Archive for the ‘Animation’ Category

Disney Animation 2011: Newt

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Newt from Pixar will appear in the summer of 2001. This film asks the question, “What happens when the last two newts on the earth are a male and a female that hate each other?” and answers, “We’ll give you a hint: ‘dodo bird.'”

Disney Animation 2010: Tinker Bell – A Midsummer Night’s Storm

Monday, May 5th, 2008

This direct-to-DVD Tinker Bell film will be the most complex to date, involving as it does three separate plot threads intertwined with the celebration of the wedding of the Duke of Thesaruses and Hippolady, queen of the Amazons. This film will introduce Titania, queen of the fairies, and a group of rude mechanical creatures that perform a cartoon feature within the cartoon. Puck, the hockey puck from the original Toy Story, make s a guest appearance.

Disney Animation 2010: Rapunzel

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

With the 2010 release of Rapunzel, Disney will only have four common fairy tales left to make feature films out of (The Princess and the Pea, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Plato’s Republic). Knowing that they are nearing the end, Disney is pulling out all the stops on this one, using cutting-edge computer animation and filming the entire production in something called Hair-O-Vision.

Originally, Rapunzel was to be titled Rapunzel Unbraided, but an episode of Mythbusters dealing with the usefulness of hair for climbing proved that braided hair was actually stronger than unbraided hair, climbing wise, and if Rapunzel was going to have braided hair, they couldn’t advertise that she would be unbraided (for legal reasons).

Disney Animation 2010 Toy Story 3 3D

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Although by the title you might think that you are mistaken for thinking that this is Toy Story 3in 3D, it actually is. This is Pixar’s second Toy Story sequel, and the end of the first Toy Story Trilogy.

In this installment, Buzz has come to accept the fact that Emperor Zurg is his father but seeks a retreat to commune with the little green aliens so that he can focus his mind and resist the Zurg’s temptations as he tries to get Buzz to join Dark Starcommand.

Meanwhile, Woody and the rest of the gang have ventured into the neighbor’s yard where they plan to blow up a satellite dish because they mistakenly believe that it emits signals that protect Zurg’s unfinished Nurf space station from attack. But it’s a trap! Only with the help of a group of wild, weed-dwelling Care Bears can our heroes escape.

After this film, Pixar plans to take a lengthy break from making Toy Story sequels, after which they will complete the trilogy of TS prequels in which we see each toy’s incredible assembly-line origin and learn that Sid (from Toy Story 1) is really only one boy out of an army of toy-abusing child clones.

Disney Animation 2010: Toy Story 2 3D

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Although by the title you might think that this is Toy Story 23, it isn’t. Instead, it’s Pixar’s original Toy Story sequel with a special pair of glasses and greater storytelling depth. The story has been thoroughly revised to take advantage of the new visual technology. This time around, Woodie discovers that he was once the star of Wood’s Roundup 3D, a three-dimensional television show in which buildings and plants painted on wooden flats seem to jump out of the screen. This film will be notable for adding three new three-dimensional characters to the Toy Story pantheon: Jessie (a yodeling cowgirl), Bullseye (a horse named after a steak sauce), and the Prospector (sort of a fat, bearded combination of Santa Claus and Hitler).

The rerelease of this film in 3D is scheduled for February 12, 2010, to coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday 3D.

Disney Animation 2009: Tinker Bell — Much Ado About Neverland

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

This 2009 direct-to-video release finds Tinker Bell causing mischief for her friends from Peter Pan. It seems that one of the Lost Boys has “kind of a thing” for Wendy, and when Peter Pan promises to tell Wendy about it and save his friend embarrassment, Tink tells the lost boy that Peter is really trying to date Wendy himself. Everything get worked out in the end, and Wendy and the lost boy decide to get married.

Board of waiting for Wendy’s wedding, Tink hatches a plot to make Captain Hook and Tiger Lily each think that the other is in love with them. But because both are too proud to fall in love with each other, Tink relieves her boredom by helping a couple of malcontents ruin Wendy’s wedding. Further hilarity ensues.

Disney Animation 2009: The Princess and the Frog

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

In Christmas 2009, Disney returns to traditional animation (they were just kidding when they said traditional animation was through and fired everyone) with The Princess and the Frog, a timeless tale based on one of the few recognizable fairytales Disney hasn’t made a feature film out of yet.

As in the original tale, Princess takes place in New Orleans, where a voodoo princess finds love in the form of a frog that has escaped from the clutches of a group of drunken gumbo chefs. The frog is unhappy because continued repairs in the city are draining the water that he has come to love and raised the walls around the city, making it harder for him to get back to the river after collecting his allotment of Mardi Gras beads. Will the princess be able to help him? Will she kiss him? Will there be singing without meaningful context?

Oh, probably.

Disney Animation 2009: Toy Story 3D

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Although by the title you might think that this is Toy Story 3, it isn’t. Instead, it’s Pixar’s original Toy Story with a special pair of glasses and the letters “3D” appended to the title. The movie still tells the story of how jealous cowboy doll Woodie (Tom Hanks) attempts to murder sweet, innocent, handyman spaceman Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), only to be thrown out of the house by his one-time friends and forced to live in exile on a desert island with no companionship but that of a ball that he names Wilson (“because ‘Friday’ is taken).

The rerelease of this film in 3D is scheduled for October 2, 2009, to coincide with the conversion of the original Disneyland to 3D.

Disney Animation 2009: Up

Monday, April 28th, 2008

This Pixar film, slated for release May 29, 2009, tells the story of Carl Fredercksen (Ed Asner) who has lived a hard-working life dreaming of escaping the newsroom he manages and traveling the Earth, getting drunk in taverns all over the country. But at age 78, Carl doesn’t have much chance of living his dream — or does he?

But then Russell (played by newcomer Jordan “Grape” Nehi), a Wilderness Explorer (sort of a Boy Scout/Junior Woodchuck hybrid) stops by the see if Carl would be interested in buying a few boxes of his Explorer Cookies. The two soon discover that the sugared dried fruit in the cookies can be fermented into a delightful adult beverage, and their subsequent flight from authorities takes them across the globe in an epic of drunken proportions.

Disney Animation 2008: Tinker Bell

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

The first of four direct-to-video features centered on Peter Pan’s beloved Tinker Bell, this first film tells the story of how Tink uses her powers to help her enemy Antonio transport his friend Bassanio to a far off land when he can pick up his new Porsche. But when Antonio goes back on his word, she demands a pound of pixie dust for her trouble — an amount that, if Antonio gave it to her, would surely kill him.

The plot is complicated by the fact that most of the fairy kingdom is composed of nature fairies who look down on Tink’s tinkering powers, and because of this don’t give her much of a chance in the films climactic court scene.