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Rango (2011)
27 February 2011
I mean... wow.

*insert slow clap for ILM folks*

Last night my wife and I had the pleasure of checking out an early screening of Rango here in the twin cities. It was a blast! This movie was a great deal of fun. The jokes all hit the right marks, the story was solid, sweet and not too formulaic, and the visuals were outstanding.

There were times that this movie looked 100 percent photo real. outstanding job modeling and texturing and lighting on this. the little tiny attention to detail in the world you guys built had my wife and I in awe throughout most the movie. The animation was fun and eccentric. Over the top but at times subtle and felt meaningful. The only little nit pick was the mouths on some of the characters. in the attempt to make the animals look more like the animals they were representing the mouths were quite small and at times the sync was a bit odd. Though it provided for some goofy looking characters that were fun.

at just over an hour and a half, at times it felt it was a little too slow paced. well, that was my wife's critique. I looked at it more so that they were going for the slower feel of some classic westerns. I thought the long stretches of little dialog, epic music and visuals, and great cinematography worked in the films favor.

The crowd dug it too. I think the youngest person in the theater was about 6 (which i found odd for a late night screening, but whatever) and the oldest was probably in their 70's and everyone was engaged.

I was kind of surprised what they could get away with in a PG rated movie. Im no prude or anything, but there were enough adult jokes snuck in there to give me the giggle fits. Couple of lite swear words, references to more... ehem, adult type themes, but overall pretty tame and enjoyable.

Hats off. If this doesn't win awards I don't know what I believe in anymore. This is one of the more entertaining movies I have seen in a long time.
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7 November 2004
Any fan/creator/student of film and animation, take note. The bar has been set. This movie blew me away. Words cannot describe the feeling I had leaving the theater. The story was great. The characters were astounding. Big congrats to the talent that voiced the digital actors, they did an amazing job as well. The characters had such a beautiful design, and they were so expressive. I would love to see the rig for elastic girl or play with any of these models, but thats the animator in me.

Pixar keeps it's crown as the best 3d animation studio on the earth. Congrats to Mr. Bird and the wonderful and talented people at Pixar for creating the finest CG film i have seen to date.
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Sky Blue (2003)
darn good.
12 September 2003
I just watched this animation and I was impressed with it. The story was a little bland, but the visuals, acting, and the music more than make up for it. The 2D was a little off and would have liked to see a little more, but the 3D was very well done. The attention to detail was really nice.

I thought it was better than Ghost. It isnt for some, but I would say people should see it.
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The Medallion (2003)
Let down
22 August 2003
Don't get me wrong, I am a large Jackie Chan fan, but this movie was pathetic. I laughed out loud at how awful the acting, writing, camera movements, and audio was. It is like they rushed putting it together and missed out on a lot of stuff.

In the first twenty minutes or so of the movie the audio doesn't even line up with the lips. I am fine with that but it kicks in every once in a while and gets on your nerves. It is kind of funny though. The story made no sence and people did things in the movie with no reason behind their actions.

the dialogue was laughably awful for a good chunck of the movie, the action was very poor and choppy. I was really let down because I like Jackie Chan so much, but a lot of the action was replaced by a bad CGI shot.

I could go on and on about what didn't work in this movie, but I will just leave it at what you see. It doesn't flow at all and, for a Jackie chan movie, is really boring. If anything, wait till it comes out on video.
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