Category Archives: Animation

ABOMINABLE (2019) New trailer Starring CHLOE BENNEt, SARAH PAULSON, ALBERT TSAI, Eddie Izzard…

Abominable (2019)
Abominable (2019)

Directed by Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman, Abominable is a new animated adventure starring  Chloe Bennet, Sarah Paulson and Albert Tsai.

After teenager Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends embark on an epic quest to get him to his natural home. Not an easy task when a wealthy man and a zoologist want the exact opposite…

I’m getting King Kong and ever so slightly, The Never Ending Story (1984) vibes from this trailer. What I like most about this it, besides the idea of a yet with magical capabilities is the violin music that starts at 0:20.

Fingers crossed there’ll be plenty more to love upon release.

Abominable Release Dates: September 27th, 2019 (US); October 11th, 2019 (UK)…

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FROZEN 2 (2019): New Official Trailer Starring Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown…

Frozen 2 (2019), Walt Disney Studios
Frozen 2 (2019), Walt Disney Studios

In Frozen 2, the goal is for Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf is to learn the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom. And so begins an adventure far in the forest…

Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, key cast includes Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown…

I think I’ve seen Frozen (2013) but there’s a chance I only think I have because so many people talked about it a lot post release.

What I know for sure is that this trailer has me curious about the idea that Elsa may have to ‘save the world.’ On second thought, that probably sounds too super hero-ish, so chances are I’m completely wrong.

One more thing, I really like the vocals in this trailer. The results would be completely unrecordable, for sure; yet I wouldn’t mind trying to sing the featured song while backed by what sounds like a fantastic orchestra. Step aside Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)!

Evan Rachel Wood and Jonathan Groff also star.

Frozen 2 Release Dates: November 22nd, 2019 (US & UK)…

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ONWARD (2020): New Trailer From Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus…

Onward (2019), Disney Pixar
Onward (2019), Disney Pixar

From writer / director Dan Scanlon, Onward is a new Disney Pixar animated adventure starring Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Onward is about two teenage elf brothers who embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there…

The two moons at 01:33 into this trailer have me intrigued; the same with the idea of usually majestic unicorns as ‘vermin.’

I can’t wait to see how this story about a world of imaginary creatures such as pixies, mermaids, gnomes, unicorns and pet dragons actually unfolds.

Onward Release Dates: March 6th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (2019): New Trailer From Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Neal McDonough, Ben Schwartz…

Sonic The Hedgehog (2019), Jim Carey, Paramount Pictures
Sonic The Hedgehog (2019), Jim Carey, Paramount Pictures

Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Neal McDonough and Ben Schwartz are the stars of Sonic The Hedgehog.

Directed by Jeff fowler, Marsden plays the cop who’ll help Sonic escape government capture as he tries to save the planet…

I really, REALLY enjoyed this trailer. I enjoyed it for reasons including the fact that the movie looks really fun. Then there’s that great 90s nostalgia which is topped very nicely with Coolio’s classic, Gangster’s Paradise. Last but not least, I’m very excited to see Carey in a role that’s reminiscent of so many of his great classic works, many of which came out in the 90s.

On a side note, Is it just me who half expected Sonic to be voiced by Ryan Reynolds?

Tika Sumpter,Leanne Lapp, Debs Howard, Elfina Luk, Shannon Chan-Kent and Frank C. Turner also star.

Sonic The Hedgehog Release Dates: November 8th, 2019 (US); December 26th, 2019 (UK)…

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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 (2019): New Trailer From Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Dove Cameron, Awkwafina…

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019), Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Angry Birds Movie 2 stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Dove Cameron, Awkwafina and Peter Dinklage.

Directed by Thurop Van Orman and John Rice, this time the cute, colourful flightless birds and the green devious piggies are taking their beef to the next level…

Teaser Trailer

Official Trailer

I’m ready for all the colours, fun and the cuteness.

Sterling K. Brown, Bill Hader, Brooklynn Prince, Rachel Bloom, Lil Rel Howery, Nicki Minaj, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods and Danny McBride also star.

The Angry Birds 2 Release Dates: August 16th, 2019 (US); October 11th, 2019 (UK)…

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MISSING LINK (2019): New Trailer From Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Zach Galifianakis…

Mr Link (2019), Zach Galifianakis
Mr Link (2019), Zach Galifianakis

From writer / director Chris Butler, Missing Link is the story of Mr. Link and his adventures with explorer Sir Lionel Frost and adventurer Adelina Fortnight. The three of them travel the world in search of Mr Link’s relatives.

Key cast includes, Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zack Galifianakis, Emma Thompson…

I’m in because of the impressive cast and the promise of something a little different to the Disney Pixar stories I often enjoy.

Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, Amrita Acharia, Stephen Fry and David Walliams also star.

Missing Link Release Dates: April 12th, 2019 (US)…

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SMALLFOOT (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum
Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum

After being told his whole life that humans don’t exist, young Yeti Migo (Channing Tatum) finds evidence to the contrary and wants all his people to know. Except that things don’t quite go as he expected.

Co-written and directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig, I like the way Smallfoot flips the story of Yetis and humans by telling it from the perspective of Yetis. I also appreciated what Smallfoot had to say about the errors in the ways we tend to treat those we see as very different from us and how counterproductive the lies we tell to protect can sometimes become.

With other key cast including Zendaya, Common, Danny DeVito and James Corden, in terms of the film’s general execution, I’d say it’s somewhere between OK and OK-ish. Part of the reason is that I just didn’t find the writing as fun and good as the trailer led me to expect and hope. A part of me also wishes that Smallfoot didn’t have the musical numbers. I mean, I definitely wouldn’t have minded so much if I felt that most of the songs and singing were great. 

The moment the film had me most engaged is towards the end and during the scenes when the Yetis were being pursued. If I had to pick the most memorable moment for me in the whole film, that’s definitely when a very everyday human item is amusingly referred to as ‘the scroll of invisible wisdom.’

Watch Smallfoot if you’re very, very curious.

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THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES (2018): The Things I Liked…

The Christmas Chronicles (2018), Kurt Russell
The Christmas Chronicles (2018), Kurt Russell

There are four key things I like most about The Christmas Chronicles, the story of siblings whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unforgettable adventure. 

The first highlight is the ‘performance’ during the time in jail, the second is ‘the world in Santa’s bag,’ the third is the very adorable way the the words ‘Papa Noel’ are uttered towards the end and last but not least is that very glorious red leather coat on Santa’s back. Santa’s beard is quite something too, but that coat..!

When I wasn’t busy admiring the aforementioned, I was thinking that overall The Christmas Chronicles isn’t a terrible Christmas movie’. I mean, yes, there was a moment or a few when one of the young actors didn’t deliver their lines in a particularly believable way. There was also a part of me that felt as though the older sibling was probably too old for some aspects of the story. Still, all these ‘inconveniences’ didn’t stop me from watching till the end. I guess I was just very much in the mood for Christmas.

Watch it if you’re so curious.

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