Spoilers ahead. As you know, I haven’t been a fan of a lot of Pixar’s recent stuff. It just feels like they’ve been trying too hard, that they’ve been over-reliant on one trick: building up to that one climactic emotional moment, without regards for plot coherence, or world-building. Not to mention, a lot of their… Continue reading I love “Luca” and you should too
Things have been hard lately. There’s still a pandemic. It’s freezing out. It’s been a year since I left my job and I still haven’t found a new one. Things have been put on a pause on the project I’m working on. And I just don’t have the mental energy to do much. I definitely… Continue reading “Xico’s Journey” is more of an unnecessary schlep.
This review was originally posted on Jan. 21, 2018. Mild spoilers ahead. Beware. For just one night, a mysterious power is yours. What will you do? Those are the arc words of Studio Ponoc’s first movie. Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Studio Ponoc’s debut film, was...perfectly nice. The animation, character designs, backgrounds, and food were… Continue reading Mary and the Witch’s Flower needed more time to truly bloom.
As many cartoon aficionados have pointed out; the current trend in Western cartoons is a kind of isekai. Isekai is an anime term that refers to the main character being sent to another world, having adventures and trying to find a way home. Usually these worlds are a place the protagonist is familiar with. That's… Continue reading “The Owl House” paints a promising picture for 2020’s animation game
Mushroom and the Forest of the World is an animated short that aired on Cartoon Network’s YouTube channel in April. Like many previous shorts, it can be assumed that this is likely a series pilot. Considering the talent involved includes Dante Basco and Nikki Castillo, I would guess a series is probably in development. You… Continue reading Cartoon Network shorts continue to impress with: Mushroom and the Forest of the World
Thankfully, this week was much, much easier than last week; if only I could say the same about the next few weeks. It’s the holidays, which is good for a lot of a lot of lines of work, but in my line, it just means shorter deadlines.And that just sucks. I have Christmas Day and… Continue reading The importance of timing; a review and thoughts on Mamoru Hosoda’s “Mirai.”