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Toy Story 3: The Agony and the Exstacy

April 18th, 2011 by Benjamin Tobin · No Comments · Uncategorized

I always love watching Toy Story 3, even though it makes me cry. The simpsons-esque culture references and nostalgic Toy characters make this a fun entertaining and satisfying story. The deep psychological study of growing up and the bittersweet tragedy of transition makes the story emotionally resonant not only to child and adult audiences alike, [...]

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Fringe head trip

April 18th, 2011 by Benjamin Tobin · No Comments · Uncategorized

I just wanted to once again point out how amazing Fringe is. Episode 3.19 like it’s season 2 counterpart, decided to take several creative risks. Last year it was a musical/noir combo, now we have animated Fringe as the team heads into Olivia’s subconscious a la Inception to remove the consciousness of Leonard Nimoy’s William [...]

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Tv animation

April 11th, 2011 by Benjamin Tobin · No Comments · Uncategorized

I like to consider myself to be a connoisseur of animated TV shows. I grew up on Reboot, Batman the Animated Series, Rupert the Bear, Anime, etc. I only discovered the Simpsons a few years ago, but have found myself drawn to its style of satire, more so than its newer counterpart Family Guy. I [...]

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Scanner Darkly pt 2

April 9th, 2011 by Benjamin Tobin · No Comments · Uncategorized

Now that I’ve seen all of scanner darkly I have to say I didn’t particularly care for it. I thought it was inventive and intriguing, and the animation an interesting effect, but I was reminded so much of a David Lynch movie throughout (more logical than a Lynch movie). I didn’t dislike it as much [...]

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A Scanner Darkly

April 5th, 2011 by Benjamin Tobin · No Comments · Uncategorized

I had no idea what to expect when this movie started, what followed was perhaps one of the strangest films I’ve ever seen (not necessarily in a bad way). The animation sort of grated against my senses, sometimes seeming incredibly real, and at other times incredibly cartoonish. I admire the craftsmanship that must have gone [...]

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Iron Giant

March 21st, 2011 by Benjamin Tobin · No Comments · Uncategorized

This was my first viewing of the Iron Giant, and I have to say it’s just as brilliant as people say it is. I really did find myself tearing up at the end. I had a similar reaction to Beauty and the Beast recently. I really find myself relating to the position of the robot [...]

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William’s Bell has rung again on Fringe

March 20th, 2011 by Benjamin Tobin · No Comments · Uncategorized

I cannot say how thrilled I am that Leonard Nimoy’s William Bell has returned from the great beyond at least in some form. True he is possessing Olivia and all we’re seeing in reality is another of Anna Torv’s marvelous performances, but the idea is quite compelling, especially given that during the cliffhanger ending, it [...]

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Now it’s time for…

March 18th, 2011 by Benjamin Tobin · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I hadn’t seen Rocky and Bullwinkle for quite some time before this week. I hadn’t watched it too often, but I found the animation, like Gerald McBoing Boing to be distracting at first, as I’ve never been a tremendous fan of the more modernist approach to animation, but as with Gerald the style and format [...]

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Gerald McBoing Boing

March 14th, 2011 by Benjamin Tobin · No Comments · Uncategorized

Before this week I had never seen a Gerald McBoing Boing cartoon. But now I’ve seen him in my exco and in class. At first I wasn’t really game for the modernist and jazzy animation style, I tend to gravitate more towards CGI films and shows like Pixar films and stop motion as well as [...]

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Rango of the Caribbean/desert

March 8th, 2011 by Benjamin Tobin · No Comments · Uncategorized

I just saw Rango last night. Suffice to say I enjoyed the quirky weird insanity of it. Verbinski clearly borrowed a good deal of imagery from his Pirates days, as well as his actors.The animation was simply beautiful. I was reminded a great deal of the early Disney and Loony toons escapades but placed in [...]

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