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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Movie reviews

From now on, i'll try to review every film i see from this day on.

Starting with Akira Kurasawa's epic masterpeice, Seven Samurai.

I have been wanting to see this film for some time, after months looking for a copy i finlaly "aquired" it.There is no doupt that this film is a classic, it is one of those great epic films that stands the test of time.

Even after over 50s years, Seven Samurai does what most action films aren't able to achieve to this day, tell a whole story without feeling too long or boring. Even though the film is over 3 hours long it still manages to keep you in your seat and watching, even the "boring" non-action parts are fun to watch. The samurai don't even reach the village in danger until more than 30 minutes into the film, all that time being spent getting to know each of the characters and the motivation and history behind them.

Even today some still consider it to be the "The archetypal action film", because it set so many standards and inovated so much. Even though Kurosawa had a weak budget and poor equipment compared to his western counterpartsm his film still stands, that has to say something about the greatness of this movie.

If you ever get the chance to watch it, take it and enjoy it. After seeing Seven Samurai, I am ow looking foward in watching other Kurosawa films.

Rating: 9.5/10

Scary Movie 4

Rating: 7/10

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

John Lasseter, a new hope...?

a bit of history shall we...

Since 1934, the release of Snow white and the seven dwarves, Walt Disney were the kings of animated features dishing out classics for about 30 years.

After Walt Disney's death in 1966, the animation department found itself without direction. The animators struggled to regain their footing but created films which were technically polished but told lackluster stories.
n 1973, lead animator Eric Larson began an experimental recruitment program to see if new young talent could be found to bring new blood to the industry. This began the training of a whole new generation of animators that would bring animation to new heights and greatly influence the world's popular culture. After honing their craft on a series of fairly modest pictures, these new artists finally found true success again with The Little Mermaid in 1989.

What followed was a renaissance of what Disney was originally about, producing a string of successful films followed suit.

However, the expansion coincided with a decline in both revenue and quality of the department's output. Competition from other studios drove animator salaries to a high level, making 2D animated features a costly proposition, and beginning in 2000, massive layoffs were done.

Deciding that the reason for its failing box office draw was the fact that they still used traditional animation methods in a time when Pixar and DreamWorks were producing highly successful computer-animated features, Disney converted it's animation department into an all-CGI studio, performing more layoffs and selling off its traditional animation equipment.

In January 2006, Disney purchased Pixar and began plans to merge Pixar's studio with WDFA(walt Disney Feature Animation). The collective works of both WDFA and Pixar from 2006 will be overseen by former Pixar president Ed Catmull and Walt Disney Studios head Dick Cook, with Pixar guru John Lasseter appointed chief creative officer of all Disney animated product.

On February 22, 2006, Jim Hill Media released a report that WDFA is making a slow, but steady return to traditional animation, with the release in 2007 of a new film called Enchanted, which is a blend of animation and live action. The animated portions are stated to be done in traditional animation. The report further stated that if they decide to return to traditional animation, WDFA would turn out a major film once every three and one-half to four years, compared to every six months to one year before. This is due to the fact that WDFA's workforce would be significantly reduced from the number of workers it had since the last traditionally animated production

In July 2006, Disney announced the production of its first traditionally animated film in some time, to be titled The Frog Princess. John Lasseter green-lit the project, hiring Ron Clements and John Musker to direct (Clements and Musker had resigned from Disney the year prior), and Alan Menken to provide the film score. Clements, Musker, and Meken had been among the key figures of Disney's late-1980s/early-1990s renaissance.

For those who don't know who John Lesseter is...
wikipedia wrote:
John A. Lasseter (born January 12, 1957 in Hollywood, California) is an animator and the chief creative officer at Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Feature Animation. Many praise him as the "current Walt Disney." [1]

Lasseter's father was a Parts Manager at a Chevrolet dealership, while his mother was an art teacher. Lasseter graduated from California Institute of the Arts, where he met future colleague, Brad Bird.

On graduation, Lasseter joined The Walt Disney Company, where his first job was as a Jungle Cruise skipper at Disneyland in Anaheim. Lasseter started in animation at Walt Disney Productions, which invented the animated feature, and Lucasfilm Computer Graphics Group,

He is a founding member of Pixar, where he oversees all of Pixar's films and associated projects as an executive producer. He also personally directed Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Cars and the upcoming Toy Story 3. Lasseter won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film (Tin Toy) and Special Achievement Award (Toy Story). [2].

In April 2006, Disney purchased Pixar and Lasseter was named Chief Creative Officer of both Pixar and Disney animation studios. He was also named Principal Creative Advisor at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he will help design attractions for Disney's theme parks. He will report directly to Disney chief Bob Iger, bypassing Disney's studio and theme parks executives.

Lasseter is a close friend of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, and has executive produced several of Miyazaki's films for their release in the United States, also overseeing the dubbing of the films for their English language soundtrack. you think John Lessester now apointed as chief creative officer will be able to pull it off? It's going to be hard but if someone can's him. The problem with the last movies is, there was no passion...AND he has a great passion for what he does.

Well that's the end of my rant.


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