Jack Cusumano


Waking Sleeping Beauty Trailer

I must see this movie.

-Jack

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Toy Story 3 Teaser
June 2, 2009, 11:50 pm
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If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a teaser for Toy Story 3 up at Apple’s website. Not any actual footage from the movie, but it’s a cute little short involving the characters.

Watch the Toy Story 3 Teaser

-Jack



Is This the Follow-up to Shadow of The Colossus?
May 21, 2009, 2:21 am
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This footage just leaked, and is supposedly from an upcoming PS3 project by the team behind ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. Full disclosure: I have not played ICO, but I most definitely played Shadow of the Colossus, which was one of the most gorgeous, sophisticated and emotionally engaging games of the previous console generation. Watching this, I get the same goose-bump-inducing feelings of wonder and awe elicited by SOTC, and find it easy to believe this is its successor. If not, it still looks fantastic – but everything about this screams ICO/SOTC. I can imagine the groundbreaking gameplay that traveling around with this giant creature companion would create; it’s an excellent set up for some really clever, engaging and potentially massive puzzles. I can also imagine the player will no doubt become quite attached to this griffon-esque beast by the end of it all, much like many players felt for their horse in SOTC (or even in Ocarina of Time). I’m a major proponent of games as an art form, and you really needn’t look further than to this team’s work to become a believer yourself.

-Jack



First Trailer for Disney’s Princess and the Frog

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After a history of timeless classic animated features, Disney kind of fell their game in the late ’90s. After The Lion King, it seemed like nothing they put out could live up to the astronomical expectations set by previous classics. Was it poor storytelling, flat characters, had we been spoiled by too many great films, or had the trick just gotten old? Who knows, but in the meantime Pixar has stepped up to the plate and deftly filled the niche Disney’s 2D flicks used to dominate. Now, Disney’s back with their first 2D feature since, hmm, was it Lilo & Stitch? And it’s not just any old 2D animated story: they’re billing it as a true spiritual successor to their most classic films, the fairy-tale inspired fare like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. Not only that, but they’re breaking a milestone. This is the first Disney animated film to feature a black princess (can anyone believe it took them this long, by the way?).

Anyhow, forgive my skeptical self for not yet being convinced of this film’s greatness after watching the trailer, but I’m still tentatively hopeful. I will say on the positive side that the visuals are fantastic. I will always love 2D animation, and will always prefer it to 3D, and I’m glad to see a crisp, bold, HD update to that 2D feature film look. 2D, like stop-motion, gives you a unique look that you just can’t replace altogether – it will always have its uses. Now Disney just has to prove to me that the story and characters live up to the classics in their vault, a trick they haven’t been able to pull off in at least a decade. Fingers crossed!

Watch the trailer at Apple Movie Trailers.

And if you’re wondering about the screenshot: that’s my favorite frame of the trailer. Love that freaky character design, and that purple-green combo is one of my favorites. Just don’t ask me why he has ectoplasm on his hands.