Monday, December 10, 2018

Watchcat Reviews: Spider-Man into the Spider Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse review by Gregory J. Bradley

Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse is an Awesome Film! Go see it! And after you do, see it again, and bring a friend. I know I will! I could just end my review right now, and save us all a lot of time. 

This movie is that Good!!

Not only is it the Best animation film, Best superhero film, and possibly one of the best film of the year, but it’s definitely the best Spider-Man film ever! 

This movie has everything a great classic film needs, a great story of a heroes journey, his mentor, a terrific female character, and a overpowering villain. Now add great animation and soundtrack to match, and that equals a masterpiece! 

This is the Spider-Man of 2018 that we needed, if not the one we deserved. 

I grew up loving Spider-Man comics.
Spider-Man was one of my favorite superheroes outside of Batman and Black Panther. Thanks to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, they gave me a character that I can identify with in Peter Parker, a nerdy high school teenage kid who lives with his aunt, works part time at a newspaper as a photographer and has trouble getting the girl, and never having enough money. I totally could relate. And in his spare time, he fight bad guys as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. 

This movie pays tribute not only to the history of Spider-Man, but a very touching and meaningful tribute to his co-creator, the Late Stan Lee, with one of his best cameos,
while also giving millennials a new teenager to cheer for in Miles Morales, an African-American, Puerto Rican kid Who lives in Brooklyn. (He’s the first biracial Superhero, it’s about time.) The story does a great job with creating interesting three dimensional characters and fantastic world building. We care about Miles and his struggles with being the new Spider-Man while dealing with his complicated relationships with his father and uncle. How nice it is to get an origin story that feels fresh and real. It is through this character that we understand the importance of the movies message, which is that anyone, no matter what race or sex you are, can wear the mask.

The Animation on this movie was Amazing! It looks like a live action comic book, with such incredible colors pushed to dazzling effect. It was a feast for the eyes, without ever being overwhelming. I’ve never seen animation looked quite this good before.  

And the voice talents of Shameik Moore as Miles  Morales and Jake Johnson as a older different Peter Parker were some of the excellent casting choices that makes this movie such a delight. The movie was masterfully directed by
Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and
Rodney Rothman, who also co wrote the screenplay with Producer Phil Lord and Cris Miller. I have to give them thanks for deciding do a Miles Morales’s Spider-Man Story. 
When I saw the cover of the first 
Miles Morales:Ultimate Spider-man #1 comic book in 2014, the first black Spider-Man, I couldn’t believe it!! I was so excited, I couldn’t wait for him to hit the big screen. And a special shout out to Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli who created Miles Morales in the comics. Like Peter Parker, they created such a fascinating, realistic and relatable character. One that is worthy to carry on the Spider-Man mantle for the new generation.

And just like Black Panther earlier this year, you now have African-American kids who can go to this movie, and see themselves being represented.
Because of Miles, they can now say,  I could be Spider-Man.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Animation Show of Shows!

Its December and there are a lot of animated films to see over the holidays that should not be missed.

For 20 years, The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has been presenting new and innovative short films to appreciative audiences at animation studios, schools and, since 2015, theaters around the world. Over the years, 38 of the films showcased in The Animation Show of Shows went on to receive Academy Award nominations, with 11 films winning the Oscar. Every year, Ron Diamond visits a lot of film festivals to find the only the most interesting and amazing animated films from around the world.

Take a listen to Ron Diamond on the Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio Hour, starting Tuesday, Dec 4th @ 10pm and then everyday at 4pm and night at 10pm on WU Radio, Woodbury University. 

This interview can also be heard on the Animateducated YouTube channel. Subscribe today, don't delay!

Next Week: Watchcat Reviews, Spiderman and the Spiderverse...  

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Sad Watchcat Wednesday

Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Spongebob Squarepants died on Monday after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 57. 

Hillenburg graduated from Humboldt State University in 1984 with a degree that emphasized marine resources, and taught he marine biology at the Orange Country Marine Institute in Dana Point, now known as the Ocean Institute. 

While working there, he created colorful teaching tools that showed off his love of all things oceanic, writing and illustrating stories that birthed the future residents of Bikini Bottom. He soon found himself pursuing a degree in experimental animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, earning an MFA in 1992.

Hillenburg worked on Nickelodeon's "Rocko's Modern Life" as a writer and director before moving he pitched, produced and directed the animated series that would become "SpongeBob SquarePants." 

Hillenburg was honored at last year's 45th annual Annie Awards with the Windsor McCay award for his career contributions of the art of animation by long time friend and the voice of SpongeBob, Tom Keeny. 

Hillenburg helped opened doors to unknown animation artists and creators, showing that you didn't have to be a Wheeler Dealer type to make an animation series. You only needed a little oddball idea with a lot of heart and humor to make something bigger for everyone to enjoy. 

Stephen Hillenburg was someone we never met up close, but on that night, we saw him receive his award and we stood to honored him as an audience.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Watchcat Birthday!

This Watchcat Wednesday lands on Gregory J. Bradley's Birthday, Co-Creator of Watchcat!
Last weekend was the 10th annual CTNX Animation Expo and even though we didn't have a table this year, we handed out lots of Watchcat post cards in hopes of gaining more viewers.

We hope you are enjoying this blog and are amazed we have had 46,222 views and are up to 182 subscribers to our Watchcat Films channel on Youtube. 

A new Christmas short is in the works and will premiere sometime before the holiday season begins. More details to come. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and are thankful for your viewership!

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Top Cats

On this Watchcat Wednesday you can hear some interesting stories  from the "3 Tooners", aka Tony 
Benedict, Jerry Eisenberg and Willie Ito. Three of the last remaining Animation artists from Hanna Barbera era.

Each one has his own story to tell and they have all have remained friends after all these years. 

Listen to the Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio hour to hear some great stories about working at Disney, Master Animator Iwao Takamoto, an Errand boy who became a famous actor, Drawing with both hands at the same time and many more...

Part 1 of the show will play from Tuesday, Nov 13th until Monday, Nov 19th. Part 2 begins on Tuesday, Nov 20th until Monday, Nov 26th. Tune in at 4pm or 10pm to WU Radio.

Its CTNX's 10th anniversary and you can visit it this weekend starting on Friday, Nov 15th! Here's how to attend.

And sadly, we say goodbye to Stan Lee who passed away at 95 on Monday.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Watchcat Wednesday Upcoming Interviews

Well we hope you exercised your right to vote as a part of your privilege of being an American citizen yesterday.

I got a chance to spend some time interviewing "the 3 Tooners", also known as Tony Benedict, Jerry Eisenberg and Willie Ito. 
These three gentlemen were involved with the creation of many animated series including "The Flintstones", "The Jetson", "The Yogi Bear show", "Top Cat" and "Johnny Quest" just to name a few.

They are the last remaining artists from Hanna Barbera Productions and you can hear their animated stories in the first of two interviews beginning next Tuesday night Nov 13th at 10pm pst on the Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio hour. Here's a link to how to listen to it.

Until then, you can still listen to the Casey Robin interview playing all this week at 10pm on WU Radio. Check out this link to learn more about Casey and her interview.

November is here and its hard to believe that next week, begins CTNX and its 10th year anniversary as an animation expo. We will be attending again this year wearing our Watchcat T-Shirts, handing out more Watchcat postcards and looking for future guest for the Ear Tango show.

Stay Tuned...

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Watchcat Wednesday Halloween episode

Its the Halloween Episode and you can listen to the music version beginning Tuesday Oct 30th on Woodbury University WU Radio. The show will play for a week every day from 4pm -5pm pdt and 10pm to 11pm pdt.

Below are the interviews from the show, including Preston Meyers's Kilpetto's Evil Toy Shop, Mike Wellins with his Freakybuttrue Peculiarium and Museum in Portland, OR and an interview with the makers of "Noir".