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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 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 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 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 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 Igor (2008). November 02, 2010
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Igor (2008)
   I remember previews for Igor on television right around the same time DreamWorks was promoting their monstrous animated Monsters Vs. Aliens and while it’s pretty safe to say that this …
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 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 The Tale of Despereaux. September 25, 2010
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The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
The Tale of Despereaux is one of those animated films that I’m really glad I went into with low expectations.  After all, I reasoned going in, this represents Universal Pictures’ …
reviewed Robots. September 20, 2010
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Robots
   From the beginning, the computer-animated feature film genre has been a back and forth battle between Pixar and DreamWorks and then a new contender arrived seemingly overnight to offer legitimate …
reviewed Open Season. September 13, 2010
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Open Season
   Back in 2006 when Sony Animation released Open Season, the formula of talking animal animated features was pretty sure-fire.  Blue Sky was basking in the revenue the Ice Ages were bringing …
reviewed Bee Movie (2007). September 08, 2010
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Bee Movie (2007)
The DreamWorks Animation formula, as witnessed in potent franchises like Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda works on the tried and true notion of dazzling children with cute visuals and slapstick action while …
reviewed Planet 51. September 08, 2010
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Planet 51
   As far as premises go, it’s tough to beat Planet 51’s: Take the cliché alien movies of the 1950s and reverse the formula- instead of a good-hearted alien coming to Earth, …
reviewed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (mo.... September 08, 2010
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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (movie)
   While I can’t say I’ve actually ever encountered Judi and Ron Barrett's 1978 children's book that inspired this film, I can attest to the fact that this CG-animated masterpiece …
reviewed The Incredibles. September 07, 2010
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The Incredibles
   As hard as it is to believe, The Incredibles is already six years old now! When it came out it was pretty darn mind-blowing (despite the fact that behind the scenes Disney and Pixar were …
reviewed Kung Fu Panda. September 06, 2010
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Kung Fu Panda
   I’ll admit that I usually shy away from films that seem to be showered in hype.  I like to march to the beat of my own drum when it comes to discovering an under-appreciated …
reviewed Flushed Away. September 06, 2010
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Flushed Away
   I suppose a bit of my own disappointment with this particular film stems from the very fact that Aardman’s domestic advertising campaign coupled to DreamWorks boasting that it came …
reviewed Shark Tale. September 05, 2010
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Shark Tale
   Shark Tale is just one of those big budget computer animated feature films that seems to have all the right moves on paper; especially when considering the success Pixar was able to generate …
reviewed The Ant Bully. September 05, 2010
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The Ant Bully
Talking insects make for good computer generated animation.  Pixar knew this (A Bug’s Life), Dreamworks knew it (Antz and the Bee Movie), and it hasn’t escaped the attention of Tom …
reviewed The Wild. September 05, 2010
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The Wild
   The talking-animal genre of the computer-generated animation scene is more than a staple, it’s an empire.  And while names like Open Season, Over the Hedge, and Madagascar …
reviewed WALL-E. September 04, 2010
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WALL-E
WALL-E is about the most unconventional animated feature film you will likely ever encounter.  It’s strange, it’s moving, it’s powerful, and it’s pretty darn spectacular.  …
reviewed Happily N'ever After. September 04, 2010
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Happily N'ever After (Widescreen Edition) (2007)
If there's one thing we've learned from films like Shrek, it's that spoofing classic fairy tales works very very well as the source material on which to base a modern computer-generated animated …
reviewed The Adventures of Pluto Nash. June 12, 2010
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The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Take a moment to consider the following: The Adventures of Pluto Nash had a robust budget of $100M and managed to gross only $4.41 million at the box office (total loss of $95.59 million), making it …
reviewed Mystery Men. April 20, 2010
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Mystery Men
Let’s face it: Even the most somber superhero franchises have a certain degree of ridiculousness to them.  Here we have adults, often in costumes involving capes and tights, invisible jets, …
reviewed Black Lagoon Complete Box Set. September 16, 2009
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Black Lagoon Complete Box Set
For many fans of the franchise, it is incredible news that Funimation has decided to assemble the full previously Geneon-exclusive property and release it as a complete series box set. Black Lagoon is …
reviewed Rozen Maiden: Traumend. July 17, 2009
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Rozen Maiden: Traumend
I don’t know about you, but I find it pretty difficult to relax with the glassy eyes of a creepy doll seemingly following me around the room.  Well take that inherent creepiness and couple …
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