Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 Radar Project: Round 5

How To Train Your Dragon 2
Release Date: June 13, 2014
I don't know how many of you saw "How To Train Your Dragon" back in 2010, but it was a great, fun and sincere animated movie. As good a year 2013 was for movies, it lacked terribly in quality animated movies. I hope 2014 revitalizes the genre and we get some more classics. Out of any movie needing or warranting a sequel, I feel a sequel to "How To Train Your Dragon" could be a great move. Dreamworks is a animation studio that delivers a lot more often than it doesn't. Much like Pixar, the studio is constantly pushing the bar as high as it can go in family animation and I hope this is a break out year for them. 

There is going to be great voice talent involved in this. Jay Baruchel, Gerald Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou are just a few of the big names attached to the sequel. With a good trailer and equally good material to work off of, this could be big family fun.

Rio 2
Release Date: April 11th, 2014
"Rio" came out in 2011 and it was another wonderful example of good animation. There was something about the animation that felt very surreal. "Rio" felt more like an experience than an actual movie, and it was well-balanced in its tight-rope walk between adult and kid movie. I usually don't like Anne Hathaway, but her voice work was paramount here, and she did good with her material. Jesse Eisenberg is an actor with a particular voice and I did not know if it would work well in animation. I was sorely mistaken as his voice was kind of perfect for his character.

I am hoping that is sequel is once again funny, colorful, bombastic and surreal. I had a really good time with the first film and I hope to have another good time.

We still have some more animated films to look at tomorrow, hopefully 2014 will be a great year for it!

1 comment:

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie "Toy Story" back in the 90's. Since then, there has been something about animated movies that catch my attention. You ever seen the movie "Up"? That one will captivate the senses in a way that other animated films fail. Anyways... I remember back in the 90's, I first watched Toy Story while sucking down a large coca-cola and devouring a large popcorn... funny thing was, I wasn't even at a movie theatre!!! My mother, she was something... anyways good review, Shawn. Look forward to the next.