This great family movie combines two of my favourite subject into one wonderful charming movie that just about everyone will love. Take a the classic story of The Borrowers by Mary Norton, and splice it with the talents of Studio Ghibli, and you’ll have one amazing adventure, and see it through the eyes of a 4-inch tall teen, Arrietty Clock (Bridgit Mendler).
Arrietty lives with her parents, Pod (Will Arnett) and Homily (Amy Poehler) under an old house, yet upscale house. This house is being kept up by a little old eccentric housekeeper, Hara (Carol Burnett) for the family. The youngest son has been brought out to the country home for some relaxation, as he has a heart condition, and will be having surgery soon. During the night of Arrietty’s first “borrowing”, the boy, Shawn sees her, but not her father. Arietty is fearful of humans, and so she should be, as generations of Borrowers have disappeared when discovered by humans before her. Shawn (David Henrie), however, is kind, but curious about this little person, and starts bringing her gifts and notes to find out more about her and her kind. Read more...(518 words, 114 images, estimated 2:04 mins reading time)
It’s been a few seasons now, and Mumble (Elijah Wood) and his lovely mate, Gloria (Pink) finally made their own egg, and this fluffy little bundle is Erik (Ava Acres). He’s got a wonderful talent for song, but can’t quite keep up with his father’s feet. The whole of the Emperorland has become one big party during the summer, but Erik just can’t get into the beat, and he’s afraid of joining in. Meanwhile, below the ice Will (Brad Pitt) and Bill (Matt Damon) the Krills are wanting to know what life is like beyond the krill swarm, and Will decides it’s time to move on. Read more...(620 words, 131 images, estimated 2:29 mins reading time)
There are many variations on a theme, but this is the first time I’ve seen a version of Homer’s Odyssey done is such a manner that is both fun and entertaining for everyone. Now we know that the continents drfited for millions of years to get us to where we are now, as show at http://scotese.com/. In this movie, we start where we ended with the last movie with Scrat (Chris Wedge) chasing yet another acorn. He catches the nut, and is determined to make sure it doesn’t move. He slams the acorn into the ground, and suddenly falls into the core of the Earth, and spins about inside the Earth, and the the landmasses break and form the continents we are seeing now. Read more...(566 words, 141 images, estimated 2:16 mins reading time)
It’s hard to believe that Pixar has been part of our lives for nearly twenty years, and this movie is just another in their amazing line-up of great family hits. This is a tale told from a miniscule POV, and it features the ants in a colony and a gang of grasshoppers that exploit these ants and their hard-working ways. In every community, there is an oddball, and in this colony, this Flik (Dave Foley), an enterprising ant with big ideas and inventions made of simple things like dew, grass, and burrs. Right about now, the ants of Ant Island are making an annual offering of grain, fruits, and berries for the grasshoppers. The old queen (Phyllis Diller) is training her daughter, Princess Atta (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to take over for her office, and Atta is stressing over little things. Her little sister, Dot (Hayden Panettiere) wants to help, but all the grown-ups keep syaing she is too little. She goes off to find Flik, since she is about the only one whom gets what he’s about. This is right after he as shown Atta, whom is his crush, by the way, all his time-saving tools. As he and Dot are talking, the warning horns go off, and the ants scurry into the hill, and Flik is the last one to go. He drops his grain harvester on the offering stone, and the thing breaks, and knocks over the supporting rocks, and the food all goes into the drink. Read more...(828 words, 109 images, estimated 3:19 mins reading time)
No matter what the haters at IMDB might be saying about how un-Pixar Brave is, don’t go by what they say. I guess the Pixar diehards are expecting to see Up every time this label is put on something, but considering how many variations they go though, including all those wonderful Studio Ghibli movies, you really need to see each movie for itself, because Pixar movies are rarely cookie cutter. Brave is its own story, and considering all the on-site research the writers and artists went through to get this movie to us, a little appreciation is in order. Read more...(1092 words, 155 images, estimated 4:22 mins reading time)