Raya and the Last Dragon is the upcoming fantasy movie from Disney that follows the adventures of the lone warrior Raya. She is on a quest to find the legendary last dragon, in order to fight the great evil that is lurking in her world. Together with the dragon, the warrior is expected to the harmony in the fractured land and its divided people. Unfortunately, her epic journey is not going to be an easy one. The movie will be released in theatres and on Disney+ simultaneously.
Shouko Nishimiya is the new girl in school and is bullied by Shouya Ishida for being deaf. However, as the teasing continued the rest of the class turned against Shouya due to his lack of compassion. Shouko and Shouya do not speak to each other again for the rest of elementary school. When Shouya became older and wiser, he gets tormented by his past wrongdoings. So, he is off to see Shouka once again to atone for his sins. But, is it too late?
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion is the second installment and a theatre released follow up to the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. The installment comprises of two alternate episodes that were first meant to take the place of episodes 25 and 26. This finale answers several questions surrounding the series and also opens up new possibilities as well.
Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
Famed thief Lupin III and his partner Jigen had a successful robbery, but was left with nothing but a large amount of fake money- known as the “Goat Bills”. However, he is not going to give up that easily. Tracking down the counterfeiter responsible, he looks to steal any other treasures he may find in the Castle of Cagliostro. That includes a ‘damsel in distress’ that he finds imprisoned there.
In This Corner of the World
Set in World War II Japan, the tale surrounds Young Suzu. After her marriage, she leaves her small village in Hiroshima and starts living with her in-laws in Kure, a military harbor. In order to overcome deprivation, she quickly shelters in creativity. The many hardships, the loss of loved ones, the frequent air raids of the enemy, where not able to alter her enthusiasm.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
Mary Smith is a young girl who stays with her great-aunt in the countryside. As she followed a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, she discovers a strange flower and an old broom. Little did she know that these ordinary items had some extraordinary magical powers.
In the distant future where civilization is in its ultimate net-based form, an “infection” has caused all the automated systems to get out of order. This resulted in humanity losing access to the city’s controls and the defense system known as the Safeguard is hunting them down. However, a girl named Zuru becomes the key to restoring order to the world.
Set in the small town of Edo during 1814, an accomplished artist of his time, Tetsuzo spends most of his days creating astounding pieces of art. The 23-year-old O-Ei is the third of Tetsuzo’s four daughters has inherited her father’s talent and stubbornness. Even though her art is mostly uncredited, it is so powerful that it led to some trouble.
The Garden of Words
Takao is training to become a shoemaker. While he was sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden, he meets a mysterious woman named Yukino. From there, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. Their relationship soon deepens and they open up to each other. However, with the end of the rainy season soon coming to an end, will their relationship also fade away.
It all started with simple 2D drawings on the screens. The animation genre was once only an effort meant mostly for a juvenile audience. Even the pioneers wouldn’t have foreseen its power as the richest medium to channel creativity and imagination. If we were to handpick a few in the genre that really pushed the boundaries of innovation with the drawings and characters, these 8 films would be it!
The director of Pirates of Carribean gives us quirky animated western which charts the adventures of a thespian lizard. The film uses references from some of the most classic western genre opuses including Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Name” which gives it a peculiar feel.
Everything that shines is not gold. Coraline, our titular character learns this the hard way. The stop motion animation flick crafts some crisp 3D frames and a brilliant storyline.
‘Charlotte’s Web’ (1973)
Watch this one just to witness Templeton the rat dancing and singing to “the fair is a veritable smorgasborg-orgasborg-orgasborg!”. You will cherish it forever.
‘Grave of the Fireflies’ (1988)
An attempt supposedly made to target the child audience but is in fact an intense post-war set up that shows the struggle of teenage siblings who are learning to survive in the world in the wake of the hostilities.
‘Fantastic Planet’ (1973)
Everything! Literally everything about this film is odd. Right from the eerie soundtrack to the papercut animation, this is simply a work of art by French animator René Laloux.
‘The Secret of NIMH’ (1982)
A symbolic fable that attempts to take a dig at heinous experimentation on animals and a gesture at celebrating the strength of single moms through a light-hearted yet strong story of a widowed mouse.
Simply put – an achiever! The film garnered much attention after it became an opening film at the Cannes Film Festival. The stunningly animated frames skillfully refine the plot to realize into what we can call the best magical realism fable ever made.
Howl’s Moving Castle’ (2004)
An unpleasant witch curses a young woman with an old body. The woman’s only way out is a young wizard who moves around in a walking castle.
‘Abominable’ Lands in Trouble in Vietnam Over Territorial Issues
by Emily Keen
Vietnam has put a Kibosh on Abominable’s theatrical run in the country as it shows a controversial map that marks territory in Vietnam as a part of China.
A scene in the Dreamworks feature showcases a map that presents China’s unilaterally declared nine-dash line enclosing a part of the South China Sea. China has claimed a resource rich region of the sea. But the South Southeast Asian Nations including Vietnam assert rights over portions of the sea as rightfully theirs.
The region has been the cause of a standoff between the two countries.
The screenshots of the map from the movie were extensively circulated on social media by Vietnamese viewers once they spotted the inaccurate depiction.
This thus resulted in the government pulling off the movie from theatres.
Ta Quang Dong, Vietnam’s deputy minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism said “We will revoke [the film’s release license],” as quoted by the ‘Thanh Nien’ newsdaily.
Written and directed by Jill Culton, Abominable opened in Vietnam, on October 4th. Screenings of the film were put to an end on Sunday once the images of the upsetting map started circulating on social media.
The PG-rated adventure follows a Kid (Yi) who discovers a Yeti seeking refuge on the terrace of her home. When Yi learns that the capitalists are trying to use the creature for their gains, she and her friends (Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai) set on a quest to save the animal and put her back in her natural habitat.
Abominable is a joint venture produced by Shanghai based Pearl Studio and Dreamworks animation. Pearl studio is owned by Chinese entertainment conglomerate China Media Capital. This unit is supported by the Chinese government. As The Hollywood Reporter suggests, the depiction may not have been a fluke after all.
The two neighbors are already in the middle of a heated Maritime dispute. Earlier in July China tried to conduct an energy survey by sending its vessel in the waters controlled by Vietnam.
The scene from Abominable might have fanned the sparks.
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Disney’s Upcoming Animation Movie Revealed at the D23 Expo
by Emily Keen
Disney has spilled the beans on the film that was holding on to the November 2020 slot.
Raya & the Last Dragon is a fantasy action-adventure which draws its essence from the culture of Southeast Asia. The film was upstaged at the D23 Expo by Walt Disney’s Chief Creative Officer, Jennifer Lee.
The movie showcases the life of a warrior Raya, who is faced with a challenge of saving the Kingdom of Kumandra against a dark force. And for that, she needs to find the last surviving dragon.
The panel members at the Expo had the pleasure of witnessing a splendid 3-minute long footage from the movie.
The clip showed Raya (voiced by Cassie Steele) and her younger brother, heading through a lush green forest and finally coming face to face with Sisu. Sisu is a gorgeous pink and teal dragon voiced by Awkwafina of Crazy Rich Asians fame.
Sisu can apparently also transform into an old woman. Raya is a highly skilled swordswoman.
The movie will be directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins who also have Frozen and Big Hero 6 to their credits. The script was composed by Crazy Rich Asians’ writer, Adele Lim. Osnat Shurer will be producing the venture which is slated for release on November 25, 2020.
The plot features an unconventional face of planet earth and a civilization that celebrates the power and wisdom of mythological creatures –The dragons. The dragons have all vanished from the planet except for one- Sisu. The Land of dragon in the age comprises five different clans. Raya takes up the challenge with a bunch of eccentrics to bring unity and light back to the land.
The Addams Family (2019) marks the return of the famous comics/animated series back to the big screen. This time the kookiest family on the block has to face off against the 21st century and its treacherous, greedy, arrogant and sly reality TV host Margaux Needler. The movie features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, and Allison Janney.