Revisiting Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire

   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 Atlantis_Milo_kida_productionanother 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.

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Sunday Cinema: Tron [1982]

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   Today we are screening Disney’s “Tron” [1982]. This is one of those ambiguous movies from my youth. I was 12 years old, and personal computers were still a really new concept for the public at large. Video game arcades were still bigger business that home gaming consoles. This move came off like some sort of techno-magery. The computer graphics still hold up well, probably because they are hyper stylised. Some of the dialog isn’t as timeless as the design aesthetic, but I love the programing jargon that was turned into characters and destinations in the film. They even have a few homages to Star Wars.

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   While this may be, perhaps, only my 4th or 5th time watching this movie, I find that it gets better with age. The 12 year old me found it to be interesting, and at times, exhilarating, but there were plenty of dull areas that he couldn’t appreciate. Fast forward 35 years. There are many things to appreciate and celebrate in Tron. If you have not watched it lately, or ever, grab the family and boot it up. Find the “Making of Tron” if you really want to treat yourself to some nerd nirvana.

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   While you’re at it, check out a favorite early CGI animated show, “Reboot”. More on that show another time.

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Of Carrie, Leia, CGI, and Abrupt Endings

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   Not everybody’s story get’s a clean wrap up ending. John Lennon didn’t. JFK didn’t. MLK didn’t. Some people light is extinguished before they have a chance to burn out. We go on and deal with their all to obvious absence. I am OK with seeing a CGI General Leia fall during a surprise attack on the Resistance base.

   What I am NOT OK with is trying to recast the role, just so we can have story integrity. The lived in universe of Star Wars isn’t about neat and clean solutions. Sure there are some oversimplified concepts in the films, but we saw what neat and clean got us in the Prequels. I am not bashing them, they just didn’t have the feel of the originals. Leia needs an ending. It should be while she is serving, in battle. With chaos all around her, the CGI will be much easier to watch because there will be no time to focus on what’s not quite right about the construct.

   Carrie would have loved to have a powerful ending for Leia. CGI is the only answer, unless her ending is detailed in the opening crawl. The crawl would be a huge disservice. She deserves an ending that suits her character.

   We all love Carrie. We all love Leia. They are inseparable [discounting a young Han Solo treatment of her character]. I hope episode 9 sends her off with the respect that any great General deserves.

Holiday Comic Book Cover Cavalcade

 

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   Over on the site’s FaceBook page, I posted a Comic Book Cover Cavalcade of Holiday themed back issues in a photo gallery. Check it out here: Four Color Holiday Celebration. I post graphic heavy content on FaceBook to save space for blog-specific items. Anyhow, head over to the gallery, and check it out. There are a few magazine covers too, due to extra christmasy content.

   Happy holidays! 🕎☃🎁🎄🎉🖖🎅👹

Star Wars Rebels: Inside Man

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   I am not one of those detractors of the series who whines about the kid friendly content. The series airs on DISNEY X/D, a children’s network. There has been some silly moments and outright comedic ones this season. The “Inside Man” has very little light hearted humor. It is a dark episode that should make my friends on the Force Center Podcast and Collider’s Jedi Council pretty happy ( some of the aforementioned whiners😁). I have nothing but love for those folks.

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