Archive for August, 2011

Green Lantern Emerald Knights (2011)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 21, 2011 by dpallee

Bolphunga the Unrelentring from "Green Lantern Emerald Knight"

DC comics shines through once again with a spectacular DVD release, Green Lantern Emerald Knights. Most people know very little about the history of the Green Lantern character as this superhero has developed since the story’s conception in 1940. Much different now with a more diverse storyline, DC Universe continues to broaden the entertainment factor of their classic stars with rich scripts and vivid art direction.

GLEK is a compilation of stories involving Hal Jordan (voice of Nathan Fillion)  and the entire Green Lantern Corps. who have become threatened by am enemy from their past. The Green Lantern home planet faces annihilation which sets the universal squadron of protectors into action. Hal prepare a new Green Lantern Corps recruit,  Arisia (voice of Elizabeth Moss) for the upcoming battle, while telling her stories about some of the corps. more notable characters. The main story continues mixed in with four other entertaining tales involving different members of the Green Lantern Corps. a pleasing twist that introduces the viewer to more Lantern members and not just focusing on Hal Jordan.

Great storyline aside, DC didn’t just rest on their laurels of being a known name comic producer, they back up their good name with fantastic artwork, great fight sequences and stunning interpretations of off-world environments. The scenery for the short story involving Bolphunga the Unrelenting (see above image) had a surreal quality that reminded me of the award winning style of French artist Jean Gerard (aka Moebius). The movie successfully mixes 3d enhancement with 2d illustration giving a clean output that i enjoyable to the viewer.

Bravo to you DC for an excellent movie and please give us more like this in the future.

The Secret of NIMH (1982)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 14, 2011 by dpallee

Mrs. Brisby (left) speaks with Nicodemus (right) in "The Secret of NIMH"

The Secret of NIMH is perhaps the most notable film made by Don Bluth, second only to his other classics like An American Tail, The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go To Heaven. Like most movies, the original far surpasses the effort put into a sequel and The Secret of NIMH is no exception. The Secret of NIMH 2, Timmy to the Rescue turned into musical, more friendly story (although it did have its creepy moments) with a less mysterious quality to the set direction and character design.

The Secret of NIMH is adapted from the children’s novel Mr. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien and tells the story of a widowed field mouse who enlists the aid of former lab rats to help her escape the impending destruction of her home. The journey involves her meeting a variety of characters along the way such as a clumsy youn crow named Jeremy (voice of Dom DeLuise ), Nicodemus, the mysterious leader of the rats (voice of Derek Jacobi) and the recognizable voice of John Carradine as the Great Owl.

Bluth’s style of animation is a reflection of his many years associated with the Disney Corporation as it captures a look and feel that leaves you entrenched in rich colors and blended lighting that helps emphasize the main flow of the story. With NIMH, the backgrounds help set the mood for the many different places Mrs. Brisby’s adventure takes her. This movie is a certain delight for kids of all ages but be forwarned that the very young may be frightened by elements of the story as the plot tends to suck on into the intensity of poor Mrs. Brisby’s plight.

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