Winnie the Pooh Movie (2011)

Winnie the Pooh is a 2011 American animated film inspired by three A.A. Milne stories. The film is a reboot of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh franchise, and it marks the first time a Winnie the Pooh film will hit theaters since the 1977 film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. In the film, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo embark on a quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. The movie is directed by Stephen Andersonand Don Hall, written by A. A. Milne and Burny Mattinson, produced by Peter Del Vecho, Clark Spencer, John Lasseter, and Craig Sost, and narrated by John Cleese.

The film was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and was released on April 15, 2011 in the UK, with a United States release date set for July 15, 2011.Production for the film began in September 2009 with John Lasseter announcing that they wanted to create a film that would “transcend generations.” The film also features six songs by Robert Lopez, as well as a rendition of the “Winnie the Pooh” theme song by actress and musician Zooey Deschanel. The movie is preceded by two animated shorts, one called The Ballad of Nessie about a friendly Loch Ness Monster named Nessie and how she and her best friend MacQuack, the rubber duck, came to live in the moor they now call home. and the other one called Jake and the Neverland Pirates (unrelated to the Disney Junior show of the same title) which tells the story of a young gang of would be pirates in Neverland, who have to fight Captain Hook for possession of one of them’s goldfish.

 

Storyline

During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Pooh convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore that their young friend has been captured by a creature named “Backson” and they set out to save him

Production

Burny Mattinson, a Disney veteran who worked as the key animator on Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, served as lead storyboard artist for the film, with Stephen Anderson and Don Helm directing.[10][27] Director Stephen Anderson is best known for his effort on Meet the RobinsonsJourney Beneath the SeaBrother BearThe Emperor’s New Groove, and Bolt. Director Don Hall also has veteran status at Walt Disney Animation Studios, significantly contributing to The Princess and the Frog,Meet the RobinsonsBrother BearHome on the RangeThe Emperor’s New Groove, and Tarzan. Supervising animators for the film include Mark Henn (Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin), Andreas Deja (Tigger), Bruce W. Smith (Piglet, Kanga, Roo), Randy Haycock (Eeyore), Eric Goldberg (Rabbit) and Dale Baer(Owl). Similar to The Princess and the Frog, the film also uses Toon Boom Animation’s Harmony software. Instead of using live-action book scenes, the book scenes are CGI-animated with the characters interacting with the text.

Originally, the film was supposed to feature five stories from the A.A. Milne books, but the the final version ended up drawing inspiration from three stories. Lasseter had also announced that Rabbit’s friends and relatives would be in the film, but they never appeared.


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Angry Birds Rio PC Game

Angry Birds Rio, a stand-alone edition tying into the release of the 20th Century Fox animated film Rio, was launched for iOS, Android and Mac OS X in March 2011. In this version, the Angry Birds characters interact with characters from the film. Angry Birds Rio initially includes two chapters, each with 30 levels; the Angry Birds rescue caged exotic birds in the first chapter and attack evil marmosets  in the second and third chapters. The game also includes new hidden items and planned level updates in May, July, October and November 2011. The reception of Angry Birds Rio has been positive, with Ryan Rigney of  Game pro  saying the iOS version “boasts some notable improvements on its predecessors” and Levi Buchanan of IGN, in his review of the Android version, calling the game “a smart, snappy new chapter for the series”.  Since release, Angry Birds Rio has been downloaded more than 10 million times. The first planned update, a new chapter called Beach Volley, was released in May 2011 for Symbian, iOS and Android and included 30 new game levels.

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Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Movie Review

Kung Fu Panda 2 (originally entitled “Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom”) is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy film and the sequel to the 2008 film Kung Fu Panda. The cast of the original film reprised their voice roles. The film was released on May 26, 2011 in Real D 3D and Digital 3D.

Storyline

Po joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon.

Critical

Kung Fu Panda 2 has received positive reviews, with many critics praising its animation, 3D effects, and character development. The film received a “Certified Fresh” score of 84% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 133 critics and a rating average of 7 out of 10, with the consensus being that “The storyline arc may seem a tad familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough action, comedy, and visual sparkle to compensate.” It also received a weighted average score of 67 out of 100 at Metacritic, based on 31 reviews from mainstream critics.

Variety called the film “a worthy sequel that gets an extra kick from the addition of dynamic 3D fight sequences”while The Hollywood Reporter similarly praised the film.Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, praising the sequel as superior to the original and as an ambitious extension of the previous story.

Some critics noted the influences of executive producer Guillermo del Toro’s works in the film’s darker themes,and Jim Tudor of TwitchFilm.net describes that with del Toro on board, the film “effectively probes deeper into Po’s emerging hero’s journey and personal issues, evoking a truly fulfilling Campbellian archetype, but also remains fully viable as mainstream entertainment suitable for all ages.”

As with the first film, the animation has been praised. Frank Lovece of Film Journal International describes the film as “truly beautiful to behold” and states it “works on both aesthetic and emotional levels.”Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times writes that “For Panda 2 is not just wall-to-wall animation, it is artistry of the highest order.”

Box office

On its opening day, a Thursday, Kung Fu Panda 2 earned $5.8 million, taking second place to The Hangover: Part II.On Friday, Panda earned $13.1 million, which was behind the original’s $20.3 million opening-Friday. Over the three-day weekend, Panda earned $47.7 million, which was behind the first movie’s $60 million start.Kung Fu Panda 2 went on to make $13.2 million on Memorial Day, bringing its four-day weekend total to $60.9 million.Overall the film made $66.7 million in its first five days, but it still trailed behind the original film’s five day opening of $72.6 million. Altogether, Panda 2 earned the same amount of money in five days as the original Panda did in four. However, the opening still came in at the high end of DreamWorks Animation’s expectations.It also had the sixth highest opening weekend for a film that did not debut at #1.

Internationally, the film opened simultaneously with its North American debut in 11 markets, premiering at number-one in nine. This includes China, where at $16 million it broke that country’s record for the opening day of an animated film. The total foreign box-office earnings as of May 29, 2011, is $55.5 million, making a worldwide total of $108.9 million on its first weekend worldwide.

As of June 8, 2011 the film has grossed $107,487,068 in the United States and Canada as well as $145,614,009 internationally bringing its worldwide total to $253,101,077.


Rango (2011) Movie Review

Rango is a 2011 American computer-animated Western comedy film directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Graham King. It features the voices of actors Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, Ned Beatty, and Timothy Olyphant

Story line 

Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town ofDirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.

Critical

Rango received critical acclaim. As of May 25, 2011, it has an 88% rating on the film critics aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 190 reviews. The site’s consensus says, “Rango is a smart, giddily creative burst of beautifully animated entertainment, and Johnny Depp gives a colorful vocal performance as a household pet in an unfamiliar world.” Another review-aggregation website, Metacritic, reported that the film had been given an average review of 75 out of 100 (or 3 out of 4).Richard Corliss of Time applauded the “savvy humor” and called the voice actors “flat-out flawless.”Bob Mondello of National Public Radioobserved that “Rango‘s not just a kiddie-flick (though it has enough silly slapstick to qualify as a pretty good one). It’s a real movie lover’s movie, conceived as a Blazing Saddles-like comic commentary on genrethat’s as back-lot savvy as it is light in the saddle.” Frank Lovece of Film Journal International, noting the nervous but improvising hero’s resemblance to the Don Knotts character in The Shakiest Gun in the West, echoed this, saying that “with healthy doses of Carlos Castaneda, Sergio Leone, Chuck Jones and Chinatown … this [is] the kid-movie equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino picture. There’s no gory violence or swearing, of course, but there sure is a film buff’s parade of great movie moments.”Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four out of four stars calling the film “some kind of a miracle: An animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical…. The movie respects the tradition of painstakingly drawn animated classics, and does interesting things with space and perspective with its wild action sequences.”

In one of the few negative reviews, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune acknowledged its “considerable care and craft” but called it “completely soulless” and that watching it “with a big suburban preview audience was instructive. Not much laughter. Moans and sobs of pre-teen fright whenever Rattlesnake Jake slithered into view, threatening murder.”

Box-office performance

As of April 17, 2011, Rango has earned $119,991,859 in North America and $118,543,806 in other territories for a total $238,535,665. It is the fourth highest-grossing film of 2011. Between March and April 2011 it was the highest grossing film of 2011 but was placed second, beaten by Rio.

In the USA and Canada, Rango debuted in 3,917 theaters, grossing $9,608,091 on its first day and $38,079,323 during its opening weekend, ranking number one at the box office. Overseas during its first weekend it earned $16,770,243 in 33 countries.On March 26, 2011 it became the first film of 2011 to cross the $100 million mark in the United States and Canada.

Outside North America, territories where it earned more than $10 million were Russia and CIS ($11,727,303), the UK, Ireland and Malta ($10,961,272), France and the Maghreb region ($10,563,989), Australia($10,532,753) and Mexico ($10,466,177).

Console games

Electronic Arts released a video game based on the film. It is rated E10+ and was released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and Wii.

Online games

Funtactix launched Rango: The World, a browser-based virtual world set in the Rango universe, on March 4, 2011, the day of the film’s release.

Home video

The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 15, 2011. The release will be produced as a 3-disc Blu-ray, DVD, and “Digital Copy” combo pack, and it will include both the theatrical and extended versions of the film, cast and crew commentary, deleted scenes, and the “Breaking the Rules: Making Animation History,” “Real Creatures of the Dirt,” “Storyboard Reel Picture-In-Picture,” and “A Field Trip to Dirt” bonus features.


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