The Planet 51 Movie and Related Toys – The Soldiers

Planet 51, one of the best animated motion pictures this has just been put out. The movie, which has the voice performances of people like Dwayne Johnson and Jessica Biel has hit the cinemas running. In its wake the movie has left several cheering fans that want more of the fantastic movie and are already lunging for the Planet 51 toys. The cinemas were packed with boys and girls watching the movie. The movie has garnered high views on several different ratings poles and multiple persons have recommended it. When enjoying the Planet 51 movie you will see a star studded voice cast and brilliant animation. In addition new Planet51 toys, clothing and even Planet 51 video games are being released with this new and fantastic film.

The Planet 51 movie was made in Spain and directed by Jorge Blanco. The movie was in cinemas as of November, 20th of this year. Many people have flocked to the theaters to watch this motion picture. The Planet 51 movie follows the challenges of an spaceman being lost on an alien planet that he did not know was occupied. The astronaut is trailed around by soldiers that are frightened that he will make them into zombies. He makes many different friends on Planet 51 who help him get back to his native planet of Earth. The movie has some extremely funny scenes and sure to keep even the elders in stitches.

During the height of the story, Chuck the astronaut from Earth is being harassed by some of the “funny” resident military soldiers from Planet 51. these two Planet 51 “aliens” are very naive and in no time Chuck persuades the soldiers that they are under his will. He dupes the soldiers into believing that he control them and they have to help him break out. The soldiers follow him blindly not noticing that they are being tricked. The soldiers even help hide Chuck in the video store doing anything that they are being told to do.

The Planet 51 aliens conceal Chuck and Lem, Chucks Planet 51 pal, and help them get from point A to point B several times in the Planet 51 movie, but ultimately General Grawl, the rigid general, catches up to them. They are spotted at a costume party. Chuck is easy to see among all the other soldiers, as he has the United States Flag on his costume. General Grawl has a blunt attitude towards Chuck as he does not want to be a zombie and has no wish to deal with Chuck or anyone else from Earth for that matter. He has his soldiers hold Chuck and the gang. He has Professor Kripple look at all involved and his proposal is to cut apart everyone’s brains, supposing that Chuck had turned everyone into a zombie. Chuck, not wanting Lem to go through this seemed like he freed Lem from his zombie spell. This is enough to sway Kripple and General Grawl that Lem is not a zombie and they release him. They capture Chuck and Rover as well as the two soldiers who still believe that they are zombies.

Later on in the Planet 51 movie, when Lem and his gang are caught by the soldiers to Base 9, which is Planet 51’s secret base, the movie shows the two soldiers brains passing by. You later see the two soldiers talking like nothing happened endeavoring to sip drinks. They were not able to find their mouths. This adds a moment of humor to the movie. You also see several different soldiers on the Planet 51’s Base 9 as well.

As the movie goes on, Chuck, who is took to be interviewed by General Grawl has a chain of command in the room with them. He tells Chuck that he cannot escape because there is a immense plan. If he steps away, one solider will fire at the other, the next soldier will shoot the other, so on and so forth until they arrive at the last guy who is supposed to electrocute everyone. This leads to the soldiers all getting confused and a huge dispute ensues. Needless to say those soldiers get shot at and electrocuted making the General very upset. He then commands the soldiers to take Chuck away to have his brain taken out. Luckily for Chuck he is freed and they all live happily ever after, even General Grawl.

The Planet 51 movie is a terrific film for any child and elder as well. When your little child sees this motion picture, they are sure to want some of the Planet51 toys that are being released with it, especially the boys will like soldiers and the Military truck & tank toy. Since the Planet 51 movie it is new, not a whole lot of toys are for sale but there are several that are out. One of the best toys out is the 3 inch figure soldier. You can find these by creating a search online for Planet 51 3 inch figure soldiers. those will be wonderful for your boy to play with as the figurines are replicas of the soldiers found on Planet 51. You will be able to locate those toys at several different places. Performing a search online is probably the most convenient way to go to find the Planet51 toys.

After purchasing those Planet 51 3 inch figure soldiers, you can persuade your children to mimic the Planet 51 movie scenes. They could mimic the movie scene where the soldiers transform into zombies. Your kids copying this scene is sure to get laughs as well as help them with their memory skills. They can also have their soldiers leave on new tasks on their own Planet 51 at home. Maybe they could go on a task to find their now dissected brains, somewhere hidden on Planet 51. Or maybe a quest to find other Earthly artifacts on their Planet 51 or maybe even a watch for when Chuck flies back home. Try to direct them a little into following part of the movie’s “message”; Soldiers do not shoot and kill but protect, go on missions and can be funny guys.

Keep watching the online markets for the Planet51 toys. As the Planet 51 movie gets more popular and is released on DVD you will discover more and more toys, in addition to your toy soldiers. Simply keep searching for Planet51 toys and you will discover multiple different ones to choose from including the 3 inch soldier figurines. I know that Amazon has got all the Planet51 toys, including the models Chuck, Lem, the Mini Bump & Go Rover and the 3 inch soldier figurines; these toy soldiers are exact replicas of the habitants of Planet 51. You will also buy the mini vehicle figure 2-pack Military truck & tank toy. All Planet51 toys are very well made and very durable. The toys look just like the items that are utilized in the movie. these toys are quite new and can be somewhat troublesome to purchase, and may be even out of order already, but once you one make sure you purchase it before others do. Although this may not be enough and you may need to buy a few other Planet51 toys to start the collection. His/Her Birthday may be close too, and you will already have a clue on what item to select, Guess what? Another few Planet51 toys!

The Planet51 toys will make several different children pleased all year long. It is a wonderful film and if you have not watched it yet, be sure to view it as soon as you can. Be sure to watch it as soon as you can – it is a fantastic movie and if you have not watched it yet!

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German Horror Movies – Directors Who Shaped Underground Cinema

As a nation, Germany has gone through many difficult times and survived two of the largest wars ever to take place on our planet. Understandably, after having endured so much real life terrors, the horror movie genre didn’t exactly flourish there following World War II. In fact, it wouldn’t be until the 1980’s that filmmakers would begin to emerge from the German underground film scene and begin making their mark on our favorite genre.

Today I’d like to introduce you to five influential German directors who’ve made the German horror genre what it is today. While you may not recognize them all, I bet you’ll know at least one name from this list.

We begin our journey with a man by the name of Andreas Schnaas, said to be the pioneer of Germany’s ultra-violent underground film scene. Herr Schnaas was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1968 and fell in love with cinema at a very young age. Since his local theaters were lax in their exclusion of young people from more horrific films, Schaas grew up on a steady diet of high caliber martial arts movies and zombie flicks. While his parents didn’t necessarily approve of his cinematic tastes, they did recognize his artistic leanings and by age twelve

he’d shot his first amateur horror film in which he and a friend starred.

It wouldn’t be until 1989 that Herr Schnaas would work up the funds needed to shoot his own movie (5,000 German Marks, roughly $2,000 USD), but when he did his first film he made quite a splash. Violent Sh*t, his initial full length film was so named because it’s precisely what Schnaas’ friend accused him of making. The story involved Karl the Butcher and obviously the movie itself was heavily gore-oriented. Fans loved it and it instantly became a cult hit inspiring many a midnight showing. The German government, on the other hand, banned it once it hit video as the country’s very first straight-to-video release. It’s gone on to spawn three sequels: Mother Hold My Hand, Infantry of Doom (known as Zombie Doom in the United States) and Nikos. Even

though the band never sued for the copyright infringement, the first film did include an unauthorized use of the W.A.S.P. song ‘The Torture Never Stops‘.

That same year, writer director Jörg Buttgereit of Berlin, would bring the world yet another controversial film. Nekromantik was described by famous filmmaker John Waters as the world’s “first erotic film for necrophiliacs”. The story in Nekromantik involves a sort of tragic “hero” who’s job it is to remove bodies from public places. This gives him the perfect opportunity to pursue his favorite fetish: romancing the dead. As you can imagine, due to its

subject matter, the film found itself banned in several countries. However, unlike the Schnaas films, Nekromantik intends to be a social commentary. The basic gist of the story shows the main character as abused and tormented by society at large, thus triggering his withdrawl into the sick fantasy world he’s built to hide within. In his fantasies he can exercise ultimate control over the world and essentially ‘puppet’ the dead the same way that he perceives society to be the all-controlling master of his existence.

While Herr Buttgereit’s film can be defined as horror since that’s clearly a strong element in the film, many viewers find it to be more clearly classified as a transgressive film which is in itself a genre of avant garde filmmaking. The film itself contains many scenes that will be difficult for any audience to swallow, but hard truths about life often are. For stark symbolism, Buttgereit’s cinematic debut certainly pushes all boundaries.

Shortly before the 1990’s, one more force arose in the German movie landscape: Olaf Ittenbach. Black Past, Herr Ittenbach’s first film, proves to be not only his directorial debut, but also his introduction as an actor. He plays a teenage metalhead who’s a heavy drinker and obsessed with death, tortured by nightmarish visions. Of course, from there it’s a total spiral down into madness. Many consider Ittenbach to be the first German ‘splatterpunk’ filmmaker and have compared his works to Resident Evil, Toxic Avengers and other more recognized films. He certainly pushed German horror further into the public spotlight, but not as much as our final director featured in this article.

You may’ve guessed what’s coming: Uwe Boll. Herr Boll is a filmmaker whom critics love to hate. He’s a man who seemingly single-handedly took dark German films to the true international level. He’s not only a director, but also screen writer and perhaps most notably a producer of his own work. Unlike many Hollywood directors who receive outside funding, Herr Boll tends to fund his own work. He studied at both the University of Siegen and the

University of Cologne and holds a doctorate in literature.

So it may come as a surprise to many that he’s so despised in the film world. While there are as many potential reasons as there are minds to think them up, critics often take aim at what they see as his emphasis of style over substance. The films of Uwe Boll often take direct inspiration from videos games like Alone in the Dark, Postal, BloodRayne and House of the Dead. While they may not boast the finest acting or most realistic effects in movies today, Herr Boll’s films most certainly offer up a solid fun factor and that’s made him something of a cult hero among fans of both horror movies and video games in general.

In true maverick style, Uwe Boll rarely stands down when criticized. He’s notorious for publicly insulting his critics and even challenging them to get into a ring and box him! This compliments his legendary ability to raise funds for his films as opposed to seeking funding from established studios. Most of his investors are German because in his native country he enjoys a tax shelter that helps him be able to finance the films more easily. Despite all the

harsh criticism and downright mean things said about his films, he continues to produce them and they arguably improve. While he may remain a magnet for media spite, Uwe Boll stands proud for his fans and refuses to give up his passion.

That’s a wrap on this look at four influential directors on the German horror movie scene. I hope I’ve opened your eyes to what the land that brought us Volkswagens and Dachshunds has to offer when it comes to dark cinema. It may take some work to find the titles featured here, but you certainly won’t fail to be shocked if you choose to pick a few up for your own viewing pleasure!

Why Disney’s “Frozen” Is a Bad Movie

I just finished watching the popular Disney movie, “Frozen”, for the second time. The hype surrounding the movie was obnoxious and everyone was saying that, “‘Frozen’ is one of the best movies of all time.” Watching it my first time around, it wasn’t great; the bar was set pretty high and my expectations didn’t meet up to the reality of the movie. But after my second time watching it, it has solidified in my brain that this movie is one of the worst Disney has ever produced.

There’s actually a funny history surrounding this movie. Walt Disney wanted to make this movie all the way back in 1943. “Frozen” was supposed to be Disney’s adaptation of the popular fairy tale, “The Snow Queen”, written by Hans Christian Anderson (Get it? Hans, Kristoff, Anna, Sven. Good job, Disney). “The Snow Queen” actually has, what would be Elsa, as the villain. They decided they couldn’t create the movie in the 40s because they couldn’t find a way to adapt it to a modern audience. They tried again in the late 1990s, but the project was scrapped when one of the head animators on the project, Glen Keane, quit. In 2010, they scrapped it again because they still couldn’t find a way to make the story work. Then, in 2011, they finally decided on making Anna the younger sister of the Snow Queen, which was enough for them to create “Frozen”.

“Frozen” was directed by Chris Buck (known for “Tarzan”) and Jennifer Lee (known for “Wreck-it-Ralph”). The bar was set pretty high for me seeing as both those movies were well above the standards of a “kid’s movie”. The story was going to be just like the fairy tale, but then, Christophe Beck composed the hit song, “Let it Go”. The production team went crazy; instead of trying to fit the song into the movie, they rewrote the entire plot and Elsa’s entire character to fit the song. I have never heard of an entire movie being changed to fit one song. Because of this, it’s blatantly obvious that no one could decide on anything in this movie. Since Elsa isn’t the antagonist, there really was no real evil force. The Duke of Weaselton is brought up to be the villain in the beginning when he states, “Open those gates so I may unlock your secrets and exploit your riches. Did I say that out loud?” Why do you want to unlock the secrets and exploit their riches?

The Duke has absolutely no development to the point where he doesn’t even have a name. He barely even gets screen time. So if he isn’t the villain, who is? Well, in the last 15 minutes of the movie, Anna’s fiance, Prince Hans, is brought up to be the villain, stating he wants to rule a kingdom and he can’t because of his 12 other brothers. This comes out of absolutely nowhere. There were no hints, no evil glances, no sidebars or monologues, nothing. He even gives out blankets and hot soup to every person in the kingdom of Airendale. Prince Hans even says, he will protect Airendale because Anna left him in charge and “will not hesitate to protect Airendale from treason” when the Duke states he wants to take over. I can’t stand it when they get so lazy as to just throw in a villain at the last few minutes because they couldn’t actually bring up a real villain. Prince Hans states that he wanted to take over and he was going to kill Elsa and all this other crap, but Elsa was just about to be killed and he saved her life. Why would he save her life if he wanted her dead? None of it made sense and it irked me the entire movie.

Frozen recycles animation and character models from their previous hit, “Tangled”. The main characters, Elsa and Anna, use the same exact model as Rapunzel from “Tangled”. This controversy has been huge around the internet, calling Disney “lazy” and the such. Personally, I was okay with this. Disney is known for recycling animations (which can be seen here). Even though it was really strange that Elsa and Anna had the same exact face and body structure and the only difference between them were the freckles and their hair, it didn’t bother me too much. But, during the coronation scene, Elsa says to Anna, “You look beautiful.” Pretty ironic if you ask me.

The movie starts off with Elsa and Anna playing together with Elsa’s ice magic. It’s cute at first, but then Elsa strikes Anna in her head and they have to “thaw out the ice” or something along those lines. So they ask the trolls to heal her and they wipe Anna’s memories of Elsa having magic. Then, they lock the castle doors so no one can ever see Elsa and lock Elsa away in her room to never speak to her sister again. This is where it all starts to go downhill. None of it made sense. Why would you wipe Anna’s memories of Elsa having magic? If it was easily fixed, why not just explain to her that they can’t play with Elsa’s magic anymore because it’s out of hand? She would’ve known the consequences afterwards. It’s like if you touch a hot stove; you’re curious, you touch it, you burn yourself, you never touch it again. The fear solidifies subconsciously. Even if you could explain why she needed her memories erased, why was Anna locked inside the castle doors too? Anna had no recollection of the events, even at the end of the movie, so why was Anna being punished for something Elsa did? They could have easily allowed her to talk to the townsfolk and have a good time outside the castle while Elsa was locked away.

There’s this motif throughout the movie about locked doors; they lock the castle doors, Anna knocks on Elsa’s door and she never answers, Anna and Prince Hans sing the song, “Love is an Open Door”, Anna says to Elsa, “All you know is how to shut people out.” I found the motif pretty clever until they forced it down my throat. When Anna reaches the ice castle, she knocks on the door. When the door opens, she says, “Well that’s a first.” It’s a giant punch in the chest when you think you’ve analyzed a motif and you can go on and on about how amazing the directors were for putting it in there, but then the directors hold your hand and forcefully say, “Hey! This a motif! You should totally love us for this!” I would’ve been okay with it too if they just didn’t put that one line in the movie. When you read a book and you analyze it, the author is trying to let you come to the conclusion yourself and let you discuss it. It’s the same with movies. There was no need to forcefully tell us that this was a motif. Doing so was actually counterproductive. It popped my bubble.

This lead me to the question, “Why was Anna the main character?” Here’s a checklist of every plot-moving event in the movie:

Elsa strikes Anna so they have to lock the castle gates and Elsa can never talk to anyone ever again
Elsa is becoming queen
The entire kingdom gets frozen over because of Elsa
Elsa arguably has the best song in the entire movie
Anna has to find Elsa so that Elsa can save the entire kingdom
Hans has to kill Elsa to become king

Everything centers around Elsa. So why have Anna be the main character? Anna didn’t have any real character development in the movie while Elsa was completely fleshed out in every scene that she’s in. Just watch the scene from her song, “Let It Go”The entire song is about her “letting go” of her fear and coming to terms with her powers and being herself. This would’ve made a for a better plot; a woman finally coming to terms with herself, society trying to shut her down, and her fight to be accepted as who she is. Instead, it’s about Anna trying to find her sister so her sister can save the kingdom. It’s like Phil being the main character of Hercules or Mushu being the main character for Mulan. It doesn’t make any sense. Anna isn’t as interesting as Elsa. Sure, she’s funny and relate-able, but that could easily have been Elsa. Everyone can relate to not fitting into the social norms. So I reiterate, why have Anna be the main character?

Speaking of Anna, they said the only way to save her was “one true act of love”. There were many “true acts of love.” Kristoff bringing her to the trolls, Olaf giving her that pep talk, Kristoff bringing her to Hans to save her. All of these were “true acts of love”, but none of them counted because it didn’t “fit the dynamic of sisterhood.” The whole dynamic between Elsa and Anna felt so forced to the point where I stopped caring halfway through the movie. Mostly because Anna doesn’t actually evolve as a character until the very end of the movie. Even then, the development isn’t that major.Olaf is another thing that felt so force-fed. It was cute that the snowman Elsa and Anna created when they were young became a real living being and helped Anna out on her quest, but he didn’t do much. At all. He sings a song about the summer, makes a ton of jokes, gives Anna a pep talk at the end of the movie, more jokes, then that’s it. He doesn’t really face much adversity, making him extremely 1 dimensional. It’s obvious they put him in there just to be cute and to target a wider audience. There’s a test that I use to explain 1 dimensional characters; if you can replace the character with a lamp, and the plot could still advance, then the character didn’t need to be there. I promise you, if you watch the movie again and follow that test, you’ll understand exactly what I saying. What’s worse is that he could’ve actually been a catalyst to Anna regaining her memories of her sister and finally realizing why she feels the way she does. But instead, he’s nothing but a comedic relief that has no part in the plot whatsoever.

The whole movie and plot felt so rushed and like no one could agree on anything. From the villains to the plot to the characters; it’s all rushed. It felt like they said, “Hey, “Tangled” was great! Let’s just take the stuff we used from “Tangled” and get this movie off our checklist after 70 years.” But, there is one thing that did surprise me; the soundtrack. The music was phenomenal. Every song felt very broadway-esque and fit the scenes perfectly. “Let It Go”, “Love is an Open Door”, and all the rest of the songs made my heart soar and gave me hope for the next Disney titles to have music on par with the classics like “Mulan” or “The Lion King”.

And that’s my opinion on Disney’s “Frozen”. Honestly, this movie was just plain bad. I say, wait for it to go on Broadway and see it there. I firmly believe that the Broadway musical will be light-years better than this atrocity. They’ll have more time for production, more time to explain and develop their characters and plots, and the effects will be really sick. I can’t wait to see how they bring up Elsa’s Ice Castle! If you don’t agree with any of my points, do feel free to leave a comment with your opinion! Unless you’re gonna argue that this movie wasn’t targeted to my demographic and that it was “made for kids”. I will then point you in the directions of the masterpieces known as “Tangled”, “The Lion King”, “Mulan”, “Brave”, and almost every other Disney movie before this. I would love to see what everyone else thought of the movie!

Girls Making Out Is Nothing New for European Movies

Scenes of women making out on the bed, in public places or quite openly in movies may be something considered shocking for Americans, but for the Europeans who are more comfortable about their bodies and sexual orientation, these scenes are nothing new, in fact, they are quite commonplace. Take for instance the European movies, especially the French and Scandinavian ones. They have gay and lesbian scenes which are just as common as heterosexual scenes in Hollywood movies. They are filmed in the same style and some are even very well done.

Everyone was shocked when they saw pictures of famous personas like Madonna, Spears, Bullock and Johansson making out in public, but what they do not realize is that these women are just copycats. These ‘shocking’ scenes are dime a dozen in Europe and there were even hilarious reports of the American reactions. Europeans are very comfortable with their bodies and they let no taboos get in their way. They are more open about their gay communities, their films are more open in terms of nudity and erotic scenes, even the famous Millennium Trilogy – Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest was quite blatant to show the love scenes between two women, and it was quite graphic too. Did it get the attention of the Europeans when it was shown there? On the contrary, they were quite shocked at the American’s reactions to the scenes. For them it was so ordinary and commonplace that they even forgot there was a scene. Give it to the Americans to focus on that one scene alone and make a fuss over it.

Girls making out in public places like bars have been coined as ‘Barsexuals.’ However, does that really have to be the term used? It is okay for a man and a woman to make out in public even if they don’t love each other, but it is not okay for two women to make out when they love each other? There seems to be some sort of bias somewhere and that is the main focus of this article. Girls who make out should not be ostracized; they should be accepted just like the others. There should be no differences for the acceptance of their sexual orientation. Fact is, it is time for America to grow up because the rest of the world definitely has.