Pixar Studios review: Introduction

Well, this has been a long time coming. Back in late 2013, and going into 2014, it was intended that I would cover Pixar after Walt Disney Animation Studios, but I wanted to savor it, and to rip apart DisneyToons, which was decided in mid 2014. I also forgot to address my 3rd year anniversary of having the blog. It is a huge accomplishment, that I could not have done without you all. I have met so many amazing people, gotten so much done, and have expanded my knowledge on how animation, and the movie business operates. Now back to the topic at hand.

Just like Walt Disney Animation Studios innovating traditionally animated films in the 1930s, Pixar Animation Studios completely invented and innovated CGI to the point where it is ONLY consisted in animated films in the 1990s. Not only have they captured the attention of the audience with their new animation, but good quality films for over 20 years (with a few bumps on the travel). Here are the films that will be covered:

  • Toy Story
  • A Bugs Life
  • Toy Story 2
  • Monsters Inc
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Incredibles
  • Cars
  • Ratatouille
  • WALL-E
  • Up
  • Toy Story 3
  • Cars 2
  • Brave
  • Monsters University
  • Inside Out (covered last year)
  • The Good Dinosaur (covered last year)
  • Finding Dory

This will take 4-5 months to do, which is why I waited until August/September to start this. I am hoping to end this by the end of the year, but if it goes into January, it is what it is, since I have to do many of the 2016 animated films by the end of the year for sure. There really is not much to discuss. It has been a long time coming, and….. it is sad that I will not be able to rip apart as many films as beforehand, but I got my fill with DisneyToons, so….. yeah.

The review for Toy Story will be posted next Sunday for sure.

The review for Toy Story will be posted next Sunday for sure.

Ratchet and Clank review

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2016’s 4th animated film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is utterly boring an childish. I have no care for it one way or another, and I do not even have the energy tow rite much about this film. Just blech.

Production

The only piece of production information that I found was that Rainmaker had this film made in Vancouver.

Story

The film starts with the chairman of Solana Galaxy Drek (Paul Giamatti) plotting to destroy the planets, and they start with destroying a planet called Telemule. I am going to make this a short writeup, since I give no fucks about this film. A mechanic named Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor) learns that three planets have been destroyed, and Captain Qwark (Jim Ward) is looking for a recruit team to help him solve the problem. We already have the story of the main character “wanting more out of his life”, and I do not give a fuck. Ratchet goes to the interview, and is instantly rejected by the obnoxious and self-involved Qwark.

So a robot named Clank (David Kaye) is created, and hears of the villain's plans. He hates it, and escapes while conveniently bumping into Ratchet. The duo is soon created after this.

So a robot named Clank (David Kaye) is created, and hears of the villain’s plans. He hates it, and escapes while conveniently bumping into Ratchet. The duo is soon created after this.

As Ratchet is repairing Clank, he is told that there is a bunch of robots that have been created to destroy the galactic team tomorrow, and Ratchet sees this as his ratchet opportunity to join the team, and to be seen as a hero. We get a sob story of Ratchet being one of the last of his species, and is an orphan who never knew his parents. They show up at a press conference with the galactic team, and they are forced to accept Ratchet and Clank as a part of their team. Ratchet becomes famous, and decides to revel in it, whereas Clank tells him that fame is overrated, and does not mean shit.

Qwark has a relatively simple and basic plan to destroy Drek and his assistant Victor (Sylvester Stallone), but the team has their doubts. Of course when it is time for the action, there is a bunch of silly, unnecessary bullshit disguised as “comedy” that takes up way too much time for my liking, and I start to tune out.

Qwerk is captured by Drek, and is convinced that he is the victim of the situation because Ratchet's popularity is overshadowing him, and convinces him to sell out, in order to be seen as "the hero". The dumb egotist agrees, as long as none of his rangers get hurt.

Qwark is captured by Drek, and is convinced that he is the victim of the situation because Ratchet’s popularity is overshadowing him, and convinces him to sell out, in order to be seen as “the hero”. The dumb egotist agrees, as long as none of his rangers get hurt.

So Qwark is forced to sabotage the weapons of the Rangers, and the teams soon realize that they have no weaponry. Of course Drek send everyone to destroy them all, and Victor wants to go to the ship, to deal with the “decoy” of some sort; Clank. Ratchet ends up getting captured, realizes that Qwark sabotaged them as another planet is completely destroyed. He gets home to his image and rep being tarnished, and he is in a dopey mood, since he wanted to help, and did not feel like he did.

Qwark discovers that the people he sold out his people to are working with the well-known evil scientist named Dr. Nefarious (Armin Shimerman), while Ratchet reunites with the Rangers on a plan to put the shooter off course to throw their plan off, and to defeat them. The Rangers go to the ship to battle, and Ratchet ends up going head-to-toe with Qwark, after lashing out at him for being a sellout, after looking up to him, blah, blah, blah. We learn that Nefarious is just mad that the Rangers did not give him a science lab when they were working together, and got resentful. The villains are defeated, and Ratchet decides to separate himself from the group, as he is enjoying his life. Clank reappears, and asks him if he is down with the Rangers for good, only to be told that once a Ranger, always a Ranger, and will fight when needed. Whatever. I forgot to mention that Qwark got demoted, and is doing a shameless apology press run.

Ratchet and Clank

I get it that this is a popular game franchise, but when the characters and the plot are so simple and basic, it makes it near impossible to care for anything in the film. I am not familiar with the game series, but if this movie was supposed to introduce new viewers into it, and turn them into fans, they needed to do a lot more.

Characters

I am not impressed with the characters at all in the film. None of them impressed me, and all of them are generic and flat. It is pretty much impossible to invest in any of them.

He si the typical, generic hero who wants more, without given any more personality or depth.

He is the typical, generic hero who wants more, without given any more personality or depth.

More interesting than Ratchet, but it is not saying much.

More interesting than Ratchet, but it is not saying much.

Power hungry villain, nothing else to say. Blah.

Power hungry villain, nothing else to say. Blah.

He is the arrogant, self-centered hero who basks in the glory of attention and will do anything to maintain said power. Whatever.

He is the arrogant, self-centered hero who basks in the glory of attention and will do anything to maintain said power. Whatever.

Animation

The animation is not horrendous, or really even bad; it really is not. It is not the best animation, and I save seen a lot better, but it is tolerable, and does not hurt the eyes. Some of the textures are a bit weird, and make everything look a bit blotchy, and the character designs are decent I guess. The animation is in the middle of the spectrum.

Music

Honestly, I have nothing to say about the music in the film. It is based off a generic video game, so it would make sense that it would have the same generic music in the games, right? I do not remember anything about it.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on April 29th, 2016, it became a box office flop, making roughly $12.6 million internationally. That is bad enough, but its budget was $20 million. Many people ripped this film to shreds critically, claiming it is predictable, boring, and there is nothing to care for.

Final Score

Story: 5/10

Characters: 4/10

Animation: 6.5/10

Music: 5/10

= 20.5/40 = 51%

DisneyToons Review: Conclusion

Well, this has taken WAY TOO LONG to complete, and I know it is because of the 6 month hiatus I decided to take in the middle of the canon reviews. Better late than never though. There hasn’t been too much that changed from when I was reviewing the WDAS canon in regards to the stats, though I did notice that people generally have a lot less to say about these films, so there were less comments.

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I will first show my ranking of each film and see which one I think is the best and the worst

As you can see, these films ranged from decent at best, to completely horrible. In the height of the Disney Renaissance, the main Disney company wanted to capitalize of these characters of these movies, which resulted in most of these films. Even when things went downhill for the Post-Renaissance, a decent amount of those films go sequels as well (even though they did not care if those films were flops). It is clear that these films were in production for months at a time, with a year at the maximum, so they can put out a lot of product in a quick amount of time.

I found it interesting that the Aladdin sequels were not the first DisneyToons films, and the first one involved a show that was airing on the Disney channel beforehand. For the next 5 years after the Aladdin sequels were released, there actually was not a lot of these films that were released. They started to release 3 films a year at around 1999, and the amount of films that were released just increased and increased, as the company became more and more desperate for money, but more comfortable with their formula. At this point, they were not just making films from the Disney Renaissance, but from the films before that period, and afterwards. I feel like the reception of these films were kind of attached to the Post-Renaissance films, since the general public does not really know the difference between the two.

Unlike other studios, you cannot really divide these films into eras, with the small exception of the Tinkerbell and Planes franchises, that were done in the request of John Lasseter. The Tinkerbell franchise last year after decreasing sales, and to be honest, the redundancy of the films in general, while the Planes franchise never really took off. I have checked the DinseyToons Wikipedia page a lot, and the one thing that did not chance is that there is no product coming out this year, next year, or even 2018. Apparently the next film is an untitled 2019 film. There have been reports for the past 2 years about major layoffs happening at DisneyToons, so the fate of the company is very uncertain. Either way, it is clear that the studio is not in a good place as of right now.

In regards to my personal experience reviewing the canon, I remember people warning me about the utter crap that the canon was filled with, and tried to change my mind on covering the studio, but…….. around June or July of last year, I had a numb freeze, which was starting to grow from April. I had just gotten my first job, I was in my final semester of High School, but the biggest reason involved the utter crap of these films tiring me out. I was getting tired of writing the same thing for each crappy movie after another crappy movie, there was no heart in my reviews, nor was there passion. I refused to even watch movies due to this for a few months, which is why I had to rush almost every 2015 movie release review in the last 3 months of the year. For 3 months, I mentally thought that I was done with this blog, and I did not care about coming back. It was horrible, but then in late September, I remember that I had an audience who was counting on me, and I was not going to end this blog on such a sour note. After getting the 2015 animated films done and over with, I made sure to finish Disneytoons, and here we are.

As for what is next, I am actually unsure about the order of things. I know I am going to review the Pixar films, but I only need to review 13, and there is still half of the year left. And then I was thinking that I should put that on hold until September or October, and then finish my Deleted Songs Analysis before then; or to even start writing posts on Race and Sex in the canons of WDAS, Pixar, DisneyToons, and DreamWorks. I might not post anything for the next few weeks, but knowing me, I will find something to post about.

DisneyToons review: Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

DisneyToon's 46th film

DisneyToon’s 46th film

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My opinion right after watching the film

My opinion right after watching the film is that I like it that they did not make Tinkerbell the protagonist, and instead made one of her friends the main protagonist instead. The story is not really anything special, and it is a poor way to end the Tinkerbell franchise, but I will evaluate more on that later.

Production

There is no information in regards to the production of this film.

Story

The story begins with a newly designed Fawn (Ginnifer Goodwin) tending to a baby hawk with a broken wing back to health, but the issue is that hawks eat fairies. hen I saw her, I thought we were being introduced to a completely new character. She orders a wagon to sneakily move the hawk through Hollow to freedom, but Tinkerbell (Mae Whitman) forces her to admit the truth. The two carry it along, but it fails when Rosetta (Megan Hilty) tries to help her remove the berries from the wagon (which is really a disguise). The hawks see them, and one almost eats Iridessa (Raven Symone), until she is saved by a scout fairy named Nyx (Rosario Dawson), whom also helps rid of the hawks.

Nyz reminds me a lot of Pocahontas in regards to looks, and wanting to do what is best for her people. It is always interesting to see different aspects of this fairy lifestyle, so these scout fairies are neat. It is weird how the animal fairies are allowed to work with some animals, while others are too much of a hassle.

Nyz reminds me a lot of Pocahontas in regards to looks, and wanting to do what is best for her people. It is always interesting to see different aspects of this fairy lifestyle, so these scout fairies are neat. It is weird how the animal fairies are allowed to work with some animals, while others are too much of a hassle.

Queen Clarion (Angelica Huston) shows up and nicely tells Fawn to cut the bullshit, and to take her job seriously, since it is safety that matters. After she lets the hawk go, she is attracted to a growl, so she goes to the depths of the forest to see a monster, which would be later known as the Neverbeast. Pixie Hollow hears the noise as well, and Nyx is hunting down the animal fairies as to what the scary noise, which they all somehow attribute it to Fawn.

This all leads up to Fawn doing fieldwork on the Neverbeast, and she learns a lot about it. She does not see the Neverbeast as anything different than her many different encounters with other animals, except for one weird activity of him stacking rocks together. Fawn sees him as safe, and wants to show her work to Queen Clarion.

This all leads up to Fawn doing fieldwork on the Neverbeast, and she learns a lot about it. She does not see the Neverbeast as anything different than her many different encounters with other animals, except for one weird activity of him stacking rocks together. Fawn sees him as safe, and wants to show her work to Queen Clarion.

While this is happening, Nyx decides to go to the library to do some research about the roar. She is told that the roar came from the rare Neverbeast, which reappears out of hibernation every 900-1000 years to turn into an even bigger beast to absorb all of the light from the stacks of rock he is building, and will use the light from the rocks and the green smoke to destroy Pixie Hollow. Fawn, whom has grown attached to him (naming him Gruff), meets Queen Clarion, only to see that Nyx beat her to it. They both plead their case, and Queen Clarion decides that she trusts both of them to do the right thing. Nyx twists these words to her colleagues that they need to capture and destroy the monster at Dawn.

Dawn quickly approaches, and the scout fairies goes after Gruff, right as he finishes the two other poles of rocks. They are used to attract the lightning, which is placed in every land of the seasons.Tinkerbell tells the Neverbeast that the scouts are going after him, but he knocks her unconscious, which Fawn sees. She then thinks that he is the monster Nyx claimed he was, and sells him out to her to be trapped.

Dawn quickly approaches, and the scout fairies goes after Gruff, right as he finishes the two other poles of rocks. They are used to attract the lightning, which is placed in every land of the seasons.Tinkerbell tells the Neverbeast that the scouts are going after him, but he knocks her unconscious, which Fawn sees. She then thinks that he is the monster Nyx claimed he was, and sells him out to her to be trapped.

Tinkerbell is taken to the hospital, while everyone else hides in their secret compartments to avoid the disaster that is about to take place. When Tink is woken up, she tells Fawn that the Neverbeast was very conflicted, and that he saved her from being crushed and killed by a tree that was falling over her. This causes the wheel to turn, since he is supposed to collect the lightning instead of it hitting the trees, and causing it to burn down Pixie Hollow. She explains everything ti Nyx, and they let the Neverbeast accomplish its goal. Fawn later writes down the entire journey, as the Neverbeast finishes up repairing the damage the lightning caused in the community, before officially going back to hibernate. This leads to an emotional farewell between the Neverbeast and Fawn, since they will never see one another again. I found this interesting, since I always thought fairies were immortal, and to figure out that Fawn will pass away within the next millennium was fascinating to me. There is a ceremony to this hibernation, and all of the fairies make sure he gets something before his rest.

This is a very disappointing ending to the Tinkerbell franchise. We STILL do not know how Tinkerbell ended up meeting, and living with Peter Pan. We also do not know what happened with her and the other fairies. There is a good story somewhere, but of course us fans will have to create some theory behind it. As for the movie itself, you could take it or leave it. I like that Fawn was the main character, and the addition of the Scout fairies were nice, but outside of that, eh. I am glad that I am FINALLY done with DisneyToons after a long year and a half.

This is a very disappointing ending to the Tinkerbell franchise. We STILL do not know how Tinkerbell ended up meeting, and living with Peter Pan. We also do not know what happened with her and the other fairies. There is a good story somewhere, but of course us fans will have to create some theory behind it. As for the movie itself, you could take it or leave it. I like that Fawn was the main character, and the addition of the Scout fairies were nice, but outside of that, eh. I am glad that I am FINALLY done with DisneyToons after a long year and a half.

Characters

The side characters are more of the same, but the mains were pretty good.

Fawn

I guess we learn that she is a bit reckless, like Tinkerbell. She is a pretty strong protagonist, and we see that she is more than a tomboy, and can get very emotional. If they did this with all of the other side characters, than it would have made this franchise better. WHY did they change her outfit though? It seems so unnecessary. I do not like how they felt like it was needed to give her a more feminine look, which is something she isn’t.

Nyx

Nyx reminds me a lot of Pocahontas; serious, and kind of strict, but cares about her people, as she puts them before anything else. She was refreshing, as most of these characters are not practical.

Neverbeast

I guess he is the misunderstood type. I liked how grumpy he was in regards to Fawn, and wanted to be left alone.

 

Animation

I am still baffled as to why they gave Fawn a new character design, but it is not badly animated. I like the design of the Neverbeast, and the textures they used in it. Otherwise, things are pretty much in the same quality in regards to the animation.

Music

To be honest, I cannot really recall the music at all in this film. It kind of just had the generic score this time around, which is disappointing.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on December 12th, 2014 in Europe, and March 3rd, 2015 in North America, it made overall  $31,178,525, which was seen as an underperformance. It did well enough critically, but like the others, not a lot of people review these films. The poor performance of this film, and the story issues in the seventh film caused all future additions of the Tinkerbell franchise to be cancelled.

Reception Today

There is no talk about this film to be honest. I guess it is kind of forgettable, outside of the fact that it killed the Tinkerbell franchise, and put DisneyToons into an unsure and unknown future.

Story: 6.5/10

Characters: 7/10

Animation: 7.5/10

Music: 6/10

27/40 = 68%

Next time…

Disneytoon Studios Review Conclusion. I will express what I learned about the company, give thanks, where things went wrong and right for the company, what I am gonna do next, etc.

Disneytoon Studios Review Conclusion. I will express what I learned about the company, give thanks, where things went wrong and right for the company, what I am gonna do next, etc.

DisneyToons review: The Pirate Fairy

DisneyToon's 45th film.

DisneyToon’s 45th film.

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My opinion right after watching the film

My opinion right after watching the film is that I like it that they brought in Captain Hook, the Crocodile, and Dr. Smee. I wanted a stronger tie-in to the Peter Pan franchise the entire time, and to finally have that made me feel great. I do think that the plots in these films are getting more and more simplistic, and that they are using new characters in each film to distract from the stagnant growth from the main characters.

Production

This film was entitled Quest for the Queen, before it was re-titled to the name we currently know the film as. Disney managed to get Project Runway winner and fashion designer Christian Siriano to design the new character Zarina. This film was supposed to be released in the fall of 2013, but it was pushed back in favor of Planes.

Story

The story starts off with a dust fairy named Zarina (Christina Hendricks), who is obsessed with the capabilities of dust dairies, and wants to figure out everything about pixie dust, to a dangerous point. She is always questioning why instead of accepting the fact that things are the way they are, and is called the Tinkerbell of dust fairies, which….. says enough. Zarina goes to Tinkerbell (Mae Whitman) to show her that she made orange pixie dust, since she wants to know all that pixie dust is capable of, which even makes Tinkerbell nervous.

Apparently different colors of pixie dust represents the different talents of fairies. After using too much pink dust (garden talent), the plant ends up destroying a bunch of Pixie Hollow. Dust fairy leader Fairy Gary (Jeff Bennett) tells her that she is no longer a dustkeeper. This causes Zarina to run away, and we fast forward t a year.

Apparently different colors of pixie dust represents the different talents of fairies. After using too much pink dust (garden talent), the plant ends up destroying a bunch of Pixie Hollow. Dust fairy leader Fairy Gary (Jeff Bennett) tells her that she is no longer a dustkeeper. This causes Zarina to run away, and we fast forward to a year.

The movie than skips a year, where the Winter fairies join everyone for the Four Seasons Festival, which makes Rosetta (Megan Hilty) happy to see her boyfriend, and Tinkerbell happy to see her sister again. While the festival is taking place, Zarina is flying around above in a pirate outfit, where the crew sees and identifies her. She grows a bunch of poppies with the pink dust that causes everyone to fall asleep. Rosetta tells everyone to hide, so they will not be forced to fall asleep. Clank (Jeff Bennett) was late to the show, so he is the only other one who is awake, as he tells them where she went.

Iridessa (Raven Symone) has a panic attack about how dangerous it is for her to steal the blue pixie dust (Zarina ran out after a year), so she leads them to follow Zarina, which leads them to the pirates. They follow the pirates, and there is of course a long chase scene that erupts.

Zarina throws a bunch of colorful set of pixie dust on the girls, which causes them to fall, and wake up hours later to discover that they are not normal. Tinkerbell becomes a water fairy, Silvermist (Lucy Liu) becomes a wind fairy, Fawn (Angela Bartys) becomes a light fairy, Iridessa becomes a garden fairy, Rosetta becomes an animal fairy, and Vidia (Pamela Adlon) becomes a tinker fairy.

Zarina throws a bunch of colorful set of pixie dust on the girls, which causes them to fall, and wake up hours later to discover that they are not normal. Tinkerbell becomes a water fairy, Silvermist (Lucy Liu) becomes a wind fairy, Fawn (Angela Bartys) becomes a light fairy, Iridessa becomes a garden fairy, Rosetta becomes an animal fairy, and Vidia (Pamela Adlon) becomes a tinker fairy.

Around this time, we are introduced to the two-handed Captain James Hook (Tom Hiddleston), Mr. Smee (Jeff Bennett), and the rest of their crew. The infamous crocodile from Peter Pan becomes imprinted to Rosetta. Vidia ends up making a raft to tie to Silvermist to, so they can catch up to the boat. Apparently, Zarina is the true captain on the boat, but of course, the crew cannot understand fairies. We learn that their ship went astray a year ago, and she saved them, so she is going to help their ship fly to the second star on the right. I think it is obvious what is going to end up happening with the rest of the story.

Zarina is using the dust to create a pixie dust tree at Neverland, and the other fairies follow them, clearly instructing Iridessa to not touch anything that will get them noticed. A bee causes her to fail, and for the entire pirate crew to lock them up, after Tinkerbell fails to get Zarina to come home with them.

Zarina teaches Captain Hook how to fly, an after reassuring him of everything he needs to know about pixie dust, he traps her, and reveals that the entire crew were using and kissing up to her just for the dust, and now they are going to toss her. I honestly do not know if this is supposed to be suspenseful or not, since it IS Hook. This makes Tinkerbell look really horrible in the 1951 film, since she has even more of an in depth knowledge of how he works, but still sold everyone out.

Zarina teaches Captain Hook how to fly, an after reassuring him of everything he needs to know about pixie dust, he traps her, and reveals that the entire crew were using and kissing up to her just for the dust, and now they are going to toss her. I honestly do not know if this is supposed to be suspenseful or not, since it IS Hook. This makes Tinkerbell look really horrible in the 1951 film, since she has even more of an in depth knowledge of how he works, but still sold everyone out.

Hook (in his full outfit) is planning to cross the second star to take over the world. Rosetta argues with Iridessa, as she accuses her of ruining the plans, while the latter accuses Rosetta of not helping her with the bee, in order for the plan to work. The crocodile climbs on the boat to reunite with Rosetta, and she is convinced to use the baby crocodile to help them escape.

Vidia comes up with an idea to steal the blue dust, while escaping, but Hook sees them, and threatens them that he will drown Zarina if they do not give the dust back. Of course Tinkerbell gives it back, and he throws Zarina in the lake anyways. Of course they save Zarina, and then go after the blue dust, and after a battle scene, they defeat Captain Hook and the crew. They convince her to come back to Pixie Hollow, and they wake up everybody to continue the Four Seasons festival, and the six fairies perform their excellent routine, with the help of Zarina.

This film is better than some of the more recent ones I will give it that. Zarina is a pretty well-developed and strong character in her own right, the connections and nods to Peter Pan was clever and refreshing, and there was a bit more going on in the plot. I am calling the film out for introducing new characters so the old ones won't have to develop, which is kind of a cheap shot if I were to be honest. I am curious about how this franchise ends.

This film is better than some of the more recent ones I will give it that. Zarina is a pretty well-developed and strong character in her own right, the connections and nods to Peter Pan was clever and refreshing, and there was a bit more going on in the plot. I am calling the film out for introducing new characters so the old ones won’t have to develop, which is kind of a cheap shot if I were to be honest. I am curious about how this franchise ends.

Characters

The old characters……. stayed exactly the same. Nothing changed whatsoever, and my complaint just a few sentences earlier still stands. The new characters are fine enough, though I liked seeing the younger versions of some of the Peter Pan characters.

So she is pretty much a more reckless Tinkerbell, without all of the anger issues. She runs away, and ends up being taken in by the pirates. I didn't really find her boring, though she never really admitted that she made mistakes here and there. We have had worse new characters in the Tinkerbell franchise.

So she is pretty much a more reckless Tinkerbell, without all of the anger issues. She runs away, and ends up being taken in by the pirates. I didn’t really find her boring, though she never really admitted that she made mistakes here and there. We have had worse new characters in the Tinkerbell franchise.

Captain Hook is like 30 yers younger here, so he is not as over-the-top as he was in his previous renditions. He still has both hands, so he hasn't met Peter yet. Despite that, I could not really invest in him as a villain, since he is a shell of his later self.

Captain Hook is like 30 years younger here, so he is not as over-the-top as he was in his previous renditions. He still has both hands, so he hasn’t met Peter yet. Despite that, I could not really invest in him as a villain, since he is a shell of his later self.

I am only adding her because she is the only one that gained something out of the others in the film…….. which is a man from the Winter forest. Should I have expected anything different or less/more?

Since she is the worryrat of the group, she was put in the weirdest positions in the film, such as when she accidentally blew her cover to the pirate crew. She panics more in this film than the others, and argues with Rosetta a lot more.

Since she is the worryrat of the group, she was put in the weirdest positions in the film, such as when she accidentally blew her cover to the pirate crew. She panics more in this film than the others, and argues with Rosetta a lot more.

I am not even bothering to add Tinkerbell, since she is not doing much of anything, or leaving an impact in her own movie.

Animation

The animation has improved slightly during these Tinkerbell films, and there is more texture and details added into this film in comparison to some of the earlier ones.

Music

The music was a lot closer to the music in Peter Pan in some aspects, which partially has to do with the fact that Captain Hook and his crew are in this movie. The music overall did its job fine, but nothing is memorable.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on February 13th in Europe, and April 1st in North America, it made $64,942,074, and received positive reviews from the few people who did release it.

Reception Today

I have not really seen much reception for this film, and not a lot of people talk about it. Maybe it was because the Tinkerbell franchise may have become redundant, or the earlier films are just more remembered.

Story: 7.5/10

Characters: 6.5/10

Animation: 7.5/10

Music: 7/10

28.5/40 = 71%

Next time

Review: June 5th, 2016. I already reviewed Planes 2, so it is straight to this film.

Review: June 5th, 2016. I already reviewed Planes 2, so it is straight to this film.

Zootopia review

2016s 3rd film.

2016’s 3rd film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that I like how it is a symbol of racism, and how flawed the world is in positive and negative ways. I am sick of the formula that I am starting to notice in the more recent films that this film is plagued with, but it is a strong and enjoyable film nonetheless.

Production

The film was announced to the public at the D23 event in 2013, and the concept of it was created when director Bryon Howard wanted to make a film like Robin Hood, but wanted the world to be a combination of the natural and human worlds. In regards to the research, it took place in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and major cities such as New York City, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, Paris, etc.

The film was initially supposed to be a James Bond-like spy film, where Nick Wilde is the main character, and Judy Hopkins (named Hopps) was his sidekick. Soon enough, the film was changed to focus more on the police than spies, and the roles of Wilde and Hopps were switched, making Judy the main character instead.

Story

The film starts with a child bunny named Judy Hopkins (Della Saba and Ginnifer Goodwin), who is in a lay talking about how Zootopia came to be, focusing in predators and prey. She announces that she is going to be a cop, and after the play, she gets into a fight with a fox named Gideon (get the reference?) Grey (Phil Johnston) about how he is the predator, and her friends are still weak. Her parents Bonnie (Bonnie Hunt) and Stu (Don Lake) tell her that it is good to conform to their reality, and to live safe; telling her that her dream of being a police officer instead of a part of the family farm is ludicrous.

I like how they created a rural area (where Judy's family lives), and the urban Zootopia, where we see different types of prejudice depending on the area that the characters are in. Judy manages to navigate through the Police Academy with her talents and height. She then moves to Zootopia after getting a job.... where she is a parking ticket officer.

I like how they created a rural area (where Judy’s family lives), and the urban Zootopia, where we see different types of prejudice depending on the area that the characters are in. Judy manages to navigate through the Police Academy with her talents and height. She then moves to Zootopia after getting a job…. where she is a parking ticket officer.

Her boss Chief Bogo (Idris Elba) is not impressed with her, and wants her to leave as soon as possible. Judy ends up meeting the fox Nick Wilde (Kath Soucie……… and Jason Bateman), who is in an ice cream shop trying to buy a large smoothie for his sidekick disguised as a baby elephant Finnick (Tom Lister Jr.), whom Judy has to force the store to serve, instead of him being refused because he is a negro fox.

She is soon realized that she was conned when she sees the two melt the large popsicle to create many small pawpsicles to sell to chipmunks. All I have to say is that Nick…….. instantly reminds me of Flynn and Kristoff; typical snarky, sarcastic, smug male character that we are starting to see all the time. Nick tells her that she should go back to her farm time, since she is not a good cop, and he has been doing this since he was 12.

After a thief runs past her, Judy takes it upon herself to capture the rodent for an arrest, but is lectured by her boss. Mrs. Otterton (Octavia Spencer) shows up in an urgent panic, as her husband Mr. Otterton, who has been missing for weeks, and the police still has no leads. Judy tells her that she will take the case in her hands. As a way to get Judy to leave, Bogo tells her that she has 48 hours to complete the case, or else she has to resign.

After a thief runs past her, Judy takes it upon herself to capture the rodent for an arrest, but is lectured by her boss. Mrs. Otterton (Octavia Spencer) shows up in an urgent panic, as her husband Mr. Otterton, who has been missing for weeks, and the police still has no leads. Judy tells her that she will take the case in her hands. As a way to get Judy to leave, Bogo tells her that she has 48 hours to complete the case, or else she has to resign.

The only person who supports her at all is the sheep assistant of the mayor named Dawn (Jenny Slate), who publishes that she is now on the case. Judy looks at the last sighting of the otter, and sees the pawpsicle in his hand, and Nick’s tail.  Nick ends up blabbing on him avoiding tax payments despite making a lot of money since he was twelve, which she records, and uses to blackmail him into helping her. They go from sighting to sighting, which leads to Otterton being last seen in a limo, which belonged to his friend and employer Mr. Big (Maurice LaMarche).

He is about to freeze them, but his daughter Fru Fru (Leah Latham) tells him to stop, since Judy saved her life when a huge donut was about to crush her when Judy was arresting the thief. He decides to cooperate, and tells them that he never got to see Otterton, since the limo crashed got into a crash and was traumatized before they got to Tundratown. They go to the driver Manchas (Jesse Corti)’s house, and was told that Otterton turned into a monster, and attacked him. She calls for assistance, and when they arrive, Manchas bails before he can give his statements, which causes Bogo to demand her resignation. Nick tells them that there is still 10 more hours left, an they leave.

So we learn that Nick wanted to be aboy'ss cout when he was younger, and when he signs up to pledge his loyalty, he is bullied and harassed, as the others put a nuzzle on him. He is subsequently booted from the club, and he vows to be what everyone expects of him. Where have we heard of this from? It is sad, but this is getting a bit repetitive.

So we learn that Nick wanted to be a boy’s scout when he was younger, and when he signs up to pledge his loyalty, he is bullied and harassed, as the others put a nuzzle on him. He is subsequently booted from the club, and he vows to be what everyone expects of him. Where have we heard of this from? It is sad, but this is getting a bit repetitive.

They get help from Dawn to track down where Ottertown was captured to, and this is tied to the Night Howlers. So the two end up at the location, and this all ends up with the Mayor (J. K. Simmons) admitting on knowing and not doing anything with the condition of the predators’ conditions. All of the people that went missing was found in the area, which lead to Judy solving the case, and the mayor being fired. During a press interview, Judy does not have enough PM experience to be careful with her answers, and it is turned into an anti-predator campaign, as the town things that it is in their biology to go “savage” and “primal”. Nick turns on her because of this, refusing her offer to be her partner at work, also noting the fox repellent that she still has in her possession.

After the segregation grows worse and violence ensures, Judy resigns, and goes back home to work for the farm. The hottest pop artist Gazelle (Shakira) is disappointed with what happened to Zootopia, and Mrs. Otterton is saddened at her husband’s state.  Judy is reunited with Gideon, who has reformed, and became the town baker, who is also in business with her family. She soon realizes that the Night Howlers are flowers, which causes her to rush back to Zootopia to beg and apologize to Nick for her ignorance, which he forgives her for. All of his leads to Dawn being the mastermind of all of this, since she wants to reign in power, since the 90% prey’s fear will make things a horrible place for everyone else. She tries to shoot the night owl ball to Nick, which were replaced with blueberries, so he does not become savaged. Her confession is recorded, and Dawn is arrested. This is the FOURTH CONSECUTIVE FILM to have a surprise villain. WDAS, please take a note; we are getting tired of it, and it is BEYOND formulaic at this point. The film ends with all of the predators being cured, Judy being reinstated in the police force, Nick graduating the Police Academy, and the two becoming police partners.

As a person who would be considered a minority, I really enjoyed this film, and how ti expressed how prejudice is found within good and bad people. It shows how ignorance is bliss, and how educating oneselves, and not judging can do harm. The film has really strong characters, and a heavy plot, but I am noticing that this film has some formulas established in the past few films of the canon that I cannot get over. I do not think the company was expecting this film to be as big of a hit that it turned to be.

As a person who would be considered a minority, I really enjoyed this film, and how it expressed how prejudice is found within good and bad people. It shows how ignorance is bliss, and how educating oneselves, and not judging can do harm. The film has really strong characters, and a heavy plot, but I am noticing that this film has some formulas established in the past few films of the canon that I cannot get over. I do not think the company was expecting this film to be as big of a hit that it turned to be.

Characters

There are many different characters in the film, but most are too minor to mention. I like all of them in their own way though, so it says a lot about the characters in this film.

She is a strong protagonist. I like how she is the typical sweet and optimistic Disney character, but they go out of their way to show that she does have flaws herself, that she does acknowledge and fixes. You need a relatable character, and she is it.

She is a strong protagonist. I like how she is the typical sweet and optimistic Disney character, but they go out of their way to show that she does have flaws herself, that she does acknowledge and fixes. You need a relatable character, and she is it.

 

I do enjoy Nick, I really, really do. But the thing is, I would be lying if I said that he was one of my favourites. It is just that I have seen his type way too much in Disney recently, which I have mentioned in the past in this blog. Kristoff, Flynn (who was already a copy of Aladdin), etc. I did connect to Nick in the aspect that he is a minority who is judged, and constantly have people fear and think negatively of you over something you cannot change. He is a strong and relatable character as well.

I do enjoy Nick, I really, really do. But the thing is, I would be lying if I said that he was one of my favourites. It is just that I have seen his type way too much in Disney recently, which I have mentioned in the past in this blog. Kristoff, Flynn (who was already a copy of Aladdin), etc. I did connect to Nick in the aspect that he is a minority who is judged, and constantly have people fear and think negatively of you over something you cannot change. He is a strong and relatable character as well.

He is not just the tough boss cop who is slightly bigoted. He does have a sensitive and giddy side. He does come around, and his motivations are understandable.

He is not just the tough boss cop who is slightly bigoted. He does have a sensitive and giddy side. He does come around, and his motivations are understandable.

I have to admit that I was shocked when she became the villain. I liked how demure and dainty she was, just going on with her life. Turns out, she is sick of not being in power, and always being put down, so she is using the ignorance and fear of others to gain power.

I have to admit that I was shocked when she became the villain. I liked how demure and dainty she was, just going on with her life. Turns out, she is sick of not being in power, and always being put down, so she is using the ignorance and fear of others to gain power.

Animation

I am shocked with how much they were able to create with the imagination. I am always one to go awe about new worlds, and how they create these worlds through animation to blow our minds. The textures were great, and they had to create so many animals and tools in such a variety of different sizes. I am impressed.

Music

The score from what I recall is decent enough. Nothing is really memorable about it, and there is no specific theme to it. I know Shakira sings the main song of the film, which carries the theme of the movie, and the journey of the film well enough.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on March 4th of this year in North America, as of May 24th, the film has made a bit short of a billion dollars; grossing $334 million domestically, and $649 million elsewhere, with a current amount of $983.9 million. It is currently the second highest grossing film of the year, behind Captain America: Civil War, and is the highest grossing animated film of the year.

Critically, it received large critical praise, reasons involving the thought provoking essage of prejudice, while maintaining the family-theme rating that Disney is accustomed to.

Final Score

Story: 9/10

Characters: 8/10

Animation: 10/10

Music: 7.5/10

= 34.5/40 = 86% (yes, it outranked Beauty and the Beast)

Deleted Songs Analysis: To Be King

It has been a few weeks since I have posted one of these, but I have finally gotten back to it. I probably will not be posting these every week, just to get the expectation of weekly updates out of the way. The song I am going to review is the deleted from from The Lion King, called To Be King.

The song involves the scene where Mufasa is teaching Simba about the world of Pride Rock, the environment of the area they live in, and the entire purpose of being the king. Zazu shows up, and they end up bursting about singing. I am going to go out of my way to say that I do not like this song at all.

In the beginning of the song, it starts with Mufasa narrating to him, “To be king is a huge obligation, it’s not just a license for fun. And since you’re the next generation, and even more: Since you’re my son, I owe you a dad’s explanation.” This is decent enough, and I see where they are going with this, but things just go wrong soon after, when Zazu is introduced. “But who gives a hoot if you’re hot?” What the heck is that? Was that seriously a line in this song? Zazu then has the nerve to add that “But the perks make up for a lot!” Like….. why? It just beings down the song.

Mufasa sings about duty, and how every king must put in their all, which is good enough, but then all of the animals sing in the last part of the song, which includes lines such as “King, protector, protects us till his duty reconciles! Nice to all ages, feasts for all seasons!Mighty king! Mighty king! Mighty king, of the wild!“. The song is pretty short, but it feels pretty long.

As to why the song was deleted, it was because the movie makers did not feel like it suits James Earl Jones voice. So…… it wasn’t because the song was redundant, childish, annoying, and pointless? The song was just way too juvenile to me, and I am glad that it was cut from the film entirely.

I will be covering the songs that is in this page, with the exception of the ones that are not in the main canon. If you have any recommendations, list them in the comments, or I will choose one myself. Thank you for reading.

DisneyToons review: Planes

DisneyToons 44th film.

DisneyToons 44th film.

http://megashare.sc/watch-planes-online-TnpBM09RPT0

My opinion right after watching the film

Well, it has been two and a half years since I have watched this film, and my opinion still stands on it. I still think that it is boring and dry, with no substance whatsoever. I did not even notice the racial stereotypes when I watched it then, but I most certainly do now.

Production

Chief creative officer John Lasseter was inspired by the concept of Cars, and created one based on Planes. The studio did not want to recreate the concept, world, and setting with Planes, so they interviewed a bunch of pilots. Apparently, John Cryer was supposed to voice Dusty, but he ended up being replaced by Dane Cook for some reason.

Story

This is going to be very short because I do not want to spend much time summarizing a boring piece of crap like this. The crop duster Dusty (Dane Cook) has a day dream of racing with a bunch of other planes, only for reality to hit in that he is dusting crops. He is told by his mechanic Dottie (Teri Hatchet) that he has damaged his engine due to excessive speeds caused by racing, especially since cropdusters generally have low speeds. The Wings Across the Globe race’s qualifiers are coming up, so he decides to prepare for it. We instantly skip the character developing training montage, as he is assisted by Skipper (Stacy Keach), who was an all-time racer back in his day I believe. It pisses me off that they go right to the race, and they instantly skip out on a moment where we could have seen a bit more depth of the character, only to go right to the race, which takes up 3/4 of the film in the minimum.

 So he goes to qualifiers, and ends up getting sixth place, which is an issue since there are only 5 slots. Luckily for him, another racer is forced to drop out, which causes him to take the fifth spot. Skipper helps him train at 5 in the morning, but we do not see a lot of this.

So he goes to qualifiers, and ends up getting sixth place, which is an issue since there are only 5 slots. Luckily for him, another racer is forced to drop out, which causes him to take the fifth spot. Skipper helps him train at 5 in the morning, but we do not see a lot of this.

Skipper tries to get Dusty to quit the race, but he refuses. There is another issue that Dusty is facing; he is afraid of heights, and dustcroppers only fly a few feet from the ground……. So a plane……. is afraid of heights……… but wants to be a racer……….. which involves flying varying speeds and varying heights…… Are you serious? This literally makes no sense. Anything for plot convenience I guess… His fear of heights causes him to fly low, which causes him to get last place in the first leg from New York to Iceland. It is around this time that he falls in love with the indian Ishani (Priyanka Chopra), meets a mexican El Chupacabra (Carlos Alazraqui), and ends up becoming a rival to the obvious villain Ripslinger (Roger Craig Smith), who is a 3-time winner. I have written an essay that race in animated films, and I also discussed how anthropomorphic characters often are tied to racial stereotypes, which evaluates why I dislike the racial stereotypes in this film. Dusty saves a british plane (who says he does not cry because he is british) named Bulldog (John Cleese), which is why he ends up being last, as well as flying slow.

After getting a new and improved engine, Dusty flies through the next few legs of the race, and is gaining much press and fan coverage, since he is the compelling underdog story.

After getting a new and improved engine, Dusty flies through the next few legs of the race, and is gaining much press and fan coverage, since he is the compelling underdog story. Ripslinger is getting more and more jealous.

After arriving in India, Ishani and Dusty fly together and bond over people expecting them to win, and blah, blah blah. During the next race to China, Ishani sets Dusty up to fly through the Himiyalas to get a new propeller from Ripslinger to do better, but everyone is shocked when he flies through the tunnel, and snatches first. Of course he is mad at her, and I do not feel bad, because I do not care, since these characters are so damn flat.

Ripslinger attempts to sabotage Dusty time and time again, as his antenna is wired to the point that he cannot contact anyone about his lack of gas. He pulls into a military boat, and sees that Skipper was only involved in one battle instead of many. He confronts Skipper about this, who tells him that he was the only survivor of the battle he was involved in, and refused to train or fly again. This is the liar's revealed plot, and WHO CARES. WHO CARES IF HE LIED ABOUT HIS HISTORY? You STILL improved, and HE is not the person involved in the race. If there was more to Dusty, than maybe I would care more, and even that is a stretch.

Ripslinger attempts to sabotage Dusty time and time again, as his antenna is wired to the point that he cannot contact anyone about his lack of gas. He pulls into a military boat, and sees that Skipper was only involved in one battle instead of many. He confronts Skipper about this, who tells him that he was the only survivor of the battle he was involved in, and refused to train or fly again. This is the liar’s revealed plot, and WHO CARES. WHO CARES IF HE LIED ABOUT HIS HISTORY? You STILL improved, and HE is not the person involved in the race. If there was more to Dusty, than maybe I would care more, and even that is a stretch.

I don’t care anymore to describe this film. Dusty gets repaired, him and Skipper reunite and thwart Ripslinger’s plans of sabotage, and ends up winning due to the enemy slowing down to take pictures. Everyone congratulates Dusty, and he flies off with Skipper, since he can now fly. Wooo flipping hoo.

I forgot what an utter bore and struggle it was to get through the film. It is near impossible to invest in the film, certain things did not really make sense, there is no depth in all aspects with the slight exception of the music. Thin plot and thin characters ruin every movie. 2 more films, and I am done with this canon. I will NEVER watch this film again.

I forgot what an utter bore and struggle it was to get through the film. It is near impossible to invest in the film, certain things did not really make sense, there is no depth in all aspects with the slight exception of the music. Thin plot and thin characters ruin every movie. 2 more films, and I am done with this canon. I will NEVER watch this film again.

Characters

Flat, thin, nothing to care for, and are often racial stereotypes.

He is the generic, bland hero, who does not grow as a character or have us learn more about him. He is NOT a good main character. Yes, I am copying what I said in my review of the cheapquel.

He is the generic, bland hero, who does not grow as a character or have us learn more about him. He is NOT a good main character. Yes, I am copying what I said in my review of the cheapquel.

He is the only slightly interesting character.... nevremind, I take that back. He lies about being a part of many battles, but only competed in one. His backstory gives him something, but he is still dull. Just not as dull as everyone else.

He is the only slightly interesting character…. nevremind, I take that back. He lies about being a part of many battles, but only competed in one. His backstory gives him something, but he is still dull. Just not as dull as everyone else.

Typical jealous, ego-centric villain who is used to basking in victory and success.

Typical jealous, ego-centric villain who is used to basking in victory and success.

Animation

The animation is pretty good. The planes and stuff look like planes, the lighting hits them nicely, the backgrounds are decent, and the motion is good (though could be better). The one issue I have with it is that it could have used A LOT more detail. Just because this area is good, does not account for everything else to suck.

Music

While the music is unmemorable, it is not really bad. When they travel to a different place, it switches to that type of music, like playing Indian music in India, and so on.  It is soothing when it is just calm flying, and intense music when the flying scenes are getting crazy. Decent, but you wont remember it much.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on August 9th, 2013, it underperformed with a domestic total of $90,288,712, and $148,970,000 elsewhere, for a total of $239,258,712. I guess it made DisneyToons a bit of change.

It was critically panned for having the same quality of a typical DisneyToons cheapquel, but was still released in theaters, and also ripping off the mixed received Cars franchise from Pixar. Disney had the DAMN NERVE to greenlit a sequel to be released BEFORE THIS MOVIE WAS EVEN RELEASED.

Reception Today

From what I call, it is still close to being universally panned.

Story: 5/10

Characters: 3/10

Animation: 7/10

Music: 6/10

21/40 = 53%

Next time

Review: May 29th, 2016.

Review: May 29th, 2016.

Kung Fu Panda 3 review

 

2016`s 2nd animated film.

2016`s 2nd animated film.

http://playvids.xyz/watchmovies/playnow/62638

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is very predictable. I saw every single twist and turn coming from a mile away, and I do not know how much longer they can continue this franchise without it getting stale. There is still a lot that is good in the film, and there is a good amount of detail put in the characters and how the story took place, I can see that things are getting a bit redundant.

Production

It was announced in 2010 that there would be 6 films, or “chapters” to this franchise, and this film was announced to the public in 2012.  A third of the film was produced in China by Oriental DreamWorks, while the rest was produced in America.

Story

The story starts with Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) fighting with a friend/turned rival named Kai (J. K. Simmons), who has defeated most of the Kung Fu masters, and collects their chi, while turning them into crystal charms. Oogway tells him that he more he takes, the less he will have, and the Dragon Warrior will stop him before Oogway is defeated. We are taken to the real world, where Po (Jack Black) is engulfing in his fame, before Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) announces that today will be his last class, since the Dragon Warrior will teach the classes from now on. Long story short, it does not end well, and everyone hears about Po’s failed teachings.

He is told by Shifu that in order to have the master and learn the power of Chi, you have to master self, and ask who you really are. Kai is making his way to the real world, but he is a comedic villain because no one knows who he is, since he is that old, and it kind of damages his ego for a few seconds.

So a middle-aged pahtner shows up, and announces to Po that he is looking for his son. Both are oblivious to the fact that they are father and son (which the entire town is aware of), only for them to realize it when Li Shan (Bryan Cranston) runs up to hug his son. The two instantly bond, and fool around in the palace, which eventually gets them in trouble with Shifu. This does not matter, since he tells them that he found his father.

So a middle-aged panda shows up, and announces to Po that he is looking for his son. Both are oblivious to the fact that they are father and son (which the entire town is aware of), only for them to realize it when Li Shan (Bryan Cranston) runs up to hug his son. The two instantly bond, and fool around in the palace, which eventually gets them in trouble with Shifu. This does not matter, since he tells them that he found his father.

Almost instantly, Kai shows up with his jade crystals, which evokes a great battle scene with the 5/Po, and the crystal legends. They look through a bunch of scrolls, and finally knows who Kai is after they read a scroll. Shan tells them that the universe sent him a message to go after his son, which makes Mr. Ping (James Hong) jealous. So they learn that Pandas still exist in secret, Kai and Oogway were friends, but the power of chi broke them apart since Kai was too greedy. Shan uses this as a way to bring Po home, but neither are aware that Mr. Ping sneaks into one of their bags to go with them.

While Po meets a bunch of new characters, Mantis (Seth Rogen) and Crane (David Cross) are instructed by Shifu to observe and spy on the jade crystals, but to not interact with them. Of course the dumbasses end up going too close to them out of curiosity and end up turning into jade charms themselves. From what I have seen in the past, they were always very controlled, dubious, and focused. This seems a bit out of character, just so the plot can continue. It is around here how painfully obvious the plot is going to get. All of the characters will turn into charms, and Chi is pretty much the same thing as inner peace from the last film.

While Po meets a bunch of new characters, Mantis (Seth Rogen) and Crane (David Cross) are instructed by Shifu to observe and spy on the jade crystals, but to not interact with them. Of course the dumbasses end up going too close to them out of curiosity and end up turning into jade charms themselves. From what I have seen in the past, they were always very controlled, dubious, and focused. This seems a bit out of character, just so the plot can continue. It is around here how painfully obvious the plot is going to get. All of the characters will turn into charms, and Chi is pretty much the same thing as inner peace from the last film.

Mr. Ping continues to feel left out by Po bonding with his biological father, and gets a bit too bitter for my liking if I were to be honest. Po is told about what happened to his mother (we saw what happened in the second film, as some sort of a flashback), and Po tells his father that he will never lose him again. Kai gets to the palace, and engages in a fight with Shifu and the remaining members of the 5, where all but Tigris (Angelina Jolie) is turned into a crystal gem, and she makes her way to the secret panda area, which she conveniently finds very easily……… Anyways, we deal with the bullshit and predictable liar revealed plotline, where Po gets annoyed that his father refuses to teach him chi, only to admit that he lied about that to get him to come to the panda area. The fathers bond on lying about their motivations, and everyone makes up.

Tigris tells Po about how Kai operates, and it leads to him to train all of the pandas, by helping them be the best they can be (which is the message of the whole film). I do think that this training montage is way too quick, and I had the same issue in the first film, where Po went from failing to being an expert at Kung Fu. It is jut too rushed and convenient to hold the plot along by a thread.

Tigris tells Po about how Kai operates, and it leads to him to train all of the pandas, by helping them be the best they can be (which is the message of the whole film). I do think that this training montage is way too quick, and I had the same issue in the first film, where Po went from failing to being an expert at Kung Fu. It is jut too rushed and convenient to hold the plot along by a thread.

It is time for the big climax after Po plans their strategy, and everyone starts to fight. The other pandas fight off the other crystal jades well enough, and Po manages to distract Kai enough so he can use the move he was taught in the first film on him, which fails. Po is almost turned into a crystal jade, but the other Pandas finally get Chi, which they use to save him. He battles Kai in the spirit world, and ends up defeating him.

I have to say that this franchise is getting a bit weak. Too formulaic, and the plot for this film was predictable from beginning to end. What I can say is that I like the detail to their legends, and the emotions in the film are very strong. This film is suffering from what always happens to franchises that has many sequels.

I have to say that this franchise is getting a bit weak. Too formulaic, and the plot for this film was predictable from beginning to end. What I can say is that I like the detail to their legends, and the emotions in the film are very strong. This film is suffering from what always happens to franchises that has many sequels.

Characters

I am going to keep this extremely short, since nothing of note really changed amongst any of the characters in the film at all.

Despite the fact that he meets and bond with his father, absolutely nothing changes with him. It is the same old, same old.

Despite the fact that he meets and bond with his father, absolutely nothing changes with him. It is the same old, same old.

He was a bit too bitter and over the top for my liking in this film. He does go back to normal 2/3rd in the movie though.

He was a bit too bitter and over the top for my liking in this film. He does go back to normal 2/3rd in the movie though.

Li Shan

He is literally the same as his son.

I like it that he was a mix of funny and intimidating, also giving him history with Oogway. Otherwise, eh.

I like it that he was a mix of funny and intimidating, also giving him history with Oogway. Otherwise, eh.

Animation

One thing that the company gets right is the animation. I love how they always explore new aspects into China, and the forestry was very exquisite. The movement in animation has gotten better and better, and the special effects are more beautiful and complex within each film. It is brilliant.

Music

When focusing on the music, there is nothing really to say about it. It is good, but there are no songs, and the score is the typical epic Chinese score we have received throughout this entire franchise.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on January 23rd in China, and the 29th in most other places, it made $142 million domestically, and $375 million elsewhere, with an international total of $517 million as of May 16th.

In regards to the critical reaction, there was a lot of positive reception by critics and audiences alike. Many liked that it continued the trend and formulas from the other films, and continued the story like a good sequel should do, but many people felt like it was just passable.

Final Score

Story: 7/10

Characters: 6.5/10

Animation: 9/10

Music: 8.5/10

= 31/40 = 78%

Norm of the North review

2016's 1st film.

2016’s 1st film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is a piece of shit. I have been trying to hold back with the profanity, but I cannot. What the hell did I just watch? This is the stupidest shit I have ever seen. This is an abomination and an insult to animation.

Production

There is no information on the production on this page. I went on the Wikipedia page, and it is pretty much empty. There was no fucks given to complete the page of that trashy film. Oh my goodness. This film does not even deserve a proper review.

Story

The main story starts with a polar bear named Norm (Rob Schneider), who is struggling with hunting, but ends up interacting with tourists, who expects him to eat the seal he has in his hand. Apparently when he was 13, a little girl was running towards him, and he learned that he had the capability to understand, and talk to humans. It is stupid that he is somehow the only bear who understands humans for no reason, but I know that this story will get even stupider.

After going to see a fancy house in the arctic, and exploring it, he decides to leave the North Pole to go to civilization, so he will be able to use his skills to save the Arctic. Let's see how this goes down.

After going to see a fancy house in the arctic, and exploring it, he decides to leave the North Pole to go to civilization, so he will be able to use his skills to save the Arctic. Let’s see how this goes down.

A woman named Vera Brightey (Heather Graham) is a single mother, who is putting all of her time in work, so she an provide for her daughter Olympia (Maya Kay), who does not like the idea of what her mother is working for. Vera follows and finds Norm, which she uses to film a commercial for her real estate company. The video gets sent to CEO Mr. Greene (Ken Jeong), and he loves it, since he needs the permit permission from the Polar Council (which is stupid, the concept of a Polar Council), before he can build homes in the arctic (which he is doing either way).

Norm goes to the human world, where he is represented as a mascot. After a bunch of pee jokes, and cheesy dancing, he gets the job by Mr. Greene.

It took him 5 minutes to realize that he is a REAL polar bear, and lashes out at his employees/hit men for no ridding of him, and Vera STILL doesn't realize it is a real polar bear. ANYONE with a brain knows the difference between a mascot and an animal. I cannot believe they are using this crap to feed an environmental message.

It took him 5 minutes to realize that he is a REAL polar bear, and lashes out at his employees/hit men for no ridding of him, and Vera STILL doesn’t realize it is a real polar bear. ANYONE with a brain knows the difference between a mascot and an animal. I cannot believe they are using this crap to feed an environmental message.

Greene attempts to shoot Norm, but he misses, and this is turned into a news broadcast of how Norm is a hero and an icon, which helps their business. Norm is trying to find out the full details of Green’s project, but there is surveillance everywhere in the building. He ends up meeting Vera’s daughter Olympia, who is the only one who has sense. She knows he is a bear, and wants to help him save the Arctic, while he helps her save her home, which means that she wants her mother home. After he is forced to do interviews, the film uses this as a crappy excuse to add in pop culture songs and dances, as he gets more frustrated with the company.

He recorded a slogan, which was altered in a way that says that he supports homes in the arctic. Olympia tells her mothers about her studies, which involves the harm her project is doing to the Arctic, though her mother counters it by saying that this will bring awareness to the Arctic. Greene calls Vera to tell her that the council ended up approving somehow, and as they move to the Arctic, he orders for Norm to be killed. Of course there is a chase to the Arctic, a battle happens, and he saves the Arctic. Greene is defeated and removed of everything he earned, the mother and daughter finally spend quality time together, and Norman is deemed the King of his land, before gaining a family.

I have legit never seen a film has traumatically scarring as this film, and I have been subjected to a lot of horrid films. The story is stupid, corny, and cringeworthy, the characters, music, and animation are as well. I have never had my integrity and intelligence questioned so much from a film. Bad start to the year.

I have legit never seen a film has traumatically scarring as this film, and I have been subjected to a lot of horrid films. The story is stupid, corny, and cringeworthy, the characters, music, and animation are as well. I have never had my integrity and intelligence questioned so much from a film. Bad start to the year.

Characters

The characters….. can I even call them that? There is nothing to really analyze, but I will be as basic as they are when it comes to looking at them.

Basic protagonist, but also a pop culture tool.

Basic protagonist, but also a pop culture tool.

Typical, annoying corporate villain.

Typical, annoying corporate villain.

Extremely and unintentionally stupid and lacking common sense.

Extremely and unintentionally stupid and lacking common sense.

Typical brainiac, and... that is it.

Typical brainiac, and… that is it.

Animation

The animation is not the worst, but that does not mean that it is pleasing to look at. It is really the horrible textures that makes the film hard to look at from an animation standpoint.

Music

When they are not playing cheesy pop music, there was nothing memorable regarding the music.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on January 15th of this year, it flopped, with a $25.4 million international gross. It was also ripped to shreds critically for the overall trash that this film is.

Final Score

Story: 4/10

Characters: 3/10

Animation: 4/10

Music: 4.5/10

= 15.5/40 =39%