Perry's Previews – Insights from a Child Film Critic

Blogs Toon Boom Sponsors Award-Winning Child Animator Perry Chen’s New Film About His Late Father

Toon Boom Animation sent a donation check to Perry S. Chen to help fund his new and most personal animation film “Changyou’s Journey,” about his father's fight against cancer.

Blogs Perry’s Previews: 2013 Oscar Animation Shorts Review, Director Interviews & Prediction

By Perry Chen | Monday, February 11, 2013 at 2:15pm

2012 was an amazing year for animation short films. This year’s Oscar nominees share one thing in common: they are all silent films, each demonstrating the power of pure storytelling with only visuals and music! The nominees are: “Paperman”, “Fresh Guacamole”, “Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare,” “Head over Heels,” and “Adam and Dog.”

Blogs Perry’s Previews Movie Review & Director Interview: “Paperman,” A Flight of Imagination

By Perry Chen | Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:44pm

“Paperman” is an incredible film, the best animation short I have seen this year! The art is a seamless bend between CG and 2D animation, retaining the feel of fluid hand-drawn movements.

Blogs Perry’s Previews Movie Review and Filmmaker Interview: 'ParaNorman'

By Perry Chen | Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:13pm

I really enjoyed this film, and can relate to Norman because I have been bullied before, like most people, for being different. The film is very emotional and about proving one’s inner power. I am really impressed by how the animators created the film out of stop motion! I marveled at the intricate metal skeleton design of the assembly for the puppets used for the making of the film.

Blogs Perry’s Previews 2012 Best Animation Feature Oscar & Interviews Directors

By Perry Chen | Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 9:05am

Because these two films are hardly seen by most people, I don’t think any of them has a chance of winning the Oscar. Just ahead of the Oscars on Feb 26, 2012, here is my prediction for the Best Animation Award.

Blogs Perry’s Previews 2012 Animation Shorts Oscar Prediction, Review & Director Interviews

By Perry Chen | Friday, February 24, 2012 at 7:30am

My review and filmmaker interviews for the 5 nominees are in the order from my least favorite to my favorite, with a prediction of Oscar winner at the end.

Blogs Review: The Adventures of Tintin

By Perry Chen | Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 3:33pm

Have you ever wondered what the life of a young journalist is like? Of course, you could probably hear my story, but my career as a journalist is far less dangerous, mysterious, and exciting than that of Tintin, a boy reporter with spiky orange hair in the movie “The Adventures of Tintin” directed by Steven Spielberg.

Blogs Perry’s Previews: Happy Feet 2

By Perry Chen | Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 3:06pm

I found quite a few flaws in this film, although they are mostly on the scientific side. First of all, male elephant seals do not stay with and care for their young. Also, puffins, which live in the Arctic, cannot fly the great distance to Antarctica (which is about 22,000 miles away). Puffins are not built for flying long distances and are better adapted for swimming.

Blogs Perry’s Previews Movie Review: Puss in Boots

By Perry Chen | Friday, October 28, 2011 at 3:18pm

Most people know and love Puss in Boots, the charismatic feline companion of Shrek, but who knows his mysterious past? Puss in Boots, a new animation from DreamWorks reveals the thrilling adventures the swashbuckling orange tabby went on before he met the ogre. The film is a clever mash-up of many well-known nursery rhymes and fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose, and Humpty Dumpty.

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