Now your little directors can make their own movies with some help from their DreamWorks Shrek pals in Toontastic Jr.: Shrek for iOS devices (iPad version reviewed here). Using characters and scenes from the first computer animated Shrek film, kids will make a beginning, middle, and end, move around characters, record voices and then save it to view at any time.
Just in time for the release of the new Star Trek movie comes a brand new Star Trek video game featuring the new cast playing the original characters! Vulcans are using a secret space station to harness the power of their sun to provide energy to a new planet. But a new race of lizard-like warmongering aliens called the Gorn are trying to steal it so they can create rifts in the universe. Now it’s up to Captain Kirk and Spock to work together to stop the aliens from taking over Federation space! (PS3 version reviewed here)
A long, long time ago in arcades (sometimes no so) far, far away, there was pinball. Now the Force (of gravity) can be with you as you train to be a Jedi (pinball) master with Star Wars Pinball from Zen Studios. Star Wars Pinball is available on a variety of platforms; you can download it from the App Store and Google Play, or for Pinball FX2 on Xbox LIVE or Zen Pinball 2 on PSN (Xbox 360 version reviewed here). The pack comes with three different tables: The Empire Strikes Back, The Clone Wars, and even one featuring everyone’s favorite bounty hunter: Boba Fett.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is an upcoming PS3 RPG title. The main draw of Ni no Kuni is that the characters and story were designed by Studio Ghibli, a very influential and prolific animation studio in Japan that has made many memorable films. I’m pretty selective about my anime and only like a few series, such as Astro Boy, original Dragon Ball, and not much else. But I do love the movies that Studio Ghibli puts out, so in honor of the release of Ni no Kuni, here are my favorites of theirs. Actually it’ll be a list of pretty much all their movies, since I like most of them for some reason or another anyway.
Every year at Christmastime, the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine has an ice sculpture exhibit. I went to it two years ago when it was about the A Charlie Brown Christmas TV classic special. Last year it was about Shrek, and since I’m not a big fan of Shrek, I skipped out on that one (plus tickets are kind of expensive). But this year, the exhibit was Merry Madagascar, based on the Christmas special featuring characters from the Madagascar movies. Since I like the penguins from Madagascar, I decided to go see it this year. So here are some fun pictures from the trip!
The Rise of the Guardians video game is based on the recently released DreamWorks computer animated movie. The evil Pitch and his nightmares are threatening to envelope the world in fear, so it’s up to the guardians of children’s hopes and dreams to team up and stop him. Play as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sandman, and Guardian newcomer Jack Frost as they battle Pitch’s nightmares in each of the Guardian’s realms. The Rise of the Guardians video game is available for nearly every modern gaming console, but the Wii and DS versions are reviewed here.
Based on the recently released hit Disney computer animated movie, Wreck-It Ralph on Wii and 3DS takes place after the events of the film (3DS version reviewed here). So you’ll want to see the movie before playing this game if you don’t want things spoiled for you. I enjoyed the movie quite a bit, so it’s worth seeing. Anyway, in the game, Ralph finds a lone Cy-Bug egg in the Sugar Rush game world while cheering on Vanellope in the Daily Roster Race. The Cy-Bug hatches and multiplies and swarms into three of the game worlds. Now it’s up to Wreck-It Ralph and Fix-It Felix Jr. to team up and stop those bugs once and for all!
Well, the last few weeks of summer are winding down, so I thought now would be a good time to take a look at all the summer movies I watched and give my brief impressions on them. Even though I saw a lot of movies, keep in mind that I went to the first early bird showing of each one over a weekend, so I really didn’t pay that much for tickets. I paid even less since I don’t go see movies in 3-D because I’ve been blind in my left eye since birth and can’t see the 3-D effects anyway. And I guess I should do one of those ‘spoiler warning’ things. I’m going to try and NOT spoil too much of these movies for you, but just in case something slips out, you’ve been forewarned. OK with all that out of the way, let’s get started!
Just in time for the new computer animated summer movie comes the Ice Age Artic Games! The herd has come across a bountiful treasure, but the scurvy ice pirates have their eye on it, too. And the only way to settle who gets the prize is to play a round of Artic Games. Compete in nearly a dozen prehistoric winter sports on the Wii, Xbox 360 Kinect, 3DS, and DS (Wii version reviewed here).