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Despicable Me 3 Trailer

I have been a serious fan of Minions for years, and when I spotted the trailer for Despicable Me 3 I had no choice but to include it here. It will be hitting the theater on heaters on June 30, 2017, and I can’t wait to see what new and twisted tropes they brutalize next […]

Ghibli? Mary and the Witch’s Flower trailer

Studio Ghibli is in hibernation for the moment, largely shut down although Hayao Miyazaki has said he plans to do another feature length film, this time a documentary about making the animation Boro the Caterpillar. But a bunch of former Studio Ghibli talent have gathered together under the brand new banner of Studio Ponoc, and […]

Something to Do: Movies

There are several excellent choices this week, starting with Passengers, where two people wake from cold sleep 90 years before their starship arrives at their new colony planet. Starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as the wakees, this may be the best choice for the weekend. We also get Assassin’s Creed, which started life as […]

Rigger Kate

I just watched Moana, and out of it’s short list of animation riggers, a name caught my eye: Kate Kirby-OConnell. One of the hardest jobs on an animation project is to take a 3D Character Model and Rig it, meaning give it a bone structure you can embed inside its flesh and use to animate […]

Something to Do: Movies

There isn’t much this week, with the non-genre Office Christmas Party about the only thing that looks interesting. This might be a good time to catch up on anything you missed that is still in the theaters, or to go re-watch a favorite. A favorite I intend to catch is the Spirited Away: 15th Anniversary […]

Something to Watch: Discs

We get two animated western films this week, with The Secret Life of Pets being my vote for the best choice. Mind, Lego Star Wars: Freemaker Adventures is probably also a good option, but since I haven’t seen it yet I have to go with the one I have seen and know I like. The […]

Something to Watch: Discs

There are a lot of family friendly choices this time, starting with the live action remake of Pete’s Dragon from Disney. Spielberg’s take on Roald Dahl’s The BFG is also by way of Disney, and also family friendly. The animated adventure comedy The Wild Life has one of the more cleverly done interactive web sites […]

Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli

I am wishing I lived in Toronto, and considering spending the Xmas/New Years holidays there, just so I can attend Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli. They will be playing pretty much every Ghibli film ever made, starting on December 24th with Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery […]

Moana Today!

I have been looking forward to Moana, and it finally kicks off today! How about a few of the songs just to get you ready? The first is We Know The Way, written and performed by Opetaia Foa‘i and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the second is How Far I’ll Go sung by Alessia Cara, and they are […]

Something to Watch: Discs

The wonderful animation Kubo and the Two Strings comes out this week, if you missed it in the theaters you definitely want to catch it now. It is also one of the best instances of stop motion filming I have seen, possibly surpassing Box Trolls. Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers is also out this week, a […]