Since we first learnt of Raya and the Last Dragon and had it listed as one of our most anticipated animated films of 2020, a lot had happened. The film got 2 delays, a change of lead voices actress, 2 additional directors, and the arrival of a tiny little global pandemic to top it all off. But that's all in the past, and the film is gearing up for its big debut this week on Disney+. So, how did it fair critically? Here's the roundup:
We have been hearing/reading about Pixar's new Mediterranean adventure for some time now, and apart from a very short teaser and news of a Summer release date, we haven't heard much. Until today that is, as Pixar has now pulled the curtains back on a brand new trailer for its next film, and it looks gorgeous.
After news broke that Netflix would be teaming up with the original creators of Avatar the Last Air Bender to create a live-action series for the streaming platform, we were cautiously optimistic. Since then, the creators left the project over "creative differences", and our collective hopes for great new content in the world of Avatar was again dashed. In step Nickelodeon to our rescue with the recent announcement of Avatar Studios.
When it comes to awards show of any discipline, one may examine once a while, there will be a controversial winner. This is especially so in the art/entertainment field, where empirical data has little help in determining a clear winner between close nominees. The likes of The Oscars, The Grammys and The Emmys all come to mind here so, we can expect the same in the area of Anime. 2021 is not one of those years as during Crunchyroll's annual Anime Awards, the majority believed Jujutsu Kaisen was the rightful winner for Anime of the Year.
Here at Bluecrescentstudio.com, we wanted to share some of our work on the website as free downloads to aid those that new to 3D modelling. It had proven success with hundreds of downloads and messages thanking us for making some of our models available for free. This spurred us in wanting to create more models with the sole focus on having these assets ready for ones gaming/animation project. This led to the creation of an all-new dedicated 3D model shop we dubbed Di 3D Shack.
The first season of HBO Max's Close Enough was a delight. With all of the charm and wit of The Regular Show without any of the PG restrictions, Close Enough has been a breath of fresh air since its debut last year. The only downside was the first season was too short and left me eager for more. Luckily, HBO finally revealed that season 2 is hitting the streaming service in 2 weeks.
Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.