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Beauty and the Beast

I love this poster that spotlight’s Belle and Beast’s iconic dance. I can’t wait for this to come out on March 17! The live action adaptation of the Disney classic stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast, with Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Josh Gad, and Kevin Kline. The film was directed by Bill Condon.

Most people love watching movies to relax and unwind. And there are lots of parents who want their children to watch animation movies because of their moral lessons. Here are some of the best animation movies that children must watch. It is good for the heart for both kids and kids-at-heart.

FAMILY

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Finding Nemo (2003)
This is a stunning underwater adventure of an overly protected father clownfish named Martin who is looking for his son, Nemo. They become separated in the ocean when Nemo is unexpectedly taken by a diver and dumped into a fish tank. Like any father will do, Martin embarks on a dangerous journey to rescue his son and return home safely. Finding Nemo is a movie with memorable characters, humor and heartfelt emotion. This father-and-son-relationship movie will teach children to obey their parents. It is also a must-watch film for every parents as well, for this movie will also gives every parents an idea to let their children explore and to give them a little freedom.

Frozen

Frozen (2013)
Different from the typical boy meets girl story of Disney movies. Frozen is about sibling relationship. When a prophecy traps a kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter because of the Snow Queen’s (named Elsa) icy spell, her fearless optimist sister Anna sets off an epic journey to find her and stop the spell. Teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff with his sidekick reindeer Sven, they battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. Frozen is a nice movie for kids because of the story and humor. Also, they will surely love the snowman who wants to experience summer.

FRIENDSHIP

ToyStory

Toys Story (1995)
Known as the first feature-length film animated entirely by computer, Toy Story focused mainly about friendship. Woody, a pull-string cowboy toy thinks that he is Andy’s (a wide-eyed youngster owner) number one toy. But his supremacy is challenged by a space-ranger action figure who named Buzz Lightyear who thinks that he is real and not a plaything. The rivalry of Woody and Buzz turned into friendship when they are threatened to turned into hideous mutants by a nasty next-door neighbor kid named Sid. This animation film will surely give your kids a good time watching an action movie with a great moral lesson. This movie will also teach children on how to appreciate their toys. Toy Story 2 and 3 are as good as this first movie as well.

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Monsters, Inc. (2001)
This story is about how monsters generate their city’s power by scaring children. Monsters, Inc. is a scream processing factory where blue-furred behemoth James “Sully” Sullivan and his one-eyed assistant Mike Wazowzki are employed. These monsters are lurking under beds and closets to scare children. But monsters are also terribly afraid of being contaminated by children. Top scarer Sully with his assistant find their world disrupted when they are followed back into the monster world by a very unafraid little girl named Boo. Monsters, Inc. is also a movie about friendship. Of how these monsters became friends with this little girl.

ENVIRONMENT

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)
This movie is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. Lorax is a grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. He must be find by a 12-year-old boy searching for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. This animated adventure is not only for kids and kids-at-heart but for everyone. For Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax will help us realize the importance of nature. This will teach us appreciate and protect our environment.

CHASING DREAMS

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Up (2009)
Carl Fredricksen is a 78-year-old retired balloon salesman who longed to wander to the lost world (South America) of his childhood dreams in his entire life. He is ready for his last chance to fulfill his lifelong dream. One day, he shocked his neighbors by tying thousands of balloons to his house. But Carl is not alone in this high-flying excitement journey because an overeager 8-year-old wilderness explorer Russell is on his front porch. As the house touches down on the world’s second largest continent, the duo meet fantastic friends. Then, Carl realizes what true adventure means. Up is an animation movie that will teach you on chasing your dreams and to appreciate people around you. It is really a good movie to watch!

About the author: This article is written by Dawn Atkins, a college student who loves watching movies. She is dreaming to be a stage actor someday. Aside from acting, she also loves writing at au.essayontime.com and traveling. Follow her Google+.

Release Date: June 21, 2013
Studio: Pixar/Disney
Director: Dan Scanlon (Tracy, Mater and the Ghostlight)
Voice Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Sean Hayes, Dave Foley, Charlie Day, Alfred Molina, Tyler Labine, Nathan Fillion, and Aubrey Plaza.
Plot: Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

Thoughts: Honestly, I’m not sure when I’ll be seeing Monsters University. I want to see it, but I’m afraid it will be a let down on the level of Cars 2. And I like Monsters Inc much more than I do Cars. In fact, Monsters Inc is a top five “all time” movie in my eyes. The movie has a perfect blend of comedy and action- with some of the most likeable characters in animated movie history.

Monsters University is a prequel. I’m not a fan of prequels for a number of reasons, the first being that all of the character development we saw in the original film is out the window. These are versions of the characters from (way) before we met them, which pretty much means they are different characters. The story focuses on them in college, which means that it is a very different type of story. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that they are expanding Monstropolis, but I think I would have preferred a spinoff/sequel with new characters (and returning characters in supporting roles) in the “new” city powered by children’s laughs, rather than a prequel.

How about you? Are you excited for Monsters University? Would you have preferred a sequel?

There is so much going on across all entertainment. I might have to make The Pit bi-weekly again to keep up with everything! Today lets talk about a few recent news bits and pieces…

This is pretty amazing, according to Vulture, Sony Pictures Television is teaming up with Will Gluck and a Michael J Fox to make a new series that will loosely be based on Fox’s life and star the Back to the Future actor. Gluck was the director behind the really enjoyable Easy A. Apparently they are aiming for a 2013 launch and all of the majors are fighting over getting the show.

Most recently, Fox has been guest starring on The Good Wife, with other TV appearances in recent years on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Rescue Me. His last regular TV role was on Spin City, which he left in 2000 due to Parkinson’s disease. I would love to see Fox return to TV on a regular basis and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with Gluck.

The Marvel Comics and Fox prequel/sequel The Wolverine has an official plot synopsis and has cast one of its leads, the mysterious Viper. Released on the movie’s Facebook page; “Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova, best known from last year’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Sp, will be fitting into the boots of Viper, also known as Madame Hydra and leader of the terrorist organization HYDRA.

While on the subject of Marvel, Disney has revealed that it intends to release Joss Whedons sequel to The Avengers on May 1st, 2015. The first weekend in May is historically a slot for Marvel movie adaptations and has been the home of Spider-Man and Ironman.

With the Falcon being cast to fight along side Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the new Avengers Assemble animated series, I think it is a safe bet that he will be joining the Avengers in the sequel. What are you hoping for in the sequel? Doctor Strange? Luke Cage? Spider-Woman? How about Daredevil now that it looks like Marvel is getting the rights back to the blind lawyer/vigilante?

With all of the recent Marvel movie news, you might need GPS trackers to find your way through all of it! Next week we’ll take a look at what companies besides Marvel still hold rights to Marvel’s popular characters and we’ll also have the second part of our Justice League movie suggestions column.

If you are as big of a Toy Story fan as I am, than you’ll be glad to hear about about an all new limited series from Disney and Marvel Comics which will bring us a new story with the characters we’ve fallen in love with over the film series.

Hitting news stands and comic stores in March, the four issue limited series will take us back in time a little bit to the end of the first movie when Andy got Buster, a lovable puppy. What followed for Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang?

The limited series is written by Tea Orsi, with art by Teresa Quezada-Geer and Antonello Dalena, and a cover by Marco Ghiglione and Silvano Scolari.

Between the Toy Story shorts in front of Cars 2 and The Muppets and now the characters returning in comic book format, it looks like we don’t have any end in sight for everyone’s favorite toys – and I couldn’t be happier. It’ll also be great to see characters that didn’t make it to Toy Story 3 again, like Bo Peep and Lenny (assuming they are in the series). With so much time between movies there really could be an endless supply of content for future Toy Story comics (and all new short films). Lets hope the series does well enough to warrant more of them!

Posted on December 18th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Disney/Pixar has revealed the fist plot details (and the above logo) for their upcoming prequel to (my personal favorite Pixar flick) Monsters Inc! From The Disney Blog:

Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their roles as Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan. In the original they were an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. When these two mismatched monsters met at school they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

While I would still love to see a movie set after the original (as a prequel this one can’t feature Boo – BOO!), I am still really excited about revisiting Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan. The chemistry between Billy Crystal and John Goodman is spot on (rivals even Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in the Toy Story series) and the world of Monstropolis was so vividly created in the original. I’m ready to attend Monster University in June 2013 (I just wish it was sooner).

Posted on May 17th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on Monster’s Inc Prequel Details!
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It seems like every couple years we get an all new animated Spider-Man series. I grew up (and was introduced to the webslinger with Spider-Man: The Animated Series, and before I was born there was the very cheesy but loveable Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. In the years since Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie we’ve had a decent short lived CG animated series from MTV and The Spectacular Spider-Man. which was geared towards very young children. Now we’ll be getting an adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ long running Ultimate Spider-Man series for Disney XD.

Set in high school, the series was a fresh (and updated for the times) look at Spider-Man’s origin and early years. Villains were reintroduced, sometimes with a twist (Spider-Man’s father helped create Venom) and things were a lot more straight forward (Bendis did not have to worry about decades of continuity).  I’m actually surprised that the series hasn’t been brought to the small screen yet, and I think it is ripe for the screen. I skipped Spectacular, but I might just give this series a chance.

The official synopsis:

This animated series from Marvel follows Peter Parker who, as the storyline begins, has been Spider-Man for just one year. He’s fought villains, saved lives, but still has much to learn about being a super-hero. Now, Nick Fury gives Peter the chance to go to the next level — to train to be a real super-hero and become The Ultimate Spider-Man. But before he can do that, Peter will have to learn how to work with a team of fellow teenage super-heroes.

The series will be paired with The Mighty Avengers for a Marvel Comics hour of animated shows!

This past week, Ricky Gervais let it slip that he will be returning to The Office in the season’s final episode, reprising his role of David Brent from the original UK series. He appeared earlier this season in a blink and you’d miss it encounter with Steve Carell’s Michael Scott.  Also guest starring in the hour long season finale is Arrested Development‘s Will Arnett, who Gervais has spoken about wanting to get to fill Carell’s large shoes in the past. Could Arnett be joining the show full time for its 8th season? Or could they be distracting us with Arnett and are really just slipping Gervais into the role he knows so well? We will not know for sure until the end of the season. In the meantime we should just enjoy Carell’s final episodes (the last of which will be in the final week of April).

TV News Blurbs…

TNT has renewed Southland for ten more episodes. Ben McKenzie, Shawn Hatosy and Regina King are all returning for the show’s forth season. The network has also ordered ten episodes of a new crime drama, Perception, which stars Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook. In the new series, McCormack is an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique skills to help the FBI solve crimes.

NBC has finally announced the premiere of The Paul Reiser Show. The new show from the Mad About You star focuses on Reiser as a fictional version of himself as he struggles with life after having a successful TV series and tries to get along with a new group of “friends” – the parents of his kids and his wife’s friend’s husbands. The show shot their pilot in a park that is walking distance to my home, so I’m really interested to see how they used the location and I love supporting stuff that shoots nearby (shout out to Parks and Rec also!)


Phew, all of that writing (and news reporting) really makes me want to take a break. I think it is time that I take a vacation to a nice holiday park for the weekend. Don’t you need a break too?

Posted on March 22nd, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on TV News: Spider-Man Gets Animated, The Office & More!
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