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Toy Story 4 Is Another Triumph of a Tale

Few animated series make it as far as the Toy Story legacy while remaining sweet, smart, and genuinely heartfelt. It’d be easy to scoff at yet another sequel and to believe that Pixar is milking it, desperate to find something for these characters to do to keep the money train chugging. But Toy Story 4, like previous Toy Story sequels, finds something so clever and emotional I have no reservations about calling it one of the best entries in...

Frozen II Promises Secrets and Magic in New Trailer

Since it came out in 2013, I’ve run the gamut of emotions when it comes to Disney’s Frozen. I’ve held the titles of superfan, skeptic, hater, advocate, and everything in between. I’ll proudly sing “For the First Time in Forever” at the top of my lungs while begging others not to sing “Let It Go.” If you ask who my favorite Disney princess is, I’ll give you an hour-long explanation as to why Anna is underrated and needs more...

Aladdin Wishes Up Some New Spectacle for a Disney Classic

Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin has a bit more confidence than previous Disney animation-to-live-action adaptations. The studio seemingly had enough faith in the director to let him try out new stuff—and while restructuring a revered Disney animated classic from 1992 is risky, it beats just regurgitating the original scene for scene. Thankfully, Ritchie’s reworking is mostly magical in its own way. The story remains relatively the same but with some interesting changes. Aladdin (Mena Massoud) is still the street rat of...

Tim Burton’s Dumbo Is Whimsical but Strangely Lukewarm

Translating Disney’s animated classic Dumbo into a live-action film presents a number of issues, from the debate of whether or not to make the animal characters talk to how to inflate what was essentially a one-hour animated movie. It’s certainly a challenge, and director Tim Burton steps up to the plate to give it a shot. Choosing Burton might seem baffling, but it’s a rather sound choice considering he specializes in films about outsiders and creating weirdly compelling visuals....

Why Kairi Will Be Playable in Kingdom Hearts III

Note: At the time of this writing, Kingdom Hearts III is an unreleased game. However, this article discusses content found in trailers and interviews with the game’s director. Fans avoiding these may wish to skip this article. One of the most anticipated video game releases of the new year, Kingdom Hearts III, will return fans to the imaginative universe conceived by Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura, which juxtaposes characters of Nomura’s own design with those of other Square Enix games and of Disney motion...

Incredibles 2 Is Exactly How to Do a Sequel

Fourteen years. Not that I was counting or anything. And I’m being honest: I wasn’t. I’ve been burned by those waiting-for-over-a-decade releases before. (Generally it’s video games, because yes, I had the collector’s edition of Duke Nukem Forever preordered, y’all.) That, and while I adored the original Incredibles, I wasn’t praying to the sequel gods and goddesses for a part two. But here we are, 14 years later, with a part two. And, well, I’m really trying to resist...

A Wrinkle in Time Celebrates Black Girl Magic

Disclaimer: I haven’t read the book. That may stop you from reading this review, but it shouldn’t, because this movie is magical—like, literal black girl magic on the big screen. That’s my primary investment in this story, if I’m perfectly honest with you. I have friends who are excited to see this movie because the book meant a lot to them in their childhood, but while they were praying to director Ava DuVernay to pay proper respects to the...

Pixar’s Chris Bernardi Shares How Art Imitates Life (and Death) in Coco

Pixar’s newest film, Coco, has melted hearts with its stunning visuals and emotional story centered around the celebration of Día de los Muertos in the week since its release. The film’s set supervisor, Chris Bernardi, stopped by the University of Minnesota on November 16 to share what it was like to be part of the creative process, and afterwards he sat down with a few local publications, including Twin Cities Geek. Coco follows the story of Miguel Rivera, a budding...

Disney’s Coco Is a Victory for Mexicans Everywhere

When I first saw the news about Disney/Pixar’s plans to make a movie set in Mexico and based around the Day of the Dead, I was cautiously optimistic. On the one hand, after two too many movies about cars, it was about time they made a movie about at least part of who I am. On the other, I hoped they wouldn’t make a joke or a mockery out of the culture with the movie. I’m happy to say...

How I Learned to Stop Rolling My Eyes and Make Peace with Lego Friends

When the Lego Friends line first came out, I was more than a little annoyed by and derisive of the product. Was a special line really necessary? If they wanted to expand the market, why not do something totally radical, like adding in more female minifigures to the existing sets? Did they have to make them so pink? Why were the minidolls a different scale than the minifigures? I swore that when my then-five-month-old daughter grew older, she wouldn’t...
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