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Animatrix, (June 3, 2003)
Director: Koji Morimoto, Shinichiro Watanabe, Mahiro Maeda, Peter Chung, Andy Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike Producers: Michael Arias, Spencer Lamm, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Key Words:Short stories,
Studio: Village Roadshow Pictures Licensed American Publisher: Warner Home Video
Time: 101 mins
A collection of short films about the back story of the ‘Matrix’ universe.
My Thoughts: It’s rather hard to talk about a show like this because it’s mostly like a range of different episodes. They may all contain the Matrix like style but there really isn’t much that connects them. From the story to the animation, each part is different and told in its own way. The movie gets more and more confusing as the stories keep going, making it hard to get what is going on. There isn’t an indication of if you are inside the Matrix or outside it. All I could understand was how pretty the animations were at points and how ‘crappy’ they were in others. The whole mix of samurai to space age, to computer simulations that look so real that it could be live action, all of that just seemed a little overboard.
Question, why does it start out with a man and women undressing each other with katanas? Is it just for sexual looks or is there actually a reason for it? Can someone answer this part for me?
The animation was all over the place from CG to Cartoon, to whatever. I felt rather bombarded by all the different art styles just as it happened in ‘Dante’s Inferno: An animated epic’. The only thing that saved this a little was that the stories were not all linked to one storyline like Dante. When I say Crappy artwork, I don’t mean bad artwork. I just mean stuff that really doesn’t look right in my eyes. The style that is so loaded with detail that you can see almost every line in the face right next to stuff that is very simplified. I may not be using the right word for it but I have no other idea what to use for it. Now the detail work pretty much is nice in the CG part, but I thought it never worked in the cartoon part of the show.
The voices are actually pretty well done and one of the only fluid parts of the show. They have voices that work out rather well for the mood that the ‘scene’ is trying to show. If it’s intense, it sounds intense, if it’s slow, it has that feeling. Some of the characters sound like they were voiced by some of the voice actors that were even in the matrix itself.
Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Animatrix
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Frozen(Nov 19, 2013)
Director:Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Producers: Peter Del Vecho
Adventure, Musical, Fantasy, Comedy
Key Words: Snow, Magic,
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios Licensed American Publisher: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Time: 102 mins
When Anna learns of her sister’s curse, will she be able to save her sister and the kingdom from an eternal winter or will they forever be frozen?
My Thoughts: I’m rather surprised at Disney, I have to say. They really broke out of the box and did something that wasn’t made in the same old storyline for princesses and kingdoms. Instead of just a lonely princess who lives in a tower alone or a damsel in distress, they gave a simple story of two sisters. In some aspects, you could consider this similar to any family. I myself have a little brother in real life that I was rather close to when I was young. As we grew older though, we ended up growing more distant to a point that all we really ever see of each other is the occasional ‘hi’ and fight about where things are put in the house. He has no special powers, no amazing talent that he has to hide from the world, just the fact that we grew up.
It is pretty much the same in Frozen although in the older sister’s mind, she was doing it to protect her sister and the world from a power she was told to be ashamed of. In reality, she is probably more like the damsel in distress then the main character. The younger on the other hand reminds me a lot of myself (I know, strange to say as I am the older sister to my brother). She’s childish and doesn’t like to be alone. She grew up having to deal with being alone for her whole life after her sister shut herself away. All she wanted to do was getting out and have fun but her sister’s fear was so great that it wouldn’t let go. Though there is a prince in the story, he really doesn’t have the same idea that you would normally see in a prince. He’s not the one that is the savor of the story, but if I said more, it might be a spoiler. All I can really tell you is that it does not end how you would expect it to end, it ends with a surprise twist that ended up having me at the edge of my seat.
The animation is so beautiful; the ice they created with all its wonderful textures is just astounding. I was enthralled by all the beautiful texture work and the amazing animation. I know, it’s strange to hear me say something good about a show and not have any problems with the animation. Well, it’s not exactly perfect but the problems that were there were so minimal that it didn’t end up taking away at all from the show. I could watch the show over and over again and pick out every little detail that was wrong but really, then I would be just nit picking.
For those who have ever read my reviews, you will know that I really hate musicals. Well, I guess this is sort of one exception to the rule and with that, I’m kind of happy. I still hate that they would break out in song so much but the music wasn’t really that bad. The music was actually rather catchy and I couldn’t help singing along slightly with the main song ‘Let it Go.’ It was such a catchy song and wasn’t a bit out of place for the storyline they were going for. My only problem was when they would sort of break the song while they were singing, trying to add more explanation then there needed to be. It sounded odd in the song. The voices were really well done, Kristen Bell doing an awesome job as the young sister Anna while Idina Menzel did a really nice job as Elsa. Even Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad, was pretty well done making me laugh at some of his rather clueless nature.
Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frozen_%282013_film%29
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The King and I, (Mar 19, 1999)
Director: Richard Rich Producers: Peter Bakalian, Jacqueline Feather, David Seidler
Action, Comedy, Drama, Musical,
Key Words:Culture Clash,
Studio: Morgan Creek Productions, Rankin/Bass Productions, Nest Family Entertainment, Rich Animation Studio Licensed American Publisher: Warner Bros.
Time: 1 Hour 28 mins
In 1862, Anna Leonowens and her son made there way to Siam to teach the children of the king the English ways. Unfortionitly, the king is very traditional and will not let anything change though his want to do scientific experiments on flying and train travel speak otherwise. With that and the king’s Prime Minister Kralahome wanting to take over, there is a lot of trouble for Anna in the walls of Saim’s palace.
My Thoughts:This story is rather loosely based off of the book ‘The King and I.’ A woman comes to Siam to teach the kings children while someone who doesn’t like the king tries to overthrow him. It’s practically the normal idea of a kingdom trying to be overpowered and a king overthrown. There are some things though that just feels really stupid. For example, songs that are sung at the wrong times and the stupid evil sidekick who loses teeth. I never really liked the story of ‘the king and I’ because it was set with a lot of drama with a clash of cultures. I know it happens a lot and happened back then but they made it into a musical which is another reason I didn’t like it. Now it being a cartoon helped me watch it for the rather fun comic affects.
The animation is rather interesting, very similar to Asian style but with American cartoon flare. Sadly, the animation although fluid is a bit overboard on movement. Characters seem to move unnaturally most of the time, with flailing about and sometimes acting rather strangely for a human. It’s funny to see the stupid sidekick with the belly that would move about but the rest of them were not supposed to be funny so I don’t understand why everyone else had that same sort of style too. It just made the show feel awkward in that.
The music is a little old fashioned and based on the live action movie with the same name. We have very stereotypical characters from way back when the book was made. It’s not just the people who are Asian, it also goes for the old English characters. Just once I would like to see this done for our timeframe where woman didn’t wear hoop skirts and people were a little more educational (Just to let you know, I know they are smart but in a different manner. I am not racist.). The voices were alright though, fiting the characters well.
Overall, I just didn’t care for this movie much. While it is a fun show, it’s not for everyone and felt bland to me.
Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_and_I_%281999_film%29
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