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This weekend, we are bringing you the best binge worthy movies of the year 2010, an exceptional year for Animation.
Also, we added an anime for our anime-loving audience. Don’t feel left out, enjoy it even though you’re not an anime fan, it’s a really good watch.
This Disney feature film (notably the studio’s 50th) is based on the classic tale of Rapunzel. Tangled, though is a modern twist on the classic tale.
The movie barely lingers on the tower unlike the classic but instead focuses on the journey to the ‘floating lanterns’.
Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) has sheltered and raised Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) as her own to utilize her mysterious restorative hair, but she yearns to leave the tower and explore the real world.
When a smooth talking thief, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) seeks refuge in the tower, he agrees to take her on the adventure she desires in exchange for a prized jewel.
While Tangled takes inspiration from the tale of Rapunzel, the entire cast of characters is what makes the film such a success. It is probably the best animation movie by Disney studios in recent times. It is an 8.4/10.
This is one of the two anti-hero movies in 2010. Megamind explores the black and white world of good vs evil and attempts to create a story centred around a misunderstood villain.
Megamind (Will Ferrell) is a bulbous-headed blue alien, sent to earth and crash lands in jail so he is raised by convicts. His arch-nemesis, Metro Man (Brad Pitt) is born into opulence and can do no wrong.
Both constantly fight over the fate of the city with reporter Roxanne (Tina Fey) in the centre of it all. What happens when the villain finally defeats the hero? Megamind happens.
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He gets bored of enriching himself and having things easy. He makes a clone of Metro Man called Titan (Jonah Hill) to provide him with the competition he desires. This leads to a climactic battle for the city but with a twist on who is on the side of good and evil.
It’s heavy on geek references and is filled with light-hearted comedy. The cast especially Will Ferrell bring this comedy to life with the dexterity with the script. Ferrell’s Marlon Brando impression is worthy of all the praise it gets.
In a year filled with a lot of unnecessary use of 3D, this movie does justice with it, especially with its action scenes. It’s a 7.5/10.
Despicable Me is the other anti-hero movie of 2010. In Despicable Me, supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) has made a name for himself stealing monuments like the Statue of Liberty, but he’s being outshone by Vector (Jason Segel), a younger villain who steals the Egyptian pyramids.
In an attempt to out-do Vector, Gru plans to steal the moon.
When Vector grabs a shrink ray Gru needs for his scheme, he decides to adopt to three young orphans — Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) — who have access to Vector’s heavily guarded lair thanks to their part-time job selling cookies.
But once the girls are in his care, Gru has to learn how to parent the orphans that he initially only adopted for selfish reasons.
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The story is sweet at heart and brings out the humanity in a villain when he has to choose between his nefarious plans and taking care of his 3 adopted children.
The best humour is displayed by the gibberish talking, yellow minions that are give cut-scenes from time to time in the movie.
From the first scene they appear in, they are cult favourites. No one knows how many they are in number neither do we care because with them, the more the merrier. The movie is an 8/10.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
How to Train Your Dragon, an animated film directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois is based on Cressida Cowell’s novel of the same title, a series of eight children’s novels.
Hiccup(Jay Baruchel) is a scrawny Viking who lives in Berk, where his machismo Dad, Stoick (Gerard Butler), is a tribal leader.
They have a strained relationship because Stock doesn’t think his son has it in him to be a Viking Warrior.
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Hiccup is sent to dragon-fighting school to learn how to kill dragons, fire breathing beasts that cause mayhem and damage to the Village of Berk.
After an attack by the dragon, he stumbles upon an injured black dragon with green eyes in the forest.
Over time, he befriends it and discovers that what they knew about the dragons was wrong all along. He sets out to convince his school mates, father and the people of Berk.
It’s a well-scripted story with enough depth to the backstory of the main characters,though they are some gaps that film sequels will expand on.
There’s an emotional climax where Hiccup and Stoick reconcile that feels right in the scheme of things.
The CG animation is clean and the flight scenes are breathtaking. It’s an 8/10.
TOY STORY 3
This is the third instalment in the franchise, Toy Story. It continues the story in the first two films. Here though, one gets the sense that this is more of a farewell than it is anything else.
It has an undertone of poignancy but is filled with Action and witty, light-hearted humour.
Andy is 17 and preparing to go off to college and is told to clean his room by his mom.
He has three choices of what to do with the remaining toys: throw them away, put them in the attic or give them to a daycare.
He chooses the latter and the toys find themselves at Sunnyside, full of promise at the thought of being played with all day by children.
Soonenough, their paradise proves to be a hell for them. They escape from the daycare eventually.
The movie’s climax takes place at a garbage-processing facility, which mirrors the climax of Toy Story 2 taking place in the luggage section of the airport in a subtle way.
Just as the action comes thick and fast, the wisecracks and visual gags are high-volume. This combines with the kind of top-end animation that we associate with Pixar to give a film bursting to life with detail.
It can be best described as a kids’ movie for grown-ups or a grown-up movie for kids. It is an 8.7/10.
First things first, this is a truly beautiful anime in every sense of the word. Beastars is a coming-of-age drama set in a high school. It’s not for kids.
The story at its core explores the concept of predators resisting their darkest impulse when the prey moves in for the kill.
Its characters most closely resemble the Zootopia characters but that’s where the similarity stops. It even shares a semblance to 13 reasons why with the mature and explicit view it shows of high school life.
There are no outright good or bad characters which is a credit to the excellent character development done by Paru Itagaki.
The ‘good’ characters have skeletons in their cupboards and the ‘bad’ characters are just following their primordial urges.
It’s a furry friendly tale that contains elements of beauty and the beast in terms of the appearance of two of its major characters. Also, calling its love triangle complex will be a big understatement.
The Beast is Legos, a rather shy and sensitive grey wolf who spends time alongside carnivores and herbivores alike at Cherryton School’s drama club.
The Beauty is Haru, an all-white dwarf rabbit who tends to the gardening club all by herself and is ostracized from the school community because of her promiscuous nature.
And there’s Louis, the drama club lead, and a contender for the title of Beastar. As a Buck, he takes charge in unexpected ways, standing up to fellow carnivore students.
The story is incredibly well written, well detailed and judiciously paced. It’s one of the best animes out there and an intriguing watch. It’s a 8.8/10.