Tag Archives: CGI

Toy Story 3 – Century 20 @ Bella Terra, Huntington Beach, CA

Pizza Planet truck!!! A113 license plate!!! Pizza Planet driver!!! My Neighbor Totoro!!! Bud Luckey (Rick Ricker from The Incredibles)!!! Lee Unkrich did an absolutely incredible job tying together everything the Toy Story universe has meant to a generation of fans. This film is absolutely phenomenal. And there’s really awesome promotional materials all over the place! At the Century 20 theatres… At Disney’s California Adventure… And I’m sure much more. Way to go Disney-Pixar! 😀

How To Train Your Dragon (In 2D)

Laura and I elected to not pay a surcharge for fancy 3D. Directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois?!?!?! That’s what you get, Disney! Well, then again Disney couldn’t make a movie like this one, but my point is somehow still valid! Not really, I’m just stubborn. Anyways – as I understand it, Chris and Dean were key players at Disney’s Florida animation studio (located inside Disney’s MGM Studios before the name change and before they shut it down) and were partially responsible for Mulan (1998) and almost wholly responsible for Lilo and Stitch (2002), which are two of my favorite post-Frank Wells animated feature films (Chris was also prominantly featured along with other crew members of Mulan in Drawn to Animation at Disney’s California Adventure until it was replaced with The Animation Academy). To the best of my understanding, Chris Sanders left or was fired after which Disney turned … Continue reading →

Planet 51 (2009)

Planet 51 – Century 20 @ Bella Terra, Huntington Beach, CA

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. The trailer sets up the idea of an astronaut on a routine mission to a supposedly barren planet only to discover the planet is fully inhabited. But it gets better than that – the planet’s civilization has a parallel timeline to Earth but it’s about 60 years behind us (and with various technological differences like hover technology) – so they’re at the peak of the 50’s, listening to rock and roll and watching drive-in movies about – an alien invasion by the humaniacs. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! [As far as I could see,] The vocal cast was unlisted at the end of the film (an interesting choice), but it’s quite an all-star cast: Dwayne Johnson (who doesn’t sound like himself at all, making him an even more versatile actor than before) as wayward astronaut Chuck Baker, Justin Long as the “alien” Lem who … Continue reading →