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87th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room

Roy Conli, Chris Williams and Don Hall - 87th Annual Academy Awards held at The Dolby Theatre - Press Room at Dolby Theatre, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015

Roy Conli, Chris Williams and Don Hall
Roy Conli, Chris Williams and Don Hall
Roy Conli, Chris Williams and Don Hall
Roy Conli, Chris Williams and Don Hall

87th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room

Chris Williams, Roy Conli and and Don Hall - 87th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room at The Dolby Theatre at Dolby Theatre, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015

Chris Williams, Roy Conli and and Don Hall
Chris Williams, Roy Conli and and Don Hall
Chris Williams, Roy Conli and and Don Hall
Chris Williams, Roy Conli and and Don Hall
Chris Williams, Roy Conli and and Don Hall

Big Hero 6 Review


OK

Fans of bright, flashy things will love this colourful, kinetic animated adventure, although anyone seeking originality or involving characters should probably look elsewhere. This is the first Disney animation based on a Marvel comic book, although they have essentially only retained the title and a vague semi-Asian setting. The result is a film that feels like something you've already seen before, with the usual Disney plot formula, characters and action beats, plus lots of sentimentality. At least it's witty and fast-paced enough to keep us entertained.

The futuristic setting is San Fransokyo, a slightly more Japanese version of San Francisco in which 15-year-old computer-geek orphan Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) lives with his Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph). Both are shaken when Hiro's brother Tadashi dies in an explosion Hiro thinks he might have caused. Then he meets Tadashi's health-care robot invention Baymax (Scott Adsit), a cuddly inflatable creature who just wants to take care of Hiro. He goes along with Hiro's plan to turn him into a fighting machine that helps find the masked man who stole Hiro's microbot invention and actually caused the explosion. Baymax also helps Hiro assemble the Big Hero 6 team, adding Tadashi's nerd-inventor pals: goofy Fred (T.J. Miller), rebellious Go Go (Jamie Chung), nice-guy Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.) and girly Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez). Together they set out to stop the villain before he enacts his nefarious plan.

All of this is animated with bright colours and a snappy sense of the technology. There are several exhilarating set-pieces along the way as the young heroes work out their special powers by inventing all sorts of gadgets. But nothing about the script meaningfully deepens these characters. Each person on-screen is essentially one personality trait, while potentially colourful side roles (including Aunt Cass) are left badly undefined. What holds the interest is the superb interaction between Hiro and Baymax, mainly because of the obvious affection between them. And also because Baymax has all of the film's funniest lines.

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Big Hero 6 Signing

Don Hall and Roy Conli - Big Hero 6 director Don Hall & producer Roy Conli at a signing for the animated movie at the Disney Store on Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland - 21.01.15. at Disney - Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 21st January 2015

Don Hall and Roy Conli
Don Hall and Roy Conli
Roy Conli and Don Hall

2015 BAFTA Tea Party

Don Hall, Roy Conli and Chris Williams - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) Los Angeles Tea Party which were held at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 11th January 2015

Don Hall, Roy Conli and Chris Williams

Tangled Review


Good
Disney returns to a successful formula for this enjoyable animated romp based on a Grimm fairy tale. It's bright and funny, but not too snappy, and skips the pop-culture references for a more timeless approach.

On the eve of her 18th birthday, Rapunzel (Moore) senses that there's more to life than the tower where she has always lived with her mother Gothel (Murphy).

Indeed, Gothel kidnapped her as an infant from her parents, the King and Queen, because her hair has rejuvenating properties that keeps Gothel forever young.

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Disney's 'Tangled' Los Angeles Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre - Arrivals

John Lasseter and Roy Conli - John Lasseter and Roy Conli Sunday 14th November 2010 at Disney Disney's 'Tangled' Los Angeles Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre

Treasure Planet Review


Good
Children, put down your books. Thanks to Walt Disney Studios, you no longer need them. In today's world, a video store membership card and a working knowledge of animated Disney classics proves to be a much more valuable educational tool than a library card. Want to learn about early American settlers conquering the New World? Rent Pocahontas. Pending pop quiz on Greek mythology? Try Hercules. Put down Sir Edgar Rice Burroughs. You've got Tarzan.

The art of reading a book is slowly fading away. Disney realizes this, and even makes a not-so-veiled reference to it at the beginning of their latest literary plunder -- er, adaptation -- Treasure Planet. When we first meet our hero, 10-year-old Jim Hawkins, he's engrossed in a swashbuckling pirate novel. However, it's really a 3D pop-up novel, where interactive visual effects act out the stories for kids "reading" them. The process has begun.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Review


Grim
Disney's animation studio just about hit rock bottom in 1996, following its worst film ever, Pocahontas, with another weak entry, a difficult adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel.

It's typical of 1990s Disney: unlikely hero (Tom Hulce, as Quisimodo), who falls for a ravishing beauty (Demi Moore, as a gypsy gal), while goofy sidekicks (three stone gargoyles) crack jokes. Every five minutes, someone bursts into song. And yet none of this is kid-friendly, and little of it will be of interest to adults.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Review


Grim
Disney's animation studio just about hit rock bottom in 1996, following its worst film ever, Pocahontas, with another weak entry, a difficult adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel.

It's typical of 1990s Disney: unlikely hero (Tom Hulce, as Quisimodo), who falls for a ravishing beauty (Demi Moore, as a gypsy gal), while goofy sidekicks (three stone gargoyles) crack jokes. Every five minutes, someone bursts into song. And yet none of this is kid-friendly, and little of it will be of interest to adults.

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