Category: Animation

Imitation of Life (Scoob!, 2020)

So, originally, May was bringing the first theatrical Scooby Doo film in over a decade.  Thanks to a Pandemic (and no doubt a hope by the studio to replicate the success of Trolls World Tour on VOD) it is instead reaching us in our… Continue Reading “Imitation of Life (Scoob!, 2020)”

Sally Forth! (Onward, 2020)

It is Ian Lightfoot’s 16th birthday. Shy and reserved, he really has no friends and has always felt like his life was missing something very specific.  His dad.  When his mother was pregnant, Ian’s father died.  Sixteen years later the family has rebuilt itself… Continue Reading “Sally Forth! (Onward, 2020)”

My Favorite Films of 2019 (Favorites, 2019)

So, I decided to go with a list of fifteen films on my list of favorite films for the year. I missed Parasite in theaters and so have not yet gotten to see it and I have not seen 1917 since it does not… Continue Reading “My Favorite Films of 2019 (Favorites, 2019)”

The Gift of Serving Yourself (Klaus, 2019)

Jesper has lived a life of luxury and privilege. His father has gotten him into the prestigious academy he runs for mail service. In a last and desperate move to teach his son responsibility, he assigns Jesper to a remote island in the arctic… Continue Reading “The Gift of Serving Yourself (Klaus, 2019)”

Meet the New Kids (Toy Story 3, 2010)

While Pixar had pushed the Cars franchise at an aggressive rate, their other films had been allowed to remain largely untouched.  In spite of the second film’s success, it was not until 2010 that we saw the third installment of the Toy Story films.… Continue Reading “Meet the New Kids (Toy Story 3, 2010)”

Collectability (Toy Story 2, 1999)

Toy Story had almost cemented itself as a classic in the public mind within a few short years. This time, they open with a massive space adventure sequence which introduces Buzz’s arch nemesis Evil Emperor Zurg. When Woody gets stolen by a collector at… Continue Reading “Collectability (Toy Story 2, 1999)”

The Secret Life of Toys (Toy Story, 1995)

In the 80s Pixar’s team thought that computers could usher in a wave of new animation….animation by computer.  They made their name in the industry with the  short The Adventures of André and Wally B. A few years later it was followed up by… Continue Reading “The Secret Life of Toys (Toy Story, 1995)”

How Are We Alive (Toy Story 4, 2019)

Honestly, the Toy Story films are something rare.  Never feeling like a cash grab when you actually watch them, they stand together in a way other animated franchises rarely do….even from Pixar. Each film finds some new approach to its characters, new and thoughtful… Continue Reading “How Are We Alive (Toy Story 4, 2019)”

Birth of the Demon Part 3 (Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron, 2007)

This time, along with Perlman, Blair and Jones, John Hurt reprises his role as Professor Trevor ‘Broom’ Bruttenholm.  Borrowing from the legend of Elizabeth Bathory, Blood and Iron is a tale that spans two times. The early life of Broom dealing with a vampire… Continue Reading “Birth of the Demon Part 3 (Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron, 2007)”

Birth of the Demon Part 2 (Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms, 2006)

After the theatrical Hellboy saw moderate success, the studio greenlit a series of animated film.  The first was Sword of Storms. A professor finds an ancient scroll that tells the story of a samurai who defeated two storm demons and traps them in a… Continue Reading “Birth of the Demon Part 2 (Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms, 2006)”