In 2010 Retro Studios revived the Donkey Kong Country series in the form of Donkey Kong Country Returns. It was the best sidescroller of the last console generation, and was a great return for Nintendo’s original icon. Now in 2014, the twentieth anniversary of the original Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, Retro Studios is at it again. But is Tropical Freeze as good as its predecessor? Or does DK have a less-than stellar Wii U debut? Read more
Last night, on March 2nd, the same day Disney’s Frozen hit the billion dollar milestone, the film also took home two Academy Awards (Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song). Congratulations Frozen!
Over one-billion dollars at the worldwide box office! And with its release in Japan later this month, it’s expected to out-gross Toy Story 3 as the most successful animated film of all time. Congratulations Disney, it couldn’t have happened to a better movie.
The Lego toy line has seen serious expansion in recent years, and now it covers all kinds of media including television shows, video games and TV specials. It was only a matter of time before Lego made the jump to the big screen. But just what has The Lego Movie built for itself? Read more
Donkey Kong Country Returns was the best 2D platformer of the last console generation, and Tropical Freeze is even better. Returns maybe suffered a little from “revival syndrome,” that is to say, it felt like Retro Studios was so busy bringing the series back into the spotlight that it often felt more like a remake than a sequel (albeit a brilliant remake). But now that they’ve re-established the series, it feels like they’ve managed to give it their own personality with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Read more
Frozen is my favorite film of 2013. I haven’t been so enamored with an animated film since Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo back in 2009, and I haven’t felt so strongly for an American animated feature since The Incredibles back in 2004. I may even go so far as to say Frozen has become my favorite Disney film. But what is it that makes it so special? Read more
Although animated films have been prominent in cinema for decades, it wasn’t until 2002 that the Academy Awards decided to make an Oscar celebrating the medium. Of course, some argue that the Best Animated Feature Oscar only serves as a means to prevent animated films from winning the awards from “real” movies (and there’s probably some truth to that), but the award has managed to build a reputation for itself through the years. Read more