March Movie Mad­ness

Animation Magazine - - Dvds -

The spring home re­leases are in bloom. This month’s bou­quet: and By Mercedes Mil­li­gan.

Dis­ney an­i­ma­tion’s first Pa­cific Is­lan­der “princess” (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) and her bom­bas­tic demigod com­pan­ion Maui (Dwayne John­son) set sail on disc this month, sell­ing out on Ama­zon within days. From dy­namic duo Ron Cle­ments and John Musker, the film fol­lows a de­ter­mined teen girl on her epic, myth­i­cal quest to be­come an open-ocean nav­i­ga­tor and find her true self, helped (and some­times hin­dered) by her di­vine com­pan­ion. The voice cast also fea­tures Te­muera Mor­ri­son, Rachel House, Ni­cole Scherzinger, Je­maine Clement and Alan Tudyk.

The DVD re­lease in­cludes Leo Mat­suda’s short In­ner Work­ings, mu­sic video for “How Far I’ll Go” writ­ten by Lin-Manuel Mi­randa, and au­dio com­men­tary with Ron ’n’ John. Blu-ray and BD 3D ($39.99) sets are packed with ad­di­tional good­ies: Maui Mini-Movie the­ater: Reese Wither­spoon ( over­worked mama pig Rosita), Scar­lett Jo­hans­son (punker por­cu­pine Ash), and Taron Egerton (young go­rilla gang­ster Johnny) to name a few.

Also avail­able on Blu-ray ($34.98), BD 3D and 4K ($44.98), the Sing DVD in­cludes three fresh mini-movies ( Gunter Babysits, Love at First Sight, Ed­die’s Life Coach), mu­sic video for Tori Kelly’s “Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing,” The Best of Gunter, char­ac­ter pro­files, and more. Spe- Fe­bru­ary, this is the next-best way to ex­pe­ri­ence this stun­ning work of artistry and mind-bend­ing sto­ry­telling.

Orig­i­nally re­leased in 1995 and pro­duced by Pro­duc­tion I.G, the fea­ture is set in the year 2029, in a world where hu­man­ity has de­vel­oped tech­nol­ogy that al­lows hu­man con­scious­ness to in­habit ma­chines. Our hero is Ma­jor Mo­toko Ku­sanagi — a cy­ber­netic gov­ern­ment agent with mul­ti­ple awards and a nom­i­na­tion for the An­necy Cristal.

Set in Edo-era Ja­pan, the film cen­ters on O-Ei, the daugh­ter of the fa­mous artist Hoku­sai — and the un­cred­ited tal­ent be­hind many works sold un­der his name. Caught be­tween her re­served na­ture, dom­i­neer­ing fa­ther, the care of her blind sis­ter, and the un­tasted life she ex­plores in her art, O-Ei floats through an en­chanted Edo full of strange spir­its and stranger peo­ple.

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