Big Hero 6 (2014)

On Tuesday, I went with my girl friends to go check out Big Hero 6.  I haven’t really check out any trailers and I’m not even sure about the story but there’s been so many great reviews and the RT score is pretty phenomenal.  Also, its been a while in this rather dreary year of animations thats really caught my attention.  Plus, its Disney. C’mon!

big hero 6Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Voice Cast: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph

Hiro is a child genius that graduated high school at 13.  He has an immense in robotics and starts engaging in illegal bot fights, until his brother Tadashi stops him when he introduces him to his school and the robotics department where he was studying.  When an accident takes away Tadashi, Hiro wakes up the unexpectedly still active personal care robot, Baymax designed by Tadashi for his project.  With Baymax, he learns about the possibility that there was more to Tadashi’s death.  With the help of Baymax and his brother’s group of friends: Gogo, Wasabi, Fred and Honey Lemon, they try to solve the mystery in San Fransokyo, leading them to transform into a group of high tech heroes.

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There is something so magical and just simply genius about Big Hero 6. Its funny, heartwarming, touching and so entertaining to watch this adventure.  Packing in a lot of emotional moments, (and I mean emotional like bring a box of tissues if you were as sensitive as the girl sitting a few seats away from me because she cried through the whole thing), it actually balances it with a lot of really hilarious moments and it has a lot to do with an extremely adorable and big-sized marshmallow looking robot, Baymax.  There are so many “aww” moments because of his kind heart.  On top of that, Hiro just grows throughout this movie and its easy to connect to him even if the majority of us aren’t prodigies. The whole group, the other tech nerds all have their own abilities that help balance each other to be a great team together.

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You know, I’m getting ahead of myself. Just from the opening as they went into San Fransokyo, I was in love with the style of it.  A crossover of San Francisco and Tokyo is amazing and just so smart. If you want to see a few more screenshots and just how much I love San Fransokyo, you should go over to my other site right HERE! Its all in the detail of bring in the oriental twist to a modern western city. The Golden Gate Bridge gets a Japanese twist as well as the streets lined with cherry blossom.  The detail put in just makes this so pretty to watch.

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With any great hero, they need a good villain.  In this one, masked dude here does the job nicely. Its a children’s animation so its pretty easy to figure out who is behind the mask.  Except the story behind the villain is convincing.  If its anything we’ve learned, villains are villains because of something that happened to them that triggers them.  They don’t have to be complicated especially not when you are appealing to kids, as the main audience.  Disney is really great at capturing everyone (provided you appreciate animation for what it is).

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Big Hero 6 is a must-see.  Its 3D animation so its worth the visit to the theatres to see it to get the most out of it.  As much as it tugs at our heartstrings and we can bond with the characters, it also is a comedy-adventure that provides a whole lot of fun.  Baymax is a lovable and so simply designed but so well-thought out in his character.  The heroes all have wonderful qualities that create the funny moments.  We call love big and cuddly characters, right? I’m telling you right now, I’m scouting out a Disney plushie of him when I go to Disney stores next time and I also know that I’ll be at the stores first day its released Blu-ray to get it and relive the experience of Big Hero 6. There is so much thats right about this one 🙂

Have you seen Big Hero 6? What are you thoughts on it? Did you think the concept of San Fransokyo was as brilliant as I did?

Frozen (2013)

After a nice dinner with one of my good friends, we decided to stay in and watch a movie.  The spontaneous choice landed on Frozen.  We’re both massive Disney animation fans so why not, right? Plus, I’m pretty behind already with this.  Everyone else seems to have seen it.  I’m feeling a bit left out…

FrozenDirector: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Cast: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciaran Hinds

Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) have been shut off from the rest of the world for most of their childhood lives.  Elsa is about to become of age to take over the throne and all her life, her parents have tried to teach her to conceal her magical powers.  However, a little run-in with Anna causes her to lose grip of her powers and she ends up freezing over Arendelle and causing the inhabitants to be scared of her.  Elsa escapes to hide in the mountains while she doesn’t realize the lasting effect of what she has done.  Anna goes to pursue her and gets a little help from a young ice vendor Kristoff.

Elsa Frozen

Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story The Snow Queen, Disney turns Frozen into a very charming, cute and enjoyable musical piece. I’m huge on musicals and this one had so little dialogue and so many lovely songs to carry the story that I fell in love instantly. I don’t argue that Let It Go is a powerful song because Idina Menzel is an amazing singer and she does a fine job as Elsa.  However, there were many other songs that were so much more fun.  I mean how do you get “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” our of your head? Its been in my head on and off and I’m so glad that winter is over.

Frozen Hans Anna

As with many Disney movies, we have our princess.  In this case, we have the more frequently on screen Princess Anna.  She is the more laid back and naive sister.  She longs to have company after years and years of solitude.  It just makes sense that she falls for the charming Prince Hans.  He’s gentlemanly and sweet and just perfect.  Aren’t we always looking for our Prince Charming? Hans was actually one of the only questions that I’ve made about Disney movies ever. Its a bit of a **spoiler** so skip to the next paragraph where the asterisks come back to signal it, ok? I know that Elsa and Anna have no one so when Elsa runs off and Anna goes to get her, does it really make sense to trust it to Hans, a dude you just met like a few hours ago? I like the guy but I mean, she does have a lot of money and a throne so I just found it kind of weird that there was no hesitation. Anyways, I can see why she did it also because who else would she ask, right? Not “Weaseltown” for sure 😉

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**We’re back on! Now that I’ve had my little ramble. Whats an animation without talking about the actual art? Frozen was beautiful. Do I need to elaborate? The characters are done nice. The background with snow and scenery, even before the snow, Arendelle looked beautiful.  The colors were used perfectly.  It was just so pretty to look at.

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Aside from Elsa, Anna and Hans, we have some pretty fun characters.  Our silly character was Olaf.  Sure, he’s fun to see but nothing quite beats how much I love the reindeer, Sven.  He’s just the best ever.  He has all these dorky moments and paired up with Olaf or his wordless moments with Kristoff always brought a nice little giggle out of me.  Kristoff himself had an awesome voice work matched with a great character that matched really well with Princess Anna.  The bickering was thoroughly entertaining and helped me connect with them.  Of course, it goes without saying that I love the trolls and that song they sang is the other song thats stuck in my head.

Sometimes, a movie is just done really well and I love it when that happens with animations, especially Disney ones. Frozen is one of those.  There really isn’t anything to criticize except one illogical moment that I can oversee because this is a princess movie.  In a nutshell, Frozen is a beautiful animation with witty dialogue, fun and funny moments wrapped in catchy tunes and a lovely story that makes you fall in love with the characters.  I am thoroughly impressed, Disney! Awesome job! 🙂

On a side note, before I let you all go and tell me what you thought about the movie, I’d like to direct you to my new segment on my newer blog called Out of This World Travels set for every Tuesday.  This past one was the first and it was to Arendelle. Check it out HERE! Maybe you’d like to join me in some fun travels over there 🙂

Have you seen Frozen? What did you think about it? What song was your favorite?

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

Have I told you about my Disney animated collection? My goal is to collect all of Disney movies.  Mostly, it includes animations/classics but then I have a few that aren’t but I always enjoy it.  When I went to Burlington/Plattsburgh for Easter weekend, I managed to pick up a cheaper (than Montreal) copy of Wreck-It Ralph.  Finally, in the lineup of comedies, I chose this one to see!

wreck it ralphDirector: Rich Moore

Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling

Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is the video game villain in the 30 year old arcade game Fix-It Felix Jr. After 30 years, he feels alone and rejected.  As Felix  has his hammer to fix everything and he’s the hero of the game, he always gets the medal.  After an encounter with the “good guys” in the game, he vows that he will get a medal to prove that he can hang out with them so they know that he isn’t a bad guy.  As he searches for a solution, he finds himself the opportunity to jump to another game, Hero’s Duty to get their Medal of Heroes.  Its there, things get a bit out of hand and he unleashes something and ends up accidentally bringing that into another game Sugar Rush.  Little did he know that he would end up with an annoying little girl called Vanellope who wants to race in the game but King Candy (Alan Tudyk) and the other racers will go to no ends to stop her from joining in.  In between all this, we get Hero’s Duty leader, Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) and Felix teaming up to bring Ralph back before their games are all affected and get unplugged forever.

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“I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.”

Wreck-It Ralph is very appealing.  It has a lot to offer and I loved the premise.  I love arcades and when you set it in an arcade scenario and manipulate the use of the setup there to make its own imaginative (but real) community, I found it completely ingenious.  The power bar was the central station of the games.  They had everything including a Bad-Anon group to give therapy to all the bad guys in the games because they are just normal characters who are playing a role to keep their game alive and plugged.  My boyfriend and I particularly loved it when they even inserted the Metal Gear Solid exclamation mark! We love that game to bits! Plus, Pacman, Sonic, Street Fighter, Bowser..its a gamer’s dream right there.

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“Here you go, guys. Its fresh from Pac-man’s”

Other than having a great premise, this animated flick has some pretty awesome characters.  To start, we have Ralph.  He’s our protagonist, despite being a villain in his game.  All he wants is to not feel wanted and accepted for who he is and not his job per se.  He ends up overlooking the balance of things and he learns that being a hero means a whole lot more.  The responsibilities behind it and just simply what it means to be friends and to tell and analyze right and wrong and seeing the true nature of someone.  He’s big but he’s sweet and caring.  We can see that when he deals with the situation like with Vanellope.

"So...how'd I do?"

“So…how’d I do?”

Vanellope is the cutest little girl ever! She’s annoying and all but she has her reasons for being the way she is.  At many times, this flick is about the developing friendship between her and Ralph.  They both start it off with manipulation to get something from one another and use each other’s skills to get to their end goal but it changes around.  The spark and the dialogue between them are just so fun and it made me fall in love with these two.

Sergeant Calhoun in Hero's Duty

Sergeant Calhoun in Hero’s Duty

Being a sub storyline and supporting characters in this flick, Sergeant Calhoun is the one that packs in the intensity and has this type of sarcastic humor that only the awesome Jane Lynch can do.  Which is also why she is playing this hilarious role.  She has her own back story and the character’s tough gun-wielding gal matched up with peaceful and righteous hammer fixer-upper Felix to save Sugar Rush from its abomination.  Its a weird and awkward team but silly and crazy fun at the same time. 🙂

"It's my job to fix whatever Ralph wrecks!"

“It’s my job to fix whatever Ralph wrecks!”

This is getting a bit longer than I expected and I haven’t even gotten to King Candy.  This is a really fun animation.  I had to insert these quotes and it doesn’t really ruin the review.  Still spoiler-free, right? Its been a while that I’ve felt so young and absorbed into a more current animation.  I liked a lot of last year’s flicks, but this one really takes it.  There are a great amount of laughs and it pleases not only younger audience with the little girls and the easy dialogue, and has a light love story mixed with nothing really in the scary area, but at the same time, its fun for the adult audience thats been through gaming (like me) that grew up with Mario, Pac-Man, Sonic, etc.  I really had an awesome time with this one! I watched it again in the evening and I found it as great as it was on the first viewing 🙂

Do you have a favorite animated Disney flick (excluding Pixar)?