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Ari Folman, visionary director of Waltz With Bashir, brings us a journey beyond imagination in his upcoming movie The Congress. Robin Wright (pictured above) plays a version of herself in this thought-provoking film, which merges live-action and colourful animation. To celebrate the release of The Congress today (our review is here), we take a look at some other movies which have embraced a live-action/animation mash-up.
1) Mary Poppins
Family favourite Mary Poppins delighted audiences when it first burst onto screens in 1964, and now 50 years later the magical tale continues to enchant a brand new generation of film fans. The hit adventure’s wonderful mix of live-action and fantasy animation was surely one of the elements which won it five Oscars at the 1965 Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects.
- Phil Wheat
Interview conducted by Tom Stockman July 16th, 2014
A native St. Louisan, Brad Schiff serves as the animation supervisor at Laika Studios, the award-winning company behind “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” and the upcoming “The Boxtrolls.” Before making his creative contributions to Laika’s films, Brad cut his teeth on a number of popular American television series, including MTV’s “Celebrity Deathmatch,” “The PJs,” and “Gary & Mike.” In 2001, Brad brought home a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for his work on “Gary & Mike.” Brad’s commercial-directing clients have included the NFL on Fox, Nintendo, and Samsung. In 2004, Brad worked as an animator on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” the first of what has turned out to be a series of Academy Award-nominated features that includes Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Although Brad’s busy schedule only allows a hometown visit once a year or so, when in St. Louis »
- Tom Stockman
Not only a show that made an amazing impact on the world of children’s programming, but one that continues to hold up, The Magic School Bus is a show still enjoyed by millions of kids (including my own) around the world.
In the grand tradition of that show (no pressure), Scholastic Media, in a joint announcement with Netflix, has announced The Magic School Bus 360°, created and produced by Scholastic Media, launching exclusively on Netflix as a Netflix Original Series, with Scholastic Media President, Deborah Forte, as Executive Producer.
Unfortunately, you have to wait until 2016, but the news hits a lot of positive notes, from a variety of angles. A return of The Magic School Bus franchise means not only a chance for kids to engage with science in the home, but also opens the door for countless other opportunities in the form of books and other materials to be used in classrooms. »
- Marc Eastman
The filmmaker is joining forces with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial screenwriter Melissa Mathison for the first time in more than 32 years to bring to life Dahl’s story of children-gobbling giants and the little girl who tries to stop them.
The Bfg of the title refers to a “Big, Friendly Giant,” who joins forces with the little girl to stop his monstrous brethren. Also taking part in their quest: none other than the queen of England.
Dahl, author of James and the Giant Peach »
- Anthony Breznican
Feature Mark Harrison 3 Mar 2014 - 07:02
Roald Dahl has often been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century. His books have delighted children for generations, with their dark and inventive sense of humour and their eccentric, dastardly adult characters.
Likewise, his written work for adults has just as much wit and creativity, and over the years, he also worked as a screenwriter on a number of projects, including TV work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and his own anthology series, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.
Given how it doesn't even take the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer five years to have their popular works adapted by Hollywood, there has inevitably been an extensive crossover between Dahl's written work and the big screen. »
Director Wes Anderson’s newest The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens March 21st. The trailers trot out the usual Anderson calling cards: dry humor, beautiful shots, a killer soundtrack, and of course, Bill Murray Jason Schwartzman, and Owen Wilson. So much seems borrowed from Anderson’s earlier films that he might as well be following a checklist but though the director has consistently divided audiences, his films have always won over his many loyal supporters.
The chefs at Tenacious Eats are big fans of Wes Anderson and they have christened the month of March “Westrospective – Wes Anderson Month” as part of their film series Movies for Foodies. This is a one-of-a-kind event where food is prepared and plated in front of you while you watch a film on the big screen. Tenacious Eats only works with locally produced food procured by them and hard-to-find ingredients imported from places that specialize in them. »
- Tom Stockman
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