Rosalyn's Blog: February 2015

Dayo (2008)

Dayo (2008) Poster

Filipino title: Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia.
Other title: Dayo, The Wanderer in the Land of Elementalia.

Comments on Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia (2008)
"One-of-a-kind Filipino animated movie!" - Jojo I. Esposa Jr., Deaf Philippines.

"The story is a very imaginative take on Philippine mythology and folklore. Plus, the contemporary characterizations to the mythical creatures make the film easy to relate to, especially for children. (But) disappointed with the animation of the film." - Regnard Raquedan, Screensucked.

"Dayo is a decent picture, but it feels like it could be a whole lot better." -  Philbert Ortiz Dy, ClickTheCity.

"The film comes off as noteworthy, especially with its sincere intention and innate ability to translate the noblest of childhood aspirations into inoffensive entertainment." - Oggs Cruz, Lessons From the School of Inattention.

"It's worth to watch if you love Filipino culture and mythology." - Rosalyn Lim.


Urduja (2008)

Urduja (2008) Poster

Isang Alamat ng Pag-ibig
(A Tale of Love)

Comments on Movie: Urduja (2008)
"The animation quality is, by Hollywood standards, a few years and quite a few bank accounts behind." - Celestial Spare.

"If only the characters didn't speak in the trailer, I would actually thought it was another Disney flick." - Jeremy

"Urduja was…disappointing. It epitomizes everything that I hate about Filipino cinema." - Ryan Sumo, Geek of All Trades.

"Urduja is technically apt, well voice-acted, and sometimes interesting (but) a mishmash of many unsavory things: borrowed aesthetics, misplaced adaptations, and misaligned virtues." - Oggs Cruz, Lessons From the School of Inattention.

"Has decent art, music and voice actors but it has been unabashedly claimed and promoted as the first ever Filipino animated feature–the first in the nation is actually Adarna (1997) by Gerry Garcia!" - Rosalyn Lim.


Various Filipino Animation Studios

Nico and May in RPG Metanoia.

Before anything else; SOMEBODY, PLEASE. As a tribute, please at least create a Wikipedia page for Filipino legend, Gerry Garcia. He is Philippines' Father of Animation. Panday, the first Filipino television cartoon was created by him based on the comic book character of the same title by Carlo J. Caparas and Steve Gan and he is also the creator, director of Filipino's first animated film, Adarna (1997). Why is he relatively unknown is cruelly baffling; there are no books about him, very little articles on him in English and he doesn't even have a wikipage of his own for international animation fans or netizens who are casually reading about things! 

Even worst, there was an unabashed claim that the second animated movie, Urduja (2007) was the first one in the nation. I do not know the full detail of it, maybe there was some mistake by the media or the production house but Gerry Garcia truly deserve more respect and recognition for being the pioneer of Filipino's animation industry! 

"Gerry Garcia is not only a painter but also pioneering artist who single handedly created the Filipino animation industry. It was him, according to Filipino animators, who made Filipino animation possible. In the 80's the first ever Philippine-made cartoon for television was Panday, a creation of Gerry Garcia. In 1997, Garcia cemented his legacy as he made the first ever-Filipino full-length animated feature film–Adarna." - N.Y.C.

Plea over... I have seen some Filipino or more fondly, pinoy animated features. As a part of South East Asia Animation Movie Marathon, my next three entries would be animated features Made in Philippines. Unfortunately, I will not cover Adarna (1997) as I have not seen it. :<

I guess there is no history lesson for pinoy animation since I am not clear about Filipino's animation industry and its outsourcing services but if you must know, Gerry Garcia is one of the legend you should know when it comes to Philippines. As for the rest, just read "at the glance" part of the entries and you will be able to know more about the specific animated feature!

A trailer screenshot from Urduja (2008).

Some Interesting Facts: 
  • All the skin colors of the characters in the three pinoy animated features that I have seen are realistically colored. From different shades of skin colors even within families to different levels of sun burns and varieties of ethnicity!
  • According to Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), Filipino animators were behind some of the world's best-loved cartoons and animated films; Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, Addams Family, The Mask, The Jetsons, Dragon Ball Z, Captain Planet, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles!
  • Filipino language (Tagalog) and English are the official languages of Philippines so it could be normal to hear some English words in the movies!

Rosalyn's Movie Marathon
Ardana (1997)

Happy Chinese New Year 2015

Found these Frozen Fan Art photos on Moviepilot ><
Disney Princess Anna and Elsa in Qipao!!

Happy Lunar New Year!! ♥
If you love your family, treat them special everyday,
not just on special occasions!! ♥

Pokémon Movie Marathon

Pokémon XY: The Archdjinni of the Rings: Hoopa (2015)

Pokémon Movie Marathon is fairly challenging but I have posted all 18 theatrical films and 4 specials!! I hope you enjoy all the contents I carefully create especially the movie reviews and movie quotes that I've painfully compiled!! ^^

More Quizzes including a Pokémon one and the Worst to Best Pokémon Films will be posted soon... If you want to be one of the first to see it, follow me on Moviepilot or Facebook! ^^ Below is a summary, list of links of what I have posted during the movie marathon! 

Pokémon Movie Marathon

Not enough?
If you still want more, I do have several articles related to the upcoming movie on Moviepilot!

Related Studios
OLM, Inc - Production I.G. - Xebec

That's all for now. Sincerely, thanks for reading and all the support!! ^^
Coming up next, South East Asia Animation Part 2!! ^^

Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)

Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014) Poster

Japanese title: ポケモン・ザ・ムービーXY 「破壊の繭とディアンシー」 
(Pokemon Za Mūbī Ekkusu Wai Hakai no Mayu to Dianshī)

Other title: Pokémon the Movie XY 破壞之繭與蒂安希, 
파괴의 포켓몬과 디안시, รังไหมแห่งการทำลายกับเดียนซี่,
Pokémon, le Film: Diancie et le Cocon de l'Annihilation, 
Il film Pokémon: Diancie e il bozzolo della distruzione.

Comments on Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)
"A tale of friendship which children and adults alike will all enjoy; it's well worth watching and it really shouldn't be passed up." - Nic Bunce, Continue Play.

"This is definitely a must-see movie." - Alice S.,

"The film is too short to really contain the content within it so bits and pieces are filled with lost potential." - DReager1, DReager1's Blog.

"The most kawaii Pokémon film ever! Dark yet uplifting due to the powerful characters, beautiful friendship and a very gentle ending!" - Rosalyn Lim.


Pokémon Origins (2013)

Pokémon Origins (2013) Poster

Japanese title: ポケットモンスター THE ORIGIN 
(Poketto Monsutā Ji Orijin)

Other titles: 宠物小精灵 THE ORIGIN, 神奇宝贝 THE ORIGIN, 포켓몬스터 THE ORIGIN,
 Pokémon Les Origines, Pokémon Le Origini, Pokémon Los Orígenes.

Comments on Movie: Pokémon Origins (2013)
"The Best Thing to Happen to Pokemon in Too Long; Something fresh and different in the franchise which is a breath of fresh air." - Jordan, The Artifice.

"It gives the viewer a nice quick trip down memory lane." - Tom & Linny, IGN Blogs.

"This is pretty much, what everyone wanted from a Pokémon anime since the beginning, it has awesome action, great animation, fantastic music, and it's just damn fun to watch." - Wamahato, ScrewAttack.

"A true video games to film kind of movie. So awesome and epic that we certainly needed more of these!" - Rosalyn Lim.


Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013)

For them, everything that exist today are totally new. A completely alien world.
Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013) Poster

Japanese title: 劇場版ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ 神速のゲノセクト ミュウツー覚醒 
(Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Besuto Uisshu! Shinsoku no Genosekuto: Myūtsū Kakusei)

Other title: 神速的蓋諾賽克特 超夢覺醒, 신의 속도 게노세크트 뮤츠의 각성,
Pokémon, le film : Genesect et l’éveil de la légende, 
Pokémon O Filme: Genesect e a Lenda Revelada, Genesect y El Despertar de Una Leyenda, 
La película Pokémon: Genesect y el despertar de una leyenda.

Comments on Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013)
"The message of the story is about the importance of belonging and finding a home." - ACCM.

"The movie tackles heavy themes." - Mara Wood, Nerd Span.

"This isn't the worst Pokemon movie, but it most certainly isn't the best." - Alec R. Lee.

"Great themes and settings.. Certainly will not lost in time!" - Rosalyn Lim.


Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012)

Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012) Poster

Japanese title: 劇場版ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ キュレムVS聖剣士 ケルディオ
(Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Besuto Uisshu Kyuremu tai Seikenshi Kerudio)

Other title: 酋雷姆VS聖劍士 凱路迪歐, 큐레무vs성검사 케르디오,
Покемон-фильм: Курем против Меча справедливости,
Pokémon, le film: Kyurem VS l'Épée de la Justice,
Il film Pokémon: Kyurem e il Solenne Spadaccino, 
Pokémon O Filme: Kyurem Contra A Espada da Justiça,
La película Pokémon: Kyurem VS. el Espadachín Místico.

Comments on Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012)
"Patience and courage are excellent traits and I’m happy that Pokémon is encouraging them." - Michael May, Good Comics For Kids.

"Surprisingly watchable film with enough fluff and substantial depth." - Gary Wright.

"Promotes great values and has great messages that can be inspirational to all!" - Rosalyn Lim.


Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram & White—Victini and Zekrom (2011)

A Hero Must Choose: The Power of Ideals... or the Courage of Truth?

Japanese title: 劇場版ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ ビクティニと白き英雄 レシラム
& 劇場版ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ ビクティニと黒き英雄 ゼクロム.
(Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Besuto Uisshu Bikutini to Shiroki Eiyū Reshiramu & 
Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Besuto Uisshu Bikutini to Kuroki Eiyū Zekuromu)

Other title: 比克提尼與黑英雄 捷克羅姆, 比克提尼與白英雄 雷希拉姆,
Pokémon le film: Blanc — Victini et Zekrom & Noir — Victini et Reshiram,
La película Pokémon: Negro — Victini y Reshiram & Blanco — Victini y Zekrom.

Pokémon the Movie: Black & White Posters

Comments on Movie: Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram & White—Victini and Zekrom (2011)
"It looked like it could’ve been a promising film. But it unfortunately tripped before reaching the finish line thanks to an incredibly weak villain and questionable political correctness."- Andrew K., Earn This.

"The difference shows how alternate paths can lead to the same conclusion. This movie is less violent and complex than other Pokemon entries, with less about fighting and collecting, and more focus on helping others." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media.

"Unfortunately, even if it's two against any one film, they are not as captivating as most of the other Pokémon films in entirety." - Rosalyn Lim.