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Much ado about Animated features.

If you recall, I dropped a little extra for you at the end of my last postage, the song Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie. Why did I do that? Because everything is awesome… when it comes to animation. Well a lot of it is, anyway, and that song teased a bit about what I’ll be talking about today. Yeah, I’m talking about the Lego-movie, sure, but that’s not the only thing I’ll be talking about. But let’s start with that one, shall we…

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As a lot of us out there, I too, grew up building Lego’s. I had boxes of it and, yes, I stepped on a lot of it… and it does hurts like a mother#%&@€!, so obviously I was a bit anxious about how the hell they could make a movie about Lego work. I finally got to see the damn thing, and I was not in the slightest displeased with it. In fact, I giggled and smirked my way through the entire film, with the occasional out loud-laughter, because this film is a frikkin masterpiece. The voice-acting, the story, the live-action segment, the way it brings back a lot of fond memories from my childhood, it all fits together like… well, like Lego’s…

Sure, it wasn’t the greatest animated film I’ve ever seen (which you all know by now is The Lion King), but it sure as hell held up against a lot of other great animations I’ve seen through the years, so instead of delving deeper into the land of Lego, let’s stroll down memory lane and think about some of the past’s great Animation features, and we’ll be starting with my Runner-Up on the greatest Animation ever made, Toy Story!
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A movie about toys being alive when the kids’re not watching them… that’s brilliant. Sure enough, it’s Hollywood so it’s not entirely original, but the way it was put together, with a story like that, it was Brilliant! And the way it changed the way animated movies for future ideas, mindblowing at the time, I’ll tell ya. And me personally, I loved it so much I even got the videogame for the Sega Genesis, yeah… and hell, I even played Toy Story 2 when my kid brother got it on the PC. Tom Hanks (Woody) and Tim Allen (Buzz) gives us an unforgettable story about rivalry turned alliance and the way kids looks at toys had for ever changed. Oh and eh… haha, that Sid-kid, yeah I was that guy. Sorry, toys….

Shrek bannerWhat do we have next? Oh, how could I forget … it’s Shrek, the ogre who just wanted to be left alone. This is probably the only animated movie that could be justifiably compared to a Buddy-Cop movie, with the hero and his annoying sidekick (yeah that’s you Donkey), but it uses the old fairy tales we grew up with to create a new world of magic and wonder for kids all ages (all the way up to old adult-kids, that is) and the voice acting is superb all the way through.. and hey, it even gets a shot in at The Matrix (which was pretty common at the time, though). A fantastic film for the whole family and I know, that I’ll be able to watch that movie in say.. 10 years, and still laugh as hard as I did back then. A superb addition to any Animated film-collection!

The Incredibles bannerUp next, we have the surreal take on that whole Superhero-bit that’s been going on for a while. That’s right, I’m talking about The Incredibles. Again, a movie that changed things up a bit, with the Archetype Superhero (which to me feels like a Batman/Superman-lovechild of sorts) who tries to lead a normal family life but can’t seem to forget about his past and insistingly drags himself and his whole family back into it. Yeah, this was a great film and if you still haven’t seen it (I know some people who hasn’t, actually), you deserve a few lashings. The coolest thing about it, though, is Sam Jackson’s Frozone, but whenever Jackson’s in the movie, he’s bound to be the coolest part about it (with the Robocop-remake as an exception!).

Ice Age Scrat bannerLast, but not even a little bit least, we have what can easily be served as one of the funniest, most hysterical animation of all time (to me, that is), in both English and Swedish dubs…. and the film I’m talking about, the one that put sloths on the map, is Ice Age. Yeah, nothing newsworthy there, right? No, just a fantastically animated film about the oddest group of companies ever. I mean, a mammoth, a sabretooth tiger and a sloth, carrying around a human baby? How is that not a disaster? Well it is, as you know, at times a complete disaster but it all works out in the end. Well… almost, anyway. In my experience with movies, they never seem to stop when they should. A great trilogy does not need a fourth installment and the Ice Age-franchise proves just that. This series would’ve easily been on my favorite-list if it weren’t for that Chris’ awful ..Continental Drift gook from 2012. But hey, we got those amazing Scrat-shorts from it, at least, so there’s that…..

There you have a little bit about what I think about some animated features. I have a lot more to say about all of’em, but I’m gonna leave you with this for now, ’cause I’m gonna go watch a movie! Hell yeah I am, and if you’re lucky, I’ll be back here later to talk about it, but until then…..


20 years with The Lion King

The 15th of June, 1994… that was the first time the world got to see The Lion King, for a limited run until it’s official release on the 24th of June that same year. So that means that our favorite king has really grown up now, celebrating its 20th, and what better way to honor the film, than to blast through all three films (yeah, I’m including the 1½ in the franchise).

The Lion King bannerBut let’s start with the first one, the Hay-maker, the all-around-the-world success! A story about a king being betrayed by his brother, who puts the blame on the prince in order for himself to have the throne. With a premise like that, not much can go wrong. And lo and behold.. nothing did. From the very first scene to the very last, the movie has you in its grip and it refuses to let go and I feel it impossible to not tear up at least a few times during the film. Sure, it has its ups and downs just like any other film, but The Lion King’s lowest moment (I can’t wait to be king) is still better than other films high-points, which in itself says a great big deal about it.

I was 11 years old when I first saw the film in the theater and I’ve probably seen in 30 or 40 times since then, and I’m pretty much guaranteed that I’ll watch it just as many times in the next 20 years. It took its rightful place as my Favorite Movie Of All Time about 10 years ago and it stands proud still at that very top. I just love it, and I sincerely hope to catch the musical sometime, ’cause even if it’s just half as good as the movie, it’ll be awesome!

The Lion King II posterOnward, as they say to the next chapter of Simba’s reign as the king. As we get to see in the end of the first movie, Simba and Nala presents their own cub to the animal kingdom, just like we saw Simba being presented in the beginning. ..Simba’s Pride starts out just like it, with the addition of Timon and Pumbaa wisecracking it up how they’re gonna raise the kid like they did Simba, and BAM!, we learn that it’s a girl…. Jawdrop!

We’re treated with the same outline as the first one, watching Kiara as a child and then later on fully grown, falling in love with Kovu, who were supposed to be next in line for the throne have Scar kept his reign. It’s an interesting twist from the original story, as we see a pride of lions having been exiled from the Pride lands for standing behind Scar, and we get to see a darker, slightly more menacing threat than the hyenas.
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The film saw its direct-to-video release in October 1998, and where it’s not AS GOOD as its predecessor, it still holds up today as it is in fact a great animated film. It brings back a few of the original voice casts, which is fantastic, and with the addition of the new cast, everything’s all good ‘n well in the Pride Lands.

The Lion King 1½ posterLastly, we have the 3rd installment of the franchise…. if you can call it that? Wait, you can’t? Oh yeah, it’s The Lion King 1½. That makes sense, doesn’t it? No.. not really, until you watch it. The 1½-installment takes place during the first one, but there’s not really much Lion King about it, no, it’s a backstory for Timon and Pumbaa. We get to see how they managed to end up finding Simba in the dessert and later on how they raised him. Sure, it’s a good film, but it’s obvious that it was made more for kids (and to exploit the two characters, you know, the ones who got their own TV show as well?)

Sure enough, we’re treated with a lot of goofing around, but there’s also a lot of hardship, as both Timon and Pumbaa are outcasts. Timon slightly more than Pumbaa, as he is actually driven away from his friends and family for being a dreamer (and also kind of a klutz), where Pumbaa never really had anyone. It’s a heartwarming story in it’s own way and even if it’s not even a contender to the first two films, you can’t ignore the fact that the duo is hilarious, which makes the film very watchable.

Now, it’s time for something completely different, but I’ll be back later on today with the promised (but slightly delayed) Fantasy Cast! But until then…… you know the drill….

Quintessential movie-titles! #1

Hey, guess what….. I’ve gone and acquired myself one of those mythical creatures known as “girlfriends”, hence the lack of postage lately. But I’m not here to tell you about stuff like that, so why am I telling you this? Well, because this event has opened my eyes to a thing I would like to proclaim as a sort of blasphemy. “What the Hell is he talking about?”, you ask? It’s like this… my new girlfriend told me that she had never seen Star Wars. I know, what the hell, right! But apparently, it’s more common than one would think, so I thought I’d put together a list of movies that I feel is quintessential for any one person to see, kinda like the book “1001 Movies To Watch Before You Die” but with flair and pizzazz, so let’s get right down to it!

Star WarsFirst off, we have Star Wars. To make everything as easy as possible, let’s just say Saga, so I’m not leaving anything out (and yeah, that means the prequels as well!). Whenever I hear someone hasn’t seen Star Wars, it’s almost like my eyes pop out of my skull with a nice blend of disgust, fear and surprise. I mean, why? How can a person NOT have seen it? I can’t understand it, but every time I hear it, I make it my mission to get them to watch it. And when I do, I try to make them watch it in the order they were released, i.e Han was the only one who shot and so on… They are supposed to be seen in the order that they were released and all those edits and whatever, that comes later if (when) they fall in love with the Saga!

Back to the FutureSecond, we have the Back to the Future-trilogy. Anyone born pre-90s should have this on DVD (or sometimes even VHS), because it’s just one of those things. You learn to tie your shoes, peel your own potatoes, wake up in the morning, recognize a DeLorean… like things you just know how to do, Back to the Future is just something that you know by heart because you’ve seen it so many times. Everything nowadays is jam-packed with …Future-references and if you don’t understand them when you see’em, you’ve done something wrong in your life.

Indiana JonesComing in third, we have the Indiana Jones-trilogy. I’m only counting the first three here, because they feel more classic than the last one (not that I didn’t love that one too, because I did!). This trilogy is just as classic as Star Wars, being a George Lucas-creation and with the help of Mr. Spielberg, it raises itself to glory and fame for movie-lovers everywhere and if you by chance haven’t seen them, you deserve a whipping or three, preferably in the face with something that really stings (a whip, perhaps?).

The Lion KingLastly (for now, that is), we have a movie I would declare “Best Movie of ALL TIME”, and that is The Lion King. Anyone from the age of 15, love this movie because it’s the most lovable movies ever made, and everyone below 15 loves this movie because it’s awesome. It was made for kids but loved by adults. Why? Because it has everything any movie could ever hope to have; story, depth, music, memorable characters, quotability and oh so much more. I see it as a death penalty if you haven’t seen it, and I’ll be glad to dish it out myself to anyone who say otherwise!

I have given you four movies now, that I feel is necessary to watch at least once (before you fall in love with them, and you will), and I will give you a lot more, but this will have to do for now, because I’m about to play some f*n Skyrim…. but if (and you probably have) you have a title or two you feel everybody needs to watch, feel free to drop it as a comment and I’ll get to it soon enough! Now…. coffe and Skyrim. Laterz!