Archive for the Animation Category

Batman vs. Robin

Posted in Action/Adventure, Animation, Movie Reviews, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

When Batman finds himself under attack by his own son, Damian (Robin), he at first suspects the hand of Ra’s Al Ghul behind the treachery, but then comes to see that the boy may be controlled by a mysterious and murderous society known as the Court of Owls.

What people are saying:

“More a mash-up of two of the most highly regarded Batman stories in the last 20 years than its title implies it stands alongside the best efforts of Warner Bros. Animated.” 4 1/2 stars

“This could of been the next red hood movie, if they would of stuck to just one story, but instead they shove all these storys all together instead of focusing on batman and the owls. Court of owls /night of the owls was a great stoty and would of been fine on its own, but they just shoved all these other plots in and it just didn’t work. They even took some of the best scenes from the book and cheapened them, like making that intense amazing maze part of the story and turning into a quick drugged dream thing.” 1 star

“The story itself was good, not the best but not the worst I’ve seen. The kid was just annoying at first, but it got better as the story progressed. I do think it could have been a lot better, the storyline they used had more potential but it wasn’t bad. As far as content. Definitely not for kids, I wouldn’t even say 13 and up, i’d say older. Lots of blood, violence, even a straight up massacre. Some of the language and the sexual content was unnecessary so be aware of that if you are looking at this for children. ” 3 stars

“The anticipation of the eventual fight between Batman and Robin is palpable. With all the talented voice actors bringing in realism of the character’s conflicts, it’s hard not to enjoy.” 4 stars

“Not good, this is actually a terrible adaptation of the court of owls comic storyline. The way they reworked it with Damian Wayne was just terrible, and the story line goes out of its way to make batman seem incompetent. It would have been better if they had just straight up done a court of owls animated movie and skipped out the son of batman stuff for two reasons. The first being the aforementioned batman incompetence like batman sending a ten year old boy into the wilderness on his own, stupid, or robin solving the doll maker crime before batman, lame. Then of course the second being that Damien is the most annoyingly pig headed, and truly unsavory robins ever created, plainly put he’s just unlikable and really petulant through the whole film. Spent the hour and twenty minutes on count down waiting for the torture to end.” 1 star

Storks

Posted in Animation, Family, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In this animated avian tale, storks have stopped bringing babies home and started delivering packages for an e-commerce giant instead. But when a stork named Junior creates a baby by mistake, the rush is on to make things right.

REVIEW:

Storks is charmless with rote obligation. This is a kid’s film for hire, with none of the creativity, emotion and design that elevate the genre to art, or even simply a fun time at the movies” 2 stars

“This flick had a great message buried underneath all of the intense ADHD but this movie was incredibly way too manic for me to follow. Seemed to be a children’s movie strictly for children. The annoyingly distracting flow of the flick couldn’t salvage the film’s positive message, talented cast, and impressive animation.” 2 stars

“Most of the movie doubles down on the mania and lacing the sugar-rush sensation with an almost lysergic sense of silliness.” 3 stars

“Enjoyable animated family movie, the colorful animation and the overdone funny voice-over does tend to focus on kids, still should be a decent watch for adults too. There are lots of hits and misses, some genuine funny moments mixed with equal amount of forced laughs, the plot and storytelling is the biggest weakness.” 3 stars

“Dull storyline, and a lot of the “humor” were not that funny. The ending picked up a bit but failed to really deliver anything really good to watch. I know this movie is about storks, but the humans are totally brain dead in this movie. Overall I found it to be a waste of time to watch.” 1 star

The Peanuts Movie

Posted in Animation, Family, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron

What people are saying:

“The Peanuts Movie is delightful from beginning to end and doesn’t rely on baddies, silly sidekicks or lame toilet gags to distract your munchkins.” 4 stars

“Have to admit…I sure expected to hate this film. Entirely unnecessary and not terribly relevant nevermind the stylized character design. But I saw it and it won me over! Didn’t seem the kids in the audience had much connection to the kids and Snoopy but I heard plenty of chuckles from the adults around me. And what a nice ending! Stayed true to the Peanuts we grew up with (right down to phones with long cords you can get tied up in) and even the voices seemed more right than on the specials I’ve seen lately on television.” 4 stars

“Great movie! It really feels like the old Charlie Brown. The only downside is that modern pop music that ruins the moment (kind of Rio music). It was unnecessary. I don’t think that little kids today can’t feel in touch with funny jazzy music. But overall, great product.” 5 stars

“Sorry, I love Peanuts, but this was a disappointment. It felt less like the classic holiday specials, and more like the follow-on half hour of short gags they always show on network television to keep the kids watching. Peanuts was so special because it was dark and funny at the same time. Schultz never ignored the bitter disappointments and angst that all children have to go through. He showed it to us, and got us to laugh about it. This movie doesn’t do that. I can’t assess this movie from the perspective of a child. They might find it entertaining, I don’t know. Perhaps I’m being unfair.” 2 stars

“A movie which the entire family will enjoy. Parents will like the nostalgia of the film, which stays true to Charles M. Schulz’s vision of the characters. Kids will enjoy the antics of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and friends, as kids have for generations. Kids loved “Peanuts” 50 years ago, and kids will love “Peanuts” 50 years from now. The Peanuts Movie is proof that you can update and modernize classic characters without having to reimagine them.” 4 stars

The Angry Birds Movie

Posted in Animation, Family, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds–or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

What people are saying:

“The game “Angry Birds,” at its core, is a destination for switching off your brain. And movies, even throw-away summer animated kid films, should aim for something more.” 1 star

“This movie suffers from the problem of the trailer giving away all the best scenes. I expected a lot more humor, since the trailer was actually pretty hilarious, but unfortunately they just crammed all the humor into that two minute trailer and the rest was just kind of… there. The animation isn’t anything to write home about, and the plot is really pretty simple. It was cute, and I’ve certainly seen worse, but I wouldn’t be tempted to see it again. ” 3 stars

“This isn’t a movie. It’s a colorful, unfunny headache, that utilizes Limp Bizkit in an unironic way, and whose funniest aspect is a mime…yes, a mime.” 1 star

“The Angry Birds movie was one of the best surprises of 2016 for me. It could have been the complete lack of expectations but the animation, character & set design, lighting, and dialogue quality had me reeling and constantly smiling at how entertained I was. Unfortunately, despite its unshakable quality during the first half of the movie, it suffers a disappointing hit in quality regarding story development and gags more or less exactly from the point wherein toilet humour is (somewhat literally) introduced. Despite its faults, this movie holds a special place in my heart for making me feel so very, very good.” 4 stars

“I went into this movie with no idea what to expect. The Angry Birds Movie is arguably the best video game adapted movie ever made, which sadly isn’t saying very much. For once, I agree with the critic consensus-this movie is way more entertaining than it has any right to be. Some of the humor is forced and some is just bad, but most of it is pretty funny. The final attack on Piggy Island is pulled straight from the games with some new stuff added in-and that’s exactly why it’s so great. The opening scene is a little forced and awkward, but there’s enough good in the rest of the movie to make up for it. Probably the best thing this movie has going for it is the voice cast. Andy Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Danny McBride, and Sean Penn are all perfectly cast, and the others are all great.” 3 stars

Kung Fu Panda 3

Posted in Animation, Family, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

What people are saying:

Kung Fu Panda 3 boasts the requisite visual splendor, but like its rotund protagonist, this sequel’s narrative is also surprisingly nimble, adding up to animated fun for the whole family” 3 1/2 stars

“I almost did not watch this. I saw the first two and really liked them. I felt compelled to watch this just to finish the series. It actually turned out a lot better than I thought. There were times where the film was predictable, but the graphic of the movie made it quite enjoyable. I chuckled several times throughout the movie and I never got bored. I would definitely recommend watching it until the very end because the final fighting scene was very well done.” 4 stars

“This third installment in the Kung Fu Panda series lives up to all of the things you want it to with beautiful animation, clever humor, and a couple underlying messages that more than just kids can appreciate. ” 5 stars

“Nothing will be better than the first movie (something that hollywood has still to learn) and the trailer promised much more than the actual movie, still an enjoyable movie but probably just out of love for Po’s character” 2 1/2 stars

“I adore the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and although this movie is not up to par with the first two, it is still amazingly unique in it’s own way. I loved the super villain in this one, he was so sarcastic and cool and his theme song whenever he walked in was amazing. The visuals and animation is extremely well done, and they have successfully, once again, combined 3D animation with subtle 2D visuals. The story line is not as great as the first two, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this film.” 4 stars

Bee Movie

Posted in Animation, Family, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Jerry Seinfeld stars in this animated comedy as recent college grad Barry B. Benson, a worker bee stuck in a dead-end job making honey who files a lawsuit against humans when he learns they’ve been stealing bees’ nectar all along.

What people are saying:

“Bee Movie is utterly amazing. It’s like a sequel to a movie no one has ever seen, but maybe someday we can get the prequel it deserves in “A-Movie.” 5 stars

“This is a decent but far from superb film from DreamWorks. While it does have plenty of moments and features an All-Star cast, it just feels a bit flat and underwhelming. It obviously does feature a very silly premise(which isn’t a bad thing) and Jerry Seinfeld is a big plus. Even though I’m a big Patrick Warburton fan, his character was pretty annoying. Overall this isn’t a terrible movie, it’s just not close to being among the studio’s finest efforts.” 3 stars

“Bee Movie is, pun-intended, a solid B movie with some laughable moments and inside jokes that can last a long time. It has an unusual charm that can always bring us a laugh.” 4 stars

“It will pass the time, but I expected more from Dreamworks. It is very clever and full of humor that will appeal to older audiences but the story here is very silly. It’s not top notch animation but it’s a unique enough movie that has enough laughs to warrant a viewing.” 3 1/2 stars

“It may not be the best insect themed CGI animated movie ever made, but it comes close. It’s certainly better than that over rated load of crap known as “A Bug’s Life” which in My opinion is the real worst of these kind of films. That being said, this isn’t a bad movie. It’s funny, has a good cast, a good plot, and it’s just a lot of fun to watch. Funny thing, is that last week I was looking for a movie to keep my nephews entertained, something they had never seen,and I finally decided to go with Bee Movie, I figured they would watch it and move on to the next movie like they(and most 3 and 4 year olds) tend to usually do, but no. Much to my shock, the nephews ended becoming to obsessed with this movie that I ended up deciding to let them keep the film. It’s only been two weeks and these kids have watched it nearly a hundred times. And I mean literally. I like this movie but with nephews who are even more obsessed with It how can I not give it to them? I’ll just get It at Hasting or ebay or something. I have NEVER seen these kids so obsessed over a movie as they are over this one. They just love it so much. ” 4 stars

Small Soldiers

Posted in Action/Adventure, Animation, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

The Commando Elite are toy action figures programmed to annihilate another toy group, the Gorgonites. But before the Elite have been tested, the son of a toy store owner opens them, causing the Elite to attack the children playing with them.

What people are saying:

“…this smells like a script slapped together around a toy-product launch.” 2 stars

“This film broke new ground in movie puppetry and special effects when it was made in 1998 and continues to influence directors working with practical effects. Equal parts cautionary tale and comedy, with a little bit of brilliance thrown in for good measure. Add in an all-star cast and an intelligently written script and you have one of the 90’s best movies.” 5 stars

“Too disturbing to really be a kid film, Small Soldier brings back childhood memory thanks to the Toy Story like storyline with an adult twist.” 3 stars

“After watching this, I am firmly convinced that somebody HIGH on drugs decided to write a screenplay combining war, science fiction, and Toy Story. Then somebody out of their mind said “This sounds like a GREAT idea! Let’s make this movie!”. This movie is indescribably weird. One of the bright spots in this movie is Tommy Lee Jones, who did a really good job with his military role.” 3 stars

“Another underrated gem in a career full of them by ever under-appreciated master filmmaker Joe Dante, he of Gremlins, Innerspace, The Burbs and Explorers to name but a few, in fact this is a sort of spiritual sequel to Gremlins, only with military microchipped toys terrorizing a small town instead. It’s frequently inventive, loads of fun and has great effects plus the sly, lightly subversive and biting edge that Dante brings to his movies (this is a hugely anti military/anti-corporation movie that even rips into it’s own Burger King promoted merchandising, biting the hand that feeds it as it were) It’s also surprisingly violent and gleefully anarchic. A great film!” 4 1/2 stars