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Or, as I really wanted to title this: Why would you let a kid watch crappy animated “family” movies that are actually more disturbing because they’re movies imported from Hungary, the Netherlands, and Japan, poorly dubbed, and released straight to VHS?

Growing up in my house, Mom held all the cards as to what movies we bought and were “allowed” to watch. She had a tight rein on what we purchased and hated Hollywood movies. Something about them all being full of Godless sexual deviates, foul language, and subtly socialistic themes.

This was how I ended up watching a strange sub-culture of movies that nobody I knew had heard of. Tell me if any of these movies sound familiar:

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I figured I would start somewhere close to my heart with these blogs.  I’ve been watching animation most of my life, often more than live action. I was kind of embarrassed by it at first. My parents and friends didn’t feel the same way and saw animation as “kid’s stuff”.  But my fascination with it never waned.  My best guess is that it may be attributed to how I learn.

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I love Disney animated films! As a kid I always thought of the Disney Princesses as pure, wholesome, and family friendly, but now that I’m all grow’d up I’m staring to notice some pretty serious flaws.

Quick warning, I’m about to taint some childhood memories here, so if you’d like to hold on to the innocence of youth, I suggest you quit reading now.

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I’m honestly really surprised John Carter didn’t do better than it did. It had everything that a good sci-fi/fantasy movie should have. Plus, the books, written in 1912, contained the richness that could have made this movie as cinematically thrilling as Lord of the Rings.

Yet, the movie bombed at the box office. Lack of marketing was probably a huge factor, but the other problem was the majority of people didn’t know who John Carter was, and the title definitely didn’t help matters.

When I first heard that title, I thought it was going to be some boring political movie about some guy named John Carter. I had no idea that it was going to be a space adventure. If they had used the full title, John Carter of Mars, I think it would have attracted more of a crowd. Continue Reading…

Have you seen the “fan-made” trailer for John Carter of Mars? People have been lauding it for its passion and devotion to Edgar Rice Burrough’s original story, but did you know it was made by Kerry Conran, director of famous cinema catastrophe Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow?

It’s true! This “fan-made” trailer was actually a pitch video Conran put together to sell his version of John Carter to the studios. You can clearly see Conran’s passion and energy for the material, but would history repeat itself? Apparently the studios though so because as we all know, it was Pixar’s Andrew Stanton that helmed the big-screen adaptation.

What’s your take on all that? Would Conran have made a better film or would it have been as wooden and lifeless as Sky Captain? Would Joss Whedon fans have gone to see it or would they have stayed home to marathon Firefly…again?

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A film set is a living organism. There are many teams, like organs, working independently to support the whole. At the center of it all is the brain, the Director, responsible for making sure all the teams work together in unison.

But there’s a hitch. Unlike our brains which are hardwired to every inch of our body, the Director can only be in one place at one time. To make matters worse, during production the Director’s time will be dominated by the actors. In order for the film to come together smoothly, the Director must provide a set of blueprints that the crew can work from. Continue Reading…