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"Hong Kong Godfather" Offers Entertainment You Can't Refuse

I have never seen a Shaw Brothers movie before. Come to that, I don’t think I have ever seen an honest-to-goodness, 1970s-style chop-sockey movie before. I know their reputation, of course, so I had an idea of what I was in for with Hong Kong Godfather. But I wasn’t expecting this kind of entertainment from […]

"Opium and the Kung Fu Master": You Don't Need Drugs to Enjoy This

For reasons known only to its marketing staff, FUNimation recently provided toonzone with copies of four of its Shaw Brothers movie releases. In a similar spirit of devil-may-care fecklessness, we have actually decided to review them—even though their cartooniness is at best only metaphorical. Starting today, then, we will be bringing you “Kung Fu Week.” […]

"Batman: Under the Red Hood" Coming to DVD and Blu-ray on July 27, 2010

Warner Home Video has officially announced that the Batman: Under the Red Hood DVD and Blu-ray discs will be released on July 27, 2010. The latest direct-to-video movie from Warner Brothers Animation is based on the DC Comics graphic novel by Judd Winick, who also wrote the screenplay to the movie. The movie stars Bruce […]

"G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero - The Movie" on DVD and Blu-ray July 27, 2010

Shout! Factory has announced that G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – The Movie will be released on DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on July 27, 2010. The 1987 animated movie (separate from the 2009 live-action movie) follows the animated highly-trained special missions force against the ruthless forces of Cobra and their new allies: […]

"The Great Mouse Detective": Of Mice and Mysteries

I suppose I’m confessing to a form of thought crime when I say so, but there it is: I was never much of a fan of Disney’s Katzenberg-era animated features. I liked The Little Mermaid well enough. But I thought the admittedly lavish Beauty and the Beast an odious perversion of the original fairy tale; […]

"Monsters Inc. 2" Confirmed with Release Date, "Bear and the Bow" Retitled

Walt Disney Studios chairman Richard Ross announced a retitling of Disney/Pixar’s The Bear and the Bow and confirmed long-standing rumors of a sequel to Monsters, Inc., with both getting release dates in 2012, according to coverage in the Hollywood Reporter of a studio discussion and presentation. The Bear and the Bow is now titled Brave, […]

Andreas Deja on Designing Mama Odie for "The Princess and the Frog"

Jim Hill Media has posted highlights from a talk given by Andreas Deja at a recent Ryman Arts career event, where the Disney animator discussed the thought processes behind designing and animating Mama Odie (and her seeing-eye snake Juju) for The Princess and the Frog. Among other topics, Deja discusses the thinking behind Mama Odie’s […]

Disney Releases "The Great Mouse Detective" Video Clips and Stills

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released several video clips and stills from The Great Mouse Detective Mystery in the Mist Edition DVD, which was released yesterday, April 13, 2010: Featurette: Scotland Yard (bonus) Featurette: Sleuth (bonus) Basil of Baker Street (film) Basil’s Experiment (film) On the Trail (film) Basil’s Calculations (film) Click on any […]

Bakshi's "Lord of the Rings": Better Than It Looks

Movies are movies, and books are books; and it is usually unfair to judge an adaptation from one medium to another by comparing it to the original. But sometimes it can’t be helped. Judged on its own, Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is an abysmal failure: […]

"The Lord of the Rings": Potential Energy That Never Becomes Kinetic

Some of that faithfulness to Tolkien’s prose doesn’t serve the movie terribly well. Several of the actors’ line readings strain so hard to stay true to Tolkien’s words that they forget to bring life to his language. William Squire’s Gandalf and Annette Crosbie’s Galadriel are especially susceptible to this, although Squire is also competing with […]

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