I first saw the trailer for the Fantastic Mr. Fox in the theater in 2009. I fell in love with the look and feel of the animation, but when the movie actually released I was in the midst of preparing to move across the country. The story of Mr. Fox fell off my personal radar until it released on HBO this past fall. I stumbled upon it one afternoon and absolutely adored it. The stop-motion animation is beautifully done, and the story is fantastic. It’s appropriate for children, but there are enough adult jokes to appeal to all ages. If you haven’t seen it you should definitely check it out.
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but until I watched Fantastic Mr. Fox I’d never heard of Roald Dahl. I mean, I’m sure I probably saw his name somewhere in the credits for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, or Matilda, but it never registered. Now that I know who this amazing author is, I just might have to read everything he’s ever written. In addition to a number of classic children’s books, he’s written short stories for adults, some of which were filmed for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (I’m also a Hitchcock fan). He also has a pretty interesting history, and was a Flying Ace for the Royal Air Force during WWII.
For more info on Roald Dahl and Fantastic Mr. Fox, check out this wikipedia article, and these Making Of shorts about the movie. The one I’ve embedded after the jump includes a visit to Dahl’s house and talks about how director Wes Anderson actually duplicated Dahl’s furniture in miniature for the film. There is also a “Making Of” book that looks really cool too.
I’m loving the look of the new Tron movie, Tron Legacy. The new film builds on the original and tells the story of Kevin Flynn’s son, who goes in search of his father 20 years after his disappearance. Here’s the official synopsis from Walt Disney Pictures via IMDB:
Sam Flynn (Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade — a signal that could only come from his father– he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a cyber universe — a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.
Tron Legacy is being released in 3D, and with as amazing as the graphics look in 2D, I can’t wait to see them in 3D IMAX. I’ve attached another video below that really showcases the CGI.
The last time I saw the original Tron I was really young (I was 6 when it came out in theaters!), so I’m really hoping to be able to watch it again before Tron Legacy hits theaters in December. I’ve looked quite a bit online, and it seems that only the 20th anniversary collector’s edition is available for purchase, for $35.95. I’d been hoping to find it available streaming from Amazon (because I want it NOW!), but no luck. However, as it’s Walt Disney Pictures, I’m thinking we may see a new release of the original in the coming months as a lead in for the new film.
This past Friday I went to see the newest Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which was fantastic. But I was just as excited about the previews. I got to see the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are on the big screen, and it looked so good it almost brought tears to my eyes.
Another film that I’ve been impatiently waiting for is Sherlock Holmes, and I saw the full trailer for the first time on Friday. It looks fantastic!
Note: If you have the internet connection to support it, make sure to click the HD button to watch the trailer in HD. It makes a big difference.
A few weeks ago a purchased a hardcover copy of Twilight, just to see what the big deal was about. I wanted to read it before I saw the movie, and since the movie was coming out on DVD soon it seemed like time. So last Wednesday evening I opened my copy and started reading. By Thursday afternoon I had finished it and was at the bookstore buying New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. I was addicted. Watching Bella and Edward fall in love wasn’t enough, I had to know what would happen next.
I finished Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final book in the series, late Saturday night, and purchased Twilight the movie Sunday morning. I wasn’t sure if the movie would be able to capture the book; it’s hard to fit so much emotion and action into only two hours of screen time. While I still feel that the book tells the story so much better than the film, the film does hold it’s own. It’s definitely worth watching whether you’ve read the book or not – but if you’ve seen the movie and haven’t read the book, I recommend reading the book next.
As of this writing, New Moon the movie is in production, scheduled to be released late this year, and the movie version of Eclipse is planned for a 2010 release. I haven’t seen anything yet about a film version of Breaking Dawn, but I would assume that’s coming also, probably quick on the heels of the others. I’d imagine it’s a bit hard not to want to film these back-to-back since many of the characters don’t age, but of course the actors do! As for additional books in the saga, there’s no news yet. Midnight Sun, the companion to Twilight told from Edward’s viewpoint, is on hold indefinitely while Stephenie Meyer works on other projects. I have a feeling if she starts work on it again she will remain mum about it, and we’ll only hear the good news once she’s finished writing it. I, for one, have my fingers and toes crossed that we’ll hear more about Bella and Edward. Meyer may be done writing about them for a while (I refuse to believe she’s done permanently!!), but I’m not sure I’ll ever tire of reading about them.
If you’re addicted like me, you can hear more about her writing and publishing process, read outtakes, and even see photos of the Cullens’ cars at Stephenie Meyer’s website.