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Your Name is an animated drama from director Makoto Shinkai. Mr. Shinkai innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls. The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) and Taki (Ryûnosuke Kamiki) are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint. When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, something shifts, and they seek each other out wanting something more-a chance to finally meet. But try as they might, something more daunting than distance prevents them. Is the string of fate between Mitsuha and Taki strong enough to bring them together, or will forces outside their control leave them forever separated?
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Taki doesn’t know that he’s switching bodies with Mitsuha from 3 years in the past. He understands that he’s in a small town when he’s switching bodies but never bothers to find the name of the town he is in. All he knows is that the switching is for real. One fine day the switching abruptly stops. This is because back in the past, the comet has killed Mitsuha, Taki doesn’t know this. But he still has the thread and this continues to bind Taki to Mitsuha. He decides to go looking for Mitsuha.
Your Name is, in a word, a journey. A journey into what will surely be the future of cinematography, as well as a journey on a grand emotional roller coaster.
Technically speaking, labeling this film a “masterpiece” is an insult by omission. Given that Shinkai is a master, anything he makes is obviously going to be a “masterpiece,” but among silt there is gold, and among gold there may be diamonds. This movie is a diamond, easily the prettiest feature length film I’ve ever seen.
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Aladdin a street urchin (Scott Weinger) vies for the love of a beautiful princess (Linda Larkin), where he uses a genie’s (Robin Williams) magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her. What makes this one of the best animated classic films it’s because of the Score. Robin Williams is so good in it. He’s hilarious. This film isn’t just for kids but for the whole family.
Lyricist Howard Ashman first pitched the idea, and the screenplay went through!
It went through three drafts before then-Disney Studios president Jeffrey Katzenberg agreed to its production. The animators based their designs on the work of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, and computers were used for both finishing the artwork and creating some animated elements. The musical score was written by Alan Menken and features six songs with lyrics written by both Ashman and Tim Rice, who took over after Ashman’s death.
It was the fourth produced during the Disney film era known as the Disney Renaissance. It was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, and is based on the Arab-style folktale of the same name from One Thousand and One Nights and the French interpretation by Antoine Galland. The voice cast features Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried and Douglas Seale.
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Mickey’s Follies is a 1929 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a bad influence. Yes, this is probably the first full Disney musical. Not just Mickey Mouse, but Disney overall as it preceded Silly Symphonies and the Skelton Dance by a month. And that is a problemas it is going to influence others from both series. I love musicals but when the songs serve the plot and not the other way around. Here the entire cartoon is forgettable with the barnyardanimals putting on a show being done much better in a Merry Melodies cartoon “Shake Your Powder Off. I loved mickey singing his first theme song, that was certainly the most memorable thing about this short which is otherwise just fine and nothing more than that.
The Mouse gets to sing his theme song – “Minnie’s Yoo Hoo! Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks,” – but not with Walt’s voice. That looks like Clarabelle Cow as one of the spectators. Disney’s animators have included a full quota of the udder-posterior-underwear gags they loved so well.
Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters.
Always the innovator, his Alice In Cartoonland series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt’s older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor.
The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey’s screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt’s growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt’s genius was unbeatable.
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind 40th Anniversary
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg. It’s starring Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, and François Truffaut. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object (UFO).
Close Encounters was a long-cherished project for Spielberg. In late 1973, he made a deal with Columbia Pictures for a science fiction film. Though Spielberg had sole credit for the script. He had assistance with Paul Schrader, John Hill, and David Giler. They all contributed to the screenplay in varying degrees. The third kind denotes human observations of aliens or “animate beings.” Douglas Trumbull served as the visual effects supervisor, while Carlo Rambaldi designed the aliens.
Made on a production budget of $20 million. Close Encounters was limited to a number of cities on November 16, 1977 and November 23, 1977 before expanding into wide release the following month. It was a critical and financial success, eventually grossing over $337 million worldwide. The film received numerous awards and nominations at the 50th Academy Awards, 32nd British Academy Film Awards, and the 35th Golden Globe Awards. The Saturn Awards has been widely acclaimed by the American Film Institute. In December 2007, it was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. A Special Edition of the film, featuring additional scenes, was released theatrically in 1980. A third cut of the film was issued on VHS and LaserDisc in 1998 (and later DVD and Blu-ray).
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It Came From Beneath The Sea this is where the encounter occurred attacking San Francisco and the Navy tries to trap it at the Golden Gate Bridge. It than manages to enter the Bay area leading to a final confrontation with a submarine. Lesley Joyce (Faith Domergue) and John Carter (Donald Curtis), is called in; they identify the tissue as being a small part of a gigantic octopus. The military authorities scoff, but are finally persuaded after receiving reports of missing swimmers and ships at sea being pulled under by a large animal. Both scientists conclude that the creature is from the Mindanao Deep. This creature is being forced from its natural habitat by hydrogen bomb testing in the area, which has made the giant octopus radioactive. It dropped off its natural food supply.
Much of the filming was done at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, including scenes aboard a submarine. Several naval personnel were given supporting roles. What is interesting the role of Admiral Norman (Dean “Budda” Maddox Jr.) he was not an actor he was a Bay Area Radio Personality from 1933-54 as a DJ. He became known as the first man-on-the street radio host who would take his microphone out of the building to interview local people on current affairs.
Ray Harryhausen designed an Octopus that was exaggerated and ridiculous by visiting number of marine parks to study the movements of a live octopus. The Tentacles were mostly curled up and they had a flowing motion because of the water. Very difficult to do with animation. However Ray had an idea on how the octopus moves. The budget was cut to such a degree that, as you know, time is money. It takes a long time to animate eight tentacles on an octopus.
It used handheld cameras. For a scene that takes place on a stretch of Pacific coastline Gordon and his crew dumped several truckloads of sand onto a sound stage at Columbia, which they backed with a rear projection screen. It Came From Beneath The Sea was teamed with Columbia’s Creature with the Atom Brain on a theatrical release double bill.