraded so it could be more modern regarding the mythology and politics. I think most of this has to do with the need to add more humor, puns, and references into the film. I think it is fair to say that Megara does not act like a woman who would live in Ancient Greece. She is not domesticated in any sense, and while she is privatized, it is not because of her duty to become a wife or a mother, but to be a slave to Hades. Hercules was focused on being a superhero in the film, and being a superhero was seen as being a celebrity in the film. Usually, men were involved in politics or the military, so it would have been more interesting if he became a hero in that sense. His arc was a parody of Rocky, Superman, and Michael Jordan.
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The Chinese are the main focus in Disney’s next film, which is Mulan. Looking at the poem Hua Mulan, research states that the era the legend takes place in is the Northern and Southern dynasty (420-589 A.D.). What I found was that this dynasty is seen as one that flourished Buddhism to what it is today, a lot of scripture writing took place, and the dress code seems accurate enough. The big inaccuracy is that the Imperial City did not come into existence until the 1400s, which was around a millennium after the era of Hua Mulan. Many people did not like how they did not delve deeper into the culture of China at the time, but they tried a lot more than their past efforts. There was a strong emphasis on honor and respecting your elders, and they did add the touch of ancestors, so it could have been a lot worse.
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We skip 2 years to see our next minority representation in the form of Peruvians in The Emperors New Groove. I have yet to hear ANY complaints about the portrayals of Peruvians, and something tells me because the film is humorous, so it means they are allowed to get away with a lot more because it is funny. Outside of the main character being named Kuzco (based off the city Cusco in Peru), the strong presence of llamas, and the architecture, there is no mention whatsoever of the culture and minority group throughout the entire film. At the same time, there is a lack of american or Eurocentric references in regards to culture, hierarchical structure, character appearance, etc. None of the characters who are voiced in the film are not of Peruvian or Hispanic descent.
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Lilo & Stitch covered the native Hawaiians in the island of Hawaii. There is not a lot to discuss with this because it seemed like the company learned their lesson from Pocahontas, and consulted with the Hawaiians that voiced the characters about the culture and traditions. It was a lot easier because the film was set in modern day Hawaii, so there was still a lot of modern day storytelling, references, and culture of America that was also infiltrated, so I think the film captured the culture as well as the modern day sanctions of North America well.
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I almost forgot to include Brother Bear in this. One of the reasons are that our main characters barely spend any time in the film on their tribe. What we learn about the Inuit lifestyle is that they have rituals that are a rite of passage for them to grow up, the clothes they wear and the tools used are pretty accurate. We learn a lot more about the tribe and the cultural from a historical perspective than just magic, and they explain the spirits in this film. From what we see, this film takes place before the Europeans arrive, since there is no mention or sight of them anywhere in the film. We get the Eskimo kiss, and other signs that shows that they learned from Pocahontas, and did research on the culture.
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The next film is The Princess and the Frog, which depicts African Americans in 1920s New Orleans. For obvious reasons they could not go in depth about the racial issues going on at the time, but they did not outright ignore it either. There is a few comments made towards Tiana that her background has some influence in the fate that has befallen on her. The main criticism I hear about the film regarding race is that the film does not focus enough on the racist implications of the time period. This one is dicey, but I think that as soon as they set the setting in the 1920s, it was only a matter of time for controversy to surface.
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With Big Hero 6, there is not much to say at all, but the main family of the film has Japanese heritage. It is rare to have an inter-racial family (the Hamadas are half Japanese, and half Caucasian), so it would have been more interesting to dive into that aspect, but….. most of the family is dead, and the Aunt gets no focus. Like Lil0 & Stitch, since the film takes place in modern day, we learn little to nothing about the culture of the setting, or the culture of the ethnicity of the characters in the film. This is also the most diverse cast of the entire canon, which is neat.
In conclusion, I will say this. When portraying minority groups, or should I say the cultures of said minority groups, there are essential details that are missing compared to how things actually were for that time frame. Were some of these differences made so it will be easier to relate to Americans? Maybe. Is there anything blatantly racist or prejudice against these groups of people? Outside of the Peter Pan reference, I honestly do not see it.

Pixar Animation Studios review: Ratatouille

Pixar Studios 8th film.

Pixar Studios 8th film.

http://123movies.to/film/ratatouille-5115/watching.html

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that I thoroughly enjoy it. There was a time in my life where I aspired to be a chef, and this touched that side of me. I like that they added some sort of realism to the situation instead of making it outright anthropomorphic. A lot happens in this film, and the more you pay attention, the more you enjoy it. One of Pixar’s best movies, easily.

Production

The concept for the film was created in 2000 by Jan Pinkava, and despite creating the initial designs, characters, storyline, setting, and so on, he was booted by Pixar in 2005, to be replaced by Brad Bird. Apparently he was attracted to the film because of the outlandish premise and the conflict between the rats that came from it. He rewrote the script, which involved killing off Gustweu, giving a larger role to Skinner and Collete, making the animals look less anthropomorphic, and added more physical comedy. To save money, the animators animated the humans without toes.

Pixar’s crew went to Paris for a week to study the environment, which involved a motorcycle tour, and eating at five restaurants. An employee jumped into Pixar’s pool in a chef uniform to see what parts stuck to his body to make it more realistic for a water scene in the film. The animators went to countless cooking classes at culinary schools in San Francisco to understand the layout and workings of a commercial kitchen, producers were allowed to intern n Thomas Keller’s French Laundry kitchen, and many other gourmet chefs from France and the U.S. were consulted about the film for advice and assistance.

I talked about the controversy regarding the buildup to the Disney acquisition in the Cars review, but a lot about it, and the fate of the relationship between the two was relied on this film. While this film was still in production, the two companies created a distribution deal, and that if it fell through, the film would still be released through the distribution of Disney. In comparison to the older deal, the film would be to remain a property of Pixar, and only pay Disney a distribution film. So from what I am gathering from this is that this film could have potentially been added to the WDAS canon instead if things fell through. None of this mattered anyways, since the acquisition was completed in 2006, where Disney outright bought Pixar for $7.4 billion on May 5th, 2006.

John Lasster was promoted from Executive Vice President to Chief Officer of both WDAS and Pixar, also being the Principal Creative Adviser, which involved designing the company’s theme parks. Catmull became the president of both WDAS and Pixar, and Steve Jobs was promoted to be a part of the Board of Directors for Disney up until his passing in 2011. Apparently the idea of buying Pixar came in September of 2005, when Bob Iger (who replaced Michael Eisner) was looking at the parade in Hong Kong Disneyland, and only saw Pixar characters in it, and no characters from the last 10 years of WDAS history was involved. He returned to Burbank to commission a financial analysis, and it was confirmed that WDAS lost money regarding animation over the last decade.

Story 

The film starts with the view of a television being on, where the famous chef Auguste Gusteau (Brad Garrett) talking about his cooking, and motto about “anyone can cook”, which the food critic Anton Ego (Peter O’Toole) disagrees about quite vocally. Our main character (who is a rat) named Remy (Patton Oswalt) is obsessed with human food (especially of Gusteau), especially since he has heightened senses of taste and smell, which turns him off from the usually spoiled and lackluster food that the rats eat. He loves how humans create with food instead of just eat it for fuel, which is what his father Django (Brian Dennehy) views food as. The two consistently bicker about how they view the rat lifestyle and food in general. The clan lives in a rural house, and Remy drags his brother Emile (Peter Sohn) into the house to get some more spices for his mushroom. Long story short, the woman living in the house wakes up to see them after Remy learns Gusteau is dead, so she shoots the entire house down to see them, and they go to climb to their area, which is shot down. The house is infested with rats, and they all run out.

Remy decides to grab Gusteau's cookbook instead of immediately leaving the premesis. He tries to follow his clan (who goes into the sewer system), but he ends up going in a different direction than them, ending up in Paris. Sad that he lost everything, he starts to see the figure of Gusteau (a figment of his imagination) for encouragement, and he soon realizes that he is at Gusteau's restaurant.

Remy decides to grab Gusteau’s cookbook instead of immediately leaving the premises. He tries to follow his clan (who goes into the sewer system), but he ends up going in a different direction than them, ending up in Paris. Sad that he lost everything, he starts to see the figure of Gusteau (a figment of his imagination) for encouragement, and he soon realizes that he is at Gusteau’s restaurant.

A young man named Linguini (Lou Romano) enters the restaurant to give them a letter from his mother, who was the former flame of Gusteau. He hopes that his mother’s connection to the kitchen will get him a job, and the staffs give him the job as a garbage man. Linguini for some odd reason tries to cook the soup and add his spices, which panics Remy (who was watching from outside the window), so when the opportunity arises, he fixes the soup. The one problem is that Linguini sees him work his magic with the food, but Remy is soon hidden when the head chef Skinner (Ian Holm) loses it on him. The soup is taken to a customer, and when he sees the customer want to speak to the waiter (who calls for Skinner), it turns out that the customer was a critic, and liked the soup.

Remy tries to escape from the kitchen, but Skinner sees him, and everyone in the kitchen tries to kill him. Linguini managed to capture him, and he is told to take the rat far away to kill it, since they would be shut down if anyone found out that a rat was in the restaurant.  He rides down to the riverway, and  rants about how he has to cook the soup in front of everyone. After realizing that Remy can understand him, he tries to get the rat to help him cook the soup again, but Remy bails when released. Once he sees Linguini sad and depressed, he goes back and decides to help him.

The two try to find a way to communicate well enough for linguini to cook properly, but their first plan involves Remy climbing and biting, which was obviously a bad idea by the looks of this image. They go home, and they come up with an idea for the rat to pull his hair with the hat on top. It takes a while to get used to, but they get the hand of it, and Linguini is able to make the soup again.

The two try to find a way to communicate well enough for Linguini to cook properly, but their first plan involves Remy climbing and biting, which was obviously a bad idea by the looks of this image. They go home, and they come up with an idea for the rat to pull his hair with the hat on top. It takes a while to get used to, but they get the hand of it, and Linguini is able to make the soup again.

He is then paired up with Collete (Janeane Garofolo) to learn some more about cooking, and she is more than sharp. She rants and raves about how she has to work twice as hard to be in the kitchen, since she is the only woman in a male-dominated kitchen, so she will not let him screw things up for her. Skinner is trying to brand the company by creating a bunch of stupid products from other areas in the world, and he finally reads the letter Linguini’s mother sent for him, which states that Linguini is Gusteau’s son. I really do not know how this is shocking. I mean, they outright state that his mother and Gusteau WERE lovers, so 1+1 should =2. This is a problem because in Gusteau’s will, Skinner is supposed to gain ownership of not only the restaurant, but the corporation 2 years after his death, which is almost up. This means that Linguini will get all of that instead.

Colette teaches Linguini (and Remy as well) many basics regarding cooking 101, which is neat for audience members who are not familiar with it. We learn some facts about the other cooks, as they call themselves artists, pirates, people who are more than cooks. Him and Colette are assigned to cook something new for the customer, but things get conflicting when Colette and Remy have different ideas about what to cook, angering her. All of the orders that night son turn into the special order he made, angering Skinner. He has seen Linguini with Remy from time to time, but whenever he approaches him, the rat ends up gone. Skinner gets Linguini drunk with wine to get him to spill about his ulterior motives, only to be angered when there is no ulterior motive.

Remy gets reunited with his family when Emile sees him outside of the restaurant. After giving him some food (sick of seeing his brother eat garbage), he is forced to face his father, who is not thrilled about what his son is up to. His father takes him to a rat pest shop to show him what humans do to rats, but this is still not enough to convince Remy to rejoin his family.

Remy gets reunited with his family when Emile sees him outside of the restaurant. After giving him some food (sick of seeing his brother eat garbage), he is forced to face his father, who is not thrilled about what his son is up to. His father takes him to a rat pest shop to show him what humans do to rats, but this is still not enough to convince Remy to rejoin his family.

It is the next morning, and Colette enters the restaurant to see Linguini sleeping after cleaning the entire kitchen. Actually, Remy puts sunglasses on him, and gets him to move when asleep, which…….. no. It is hard for me to believe he can control movement of Linguini when asleep. She rants to him after he refuses to tell her about his talk with Skinner, then accusing him of using her to one-up her in the business like many others, because she….. liked him. He wakes up after she slaps him for hearing him snore, and decides that he needs to tell her the truth. Right when he is about to do it, Remy forces them to kiss. Honestly, these two’s relationship seems kind of rushed.

Emile’s dumbass runs to tell his friends about where Remy is, and they show up to get some food. This is a continuous pattern, but before we get into that, he sneaks into Skinner’s office to get the key for the fridge, and finds the DNA results (Skinner got that done), which shows that Linguini is Gusteau’s son. Skinner shows up to see that he has the results, and there is a chase, which Remy manages to give to Linguini. He owns the restaurant, is able to buy a nice house, and during a press meeting,  he credits Collete for inspiration, and the fact that its in his blood. Remy is mad, but what is Linguini supposed to say? He got his inspiration from a rat? That is the entire purpose of the cover up. Colette and the other chefs are annoyed because the press meeting was supposed to end over an hour ago, so the store could open, but he is enjoying the attention way too much. Skinner observes this, and sees that the rat is the cook. Emile shows up with even more people, and because Remy is petty as hell, he tells his brother to tell their father to bring the entire clan. Linguini goes home and apologizes, only to realize that the rat is not there.

He goes back to the restaurant to see all of the rats stealing food, which causes him to kick Remy out for good. He gets trapped by Skinner, but his brother and father save him from the rat trap. Anton Ego is awaiting his meal, and Linguini is worried until Remy shows up at the restaurant to help. All fo the cooks go after him before Linguini stops them to tell the truth. Instead of accepting the rat, everyone (including Collette) bails on him. Just a reminder; Anton and all of the customers are still in the restaurant.

He goes back to the restaurant to see all of the rats stealing food, which causes him to kick Remy out for good. He gets trapped by Skinner, but his brother and father save him from the rat trap. Anton Ego is awaiting his meal, and Linguini is worried until Remy shows up at the restaurant to help. All of the cooks go after him before Linguini stops them to tell the truth. Instead of accepting the rat, everyone (including Collette) bails on him. Just a reminder; Anton and all of the customers are still in the restaurant.

Linguini decides to give up in his office, while Remy teaches his clan how to cook and clean up after themselves. Colette almost gets ran over as she is crying too much, and not focusing on the road, but she turns around after seeing Gusteau’s “Anyone Can Cook” through a window glass. The health inspector (Tony Fucile) shows up, but the other rats tie him up in the fridge. Remy tells them to serve the critic the “peasant dish” Ratatouille, which touches the critic’s soul, since it reminds him of his mother’s cooking in rural old country, which would be the only thing that would cheer him up as a child. He wants to see the chef, but is told that he has to wait until after everyone left.

They demonstrate and explain everything to Anton, who writes a glowing review about the food and restaurant, finally understanding what Gusteau was trying to say all along. Despite the good news, the health inspector had to be released, and reported the restaurant for rat infestation, who closed the restaurant down, and Anton’s reputation as a critic was shattered completely. Things turn out well, since Anton funds and creates a new bistro called Ratatouille, which consists of Remy and Colette as the cooks, and Linguini finding his talent as a waiter (on rollerblades), while Remy and his clan have their own society and set-up in the restaurant as well. I find the ending to be very unique, inquisitive, and realistic, but what happened to Skinner? They completely forget about him, and it is somewhat dissatisfying to know that nothing happened to him, and there was no resolution to him. It would have been nice to know what happened to the other chefs, but they weren’t important, so it did not really matter.

I really, really like how this film balanced realism with some elements of cartoonist-like characteristics in the plot, characters, and settings. Some of the twists were really neat, and I like that there was always something going on in the film. You care a lot about the characters, and every single perspective is perfectly understandable and relatable in a way. There are some flaws though, since I felt that there were some plot points that were rushed or poorly resolved. Despite that, this film is one of my favourite Pixar films, since I enjoy it and find more detail within every watch.

I really, really like how this film balanced realism with some elements of cartoonist-like characteristics in the plot, characters, and settings. Some of the twists were really neat, and I like that there was always something going on in the film. You care a lot about the characters, and every single perspective is perfectly understandable and relatable in a way. There are some flaws though, since I felt that there were some plot points that were rushed or poorly resolved. Despite that, this film is one of my favourite Pixar films, since I enjoy it and find more detail within every watch.

Characters 

While I like most of the characters in the film, I do have mixed feelings on them overall. A lot of the side characters were kid of just written off to never be addressed again, and the villain had a poor sendoff. Some of the characters were kind of routine, but they were done well. I think the plot for sure was a bit more interesting than the characters.

Well, it is a good thing that the main character is the strongest character in the film. They explained his interest in human life in a realistic but intelligent way, and I have to give credit to the voice acting for giving the character a lot more personality. You understand his struggle, and he does get very selfish and greedy after a while. He is not perfect at all, and realizes when he screws up.

Well, it is a good thing that the main character is the strongest character in the film. They explained his interest in human life in a realistic but intelligent way, and I have to give credit to the voice acting for giving the character a lot more personality. You understand his struggle, and he does get very selfish and greedy after a while. He is not perfect at all, and realizes when he screws up.

He is a good villain. Deceiving, cutthroat, and willing to do anything to get what he wants. He wants the restaurant, and find sit fishy from the jump when Linguini shwos up. He goes crazy after seeing the rat many times, and after finding out that Linguini is Gusteau's son. After doing all of this stuff, he just........ is not seen or mentioned again. no commeuppance, no final resolution, nothing. It was very disappointing to say the least.

He is a good villain. Deceiving, cutthroat, and willing to do anything to get what he wants. He wants the restaurant, and finds it fishy from the jump when Linguini shows up. He goes crazy after seeing the rat many times, and after finding out that Linguini is Gusteau’s son. After doing all of this stuff, he just…….. is not seen or mentioned again. no comeuppance, no final resolution, nothing. It was very disappointing to say the least.

He is alright. There really was no character growth within him outside of him being a good waiter. A lot of people call him bland, and while he is an oddball, that is really all there is. His relationship with Collette was very rushed, and he kind of just got lucky through everything.

He is alright. There really was no character growth within him outside of him being a good waiter. A lot of people call him bland, and while he is an oddball, that is really all there is. His relationship with Collette was very rushed, and he kind of just got lucky through everything.

Collette is very aggressive and very crazy, but despite everything, she has a big heart. If they were going to make her a love interest, they needed to develop her relationship with Linguini better, and I just felt like the execution was a bit poor.

Collette is very aggressive and very crazy, but despite everything, she has a big heart. If they were going to make her a love interest, they needed to develop her relationship with Linguini better, and I just felt like the execution was a bit poor.

His personality is either creepy, hilarious, or both. After the little backstory we get on him, it gives him a more sympathetic and relatable look. A lot of us critics lose the passion we have for reviewing stuff, and just get very bitter at times, which does take a toll. I talked about this when I was reviewing DisneyToons. The struggle is very real.

His personality is either creepy, hilarious, or both. After the little backstory we get on him, it gives him a more sympathetic and relatable look. A lot of us critics lose the passion we have for reviewing stuff, and just get very bitter at times, which does take a toll. I talked about this when I was reviewing DisneyToons. The struggle is very real.

Emile is the slothy, gluttonous brother of Remy. Good-hearted, but just too lazy to do much of anything. He is ride or die from his family, but it was annoying to see him bring more and more people to the restaurant, after giving a pathetic apology which he clearly did not mean.

Emile is the slothy, gluttonous brother of Remy. Good-hearted, but just too lazy to do much of anything. He is ride or die from his family, but it was annoying to see him bring more and more people to the restaurant, after giving a pathetic apology which he clearly did not mean.

Django is the typical father with the traditional mindset. He wants the best for his son, which often involves clashing with him.

Django is the typical father with the traditional mindset. He wants the best for his son, which often involves clashing with him.

Animation

The animation in this film is amazing. The rats do look realistic, though the humans are a bit cartoony. Paris came to life in this film, and even how they designed rural France was magnificently beautiful. There are a lot of water effects in this film, and it was interesting to see how much they improved with water in comparison to A Bug’s Life. There’s a lot more motion than I was expecting.

Music

Michael Giacchino came back from The Incredibles to work on the music, and it is amazing. The theme song titled “Le Festin” is a great theme song, and makes Paris stand out even more as the city of romance and dreams. The score is lovely, with a lot of french themes, and epic instruments being used. A lot of the characters (or character interactions) had a theme score for themselves, which was very noticeable.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on June 29, 2007, it grossed $206,445,654 domestically, and $414, 257, 297 in other territories, with a total worldwide gross of 620,702,951. It was at the time the third highest-grossing Pixar film, behind Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. It has of course lost that, since two films after this release has made over a billion dollars, and there were many others that grossed close to a billion.

It was SHOCKINGLY not really critically praised, unlike like every other Pixar film……. except Cars. People liked that they took a character (a rat) that usually is not portrayed well in media, and made the audience root for them. People saw this as very artistic, which is not said often in animation. There are many words that are said, but artistic is a really strong word that should not be taken lightly. A huge part of it probably involves that the film takes place in Paris, but it clearly worked. I could not really find much of anything that was negatively said about the film in regards to critical reception.

Walt Disney Animated Studios was still suffering from their petrifying Post-Renaissance era, and Meet the Robsinsons was another underperformance that was added to the list. 2007 was not a great year for DreamWorks Animation as well, since Shrek The Third was a huge critical disaster (though made money), and Bee Movie was just a waste of time. Since Ratatouille was one of the only good movies of that year (out of the major studios), it rightfully savaged the awards season that year, and took most (if not all) of the awards, and is on the list for films that have received the most nominations.

Reception Today

Despite the huge success and popularity of the film, it is not really talked about much in recent years. Almost all of the films have received sequels (or have sequels in development) except for this film, WALL-E, Up, Brave, and A Bug’s Life, and the audience just puts more focus on other films instead of this one. It seems like it got lost in the shuffle over the years, and is a bit underrated. What I will say is that people do believe that this film started the magnum opus era of Pixar, which went all the way until 2010.

Final Score

Story: 8/10

Characters: 7/10

Animation: 9/10

Music: 9/10

= 33/40 = 83%

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Review: November 6th, 2016.

Review: November 6th, 2016.