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Soundtrack to Pixar’s Coco to feature original songs, memorable score, and more

As Pixar’s “Coco” heads into theaters this Thanksgiving, we’re getting our first look at the details of the film’s soundtrack. The movie features an original score from Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, a song by Oscar winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and additional songs co-written… Read More »Soundtrack to Pixar’s Coco to feature original songs, memorable score, and more

How Pixar uses music to make you cry

Pixar Animation Studios are acknowledged masters at the craft of animation. If you had to pick a specialty of theirs, it’s the big emotional moment that’s not afraid to make you tear up (at a minimum). But how do they do that? There’s a great… Read More »How Pixar uses music to make you cry

Composer Michael Giacchino joins Disney’s Zootopia

Disney fans will know the work of composer Michael Giacchino from his popular scores for Pixar’s “Inside Out,” “Ratatouille,” and “The Incredibles.” He even earned an Oscar for “Up” back in 2009 (not to mention a Golden Globe, the BAFTA, and two grammy awards). He’s… Read More »Composer Michael Giacchino joins Disney’s Zootopia

Videopolis: Theme from Haunted Mansion a la Space Mountain

Have you ever wondered what the musical theme from Disney’s Haunted Mansion but arranged in the style and structure of Michael Giacchino’s score for Space Mountain? Neither have I. Regardless, we don’t have to speculate, YouTuber Joe Cardello has posted this arrangement he calls “Grim… Read More »Videopolis: Theme from Haunted Mansion a la Space Mountain

Thoughts During Movies: “Tomorrowland”

It’s that time again! Tomorrowland, the new film from Brad Bird, just premiered in theaters, so I thought it was only right to check out the film myself, and write down my thoughts I had during the film. Of course, as always, SPOILERS AHEAD. You’ve… Read More »Thoughts During Movies: “Tomorrowland”

John Carter Film Review

There appears to be a disinformation campaign coming out of Hollywood. The visceral dislike of Disney Studios head Rich Ross, former marketing head MT Carney, and the envy of untouchable Pixar have combined to make Disney’s latest film a target of attacks. Opportunists who hadn’t even seen the film saw an opening to attack the Mouse House and have been making some wild accusations about “John Carter.” It’s way over budget (not true), the marketing was awful (definitely true), and it will be the next Ishtar (or perhaps Prince of Persia). The later is only true if one thing happens, we fans don’t get the word out about how great a film John Carter actually is.

Andrew Stanton and crew are in top form in John Carter, and aside from a few small technical snafus, have created a movie that fits in near the top of the action-adventure genre (think Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Avatar, and Superman). But it is also a typical Andrew Stanton film, in that the movie manages to transcend its genre.

Stanton combined elements from the first two books in Edgar Rice Burroughs “Princess of Mars” series and weaved together a story that will please fans of the series while also updating the story just a bit for modern audiences. Earthling John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) stumbles upon a portal to Mars (known as Barsoom to its occupants) while searching for gold and trying to forget a personal tragedy. On Mars, Carter finds himself in the middle of an epic battle for the fate of a planet, falling in love with the most beautiful woman on Barsoom, and gifted with unique powers that makes him a uniquely effective fighter. By making unusual allies, Carter is able to overcome impossible odds and become John Carter of Mars.

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