Friday, November 18, 2011

Two Animated Features to Look Forward to!

#1 Pirates of the Claynimation

Movie Title: The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Release Date: April 26th, 2012 (Malaysia)
Director: Peter Lord
Starring: Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, Brian Blessed, Lenny Henry

Stop-motion animated features don't come very often, but whenever they do, they always leave a mark. Even when they end up being a commercial failure. But we all love them, don't we? There's something about characters made from Plasticine that appeals to the child within us, which I believe has a lot to do with Plasticine being the most popular toy we played with back in our kindergarten days. Ladies and gents, from Aardman Studios, I present to you another claynimation that has all the charm of their other works like Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run [2000].

#2 Theatrical trailer for Pixar's first fairy tale

Movie Title: Brave
Release Date: June 21st, 2012 (Malaysia)
Director: Mark Andrews
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connoly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane

Naturally, being a Pixar movie means this animated feature has been getting a lot of attention as the world is still reeling from the lackluster Cars 2 [2011], labelled by critics as "the first bad Pixar movie". As for me I didn't even bother to go see it, I didn't even love the first one. But enough about that, this one I'm quite excited about, even though it is looking like it's filling the mold of any other Disney Princess movie. But hey, it's not unheard of that Pixar can put a new twist to an old formula, as they have proven with The Incredibles [2004]. For now, let's not decide anything until we actually see it when it comes out.

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