*Update For Final* Post #13: “Puss in Boots” (Post 10)

Shrek was an animation sensation when it hit theaters back in 2001. Shrek 2 (2004) kept the series afloat with more clever fairytale culture references and jokes. However, the only thing that really came out of the sequel was the furry feline sidekick Shrek and Donkey acquired along the way, Antonio Banderas’s Puss… In Boots! While this kitty cat stole the show, did he necessarily earn a spinoff prequel? Since this film was originally intended to be a Direct-to-DVD feature… Not really.

The adorable stares don’t save this film from mediocrity.

In this animated re-imagining of Puss In Boots’s origins, we find Puss growing up as an orphan with his only friend, Humpty Dumpty. Years later, Puss is branded as an outlaw and no longer associated with Humpty. In need of dinero for cream and milk, Puss undertakes a quest, with his new friend Kitty Softpaws, to steal magic beans. Continue reading

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#12: The Disney Version of American History in “Pocahontas”

Pocahontas was one of the first films that I saw in theaters growing up. I owned the VHS tape and really enjoyed the “Romeo and Juliet” narrative style. Unfortunately for most of America’s 90s youth, we were all in for quite a shock when 4th grade came upon us and quashed all of our preconceived notions of Native Americans and love and a phrase that we became all too familiar with: artistic liberties through historical inaccuracies.

My impressionable brain had seen the founding of our country through a very skewed view. While putting history into songs makes it easier to learn, it doesn’t always mean the history is accurate. Continue reading

#11: Working with Stop Motion Animation

For my animation project, I decided to work with stop motion animation.

“Stop motion animation is also known as stop frame or claymation. The oldest form of animation, stop motion is the technique of moving and photographing objects or specially articulated models frame by frame. This method is used less often in modern animation, but it has a timeless appeal,” (Cavalier, Glossary, pg. 400).

I figured I could make a cool Godzilla short animation with my Godzilla action figure, some green Army men, and a camera. Continue reading

#10: The Spin-Off – “Puss in Boots”

Shrek was an animation sensation when it hit theaters back in 2001. Shrek 2 (2004) kept the series afloat with more clever fairytale culture references and jokes. However, the only thing that really came out of the sequel was the furry feline sidekick Shrek and Donkey acquired along the way, Antonio Banderas’s Puss… In Boots! While this kitty cat stole the show, did he necessarily earn a spinoff prequel? Since this film was originally intended to be a Direct-to-DVD feature… Not really.

The adorable stares don’t save this film from mediocrity.

In this animated re-imagining of Puss In Boots’s origins, we find Puss growing up as an orphan with his only friend, Humpty Dumpty. Years later, Puss is branded as an outlaw and no longer associated with Humpty. In need of dinero for cream and milk, Puss undertakes a quest, with his new friend Kitty Softpaws, to steal magic beans. Continue reading

#9: “Shrek 2” and the Status of Animated Sequels


Can you think of the last time you saw a sequel that was really really good? Like better than the original? (Try and exclude adapted literary works because that’s cheating.) Now try to think of the last good animated sequel you saw. If you’re like me, this just keeps getting harder. With the mind-blowing exception that is the Toy Story franchise, I’m hard-pressed to think of a good animated sequel. Most of the older animated sequels ended up going straight to VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray, particularly the Disney Princess sequels. Suffice to say, straight to DVD essentially means that they are dead on arrival for me.

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#8: How Kids View “Regular Show,” How Adults View “Adventure Time”

Regular Show is a show about a bluejay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby. They are 23 year old groundskeepers at a local park and interact with their coworkers Benson, Pops, Skips, Muscle Man and Hi-Five Ghost. Each episode essentially follows the similar structure of Mordecai and Rigby slacking off during work and then accidentally causing some extreme and often supernatural form of chaos to erupt from their immaturity.

Adventure Time also follows two best friends: Finn the human boy and Jake the dog (who’s magical). They live in a post-apocalyptic world called Land of Ooo and go on adventures with Princess Bubblegum, the Ice King and Marceline the Vampire Queen. Finn is the only surviving human and his adventures take him to destinations of the magical and cosmic variety.

From an animation standpoint, why have the main character in the fantasy show be human, but have two animals lead a more realistic show about the utter minutia of life? Continue reading