First Thoughts – Moana Trailer

Technically while this is not the only trailer Disney has released, this is the first time I have seen any promotional material for Moana. I mean I have caught glimpses before, but I kept myself from watching so I could write a “First Thoughts” post when the time was right. Now the time has come…wow that sounded more ominous then it was supposed to. Anyway on to my initial impressions of Moana.

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Sailing for adventure on the big blue wet thing.
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Epic shot!
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Follow the glowing blue current.

 

What stood out to me when I was watching the trailer was the presence of the ocean. I mean there is water in almost every shot within this trailer and I am sure the same is true for the movie as well. I was impressed animation and how they made the ocean look look realistic and how its appearance changes depending on what is going on a particular scene. Just like Frozen’s focus was on snow and ice, Moana is going to be focused on water and the ocean. The only different the movie’s title is the main character’s name instead of a verb (or adjective) for freezing conditions.

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I love this reaction 🙂
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The Hero of Men folks.

 

And while we are on the subject Moana herself she appears to be an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances. Extraordinary in the sense that she goes on a hero quest to save her people by teaming up with the demigod Maui in order to prevent an oncoming disaster. Now as the trailer clarifies Maui is a shapeshifter, demigod of the wind and sea, and hero of men. He has great power, but seems to have a pretty sizable ego as well. Needless to say Moana is very brave not only in seeking him out but also in calling him out when he makes the wrong assumptions about her. Of course having the ocean for a friend also helps especially when the demigod of the wind and sea throws you off your boat.

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High Five-O!
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Demigod or not, you’re on my canoe now.

 

 

 

 

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Just your average quest to save the world.

This trailer while it gives a taste of what is to come, I am the first to say I am not entirely sure what it is. The story of Moana is based of Polynesian mythology from the Central and South Pacific Islands which the state of Hawaii is a part of, and I am not as familiar with those stories as others are. Whether I watch it in the theaters or wait for the DVD/download release it will be interesting to see the journey that Moana and Maui are going to take.

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Where’s the Post?

Where’s the post? I normally write posts for “What’s In A Story” on the first and third Mondays and “A Few of My Favorite Things” on the second and fourth Wednesdays but the weeks of August this year fell in such a way that we have five Mondays and Wednesdays instead of four. In light of this I am deciding to do something a little different than the usual, an episode review. This will be start of a blog post series which I will continue every two weeks or so. When I finish one show I will start on another one and you guys can make recommendations if you feel so inclined, just don’t be offend if I decide not to continue on from the first few episodes. As for the series I will be reviewing you have to wait and see what it is on Thursday. Yeah I know I am such a tease but I like it to be a surprise. See you then 🙂

Some Changes…

So yeah there’s going to be some changes in my plans I mention in my three month anniversary post. First of all First Thoughts is only going to be for movie trailers ONLY. I realized that having to wide of a category would be a real mess if I were to review a series episode by episode. So I decided that First Thoughts would strictly be reviews of trailers whether they be for films, TV series, or even audio dramas (and yes they do have trailers). While I am here I might as well say that I have plans on reviewing a older cartoon series episode by episode. That’s all for now but stay tuned for further updates.

First Thoughts – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Trailer

First of all let me say that while I am not a huge fan of Adam West’s Batman I do appreciate the fact that he played the first Batman ever even if was the groovy Batman of the 60s. While the show was campy, it was the kind of campy that can be enjoyable. Remember this show came out around the same time as the original Star Trek series which could boast of a lot its own campiness as well. But I am getting off track here, back to the topic at hand. When I saw this trailer with Adam West reprising the iconic role in animated form I knew I had to check it out.

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Behemoth TV Dinners Inc. provides you the best dynamic duo to have with your meal.

We are treated with the sight Batman and Robin tied up and about to be roasted on top a TV dinner: a predicament worthy of the original show. As they go about their pun-riddled bantering (again worthy of the show it came from) they talk about the film. And that’s it. It is surprisingly simple but that is what makes it so effective. Nowadays trailers give you a basic synopsis of the movie and sometimes you get more than you should.

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Self-aware anyone?

The minimalistic approach they went for peeked my interests but without going too deep into spoiler territory, and they pulled it off with such humor which makes this a fun trailer to watch. I especially enjoyed the self-awareness Batman and Robin demonstrated when they were promoting the release of the movie. While there is little to speculate on, what is known currently is that Adam West and Burt Ward will be reprising their role as the dynamic duo along with Julie Newmar as Catwoman; the characters of Joker, Riddler and Penguin will also be making appearances in this feature.

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We will NOT be used as utensils TODAY!

Really there is not much else to say but that I am definitely interested to see what they will do in the actual film when it comes out this fall, but whatever they do I know it will be GROOVY!

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Batman: “What are waiting for an invitation? Go watch the trailer!”

 

Three Month Anniversary Reflection…Plus Updates

It is hard to believe that it has been 3 months since I published my very first blog post. When I first started I wasn’t even sure if I could do even 2 scheduled posts a month but I now I have 4 scheduled posts plus extra when something interesting comes up. I always did enjoy thinking critically about media and blogging has given me the chance to express my thoughts via the written word. I also have learned how to promote myself, setting up a Facebook page and doing what I can to promote upcoming posts so that people will know what is coming. While I hope to see more views and visitors on my stats page, what I desire most is that I can continue to engage in thoughtful discussions of finding the meaning within the stories of our past, present and future.

While I am here I would like to announce a few updates about a couple of different posts I am planning to do in the future alongside or in place of “What’s in a Story” and “A Few of My Favorite Things.” One them is “First Thoughts” which you may have seen already with Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Trailer. For this post category I will post my initial impressions of media I have not seen previously. This can include entire films, books, audios, TV shows, single TV episodes or even the trailers for films and TV shows. Basically if I have not seen, read or heard it before, it is fair game. I know this covers a lot of ground but considering one project I might want to review could be a different stage of production than another, having a wide spectrum is helpful so I can do a film trailer for one and the entire TV season for the other. Another category I have in the wings is one I like to call “Content of Character” in which I will look at a fictional character in depth. I have a few ideas for this but I rather wait until I am ready to share my first post. And finally I have an idea to do category of posts in which I can talk about the people “Behind the Stories” whether they be actors, writers, animators, directors, producers etc.

So as you can see a lot of ideas and hopefully I can have some of them come to fruition. For now though I will say goodbye and thank you for reading!

First Thoughts – Star Wars: Rebels Season 3 Trailer

Needless to say I was very excited to see the trailer for the new season of Star Wars Rebels. It was nice to finally have more substance to speculate about since the cliffhanger ending of the season 2 finale. I am sure Dave Filoni and the team will knock this out of the park just like they did in the previous two seasons and that there’ll be even more engaging stories to tell.

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Don’t you dare, Ezra Bridger!

I am anxious to see how things have changed since the events of “Twilight of the Apprentice” and how they have impacted Ezra and Kanan in particular. We do see is that Ezra taking the stance that he will do anything to destroy the Sith especially after what happened to Kanan as well as Ahsoka. It is not his motive of protecting his rebel crew family but how he is going about it that concerns me, and I only hope he can avoid going further down the wrong path before it is too late. Oh and another big change was that he also cut his hair. It was weird at first but I think I am used to it and he does not look like Aladdin anymore which is a plus.

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Focus…get the Meiloorun fruit.
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Time to scrap some tinnies.

Kanan seems hold his own despite having lost his sight so I think he has honed his ability in the force allowing him function and fight even though he is not able to see with his own eyes. This is evident when we see him, Ezra and Rex on a mission together which involves Separatist droids from the Clone Wars. However it seems like Kanan is going to come in contact with some green ethereal being and from the looks of it he is going to be possessed by it. Let’s just say I have a bad feeling about this.

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Where’s Ghostbusters when you need them?
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You take the guys on the ground. The one in the air is mine.

Sabine appears to have a major part to play in this season as well and with her involvement we also involve Mandalorians, those who fight with the Rebels and those side with the Empire. From the looks of it there is going to be an episode that involves Ezra. I can see the shipping memes and fan videos even now. Also Sabine has gotten her hands on a darksaber. Is it same one that Pre Vizsla had in the Clone Wars? A question that will be answered I am sure.

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Just try and face me. I dare you.
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Here’s the Chiss himself…Thrawn or Mitth’raw’nuruodo if you will.

The introduction of Grand Admiral Thrawn has gotten many in the EU Star Wars fandom excited. I have heard nothing but good things about him and it is going to be so much fun for me to get learn more about this character as I watch this season. In one clip it seems Cham Syndulla and his people have crossed paths with Thrawn before and Cham states that they were not prepared to face him demonstrating he is a force to be reckoned with. It also appears that Hera herself will come face to face with Thrawn according to another clip that is close to end of the trailer. We’ll just have to wait and see what that is all about.

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Well this is problematic.
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I seek your counsel wise Tom Baker…I mean Bendu.

We also have Tom Baker voicing a character named Bendu which is a nod to the name George Lucas considered using instead of Jedi. I am glad they can pay homage to history of Star Wars and to Doctor Who having the iconic 4th Doctor voicing the character. This will make 2 Doctors that Filoni was able to snag to voice characters for Star Wars, previous one being David Tennant for the Clone Wars Series.

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Let the humor commence 🙂

Along with newer characters we also have some old ones from last season, Hondo. Honestly Filoni and crew really like this character, and I do as well but I hoped to see some other outlaws say one certain smuggler…cough…Han Solo….cough. But who knows maybe they will surprise us and throw Lando in for good measure, since we haven’t seen him since the beginning of season 2.

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Here’s Maulie!

Also Maul rears his ugly head and he is up to his old tricks again and it appears to involve the blending of the Jedi and Sith holocorns which may have devastating consequences. I am not a huge fan of Maul, but I will be interested to see what the future has in store for this fan favorite dark side user.

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NOOOO!! IT’S A TRAP!!!!
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Let’s do this!

A great trailer that makes me eager about what is to come. I am debating doing reviews when the new episodes come out, since I enjoy this series so much and I like to share my thoughts. But for now I’m signing off.