The following are the various articles that have been filed and posted under the category of DVD, Videos & Movies / Animated that can be found here at Musings From Us, for your enjoyment.
It’s been ten moons since Arthur (Freddie Highmore) saved the kingdom of the Minimoys from the evil Emperor Maltazard (Lou Reed). We are back at Granny’s farm outside of Daisy Town, a town in New England. Athur’s mother, Rose (Penny Balfour), and father, Armand (Robert Stanton), are ready to go back to NYC as summer vacation is ending, but Arthur has promised to go back to see Selenia (Selena Gomez), the crown princess of the Minimoys. In the first movie, Selenia has already chosen Arthur to be her future husband king. A party had been planned for his return. Arthur’s father is not a big fan of nature, and is doing everything to protect Arthur from bees, which Arthur allergic, too. Arthur has been living among the Bogo Matassalai, a tribe of Maasai-like people that have taken residence on Grandpa Archibald’s (Ron Crawford) farm. He has been learning to become on with nature and the elements, and has mastered this at age 13, much to his grandfather’s pride. Arthur’s mother is a bit of a klutz, but she knows that the way her husband is going about to protect Arthur is wrong. When Rose sees a trail of ants going up to Arthur’s bedroom, she wonders just how much in tune he is with the creatures of the gardens on the farm. Arthur received a new passenger car for his electric train, and the ants have come on board to test out the ride. We see them all settled into the little plastic seats like human passengers, until Rose picks up the car to inspect it, and the ants hide from her view by outlining the windows with their bodies. Read more... (717 words, 59 images, estimated 2:52 mins reading time)
Since The Cat Returns is one of our most popular posts, we thought you might like a little insight into the one movie that every cat love must own. Much of this documentary is in Japanese, but don’t worry, there are no subtitles, as translators do the voice overs for us. We meet with the master movie maker, Hayao Miyazaki, who has at least 10 movies on the IMDB top 250, and what prompted this story. In actuality, The Cat Returns is a spin-off from an earlier Studio Ghibli movie, “Whisper of the Heart“. In that story, a teen girl finds inspiration to follow her heart from Baron Humbert von Gikkingen, a dapper cat with a diplomatic manner and clever wit. We go in all kinds of directions while seeing how this movie was made, from interviews with the director, producer, and Japanese voice actors. We even meet the big stray cat that is the body model for Muta. This cat is a stray that lives at the studio, and she struts around the area like she owns the place. Everyone there likes her, so maybe she does. One endearing an funny clip features just about everyone on the staff at Ghibli, from the actors to the editors to the cleaning crew, coming into to make “cat calls” for the scene where the cats have their procession to Haru’s house. We even get to watch as they produce the music, and enjoy as we hear and watch the cute Ayano Tsuji sing the opening theme song “Kaze Ni Naru” with only her ukelele as an accompaniment. Read more... (447 words, 54 images, estimated 1:47 mins reading time)
Worldwide, except for the US and UK, this film has entertained and delighted viewers. It really is a heart warming story about a young boy of 10 finding that the world really is full of magic if you know where to look. Even with the dumbified version for coddled UK and US kiddies it is still a good film as long as you are not trying to be a film PhD tear apart critic. When reviewing a film you really should see the film and not just go by everything else that might have been read or seen. The film does actually flow well, for the most part and even the choppy parts are interesting enough to not take away from the story. The film is enjoyable to watch as it leads you through a wonderful world that is full of magic and little people. It is a classic good versus evil to get the girl kind of movie that the whole family can and will enjoy. Read more... (605 words, 54 images, estimated 2:25 mins reading time)