Episode #135 for Cloud Atlas, in which our protagonist has a “Scanners” moment while trying to give a synopsis, gives a huge bonus for sheer ambition and scope, and wants to go break the living shit out of some plates. Also: hemorrhaging!
Written by: Ron Clements, Rob Edwards & John Musker, based on a story by Clements, Greg Erb, Musker and Jason Oremland (with story supervision by Don Hall), all of this based (kinda) on The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker
Directed by: Ron Clements & John Musker
Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody, Jim Cummings, Peter Bartlett, Jenifer Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, John Goodman
My Advice: Matinee.
Tiana is a young lady who has a purpose. It’s the 20s in New Orleans and ever since she was a little girl she and her father dreamed of opening a restaurant. Her father gone, Tiana soldiers on alone, working tons and hardly sleeping, socking away whatever money she can in order to get an establishment of her own. Into town strolls Prince Naveen, a bit of fun-loving and flat broke royalty, who falls for the tricks of the evil voodoo magician, Doctor Facilier (David). The Doc changes Naveen into a frog and the only thing that can break the spell is the kiss of a princess. Mistaking Tiana for a princess, Naveen talks her into kissing him, but it only makes things go from bad to worse, turning Tiana into a frog as well. And thus, hijinks ensue.
Written by: Henry Selick, based on the book by Neil Gaiman
Directed by: Henry Selick
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Ian McShane
My Advice: Don’t miss it
Coraline (voiced by Fanning) is a young girl who finds herself uprooted from her friends and school by her parents, instead living in a converted house in Oregon called The Pink Palace. Her mother (Hatcher) is a bit domineering and her father (Hodgman) is a bit distracted (and unhealthy looking…Jesus, even I look better than that…WTF, Mr. Selick?) but it appears they’re preoccupied but loving and trying to get by. Coraline, though, being bored and trapped in a new place, desires more. And she finds it in spades when she discovers a hidden door–it leads to a world populated by her Other Parents. Everything’s perfect over there–her parents exist just to entertain her and feed her and clothe her and love her…but what’s the price for all this attention? And what does it mean to her real parents and real life?
Written by: Henry Selick, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
Directed by: Henry Selick
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, John Hodgman, Ian McShane
Music by: Bruno Coulais with a song by They Might Be Giants
My Advice: See it Twice. Once in 3D and once in 2D.
Coraline Jones (Fanning), a bored and precocious girl, moves to Oregon where her very busy parents (voiced by Hatcher and Hodgman) write a gardening catalog. She goes outside to investigate her new surroundings. There she finds a boarded up well, a mysterious cat (David), a very talkative boy named Wybie (Robert Bailey Jr.) and eventually an odd doll that resembles her, which Wybie brings from his grandmother’s house.
Disney has announced the ten animated feature films that make up their new release schedule through 2012. Plus some Tinker Bell direct to video bits. And you really don’t want the hoobah of the press release talking about how great it is and ooh aren’t we lovely. No, let’s cut straight to the list.
Oh, wait. You do want to know this bit, though:
Starting later this year with the release of Disney’s “Bolt,” all Disney and Pixar animated features will be presented in state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3-D(TM). Additionally, newly converted 3-D versions of the beloved classics, “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” are set to debut in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Films are not presently scheduled past 2012 due to the impending singularity, or as John Hodgman would call it: Ragnarok.
That last part we had mentioned previously. And I’ll go ahead and tell you: Incredibles 2 is not on the list. Damn you, Disney. Damn you for breaking my heart. Again.
Oh, one last thing–where is Chazzie-award winning director Brad Bird? Making a live action co-produced film for Warner Brothers and Disney/Pixar, apparently, so he’s not on the list. Come back, Brad! Bring me my Incredibles sequel! Please!
Okay, list. What follows is trimmed from their press release. Our additions and comments are in italics.
Written by Cary Bates, Lydia Marano, Gary Sperling, and Len Wein
Directed by Saburo Hashimoto, Yeun Young San, and Kazuro Terada
Starring the Voices of Keith David, Salli Richardson, Jonathan Frakes, Ed Asner, Marina Sirtis, Bill Fagerbakke, John Rhys-Davies, Jim Cummings, Michael Dorn, and Tim Curry
Released by: Disney DVD
Rating: NR (some mild cartoon violence)
Anamorphic: Nope, it was made for TV
My Advice: Skip it
Written by: Bill Lancaster, based on the short story “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell, Jr.
Directed by: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, Keith David, Richard Masur
Released by: Universal
My Advice: Own it.