Before we get started, let's address the elephant in the room. If you have been a follower of this blog for over a year, you should notice that almost half of this list was apart of our 2020 most anticipated. Thanks to the effects of that pesky COVID-19 many of the films that were slated for 2020 got bumped into 2021. And with the global pandemic still pending here's hoping everything listed here will see the light of day this year.
As an adult today, the Christmas season may not be as cheerful as you once remembered it. The insane traffic makes driving a nightmare, every store comes with their own mob, and thanks to a pesky global pandemic, visiting love ones is almost suicidal. Sucks right? But, at least you got all those warm fuzzy Christmas memories from when you were a child and still believed in good ole Saint Nick. Well, in search of similar feelings today, we decided to enter our memory banks and conjure up a list of our favourite depictions of the jolly man in animation over the years.
Yesterday, Microsoft held their highly anticipated Xbox Series X Games Showcase, and well...after its conclusion I was left with the weird feeling of being less excited about its arrival. I was underwhelmed and highly critical of Microsoft's first showing back in May hoping that they were simply holding back for this showcase to blow us away, but honestly, it just felt flat. Here are the reasons why I was left disappointed by the Xbox Series X Games Showcase:
To say 2020 has been an eventful year would be the greatest understatement of all time. We are currently still weaving our way through a global pandemic which greatly disturbed the socio-economic balance of everyday life. In the Caribbean, we also had to deal with numerous (albeit varying in magnitude) earthquakes throughout the region as well as the unwanted arrival of a Saharan Dust storm that caused the temperature to sore. And then there is the current Black Lives Movement that sees thousands line the streets in protest of police brutality against people of colour and systemic racial injustice. The likes of which that saw spotlight being placed on black people in all industries, including animation. A spotlight that intensified this past week after 3 beloved black characters in 3 popular animated shows will be changing voice actors after their white VAs decided to step down to clear the path for a black colleague. A noble gesture, but should it matter who voices a character regardless of race?
Xbox die-hards will be tired of me referencing that horrible Xbox Series X event, but yesterday, PlayStation showed the world how's it's done. After a much understandable week delay, Sony finally unveiled its next-generation console, the PS5. Its design is debatable (it looks like your ISP router), but my attention was more fixated on the games. Speaking of, Sony revealed 26 games in a 1 hour+ period ranging from spirally open-world titles to smaller games where you hunt food bugs. It was a lot to process, but after sleeping on it here are the games that got me itching for the PS5's arrival:
As I put fingers to each key, I pause...I am feeling a wide array of different emotions ranging from rage to fear as the events of the George Floyd protests and the struggles of the Black Live Matters movement play out before my eyes. Being black myself but born and raised in a predominantly black nation, I still can't to this day fully relate to what most people of colour who experienced prejudice purely as a result of their skin colour. I was largely ignorant to such issues growing up and was way more concerned about defeating Bowser in Mario 64 and Goku fight against Freeza. Luckily for me, I was also a huge fan of the Kids WB Saturday cartoon block and the Static Shock series in particular. The episode 'Sons of Father' first aired on December 8 and successfully opened my eyes to the world of racism and the continuous fight against it.
Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.