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JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
Allow me to begin this review by clearing the air on one important issue of note- there are a lot of critiques  …
reviewed Marvel Anime: Wolverine. June 28
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Marvel Anime: Wolverine
To be completely honest,To be completely honest, my first taste of western mythos combined with eastern animation practice came in the …
Astonishing X-Men - Gifted (Marvel Knights) (2009)
It was only a matter of time before I’d succumb to the charms of the motion comic genre and now that I’ …
reviewed A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape fro.... February 25
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A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise
You’d certainly be forgiven if 2010’s A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy's Adventures slipped by you without notice.  In a literal, uh, sea of competition, STUDIOCANAL’s take on the …
reviewed Alpha and Omega (2010 movie). February 18
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Alpha and Omega (2010)
It’s been almost 3-years to the day since the film’s DVD release (1/11/2011) that I finally dug through my animated film queue deep enough to give Alpha and Omega its due.  The reason …
reviewed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. February 10
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
On the whole children’s books make for some excellent source material for computer generated features.  And why wouldn’t they? They’re typically cute stories for viewers of all …
reviewed Sea Level. February 05
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Sea Level
Well we all know that Finding Nemo set the standard by which all other underwater CG films are compared and to date, few (if any) have managed to get the formula right.  Beginning with DreamWorks’ …
reviewed Disney's Planes. February 02
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Disney's Planes
In the event that you wonder how in the world the Pixar Cars franchise morphed into the Disney Planes universe (of which this film is the first of a proposed trilogy), let’s take a look at the interesting …
reviewed Jock the Hero Dog. January 26
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Jock the Hero Dog
At the end of 2007 Duncan MacNeillie, together with a small team of animators, relocated from Nelspruit to Johannesburg to start production on what would become Jock the Hero Dog.  It took a team …
reviewed Epic. January 23
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Epic
Blue Sky Studios rarely receives the type of hype that surrounds Pixar/ Disney or DreamWorks yet if you think about it; these guys were around from the beginning.  Their first big CG feature film …
reviewed The Voyages of Young Doctor Dolittle. January 10
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The Voyages of Young Doctor Dolittle
You would certainly be forgiven if November of 2011’s direct-to-dvd release of Hugh Lofting’s classic tale of human/ animal communication failed to register on your CG feature film radar.  …
reviewed The Croods. January 05
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The Croods
You really have to hand it to DreamWorks; often considered second fiddle to the mastery of the CG craft that is Pixar, these guys just continue to release solid family flick after solid family flick.  …
reviewed Everyone's Hero (2006). January 04
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Everyone's Hero (2006)
Everyone’s Hero is one of those rare animated features that boasted a pretty hardy theatrical run but slipped onto the DVD scene fairly quietly and slipped into relative obscurity since.  It’s …
reviewed Garfield Gets Real. January 03
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Garfield Gets Real
You may or may not be aware of the fact that Garfield and his pals have been the stars of a trio of computer generated feature films beginning with this, 2007’s Garfield Gets Real (followed by 2008’s …
reviewed Brave (2012 film). January 02
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Brave
To animated film students and CG geeks in general, the geniuses responsible for the Pixar classics we know and love have become something of celebrities themselves.  John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete …
reviewed Despicable Me 2. July 11, 2013
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Despicable Me 2
The summer of 2013 will likely be remembered as a period of sequels for the computer generated animated feature film segment.  Sure there are some original pieces sliding into the fray (Epic & …
reviewed Monsters University (2013 film). July 11, 2013
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Monsters University (2013 film)
The summer of 2013 will likely be remembered as a period of sequels for the computer generated animated feature film segment.  Sure there are some original pieces sliding into the fray (Epic & …
reviewed Fly Me to the Moon. May 26, 2013
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Fly Me to the Moon
A few years ago space themed computer generated movies were all the rage.  Space Chimps (and Space Chimps 2), Wall-E, Mars Needs Moms, Planet 51, Fly Me to the Moon; rockets, space travel, you really …
reviewed Dragon Hunters. May 13, 2013
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Dragon Hunters
Even if you pride yourself on possessing intimate knowledge of the happenings within the computer generated animated feature film industry, there’s a pretty good chance 2008’s Dragon Hunters …
reviewed Barnyard - The Original Party Animals. April 25, 2013
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Barnyard - The Original Party Animals
If you could go back to 2006, you’d find yourself smack dab in the middle of the talking animal computer generated feature film era.  Blue Sky was riding high on the Ice Age films, DreamWorks …
reviewed A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures. April 24, 2013
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A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures
I’ve long supported the theory that in the realm of computer animated features, underwater reigns supreme! Beginning with Pixar’s Finding Nemo and then taking into consideration DreamWorks’ …
reviewed Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. April 17, 2013
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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
I don’t know why, but I’ve always felt that 2005’s Madagascar really didn’t need sequels.  This isn’t to say that the characters and settings weren’t conducive …
reviewed Casper's Scare School. April 16, 2013
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Casper's Scare School
Generally speaking, the bigger hit CG animated features are the ones based on newly developed characters.  There was no Woody before Toy Story, no Sully before Monsters Inc., no Po before Kung-Fu …
reviewed Adventures in Zambezia. April 14, 2013
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Adventures in Zambizia
There’s a simple reality when it comes to computer generated feature films here in the United States- and that is simply that the DVDs and BLU-RAYs finding their way onto our store shelves, into …
reviewed Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. April 07, 2013
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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
I’ve got to admit that while 2008’s Horton Hears a Who! proved Dr. Seuss’ material seemed custom tailored to the computer generated animation movement, the story lacked that degree of …
reviewed Happy Feet Two. April 05, 2013
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Happy Feet 2
I’ve got to admit, the first Happy Feet took me by surprise.  Penguins- been there done that.  Musicals- been there, don’t need to do that again.  Environmentalism agendas – …
reviewed Puss in Boots. April 03, 2013
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Puss in Boots
Given the success of the Puss character from the second Shrek film onward, one would get the feeling it would take a lot to screw up the origin story.  However, looking at the film as a whole, it …
reviewed Rio: The Movie. April 02, 2013
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Rio
Unlike industry moguls Pixar and DreamWorks, Blue Sky Studios hasn’t been quite as versatile in their subject-matter when it comes to pumping out computer generated animated feature films.  …
reviewed Hoodwinked Too! Hood Versus Evil. April 01, 2013
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Hoodwinked Too! Hood Versus Evil
The first Hoodwinked, though nothing too revolutionary, made a name for itself in a very competitive industry on account of the fact that it, like Shrek before it, managed to walk the thin between classic …
reviewed Legend of the Sea. April 01, 2013
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Legend of the Sea
Contrary to how it may seem at times, I hate giving overly negative reviews.  Movies, like any form of art, are often great labors of love: The result of love, sweat, tears and toil.  But at …
reviewed Hotel Transylvania. April 01, 2013
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Hotel Transylvania
This past Halloween was pretty exciting as far as animated features goes: Frankenweenie, Paranorman, Hotel Transylvania- if a trip to my local Cineplex didn’t cost roughly the same as the Gross …
reviewed Guardians of the Lost Code. April 01, 2013
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Guardians of the Lost Code
When one typically thinks of anime, the countries of origin that usually come to mind are of Asian orientation: Japan mostly and then perhaps China, Korea and so on.  However Synkronized Films hopes …
reviewed Happy Feet. March 27, 2013
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Happy Feet (Widescreen Edition) (2006)
Of all the computer animated talking animals out there these days, penguins have certainly enjoyed the limelight.  Happy Feet, Penguins of Madagascar, Surfs Up, The Jungle Bunch- these are just a …
reviewed Animals United - Adventures in Africa. March 27, 2013
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Animals United - Adventures in Africa
You kind of have to go into these direct-to-DVD CG feature releases from Arc Entertainment a bit leery on account of the practice of taking a foreign-made film and slapping an English dialog track atop …
reviewed Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever. March 24, 2013
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Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever
Like many kids in the early 1980s, I remember the Inspector Gadget franchise pretty fondly.  While it lacked the fantastical elements I craved in my daily He-Man fix and the over-the-top do-gooder …
reviewed The Reef 2: High Tide. March 24, 2013
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The Reef 2: High Tide
Unlike a majority of the press, I was in the minority who actually found the original The Reef (which was based on a 2006 South Korea film, Shark Bait).  Maybe because even the major studios haven’t …
reviewed Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers. March 22, 2013
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Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers
Love or hate their work, Phase 4 films is really doing all they can to establish themselves as a player in the Grade B computer animated feature film segment.  Of course you really can’t fault …
reviewed Meet the Robinsons. March 17, 2013
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Meet the Robinsons
When it comes to Disney, Pixar has been a behind-the-scenes factor far before their official merger in 2006.  2007’s Meet the Robinsons boasts John Lasseter’s influence as the fusion …
reviewed The Jungle Bunch: Return to the Ice Floe. March 17, 2013
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The Jungle Bunch: Return to the Ice Floe
With the exception of Despicable Me, Universal Pictures has been pretty lax on the whole computer animated feature film phenomena, leaving the big bucks to be gathered up by rivals Disney, DreamWorks, …
reviewed The Reef. March 17, 2013
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The Reef
A very good argument could be made that of all the genres of computer generated feature film, none are as popular as the underwater/ talking fish angle. Sure you've heard of Finding Nemo and maybe …
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