Monday, 27 December 2010

Lilo & Stitch Review (Updated)

Lilo & Stitch

Release Date: 19th September 2002 Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 85 minutes

Budget: $80,000,000

Box Office Gross: $273,144,151

Plot Summary
On the lush and tropical
Hawaiian Islands, a lonely little
girl named Lilo adopts what she
thinks is an innocent puppy.
She names her new "pet"
Stitch, completely unaware that
he is a dangerous genetic
experiment who has escaped
from an alien planet. Stitch's
only interest in Lilo is using her
as a human shield to evade the
alien bounty hunters who are
bent on recapturing him.

In the end, it is Lilo's unwavering
faith in "ohana," the Hawaiian
tradition of family, that unlocks
Stitch's heart and gives him the
one thing he was never
designed to have – the ability to
care for someone else.

Voice Cast
Daviegh Chase – Lilo
Chris Sanders – Stitch
Tia Carrere – Nani
David Ogden Stiers – Dr. Jumba Jookiba
Kevin McDonald – Agent Pleakley
Ving Rhames – Cobra Bubbles
Zoe Caldwell – Grand Councilwoman
Jason Scott Lee – David Kawena
Kevin Michael Richardson – Captain Gantu
Liliana Mumy  Myrtle

Based on a Idea/Writer/Character Designer/
Director – Chris Sanders
Writer/Director – Dean DeBlois
Story Supervisors – Ed Gombert and Chris Williams
Additional Story Supervisors – Roger Allers 
and John Sanford
Producer – Clark Spencer
Production Designer – Paul A. Felix
Character Designer – Buck Lewis
Layout Supervisor – Arden Chan
Background Supervisor – Robert E. Stanton
Computer Animation Supervisor – Eric Guaglione
Editor – Darren T. Holmes
Music – Alan Silvestri


2003 Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature - Chris Sanders (Nominated)

While LILO & STITCH may have been a great Disney animated classic. This film was set in Hawaii and could be described as a funny movie which also manages to create some truly heart-warming themes. The story is so emotional that it explores the issues of family and true friendship. I praise its terrific watercolour backgrounds, good old songs of Elvis Presley and its interesting hand-drawn animation. I also find the music score by Alan Silvestri to be remarkable to the movie as it fits the scenes and creates a mood of sorrow with some of the emotional drama.

This is Disney's only 2D animated feature to have succeeded at the box office in the decade of the early 2000s where others had failed. If you watched LILO & STITCH, then try the directors next movie HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (click here). As this movie really raised the benchmark for animation.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Dumb & Dumber Review (Updated)

Dumb & Dumber

Release Date: 16th March 1995 Australia

Production Companies
New Line Cinema (presents)
Motion Picture Corporation 
of America (MPCA) (in
association with)

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 107 minutes

Budget: $17,000,000 

Box Office Gross: $247,275,374

Plot Summary
In the hilarious comedy
Dumb and Dumber, best
friends Lloyd and Harry
are a pair of deliriously
dim-witted pals on a cross
country road trip to Aspen
to return a briefcase full of
cash to its rightful owner,
Mary Swanson, a beautiful
woman who ends up being
Lloyd’s dream girl. Little
does Lloyd know that
Mary is in Aspen trying to
find her kidnapped husband.
Soon, the two get mixed up
in the crime and their wacky
exploits are leading the FBI
straight to the crooks!

Jim Carrey – Lloyd Christmas
Jeff Daniels – Harry Dunne
Lauren Holly – Mary Swanson
Charles Rocket – Nicholas Andre
Mike Starr – Joe ''Mental'' Mentalino
Karen Duffy – J.P. Shay
Cam Neely – Sea Bass
Victoria Rowell – Beth Jordan
Brad Lockerman – Bobby Swanson

Writer/Director – Peter Farrelly
Writer/Co-Producer/Director – 
Bobby Farrelly
Writer – Bennett Yellin
Producers – Brad Kevoy, 
Steven Stabber & Charles B. 
Associate Producers – Ellen 
Dumouchel, Chad Oman & 
Bradley Jenkel
Co-Producers – Tracie Graham-Rice & 
Bradley Thomas
Executive Producers – Gerald Olson 
& Aaron Meyerson
Cinematography – Mark Irwin
Editor – Christopher Greenbury
Music – Todd Rundgren

DUMB & DUMBER is a terrifically hilarious movie that mixes toilet humour and slapstick comedy and it stars Jim Carrey. I praise the performances of Carrey and Jeff Daniels, the hilarious dialogue and the funniest moments of the movie such as the dead parakeet incident, the scene where Lloyd has to pee in the empty beer bottles and the cop on the motorcycle drinks it and the other is where Harry is on the broken toilet where he has a serious case of flatulence. 

This has been definitely the best Jim Carrey movie I've ever watched and is one of my favourites.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

Monday, 20 December 2010

TRON Review (Updated)


Release Date: 3rd December 1982 Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Productions

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: G

Runtime: 96 minutes

Budget: $17,000,000

Box Office Gross: $33,000,000

Plot Summary
Flynn, a young computer genius, breaks into the mainframe at ENCOM looking for evidence that the video game programs he wrote were stolen by Ed Dillinger, an ENCOM executive. Dillinger's Master Control Program (MCP) must stop Flynn and it blasts him into its own computer dimension. Flynn awakens in an electronic world, where computer programs are the alter-egos of the programmers who created them, and he is sentenced to die on the video game grid. Together with Tron, an electronic security program, Flynn escapes, destroys the MCP, and is able to return to the ''real'' world.

Jeff Bridges Kevin Flynn/Clu
Bruce Boxleitner Alan Bradley/Tron
Cindy Morgan Lora Baines/Yori
David Warner Ed Dillinger/
Sark/Master Control Program (Voice) (Uncredited)
Barnard Hughes Dr. Walter Gibbs/Dumont
Dan Shor – Ram/Popcorn Co-Worker (Uncredited)

Story/Writer/Director/Visual Effects Concepts – Steven Lisberger
Story – Bonnie MacBird
Associate Producer/Visual Effects Supervisor – Harrison Ellenshaw
Executive Producer – Ron Miller
Producer – Donald Kushner
Production Designer – Dean Edward Mitzner
Costume Design – Eloise Jenssen & Rosanna Norton
Conceptual Artist: Electronic World – Syd Mead
Conceptual Artist/Design: Electronic World – Jean 'Moebius' Giraud
Background Designer/
Conceptual Artist: Electronic World – Peter Loyd
Electronic Conceptual Design/Computer/
Visual Effects Supervisor – Richard Taylor
Cinematography – Bruce Logan
Sound Effects Design & Synthesis  Frank Serafine
Film Editor – Jeff Gourson
Music – Wendy Carlos
Songs – Journey


1983 Academy Awards
Best Costume Design - Eloise Jenssen 
& Rosanna Norton (Nominated)
Best Sound - Michael, Bob & Lee Minkler 
& James Le Rue (Nominated)

TRON is an iconic, dazzling and imaginatively conceived movie that is filled with state-of-the-art (though dated) CGI visuals that were terrific as well as brilliant live acting of Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner and David Warner. It is one of my favourite movies that I've ever watched and is the corner milestone in the history of computer animation. One of my favourite parts of the movie is the scene of the Light Cycle battle which has become famous and iconic in film history. 

If you have seen this movie and have liked it, you will like it's sequel TRON: LEGACY (click here). Oh, did I forgot to mention that the Disney studio is planning a third TRON movie, this should be exciting for all Tron fans.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

The Transformers: The Movie Review

The Transformers: The Movie

Release Date: 26th December 1986 – Australia

Production Companies
Marvel Productions
Sunbow Productions
Hasbro Inc
Toei Animation (Japan)

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 84 minutes

Budget: $6,000,000

Box Office Gross: $5,855,633

Plot Summary
The year is 2005 and the 
Decepticons have retaken 
Cybertron from Optimus 
Prime and his Autobot 
warriors. Megatron and 
his forces, planning 
to invade their final
sanctuaries, stand on 
stand on the verge of 
annihilating the heroic 
Autobots forever. Both 
sides are seething 
with anger and hatred, 
hatred that has blinded 
them to a hideous menace 
heading their way: Unicron,
devourer of worlds! Poised 
on the edge of destruction 
will the Autobots be able 
to locate the Chosen One 
prophesied to light their 
darkest hour.

Voice Cast
Peter Cullen – Optimus Prime/Ironhide
Judd Nelson – Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime
Robert Stack – Ultra Magnus
Neil Ross – Springer/Slag/
Susan Blu – Arcee
Lionel Stander – Kup
John Moschitta Jr. – Blurr
David Mendenhall – Daniel Witwicky
Buster Jones – Blaster
Paul Eiding – Perceptor
Gregg Berger – Grimlock
Scatman Crothers – Jazz
Casey Kazem – Cliffjumper
Dan Gilvezan – Bumblebee
Eric Idle – Wreck-Gar
Norman Alden – Kranix
Frank Welker – Megatron/
Leonard Nimoy – Galvatron
Chris Latta – Starscream
Corey Burton – Brawn/
Shockwave/Spike Witwicky
Stan Jones – Scourge
Roger C. Carmel – Cyclonus/
Quintesson Leader
Arthur Burghardt – Devastator

Co-Producer/Director – Nelson Shin
Writer – Ron Friedman
Story Consultant  Flint Dille
Producers – Jules Bacal & Tom Griffith
Supervising Producer Jay Bacal
Executive Producers – 
Margaret Loesch & Lee Gunther
Original Concept Designer  
Floro Dery
Supervising Animation Director  Kozo Moroshita
Supervising Film Editor Steven C. Brown
Film Editor  David Hankins
Music Composer/Producer – Vince DiCola
Performers: Songs – Stan Bush, Lion, 
"Weird Al" Yankovic, N.R.G. & Kick Axe 
(Spectre General)

The animated movie adaptation of my favourite animated series TRANSFORMERS was thought to be the only film of the franchise until 2007. This is the year that the live action movie from director Michael Bay was released, followed by its sequel REVENGE OF THE FALLEN in 2009. The animated Transformers movie has an emotional moment where Optimus Prime dies, excellent songs from various artists such as "Weird Al" Yankovic and Stan Bush and terrific voice acting with some of the well-known celebrity actors such as Leonard Nimoy from STAR TREK and the great Orson Welles in his last performance as the planet devouring transformer Unicron. 

It remains a good Transformers movie, if you prefer live action, the first two Michael Bay movies or either one would suit you better.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

TRON: Legacy Review (Updated)

TRON: Legacy

elease Date: 16th December 2010 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Sean Bailey Productions

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 125 minutes

Budget: $170,000,000

Box Office Gross: $400,062,763

Plot Summary
actionpacked adventure 
set in a digital world unlike 
anything captured on the 
big screen. Sam Flynn, a
rebellious 27-year-old, is 
haunted by the mysterious 
disappearance of his father 
Kevin Flynn, a man once
known as the world's leading 
video-game developer. When
Sam investigates a strange 
signal sent from the 
abandoned Flynn's Arcade 
that could have only come 
from his father he finds 
himself pulled into a world 
where Kevin has been 
trapped for 20 years. With 
the help of the fearless 
warrior Quorra, father and
son embark on a life-or-death
journey across a visually-
stunning digital universe -
created by Kevin himself -
which has become far more
advanced with never-before-
imagined vehicles, weapons,
and landscapes and a
ruthless villain who will stop
at nothing to prevent their

Jeff Bridges – Kevin Flynn/
Garrett Hedlund – Sam Flynn
Bruce Boxleitner – Alan Bradley/Tron
Michael Sheen – Castor
Olivia Wilde – Quorra
James Frain – Jarvis
Beau Garrett – Gem
Yaya DaCosta, Serinda 
Swan & Elizabeth Mathis – 
The Sirens
Anis Cheurfa – Rinzler
Jeffrey Nordling – Richard Mackey
Cillian Murphy – Edward Dillinger Jr. (Uncredited)
Daft Punk – Masked DJs (Cameo)
Steven Lisberger – Bartender (Cameo)

Director – Joseph Kosinski
Based on Characters/
Producer – Steven Lisberger
Based on Characters – 
Bonnie MacBird
Story/Writers – Adam 
Horowitz & Ed Kitsis
Story – Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal
Executive Producer – Donald Kushner
Producers – Sean Bailey & Jeffrey Silver
Unit Production Manager/Associate/Co-Producer  
Justin Greene
Co-Producer – Justin Springer
Co-Producer/Visual Effects Producer – Steve Gaub
Production Designer – Darren Gilford
Vehicle Concept Designer – Daniel Simon
Special Makeup Effects Designer Bill Terezakis
Costume Designer – Michael Wilkinson
Co-Costume Designer – Christine Bieselin Clark
Cinematography – Claudio Miranda
Special Effects Supervisor Alex Burdett
Visual Effects Supervisor – Eric Barba
Head of Animation – Steve Preeg 
Film Editor – James Haygood
Sound Designers – Christopher Boyes & Steve Boeddeker
Sound Effects Design and Synthesis: for TRON – Frank Serafine
Music – Daft Punk

Despite the fact that TRON: LEGACY not only lives up to the first TRON movie (click here), but is much better than the classic and is a nostalgic sequel. I'm glad that two of the old actors from the predecessor like Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner have returned to the sequel and it's also good to see the return of its creator and original director Steven Lisberger who is now the producer of this latest movie. I praise everything on the film which includes the direction of Joe Kosinski who did an excellent job of bringing TRON back to the screen as well as the entire film being released in two versions which include 2D and 3D, I liked the latter better. Added in were two new vehicles which include the Light-runner and Light-jets, the stupendous acting of Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde and Martin Sheen.

The electronic musical score by Daft Punk is amazing and best of all is the awesome CGI visuals which is the key production point of the film. This includes making the Light Cycles and Recognizers look updated and realistic and made the aforementioned Bridges look younger for the performance of the main villain Clu.

This review marks the tradition for being my very first review blogged under my site of FilmGuruLad. After all my years of watching the original movie so many times, now TRON: LEGACY is the favourite of all audiences and targets a new generation who have yet to experience the excitement of TRON.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever