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Summary: Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on an journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.

Year: 2020

Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian Home Entertainment Release Date: 1st May 2020

Country: United States

Director: Dan Scanlon

Screenwriter: Dan Scanlon, Jason Headley, Keith Bunin

Cast: Kyle Bornheimer (Wilden Lightfoot (Dad)(voice)), Grey Griffin (Dewdrop (voice)), Tom Holland (Ian Lightfoot (voice)), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Laurel Lightfoot (voice)), Chris Pratt (Barley Lightfoot (voice)), George Psarras (Officer Avel (voice)), John Ratzenberger (Construction Worker Fenwick (voice)),  Mel Rodriguez (Colt Bronco (voice)), Octavia Spencer (The Manticore (voice)), Tracey Ullman (Grecklin (voice)), Wilmer Valderrama (Gaxton (voice)), Lena Waithe (Officer Spector (voice)), Ali Wong (Officer Gore (voice))

Running Time: 102 mins

Classification: PG (Australia) TBC (Thailand)

 

 

OUR ONWARD REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths’ Onward Review:

Twelve months ago if you asked any film fan if they were excited about any animation films that were set to be released the answer most likely would have been a resounding ‘no.’  Hollywood was getting slammed from pillar to post because it felt that the animated films that it was producing where all mirror images of each other or just another instalment in what were becoming tired franchises.

Even the animation leaders Pixar were not immune from the backlash with many believing that films like Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2 were inferior films in what had once been brilliant film universes. The question seemed to be ‘why can’t Hollywood be making animated movies with the creativity being shown by their Asian counterparts?’

Well it seems like the Hollywood filmmakers were listening. Earlier this year we had the surprisingly creative Spies In Disguise starring Will Smith and Tom Holland and now Pixar has just released one of the most intriguing films of the year – the very creative Onward which again stars Tom Holland (Spider-Man: From Far Home) this time alongside his Marvel universe co-star Chris Pratt (Guardians Of The Galaxy).

Together they voice Ian (Holland) and Barley Lightfoot (Pratt). Two teenage elf brothers growing up in a land that resembles The Shire from Lord Of The Rings but also contains all the modern day suburban comforts that you and I are used to in everyday life. It is those modern day comforts that have led to serious issues though for the inhabitants of the land that the Lightfoot’s call home. Technology means that the ancient magic of the wizards of that has been long forgotten, while characters like pixies and fairies have even forgotten what their wings are for.

Some people live in hope though. Barley preciously lives the lives of his ancestors through this dungeon and dragons style role-playing games while at the same time trying to look after Ian and their mother Laurel (Julia Louis-Dreyfus The Seinfeld) who was left a widow after the death of her husband shortly after the birth of Ian.

The two boys have always wondered what their father may have been like but nothing prepares them for what happens on Ian’s sixteenth birthday when Laurel gives them a gift their father had prepared before he passed away. The staff that he leaves them tells them he was in fact a wizard and the spell that goes with it allows them the opportunity to bring their father back for a day. However, when Ian only manages to bring back half of their father (his legs) he is forced to team up with Barley to go on an odyssey that will see them have to revert back to the ways of their ancestors before them.

Onward is like nothing Pixar has ever created before. Director/screenwriter Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) has delved deep into his creative bank to create what could be loosely described as a ‘stoner’ film for families. While the film’s plot does at times feel a little light on you can’t help but fall in love with it as it introduces you to characters and a world that you simply just want to know more about.

While they are elves most audience members will find themselves drawn to Ian and Barley from the very beginning. There is something so natural about Ian – a young boy who feels that part of his identity is missing because he never knew his father and Barley – an almost lost teenager who society frowns up because of the energy that he puts into his faithful van and his path of discovering the lost arts of those that came before him.

As a filmmaker Scanlon doesn’t allow Onward to become a lazy film because of its supernatural elements either. No amount of great visual effects can ever make up for the connection that an audience can get from well-rounded characters. Here that connection is made straight away and throughout the film Scanlon plays on that garnishing suspense from putting the loved characters in peril  while also allowing a more emotionally touching side of the film to shine through as the characters learn some valuable morals revolving around what they are going through as a family. Scanlon also weaves some true comedic moments into the film with some great sequences featuring Ian and Barley’s battle with the biker pixies and their distrust of their mother’s boyfriend Officer Colt Bronco (Mel Rodriguez – Little Miss Sunshine).

Perhaps the biggest weakness of Onward is the fact that Scanlon at times seems to make the brother’s quests just a little too easy to overcome, something that seems to be highlighted even more so due to the fact that the world the boys live in is so interesting that you can’t help but feel you want to see more of it and know more about it.

Still at the end of the day this is the kind of animated film that audiences have been waiting for. To be honest it is kind of unexpected that Pixar would deliver a film that seems to have a Gothic edge while embracing the quirkiness of a film like Planet 51, but they have and it works wonderfully well. Many asked for more creativity when it comes to the kind of animated films that we are singing in cinemas and if a film is like Onward is anything to go back it looks like that request has well and truly be delivered. Onward is the kind of film that can be enjoyed by family members of all ages – so sit back and enjoy a little bit of Pixar magic.

 

 

 

 

Kyle McGrath’s Onward Review

 

 

 

 

 

Average Subculture Rating:

 

 

IMDB Rating:  Onward (2020) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Onward Reviews:

Our Onward review that appeared in ‘The Phuket News’ can be read at this link – https://www.thephuketnews.com/onward-puts-animated-movies-back-on-track-75875.php

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Planes

Summary: Dusty is a crop-dusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Klay Hall

Screenwriter: Jeffrey M. Howard, John Lasseter (story), Klay Hall (story)

Cast: Carlos Alazraqui (El Chupacabra), Cedric The Entertainer (Leadbottom (voice)), Priyanka Chopra (Ishani (voice)), John Cleese (Bulldog (voice)), Dane Cook (Dusty Crophopper (voice)), Colin Cowheard (Colin Cowling (voice)), Anthony Edwards (Echo (voice)), Brad Garrett (Chug (voice)), Teri Hatcher (Dottie (voice)), Gabriel Iglesias (Ned/Zed (voice)), Oliver Kalkofe (Franz/Fliegenhozen (voice)), Stacy Keach (Skipper (voice)), Val Kilmer (Bravo (voice)), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Rochelle (voice)), Danny Mann (Sparky (voice)), Jessica Marais (Rochelle (voice)), Brent Musburger (Brent Mustangburger (voice)), John Ratzenberger (Harland (voice)), Sinbad (Roper (voice)), Roger Craig Smith (Ripslinger (voice)), Filip Watermann (Grimm)

Runtime: 91 mins

Classification:G

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘PLANES’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Planes’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(2)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Planes’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Film Show Episode 50

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Planes’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Film Show Episode 50

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Planes (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Planes′: Nil

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Monsters University

Summary: 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.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th June, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Dan Scanlon

Screenwriter: Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Dan Scanlon

Cast: Beth Behrs (PNK Carrie (voice)), Steve Buscemi (Randy (voice)), Billy Crystal (Mike (voice)), Charlie Day (Art (voice)), Nathan Fillion (Johnny (voice)), Dave Foley ((voice)), John Goodman (Sullivan (voice)), Bill Hader (Referee/Slug (voice)), Sean Hayes (Terri (voice)), Bonnie Hunt (Mrs. Graeves (voice)), Noah Johnston (Young Mike (voice)), John Krasinski (Frank McCay (voice)), Helen Mirren (Dean Hardscrabble (voice)), Alfred Molina (Professor Knight (voice)), Bobby Moynihan (Chet (voice)), Joel Murray (Don (voice)), Bob Peterson (Roz (voice)), Aubrey Plaza (Claire Wheeler (voice)), John Ratzenberger (Yeti (voice)), Peter Sohn (Squishy (voice), Julia Sweeney (Ms. Squibbles (voice))

Runtime: 110 mins

Classification:G

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘MONSTERS UNIVERSITY’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Monsters University’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Monsters University’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Monsters University’ that is available on the Built For Speed website

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Monsters University (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Internship′: Please check episode #37 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show for more reviews of ‘The Internship’.

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Monsters Inc 3D

Summary: One of Disney-Pixar’s most beloved and visually imaginative feature films ever, returns to the big screen to delight a whole new generation of audiences and fans alike, this time in stunning 3D. The now-classic Academy Award-winning animated comedy adventure Monsters, Inc. is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside.

Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children – and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 17th January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unrich

Screenwriter: Robert L. Baird, Jill Culton, Pete Docter, Ralph Eggleston, Daniel Gerson, Jeff Pidgeon, Rhett Reese, Jonathan Roberts, Andrew Stanton

Cast: Samuel Lord Black (George Sanderson), Steve Buscemi (Randall Boggs (voice)), James Coburn (Henry J. Waternoose (voice)), Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski (voice)), Daniel Gerson (Needleman/Smitty (voice)), Mary Gibbs (Boo (voice)), John Goodman (James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan (voice)), Bonnie Hunt (Flint (voice)), Frank Oz (Fungus (voice)), Bob Peterson (Roz (voice)), Jeff Pidgeon (Bile (voice)), John Ratzenberger (The Abominable Snowman (voice)), Wallace Shawn (Rex (voice)), Steve Susskind (Floor Manager (voice)), Jennifer Tilley (Celia (voice))

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification:G

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Monsters Inc (3D)’ Review: 

While the cynics are out in force and busy complaining that Pixar re-releasing ‘Monsters Inc’ in 3D is just a money grab, there is actually a reason why the film is back on the big screen. Actually there are two reasons, first of all the next film in the franchise, ‘Mosters University’, is set to be released in a couple of months time and of course seeing the last film was released over ten years ago there is no way that most of the kids these days would have seen it.

The second reason is more of a vanity thing. When ‘Monsters Inc’ first hit the cinemas everybody was saying just how far advanced the animation work on it was, people raved about the how sleek the film looked, especially Sulley’s fur, so just how imagine how good the film is going to look in 3D.

If you haven’t seen ‘Monsters Inc.’ it centers around two monsters that are best friends, the gentle giant  James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman – Flight, Trouble With The Curve) and the wise-cracking green Cyclops, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal – Parental Guidance, Small Apartments)

Sulley and Mike live in the major city of Monstropolis and they work for the city’s power company, Monsters Inc, a company that gets its power from children’s screams. Each night monsters like Sulley and his vicious rival the creepy Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi – Hotel Transylvania, On The Road) are sent out into children’s bedrooms to give them a scare.

Surprisingly the monsters are also scared of children so there is a huge uproar when Sulley accidentally brings back Boo (Mary Gibbs – The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride). And while Sulley and Mike learn that there is nothing wrong with a child their boss, Henry J. Waternoose (James Coburn – American Gun, Snow Dogs) wants Boo ‘disposed’ of. Now it’s up to Sulley and Mike to find a way to get Boo home before anything happens to her.

‘Monsters Inc.’ is one animated film where everything seemed to come together perfectly. Directors Pete Docter (Mike’s New Car, Next Door), David Silverman (The Simpson: The Longest Daycare) and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo) had the film looking amazing on the big screen, scenes such as the door chase are some of the best to ever feature in a animated film.

The screenwriters also came to the party with a great script that provides laughs for all ages and together they came up with a great sub-story that may go right over the heads of children but will be lapped up by any adults that share the belief that big business are all evil.

And just to finish off what makes ‘Monsters Inc.’ the greatest animated film ever made there is also the voice cast. John Goodman and Billy Crystal shine as they provide laugh after laugh and they are well supported by Steve Busscemi who plays the creepy and slimy Randall extremely well. Even two-and-a-half-year-old Mary Gibbs does a great job with Boo, and it’s a shame that she has never really voiced anything since.

If you never got to see ‘Monsters Inc.’ when it first came out then you should be heading to the cinemas and purchasing a ticket right now, and if you did see it last time around then just remember it’s going to look even better in 3D.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Monsters Inc 3D′: Check Episode #16 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Monsters Inc 3D’. Dave’s other review of ‘Monsters Inc 3D’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 5/5

IMDB Rating:Monsters, Inc. (2001) on IMDb

Summary:

Pixar Animation Studios, the creator of Toy Story 3, whisks you away on an astonishing adventure to an ancient land full of mystery and tradition. Bursting with heart, unforgettable characters and Pixars signature humor, Brave is a rousing, gorgeously animated good time, raves Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.Take a heroic journey with Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defi es an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land. When Meridas actions inadvertently unleash chaos in the kingdom, she must harness all of her skills and resources including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers to undo a beastly curse before its too late, and discover the meaning of true bravery.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 21st June, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 21th November, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell

Screenwriter: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi, Steve Purcell

Cast: Peigi Barker (Young Merida (voice)), Robbie Coltrane (Lord Dingwall (voice)), Billy Connolly (Fergus (voice)), Steven Cree (Young Macintosh (voice)), Craig Ferguson (Lord Macintosh (voice)), Eilidh Fraser (Maudie (voice)), Sally Kinghorn (Maudie (voice)), Kelly Macdonald (Merida (voice)), Kevin McKidd (Lord MacGuffin/Young MacGuffin (voice)), Callum O’Neil (Wee Dingwell (voice)), Steve Purcell (The Crow (voice)), John Ratzenberger (Gordon (voice)), Emma Thompson (Elinor (voice)), Julie Walters (The Witch (voice))

Runtime: 100 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Brave’ Review:

Okay sit down and strap yourself in because I’m about to say something that may be a shock to some people. Brave is one of the best animated films of all time. It doesn’t take rocket science to come to that conclusion because this is one film that simply doesn’t do anything wrong.

Disney Pixar answers their critics who recently slammed the company for never creating strong female characters by revealing Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2, TV’S Boardwalk Empire), one of the strongest female characters to grace our screens in a long, long time.

While Merida’s mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson – Men In Black 3, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2) wants Merida to be a good Princess and marry one of the Kingdom’s eligible batchelors her father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly – The Ballad Of Nessie, Gullivar’s Travels) encourages to follow her dreams and become a warrior.

Angry that it seems her mother will get her way Merida meets a witch (Julie Walters – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) and asks her to do a spell that will change everything… the only problem is that happens in a way that becomes life-threatening.

One of the standouts with Brave is the fabulous work put in by the film’s directors, Mark Andrews (Violet, One Man Band) and Brenda Chapman (The Prince Of Egypt). Aided by spectacular feats of animation these talented directors bring a look and feel to this film that most animated films would be envious of. The detail in the shots taken in the forest are amazing, you can even see the lines on each of the leaves.

Another brave decision by the filmmakers that really pays off is the fact that they went with Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald (who most people would remember from Trainspotting) to voice Merida. Most producers would have lined up Hollywood’s latest starlet and just asked her to put on a Scottish accent, but in the case of Brave you feel that would have been something that really wouldn’t have worked.

With a brilliant script and some of the best animation work that you are ever likely to see Brave is one film that will be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Brave’: http://www.helium.com/items/2336831-movie-reviews-brave-2012.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Brave (2012) on IMDb