Better late than never, we always say. We only got to see Coco a few days ago, and we loved it so much that we needed to acknowledge and recognise its greatness!
The final film for the upcoming Animation Nation 2016, an animated film festival organised by the Singapore Film Society (SFS) is the award-winning The Red Turtle, a joint production between Wild Bunch (France) and Studio Ghibli (Japan), directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit.
Animation Nation is an festival held in Singapore featuring animation feature films, animation short, seminars, and workshops. It was founded in 2004 and is organised by the Singapore Film Society. The last edition of the festival was held in 2011.
Directed by Ethan Spaulding
Written by Heath Corson
Starring (voices of) Matt Lanter, Sam Witwer, Jason O’Mara, Shemar Moore, Jerry O’Connell, Christopher Gorham, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion, Sean Astin, Harry Lennix.
Ostensibly a sequel to Justice League War – the animated movie introduction to the New 52 continuity – Throne of Atlantis is a very loose adaptation of the storyline that ran through the Justice League and Aquaman comics from 2012-2013.
Considering that Aquaman was replaced with Shazam (the original Captain Marvel) in War, it’s clear that Throne was to be used as an introduction to Aquaman. Thus, major changes to the comic book plot were made that greatly weakened the storyline. (AND seriously, why change Mera’s costume?)
In that context, it is recommended that you skip this movie completely and go straight to the source material.
However, if you do feel the need to compare and contrast.
Singapore film-maker Eric Khoo’s Tatsumi (based on the life and short stories of Yoshihiro Tatsumi) will be the 13th animated feature to premiere at Cannes Official Selection!
This 95 minute animated feature in Japanese explores the life of the father of Gekiga (dramatic pictures) inspired by his autobiography, A Drifting Life. It also showcases some of Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s most important stories written in the early seventies such as Hell, Beloved Monkey, Just A Man, Occupied and Goodbye.
Toy Story continues to be the king of the computer animated films with its third (and final) installment which, while doing justice to the previous installments, bids a fond farewell to these beloved characters with respect, love and common sense.
Common sense? Yes, you’ll be surprised at how many films get their endings totally wrong because of a lack of common sense. But anyways…
It’s one last adventure for Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang as with Andy now 17 and leaving home for college, they inadvertently end up at Sunnyside Daycare, where things are not quite as they seem.
With the sort of deft ease that is a trademark of Pixar, Toy Story 3 is told with tenderness, excitement, sadness and loads of fun. I’m always amazed at how the Pixar films are truly all-ages affairs and it’s no different with Toy Story 3. Although towards the end, I was wondering how the movie would conclude without traumatizing young children all around the world. Heh.
Pixar achieves this fine balance by not insulting the intelligence of its audience whether they be 10 or 50 years old. There are numerous colorful and thrilling situations for the young and knowing movie references for the old to savor and enjoy. By now, the Star Wars references are usually the ones to giggle to, see if you can spot them. Heh.
So its goodbye to the Toy Story movie franchise, certainly one of the most successful (both critically and commercially) of all time. One that will definitely stand the test of time.
Toy Story 3 is out in the cinemas now.