Miss Hokusai Review

Miss Hokusai is a 2015 anime film about the life and works of Japanese artist Ukiyo-e and painter Katsushika Hokusai. The movie is as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katushika O-Ei. The origin of this anime is based off of a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hinako Sugiura.  The manga is a collection of short stories that are not connected. The original run of the mange was from 1983 to 1987. The anime movie was released on May 9, 2015 with critical acclaimed reviews. It won the Jury Award the 39th Annecy International Animated Film Festival.  It received its North American premier at the Fantasia International Film Festival between July 12 and August 5, 2015.Which it won the Gold Audience Award for best animated feature film. It also won Best Animated Film Award at the Mainichi Film Awards.
G KIDS expanded the movie in over 85 theaters  over weekend in the month of October . The movie runs around 90 minutes and was directed by Keiichi Hara. Keiichi Hara is known for his work on Crayon Shin-Chan, Doraemon and 21 emon. The story was written by Miho Maruo and produced by Production I.G. The movie is rated Pg 13 for some sexual tension.
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I probably would have enjoyed this movie a lot more if I invested some time in reading the manga. After seeing this movie I already am trying to get a copy of the manga series. Going into this movie I expected a long story about the artist and his life. What I did not expect was a collection of short stories from these artist and what they experienced. The story is linear but there are many stories intertwined to get a feel of the characters and their backgrounds. I absolutely loved the traditional art and with studying art history in the past I enjoyed the many  mediums they used. I also enjoyed the references of Hokusaias, Great Wave off Kanagawa  and a few other prints he did.  I would have liked to see more story background about the father, Hokusai. I thought the ending was a little abrupt but I enjoyed the short stories and illustration of the movie. The illustration was certainly not a disappointed and it kept the story interesting. I do expect this movie to make the top 10 finalist for best animation at the Academy Awards but I don’t think I expect to see this movie make the top five at the Academy Awards for best animation. Overall I give this movies story a 3 out of 5 woodblock prints.

2016: Kaze no You ni

Sanpei is a boy beekeeper and the sole survivor of an accident that killed his entire family. Sanpei meets Chiyo, a girl who gets stung by a bee, and starts a new life in her village. Eventually, Sanpei cultivates the land that the villagers had abandoned, and then disappears. In the land now filled with flowers, Chiyo waits, believing Sanpei will return.
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The story is from Ekura Animal Studios and originally from a manga. The movie is a slice of life mixed with drama with a duration of 40 minutes. The rating is PG and can be seen by children. The movie was directed by Toshiyuki Honda.  It began it’s show time in Japan at the Tollywood theater on July 9, 2016. It features the voices of Masako Nozawa (Goku in Dragonball) as Sanpei and Minami Tsuda ( Yui Funami in Yuru Yuri) as Chiyo. The movie was crowdfunded and accumulated an estimate of $32,000 dollars in the process.

 

Rush Process Festival of Handcrafted Animation

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Rush Process celebrates handcrafted animation, a materials-focused practice at the intersection of DIY, auteur-driven cinema and analog animation art. The festival’s first edition — set for August 26-28, 2016 in Houston, Texas — will combine Friday & Saturday night screenings presented by Aurora Picture Show with a Sunday afternoon DIY animation jam presented by BETA Theater at The Waughford. Techniques include personal narrative, documentary/non fiction, fictional narrative, essay films, stop-motion and analog rotoscoping.

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The festival’s first edition is co-presented by Aurora Picture Show, a non-profit media arts center that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video. Aurora is dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art, and has distinguished itself as a home for vanguard work that falls outside of conventional movie making and traditionally has fewer exhibition outlets.

It only makes sense that the only animation festival in the state of Texas (and the first animation festival in the US dedicated to handcrafted techniques) would be hosted by Aurora, who’ve consistently celebrated and supported independent animators over the years, from Kelly Sears, to Brent Green, and Jodie Mack .

The Secret Life Of Pets Review

Where do I even begin with this film.  If you enjoy animal adventures, New York City and spontaneous singing I would recommend, The Secret Life of Pets. I didn’t set the bar high for this film for multiple reasons but I still enjoyed it’s content. While watching this film I noticed a lot of similarities from other Disney movies and kept asking myself If I’ve seen this story played out before.petsposter
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Dreamworks, Trolls (2016)

Trolls is an upcoming American 3D computer animated musical comedy based on the troll dolls by Thomas Dam. The movie is directed by Mike itchell and Walt Dohrn. The films stars Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Russell Brand and Iconc Pop. The film is scheduled to be released on November 4th 2016 by 20th Century Fox. The budget of the film consisted of $120 million and was announced back in 210 to create a film based on the popular childrens toys.

 

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The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

The Secret Life of Pets is an upcoming 2016 American 3D computer animated comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. Illumination Entertainment is an American animation film production company based in Santa Monica, California. The company is best known for its first animated feature film, Despicable Me. The film, The Secret Life of Pets will be directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. The film is edited by Alexander Berner and will be distributed by Universal Pictures.  On April 16, 2015, the film was pushed back from its original release date of February 12, 2016, to July 8, 2016.
Secret-Life-of-Pets-posterThe plot of the movie consists of taking place in a Manhattan apartment building. Max’s life as a favorite pet is turned upside down when his owner Katie brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white rabbit named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happily-owned pets and their owners. The film stars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Albert Brooks, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper and Steve Coogan.