Rock Dog 2016: Review

Rock Dog Plot

The 2016 Chinese movie starts off making a reference to the Big Lebowski. You have Sam Elliot opening the movie with a long tale about the main character of the story, Bodi and his father. The movie is set up 2D in the beginning in flashback but gradually transforms into a 3D animation. Told as if it were a Western in the beginning, there’s a fight between two distinctly different groups; the good, the bad and yes, even ugly. There’s even some tumbleweeds in the background to draw you in.

rock_dogThe movie was produced by Mandoo Pictures and Huayi Brothers. The film is directed by Ash Brannon and its based on the Chinese graphic novel, Tibetan Rock Dog by Zheng Jun. The movie has many talented voices from Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, Lewis Back, Kenan Thompson and more. The film takes between the countryside and city life. The story follows a young Tibetan Mastiff who leaves his home to become a rock musician. With the support from his father his goal is not only accept for who he is, a guard dog, but he also has to balance in becoming a musician. Bodi the young Tibetan Mastiff must face many challenges from fighting wolves, become a musician, and gaining friends.

The movie was released on July 8, 2016 in China and had a United States release by Lionsgate in February. The overall budget of the movie was $60 million but had a box office flop in the United States and China.

Thank you to ROCK And DROOL for giving me the opportunity to watch this movie and write a review.

Rock Dog Review

If you enjoy the Kung Fu Panda franchise I would recommend watching this movie. There are many similarities between the Kung Fu Panda series from the transition to 2D in the beginning to 3D. The story line from accepting yourself also plays a major role in this film. I enjoyed the animation at times from the fighting sequences to the detail in the musical instruments. What surprised me the most was the fight scene toward the ending of the film. The part where Bodi is fighting in the ring with the fence sequence in the background really stood out to me for animation. The animation was a plus, and the message of the movie was heartwarming. I also enjoyed the references to certain musicians in pop culture and had a Big Lebowski feel towards the beginning of the film and the end.

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Other than the animation, I was not happy with the plot overall and character development. There were multiple plots entwined into one and even though the end summed everything together i felt like i was lost halfway through the movie. The characters in the film fell flat and were not likable. Bodi the main character was extremely gullible and didn’t have much of a character development besides learning his strengths which he already had. I did like the development of the cat, Angus Scattergood but other than that the other characters were forgotten. I would have really liked to see a development of the characters that Bodi had met in the park and see their perspective of what it takes to be in a band. If that were the case it might have gotten a mix between the movie Sing and the movie Zootopia. I would recommend this movie to kids but there’s a good reason as to why the movie flopped at the Chinese box office. I would rate this movie 2 guitars out of 5.

2016: 3D Wire

3D Wire is an animation, video game and new media market festival that’s located in Spain.The event takes place from  October 3 to October 9, 2016. It includes presentations, showrooms, business to business meetings,  and kid workshops.

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Inside Out (2015 Film)

Inside Out is an American 3D computer animated film produced by Pixar Animation as well as released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is set for release June 19, 2015 and is loosely based off of an idea from Pete Docter. Pete Docter is best known for directing Monsters Inc and Up. The film will be also be directed by Ronnie del Carmen who has also worked on Up, Wall-E and Finding Nemo. The producer of the film is Jonas Rivera who has worked on Toy Story, A Bugs Life and Cars. Not only is the production team well known, the voice cast has been thoroughly thought through with talents of Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and many more.

Inside Out is classified as a fantasy-comedy film thats been in the works since it’s announcement at D23 Expo in 2011. The trailer looks very amusing, interesting and relatable to children or preteens trying to find their emotions and lifestyle when adjusting to a new home. After watching the trailer it reminded me of an old animation titled, “Reason and Emotion” from 1943. The film was taken place during the nazi regime and can be very controversial. Disney also made this film and i feel personally some of the elements of having emotion as a plot line are relatable to the movie Inside Out. Nonetheless, i look forward to seeing this movie in 2015 and expect more trailers to be released in the upcoming months.

The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls has been on my movies to keep on watch for, since it’s unveiling from Laika a few years ago. The Boxtrolls is an upcoming 2014, 3D and 2D stop motion comedy/adventure film that will be released September 26. The Boxtrolls is loosely based off of the novel, Here Be Monsters! written by Alan Snow. The novel has been well received for young adults and has been compared to books with fantasy and magic in likeliness of Harry Potter. I don’t want to give out to much information on the novel but the movie should be promising.

I remember watching the first trailer of Boxtrolls and immediately fell in love with the quirkiness, detailed stop motion effects, and music.  I’m looking forward to seeing what Laika does with this film considering their past films with stop motion consist of Coraline and Paranorman. Both films have been critically acclaimed throughout award shows and audiences in general. It has even been rumored that, The Boxtrolls will be a strong contender in a nominee for best animation at the Oscars later in the year, which I’m hoping for.
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2014 Annie Awards Video

If you happened to miss the event last month the International Animated Film Society finally posted the 2014 Annie Award ceremony on youtube.  The event had many laughs, surprises and appreciation everywhere for the nominees and winners of each category. Personally, my favorite scene was the ice king’s acceptance speech for Adventure Time. Tom Kenny who voices the ice king had no problem entertaining the crowd. I’m already looking forward to next years award ceremony as well as the new animated movies being launched throughout this year.