14 yrs. of anticipation, curiosity, hope, that director Brad Bird would give us another movie featuring one of the best superhero families ever: The Incredible family. Ever since the first film, The Incredibles¸ we were introduced to a new kind of superhero as well as a new kind of Pixar film. The Incredibles back in 2004 was the first Pixar movies to feature humans as the main stars of the film. Like most of the Pixar films, we fell in love with the unique and creative characters of Robert Parr/Mr. Incredible, Helen Parr/Elastigirl, Violet Parr, Dashiell (Dash) Parr, and Jack – Jack. Who can forget the best designer with no patience for nonsense, Edna Mode (voice by Brad Bird). Here we are, the sequel has arrived and was it worth the 14 yrs. wait?
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I have to admit that I wasn’t really looking forward to the latest from Pixar Studios but the movie geek in me decided to take a chance on it and see for myself. Let me just say that this movie is one of the best of the year and also one of the top 5 best Pixar films to date. This movie surprised me so much on how innovative, creative, and unique it is compared to the rest of the library of films Disney and Pixar have come out with.
The story of a little boy named Miguel who is looking for a way to follow his passion for music in a family that despises music and musicians. His quest in performing in a talent show behind his families back it transports him to the Land of the dead on Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Watching this film, you will discover the wonderful world of the land of the dead and see what its like to be on the other side of the bridge between the living and the dead.
It’s the 24th anniversary of the theatrical release of Hocus Pocus. I have already watched the film today and it motivated me to write a tribute and recommendation for the film for those who have or have not seen it. Basically everyone. What can I say about this Disney masterpiece that most of you don’t already know. I would be very surprised to find someone who hasn’t seen this movie let alone heard of it before. I remember the movie I saw this trailer on: Super Mario Bros. and I also remember the day I went to see this movie with my friends the day it was released. Hocus Pocus is one of those movies that parents would show their kids when they reach a certain age. Some movies transition into the next generation of movies and are not forgotten and this is one of those titles. For most families and individuals like myself it has become a Halloween tradition to watch the movie each year around the holiday in Oct. I want to pay tribute and recommend this wonderful children’s movie as one of the best Halloween and Disney films of all time.
I am reviewing this movie as a stand alone movie with little comparison to the Disney animated classic most people are used to. Providing you with info of this movie and how entertaining it is rather than compare the two will give you more insight on what to expect and if this live action movie is worth watching at the movies.
Any story translated from animation/comic/video game to live action I look for one thing: How close they are on likeness in looks and mannerisms. Anything else regarding the movie is fair game. You can change the story, how it ends and begins, back story, etc. They picked a great cast for this movie. The casting of Le Fou played by Josh Gad and Lumiere played by Ewen McGregor were spot on in my opinion.
The production sets and costumes on the characters were pretty good. Definitely looked like a Disney film. The CGI effects of the household items looked really good. The beast looked great. There were times I couldn’t tell if it was all CGI or if it was a costume.
The follow-up movie to Alice in Wonderland (2010) continues the story with the return of Alice back to Wonderland to discover that her bestie, The Mad Hatter, has become fairly ill because he believes that his family, who supposedly died during an attack, is actually alive but no one believes him. Alice determined to get The Mad Hatter back to help, she turns to the White Queen and Time himself to go back in time and figure out what happened to his family the day of the accident. Which also causes a chain of events that could wipe Wonderland from existence.