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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Despicable Me. March 14, 2013
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Despicable Me
You sort of have to pull for Despicable Me regardless of whether or not you actually enjoyed the film. Why? Well because Illumination Entertainment, the company responsible for this work, did the impossible …
reviewed Gnomeo & Juliet. July 21, 2012
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Gnomeo & Juliet
   There's a pretty strong chance that had Disney not come on board with distribution and promotion for Gnomeo and Juliet, the film wouldn't have made that big of a splash here in the …
reviewed Kung Fu Panda 2. July 21, 2012
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Kung Fu Panda 2
   In my opinion DreamWorks has always played second fiddle to Pixar in the computer generated feature film genre.  Their rivalry has existed for nearly as long as there has been a computer …
reviewed Cars (2006). August 31, 2011
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Cars (Widescreen Edition) (2006)
   I don’t know about you but when I think of Pixar’s “classics” rarely is Cars the first to come to mind.  The Toy Story(s) perhaps, Monsters Inc. maybe, even …
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
   Ah Green Lantern (or “GL” to those familiar with the Justice League’s incarnation of the beloved superhero); has there ever been so solid a character with so sketchy a …
reviewed Tangled. April 10, 2011
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Tangled (2010)
   Long-time readers (sufferers as the case may be) of my critical efforts may have noticed a certain pattern whereby I locate, for purpose of review, animated feature films so obscure that …
reviewed Fantastic Mr. Fox (movie). March 09, 2011
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Movie: Fantastic Mr. Fox
   I’m not going to pretend I went into The Fantastic Mr. Fox with expectations in any feasible direction.  I never read the classic book on which this film is based but had vague …
reviewed Megamind 3D. March 06, 2011
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MEGAMIND (3D Animated Movie)
   I have to admit it; I think I let my expectations for this one get a little out of control.  As out of control as Megamind’s ambitions of world domination? Well maybe not quite …
reviewed Pinocchio 3000. February 20, 2011
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Pinocchio 3000
   So big is the computer animated feature film industry that most countries on the planet treat their debut into the genre as an unofficial global rite of passage.  And Pinocchio 3000 …
reviewed Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. February 11, 2011
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Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
   Only a year after 2008’s Tinker Bell DVD release, the little fairy was back in sequel called The Lost Treasure.  While it was slated for direct-to-DVD release, it actually earned …
reviewed Tinker Bell. February 10, 2011
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Tinker Bell
   Well before you snicker at the mental image of a grown man sitting down for an evening of Tinker Bell, consider this: With a budget of 48-mil, distribution by Disney and Executive Producer …
reviewed Ratatouille. February 05, 2011
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Ratatouille
   I might as well come right out with it:  Any attempts to discount Pixar’s absolute mastery of the craft of computer animated features are absolutely futile from this critic from …
reviewed Chicken Little (2005). January 30, 2011
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Chicken Little (2005)
   Well this is one of those rare instances where the plethora of mediocre reviews littering the internet were invaluable at lowering my expectations going in.  To be honest, I liked this …
reviewed Finding Nemo. January 24, 2011
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Finding Nemo
   Back in 2003, when Finding Nemo hit the big screen, Pixar had a track record of only four prior feature films! Having covered such topics as living toys, the day in the life of a bug, and …
reviewed Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of .... January 21, 2011
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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
   The Legend of the Guardians is a strange tale- and I’m not even talking about the actual film.  Hyped during its theatrical run (which began on September 24th of 2010), Warner …
reviewed How to Train Your Dragon. November 24, 2010
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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
   With a review title as ambitious as mine, some justification is definitely in order.  See unlike Pixar (with a little help of the Disney promotion machine), animated hits with the potential …
reviewed Astro Boy (movie). November 22, 2010
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Poster
   When you think of robot-based computer generated features, Pixar’s Wall-E and Blue Sky’s Robots are probably the first two to come to mind.  However, amidst the tidal waves …
reviewed Up. November 14, 2010
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Up
   Perhaps I should begin this review with some interesting facts about 2009’s Up before even beginning to break down the nuts, bolts and personal opinions of the film.  Up represents …
reviewed Toy Story 3. November 08, 2010
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Toy Story 3
   Considering the Toy Story trilogy spans 15-years, viewing it back to back can almost be used as a visual guide to the advancements made in the computer-generated feature film industry these …
reviewed Over the Hedge (2006). November 03, 2010
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Over the Hedge (Widescreen Edition) (2006)
   In the middle of the past decade it seemed after exploiting living toys, personified insects, ogres and fish the computer generated feature film industry turned its collective attention …
reviewed Unstable Fables: Tortoise Vs. Hare. October 31, 2010
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Unstable Fables: Tortoise Vs. Hare
   I’ll be the first to admit that the Unstable Fables trilogy didn’t exactly dazzle.  There was potential in the plots and a few snickers to be had, sure, but poor pacing, …
reviewed Monsters vs. Aliens. October 31, 2010
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Monsters vs. Aliens
   While it isn’t oft publicized, Pixar and DreamWorks have quite a little game of swapping going on that basically started right from the beginning.  Need evidence? Well you know …
reviewed Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf an.... October 24, 2010
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Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
   I think what impressed me most about A Matter of Loaf and Death was the simple fact that it came out mere three years after the largely successful Where-Rabbit film (which itself came out …
reviewed Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the We.... October 24, 2010
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DVD front
   Well it was only natural after enjoying Wallace and Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures to become a little more than interested (okay, obsessed) with learning more about 2005’s Curse …
reviewed Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adv.... October 23, 2010
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DVD cover for Dreamworks edition
   My journey to W&G fandom is a rare path indeed, beginning with my acquisition of the Ardman/ DreamWorks collaboration feature film Flushed Away.  It was scooped up in a binge purchase …
reviewed Monsters, Inc.. October 21, 2010
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Monsters, Inc.
   If, like me, you find yourself wondering what makes the big guys in the entertainment industry so big, you’ve come to the right review.  We all know Pixar has established itself …
reviewed Garfield's Fun Fest. October 18, 2010
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Garfield's Fun Fest
   After a recent run of sub par animated feature films, I really went into this one with low expectations.  After all, I reasoned, 20th Century-Fox has decided to release this one straight-to-DVD …
reviewed Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby. October 16, 2010
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Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby
You really have to hand it to the Jim Henson Company for showing incredible adaptability throughout the years.  From legendary beginnings in the realm of puppets, it seems only natural for the …
reviewed Unstable Fables: The Goldilocks and t.... October 09, 2010
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Unstable Fables: The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show
   You really have to hand it to the Jim Henson Company for showing incredible adaptability throughout the years.  From legendary beginnings in the realm of puppets, it seems only natural …
reviewed Antz. October 01, 2010
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Antz
   If you could go back to 1998 (something that I would give serious consideration to by the way), you would find that the computer generated animated feature film was in its infancy.  …
reviewed Doogal (2006). September 28, 2010
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Doogal (2006)
   After completing the generally ill-received film Doogal, I found myself pondering a single question: How in the world could something like this happen?  Surely Harvey Weinstein finds …
reviewed Madagascar (2005). September 27, 2010
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Madagascar (Widescreen Edition) (2005)
   I’ll admit that I am a bit partial to talking animal CG animated features.  There is something about the personification of humans in highly stylized animal models that get me …
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