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Majo no takkyûbin (1989)
Another amazing masterpiece with a good message
I remember everyday as a little girl that I'd put this movie in the VCR and watch it for as many times as I could remember.Finally,I get it on DVD (loosing the video) and see the Japanese version and like it twice as much.It is almost completely opposite from the English version and I see why people hate the Eng version so much.Personally,I prefer them both only because the Eng version has been apart of my childhood.
Imagine a world where World War 2 never happened and witches exist. That's Kiki's world.Kiki,a strong-willed,independent and optimistic young 13-year-old girl is finally ready to depart from home and live on her own for a whole year in a new town to begin her training. For a witch,it is a custom for a young witch to live on their own for a year in another town to begin their training and possibly find their special skill.It sounds scary right?Well,it isn't for the brave and carefree Kiki.She leaves with her father's radio,a traveling bag and her best friend Gigi,a cat who she has the unique ability to talk to as she would with any other human.With all of her stuff,she travels on her mother's broomstick,flying through the air and searching for a new home.She finally finds a huge yet beautiful city,the kind of place she's always dreamed of living in.Overjoyed by the fact that there are no witches currently living in the city,she at first feels awkward in this new environment.Things look up though when she finally settles in and starts her own Delivery Service. However,living in a new place is a lot of pressure on a young girl. Not only does she deal with the pressure of her business but she deals with the pressure of fitting in.Suddenly,Kiki becomes conscious about what she wears and feels like an outsider when she's surrounded by certain people.Not only that but her special flying abilities begin to weaken without any warning. Can Kiki find her own inner strength to overcome her problems? Watch this spellbinding movie.
Yes,there are witches in this movie but they are not the stereotypes of a witch.They do not have green-skin or warts,they don't crave power and aside from flying on broomsticks and communication with their cats,there is no special magic and such.It is just a simple story about a young girl fitting in.I said that there is a message in this movie and there is.It's that no matter how many terrible things happen,the key to surviving any problem is finding your inner strength and believing in yourself.Any young child dreams of flying like Kiki and at the beginning,she can fly just by thinking it like other kids can but later on,she goes through some kind of "witch puberty" when her flying weakens.She can no longer just escape from her problems with her flying,she sees that reality is tough and believing that you can do anything is the key to discover how to fly again and overcome her fears of living without her friends and family.I cried during this film out of a little sorrow but mostly out of joy.This is a film greatly recommended for the whole family.8/10.
An amazing Miyazaki film.*May contain spoilers*
Once I saw the trailer,I knew this movie had what it takes to be apart of the Miyazaki collection.I watched this movie with my family and explained what the movie was about.
Spirited Away is about a 10-year-old girl named Chihiro who is arriving in a town which is now her home.Like any other kid at Chihiro's age,she is very sullen and whiny about moving from her friends and her home.When her dad tries taking a shortcut to the house instead,they end up at a strange tunnel.Both her parents decide to take a look around and as reluctant as Chihiro is,she tags along.Beyond the tunnel lies an old theme park.It seems like a beautiful and peaceful place but when night falls,another world awakens from their sleep.Unfortunately,Chihiro and her parents are trapped in this world.Her parents are transformed into pigs after feasting on the delicious food originally cooked for the spirits.However,they are not completely doomed.Chihiro meets a boy around her age named Haku and is told that she must get a job to survive in this world of spirits,sorcery and self-discovery.Who is Haku? What will happen to Chihiro's parents? How will Chihiro escape back to the human world? I won't spoil any of you anymore,just watch the movie and be spellbound.
What doesn't this movie have? It has deep and hidden themes,great animation,music with different moods,a well-developed storyline and an innocent childhood romance.
Themes:There are so many themes but there was one which is expressed much more.Personally,I felt that this movie was based on people who are "two-faced".Chihiro begins as a spoiled,whiny and cowardly brat but later,the viewers see that she is compassionate,loyal and filled with great courage beyond belief.Although Haku appears to be sinister and cold,he is still a protective and trustworthy friend to Chihiro.No Face is normally a lone wanderer but when exposed to the bathhouse,he is literately a monster.There is Yubaba and Zeniba.In this movie,Zeniba is the good twin and Yubaba is the bad twin.However,Zeniba is just as selfish as Yubaba and Yubaba is just as trustworthy as Zeniba.They both just happen to show just one of those sides.What I'm trying to say is that now matter how people appear to be,they are neither good nor bad but they simply lie in the middle.
Animation:Like many of Miyazaki's films,each character is drawn with great care.Chihiro is drawn just like a typical 10-year-old.Her expressions also add an anime touch.Haku is the most beautifully drawn character in both dragon and human form.As a dragon,he was drawn so gracefully like the kind of dragon you see in your dreams and fantasies.Even as a human,his eyes were so beautifully.The animation brings each scene to life.You could just feel the rush of Haku and Chihiro running,you could just feel the sludge of the Stink Spirit and you could just feel the joy and serenity of Haku and Chihiro flying and falling through the sky.
Music:Some music was sad,some was happy and some were just plain freaky but no matter which music was playing in the movie,you would somehow feel the emotion in each scene.
Romance:If none of you have never seen a Miyazaki film,then you probably wouldn't known that in most of his films,the two main characters have some sort of romance.It is the same in this case.That may seem a bit predictable but you don't care because of what he makes out of the romance.In his type of romances,there is always depth, innocent love and a good beginning friendship.The romance is never forced upon them.I also don't know how but he makes the characters say the word "I love you" without actually using those exact words.
I have watched this movie about seven times and to my surprise,I have not been bored yet.My favorite scenes had to be when Chihiro and Haku fall down together and when Haku comforts Chihiro near the flower area. I'll be honest,there are some scenes which may be scary but there are only about two scenes which may frighten the younger audience.I still recommend this movie for the whole family but maybe not for kids younger than five.Trust me,my five-year-old cousin did not find all of it scary. I'll give this a 9.5/10.
Sky High (2005)
I'm a huge fan of superhero stuff however,I did not think that I'd enjoy this movie all that much.I was proved wrong.
Sky High is about a young boy named Will Stronghold who's the son of the best superheros on the planet.Will is finally old enough to attend Sky High,the only known school for teens with powers only one problem,Will has no powers.Because of that,he's rated as a sidekick. Sidekicks also have powers but are trained to support heros.A little while later,he discovers while defending himself from the son of his dad's arch enemy,Warren Peace also known as the school bully,Will discovers that he has super strength.Suddenly,will is ranked up to superhero and gains sudden popularity.Just because these teens all have superpowers,doesn't mean that they don't go through real high school life.While dealing with controlling their powers and being able to play hero sports,there's popularity,friendship and teen romance.Welcome to Sky High.
I thought this was going to be a complete waste of time seeing but I was wrong.I saw the previews and figured I knew what was going to happen like Will hooking up with Gwen,Will getting super strength,Warren being the main villain of this movie and many other things.It ended up being almost the complete opposite.I won't spoil the surprise but the twists of the plot and every important event connecting was well thought of.The characters were all three dimensional.Other than seeing Warren Peace as the school bully who just likes to throw fire at other kids,we also got to see what he did outside of school and that he has good advice to give.I loved how the writers gave most characters worthless powers (glowing,melting, shapshifting) and showed how they could all be used heroically.The action scenes were all awesome and cool-looking.I used to think having powers and going to a superhero school would make school life fun but after seeing this movie,I've seen that it isn't so easy.The school is even organized by popularity status based on your powers.There are even school bullies who are twice as scary with powers.However,it's still high school which means there's friends to make and rivals to stand up to.This movie showed growing friendships and ways of having courage.7/10
The Fairly OddParents (2001)
Fairly Odd Parents has grown to be one of my favorite cartoons.Yes,I'm 14 but no one ever said I was too old for cartoons.
This show is about a 10-year-old kid who wears a silly pink hat named Timmy,an out-going kid with no common sense and a short attention span.He deals with being a loser at school,not being able to spend as much quality time with his parents and his worst enemy and fear of all (duh,duh,duh)Vicky,his evil 16-year-old babysitter.For poor Timmy Turner,he has no control over his life until one day two magical creatures come into his life and explain to Timmy that they're his new fairy godparents who can grant him unlimited wishes.Oh wait,there's a catch,along with his fairy godparents come a rule book known as "Da Rules" which limit him to most wishes.From that day on,Timmy makes bigger wishes which lead to bigger adventures that often lead him into trouble.However,while his fairy godparents have to grant the wishes,they love him like their own child and act as his mentors,well one of them at least.There's Wanda,the smart and bossy pink-haired godparent who often gives Timmy guidance.There's also her husband Cosmo,the dim-witted yet hilarious godparent who unlike his wife,leads Timmy into awesome but often dangerous adventures and while Wanda is the common sense of the trio,he's the comic relief.With just a spin of their wands,Timmy takes another step to great adventures as well as good lessons.
Recently,I don't think most of the new episodes have been doing so well but I absolutely love the classic episodes such as "A Wish Too Far","Boys in Band and many more.Even though I love every character on this show,Timmy is most likely my favorite character because even if he can be selfish,he's sympathetic and considerate of others.He's also your typical 10-year-old who wishes for what any kid would want.What I love about this show is the humor,the eventual spoofs,some running gags,the characters and the fact that everyone on this show is a complete idiot.However,what I love more are the relationships in this show.I love what Timmy has between his parents as well as his fairy godparents.I saw AbraCatrasphe (sp) and I thought it was cute how Timmy said he loved Wanda as much as Cosmo.I also liked how Timmy confessed about his godparents and Wanda and Cosmo wouldn't go because they loved Timmy.So despite most goofs and the recent downhill episodes,I love this show and I want to rate it a 7/10.
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch is on of my favorite sitcoms.
This begins with a teenage girl named Sabrina who comes to live with her aunts.Her life changes forever.For her birthday,she discovers that she has magical powers.With her newly discovered powers,Sabrina balances her friends,school life and family with her magical side and learns important lessons along the way and often from getting out of random situations.
I think Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a sweet,teen sitcom enjoyable for the whole family,even for guys.Melissa Joan Hart is one of my favorite actresses of all time.The lines are as pure as the characters who say them.The relationship developed between Harvey and Sabrina is the best.Other than the last episode when they end up together,my favorite has to be the one when Sabrina can tell any mortal that she's a witch and it will all be forgotten after the day is done.It showed the friendship she had between Valarie and Harvey and it also showed that Valarie wouldn't even trade popularity over her friendship with Sabrina.What I love more than the characters,comedy and character development are the episodes.The episodes are all about morals and lectures often given by parents.The show delivers the messages with carisma and brings back old and slightly forgotten sayings such as "the green-eyed monster" or "caught in a web of lies".I absolutely love this show and wish it would still show more episodes.For me,seven seasons isn't enough.8/10
Kim Possible: So the Drama (2005)
This was probably the best Kim Possible movie I've seen.*may contain spoilers* Draken is threw with failing to defeat Kim Possible so he begins to make a more cunning plan to take over the world.Meanwhile,things haven't been going well for Kim.It's almost prom night and she's the only cheerleader without a date or boyfriend.Bonnie claims that she'll end up with the captain of the chess team or even *gasp* Ron!This complicates her world as well as her relationship with Ron.It all begins to change more when a good-looking boy named Eric transfers to Kim's school and ends up falling for her and Kim falls for him.Ron begins to feel weird and think about what he and Kim have.
I'm not a Kim Possible fan but that doesn't mean I hate the show.This movie had comedy,cool action scenes,slight character development and romance.
Comedy:As usual,Ron brings hilarity and childish charm in this movie as he does in the show.Draken is funny for his obsession for world domination and the other usual stuff and Shego's sarcastic comments had me chuckling.
Action Scenes:The new battle suit was too cool for words and it looked awesome on Kim.The suit just lightened every action scene.
Character Development:This might only be my opinion but I did see some of this.Draken is usually the comic relief villain who always fails at his plot to take over the world.Yet in this movie,he has the most well thought out plan I've seen compared to his other plans.Everything weird and out-of-place had a suspenseful connection.Although I knew Eric would turn out bad but that's because I've seen something similar to this.Though I had no idea until Kim came to save him.
Romance:Has the romance with Kim and Ron been used already?Well yeah but somehow,their relationship fascinated me.The dept and complication kept me from changing the channel.It came as a surprise when he said he wasn't happy with Josh dating Kim but he didn't care as long as she was happy.That shows how much he cares for Kim.The writers did show how much more Kim's missions affected her love life.
I adore this movie and the soundtrack is cool.If the rumor is true that the series is still continuing,I hope to see the battle suit again. 7/10
Battle B-Daman (2005)
I thought it was going to be terrible because the commercials said Yamato wants to be the best b-daman player in the world.I was surprised.
This show is about a boy named Yamato who was raised by cats until he was four so he sorta has the abilities of a cat (he likes fish,he can land on four paws,etc.) When he was four,(forget her name) a woman took him in and helped him act like a human.Yamato has always dreamed of battling with b-daman and finally gets a b-daman of his own called Cobalt Blade.Together with his friends Gray,a tough guy who wants to free his sister,Bull,a sweet kid with an evil side and Terry,a cool ninga with a Scottish accent,Yamato might have a chance of becoming the best b-daman player.
Well I really don't like the plot of b-daman all that much.It's just a show where a kid tries to collect some items and want to be the best of mastering the items.Been there done that.There are already shows that have items that are collectible and main characters who want to be the best at using them.Ash wants to be the pokemon master,that boy wants to be the best duel master and that one kid wants to be a beyblade master.The reason I watch the show is because of the awesome characters on the show.Gray is probably my favorite because he has a bad side but shows his good side to Yamato.I really hope that Gray comes back from the bad side.If you have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about,you should see an episode for yourself.I guarantee a few good laughs. 6/10.
Phil of the Future (2004)
This show can be okay but can get annoying at times.
Phil of the Future is about a boy named Phil (ironic isn't it?)and his family who go on vacation through time and while trying to go home,they get stuck in the 21st Century.While Phil's dad tries to fix the time machine,Phil and his family must try to fit in with the 21st Century and keep their secret that they come from the future.Very often Phil and Pim misuse their futuristic gadgets they brought along their vacation in troubling situations.
I don't hate this show at all.I believe that Phil of the Future is one of Disney's best.Although the sound effects and some dialouge are obviously made by the people who made Lizzie Mcguire,I can get past that.I like how they make Keely a popular girl who finds true friendship with Phil and promises to keep his secret.I actually think that everyone does a great job with their acting.I like the girl who plays Debbie.Think about it:Who else can keep a smile going on for so long in so many scenes?Pim is my favorite character though.Her punkish,I-don't-care attitude makes the show great.Unlike in all Disney shows where the younger sibling is a brat,Pim is also a brat with style though.One thing bothers me though.The fact that this show is completely illogical.The writers seem to want Phil and Keely to get together but there's one problem:They can't get together.Keely could possibly be his great great great and so on grandmother so she'd probably have to get together with someone else.Why did they bring all those gadgets if they were going on vacation.Did they prepare for being stuck in time?I'd really love to see more episodes about Phil's home and one with a logical explanation for what has happened while Phil and his family were gone.
Winx Club (2004)
Is good,has it's flaws
I was curious about Winx Club when I first heard about it.It didn't show where I am so I did a little research.I didn't know what I was expecting so I decided to wait for it to premiere on tele.I was surprised in a good way.
Winx Club is about a girl named Bloom who discovers her magical powers while saving Stella,a fairy who has magic of the sun and moon.Stella suggests to bring Bloom to a school called Alfea where fairies learn to control their magic.There Bloom meets Flora,a fairy who's power is based on flowers,Musa,a fairy who's magic is based on music and Tecna,a fairy who's power is based on technology.Together they join to form the Winx Club to fight against Icy,Darcy and Stormy,three senior witches who go the Cloud school(forget name).Bloom also meets Brandon,the nicest warrior of them all who she falls for.At the school,Bloom's goal as a fairy is to discover her past and the origin of her powers.
I personally believe that Winx Club is a decent show.Most of it is unoriginal yet there are some plots that have magic of their own.Brandon and Prince Sky switching identities for security reasons and to see the world in different shoes was original.I believe the powers are also well thought of.There is one thing that disturbs me though.They make some of the girls too perfect.They're all super skinny and their fashions and battle outfits make them look like sluts.The fairies all make it seem like fashion,boys and good-looks are the most important thing all girls should worry about.Stella has the most powerful ring in the Magical Realm and it's a target of the witches to steal and she doesn't want to wear it because it doesn't match her outfit.In most hero/heroine shows,the writers would never do that.I really don't like Brandon,Prince Sky,Bloom and Stella.They just seem like the way all girls should act.The romantic pairings also fail to have any depth.Brandon is just made to be this macho,handsome prince charming and Bloom is made to be this little-miss-perfect supposed role model for young girls and they're both just paired off.The only pairing that interests me is Riven and Musa.Riven isn't Mr.Perfect and is distant around everyone yet Musa the deep and understanding girl seems to be drawn to him.I believe that the animation is superb and the characters all have good personalities but the episodes are usually about Bloom and her past,the witches trying to steal Stella's ring or cause havoc or about fashion and beauty.In total,I rate Winx Club a 5.5/10
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
Great Disney Movie
Disney movies are known for being highly recommended movies for all ages and the original movies(such as Cinderella,The Little Mermaid, Snow White,Aladdin,etc)are enjoyable classics.Unfortunately,Disney has been running out of ideas and fail to recreate the old Disney magic. This movie however,proved me wrong.
This movie is about a self-centered,spoiled and seemingly heartless young Emperor named Kuzco.With the snap of his fingers,he can get anything he wants even if it's a summer home.He only worries about himself and his needs and no one's whatsoever.That all might change with Pacha,a generous,thoughtful,and intelligent everyday peasant.He seems like your average peasant with a middle-class family and some farm animals of his own.He and Kuzco have nothing in common and have a bad start(Kuzco demands that Kuzcotopia,his new summerhouse to be built on top of the hill where Pacha and his family live)but they overcome that throughout the story.Yzma,Kuzco's cunning,stubborn and pessimistic adviser was recently fired and she wants revenge.In return,she decides to poison him with a potion with the help of Kronk,her lovable,dim-witted and humorous right-hand man. Unfortunately,he transforms Kuzco into a llama instead and when he tries to get rid of him,Kronk accidentally drops him on Pacha's cart which Pacha brings all the way to his village without knowing that the emperor is actually in a bag on his cart.With Kuzco far from the palace,leaving Yzma to rule the empire and leaving Kuzco and Pacha to triumph over the obstacles to travel to the palace,what will become of the story?Watch it and view good quality comedy with a pinch of drama and be amazed.
I believe this movie is a Disney classic.The magic of Disney returned in this enjoyable story.The characters are well-developed and all three dimensional.Kuzco begins as the spoiled brat who can literally get anything that he wants and throughout the story,he learns the value of friendship and generosity.At first when he turns into a llama,the teenage audience want Kuzco to stay as a llama because of his bad attitude yet later in the story,they're rooting for him to transform back into a human.Pacha may not be the best character but there's no one who can hate him.Pacha already has compassion and generosity from his family life and may seem speechless in some scenes but most of that changes when he meets Kuzco.Pacha is also the one who gets him and Kuzco out of sticky situations in the jungle.In most Disney movies,the villains are serious and seemingly boring but this movie changed that Disney law.Yzma was hilarious as an old and ugly woman who is almost as spoiled as Kuzco.She has clever lines and has impatience which is what makes her humorous.However,Kronk deserves most of the credit for the humor.Kronk is the most lovable character in the whole movie.He delivered his humor with enthusiasm.The squirrel scene cracked me up.I'll rate this movie a 7.9/10 for memorable quotes and a deep friendship built.