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Animated

A Turtle’s tale (2010)


Sammy's_AdventuresFelt like a cutesy type animated movie so I ended up watching this one. Even tho it’s sweet and charming I found it creepy at times (how manly of me). I’m not to fond of deep waters and all that… tho the toothless shark was kinda nifty.

A childrens movie with a morale sprinkled with ethics and awareness of us humans being cunts and all that… it’s a good thing. Kind of get ashamed of my own species during some of the scenes in the movie but overall I’d say I liked this movie. It’s a good childrens movie with charming characters, visually pretty and a nice story.

Would I watch it again?.. probably not but I enjoyed it. The movie is directed by Ben Stassen (who also had a hand in writing it). Not really seen anything else by him, he’s done quite a few shorts and documentaries. His newest movie is House of Magic (2013).

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013)


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I found this gem on Netflix this morning. Never heard of it before and ended up loving it. Man, seriously I don’t think animated could come any closer to a real cast graphics/CGI wise… Cool story, cool characters, great visually and nice soundtrack. I love that I got to watch it with original score (japanese) ’cause I really hate “dubbed” anime into english… same goes for original animated movies from english to norwegian. I want to see and feel the characters as they were intended in the original language of the production.

I’d definitely watch this one again… Director Shinji Aramaki also did Appleseed Alpha (2014) ooo want to see.. Starship Troopers: Invasion (2012) which I loved and Ekusu makina (2007) also known as Appleseed Exmachina which I also loved. This man’s behind a lot of stuff I treasure… so I guess it’s no surprise I loved this one.

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Wreck it Ralph (2012)


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Yet another of those Animated movies I’ve put on hold without knowing why. It’s probably my favorite production with Sarah Silverman (Vannelope) in it, her character is somewhat adorable in this one. John C. Reilly is the voice of Ralph, he doesn’t have that much of a characteristic voice so I would never have known who was the voiceover if it weren’t for the cast end credits.

The most recognizable character  voice in the game is without a doubt Calhoun (Jane Lynch). There are some other familiar names on the voice over cast list but I don’t really remember the characters. I was to busy focusing my attention towards Ralph and Vannelope… and the yummie mentoses and chocolate lakes… sorta got a sweettooth for candy now and I don’t do carbs anymore so *sadface*.

I really liked this movie overall when it comes to story (I lived in the arcades in my early teens myself), and liked the visual graphics, soundtrack and movie universe. I’d watch a sequel of this if there were one.. and I’d watch this again to at some point but next time surrounded with icecream, coco, chocolate and cake.

Rich Moore did both write and direct this. He’s worked on Simpsons and Futurama in the past. Nothing I really enjoy but I did enjoy this one.

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)


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Not the best animated movie I’ve seen the last decades but it has some charm at least. I like that roach, ginormica and B.o.B (Seth Rogen should do more cartoon characters, he’s got the voice and laughter). Also fun to hear Hugh Laurie (House MD.) as the cockroach. That insectosaurus was kind of freaking me out in the butterfly stage, one of the most disturbing monsters I’ve ever seen…

The villains (robot and squidlings) was kinda cool but the overall story kind of boring compared to the other movies that has come out the last decade. I kind of liked the president tho… Is he supposed to be a Ronald Jenkees clone ? ’cause he kind of reminded me of him (I’m a big fan of his actually). The only real funny part about the movie is the screaming secretary person. There’s a lot of familiar voices in this actually when one starts to look at the voice cast, but that doesn’t help much when the story is average.

This movie has two directors; 1.) Rob Letterman who did Shark Tale (2004) and worked on visual effects for Lake Placid (1999). 2.) Conrad Vernon who did Shrek 2 (2004) and Madagaskar 3 (2012).

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..

 

 


Croods (2013)


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Dun-dun-duuuuh … ! Two animated movies in a short amount of time, so unlike me… and here I thought Frozen would stand alone on top for a while but Croods was actually even better. Way to go Dreamworks :)

There are so many aspects that makes this an entertaining movie; the creatures, the Croods behaviour, the gorgeous visuals and landscapes… I especially love the little girl that runs around like a wild rabid creature and the old grandma that Grug keeps wishing to perish but keeps getting disappointed. Croods has many many good moments, in fact the only bad thing about the movie was that it ended… oh, and I loved Belt :)

… at the end after the end credits there are a few seconds where that elephantmice plays their snouts as trumpets. Like 5 seconds but it was still fun to watch as I barely ever do sit through credits (I happend to read about the fact on imdb.com so I waited it out to see).

1 very familiar voice on this movie, Grug that has Nicholas Cage as a voice actor (he should do that more often, he seems like a good fit to voice acting on animated movies). Two more familiar names are Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds whome did Eep and Guy.

There are 2 directors on this movie; Kirk De Micco whome did Space Chimps (2008) and he was a producer on the documentary HALO: Freefall Warriors (2003).  Chris Sanders whome did How to train your dragon (2010), one of my all time favorite animated movies and Lilo & Stitch  (2002). They are both working on a sequel to Croods which is estimated to premiere in 2017 according to imdb.com.

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Frozen (2013)


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Been following the fandom of this movie on tumblr for quite a while with gif and all and with every post the more I’ve been wanting to see it. It has a great attitude towards relationships compared to most Disney movies, I mean with the jumping into marriage with the first prince that comes along… oh yeah, kind of spoiler warning… and even tho I’m not really a big fan of snow in real life I love the visuals in this movie, it actually made me want to see snow outside (that feeling will however be short lived as when the cold sets in I’ll be dreaming of spring yet again).

According to newspapers in Norway the interest for tourism and such went up after this movie. Why ? because we have reindeers ? It felt more swedish to me with the Midsummer celebration thing they had going at the start of the movie. Oh well whatever. I loved the movie like I do most animated Disney flicks. Sure, I’m not much for musical type movies but it’s just something about the charming characters (the kid segment in the start was adorable). I loved Sven the reindeer, the boat scene and most of all Elsa the queen (voiced by Idina Menzel). She’s kind of reminds me of Regina in Once upon a time (tv-series), love her. The sister, princess Anna is voiced by one of my favorite female actresses Kristen Bell.

Frozen won 2 academy awards this year, 1. Best animated feature film of the year and 2. Best achievement in Music (both understandable). It also ran off with 2 golden globes and a BAFTA this year so yes you should watch it if you love animated movies.

This movie has 2 directors; Chris Buck who did Tarzan (1999) and Surf’s up (2007). It’s Jennifer Lee’s first movie credited as a director but she had screenplay credits on Wreck it Ralph (2012). For a second there I thought it was Felicity Smoke (Arrow) when I saw her picture on imdb.com :)

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Epic (2013)


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Felt I had to catch up in the animated world of movies a bit and the choice fell on Epic. Not the 3D version tho (I’ve never actually seen a movie in 3D and I don’t plan to). Epic is actually pretty good, better than Brave (2012) which was kind of a disappointment. I just liked the overall story and visuals… and it has some charming characters as well (like the slugs and the 3 legged pug).

Sure, it’s not the best animated movie I’ve ever seen but it’s definitely one I’d watch again. It has some moments the got to me ’cause they were touching and some moments of excitement. They actually managed to make a mouse creepy and give the notion that squirrels were scarier… (what about bunnies???). Loved the Deer moment.

The director, Chris Wedge, previously did all the Ice Age movies (1-4) and Robots (2005) so expectations were way above average for this movie. I was neither surprised nor disappointed to put it that way.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


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