Up (2009)
Jul04

Up (2009)

Up reminds us just how brilliant Pixar is and why the studio has been leading the way in modern animation. Not to mention some the church’s greatest theologians. Up is the story of Carol Fredricksen (Ed Asner) who grieves the death of his wife, Ellie, as well as the death of life as he knows it. A major company has bought up most of the land around his house building parking lots and skyscrapers. Mr. Fredricksen does not what to...

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Top Ten Disney Animated Songs
May26

Top Ten Disney Animated Songs

Moviepilot, an amazing source for all things pop culture, recently posted what they thought were the top ten disney songs from their animated films. You can read their list here. Just for fun, I thought I’d ponder with some folks on this Memorial Day what some of the top ten Disney songs would be. To be honest, it was a hard list to come up with, and we know this is not THE list, but it is A list. 10. That’s What Makes the...

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An American Tail (1986)
Apr05

An American Tail (1986)

An American Tail is the second animated film from director Don Bluth after he left the Disney studio. The first was The Secret of NIMH. Both of these “mouse” films try to recapture the magic of the classic Disney films like Snow White and Pinocchio. Yet, it struggles to compare. The music and lip-singing is distracting. The animation is detailed and full. It makes use of computer animation in a way that was unique at the...

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The Tigger Movie (2000)
May31

The Tigger Movie (2000)

Since 1961 when Walt Disney bought the rights to A. A. Milne’s children’s book Winnie the Pooh, Disney has had a steady line of featurettes and television films. The Tigger Movie is the first feature film bringing to another generation Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, and Piglet too. The film is the story of Tigger wanting to do what Tiggers do best: bounce. But no one wants to bounce with him, because they are all...

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Mar22

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

It’s hard to believe that Who Framed Roger Rabbit is twenty-five years old! The film hit the big screen in 1988. I was eight when I saw the film. Three of my cousins and I along with our Papa went to see the film. An amazing thing to see at the time on the big screen. These actors and animated characters sharing real space with one another. The film is set in 1947 Hollywood, where Marvin Acme, the gag-gift king of town and owner...

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
Aug29

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

Pirates reminds us why we love British comedies. The film, one of the best stop-action animation films I’ve seen, is absurd in all the best ways. Just imagine the best of Monty Python in a stop-action animated film minus the dirty jokes. The Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) sets out to win the Pirate of the Year Award. All he wants is some recognition from his peers that he is good at what he does. This sets him out to find the largest...

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