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As a long-time fan of George R. R. Martin’s epic book series, I was immediately skeptical when HBO announced that they were going to adapt the saga for television viewers; I had been reading ASoIaF for the past tens years now (started when I was 13) and was aware of the liberty some adaptations take from its source. But since HBO has had a history of producing excellent, ground-breaking shows, I watched Game of Thrones First Season the day it aired and was immediately blown away. Let me tell you why.

Stunning visualization: I love that HBO was able to capture the medieval, historic feel of Game of Thrones First Season.
Despite being a fantasy series, Martin loosely based A Song of Ice and Fire on the War of the Roses, England’s civil war in the late 1400s. Filming locations were fantastic, and HBO did not shy away from the gritty, sexual, and violent nature of the books. It stays faithful to the blend of realism and fantasy that earned ASoIaF its legions of adoring fans. Everything from the sets, the costumes, the weapons, etc. are dazzling.

Casting: Aces to David Benioff, Dan Weiss, and the casting team at HBO for gathering a talented, well-suited cast, especially for gems like: Peter Dinklage (whose Emmy and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor was well-deserved), Jason Momoa, Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Kit Harington, and Emilia Clarke. Special mention for Jack Gleeson, who is exceptionally and hatefully evil in his role as psychopathic prince/King Joffrey. I can wax poetic about Peter Dinklage’s impeccable Tyrion Lannister all day, and recently, Gwendolyn Christie has surprised me as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones Season 2. As a huge fan and an ASoIaF nerd, I am also pleased that the producers have acknowledged that it was, in part, due to fan suggestions that certain actors were cast.

Staying true to the books: The big reason I was skeptical of the show at first was the tendency of writers and producers to take liberties with some of the plots and characters, but Game of Thrones First Season has stayed true to the novels so far. I also applaud HBO for bringing in and consulting George R. R. Martin himself in creating the series. Martin is never one to be predictable, as fans know, and his ability to create a fantastic plot with so many gray characters, all masterfully wrapped up in such politically intriguing schemes is nothing short of genius.

Music: White Noise Lab’s rock version of Game of Thrones First Season‘s opening theme has been playing on loop on my iPod. Just sayin’.

Finally, Game of Thrones First Season is an raw, sophisticated, and intelligently done show that compels you to read the books. I have friends who love the TV series and are devouring the books even as I type this review. For a TV show to compel its audience to READ is something that I find absolutely inspirational. As emotionally invested as I am in the books, I find myself looking forward to HBO every Sunday with the same eagerness. For a college senior, it’s a great time to just forget about classes, toss back a cold one, and enjoy something I’m passionate about coming alive onscreen. HBO has gone above and beyond my expectations, and *SPOILERS*, the first couple episodes of Game of Thrones Season 2 (A Clash of Kings) continue to impress.

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The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Released on October 18, 1967, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The Jungle Book was inspired by the stories about the feral child Mowgli from the book of the same name by Rudyard Kipling. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, The Jungle Book was the last to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production.

The early versions of both the screenplay and the soundtrack followed Kipling’s work more closely, with a dramatic, dark, and sinister tone which Disney did not want in his family film, leading to writer Bill Peet and composer Terry Gilkyson being replaced. The casting employed famous actors and musicians Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, George Sanders and Louis Prima, as well as Disney regulars such as Sterling Holloway, and the director’s son, Bruce Reitherman, as Mowgli. The Jungle Book was released to positive reception, with much acclaim to its soundtrack, featuring five songs by the Sherman Brothers and one by Gilkyson, “The Bare Necessities”. The Jungle Book grossed over $73 million in the United States in its first release, and as much again from two re-releases.

After The Jungle Book‘s success, Disney later released a live-action remake and a theatrical sequel, The Jungle Book 2.

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The Jungle Book 2 is a 2003 American animated film produced by the DisneyToons studio in Sydney, Australia and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. The theatrical version of The Jungle Book 2 was released in France on February 5, 2003, and released in the United States on February 14, 2003. The Jungle Book 2 is a sequel to Walt Disney’s 1967 film The Jungle Book, and stars Haley Joel Osment as the voice of Mowgli and John Goodman as the voice of Baloo. The Jungle Book 2 was originally produced as a direct-to-video film, but was released theatrically first, similar to the Peter Pan sequel, Return to Never Land. It is the third Disney sequel to have a theatrical release rather than going direct-to-video after The Rescuers Down Under in 1990 and Return to Neverland in 2002. The Jungle Book 2 is not based on The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, first published in 1895. However, they do have several characters in common. When released, it was criticised mainly for the quality of its animation and the similarity of its plotline to the original film’s. Disney released VHS and DVD versions on June 10, 2003.

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Did you ever read comic books as a kid? Did you ever wish you had super powers? If you answered yes drop everything and go see this movie now. I have been increasingly blown away by the quality filmmaking Pixar has brought to cinemas over the past decade, but The Incredibles marks the first time I’ve been overwhelmed. Everything you’ve ever loved about superheroes is addressed in this The Incredibles, from secret identities to the danger of wearing a cape. Add to the mix an amazingly complex family drama and you have the absolute best film of the year.

Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), once the super hero of the year is now relegated to a cubicle in an insurance company, still trying to save the day (quietly) one claim at a time. His wife, Helen, a.k.a Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) has also turned in her spandex, using her special powers to juggle the task of raising three kids instead of wrangling villains. Their son, Dash, wants nothing more than to use his super speed to propel him to athletic glory. Violet, who has the ability to turn invisible and enclose her self within a forcefield broods like any normal teenager. The baby, Jack Jack doesn’t seem to have any super powers at all, unless you include making funny faces in a high chair.

All of this is due to a Super Hero relocation program enacted by the government after public outcry over property damage and personal injury( a very sharp and poignant jab at our own litigious nature). Forced to hide greatness behind a shroud of mediocrity The Incredibles family do their best to blend in with normal society, and for the most part succeed.

Of course events unfold to bring all of The Incredibles super powers to light, and for this to occur you need to introduce the mad genius villain, Syndrome (Jason Lee). Parents, here’s where the PG rating comes from, because this is one really, really bad guy. A former superhero fan with an enormous chip on his shoulder Syndrome is like every James Bond baddie rolled into one. His gadgets are unique, insanely cool, and above all extremely deadly. Some dark thematic elements and violence cemented the MPAA’s decision to slap Pixar with its first above G rating. However, this The Incredibles movie could not have been done properly without giving the audience such a nefarious nemesis to loathe.

In costume and out you will constantly root for the Incredibles, this The Incredibles movie is what going to the theater is all about, non-stop entertainment. The action sequences are positively synapse blowing. The script is Oscar worthy in its ability to seamlessly weave domestic drama and comic book daring-do. Of course the animation has to be seen to be believed, and your eyes will bulge for The Incredibles‘s duration.

I can’t imagine this The Incredibles film not being successful but I hope it destroys box office records and mends the wound that has Pixar and Disney going their separate ways. Because if ever there was a film that demanded a sequel it is The Incredibles. An animation masterpiece!

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A risky wedding of wholesome classic animation, to adult and often dark-themed material. The risk paid off and the result is one of the greatest achievements of Disney Studios.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame animation here is first rate and the entire thing is shot like a live-action film with some incredible long shots, great theatrical panning and even at one point, during Quasimodo’s song “Out There” a realistic camera flare (I did a double take the first time I saw it!) Hunchback is filled with all sorts of great “tricks” like this. Lighting effects here are nothing short of magnificent – often subtle they sometimes change in an instant dramatically altering the mood of the piece. Frodo’s demonic song “Hellfire” is perhaps one the most sinister and frightening moments to emerge from Disney and the animators let loose.

The prologue to the movie alone is a minor masterpiece and, like Beauty and the Beast, marvelously prepares us for the whirlwind of a story to take place.

The complaints about the singing and dancing gargoyles Victor, Hugo and Laverne, are simply wrongheaded. I read the Hugo classic too, and know they’re not in there. What the complainants fail to realize is these gargoyles live only in Quasimodo’s imagination. He invented these companions to ease an otherwise tortured, lonely, friendless life. The culmination of all of this becomes obvious in the spectacular song “A guy like you” which finishes with pigeons flying and hearts and banners and ribbons and Quasimodo being celebrated and then BAM immediately upon the conclusion of the final notes, the room becomes the same dark, dank, splintering tower filled with relics, junk and heartbreak. It’s one of the movie’s most shattering effects.

While deserved praise goes to the animators and crew, the voice talent here is, in my opinion, Disney’s very best. Tom Hulce goes to the very soul of Quasimodo and gives a performance that is as poignant and shattering as anything he has done (Hulce also happened to be the best Hamlet I’ve ever seen.) Certain lines (“I am a monster, you know”) will ring in my ear forever. Hulce has a beautiful voice and renders “Out there” with such abandon and vigor it makes my hair stand on end. In the quiet “Heaven’s light” (which sequences into a stunning shot of the bells frantically ringing the opening theme), Hulce brings a fragility to such lines as “no face as hideous as my face, was ever meant for Heaven’s light” that only a heart of stone would not be moved. Switching from pathos to rage, Hulce lets us feel the hidden rage and danger that this character also possesses. It is a truly remarkable performance.

Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Tony Jay, Paul Kandel – and the rest of the cast all sound at the top of their game creating wonderful and vivid characters.

Alan Menkin and Stephen Schwartz get to the heart of the matter with score and songs – a sound – that are as integral a part of the telling of this story as the animation and voices.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a miracle of a movie!

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Although the animation production quality of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame II is not as good as the original film, the music and message of the film excel.

One notable sequence is when Quasi Moto falls in love with Madeleine. He takes her on a tour of Paris. Paris is known as a city of incredible outward beauty in its architecture, parks, monuments, etc but on this particular tour Quasi Moto focuses on the beauty of Paris by utilizing the other senses:
First, they TASTE a souffle straight out of the oven.
Second, they SMELL Rosemary that isn’t pretty but have a wonderful fragrance.
Third, they HEAR the noisy crowds and from a distance they sound magnificent.
Fourth, they TOUCH the rain that would normally ruin a beautiful day.

In each case, something that potentially negative is seen in a new way. It’s really easy for children to see these things and be fascinated by them but we need to make a conscience decision as adults to appreciate them. As with Quasi Moto, you need to look past his exterior to see the beauty of his character. So many things are illusions in life. What you see on the outside is not always what is really there. Often what is really there is more than you can see. Another example of this in The Hunchback of Notre Dame II is the bell in the tower of Notre Dame which looks ugly on the outside but in reality is filled with amazing and valuable jewels.

In The Hunchback of Notre Dame II film, magician and juggler Sarousch is the bad guy. Particularly funny was his line at the end as he is taken away “Did I mention I do birthday parties!?”

The Hunchback of Notre Dame II itself is a bit like Quasi Moto. It’s not so much to look at, but valuable and good. The movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame II is less scary than the original and has romance appropriate for all ages.

Jennifer Love Hewitt (the voice of Madeleine) wrote and sang the closing song “I’m Gonna Love You”. The Hunchback of Notre Dame II has special memories for me as Brenda and I had at our wedding.

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For once I was expecting total disappointment and got better than I ever would have hoped for. Yes, this is a “midquel,” but once you’ve seen the (incredible) first you can sort of imagine where these events might fit in. This has its own climax and all, but the plot fits within the original’s parameters. It might not make 100% sense, but to go back and do something like this is pretty tough. It’s all right.

So, what’s good about The Fox and the Hound 2? Much more than anyone expects. First, the obvious animation. It, and the scenery, are wonderful. Bright, bold, shiny, fresh colors, detailed and true-to-the-first backdrops. Very expressive characters who are just delightful to watch–the way the dogs move is fantastic and well done. Obviously the animation is not perfect; it never is in ANY animated film. There will always be flawed frames. But for a Disney sequel of all things, this certainly seems top-knotch.
As to the country music, well, even if you’re not normally a fan, there is nothing to dislike about the movie’s songs. Particularly “Good Doggie, No Bone.” (Great song. Like “Streets of Gold,” it’s sung to a young animal to educate them about something [it’s really about herself, and what she’s learned the hard way about relationships and being ‘at the top.’] And ain’t that what life is, too, though? “It’s all, `Good doggie,’ but no bone!”) They’re nicely done by stars from the heart of country music, as explained on the DVD bonus feature.

And The Fox and the Hound 2 story? Surprisingly great too; good dialogue, witty and humorous bits, good character development. None, or very little of, the usual sequel hokiness and cheese I’d anticipated. The story of the county fair and Singin’ Strays band is actually very believable, and at least the concept fits into the down-homey, rural environment of The Fox and the Hound 2 setting. There are so many highlights it’s hard to remember them all, but the scene near the end, in which the group performs for a jolly talent scout outside a quaint, old-fashioned diner comes to mind for one. The setting just helps to make the story work; that little diner is so cute, and so perfect for the scene.

I’m still dismayed to see sneak peeks for Cinderella 3 and The Little Mermaid 3 on the DVD, but at least this movie gives me hope that somebody still may know what they’re doing making these sequels. Then again, this movie was almost tailored directly to me. More than anything I am a sucker for singing and dancing dogs: show me a film centered around that, and you’ve got me. I like to imagine a world where everyone’s a dog and there are musicians along the lines of the Singin’ Strays anyway, but even without such a love for this type of thing, you can appreciate the movie. It stands well enough on its own. But I’m saving the best parts for last.

Yes, it’s pretty original; far from perfect, of course, but I won’t run down all of the weaker points because as with any sequel, there are many. However, they don’t drag down the big picture. Tod and Copper are naturally your young and precious main characters, but Chief, Widow Tweed and Amos Slade haven’t been left out–or ruined, either. Chief is especially well animated and a good source of humor (and kinda resembles Tramp.) The one character, though, who in my opinion really makes the movie great–in fact she makes the movie–is Dixie. When I first saw her and Cash on the cover, my impression was: `OMG! It’s Dodger and Rita from `Oliver and Company’ redone!’ Because Cash’s bandana HAS to be an homage to Dodger. And Dixie has that same sort of look as Rita, perhaps somewhat more polished (which is my favorite ‘look’ in the world and when I see such a character, it’s instant Favorite)–seriously, she’s her cover-art twin.

Well, turns out Dixie is something like the country cousin of Sasha LaFleur, another sequel-starring performer and Rita-type. (There’s a proud little tradition of animated Saluki-like dogs, of which Rita, Sasha, & Dixie are the main representatives, which I have adored with a strong passion since childhood!) Dixie also has her similarities with Georgette, the Oliver & Company Poodle. A force to be reckoned with and of course the love interest of Cash, she’s the most interesting character. Thanks to show business, her and Cash’s relationship is a very rocky road. Visually Dixie, like her predecessors, is an amazing character to watch; the way she moves and dances just perfectly captures how you’d want to look if you were a dog–at least, how I would! She steals every scene she’s in, & has an awesome personality that includes a devious streak, and I’m glad she’s such a central character. Her song is probably the best part of The Fox and the Hound 2. In fact, this movie probably should have been a separate, Singin Strays-centric non-sequel. So to wrap up, this The Fox and the Hound 2 basically blew me away–two thumbs up just for stunning me.

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The Fox and the Hound marked the last collaboration between Disney’s older artists, including three of the “Nine Old Men” (Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, and Woolie Reitherman), and the young animators who would make the record-breaking films of the ’90s. Based on a book by Daniel P. Mannix, the film tells The Fox and the Hound of a bloodhound puppy and a fox kit who begin as friends but are forced to become enemies. Tod and Copper barely establish their friendship before Copper begins his training as hunting dog. Unfortunately, neither character develops much of a personality, which makes it difficult to care about them. The screen comes alive near end of The Fox and the Hound, when Tod and Copper have to join forces to fight off an enormous bear. It had been years since Disney produced a sequence with this kind of feral power–and years would pass before they surpassed it. The Fox and the Hound ranks as one of the studio’s lesser efforts, but it suggests that better films were soon to follow.

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“Someday is today, and someday is yesterday.” Two days have passed since this remarkable series has ended its run, and now that I’ve had time to mull over that sad fact, I’ve had time to mull over the quote above taken from the final episode. The former reminds me that the show is over and left for us longtime fans to relive on DVD and for the new fans to discover and to enjoy the delight that is One Tree Hill; the latter reminds me of the countless hours of my youth spent watching this show that has ever changed my life. Sounds like I’m exaggerating, right? A television show changing someone’s life? Well, that’s exactly the impact One Tree Hill had on me.

Many may think that One Tree Hill is some hapless, teen drama that blows normalcy way out of proportion. But the series is so much more than that. Sure, there have been many plots that most of us may never relate to. A psycho posing as my half-brother is probably not in the cards for me, nor is a video exposing my goodies to the entire school very likely to occur in my lifetime. But, it’s not about that delicious drama that drew us into this show. It kept us tuned in, but it’s not what created a pseudo-connection between the show and the fans. It was the stories and life lessons that were presented for us. It was the stories and lessons about family and love, the stories and lessons about dreams, and the stories and lessons about hope. Because that’s what One Tree Hill has always been about. It’s always been about family and love and dreams and hope; it was “the little show that could,” after all. And that’s what made us fall in love with our favorite North Carolinians. And that’s what sets this One Tree Hill series apart from other television shows. Yes, there is the typical drama, but there’s also a brand of storytelling like no other that’s ever present.

Every character is genius, especially my personal favorite Brooke. Without getting into too much gushing, I can say that I’ve learned a lot from Brooke Davis. I’ve learned that you can be more than what others have marked you as. You can change, and you can be successful, and you can have hopes and dreams. I can’t say that about any other television character. And I praise Sophia Bush for delivering such a stellar and beautiful performance for 9 years. And I thank Mark Schwahn for thinking Peyton needed a best friend.

One Tree Hill will always be special to me. It shaped my adolescence, it defined my music library, and it kept me entertained and hopeful for 9 years. One Tree Hill has changed lives, and as I said, it’s changed mine. That’s something reserved for things that are truly remarkable and beautiful. I will miss tuning in on Wednesday nights (or Monday and Tuesday’s) to watch these guys combat psycho stalkers and nannies, squabble about love triangles, and gather around the stage at Tric to watch musical acts. But, as Brooke said in the finale, the memories will always be in her heart. And that’s where One Tree Hill and the memories it’s given me will always be, in my heart. Always and forever.

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