So it’s Sunday. Sunday’s used to be a dull day. Nothing to watch on TV, except the occasional b-roll cartoon like Galtar or some other show that just wasn’t cut out for Saturday mornings. While I do have a soft spot in my heart for even those shows, nothing compares to choosing what you want to see, when you want to see it. I have a hard drive full of content, a packed Netflix queue, Amazon Prime, and several shows I’ve purchased via my new happy place… Google Plus.
Now down to it… I am having a great time screening Robotech on Netflix this morning. I have the series, but I really love streaming shows since they keep better track of where I left off than I can with my 47 year old memory banks. I am a huge fan of what Harmony Gold did with Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada. I find that Macross holds up really well, and it’s also in my library. I’ve never bothered to track down the other two series. Macross is my thing.
Back to Robotech. This show had a different feel than the normal cartoons of my youth. I was 14 when it came out, and perhaps it was the Sci-Fi action combined with the more adult drama that had me hooked. Don’t get me wrong, if t had Robots, heroes, or any sort of martial arts, I was all about whatever I was watching. Robotech came at the right time and had an interesting story arch, along with a heavy transforming robot style aesthetic.
UPDATE: While poking around on Amazon Prime, I found both Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada! Bonus 👍
We finally caught up with Moana this evening. My wife and I really enjoyed the entire film. It takes a lot for us to go out and see a movie, so we usually opt for waiting for it to come out for rent and staying at home. The most impressive part, other that Dwayne Johnson, was the water… it was rendered so beautifully, I was blown away. I am not clamoring for a Moana sequel, but if it does happen I won’t complain. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the female lead HERO. She was excellent!
It’s been years since I’ve watched this film. For some reason it doesn’t seem to get the same love as other Disney production. Today I found it on Netflix and decided to give it another viewing. I love the Steampunk aesthetic of the movie, along with the traditional
animation mixed with computer generated elements. Many well known voices lend their talent to this adventure, such as Jim Varney, Florence Stanley, James Garner, and the great Leonard Nimoy.
There is a sequel available, also on Netflix. Now I won’t expect too much as far as infamous direct to video sequels go, but I am pretty easy going and plan on enjoying it.
This film is seven years old, and I am only now finding out about it. It is an incredibly compelling short movie with an ending that you don’t see coming. I totally dig the whole production. Watch it for yourself. If you’ve seen it before, watch it again, and give the creator’s a thumbs up. They’ve earned it.
So, I guess, I’ve been living under a rock for roughly 20 years now. I have never seen this movie. Sure, I’ve heard of it, but when I watch Japanese Animation it’s usually containing Ninja, Samurai or Giant Mechs & Kaiju. It is entirely understandable how a movie about a “Princess” could fly under my radar. Last week it was being played in select theaters, and a much younger co-worker was all about it. I was curious so that evening I went home and found a trailer for the film. I was surprised to find out that it was just my sort of thing. My wife was impressed as well. I found it on Netflix, the next thing you know it’s here and we’re enjoying it immensely.
According to the young man that I work with, I have more to look forward to in other titles from Studio Ghibli. I cannot wait!
Today we are enjoying a Rankin|Bass production, The Last Unicorn. This is a movie that I have seen on a few occasions, but apparently I’ve never really paid attention to it. The classic cell animation style is a joy to behold, much of the music is provided by America, and the voice talent is perfect. At times there are a few cringe worthy moments, yet on the whole it’s a wonderful film. You can view it for yourself on Netflix.
Am I tardy to the party? Nope, but somebody brought this little gem back into my consciousness, today. This short film is some of the best Star Wars traditional animation that I’ve ever seen. It was uploaded to YouTube back in 2015, and has garnered over 6,742,808 views! OtaKing77077 is a master of his craft.