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Tuesday, 08 March 2005 |  Written by Dan MacIntosh  | 
title: Veggie Tales: Duke & The Great Pie War function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();†<br> studio: Sony/Big Idea MPAA rating: NR starring (voices): Megan Moore Burns, Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer film release year: N/A DVD release year: 2005 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Dan MacIntosh “Veggie Tales” is an animated series that is all about values, and this “Duke and the Great Pie War” DVD centers around the admirable quality of looking out for the well-being of others. Its scripture reference comes from the New Testament, in Romans 12:10, which states: “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” These ideas are expressed through two major stories. The first is humorously titled “Baby Sitter in De-Nile,” which recounts the story of Moses as a baby. The second story, the main feature, is “Duke and the Great Pie War,” which revisits the Bible tale of Ruth and Naomi by utilizing a duke named Duke, and showing his love for Sweet Princess Petunia. This DVD ...
Tuesday, 01 March 2005 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
title: Bambi (Disney Special Platinum Edition) function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment MPAA rating: G starring (voices): Peter C. Behn, Donald R. Dunagan, Cammie King Conlon theatrical release year: 1942 DVD release year: 2005 film rating: Five Stars sound/picture rating: Five Stars reviewed by: Mel Odom "Bambi" is one of the most beloved and well-known of Walt Disney's works. Even young viewers who have not seen the film, because the VHS version has been locked in the Disney vaults for so long, seem to be familiar with the story and all the characters, especially Bambi, Thumper, and Flower. The tale has become ageless, able to stand the test of time and to always touch the hearts of children and those who are children at heart everywhere. Walt Disney was a genius in his chosen field. Though he made occasional stumbles along the way and sometimes ended up shooting for a finished product that was beyond what he was financially able to accomplish at ...
Tuesday, 22 February 2005 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();† studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG starring (voices): Allison Lohman, Uma Thurman, Edward James Olmos, Shia LaBeouf, Patrick Stewart, Chris Sarandon, Mark Hamill; Japanese version: Sumi Shimamoto, Gorö Naya, Ichirö Nagai, Yöji Matsuda director-writer: Hayao Miyazaki film release year: 1984 DVD release year: 2005 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture rating: Four and a Half Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren “Anime”—Japanese animation—began making itself known in the U.S. about twenty years ago, but for a long time, it was a proud and lonely thing to be an Anime fan. “Akira” made something of a splash, but most Americans were uncomfortable with its limited animation (but strong visual style), violence and pack of very similar-looking teenagers. And then came Hayao Miyazaki. Gradually word spread that this particular director was as different from other Japanese anime as anime was from Disney-style animation. He was a fresh breeze in the animated landscape. But his movies were hard to find on video in ...
Tuesday, 01 February 2005 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
title: Mulan II function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();† studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment MPAA rating: G starring (voices): Ming-Na, B. D. Wong, Donny Osmond, Michelle Kwan, Lucy Liu, Mark Mosely, Pat Morita, Lauren Tom theatrical release year: n/a DVD release year: 2005 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Mel Odom “Mulan” was one of Disney’s standout productions. The story was strong and timeless, and the heroine became one of Disney’s favorites. The behind-the-scenes material in the first movie revealed that the people working on it wondered about the overall story theme and ultimately settled on sticking with the original source material, telling the tale of a girl who joined the Emperor of China’s army so her crippled father wouldn’t be drafted. Mulan broke tradition because women weren’t supposed to serve in the military forces, and along the way she found love, an inner peace, and glory.
Tuesday, 01 February 2005 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();† studio: Sparkhill MPAA rating: NR starring: Ray Harryhausen, Forrest J Ackerman, Ray Bradbury, Ted Newsom, Leonard Maltin and many others theatrical release year: N/A DVD release year: 2005 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Ray Harryhausen was 13 when he first saw “King Kong,” which changed his life. He became fascinated by the method used to give life and motion to the giant ape and his dinosaur playmates, and finally sought out Willis O’Brien, the creator of “Kong”’s effects. In the 1940s, Harryhausen did some stop-motion animation for the Army, and began a series of fairy tale/Mother Goose shorts that continued until the early 1950s. These were done in stop motion animation—models that are moved a bit, photographed, moved a bit more, photographed again, and so on. When projected, the models move, often dynamically. It’s the same principal as cartoon animation, but applied to objects.
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