10 items from 2013
In my opinion, kid’s movies are among the best ever made but are often over-looked because they usually lack tragic drama or passionate physical romances, but that’s what makes them great. They are a fantasy escape into a world we’ve never seen but we all wish we had. And that’s what Mary Poppins did so brilliantly in 1964 and I don’t think that anyone anywhere can honestly say that they didn’t yearn for Mary to fly to their doorstep and teach them magic when they were little.
With expert flair, Walt Disney made a spirited, visually captivating and touching adaptation from the P.L. Travers books and it was the first film from his studio to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Featuring a knockout, Oscar-winning performance of prim, proper British beauty and intelligence by Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins, Disney studios most expensive film up to that time, »
- Tom Stockman
Lilo & Stitch is, in effect, this generation’s Dumbo.
Having lost money on previous films The Emperor’S New Groove and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, CEO Michael Eisner decided their next film would have a much smaller scale, a move inspired by the little pachyderm, and it worked.
Lilo & Stitch was in fact the first animated feature to use watercolour-painted backgrounds since Dumbo and hand-drawn (if computer-coloured) cells. A conscious effort was made to give it a warmer,old-fashioned look, dispensing with the “Deep Canvas” technique used in Tarzan, Atlantis and it’s immediate followup Treasure Planet, and having a minimum number of shots using either a “multiplane” or “3D camera” effect. This decision required a lot of background artists to be trained in the technique.
The lead character, Stitch, had been created some fifteen years earlier by head storyboard artist Chris Sanders »
- Rob Burch
Okay, so yesterday the rumor was that Glee would be moving the show to NYC, now apparently, Kurt may be moving to … Russia … to battle for gay rights? They’re just f*cking with us now, right?
A remake of infamous 80′s slasher Sleepaway Camp is being planned. Can they possibly keep that ending?
Ellen is Nicki Minaj
Below you can see a hilarious interview with Stephen Colbert and gay teen genius Jack Andraka.
Rachel takes on the lies that E.W. Jackson has told as he desperately tries to backtrack from his homophobia.
Here’s a quick tease of »
“Make Fats shut up for five minutes.”
Director: Richard Attenborough
Plot: Corky (Hopkins) is a magician without any confidence or stage presence. He eventually incorporates a dummy, known as Fats (also Hopkins), into his act and becomes a huge success. After a visit to the city where Corky is asked to undertake a medical exam before signing a contract with NBC, he decides to go into hiding in a log cabin owned by his high school crush. But is Fats in some way controlling Corky? And if so, what are his intentions?
Ventriloquist dummies are probably just behind clowns in the list of things that are meant for kids but actually freak you the hell out. It’s something about those dead eyes, the way the mouth moves with a clunky knocking wooden sound, but most of all, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Directors: Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg
1995/ 81 Minutes
Est. budget: $55 million
Box Office: $346.1 million
It was regarded as being one the hardest films produced by the studio, due to its rich colour schemes, angular shapes and facial expressions, and was in production for a full five years. It paid off, however, and is regarded as one of the studio’s finest works.
It was the first Disney animated feature to be based on a real historical character, as well as established known history and folklore of the Native Americans of the era, and focuses on her relationship with the (real) English explorer/soldier/author, John Smith. It’s difficult to discern exactly how faithful an adaptation the film is (putting aside »
- Rob Burch
"...a new heroine has arrived in 'Gotham' whose identity is a mystery— even to 'Batman'.
Batman must figure out who 'Batwoman' is and stop familiar enemies the 'Penguin' and 'Rupert Thorne', from selling illegal weapons to the nation of 'Kasnia', with gangster 'Carlton Duquesne', hired to provide protection.
"'But Bruce Wayne', Batman's alter ego, becomes involved with 'Kathy Duquesne', the crime boss's daughter, 'Dr. Roxanne Rocky Ballantine', a new employee at 'Wayne Tech' and 'Sonya Alcana'..."
Cast also includes Kevin Conroy, Kimberly Brooks, Kelly Ripa, Elisa Gabrielli, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin Michael Richardson, John Vernon, Héctor Elizondo, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Eli Marienthal, Tara Strong, Bob Hastings and Robert Costanzo.
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- Michael Stevens
In this sci-fi comedy spin-off from animated smash Lilo & Stitch, the bolshie alien (voiced by Daveigh Chase) sets out to stop a scheming rodent - Hamsterviel - from gettings his paws on his experimental predecessors. The original voice cast returns for this yarn following Stitch (aka Experiment 626) and his new surrogate family in Hawaii. Dr Jumba (David Ogden Stiers) has brought his other 625 experiments to Earth, and it's up to Stitch and buddies to prevent to make sure the villainous Dr. »
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996.
At the urging of his gargoyle pals, Quasimodo leave the solitary safety of his tower, venturing out to find his first true friend, the gypsy beauty Esmeralda. The most unlikely of heroes, Quasi fights to save the people and the city he loved and, in turn, helps us to see people for who they are, rather than how they appear.
Among a line of hits for Disney in the 1990s - including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan - The Hunchback of Notre Dame is little remembered, but it’s one of the more striking and entertaining, and deftly engages with themes of religious prejudice and state power, »
- Flickering Myth
Victor Hugo devotees will not exactly like what Disney did to his classic novel, but musical and animation devotees may be able to forgive. Some still might not be able to being forced to buy the inferior direct-to-video sequel. Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996): In 15th century Paris, Minister Frollo (Tony Jay) pursues the law with an iron fist, especially against gypsies. His pursuit ends with a mother dead and her deformed baby nearly cast into a well. The Archdeacon of Notre Dame (David Ogden Stiers) tells Frollo that can.t murder the child at the steps of the massive cathedral. Frollo fears for his mortal soul so he has the Archdeacon raise Quasimodo (Tom Hulce) as the »
- Jeff Swindoll
Episodes 12-13 “The Brave and the Bold” Part 1 Original Airdate: March 10, 2002 Part 2 Original Airdate: March 17, 2002 Story by Dwayne McDuffie Teleplay by Rich Fogel and Paul Dini Directed by Dan Riba Guest Starring: Virginia Madsen (Dr. Sarah Corwin), David Ogden Stiers (Solovar), Powers Boothe (Grodd) Plot Summary: The gorilla General Grodd uses his mind control powers to attempt to get humanity to launch an attack against Gorilla City. While the Flash and Green Lantern try to stop Grodd, the rest of the League moves on to Gorilla City and must convince the populace that they’re there to help. Production Notes: “Circumstances resulted in the story being handed off to Dwayne McDuffie and thank God it did,” declares Bruce Timm. “That was my first time I’d read any of his work and I instantly fell in love with his take on the characters and his dialogue especially. I realized »
10 items from 2013
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