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Friday, 26 March 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Toy Story 2 (Special Edition) (1999) Marvelous.  Simply marvelous.  That is all I can really say about this film.  "Toy Story 2" was as much unexpected as it was successful.  Full-length, theatrically released animated sequels were unheard of.  And to this today there haven't been many.  In fact, with "Toy Story 3" coming to theaters in a few months it still ranks as one of the only animated franchises to have theatrically released sequels. What's more, is that the sequel is actually better than the original, something that is quite uncommon among film sequels.  "Toy Story 2" blows the first film out of the water.  So what makes the second film better?  Well, there are several things, two in particular.  First, interaction of the toys with the outside world is more inviting and interesting to watch that the first film's more limited locations. The second is the brilliant ...
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Monday, 22 March 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Toy Story (Special Edition) (1995) "Toy Story" is one of the animated films that started it all in terms of visual expectations for children's films.  For that matter, it paved the way for adult expectations as well.  Forget all the hoopla over the Disney-Pixar quarrel and just take a look at what this film represents.  It combines imagination-capturing animation and a story to boot. The first of the Toy Story saga was released in 1995 to critical acclaim.  Well some debated between classic-drawn animation and computer animation, there is no argument that "Toy Story" is a huge success.  Pixar has gone on to produce successful animated feature after feature.  They haven't produced one flop.  That is likely due to the time and energy that a film such as this requires.  It has to pass rigorous testing before development actually starts. "Toy Story" showed a new side to ...
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Wednesday, 04 November 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Up (2009) I must be out of it, but I disagree with every review out there on this film.  I find this to be, by far the worst of the Disney/Pixar presentations.  It just doesn’t live up to the standard set forth by “Finding Nemo,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” etc.  One of my biggest issues with the film, and the reason why I never went to see it in theaters, is that the story is simply pedestrian and outright silly. While other Pixar films are not exactly routed in reality, the have an incredible story that makes you overlook the fundamentals.  However, that is not the case with this film.  The film starts out promising.  But then the best part of the film is the several minute montage of Ellie and Carl’s life together.  After that, the film is not very engaging.  The characters ...
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Tuesday, 03 November 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Monsters, Inc. (2001) At long last, “Monsters, Inc.” makes its way onto Blu-ray after one or two delays.  And it is definitely worth the wait.  The film is another one of Disney’s best.  While there are a few lulls in the film, it is certainly entertaining for kids. “Monsters, Inc.” is about the human world versus the monster world.  We all grew up fearing that there were monsters under our beds (though I was fortunate to have a bed with a solid bottom - no monsters there).  In this film, the monsters have a closet door system that allows them to access children’s bedrooms and scare them.  The monsters collect these screams to use as power for their city.  However, lately there has become a scream shortage, as children are desensitized. The only thing that the monsters fear is all things from the human realm.  ...
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Thursday, 29 October 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) “Ice Age” became an animated phenomenon back in 2002.  Immediately, the characters became loved by children.  The success of the first film led to a sequel in 2006, which was slightly less popular than the original.  This setback did not deter Fox from creating a third Ice Age film.  Unfortunately, this latest film seems to be running on fumes. “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” is closely tied with “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”  Ellie is pregnant, Sid longs for a family of his own and Diego is growing old and wants to leave the “herd.”  When Sid steals three dinosaur eggs, trouble ensues. The mom T-Rex dino comes searching for her babies.  She kidnaps her kids, along with Sid and takes them back to her lair.  The herd follows the dino into a cave that leads to an underground ...
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