Animated Joy – the App

Concept by Julianne Castillo (Animated Joy)

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App design by Julianne Castillo

Hello fellow movie lovers! So today’s post is a little different. I wanted to share my brain child with you. I came up with a concept for an app called “Animation House.”  This app is a movie service devoted to animated movies and related topics. This service would require you to have an account which would cost at the very most $5 a month.

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App Menu design by Julianne Castillo

Once you log in, there is a menu tab to direct you to all of the amazing things that this app would have to offer. On your Profile tab you can choose to include a profile picture or even upload your Bitmoji avatar as your profile. Your profile will also show you all of the videos you’ve watched, what you rated them, and suggested movie genres. In the Movies tab, you can see all of the available movies on the app. There would be another menu on the Movies page that allows you to navigate genres. On the News page, there will be programming that allows you to see all news related to upcoming movie releases. On the Forums page, you can connect with other people,in chat rooms, who have watched the movies you have already watched. If you include your city and state, then you will have access to location specific chat rooms. There will even be direct messaging capabilities; who knows maybe you could make new friends through movies. On the Points page, you will be able to keep track of how many points you get and how you can redeem them. The idea is that if you write reviews, invite people to the app, and show your devotion to animation by watching movies, you can be rewarded with things like Fandango coupons or free download codes. In Settings, you can manage your account settings, get customer service help, if needed, and log out.

The goal of this app is to broaden the viewing audience of animation and to help people connect through film. The cinematic experience is one we can all partake in, and one we should partake in. Cinema has the power to transport us to whole other worlds and connect us with each other. I hope you will watch this YouTube video and experience how powerful cinema can be.

As always, grab some popcorn, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Hell and Back (2015)

Rated R

So, this movie is… interesting, I guess. I’m not really sure how to describe it.


When watching this movie, I wondered why the humor seemed

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familiar. This dry humor can be found in shows such as Saturday Night Live and Robot Chicken; this is probably because of the directors Tom Gianas and Ross Shuman were writers for those shows respectively. Hell and Back was written by Tom Gianas, Zeb Wells, and Hugh Sterbakov. With voice actors like Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis, and Jennifer Coolidge, you are sure to recognize at least one of the characters (full cast). This film was released on Oct. 2, 2015, and made $104,374 on opening weekend.


This story is quite slow for the first thirteen minutes. Three stoner friends – Remy, Augie, and Curt –  work at a run down carnival and happen to come across the book of Beelzebub. When Remy and Curt want to trade mints, Curt is required to make a blood oath that he will give Remy one of his mints. After refusing to share his mint, Curt is sucked into a portal to hell for breaking his blood oath. Remy and Augie jump into the portal to save Curt. This is where their adventure begins. Along the way the gang meets people like the Devil, Orpheus, and Deema the daughter of Orpheus. Will the gang make it out and save Curt? I guess you will have to watch and find out.


Hell and Back (2015)

This is one of those movies where it’s really stupid, but it’s also stupid enough to be funny. When I first started watching this movie, I honestly thought I would hate it, but as it continued, I disliked it less. As it went on, the humor is very much adult humor can be appreciated after a serious lack of sleep. There are little details that kill me, pun intended. In hell, the souls are not actually tortured but rather slightly annoyed for eternity. Some of the annoyances include going to a Taco Bell/Pizza Hut combo store, and only being able to order Taco Bell; being able to drink soda but it is always flat; and eating neapolitan ice cream with only strawberry left. I do think that this film is geared towards a specific audience with it’s humor. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, I encourage you to watch the trailer, pop some popcorn, watch the film on Netflix, and enjoy!


Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Tale as old as time


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a timeless classic that continues to be loved by people

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everywhere. Maybe it is because of Disney’s movie magic, or maybe it is because this film had the directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise to make this movie a success. Other members of this successful team included Linda Woolverton, animation and screenplay writer, and Brenda Chapman, story writer. After it’s release, Beauty and the Beast won twenty-seven of the forty-eight awards it was nominated for, including two Oscars for in the “Best Music” category. With voices such as Angela Lansbury, Paige O’Hara, and Robby Benson, this film successful (full cast).

Beauty and the Beast was originally released in Uruguay on June 26, 1991. The first time this film was aired in the US was on September 29, 1991, at the New York Film Festival. From there, Beauty and the Beast made it’s way to silver screens across the States and was finally released to the public on November 22, 1991. With an estimated budget of $25,000,000, Beauty and the Beast has continued to earn money, grossing up to $218,967,620 as of May 2012.

Story line

The story of the Beauty and the Beast starts out with a young prince, named Adam, refusing to help an older woman who comes to his front door. The old woman then transforms into a beautiful enchantress and curses the prince to punish him for his foolish vanity. Some years later, we see a beautiful girl named Belle walking through the

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city. The people of the city find Belle to be a very odd girl because she reads books. Now, if it wasn’t enough for her to be judged for reading, she was also judged because of her genius father who was thought of as the town loon. While her father is out searching in the woods, he comes across a castle and is taken prisoner by the beast. Belle’s father’s horse runs back to their home to get Belle and return to the castle.

Nobly, Belle offers to take her father’s place as the beast’s prisoner. Through a series of stories from the servants, now cursed to be random household objects, Belle learns of the beast’s situation and how he must learn to see people for the beauty within.

Deeper meaning

Although many people recently have started to see Beauty and the Beast as a tale of simple Stockholm Syndrome, there is a much deeper understanding of this story. The first is an encouragement to young girls everywhere: be bold, keep reading, learn, be you no matter what society thinks. The second is a critique on society: don’t judge people by how they appear on the outside, like the prince did. We, like the townspeople, cannot simply hate someone because they literally look like a beast. People are like books, there is more to them than just their covers.

But this is just my interpretation. As always, I encourage you to watch the trailer, rent the movie, grab a bag a popcorn, and enjoy!


Sausage Party (2016)

Warning: This movie is rated “R” and is not suggested for family movie nights.

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Hello fellow movie lovers! It’s been a while, I know, but I have a treat for y’all. This week’s review of Sausage Party is actually a video! How cool is that? As always, I have the link of the full cast for you, as well as the link to the trailer.


I hope you enjoy my very first YouTube video!