Tag Archives: Animation

Let’s Just Skip Halloween And Go Straight To Christmas

I don’t know about you guys, but this came to me as a surprise.  The movie stars Jim Carrey as the voice of the main character.  Now if you read one of my post a while back, I was complaining about the CG movies not having too much realism.  It looks like I spoke too soon.  This is probably the best of the year as far as characters that look human enough.

You may be wondering why it looks like something.  Well, its from the same people that did the Polar Express.  The only difference with A Christmas Carol is that it looks a hell of a lot better and not as freaky looking.  The characters are believable.  They don’t look too cartoony, but they also look better than the characters of Beowulf. The environments looks stunning. From the buildings to the trees to the snow.

This is one one movie to go watch with the kids.  This movie will be available sometime around this Decemeber. Visit the official site HERE.

The Secret World

p_secretworldCheck out these trailers for the game The Secret World.  I don’t think I’ve seen a game cinematic that looked this good in a while.  The first thing that comes to my mind are how good the characters look.  If this was not mentioned to be a game and they slapped that green preview info before the trailer, I would have thought it was an actual movie.  This trailer looks like it was done by the same team who did Final Fantasy The Spirits Within.   Or somebody from Blur Studio.  It’s just that good.  The details are amazing.  Take a look at the 2nd trailer with the girl’s sweater.  Look at all the thread reacting to the light.  Not to mention the feathers from that creature.  There is so much eye candy.

The Secret World is an MMO game similar to World Of Warcraft created by a company called Funcom.  It will be coming out for the Xbox360 and the PC.  There seems to be some exclusivity gonna on as there was no mention of the game coming to the PS3.

I ask this.  Look at the trailers.  Now why can’t we get movies that look like that.  The closest we got that looked like that was FF: The Spirits WithinBeowulf was ok, but I still want more variety in my CG movies other than animals, dolls, and cartoony humans.  Come on Hollywood, if some game company can do it, why can’t you.

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

There’s more info about the game at www.darkdaysarecoming.com.

To The Forest We Shall Go

Here is a short called The Forest.  It’s about a little girl named Antionia who daydreams a lot.  Why does she daydream, well that’s simple.   She simply want  to get away from reality and its problems.

This short is one of those surreal animation.  Think of Tim Burton’s style.  It’s a little dark, but not too scary.  The narration is perfect.  Very intelligent and imaginative.  The Piece is the creation of David Scharf with the help of a few other people as well.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers

This game kind of came out of no where.  Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers is coming out for the Wii this December.  For those that are huge Final Fantasy fans, you will surely enjoy this action RPG.  Though the designs are not as mature as those found on the regular Final Fantasy series, it should keep you busy until the big XIII come out sometime next year or the year after.  From the trailer below,  it sure be another fun journey that should give you plenty hours of playing time.

9 may be fine

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On 09-09-09, the movie 9 came out.  It’s about a bunch of little mechanical rag doll-looking characters that roam around a post-war earth where battles between humans and robots resulted in the destruction of humanity.  Shane Acker, the director of the film, created 9 from a short film he made as a UCLA student.

Visually, this is probably one of the best looking CG animated feature film I’ve seen in a while.  It’s about time an animated CG feature strayed away from the “plastic” shaders that is overly used by Pixar and DreamWorks.  It’s been over 10 years since Toy Story came out and Pixar/DreamWorks are still giving us CG movies that look like those little toys.  Fortunately, the movie 9 has the balls to try something visually new, at least in terms of the mainstream CG feature length films.  If you like Blur Studios’ game cinematics, you’ll love the imagery in 9.  Tim Burton’s producing role on this film seemed to influence some of the character’s and environment’s designs.  Simply put, you can see the “Burton Style” that is seen in Nightmare before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach.  It has dark hues, Goth, simple designs, great detail mixed with old school Disney charms.

The plot was good in the beginning of the movie when there’s a lot of discovery and suspense.  However, by the end, it was a little dissatisfying as the main character doesn’t seem to grow at all.  Throughout the movie, the audience is presented with two main viewpoints on how to live life by either curiosity or fear.  We’re supposed to cheer for curiosity, but I thought the character who was supposed to be afraid was simply being cautious.  In the end, some characters learn facts, but what fun is knowledge without “more” friends to share them with?  Still, it’s a good watch.

Rating: GOODNESS