Animal Crossing Movie [Review]

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So, about a week or so before the latest Nintendo Direct where Animal Crossing was announced for the Switch, Kris found through Pinterest that there’s an Animal Crossing movie. I wanted to watch it right away. So, naturally, I found the anime on YouTube.

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Rachel is definitely the bigger Animal Crossing fan out of the two of us. I’ve barely played the games. As soon as I saw that pin that mentioned the Animal Crossing movie, I knew Rachel would be interested in it, and she was wicked excited to hear about it. The “movie” on YouTube was about 45 minutes long, so we figured it was a short thing and stuck it on. I wasn’t too sure what kind of plot would be developed on a 45-minute movie based on such an open-ended game.

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It turned out, even though the video stated it was the full movie, it actually wasn’t. It ended in the middle and we ended up finding a different YouTube video that summed up the entire movie in about four minutes. Still, from the 45 minutes we saw, it wasn’t too bad.

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It was rather cute, but I was sitting there for about half of it wondering when something resembling a plot was going to happen. The beginning showcased the excited new resident of Animal Village meeting her new neighbors while working for Tom Nook by making deliveries, and there were random segments of various villagers doing random activities, like the jock monkey jogging everywhere or the penguin fishing all day. The plot seemed to start building up about finding your dream and following it with a touch of aliens thrown in.

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting too much from it. Animal Crossing doesn’t have a huge story line for the games so I couldn’t imagine what they could do for a movie. The villagers were interesting enough though. And yes, the plot turned out to be mainly Margie the elephant had a dream of becoming a fashion designer and the movie turned into following your dreams and reaching for the stars, which was nice.

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While reaching for the stars, you may find aliens, which is apparently what happened in the 4-minute movie explanation video we saw. We’re not quite sure what exactly happened, but we’re guessing the bottled messages the protagonist kept finding about planting pine trees for a winter festival had something to do with it. All in all, the half of the movie that we did see wasn’t too bad, with little hints of the games thrown into it. Hearing familiar music and jingles was nice, and we giggled when K.K. Slider’s singing not only had the English dub but also the game’s pixel-y rhythm.

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Yeah, hearing the game music in the background was great. It really threw me back into the game. I’ll admit, I could have done without some of the voice acting. A lot of it was high-pitched. Then again, it’s anime, so I’m not knocking it. Overall, it wasn’t a bad movie and I wouldn’t mind having more down the road.

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The movie was entertaining enough, especially while watching it together. It wouldn’t be something that I would watch on my own, but we were able to laugh at the characters’ antics together. It was enough for us to be interested in seeing the rest of the movie and, perhaps, one day we will.

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Sonic Mania Shorts [Review]

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Sonic Mania, if you haven’t heard, is the hit Sonic the Hedgehog game that checks off all the right boxes for old-school Sonic fans. It’s nostalgic-inducing fast-paced side scrolling levels are exactly the kind of game that the fans, new and old alike, have wanted for Sonic for years. With the Sonic Mania Plus DLC, introducing fan favorite characters Mighty and Ray, the game has continued to deliver. Along with the game, a few short animation videos were created to help promote the game, and we finally sat down to watch them.

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The shorts are… well, short. And pretty sweet. We found a video that showed all the episodes in one and it was a little over 11 minutes long. So we, of course, watched it all in one sitting.

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Back when I was a kid, I used to have a VHS — remember those? — of a few episodes of The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, so seeing that there was a little cartoon to go along with Sonic Mania was a treat. We found ourselves laughing out loud at parts of the animation. There was no voice acting. Rather, the animations were perfectly timed with music and sound effects.

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I’ll admit, I missed hearing their voices a little bit but it was so well done that I don’t mind. The facial expressions through the characters along with the sound effects were spot on. It wasn’t something I was expecting, so it was a pleasant surprise because, yeah, we got some good laughs out of it.

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The animation was smooth and clean, with lots of throw backs to elements of the earlier Sonic games and cartoons. It made me miss the times when I would wake up early Saturday morning for my favorite cartoons. I wouldn’t mind a show starring this version of Sonic and friends, especially Knuckles and his protective nature over the Master Emerald!

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Exactly! I miss watching the old school cartoons and it was great to revisit this case of characters without having them be changed or butchered in any way. The whole animation was light-hearted and funny and I feel as though they captured the classic characters perfectly.

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Considering there is a Sonic the Hedgehog live-action hybrid movie in the works, and I really don’t know how to feel about that just yet, seeing these animations was just refreshing. The animations did their job wonderfully, bringing both excitement and feel-good nostalgia with them to help the hype of Sonic Mania.

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Donkey Kong And The Legend Of The Crystal Coconut [Movie Review]

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So about twenty years ago, there was a certain cartoon that was based off of the Donkey Kong video game franchise. It was originally a Canadian/French cartoon that was later released in the United States. It’s amusing to me that this cartoon came out around the same time as the Pokemon franchise and comparing how the two have aged over time.

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I didn’t realize it came out around the same time as Pokemon. Or I, at least, didn’t make that connection. The movie is 3D cartoon, similar to Pixar’s style. It’s based off of Donkey Kong Country with similar music, font styles, and characters. I had completely forgotten about the movie until Kris mentioned it. Even then, while the beginning was vaguely familiar to me, I barely remembered the movie at all.

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The animation is a treat to see, considering it was computer animated with motion capture to try to get it as close to the video game style as possible. The Legend of the Crystal Coconut was one of the many video releases of episodes of the show packaged together. I remember renting this particular “feature-length film” from Blockbuster every once in a while as a kid before I tended to just stick to renting video games.

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It was a musical too. Donkey Kong sang and he actually has the best voice out of all the characters. Seriously, I’d buy DK’s CD if he ever came out with one. The songs and the movie itself was kind of ridiculous, but it had good lines and was pretty funny at times.

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Each episode of the cartoon had at least two songs, I believe. It made us burst into giggles when the first song started up, especially since the animation didn’t exactly allow the smoothest dance moves for the characters. Actually, the pirate villains had the best song and dance combos!

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Oh, right. DK had the best singing voice, but he was certainly the worst dancer. The entire thing was them, King K. Rool, and the pirates all trying to get the Crystal Coconut for themselves. It was an hour and a half of keep-away. It was hilarious though and honestly, I don’t think we ever found out the “legend” of the Crystal Coconut, which was what DK was originally trying to figure out.

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Considering it was just a collection of four episodes of the cartoon series, I imagine more of the Crystal Coconut’s lore was uncovered in the other thirty-six or so episode of the series. Since this was just a collection, the timeline of the four episodes was a bit off — in the third episode, or part, of the movie, there was a flashback to an incident that didn’t happen until the fourth episode on the movie! Nevertheless, we were very amused by this cartoon and we had a great time revisiting it.

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Yes, that’s true. It was a great movie and certainly fun to revisit! I’m sure we’ll sit down to watch it again at some point too.

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Ace Attorney Anime [Episodes 1-4]

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Ace Attorney is one of our favorite video game franchises, with the original trilogy being some of the best games. And, while neither Rachel nor I were ever really into anime except for Pokemon, we were both interested in hearing that Ace Attorney got its own anime series.

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It’s been a long time coming, but we finally got a chance to sit down and watch it. Of course, we were going to get Crunchyroll when I noticed the website sells DVDs of Ace Attorney. I checked on Amazon, it was cheaper, and BAM! Impulse buy. We got it just in time too because the season one, volume 2 DVD set comes out in less than a month.

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Anime is definitely more dramatic or over exaggerated, if you will, than the American cartoons that I grew up watching, and Ace Attorney wasn’t an exception. It was great, of course, and we’re really enjoying it so far. We’ve watched the first four episodes which mirror the first two cases from the original game.

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We’ve played through the games a couple of times, so, for the most part, we remember what happens in each case. There are a couple of times we forget something here and there, but watching the anime we knew how everything was going to play out. Since each episode is only about 20-30 minutes long, the cases go by pretty quick. A few hours of gameplay is squished into 2 or 3 parts of 20-minute episodes. But it’s enjoyable all the same.

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Seeing the game scenes and characters come to life is so much fun. Phoenix and Maya tend to act as we always pictured they would, and we’re enjoying all the voice actors so far — the English voice actors, of course. It’ll be interesting to re-watch the episodes in Japanese to hear how the characters sound.

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Yeah, watching it in Japanese is something I want to try. Maya’s voice sounds a little young for her age, but it’s easy to get used to. Detective Gumshoe is more serious than he is in the games, but I enjoy his character all the same. And then there’s Edgeworth… his voice actor and animations are all sexy. I love it.

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I was actually really impressed with Redd White from the Turnabout Sisters case. His voice and mannerisms were spot-on, with his narcissism and arrogance. I do hope that the later episodes will show more of the scenery outside of the courtroom. While the trial portion of the episodes are fun, I would like to see a little more exploration.

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We’re starting to see a little bit more investigation as the episodes go on. That’s how they did it in the games too, which is pretty cool. I’m sure as the cases get longer we’ll start to see more. I love the show, but I would also love to see a movie. I know they do have a movie in Japan, but even if it’s anime, that would be amazing.

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Wreck-It Ralph Movies

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One of our favorite Disney movies to have come out in recent years is Wreck-It Ralph. Being centered on a video game antagonist and allowing us to dive into the world of video games was right up our alley when it came out. The characters and story were charming, and it was fun seeing cameos from some of our favorite video games, such as Bowser and Sonic.

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You can’t go wrong with a Disney or Pixar movie and, as Kris said, Wreck-It Ralph was right up our alley. His arcade game with Fix-It Felix is a game I would love to play myself. I loved the creativity that was put into the movie to create video games that aren’t real but definitely could be.

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The movie itself came out in 2012, over five years ago, but it doesn’t seem to have aged too badly. The sequel is coming out in November of this year, with the main characters discovering the Internet, and I’m looking forward to it. Considering how quickly technology advances, having the characters just begin to discover the Internet seems to be a little backward, but it should be amusing nonetheless. Not only that, I’m interested in seeing what other famous video game characters will cameo in it.

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I didn’t even think of that. It is a little backward. It’ll be interesting though because they did such a cool job of showing us what goes on with the characters “inside” the game when it’s turned off and even “unplugged.” I can’t wait to see how they portray the inside of the Internet. I’m also looking forward to seeing the characters again. Ralph is a unique guy and all the characters, as diverse as they are, just seem like a great cast.

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I can’t wait for more Sergeant Calhoun! She was my favorite! Considering we saw Bowser in the first movie, I would love to see other characters from the Mario franchise appear. Imagine Calhoun and Peach chatting! I’d love to see homages to the Fire Emblem and Pokemon series, as well. Considering the video games from the movie are all based on arcade towers, it’ll be really interesting to see what else the arcade owner will do to bring his business up to date with the times.

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They’re in the internet though, so what kinds of games are on the internet? Remember Neopets? Club Penguin? I don’t think that’s a thing anymore, but it’d be cool if they explored those a bit. We saw in the trailer a couple of app games, so I’m sure they’ll do a lot with that as well.

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Oh, God, Neopets! That would be hysterical! There is so much mischief and nonsense they can get up to with the Internet. Plenty of spoilers and images for other video games, games for consoles, app games as you mentioned… What if they found fanfiction and fanart? I doubt Disney will creep down those paths, but you never know. It was fun revisiting this movie, and it will definitely be interesting to see how much bigger the main characters’ world will be once they get connected to the Internet.

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Them finding fanart would be hilarious. What I would love to see though is maybe they’d find they’re remaking their game. Then there’d be trouble! Wreck-It Ralph is a great movie and I’m looking forward to the sequel!

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Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

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There are twenty Pokemon movies. Isn’t it crazy how one franchise has spawned that many movies, about the same number of anime seasons, and dozens of video games? Pokemon is a franchise that Rachel and I love, but we’re more the types to play the games rather than watch the movies or television show. With that said, we’ve realized how many movies we’ve missed and sat down to watch the nineteenth Pokemon film, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

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Each time a new movie comes out I always say I’m going to watch it and then never do. I was excited to see this movie on Netflix since it’s one of the more recent ones. For a Pokemon movie, it’s as corny as it can get, but it was one of the more enjoyable ones.

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Yeah, this movie wasn’t too bad at all. It was definitely created with Mega Evolutions in mind, as one of the main plot points was how trainers should have a strong bond with their Pokemon for them to unleash their power instead of forcing the Pokemon to Mega Evolve. It showcased nearly every available Mega Evolution throughout the movie, as well.

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Mega Evolution is definitely something cool and I of course didn’t mind seeing it showcased as a main point in a movie. It was great “bad guy fodder.” Volcanion is trying to protect Magearna and other Pokemon from humans and, while we don’t know his backstory, he made a great hero. Then Ash of course has to come along and help – well, annoy Volcanion. Even though he’s a Pokemon he could speak and he was so sarcastic it was awesome.

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Volcanion was like my spirit animal in this movie, haha! Volcanion was literally stuck with Ash, as a couple of bands linked the two together, throughout half of the movie and it amused us greatly. A counselor for a nearby kingdom wished to have Magearna, who is best friends with Volcanion, in order to control the mechanized kingdom. Ash and friends butt in do their best to help Volcanion. Seeing the mechanized kingdom was a treat! I really enjoyed the animation when it showcased the castle and flying fortress.

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The animation was always great. What I especially loved about the movie was that Ash’s Pokemon did the majority of the work. A few times his whole team just stormed in and took care of everything even if Ash wasn’t even there. They were the true heroes and I felt warm and fuzzy seeing the Pokemon step up like that. Yes, it’s a cartoon, but it still made me feel good. The writing was on point too. The dialogue was funny and the overall plot made sense and made for a great Pokemon movie.

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The battles were always the best part of the Pokemon movies and anime! The music was well done, too, especially the opening credits with the battle going on in the background. Team Rocket was pretty good in this movie too — they’re probably some of my favorite characters, and I would love to see a movie focused on them. They try to be evil, but they just fail at it, haha!

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Team Rocket was impressive in this movie, I agree. They need their own movie or show. Overall, this was a fun movie to watch and I’m sure I’ll be watching it again sometime.

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Ready Player One Trailer

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! What are you most looking forward to next year?

Can you believe that Christmas is in a week? I’m not sure if I’m ready! I hope everyone else is enjoying the holidays!

A long time ago on this blog, I did a book review for Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. I had heard the rumors when they first popped up about a movie being made based off of the book and it seemed interesting.

The book itself is about a race against time and corrupt organizations for control of the major MMO world called the OASIS. The creator of the OASIS passed away and left behind Easter Eggs and puzzles. Whoever solved the puzzles controlled the OASIS. Considering that the OASIS was considered the real world to many — an escape from a bleak reality — the economic benefits of controlling the world was incredible.

The trailer doesn’t look bad… But nothing quite stands out to me. We’ve seen amazing scenes done with special effects in plenty of sci-fi and fantasy movies nowadays, and with virtual reality actually being a, well, reality, the idea of the setting doesn’t seem as fantastic. I mean, there is no virtual reality quite like the OASIS in our world — not yet — so it’ll be interesting to see how the OASIS is brought to life, but I’m much more interested in how the movie will portray the characters and the plot.

The plot itself is fairly standard. You can guess how the ending will go. When I was reading the book, the plot was interesting enough to keep reading, but I was generally reading for the characters and their reactions to the corrupt government and how they were trying to save both the real and the virtual world. The trailers show off Wade, the main character, rightly so, but it also focused more on the potential of OASIS rather than the characters. Trailers are teasers, of course, so they’re trying to catch your eye with whatever they believe is fantastic enough to do so, but I hope the movie itself will do the characters justice.

You see Wade, you see who might be Art3mis, you see who is probably the bad guy… I want to see Aech. I want to see more of James Halliday and his influence on this world. Yes, I would love to see more of OASIS, but I certainly hope that the movie will not focus so much on the scenery and special effects that it forgets the story of the characters.

Ready Player One comes out early next year. We’ll see how it turns out.

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