https://youtu.be/qD5nxTgOQ8Q?t=30s From the beginning of this blog, I have been quite preoccupied on covering reviews and pretty much neglected the second half of this category, which is previews. I will be making an effort in the next couple of months to cover animated films that will be coming out, what I take
From the beginning of this blog, I have been quite preoccupied on covering reviews and pretty much neglected the second half of this category, which is previews. I will be making an effort in the next couple of months to cover animated films that will be coming out, what I take from their trailers and my opinion if it is one to watch or not. To start here is the trailer for The Secret life of Pets. I came across the teaser for it about a year ago I believe, and it is something I was really looking forward to. As I finish up a few projects, you will see trickles of posts here and there, and I will get a chance to settle back into my old schedule!
The Secret Life of Pets is a 3D animated feature length by Universal’s Illumination Pictures, starring Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart. The story centres in on a little terrier Max (Louis C.K) who absolutely loves his owner Katie, but one day he finds his life disturbed when Katie brings home a large new sloppy friend by the name of Duke, and that is when their adventure begins. From what I take from the trailer, its looks like we are up for a witty take on the life of a pet, and the humour so far seems promising plus I most mention the cute and vibrant illustrative style!
Although, my compliments for it are a-plenty, it does feel like a rehash of Toy Story except everyone is an animal.
The Secret Lives of Pets will be in cinemas on 8th July 2016 in the United States, but for us over here in the UK we get it a two weeks earlier with it being released on June 24th 2016.
She and Her Cat is an award winning independent production by the man dubbed as the next Miyazaki. She and Her Cat is a story told by the viewpoint of a young woman's cat and its relationship with her.Produced in 1999 over a 5 month period, this short has beautiful
She and Her Cat is an award winning independent production by the man dubbed as the next Miyazaki. She and Her Cat is a story told by the viewpoint of a young woman’s cat and its relationship with her.Produced in 1999 over a 5 month period, this short has beautiful animation that slips straight into your heart.
The grainy black and white are an artistic choice that works well with the almost poetic/narrative nature of the shots paired with the narration of the cat. Stills are complimented by artistic pans and it is very easy to see how much the work of Makoto inspired the lot over at Wong Fu Productions, a good example of this would be their film When Five Fell.
Though the animation is limited it is timed suitably and the artwork is heavily detailed to make up for it. The simplicity of the design of the cat is still pleasing to look at despite at first feeling like it was probably in the wrong type of film at first. But from the effects, to the layout of shots to the landscape design everything comes with such precision and attention to detail, It is really remarkable and Shinkai only continues to shine and amaze his viewers from this point onwards.
If you are wondering how does he make his hyper realistic backgrounds, Shinkai has noted that he takes real pictures of places and edits them with computer graphics, but when it came to the characters they are drawn to contrast their environment in design.
My only criticism would be the fast bursts between text. At times I felt it was much to fast to get a good read off and required pausing, which really messes with the flow of the whole viewing experience.
It is nice to hear that an animated series of the film is scheduled to start for March, however it won’t be in the hands of Shinkai.
The film really reminded me of a French art film and very easily fit the tropes of one, while never leaving its Japanese roots and the haiku nature of the short. The music was very simple and I didn’t notice it so much, but from what I have read it was the only thing that Shinkai didn’t do. It is from this point on that Shinkai establishes his unique style as an animator and might I add to that as a film maker.