WEEZER New Song “Hero” Out Now!

(photo credit: Sean Murphy)

Today, Weezer are thrilled to release a new song called “Hero,” their first new material since last year’s Top Five Alternative radio hit “End Of The Game.” “Hero” is a new song off the band’s forthcoming album, Van Weezer, which was originally set for release this month; a new release date for the record will be coming soon. A video for the song, paying tribute to frontline workers, is out today as well. 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO “HERO”CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “HERO” 

In honor of the real heroes, the band has teamed up with Postmates to support healthcare heroes caring for COVID-19 patients. Tonight, hero nurses at LA’s Good Samaritan Hospital will be sent meals from Uncle Paulie’s Deli during their breaks thanks to Weezer, Postmates andFeed Hero Nurses, a volunteer-run organization in partnership withRandom Acts that is dedicated to providing meals to nurses on the frontlines. 

Van Weezer, the band’s fourteenth studio album, is produced by Suzy Shinn (Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy). The inspiration for this album derives from the deepest roots of Weezer – metal! What has metal got to do with Weezer, you ask? In his earliest years, Rivers was a huge KISS fan; Brian was a big Black Sabbath fan; Pat worshipped at the altar of Van Halen and Rush; Scott loved Slayer and Metallica. The last time this vein of harder rock was mined by Weezer was on their much-loved 2002 album Maladroit; Van Weezer is primed to take that album’s sonics many steps further courtesy of producer Suzy Shinn

Van Weezer follows the release of last year’s Weezer (The Black Album), as well as their covers album, Weezer (The Teal Album), whose streaming numbers have well surpassed 100 million. Weezer has sold 10 million albums in the U.S., and over 35 million records worldwide since their debut album’s release in 1994. The mol ir catalogue has included such megahits as “Buddy Holly,” “Undone (The Sweater Song),” “Say It Ain’t So,” “El Scorcho,” “Hash Pipe,” “Island In The Sun,” “Beverly Hills,” “Pork and Beans,” and more.  

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Pre-order the album Van Weezer here.

ATREYU RELEASE “SUPER HERO” VIDEO FEATURING AVENGED SEVENFOLD’S M. SHADOWS + UNDEROATH’S AARON GILLESPIE

Atreyu have shared the video for “Super Hero” from their 2018-released album In Our Wake. The track features appearances from Avenged Sevenfold frontman M.Shadows and Underoath drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie.

Watch it HERE.

“Our song ‘Super Hero’ was written about what it’s like to be a parent and the vast amount of time, effort, energy, and hard work it takes to be a real-life superhero for your children,” the band says. “The song also has a broader meaning, especially given the current situation the entire world is dealing with. There are many superheroes out there who appear in many forms — namely the first responders, medical personnel, and health care workers who are putting others first as they work to fight COVID-19 and to save lives. We dedicate this song to them.”
Atreyu are working on their eighth album, due out via Spinefarm Records later this year. 

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Class is Now in Session as MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 Launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam

Go Beyond and Continue the Fight for Justice!

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (March 13, 2020) – Leading developer and publisher of anime video games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announced that MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE® 2 is now available for purchase in the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, and PC via STEAM®. MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 is the second video game developed under the MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE title and is an anime-action fighting game based off the wildly popular Shonen Jump series.

In MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2, the original cast members from MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE will be joined by a slew of new heroes and villains, totaling up to 40 playable characters. New characters such as Yakuza captain Kai Chisaki, Mr. Compress and Twice from the League of Villains, U.A. High School third-year students Mirio Togata, Tamaki Amajiki, and Nejire Hado of “The Big 3”, and Class 1-A’s Mina Ashido and Minoru Mineta are just some of the new characters in MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2. Characters from the previous MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE will have upgraded abilities to mirror their growth in the anime.

New stages and stories from the anime series will also be included in MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 along with updated gameplay, giving players a more robust MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE experience. In addition to the new characters, stages, and storylines, MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 features multiple modes including Story Mode, Mission Mode, and Arcade Mode as well as new customization options for every character. For the first time ever, MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 introduces a brand-new dodge mechanic that enables players to evade attacks from opponents, adding a new layer of tactical gameplay to the fight.

MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 brings together all of our favorite characters, along with some new heroes and villains that fans will surely love” said Stephen Akana, Senior Global Brand Manager at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 takes all the quirkiness and intense battles of MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE to the next grade level and delivers a video game that truly mirrors the anime’s over-the-top battles and drama  that all fans can enjoy!”

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The Returning Characters from My Hero One’s Justice Are Bigger, Badder, and Quirkier than Ever in My Hero One’s Justice 2!

Your favorite characters from the original MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE are back and ready for action in MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2! MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 features all the characters from the first MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE, with upgraded moves and abilities that mirror their growth in the anime, enabling players to rediscover their favorite characters. 

MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 will be available in the Americas for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch on March 13th, 2020. Those who pre-order either the standard edition or the Collector’s Edition of MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 will receive Nomu as a playable character and will also gain early access to Izuku Midoriya (Full Cowling 100%) and Kai Chisaki (Ver. 2). Those who have previous save data from MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE can unlock a special Izuku Midoriya customization item on the same console.   

See some old friends in action within the newest character trailer for MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 at the following YouTube:

The Villains Show off Their Destructive Moves in the Newest My Hero One’s Justice 2 Character Trailer!

The expanded character roster of MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 includes several new villains, enabling fans to try out new play styles and quirks of their favorite evil do-ers! The latest character trailer for MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 shows off some of the moves of the newest villains added to the roster, such as Kai Chisaki, Tomura Shigaraki (Another Ver.), and both Mr. Compress and Twice from the League of Villains!

MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch on March 13th, 2020! Those who pre-order either the standard edition or the Collector’s Edition of MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 will receive Nomu as a playable character and will also gain early access to Izuku Midoriya (Full Cowling 100%) and Kai Chisaki (Ver. 2)! Those who have previous save data from MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE can unlock a special Izuku Midoriya customization item on the same console. 

United States of Smash into a Brand-new Quirky Experience as Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. Brings My Hero One’s Justice® 2 to the Playstation®4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC


Get ready for a bigger, badder and 1,000,000% more quirkier experience! 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (Oct. 3, 2019) – Leading developer and publisher of anime video games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announced that MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE® 2 will be coming to the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, and PC via STEAM®. MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 is an anime-action fighting game based off the popular Shonen Jump series and is the second video game developed under the MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE title. 

In MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2, the original cast members from MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE will be joined by a new cast of characters, such as Yakuza captain Kai Chisaki, U.A. High School third-year students Mirio Togata, Tamaki Amajiki, and Nejire Hado of “The Big 3”, and Class 1-A’s Mina Ashido and Minoru Mineta. New stages and stories from the anime series will also be included in MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 along with improved gameplay, giving players a more robust MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE experience. 

“MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 allows fans to live the anime and experience iconic anime moments through battle as their favorite characters” said Randy Le, Brand Manager at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “Fans will love MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 as it takes the dynamic action and intense battles of MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE to a brand-new level!”

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Play the Anime in “My Hero One’s Justice 2”!

MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 welcomes brand new heroes to the playable character roster, including Gang Orca, Seiji Shishikura, and Camie Utsushimi! Full Cowling 100% Izuku and Overhaul Ver. 2 make an appearance to show off their powerful moves in the brand new trailer as well! 

MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 also showcases new ways to play with various game modes in “Play Mode”! In Mission Mode, players can scout their favorite characters to their office and complete missions using teams of heroes and villains. In Arcade Mode, players can enjoy unique battles and special conversations with every character. Story Mode also returns in MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2, enabling players to experience the riveting story of the anime from both the Hero and the Villain side!

DVD Review “DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games”

Actors: Mae Whitman, Anais Fairweather, Grey Griffin, Teala Dunn, Tara Strong
Directors: Jennifer Coyle
Rated: NR
Studio: Warner Brothers
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2017
Run Time: 72 minutes

Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

“DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games” is the second feature length movie from the incredibly popular “DC Super Hero Girls” series. I have a five year old daughter and this series is one of her favorite. I heard this week in fact that there is an actual full series coming out (finally) in 2018. We have had only online shorts previously outside of these two features. This series is a perfect way to get young girls into the superhero world, which is proven to not for boys only anymore. If you have a young girl, this is a must own for sure.

Official Premise: Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee and Katana square off against Korugar Academy in the Intergalactic Games, but trouble is in the air as Lena Luthor takes advantage of the gathering of the Supers to enact her villainous plan. It’s up to the DC Super Hero Girls to fight the forces of evil and protect their school. With Wonder Woman’s strength, Supergirl’s speed, Batgirl’s strategic knowledge, Poison Ivy’s ability to make things grow, Harley Quinn’s energy, Bumblebee’s ability to shrink, and Katana’s fearless personality… anything is possible.

In addition to the very fun and cute animated film, there are a few solid special features as well. There is a fun music video for “That’s My Girl” by Fifth Harmony. There are also seven animated shorts from the online series that aired on Youtube. With the upcoming full length animated series and a non-stop flow of amazing merchandise, “DC Super Hero Girls” is only getting more and more popular every day. I hope that Warner Bros continues to make these full-length features as well!

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Book Review “Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived ‘Forever’: The Legend of a WWE Hero”

Author: Jon Robinson
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Insight Editions
Release Date: September 8, 2015

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

I like to think that I drew up in the heyday of the wrestling. I remember the wrestling greats of that time including Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramone, The Undertaker and my personal all time favorite the Ultimate Warrior. This guy was a absolute nut case when it ran out to the ring! I remember seeing him live at an event probably in 1991 or 1992 and going insane when he came out. His energy was like nothing I had ever seen and probably still unmatched today. He went up against legends like Hulk Hogan in matches like the epic battle of Wrestlemania VI. I vividly remember watching this pay-per-view event in my living room with all my friends at the time as a kid. Times like this are unforgettable. Unfortunately, the legend is no longer with us…but thanks to the WWE, his legend will live in forever. “Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived ‘Forever’: The Legend of a WWE Hero” is an amazing tribute to one of the best wrestlers in the business. Triple H kicks off the book with a great introduction. Even with all the feuds in the business, I enjoyed getting reading this opening. Dana Warrior also gives a heartfelt foreword to the this book giving us an inside look at the Warrior outside of the ring. This book is a must own for any wrestling fan!

Official Premise: With signature moves like the Warrior Splash, epic battles against Hulk Hogan, Sgt. Slaughter, Macho Man Randy Savage, and The Undertaker, and impassioned speeches that struck fear into his opponents and inspired warriors across the nation, the late Ultimate Warrior became one of the most revered figures in WWE history. Here, for the first time, the complete legend of The Ultimate Warrior is told in full, from his humble beginnings as a self-proclaimed “small, insecure kid who wasn’t into any sports” to his rise to WWE fame as the most powerful force in the universe. Through both action and candid photographs, personal ephemera, including original Warrior art and detailed journal entries, insider stories and exclusive interviews with WWE legends, and intimate accounts from the Warrior family, this unique biography brings the legacy of The Ultimate Warrior to life like never before. Relive the Warrior’s most intense matches and rivalries, and get to know the man behind the face paint in this one-of-a-kind volume. Filled with intense action and little-known details, Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived Forever is a celebration of the Superstar who left an inimitable mark on WWE and redefined sports entertainment for generations.

Insight Editions always delivers the most informative and books on the market. They are also innovate with their releases. If you were a fan of the Ultimate Warrior you will recall his ribbons from his wrists. Well this book has ribbons included as a clever way to hold your page (see image). This book is jam packed with information about the former wrestler, his career and his life. I really enjoyed this book since it wasn’t just a flashy biography. It was also has a very intimate feel to it as well. The images in the book are absolutely gorgeous and easily transport me back to my favorite days of wrestling. In fact it makes me want to go back and re-watch old Wrestlemania events! This is a book that I can look through for years to come. There is so much included in this that you would need to go slowly through with a fine comb to absorb everything. Even though the Warrior is no longer with us, it is books like this that are going to carry on his name and keep him in the spotlight that he deserves. I will proudly be displaying this book prominently on my coffee tables for months to come.

Photo provided by Insight Editions. © 2015 WWE, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Blu-ray Review “Big Hero 6”

Actors: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Jr. Damon Wayans, Genesis Rodriguez
Directors: Chris Williams Don Hall
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Run Time: 102 minutes

Film: 5 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars

When I first saw “Big Hero 6”, I had high expectations from the film since Walt Disney Animation Studios has been really delivering some hits recently with “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph”. After a few viewing though (and quickly becoming one of my daughters favorites) “Big Hero 6” and the lovable Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit) has won me over. This film won the Oscar last night for Best Animated Film and looking back on the year, I couldn’t agree more. I did love “The LEGO Movie” but all around this was the best animated film of the year.  If you haven’t seen this film yet, I highly suggest it since it will definitely will you over! Fist bump!

Official Premise: With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends — adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred — who transform into a band of unlikely heroes. Bring From Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Frozen,” “Wreck-It Ralph”), Disney’s “Big Hero 6” introduces you to a lovable robot who will change your world. Join Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit)home Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” featuring comic-book-style action and hilarious, unforgettable characters — it’s fun for the whole family!

Disney is releasing this film on a Collector’s Edition combo pack with Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy included. The 1080p transfer is beautiful but Disney is still slacking with neglecting to including a 3D Blu-ray of their films. I wish they would smarten up and start releasing 3D Blu-ray’s again. This film looked amazing in 3D and I would love to watch it in 3D again. Still though, I love the colors in this film, The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track is outstanding. The action sounds amazing. Why Hiro and Bayamax are souring through the sky, it was a thing of beauty.

In terms of special features, Disney delivers here. First we have the Oscar Winning Theatrical Short “FEAST”. “The Origin Story of “Big Hero 6”: Hiro’s Journey” is hosted by Jamie Chung, voice of Go Go Tomago and takes us behind the scenes. “Big Animator 6: The Characters Behind the Characters” features the film lead animators talking about their creation. There are a few deleted scenes including two alternate openings with intros from Directors Don Hall & Chris Williams. There is also an Easter Egg included called “Big Hero Secrets” which tells you about the film’s secrets.

Nintendo 3DS Video Game Review “Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay”

Release Date: October 23, 2014
E10+ for Everyone 10 and older: Cartoon Violence
Genre: Platformer
Publisher: Game Mill Entertainment
Developer: 1st Playable Productions

Our Score: 2 out of 5 stars

Right from the start, “Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay” was off to a bad start. I thought there was something wrong with my 3DS and it turned out the game isn’t presented with 3D effects. I mean come on, there are indie games that are coming out in 3D and a big game like “Big Hero 6” is not. Very disappointing. The game difficulty is extremely easy. The bad guys are no challenge at all, in fact I beat the first boss while checking my email on my phone. You play as each of the five main characters mixed up throughout the game’s 20 levels, which will take the average gamer about an hour or two to beat. The other main issue is that Baymax, who is the best character in the movie is merely background noise. Big miss here for sure.

Official Premise: Following on the heels of their super hero debut, the Big Hero 6 team has targeted a dangerous gangster named Yama and his legion of out of control fighting robots! Take control of the stars of the film in this action packed combat platformer! Send robot’s flying across the screen as Hiro with his electro-mag gauntlets! Zoom through levels at top speed as Go ! Slice and dice as Wasabi with his plasma blades! Smash and burn as Fred in his Kaiju monster super suit!

“Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay” features no spoken dialogue or cut scenes at all along with bland and repetitive sound design. One thing this game does have though to add slightly more game play instead of jump flying through each level is that there is some in-game collectibles. You can collect various hidden items in each level including a cat, a plus symbol consisting of five cubes and the word HERO spelled out. Finding these items will provide health upgrades as well as trophies, art work and more. Unless you are completely obsessed with “Big Hero 6” and need to have everything from the movie, this is a definite pass.

 

Film Review “Big Hero 6”

Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr., Génesis Rodríguez, T.J. Miller,
Daniel Henney, Maya Rudolph
Directed by: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
MPAA Rating: PG
Running time: 108 minutes

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

For those that do not know “Big Hero 6” is inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, which was released back in 1998. In fact, “Big Hero 6” is the first Disney animated film to feature Marvel Comics characters. They aren’t well-known characters like “The Avengers” but still Marvel characters nonetheless. I have to admit, I was expecting a little more from this film. I enjoyed it overall but I didn’t walk away screaming “WOW!!” like I did with recent past Disney animated films like “Tangled”, “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Frozen”. I absolutely loved those films but I only liked “Big Hero 6”.

Official Premise: “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Let’s start off with the fact that I love Baymax. I love him. He is literally the main star of this film. He steals the show. Other than him, I really wasn’t in love with any of the other characters at all. It all felt a little generic to me. Luckily, the film had a lot of heart to it and it ended up winning me off in the third act. There was some quite intense moments in the film as well that I questioned “is this really a kids film?”. I have a two year old daughter and she has seen “Tangled”, “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Frozen” numerous times each and I will NOT be showing her this film for many years. There are also some parts that are downright creepy with the Kabuki-faced villain.

I loved the fictionalized created city, San Fransokyo. It is very bright and quite beautiful especially during the flying scenes. The animation is great and no complaints there at all. Viewing the film in 3D, there are some great epic scale shots for the effect but I wasn’t very blown away with it anyway. There are no in your face gags either. If you want to see it in 3D though, check it out in theaters since Disney doesn’t release 3D Blu-rays anymore. The score is epic by Henry Jackson but nothing too memorable. I don’t really see myself listening to the score after seeing the film unlike “Tangled”, “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Frozen”, which are all on my phone still today.

The voice cast is good but not filled with an all-star cast. Hiro is voiced by Ryan Potter, who is only known for the TV series “Supah Ninjas”. His older brother Tadashi is voiced by Daniel Henney (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine). The inflatable nurse robot turned superhero, Baymax, is voiced by Scott Adsit, known best for “30 Rock”. Tadashi’s college friends are voiced by T.J. Miller (“Transformers: Age of Exinction”) , Jamie Chung (“Sucker Punch”), Genesis Rodriguez (“Identity Thief) and Damon Wayans Jr. (“Let’s Be Cops”). Fun fact, co-director Chris Williams, voiced the fan-favorite character Oaken from last year’s “Frozen”.

While “Big Hero 6” is not one of my favorite films of the year, it is still a fun time to be had. Like I said it has a lot of heart and even might be able to get a few tears out of you if you are feeling emotional. The visual effects are great. Baymax is easily one of the coolest and most lovable characters. I liked it but I do not see it being very memorable. In my house, we must watch  “Tangled”, “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Frozen” each at least one a month at the least, I do not see many repeat viewings of this film. Be sure to get to the theater early to catch the short film “Feast”, which is nothing short of outstanding and easily outshines the film it precedes.

 

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  • Book Review “The Art of Big Hero 6”

    Author: Jessica Julius
    Hardcover: 168 pages
    Publisher: Chronicle Books
    Release Date: October 28, 2014

    Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

    If there is one movie that I am excited to see this fall it is easily “Big Hero 6”. Walt Disney Animation Studio has been delivering some of the best product recently including “Tangled”, “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Frozen” and even wiping the floors with Pixar’s lackluster recent films. “Big Hero 6” looks like yet another winner for Disney. The animation in the film is so colorful and vibrant. The book is a little heavy in character designs and less in the high-tech city of San Fransokyo the film is based in. If you are looking for a great behind-the-scenes look into this film, Chronicle Books has done it again!

    Official Premise: Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6 is the story of Hiro Hamada, a brilliant robotics prodigy who must foil a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. This new title in our popular The Art of series, published to coincide with the movie’s U.S. release, features concept art from the film’s creation—including sketches, storyboards, maquette sculpts, colorscripts, and much more—illuminated by quotes and interviews with the film’s creators. Fans will love the behind-the-scenes insights into Disney’s newest action comedy adventure.

    The author of the book Jessica Julius is also a creative executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She has worked on such films as “Frozen”, “Tangled”, “Wreck-It Ralph”, “The Princess and the Frog”, and “Bolt” aka all of my favorites in the last decade. So if you looking for a good inside look, she is definitely a trusted source for the topic at hand.  John Lasseter gives a great preface to the book. Co-directors of “Big Hero 6”, Chris Williams and Don Hall serve up a fantastic foreword as well. I really enjoyed reading this book and I have a feeling that I am going to enjoy it even more getting to revisit once I have seen the film.

     

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    Book Review “Star Wars Rebels: A New Hero”

    Age Range: 6 – 8 years
    Grade Level: 1 – 3
    Series: Star Wars Rebels
    Hardcover: 48 pages
    Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
    Release Date: August 5, 2014

    Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

    I don’t know about everyone else but I am freaking excited for “Star Wars Rebels”. My daughter and i have already been watching the shorts on Disney XD and she has already chosen her favorite of Sabine. “Star Wars Rebels” is a new CG animated series that takes place between the events of “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.” “Star Wars Rebels: A New Hero” is the first in a hopeful long line of books from Disney and LucasFilm.

    Star Wars Rebels: A New Hero” is collection of concept art for the show put together in this action-packed picture book that introduces us to the new characters and what we can expect when this show airs. I have a feeling this is going to just be amazing. I love the classic characters but we had that with “The Clone Wars” and I think we are all excited to get a new group of misfits. Also included with this book is a downloaded code for the book in eBook format.

     

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    Book Review “Big Hero 6: Hiro and Tadashi”

    Author: Brittany Candau
    Illustrated by Jeff Clark, Scott Tilley
    Age Range: 6 – 8 years
    Grade Level: 1 – 3
    Hardcover: 32 pages
    Publisher: Disney Press
    Release Date: September 23, 2014

    Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

    If you are digging this superhero take over of Hollywood like myself, then I am sure that you are looking forward to “Big Hero 6” like myself. It is Disney’s answer or as close as we are going to get for a while to an animated superhero. From the studio that has brought us films like “Wreck-It Ralph”, “Tangled” and “Frozen”, I have a feeling that this is going to be extremely epic! Counting down the day.

    Official Premise: This beautifully-illustrated picture book timed to release with Big Hero 6, focuses on tech-wiz Hiro and his older brother, Tadashi, as well as their unique styles and tastes in building robots! Readers will get a feel for their fun, compelling relationship, their mutual love for technology, and get to know the characters behind the super team, Big Hero 6!

    “Big Hero 6: Hiro and Tadashi” is a great setup to the film and gives you a chance to learn a little bit about the characters as we wait until its release this November. The style of the book really drew me in the cover since it has a certain fuzzy, 8-bit feel to it which I really dug. This is only the first and Disney should be releasing a great deal of books for “Big Hero 6”, so I can’t wait to see what else they have planned for this!

     

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