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My Favorite Scene: Monsters, Inc. (2001) “The Door Chase”

Pete Docter has emerged, over the years, to be the best director to come out of the Pixar brain trust that brought the original Toy Story to screens in 1995.  Monsters, Inc. was Docter’s first solo effort and, like Up and Inside Out after it, it’s very concept is an imagination coup in a company known for mind-blowing feats of imagination.  Unlike Up and Inside Out, Monsters never entirely lives up to its central idea (and the less said about the sequel the better), but the film is still an extremely solid entry in Pixar’s very competitive library of classics.

All kids have a feeling that there’s a monster somewhere in their bedrooms.  Docter uses this idea to form an entire society of monsters that live benignly off of the power generated by the screams of children.  It’s such a fantastic idea, and no scene realizes it better than the climatic chase between Mike & Sully and Randall as they race to try to get Boo back to her bedroom door.  The planet and reality hopping chase shows the full warehouse of doors and provides for the film’s best action (and some of its funniest moments). Monsters Inc. Poster

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Trailer #1 (2018) *So. Many. Princesses.*

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.”

The film will also include a team up of all the Disney Princesses including Auli‘i Cravalho (Moana), Kristen Bell (Anna in Frozen), Kelly Macdonald (Merida in Brave), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in Tangled), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in The Princess and the Frog), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in Aladdin), Paige O’Hara (Belle in Beauty and the Beast) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid). 

Directed by Rich Moore (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph) and Phil Johnston (co-writer Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids, co-writer Zootopia), and produced by Clark Spencer, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-Ralph 2 hits theaters on November 21.
*TEXT from Coming Soon

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Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Teaser #1 (2018) *Wreckin’ Again!*

*From Coming Soon
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
 leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.”

The film will also include a team up of all the Disney Princesses including Auli‘i Cravalho (Moana), Kristen Bell (Anna in Frozen), Kelly Macdonald (Merida in Brave), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in Tangled), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in The Princess and the Frog), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in Aladdin), Paige O’Hara (Belle in Beauty and the Beast) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid). You can read our write up of the scene here.

Directed by Rich Moore (ZootopiaWreck-It Ralph) and Phil Johnston (co-writer Wreck-It RalphCedar Rapids, co-writer Zootopia), and produced by Clark Spencer, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-Ralph 2 hits theaters on November 21.
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My Favorite Scene: Beauty and the Beast (1991) “Ballroom Scene”

Tomorrow, Beauty and the Beast’s live-action adaptation will hit screens.  Last year, Jon Favreau performed a miracle with The Jungle Book‘s adaptation to the point where that film is now probably the definitive telling of Kipling’s stories.  I’m holding out hope, but the reviews seem to indicate that will not be the case with Beauty and the Beast.  The 1991 film is the only animated film to ever be nominated for Best Picture (and likely to remain so since a Best Animated Film category was created shortly after).  It’s my second favorite of the animated canon behind only Sleeping Beauty.  It’s quite simply everything that has made Disney animation something that has captured the child within the world over since Snow White first premiered in 1938.  It’s magic. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Beauty and the Beast (1991) “Ballroom Scene”

Movie Review: Moana (2016) *Lovely and Likable, But Not a Classic”

Moana

Moana is the 56th Disney animated film, and the latest from a studio that has seriously revived itself from near obsolescence at the hands of Pixar.  It has the creative teams behind Aladdin and Hamilton behind it, and the first Pacific Islander princess (well, daughter of a chieftan).  Does Moana stand in the company of Disney’s latest string of classics?  No, but despite some serious flaws, it still manages to be kind of impossible to dislike. Continue reading Movie Review: Moana (2016) *Lovely and Likable, But Not a Classic”