Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 20 minutes
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It opens with a wide sweeping shot of a spaceship. The effects are amazing as electricity completely overloads a system of wires. The blaze follows along the cords until the system completely overloads and finally the sparks explode in blue and white fizzes. You can see the stars swirling by in the windows, and their reflections on the cold metal of the machines and computers create an icy and beautiful world. It’s amazing that they were able to come up with effects like this in an independent film. It’s even more amazing that they were able to do it in with animation.
Blue is one of the most impressive feats of special effects I’ve ever witnessed in an independent endeavor. Comparable to a Pixar film in realism and beauty, Blue is beyond amazing. It’s also entertaining and fun.
An adorable blue toned robot is trapped all alone on a spaceship that rotates in the icy darkness of orbit around a planet. The attention to detail is so sharp and clean that you wonder if some of the shots may have been done on a real set using reflective material, and added in the animation later. That’s how awesome this film is. You won’t find quality animation sequences like this on a Playstation 2 game.
The star of this film is a little robot. An actor that has no other expressions except for those created by the director through his eyes and his body language is a tough actor to work with. As the film goes on, you can really feel the personality inside this little guy. You care about him, you fear fro him, and you want him to be okay. It helps that he’s kind of adorable, too.
There are so many things I liked about this film on so many levels. Cullins hasn’t just made a movie; he’s created an alternate universe. Not only one of the best films I’ve ever been sent for review, it’s one of the best-animated films I’ve ever seen. Mullins should lave Alabama and come to Hollywood so he can help George Lucas, Disney, and Pixar remember what great animation really is.
Posted on April 21, 2004 in Reviews by Heidi Martinuzzi
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