Mary and Max – Review

I have now compiled a list of around 20 animated films not made by a major studio for my ongoing series and I just so happened to stumble across this film yesterday, I had surprisingly never heard of it before and upon discovering that it was an Australian animated film (something I’ve rarely come across in my life) I decided to bump it to the top of the list to review (it was either that or another French film, I’m telling you there’s a real influx of French/French Canadian independent animation studios!) oh, and it’s another stop motion animated film!

Mary and Max is produced by Australian studio; Melodrama Pictures and directed by: Adam Elliot.

For fans of: My Life as a Courgette, Anomalisa, Little Miss Sunshine

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Voice Actor Appreciation Post

An element of animation that has always held my interest is voice over! I remember from a young age reading out loud from scripts of my favourite movies trying to do my best impression of whichever character’s line I was reading. I now believe that I have a certain skill which would be very favourable if I were to put it on job applications, I’m pretty confident in saying that whenever I watch most cartoons, I am able to pick out voice actors just by listening. This is probably something a lot of people can do but it makes me feel special!

I’ve been listening to a lot of the Nickelodeon Animation Podcast recently who often hold interviews with show creators and voice actors and this inspired me to make a list of some of my favourite voice actors/actresses performances, I’m going to stick to voice actors who are mainly known for their cartoon work but the occasional movie/video game voice actor may find it’s way in.

In no particular order…

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An Analysis on the Highest Grossing Animated Movies. 

Just like a lot of other people today, I woke up to the news that DreamWorks have plans to release a sequel to the questionable; The Boss Baby, part of me was surprised and part of me saw this coming. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact a film that was so slated on the internet could possibly be successful enough for a sequel, the weirdest part is; The Boss Baby is actually the 49th highest grossing animated film of all time, that’s right in a world of such amazing animated films like Spirited Away, How To Train Your Dragon and Coraline, The Boss Baby made it into the top 50.

This got me thinking about other films that have been teased relentlessly online but that actually did really well at the box office, for example: Minions, who thought the world needed more minions? Well whoever did must be proud as it’s actually the 2nd highest grossing animated movie of all time. I know, I know; take a moment. With The Emoji Movie set for release this summer, I thought now was the best time to try to figure out what it is that gets people into the cinema to see animated films and what I believe contributed to their success.

Just a note: I’m not saying that these are the exact reason that these films were successful, nor am I saying that if you include these things your animated film it will be successful, I’m just theorising. I will only be focusing on a select few films within the top 50 highest grossing animated films otherwise this post will never get finished.

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My Top 10 Favourite Disney Animated TV Shows

To follow the pattern of my last post, here’s another Disney animation post! (I’m going to turn into a Disney blogger, I know it) this time, I’ve decided to cover Disney animated TV shows! This meaning any cartoons shown on Disney Channel, Disney X D (I’ve had to Space the X D as otherwise it posts as an emoji! How embarrassing), Toon Disney, etc. Over the years.  Continue reading

My Favourite Studio Ghibli Movies: A List

If you’re as big of a fan of animated movies as I am, I’m sure you’ve come across a Studio Ghibli film at one point in your life. Studio Ghibli are the enchanting Japanese animation studio that we’re founded by animation veteran; Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki, Isao Takahata and Yasuyoshi Tokuma in 1985 are responsible for such gems such as Academy Award winning Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howls Moving Castle, etc. Sound familiar? In this post I’m going to count down my 15 Favourite Studio Ghibli Movies.

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