Beauty and the Beast (2017) – Review

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Review: I once wrote an abridged history of Beauty and the Beast roots on my review of Christophe Gans’ La Belle et La Bête. How this beautiful French lore has evolved, added more insight and backstories, and represented social issues from time to time alone has already made an intriguing tale. While adaptations and re-imaginings […]

Moana (2016) – Review

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Review: Sailing over idyllic seas with tropical islands as background, our self-proclaimed non-princess Disney Princess is going out of her comfort zone fulfilling her lifetime obsession and, most importantly, saving her world from famine. She is Moana—daughter of a Polynesian chieftain—who voyages to the wilderness to find a demigod Maui and restore what-so-called diamond of […]

Pete’s Dragon (2016) – Review

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Review: It’s not too surprising when Disney decided to give its retro property a remake with CGI treatment. What surprised more is the choice of source material – a musical which blends animation with live action, Pete’s Dragon (1977) – which is considered as a classic flop. Things get more alluring when David Lowery – helmer […]

The Jungle Book (2016) – Review

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The Jungle Book takes CGI into a whole new level—with idyllic details and awe-inspiring depth—without leaving the heart and the faith of Disney classic behind. The details of the ready-made theme-park wilderness as well as the perfect blend of voice-over and animal sounds are juxtaposed exotically with Louis Prima’s spirit.

Zootopia (2016) – Review

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Review: Wreck-It Ralph director, Rich Moore, is teaming up with Tangled director, Byron Howard, to vivify a literal urban jungle or animal kingdom in Disney’s vibrant, jive, and uplifting Zootopia. As hinted in the title—which is a coinage of the word ‘zoo’ and ‘utopia’, Zootopia is a high-tech metropolis where arthropomorphic animals of various kinds—mostly mammals—inhabits in […]

The Good Dinosaur (2015) – Review

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Review: In this year zero of newly-established Pixar’s one year two features campaign, those savvies have already made differences with the patient zero, the Psychology 101 for family, Inside Out—which got released previously and immediately overshadows the second feature, The Good Dinosaur. As implied by the title, The Good Dinosaur is another animated take on these […]

Tomorrowland (2015) – Review

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“There are two wolves who are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. The question is… which wolf wins?” Casey encouraged. I always trust Brad Bird for his keen, inventive storytelling; and mostly for his compact vision to the story he directs, like in his animation features (The Iron Giant, […]

Into the Woods (2014) – Review

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“Careful the wish you make, wishes are children…” The Witch sang. Oscar-caliber director, Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine, Memoirs of Geisha) did Avengers on some lovely Brother Grimm’s fairy tales in Disney’s adaptation of Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods. Along with the original writer (Lapine) and composer (Sondheim), the director paved the way into the woods in […]