The Dossier Fantastique podcast opens once again, revealing a treasure trove of details regarding recent horror, fantasy, and science fiction films. Lawerence French previews JODOROWSKY’S DUNE, the documentary about the unmade adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel, opening in limited engagements on March 21. Steve Biodrowski reviews MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN, the 3D animated hit from DreamWorks. Together, two-thirds of the Cinefantastique podcasting team (Dan Persons is on hiatus) look at what’s out on home video for Tuesday, March 18, including FROZEN, SAVING MR. BANKS, and DARK HOUSE, a new independent horror film playing limited theatrical engagements after debuting on video last week. Tobin Bell (SAW) stars for director Victor Salva (JEEPERS CREEPERS).
Stick around after the credits for the Black Hole Ultra-Lounge, the podcast’s weekly bonus feature in which conversation flows freely and sometimes randomly. This week, the epic debate: is the longer TV re-edit of DUNE (from which director David Lynch removed his name) superior to the shorter theatrical cut?
A Disney princess movie with a vengeance, the cg animated FROZEN offers up no less than two princesses for the marketing department to turn into ancillary merchandise: one sweet and plucky (voiced by Kristen Bell); the other (Idina Menzel) cursed with the ability to freeze whatever she touches, with no Professor X around to whisk her away to the Institute. Plus, there’s an overload of songs, a surfeit in comedy relief characters — including a loyal reindeer, a tribe of over-enthusiastic trolls, and a hyper-over-enthusiastic snowman (Josh Gad) — and some seriously stunning production design, taking full advantage of the stuff that seems to work best in 3D. Too bad swirling snowflakes can’t quite make up for weak plotting.
Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons sit down to weigh FROZEN’s stature in the pantheon of Disney fairy-tale adaptations, explore the knots that animators tie themselves into in courting their princess-loving core demo without antagonizing the rest of the potential audience, and debate the creators’ cautious approach to their tale’s Freudian aspects. Click on the player to hear the show.