Review: Apple’s ‘Luck’ Delivers Family-Friendly Animation, But Not Much Else

While Disney's dominance in the arena of animated films has never been in question, plenty of competition continues to arise. Perhaps the most surprising distributor to enter the space appears to be Apple TV+, which already released the brilliant Wolfwalkers in 2020. Not only has Apple invested in picking up titles from Cartoon Saloon and a bevy of Peanuts-related content, … Continue reading Review: Apple’s ‘Luck’ Delivers Family-Friendly Animation, But Not Much Else

Review: ‘Lightyear’ Barely Makes Orbit Despite a Gorgeous Takeoff

For months, jokes came in from every corner of the internet. Disney and Pixar had made one of the safest bets imaginable, spinning off Toy Story star Buzz Lightyear into his own film. With a new cast, headlined by Chris Evans, there was no doubt a future hit was in store for the animation powerhouse. However, shortly after … Continue reading Review: ‘Lightyear’ Barely Makes Orbit Despite a Gorgeous Takeoff

8. Onward, Ranking Pixar, and Some TV Recommendations (and Some Corona)

Subscribe to the New Podcast Feed on APPLE or SPOTIFY! We're stuck at home, but before Covid-19 ravaged the world, we recorded a podcast. Despite only being recorded a week ago, this feels like a time capsule. 00 - 30:00: 'Onward' Review 30:00 - 47:00: The Best and Most Frustrating of Pixar 47:00 - 50:00: Weebies Open for … Continue reading 8. Onward, Ranking Pixar, and Some TV Recommendations (and Some Corona)

ANNIE Award Winners: Netflix Cleans Up on Animation’s Biggest Night (UPDATING LIVE)

For animators, the Annie Awards represent their own mini-Oscars. While the world of Animation does not often get the respect it deserves, those within the medium understand the process better than anyone. The years spent on an animated film are rarely seen as the accomplishments they are by Hollywood. However, the Annies allow animators to … Continue reading ANNIE Award Winners: Netflix Cleans Up on Animation’s Biggest Night (UPDATING LIVE)

Complete with a Waterslide: Disney’s Buddy Comedy ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ Turns Twenty

As Disney entered the new millennium, there were many questions about the future of its animation department. The Renaissance had ended, with Mulan, Hercules, and Tarzan yielding smaller returns. The rise of Pixar and Dreamworks began to challenge the studio's stranglehold over the medium. Perhaps worst of all, a film had been stuck in development hell for half a decade. … Continue reading Complete with a Waterslide: Disney’s Buddy Comedy ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ Turns Twenty

2019 Annie Nominations: ‘Missing Link’ and ‘Frozen II’ Lead with 8 Nominations Each

We love animation here at We Bought a Blog, so the Annie Awards are a fun time for us. The group is made up of animation guild members, providing a look at how those within the world of animation perceive the work of each year. This year, two films quickly rose to the top of … Continue reading 2019 Annie Nominations: ‘Missing Link’ and ‘Frozen II’ Lead with 8 Nominations Each

Review: ‘Frozen II’ Is Not as Good As the Original, But Holds Its Own

Back in 2013, the phenomenon that was Frozen stormed into theaters. At the time, I worked at Disney and for a couple weeks, there were very few requests for anything outside of Olaf or Sven. However, the mood eventually changed, and as the ugly winter of 2013 continued, audiences became hooked. The Idina Menzel ballad "Let It … Continue reading Review: ‘Frozen II’ Is Not as Good As the Original, But Holds Its Own

Review: ‘Rick and Morty’ Picks Up Where It Left Off with the Callback Heavy Season 4

The rise of science fiction on television has offered unique opportunities for storytellers. For Justin Roiland, he not only accelerated the revitalization of the genre in the medium, but he took full advantage of his artform to tell ridiculous stories. Roiland, the creator and star of Rick and Morty, has created a natural successor to The Simpsons or South Park … Continue reading Review: ‘Rick and Morty’ Picks Up Where It Left Off with the Callback Heavy Season 4

Review: ‘Klaus’ Brings Netflix Into the World of Animation

During the mid-2000s, animation studios began to misunderstand why their films were bombing. As Pixar continued to thrive, thanks in large part to the wonderful stories they were telling with Finding Nemo, Toy Story and The Incredibles leading the way. Meanwhile, Disney and Dreamworks released bomb after bomb from their hand-drawn departments, while Shrek went on to become the … Continue reading Review: ‘Klaus’ Brings Netflix Into the World of Animation

Catching Up on 2019: Reviews of Booksmart, Shazam!, Her Smell and Missing Link

The summer of 2019 has largely been defined but its lack of hits. Frankly, many of the blockbusters that we were not excited lived up to the hype. Men in Black International stumbled. Godzilla: King of the Monsters tanked. The summer was marked by financial disappointment, but there were some interesting movies to come out of the … Continue reading Catching Up on 2019: Reviews of Booksmart, Shazam!, Her Smell and Missing Link