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.
The Golden Globe Awards, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, have announced that 17 animated features are eligible for consideration this year. Unlike the Oscars, animated features are not eligible to compete in the film and foreign film Golden Globe categories. Nominations will be announced this Thursday. The awards are handed out on January 11, 2015 Films: Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Fantasia has been a worldwide recognizable film and film icon for Walt Disney. Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film that was directed by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer. It was the third feature in the Disney animated movie archives and was supervised by Ben Sharpsteen. Bruce Sharpsteen directed 31 films between 1920 and 1980 and directed Disney classics, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Dumbo. The Film consists of eight animated segments with classical musical by Leopald Stokoswki. The Philadelphia Orchestra also performed for the movie as well. The film runs an average of 126 minutes and had an overall budget of $2.28 million dollars. At first it did not receive the critical response it was hoping for but overtime it reached a $83.3 million dollars at the box office. There is so much to discuss about this film from the stories origins, design and animation and recording that i would like to name just a few of the many interesting facts.
1. At 124 minutes in length, this is the longest Disney animated feature.
2. The first American film to use stereophonic sound.
3. The surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí, made some illustrations for the movie, but his ideas were later discarded.
4. Premiered at the Broadway Theatre at 1681 Broadway at 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019.
5. The first major Hollywood film to be released with no written credits appearing onscreen except the intermission title card.
6. The first film to be presented to the general public in full digital sound.
7. The music for “The Dance of the Hours” was previously used in an early Silly Symphony cartoon Springtime (1929).
8. Yen Sid, Mickey Mouses teacher is Disney spelled backwards.
9. All prints made between 1941 and 1956 were re-mixed in monaural sound. The stereo was not restored until the 1956 re-release.
10. Character actress Ruby Dandridge served as the live-action reference model for Hyacinth Hippo in the “Dance of the Hours” sequence.
With the Oscars underway in just a few hours it is predicted tonight Frozen will win best animation. If Frozen wins best animation it will be the first award Disney will take home in that category. Not only will Disney take home this award but it is predicted tonight that Frozen will be the highest grossing animated film of all time. Just a couple days ago Frozen surpassed The Lion King, which accumulated a worldwide gross of 987 million. Frozen currently has a 1 billion worldwide gross today but the leading contender is Toy Story 3 which is 63 million dollars ahead of Frozen. If Frozen surpasses Toy Story 3 it will be a huge accomplishment not only for Disney but for the fans, animators, writers and other companies that have been a huge support for Disney throughout the years.