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reviewed The Little Mermaid. December 09, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
The Little Mermaid (movie)
Okay, here are things that everyone knows: Disney has the world's strongest animation canon. One day, they might end up relinquishing it to Pixar, but Disney comes packed with so much history and longevity that that day is still a little ways off. For seeming eons, Disney animated films were just about the only game in town. Well, around the 70's and 80's, they got a bit too cocky and began producing …
reviewed Shrek the Halls. December 07, 2013
posted in Pass The Remote!
Shrek the Halls
This Christmas special takes place after the events of SHREK THE THIRD. Shrek and Fiona are happily raising their babies, but Donkey keeps bugging Shrek about getting ready for Christmas. Shrek has never celebrated Christmas before and doesn't plan on doing so until he finds out Fiona is looking forward to it and Shrek unexpectedly promises Fiona a Christmas surprise. Shrek races into town on …
posted a Quick Tip about The Flintstones. March 31, 2013
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The Flintstones
I admittedly liked The Flintstones when I was a little kid, but it's another one of those childhood cartoons that loses its appeal really fast as an adult.  Watching it now, it's tolerable background noise at best, and rather unfunny junk at worst.      Give me a classic Tex Avery or Looney Tunes cartoon instead.
reviewed Despicable Me. March 14, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
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 by knocking one out of the park their first time at bat. Founded in 2007, it's downright impressive they even managed to put out a feature length CGI film by 2010 of any quality! The feat becomes …
posted a Quick Tip about Christmas. January 24, 2013
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A Christmas Scene
Even though Christmas is over as of writing this, I feel like talking about it now.      Despite abandoning my Christian faith in 2001 (I'm an agnostic with really strong leanings toward atheism), I still practice Christmas because I think it's a wonderful time to spend with friends and family, and that I see it more as a cultural tradition in the Western world than …
posted a Quick Tip about E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. October 23, 2012
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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
This movie was a favorite of mine during my childhood and even after watching it for the first time in ten years, it's just as great as I remembered it to be.  One of the best family films of the 80's and one of the landmark films of American cinema, E.T. combined strong special effects with a brilliant soundtrack and believable characters.  Like any good movie, it does a good job …
posted a Quick Tip about The Wizard of Oz. October 21, 2012
The Wizard of Oz
A great-loved musical which was a breakthrough in colorization. Made by people who were either very, very high or expected their audiences to be.
reviewed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. July 08, 2012
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Like most Americans who were raised between the late 1960s-the early 1990s, I looked forward to the annual event of watching THE WIZARD OF OZ on broadcast television. Every year it was shown and it was something I looked forward to seeing each year. Until I was in fifth grade, my only exposure to L. Frank Baum's classic American fairy tale was watching the movie each year on tv. In fifth grade, …
reviewed The Easter Experience. July 08, 2012
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The Easter Experience
Produced by City on a Hill Productions, THE EASTER EXPERIENCE is a series of six twenty-plus minute videos about the Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus. There are actually three DVDs included, but one DVD is a training DVD for small group leaders. The other two DVDs include three lessons each. They are divided as follows:      Disc 1: "Episode 1: My Life Has a …
posted a Quick Tip about Batman: The Animated Series. May 27, 2012
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Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: The Animated Series is probably the best case in my life where I simply liked a cartoon during its original broadcast run and through becoming an adult, I now absolutely love it and even consider it among the absolute best in the animation world.      This show had it all: superb animation, tip-top voice acting (especially Mark Hamill as The Joker, you can't …
posted a Quick Tip about Toy Story. February 21, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Toy Story (1995)
This is the movie that started it all in so many ways -- for the series, for Pixar, and for advancements in computer animation, and for me personally, one of the very first movies I had ever seen in theaters. Nearly two decades later, I still can't get enough of it, and I love what the third installment became (check out my review of Toy Story 3!).
reviewed Beauty and the Beast (1991 movie). January 14, 2012
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Beauty and the Beast (1991 movie)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D Written by Linda Woolverton Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise Voices by Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach and Angela Lansbury   Mrs. Potts: Tale as old as time, true as it can be.   From the moment the film opens on a spectacular view of a majestic castle through a forest filled with bustling foliage and sparkling waterfalls, the wave of …
posted a Quick Tip about Christmas. December 22, 2011
A Christmas Scene
A time of giving and sharing. If you haven't done so and want to share your blessings and love with the world, Wikipedia is a good place to both contribute your time and money!!! Yes, it's that time of the year again! Donate here... I have done it, have you?!
reviewed Kid Galaxy Ratchet Racer Drag Strip. November 21, 2011
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Kid Galaxy Ratchet Racer Drag Strip
I was a bit leery when I ordered the Kid Galaxy Ratchet Racer Drag Strip. It is geared towards the 3+ crowd, and my kids are 7 and 11. I'm happy to say my fears were unfounded though. Even I lost myself in the fun, playing with these with my son for over an hour.      The toy is a simple tried and true design, basically wind up and go. In this case, you take the two halves …
posted a Quick Tip about Spider-Man: The Animated Series. November 07, 2011
Spider-Man: The Animated Series
I barely remember watching this on TV back in the mid 90's, but all I remember was being bored and irritated. Certainly something I won't be re-watching.  I'll be looking at the best Spidey comics if I want to get into Spider Man.
posted a Quick Tip about The Flight of Dragons (1982 film). September 09, 2011
The Flight of Dragons
The Flight of Dragons is one of the best animated fantasy films I've ever seen. Its combination of intelligent story and heartfelt characterization distinguishes it from the majority of animated films during the time it was released and has helped it to achieve a cult classic status.   Produced and directed by the Rankin/Bass team responsible for the 1977 animated film of The Hobbit …
posted a Quick Tip about The Hobbit (1977 animated film). September 01, 2011
The Hobbit VHS cover
Yes, it's true that while the Rankin/Bass animated film based on the original version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is rather light family-friendly fare, it is also true that The Hobbit as a novel was fairly light and adventurous in tone. The book wasn't meant to be this colossal epic like The Lord of the Rings. It had humble beginnings and I think the whimsy and modesty of the book comes …
reviewed Cars (2006). August 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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 Finding Nemo for those so inclined and yet it took a under-whelming sequel followed by a revisit to the DVD I thought I knew well to realize that the first Cars is the epitome of all that Pixar has come …
posted a Quick Tip about Despicable Me. June 27, 2011
posted in The Family Room
Despicable Me
I broke my word.   : (   I swore an oath that I would not watch any more computer animated movies, but I couldn't help it... this one was just sooooo CUTE!      The film tells the story of Gru, a neglected boy who failed to win the approval of his mother as a child and grew up to be the world's greatest villain, and his attempt to pull of the greatest …
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