Kung Fu Panda 3 Review

Kung Fu Panda 3 is a 2016 3D American-Chinese computer animated film produced by DreamWorks Animation. The film is classified as a comedy martial arts film and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is sequel to the 2011 Film Kung Fu Panda 2 and the Kung Fu Panda Franchise. The film had a limited release in China on January 23, 2016 and a united States release, January 29, 2016.
The film was directed by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. They were also the writers of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. The executive producer is famous, Guillermo del Toro and produced by Melissa Cobb. Kung Fu Panda 3 returned some of the famous voice actors from the previous films and had a new cast as well. Some of these voices included, Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K Simmons, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Kate Hudson and Jackie Chan.  The 95 minute film received positive reviews and has a 7.2 out of 10 rating on IMDb. It had a budget of  $145 million but accumulated $519.9 million at the box office.
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Our story takes place  in the Spirit Realm with Turtle, Grandmaster Oogway. Grandmaster Oogway  fights against an adversary named Kai, who has defeated other kung fu masters in the realm and taken their qi, turning them into small jade charms. Oogway willingly gives in and also has his qi stolen, but not before warning Kai that the Dragon Warrior, Po will stop him. Kai takes this as a challenge to steal the qi from the Dragon Warrior and returns to the mortal realm. Po must find a way to find his inner peace and qi to defeat Kai. With the help from his friends, long lost father and family he battles not only his strongest enemy but his inner self and doubt as well. The real question is, will he find his inner qi in time and survive in the process?

Being a fan of the Kung Fu Panda Franchise I was excited to see this film. The characters were hilarious with their dialogue and the animation was absolutely stunning. The opening shots of the spirit realm are gorgeous with lighting, colors and 3d animation. I also really enjoy that the movies have stayed true with the Chinese elements and teachings of martial arts. I also enjoyed that they incorporated inner peace and qi as an entity and compared that to the strength behind your friends and family. What I also enjoyed was the soundtrack and film score of Hans Zimmer that has also worked on the previous films. I also liked that they incorporated renowned Asian musicians such as Chinese pianist lang lang, Chinese cellist Jian Wang, pop singer Jay Chou and Canadian Taiwanese young singer Patrick Brasca.
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Kubo And The Two Strings Review

“If you must blink, do it now.” This is one of the first lines of the movie, Kubo and the two strings. I’ve been waiting a few years for this film to come out and it certainly reached my expectations. I honestly can say that this movie is probably one of the better, or even best Laika films I have seen. The storytelling was fantastic and kept the plot interesting and concise. While watching this film I was always at the edge of my seat. The animation or in this case stop motion was impeccable and had me wonder how they were able to capture certain moments from the monkeys hair, origami and fighting techniques. The voice acting was very well done and the plot in itself is something that really grabbed my attention. Kubo_and_the_Two_Strings_wallpapers_1600x1010-1I will not spoil anything but this movie has many messages of culture, acceptance and bravery all entwined into one. This movie can be enjoyed by children and adults and appreciated from both sides from the art style, soundtrack and plot. By the end of the movie I tried to hold back tears from the captivating message of the film and could relate to the individual characters shown throughout the film. Instead of having a movie focus solely on the hero you are shown the perspectives of the other characters and what they’ve experienced. The movie is a tale in itself and certainly tied at my heartstrings. I believe this movie will be nominated for an Academy Award this year. It will certainly earn a few awards at the Annie’s year. I’m hoping it makes the list and even is recognized as best animation this year compared to the other American films I’ve seen this year. I give this movie 5 strings out of 5. If you want more information on the plot please visit my previous blog post.

 

Comcast Buys DreamWorks

On Thursday, Comcast (CMSA) said to the media that they would be purchasing DreamWorks for $3.8 billion. This means that DreamWorks shareholders will receive $41 in cash per share of stock. The deal is reminiscent compared to Disney’s 2006 acquisition of Pixar for $7.4 billion. Comcast said DreamWorks, ” will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango, and NBC Universal Brand Development. This also means that CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg will give up his leadership role which a lot of people were hoping that he would  have stepped down sooner. He will still be involved with the ownership interests in two digital ventures: Awesomenewss TV and NOVA which are expanding this year. With DreamWorks determined to  hang on compared it’s competitors like Disney, we can hope the company will be on the right track in the near future.

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Annecy 2016 lineup

Nine features have been selected to appear at the 2016 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 11 films have been selected to screen outside of the competition.
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1. 25 April
Leanne Pooley
Matthew Metcalfe, New Zealand

2. Snowtime! (Cleo)
Jean-Francois Poulot, Francois Brisson
CarpeDiem Film & TV Inc, Canada

3. La jeune Fille Sans Mains
Sebastien Laudenbach
Les Films Sauvages, France

4. My life as a Courgette
Claude Barras
Blue Spirit Productions, Rita Productions, Gebeka Films, Switzerland, France
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Two New Seasons of FLCL

Adult Swim has recently announced two new six episode seasons for the highly popular anime, FLCL. The new episodes will be produced by Japanese Studio Production I.G, which acquired the rights to the series from Gainax last fall. Production IG is known for 009 RE: Cyborg, Blood C The Series, Oblivion Islanad and A Letter to Momo, to name just a few. To those that don’t remember FLCL on Adult Swim back in the day i heavily advise in watching this masterpiece of an anime. The original FLCL told the story of twelve-year-old Naota Nandaba, whose life is turned upside down after he gets run over by a strange Vespa riding girl, Haruko Haruhara. The new series picks up many years after the end of the original series, according to Adult Swim. There is also a manga that follows the anime as well but the newest series will not be following it’s guidelines. I have high expectations for this goofy anime and I hope this anime will not be a let down.
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Zootopia Easter Eggs

  1. Criminal weasel in Zootopia is  voiced by Alan Tudyk. Alan Tudyk also plays the voice of  the Duke of Weaselton in Frozen along with three other Disney films. hcdbTm2YG7qx.jpg
  2. Disney movie spin offs related to Zootopia animals.
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Oscars 2015: Animated Shorts

Thank you to the Detroit Film Theater and the Detroit Insitute of Arts  for hosting the 2015 Oscars shorts program. The winners will be announced at the Oscars on February 28th.

1. Sanjay’s Super Team ( USA – Sanjay Pael)

In Sanjay’s Super team, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios; accomplished by artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first generation Indian – American boy whose love for western pop – culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. ( 7 minutes )

2. World of Tomorrow ( USA – Don Hertzfeldt)

A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity’s fate. ( 17 minutes )

3. Bear Story ( Chile – Gabriel Osorio )

Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passerby can  look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken. ( 11 minutes )

4. We Can’t Live Without Cosmos ( Russia – Konstantin Bronzit )

Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal. ( 16 minutes )

5. Prologue ( UK – Richard Williams)
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Clocking in at six minutes, Prologue describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog – free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation. ( 6 minutes)