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Saturday, 31 January 2015

The Top 10 Underrated Studio Ghibli Films


Source: TylerReviewsX




Anybody who is interested in Studio Ghibli can spend five minutes on the internet and immediately find all the best movies. Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Caste. Princess Mononoke, you can pretty say any film and tons of people will agree that its incredible. But there are so many great Ghibli films that are foreign to even the biggest fans... and if you haven't done your research, you've probably missed out on about half of these movies. 

10. My Neighbors the Yamada's
9. Only Yesterday
8. The Cat Returns
7. Ocean Waves
6. Tales from Earthsea
5. Pom Poko
4. Whisper of the Heart
3. Porco Rosso
2. Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro 
1. Grave of the Fireflies


Monday, 26 January 2015

Feast (Trailer) - [Disney Animated Short, 2014]





Feast is a 2014 3D hand-drawn/computer-animated romantic comedy short film directed by Patrick Osborne, and produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It made its world premiere on June 10, 2014, at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and debuted in theaters with Big Hero 6on November 7, 2014.[2]

Plot

Winston is a Boston Terrier[3] that loves to eat. His master James spoils him with various junk food and leftovers topped over his dog food. One day, James develops a relationship with a waitress at the local restaurant, who has him take up a healthier diet and lifestyle. This upsets Winston, since he refuses to eat vegetables. When the couple break up, James and Winston return to eating junk food until Winston realizes James' depression over the break-up, with a piece of parsley as his only reminder. Winston grabs the parsley and rushes out of the apartment, leading James to the restaurant to reconcile with his girlfriend and marry her.
Over a year after moving to a new home, Winston spots a meatball on the floor and follows the trail to the couple's infant son. The film ends with Winston feasting on dozens of cupcakes thrown off a table during the son's first birthday party.

Animation and style

Feast was animated using the Meander system developed for Paperman, and was the first time the tool was used in color.[6][8] Feast was rendered using Hyperion, the rendering system built for Big Hero 6.[8][9]
The characters and environment feature a line-free style with solid blocks of color.[10] The camera focused on Winston and the food while leaving the human characters generally out of focus. Because the film consists of a series of very brief scenes cut together, the foods portrayed had to be appetizing and recognizable at first glance.[11]
Winston was made a Boston Terrier for three main reasons. The filmmakers wanted a breed that does not appear in any prior Disney film. The breed is small so that he can be shown being promoted to a chair at the table and demoted back to the floor. Because of the flat style of the film, a breed with distinct markings like the Boston Terrier helps cue the audience to subtle movements.[8]




Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos - [DreamWorks Animation, 2012]


Official website: pussinbootsthemovie.com




Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos is a 2012 computer-animated short comedy film, and a sequel to Puss in Boots. It was directed by Raman Hui and features Antonio Banderas as the voice of the title character. The short was released on February 24, 2012, attached as a bonus feature to the Puss in Boots DVD and Blu-ray (3D) release.[1] The short tells a story of Puss in Boots on a mission to recover a princess' stolen ruby from the notorious French thief the Whisperer. Reluctantly accompanied by three cute little kittens called the Three Diablos, Puss must tame them before they endanger the mission.
Directed byRaman Hui
Produced byGina Shay
Tripp Hudson
Screenplay byTom Wheeler
StarringAntonio Banderas
Gilles Marini
Charlotte Newhouse
Chris Miller
Walt Dohrn
Music byMatthew Margeson
Henry Jackman
Edited byBret Marnell
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • February 24, 2012
Running time
13 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Plot

After the events of the film, Puss is riding his horse through the desert when he is captured by Italian knights. He is then taken to Princess Alessandra Belagomba, whose "Heart of Fire" Ruby, the crown jewel of her kingdom, is missing. At first, it is believed that Puss is being wrongfully charged for the theft, but it later turns out that the Princess only wants to hire him based on his reputation, revealing that a thief called "The Whisperer" was the one who committed the crime and that the Princess' knights have captured three of his henchmen. The henchmen turn out to be three kittens called the Three Diablos. Though Puss cannot believe that such innocent creatures could be thieves, the princess and her guards are terrified of them. The kittens kindly agree to help Puss on the premise that they will be free if they return the ruby.
When Puss takes the kittens to the desert, the kittens quickly turn on him (revealing their backstabbing nature) and bury him alive. Puss later escapes and recaptures the kittens using his wide eyes against theirs. Later, he talks about sending them back to jail for double-crossing him, but he learns that they have no family and are orphans like him. He then sympathetically tells them how he also knows it's tough not knowing whom to trust and being led to the wrong path, making an example of how Humpty betrayed Puss, just as the Whisperer has done to them. Puss then decides to point the Diablos in the right direction and trains them how to fight and plays with them, becoming friends. He also gives them names: Perla (because she is one of a kind), another Gonzalo (for his scrappy temper) and the other Sir Timoteo Montenegro the Third (a title is all he needs).
The next day, the kittens, turning over a new leaf, show Puss to The Whisperer's secret hideout, and are immediately confronted by The Whisperer himself, who, by his name, has a low voice volume and uses his hat as a cone to speak clearly. It is also revealed that The Whisperer himself has used the heart as a decoration for his own belt. After learning that the Diablos brought Puss to him to recover the heart, the Whisperer is about to make them pay for their betrayal, but Puss fights him and lets the kittens escape. They, however, return to help Puss with what they learned from him and The Whisperer falls into a bottomless pit to his death. Puss then returns the heart to the Princess and is rewarded with gold, and he gives the Princess the kittens as her new personal bodyguards. They then say their goodbyes and Puss claims "He will never forget them, just as he is sure they will never forget the name of Puss in-"; unfortunately, the guards slam the doors before he can finish his goodbye.





Cat Soup - Nekojiru-sou ねこぢる草 (OAV) - [J.C. Staff] - [2001]

Alternative title:
Nekojiru-so
Кошачий суп (Russian)
ねこぢる草 (Japanese)
Themes: dark comedy

Plot Summary: A cat named Nyatto embarks upon a journey to save his sister's soul, which was ripped in two when Nyatto tried to save her from Death. She trails after him, brain-dead. They encounter many brilliant, mind-bending situations, beginning with a disturbing magic show.
Running time: 34 minutes
Number of episodes: 1
Vintage:
2001
2002-01-20 (Italy - Future Film Festival)



Cat Soup (ねこぢる草 Nekojiru-sō, lit. Nekojiru Grass) is an experimental[1]2001 Japanese anime film directed by Tatsuo Satō, inspired by the work of manga artist Nekojiru. The surreal follows Nyatta, an anthropomorphic kitten, on his travel to the land of the dead and back in an effort to save his sister's soul. Cat Soup was released direct-to-DVD in Japan on 21 February 2001.Central Park Media licensed the film in North America under its Software Sculptors label and was released on DVD on September 9, 2003.

Plot

Nyāko (にゃーこ), the older sister of Nyatta (にゃっ太), lies very ill in her room. By accident, Nyatta drowns in the bathtub and, whilst being clinically dead, sees his sister leaving the house holding hands with the Japanese version of Ksitigarbha (known as Jizou in Japanese) and proceeds to follow them. Nyatta tries to take his sister back from Jizou but it holds on to her refusing to let go. Nyāko splits in two leaving Jizou with half of her soul while her brother runs away with the other half. Jizou sends a clue about a flower they must search for in order to retrieve the missing half-soul, then walks away with it.
Meanwhile, Nyatta's father finds his son in the bathtub and revives him. Then, all the family members gather in Nyāko's room to find out that she is dead. Nyatta gets closer with the half-soul in his arms and puts it back in his sister's body through her nose. Nyāko wakes up braindead. After that Nyatta and Nyāko begin their journey (because their mother asks them to go and buy some fried tofu). During their outing they visit the 'Big Whale Circus', the final act of which is a giant penguin-looking bird "filled" with various weather, causes a flood of water which covers everything. The two of them end up on an Ark-esque boat with a pig, which they eventually begin to eat (by unzipping his stomach and pulling out butcher slabs). God drains the world of the oceans (by holding up the world so the water on it runs down his arm), leaving the cats and pig stranded in a desert. The pig is beaten to death and bites off Nyatta's arm, which is repaired by a desert-dweller who makes dolls from the pieces of other cats.
Traveling across the desert, they are brought to a house by the smell of food, and are invited inside by a man. They are fed, and when full the man attempts to turn them into soup, attacking them with a pair of scissors. He ends up falling into the cauldron, Nyatta cuts him into pieces with the scissors and the cats escape. Wandering further across the desert dehydrated, Nyatta digs and finds an elephant made of water, which cools them off and travels with them, though the elephant eventually evaporates from the heat. God accidentally stops the flow of time and disrupts space, and the cats play with the time-frozen scenes. Father Time turns time back on, shooting it forward and reversing it, showing various scenes of random events either rapidly going forth in time or back. Eventually the cats find themselves back on their boat in the ocean. They drift into a marsh of metallic plants and creatures, coming across the flower they were seeking. Nyatta places the flower on Nyākos face, which restores her to normal. Together, they go back home.
In the end, the entire family of cats are gathered in their house leisurely watching TV. Nyatta leaves them to visit the toilet, and while he is gone, the other family members disappear one by one into thin air. The show on the TV also disappears, leaving only a flashing screen behind. Nyatta returns to find everyone gone. Outside the nearby lamppost extinguishes leaving the house in darkness. Finally the movie also "turns off", leaving behind a flashing screen of static before the credits roll.

Awards

Cat Soup won an Excellence Prize (Animation Division) at the 2001 Japan Media Arts Festival,[2] the "Best Short Film" award at the 2001 Fantasia Festival and the Silver Award for Animation 2003 New York Exposition of Short Film and Video.[3]

DirectorTatsuo Sato
StoryboardMasaaki Yuasa
Original creatorNekojiru
Art DirectorGoki Nakamura
ProducerYuji Matsukura

Animation producerMasaaki Yuasa
Assistant Mixing Engineer:
Assistant producerTomohiro Ogawa
Cel EffectsGou Abe
Chief Production AdministratorJun Katou
CinematographyMasaru Takase
Color designMiyuki Ishida
CooperationEtsuko Sakaguchi (OP)
EditingKan Onoshima
Foley Assistant:
Music CooperationJun'ichi Natori
Music DirectorUtollo Teshikai
Music Recording:
Post-Production Manager:
PromotionMichiko Otake
Sound DesignKazutaka Someya
Special FinishingMiyuki Ishida
Visual Effects:

Animation ProductionJ.C. Staff
Cooperation:
Digital PaintJ.C. Staff
DistributorStarchild Records
FoleySony PCL
Music ProductionStarchild Records
Sound ProductionSony PCL