When you think of Studio Ghibli the first thing you’ll probably also think of is Hayao Miyazaki, the director of movies like My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Princes Mononoke and Howl´s Moving Castle. But he started the studio together with Isao Takahata. Takahata was responsible for the heartbreaking Grave of the Fireflies. Does he manage to get out the same sort of emotions with The Tale of the Princess Kaguya? Continue reading
In general my knowledge of Mexican culture is minimal, especially since I live in Europe. The things I do know are usually from American shows and movies, but it isn’t much. The Book of Life though is a nice introduction though to a part of the culture. Continue reading
The Shaun the Sheep TV show once started as a spinoff of Wallace and Gromit. Because of their short episode length (about 7 minutes) and humor the show became very popular. Aardman Studios, who’s responsible for producing the show took the next logical step and give the popular character his own movie. Did they succeed in taking something which works in short bursts and turning it into a feature-length movie? Continue reading
If you look at Pixar’s history, the animation studio has released some amazing movies including Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Up, Ratatouille and WALL-E. People were always excited about new Pixar movies, because they weren’t only very original and moving stories but also because the animation was more beautiful with each movie. They have released some movies which weren’t as big a success critically as they might have hoped (the Cars movies immediately come to mind) and last year they didn’t even release a movie, something they did every year since 2006. Pixar now returns with Inside Out. Are they back on top or does the film disappoint? Continue reading
When you have children of course you can’t escape having to watch movies with them. Of course this give you the opportunity as a parent to pick out quality movies and see how they react to them. Often watching their response is more enjoyable than the movie itself. Dumbo is an animation classic which is, especially compared to the current animated movies, relatively simple. It was a while for me since I had last seen it and was curious if I would still enjoy it, but I was also looking forward to seeing my own daughter respond to it as she saw it for the first time. Continue reading
Most big animated movies you watch now are computer generated. There aren’t a lot of studios anymore who still animate by hand, simply because computer animation gives more possibilities and the market has proved that those type of movies are more successful. Fortunately there are still some studios who prove differently. Of course when it comes to animation Studio Ghibli is still showing the heights this format can rise to.
When it comes to stop animation than most people will probably first think of the studio who is responsible for Wallace & Grommit and Shaun the Sheep, Aardman Animations, who definitely make enjoyable films. But to me it is Laika studios who is the current emperor in this arena. The Boxtrolls is just their third movie, but with Coraline and ParaNorman they have already proven themselves worthy. With this movie they raise the bar again. Continue reading
Sometimes it can be the smallest things which can charm you as you are watching a movie. Little things which succeed in immediately grabbing your attention and pull you fully into the movie. With this movie that happened immediately during the opening of the movie, because the first thing you hear is the voice of one of my favorite directors (and voices), Werner Herzog. The cold landscape and his voice immediately made me think of his own documentary Encounters at the End of the World and the fact he agreed to do the voice work for this movie proved to me why is so fascinating, really a man full of surprises. It immediately sold the movie to me and the movie had hardly started. Continue reading