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Spare Change: Fantasia

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Spare Change: Fantasia

Remember watching Fantasia on an old VHS tape? Times have changed from when Fantasia was first released in the 1940s and was considered a failure. It regained popularity in the 1960s when it was re-released in the theaters. Then it found a permanent place in our lives when it was released on video. This week, Disney Studios released the Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 blu-ray and DVD combo pack. Is it possible to restore seventy year-old magic? Read On

Tangled

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Tangled

Disney’s trumpeting Tangled as its 50th animated feature seems a bit defensive at first.They pioneered the medium of animation in terms of technique, story adaptation, and marketing, paving the way for those young upstarts like Pixar and Dreamworks to take the ball and run with it later.

Still, 72 years later, people still think of animation as a genre of itself, not a storytelling medium, a kid’s parlor trick rather than a means of telling a story. Tangled, as an adaptation of the centuries-old tale of Rapunzel, can do little to defend against these stodgy critics. However, Tangled is about growing up, and it’s a testament to its 49 predecessors in demonstrating how much Disney itself has also grown up.

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[BAotW] Rodents Can Be Badass Too

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[BAotW] Rodents Can Be Badass Too

As I sat in the kitchen this morning and watched my six-month-old nephew blow snot bubbles, I tried to think of a good candidate for this week’s Badass of the Week.  I attempted to reflect on games I’ve played recently, movies I’ve watched, and even people in pop culture that were somewhat interesting.  As I looked over at my nephew, I noticed his oatmeal-covered bib was embroidered with a pattern of Mickey Mouse ears. Now, most people wouldn’t see Mickey on a baby’s teething bib and think “Oh damn, Mickey’s such a badass”, but with the Wii title Epic Mickey coming out in late November, and his numerous appearances in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Mickey has more than earned his spot as a Badass of the Week.

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PSP Go Owners Out of Luck for Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep

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PSP Go Owners Out of Luck for Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep

Square Enix’s latest installment in the Final Fantasy/Disney crossover series Kingdom Hearts is set for a stateside release in about 10 days. Unfortunately for Kingdom Hearts fans who recently upgraded to a PSP Go, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep will not be seeing a PSN release, at least not anytime soon.

Unlike most new PSP releases, which release a digital download version of the game alongside the UMD release, Birth By Sleep is set for UMD release only, meaning PSP Go owners are out of luck unless they also have an older model PSP. While there aren’t any details as to why Square Enix will not be releasing Birth By Sleep on PSP, there is some speculation regarding lack of sales as a probable cause.

While it is a shame that PSP Go owners seem to be getting the short end of the stick in this situation, the possibility of Birth By Sleep being released on PSN at a later date could still happen, though only time will tell.

[via Kotaku]

[Comic Con 2010] Day 1 – Tron Panel

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[Comic Con 2010] Day 1 – Tron Panel

AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!  That is basically what we got out of the Tron Panel.  Just complete awesomeness.  After seeing 8 minutes of Tron Legacy, everyone’s jaw hit the floor.  The movie looked beautiful and, in our opinion, will definitely beat down Avatar.

During the panel, the whole audience was asked to do some foley for the movie.  Skywalker Sound was on location to record crowd noises.  The audience was told to read the screens for instructions as to when to chant “DISK WARS!”, “RINZ NER!”, and “DEE REZ!” We were also told to stomp in different rhythms.   All of these sounds will be used in the movie during the scenes that happen in the arena in the movie..

Tron Legacy comes out this December 17th and was recorded in true 3D. None of that up-converting crap. Past the break are photos of the panel and the newly released trailer. Enjoy.

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Top 5 Mario Spinoffs

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Top 5 Mario Spinoffs

Mario is not only one of the most recognizable characters in video games, but in all of media. The poster boy of Nintendo has seen his fair share of spin off games, both good and bad. When you are an icon you are bound to have some things that cash in on your image alone. However, there are occasions where your spin off projects are just as awesome as the real thing, anyone remember Micheal Jackson’s Captain Eo at Disney?

Cinematic Masterpiece

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Retro Game Reviews: Kingdom Hearts (2002)

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Okay, so there are many who wouldn’t consider this game “retro” just yet, but I mean, the game is almost eight freaking years old already. Where does the time go?

Anyway, I mentioned in my last review that my tendency to overcompensate for the embarrassingly small game library I had in my younger days resulted in my owning a library of games that have gone largely uncompleted, despite the fact that the games have been sitting on my desk for years. Unfortunately, despite how good a game is, something else eventually catches my attention and I move on, revisiting the game at a later date until something else comes along again. It’s a vicious cycle and, unfortunately for me, it has deprived me of the pleasure of complete some pretty awesome games. One of which was Square and Disney‘s Kingdom Hearts.

Despite my excitement for the game when it was announced, I didn’t actually purchase it until nearly four years after the game’s release, relying on borrow the game from friends to get my fix. And, even after buying the game in 2006, it would be almost another four years before I would complete the game. And that is not an exaggeration, having barely completed the game, for the first time mind you, just a few days ago.

For those of you that may have missed the game, Kingdom Hearts is an Action RPG that crosses Final Fantasy with Disney. It may sound like an odd mix, but it works surprisingly well, though Final Fantasy fans might find themselves getting annoyed at the fact that their beloved characters like Cloud Strife, Squall Leonhart (who goes by the alias Leon), and Aerith Gainsborough take a back seat to all the Disney stuff, but the game works well, despite that, especially to fans of Square Enix’s penchant for storytelling. Read On

Toy Story 3 – First clip from the movie now online

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The first clip from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 has surfaced on the internets. The clip gives you a little cliff hanger to the first part of the adventure that the toys have.  All the toys, except Woody have been mistakenly put on the side of the road as trash.  Woody now needs to find away to get to the toys and free them before the trash truck comes to pick them up.

Toy Story 3 comes out on June 18, 2010.

Oh and btw. There’s a Cars movie reference in this clip. Can you find it?