Review: ‘Minions’–The Exact Opposite of ‘Inside Out’

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© Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures

Anyone who read my review of Pixar’s Inside Out knows that it would take a supremely amazing film to compete with what I consider one of the all-time great animated films. I did not expect a film like IO going into Minions, though. I like quirky comedies; I enjoy the occasional wacky prequel. However, by its stark contrast with Pixar’s latest and greatest, Minions can’t escape a comparison. Where Inside Out is subtle, thoughtful, and fresh, Minions is loud, mindless, and generally stinky.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 78: AF News – November 2014

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It’s a vintage AF team up in the latest news edition, Marc Vibbert is joined by Justin Vactor to discuss all the latest animation industry news from November.

Amongst the topics in this episode are reviews for Big Hero 6, Penguins of Madagascar, and the new Studio Ghibli Blu-ray releases. The announcement of Toy Story 4, The LEGO Movie sequel writers, Hullabaloo, and much, much more are also discussed.

(Recorded 11/22/14)

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—Good Times for a Good Cause

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Many in the animation community have taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to help fight against this awful disease. Here are some of our favorites. Thanks to everyone for their support!

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Synopsis of ‘Minions’ Spin-off Released

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If like me you eagerly await the Despicable Me sequel then news of a spinoff staring the films loveable, slapstick henchmen The Minions, should get the blood pumping. Mad Men’s John Hamm and Sandra Bullock have signed on as voice talent for Illumination Entertainment’s next feature.

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An Interview with the Captain of the Despicablimp

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Recently the Despicablimp made a stop near Phoenix, AZ close to where I live, so I brought my son Patrick with me to check it out and to speak with the captain of the airship, Alan Judd. The blimp was an amazing site to see firsthand and if it makes it way to your neck of the woods I would suggest searching for it’s location.

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a MINION!

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If you happen to look up and see a huge Minion floating in the sky, don’t be alarmed.
It’s not the evil super-villian, Gru, pulling off some new diabolical scheme, it’s just
the Despicablimp, the latest marketing effort for the upcoming animated sequel
Despicable Me 2, from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 38: The Disney Renaissance

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In this episode Marc and Matt become renaissance men with guest host Josh Spiegel (from “Mousterpiece Cinema“). From The Little Mermaid up to Tarzan, we discuss Disney’s most successful era that began in the late 80s and ended around the year 2000.

Also discussed: the new release Escape from Planet Earth, some new clips from Monsters University, as well as news from Dreamworks and Illumination Entertainment.

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