My Week in Cartoonland: Madagascar 2 and Bolt

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 23, 2008 in Animation

Joe Strike reviews Madagascar 2 and Bolt

Editor’s Note: This week we’re lucky to have animation industry insider Joe Strike offers us his insights and first impressions of the films Madagascar 2 and Bolt.

My Week in Cartoonland

The week being November 3-7, which began in one jungle in Africa and wound up in another in the land of Nool, with a NY-Hollywood road trip connecting the two. Monday it was time for a Madagascar 2 screening, which was good since I had to review the co-directors the next day. Another hour and a half spent with a quartet of neurotic Central Park Zoo animals who didn’t bowl me over in the first place. (I live in Manhattan, have to deal with neurotic Manhattanites all the time, especially myself.) Read more…

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Who Will the Best Animation Oscar Nominees Be?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 11, 2008 in Animation

Best Animation Oscar

Frankly I’m still a bit let down from last year when the Academy picked glossy Ratatouille over the more interesting Persepolis. This year fourteen films were submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, of those only three lucky picks will make the cut to be in the best animated feature category. This year the films come from every corner of the world, although as an anime fanboy I’m very happy to see two entries from Japan! Here’s a guide of who’s who this year: Read more…

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Bolt isn’t Blowing Me Away…

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 22, 2008 in Animation

Shown above is the latest sneak peak of Bolt which is due out in theaters on November 21st and I have to say that I’m not getting excited by this clip. Now my understanding is that the film will be released in Disney Digital 3D and while that sounds cool it doesn’t mean that there can’t be a story up there on the screen. And from this small sample the whole flick looks like a bad action film which is already based on existing cartoons like Road Runner.

The other thing that’s missing here is that none of the characters seem lovable — the dog character Bolt seems to lack any charm, and even the bad guys in the scene above seem so generic. For crying out loud this is suppose to be a Disney film, having interesting evil characters is half the point! To me it looks like Disney was so obsessed with making a Pixar film that they forgot what makes Disney so special (hint: it’s charm, storytelling and imagination!).

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