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Finding Dory written and directed by Andrew Stanton (2016)

Pixar has done it again, matching the magic of Finding Nemo, by focusing it’s sequel on Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) Nemo’s funniest character the short term memory defficient clown fish. This film is funny and enjoyable with a bunch of lovable new characters. Well worth seeing and easily on of the best animated films of the year.

 

Dory lost her parents as a child due to her short term memory issues, and ended up with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence). She starts to remember her family and recruits Marlin and Nemo, but Marlin is mean to her and she runs off on her own. Dory is picked up by humans at an aquarium and rescue center, and put in quarantine, but with a tag to be sent to Cleveland Aquarium. A seven legged octopus named Hank (Ed O’Neil) wants the tag as he doesn’t want to go back to the ocean, and agrees to help her find her parents.

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Kubo and the Two Strings by Travis Knight

Laika has done it again. Another amazing stop motion animated film. This one with it’s Japanese Samurai Fantasy film could very well have been an anime, and might lose some audience because of it, but I loved it.

Honestly the worst part is the voice cast. I just don’t think big actors do as well as voice actors. Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey’s voices are really distracting, though Ralp Fiennes was fine. I just think big actors are a distraction instead of serving the story.

i really want to see the behind the scenes on this! They do have one amazing shot of them shooting a scene mid credits that is a must see.

The Croods by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (2013)

DreamWorks has created an alright 3D animated film. A bit too much of a lame rom com feel to it, but at least it isn’t a musical, and has some funny, if forgettable scenes. The obvious for 3D action scenes don’t add much in 2D, but the characters are like-able enough for one viewing. Certainly better than Frozen, but not nearly as good as Epic!

The Croods are a Neanderthal family who have survived thanks to their adherence to their old rules that are kept on their cave walls. Never to go out at night, nothing new is good, to always hide, etc. The rules are enforced by the father Grug (Nicholas Cage). The family is wife Ugga (Catherine Keener), chubby son Thunk (Clarke Duke), rabbid baby daughter Sandy, hated mother-in-law Gran (Cloris Leachman) and the curious and headstrong daughter Eep (Emma Stone). Eep hears something and goes out at night and meets Guy (Ryan Reynolds), who is clever and inventive and learns from new things. He tells Eep that the world is ending and tries to get her to go with him, but she has to return to her family, but he gives her a shell to signal him. Eep returns hone, but catastrophe strikes, and their cave is destroyed. They end up in a new green land, and Grug wants a new cave, but Eep signals Guy who is traveling to a far mountain to be safe.

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Frozen by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee (2013)

Disney has returned to the Disney princesses in full force with this 3D animated dud. Not only a bland storyline, but the songs, which I am never a huge fan of will leave even a Disney fanatic flat. This is a total waste of time, and makes me lament that Disney has not learned more from Pixar. I can’t believe this film has done so well because it is just awful.

In a snowy fairy tale Northern Europe, the eldest daughter of the King (Maurice LaMarche), princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) has developed ice powers, and accidentally injures her younger sister Anna (Kristen Bell). To save her the King and Queen take Anna to the trolls, who save her by erasing her memories of her sister’s magic. Not long after the King and Queen are killed on a journey, and Elsa locks off the castle, and locks herself in her room, leaving Anna all alone, and not understanding why. When Elsa is to turn 18 there is to be a coronation, where they will have to open the palace. Anna quickly falls for Prince Hans of the Southern Isles (Santino Fontana), and tries to get Elsa to agree, but the emotions make her powers go crazy, and the Evil Duke Weselton (Alan Tudyk of Firefly) declares Elsa a menace. Elsa flees into wilderness, causing an eternal winter to fall on the kingdom.

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Epic by Chris Wedge (2013)

Easily the best animated film of the year, and yet it likely won’t even get nominated. This adaptation of The Leaf Men and The Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce, has amazing design and a fun adventure story. I am so surprised this didn’t get better reviews, because I really loved it! And the art is so good, I would love to get the book on all the concept art for the tiny leaf warriors! A must see film!

17 year old M.K. (Amanda Seyfried) moves in with her eccentric scientist father Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis). Bomba is obsessed with finding a race of tiny human warriors in his back yard. So obsessed, that his wife had long ago left him, and he hasn’t seen his daughter until her mother died. The warriors though are real and called Leafmen, who move faster than human’s so are impossible to see (much like the original Star Trek episode where the people can be heard as a buzz). The Leafmen protect Queen Tara (Beyoncé) and the creatures of the forrest from the evil Boggans led by Mandrake (the great Christoph Waltz). The Leafman leader Ronin (Colin Farell) pushes young soldier Nod (Josh Hutcherson) too far and he quits, though Ronin had promised his father to watch over Nod. The queen is in the process of choosing a successor to keep the forrest safe, but Mandrake sends his son Dagda (Blake Anderson) after them, and the Queen is killed along with Dagda, but she passes her power into a bud that ends up with M.K. who is shrunk down and sped up by the power, and they must save it, to save the forrest.

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Brave by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman (2012)

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Not the best Pixar film, but certainly better than Cars 1 or 2, and i have an affinity for the Scottish subject matter. Not only that, but the artwork and animation are fantastic, and the trailers kept me in the dark about the main storyline completely! Great to see a story about a girl, the tomboy princess Merida (played by Kelly MacDonald) and her mother Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) who wants her to be a perfect little princess, while Merida wants to ride and hunt and shoot arrows and enlists a witch for help with almost tragic consequences. Well worth seeing, though not Pixar’s best film (The Incredibles and Wall-E hold that for me).

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted by Eric Darnell, Conrad Vernon and Om McGrath (2012)

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I am not a fan of this series and didn’t even see the second one, and only watched this as my wife got the screener, and while i laughed a few times, this movie is too kiddy for me, so i didn’t enjoy it. I always feel you don’t have to look down on kids to make a great kids film that adults will enjoy too, and i felt this does look down, which is it’s downfall. And no amount of Chris Rock can help it. Not only that, but the animation didn’t impress me, especially how little hair there is on the new animals. I can only recommend this for people with kids, as kids may enjoy the puerile humor.

Wreck-It Ralph by Rich Moore (2012)

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Disney’s latest computer generated film is an ode to old video game with cute and enjoyable characters, and an enjoyable story. It may not be Pixar, but at least with all it’s in jokes an older audience can and will enjoy this film. Really a good movie with great video game cameos. John C Reilly voices Wreck-It Ralph a video game villain who is the equivalent of Donkey Kong. He gets sick of being a villain and goes out to win a medal and prove his goodness in other games, jeopardizing his whole game. Ralph ends up in a shooter, and then a girls racing game where he befriends Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) a glitch, and helps he to fulfill her dream of racing. A cute and enjoyable animated film.

ParaNorman by Chris Butler and Sam Fell (2012)

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I wish I had seen this stop motion follow up to Coraline in 3D at the theater. Not only is the artwork and animation amazing, and the level of detail fantastic (I love how the ears glow like flesh when light hits them from behind), but the story and it’s issues of bullying is sad and hard hitting, and pretty dark for an animated film. We follow young Norman, a kid who can see the ghosts of the dead who have not passed on, and is picked on, not only by his family, but by kids at school. Norman must save the town when an ancient curse arises, and the homeless guy who had taken care of it dies, so zombies are bought back and cause havoc. It is sad, with great characters, awesome artwork, and a great story. This is a must see!

Despicable Me by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud (2010)

I was really looking forward to this film, as it had good previews and is getting awesome reviews, but have to say it was a total let down. It had potential and good moments, but overall it just fell completely flat. Maybe it would have been better in 3D, but I doubt it, as there were certain scenes that seemed like they were the “3D” scenes, and the rest didn’t matter. To me this film falls to the folly that so many children’s films do, of just targeting children. Sure there were a few older jokes, but mostly this was for little children (and they did enjoy it) and the story nor the characters never really hit it enough to make a film that adults can enjoy. The animation is great, but unlike Pixar they just don’t get how to target a wider audience. Oh well.

The film starts with the original teaser, with a bus of US tourists in Egypt going to see the pyramids, and it turns out one has been stolen and replaced with a blow up version. We then return to america and follow the self proclaimed super-vilain Gru (Steve Carell) who we see making children cry. His assistant Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) calls to tell Gru of the theft, and that all other villains are now seen as nothing. Gru then plans his biggest heist, to steal the moon, by first stealing a shrinking ray. He heads to the bank of Evil, but is turned down for a loan by Mr. Perkins (Will Arnett) whose son it turns out is Vector (Jason Segal) who stole the pyramid, and who Gru freezes his head, making an enemy. Gru goes and steals the shrink ray anyway, with the help of his little yellow minions, but as they escape it is stolen from them by Vector, and Gru can’t get into Vector’s base. Gru sees three orphan girls Margo Miranda Cosgrove). Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) get in while selling cookies, so he hatches a plan to adopt them to get into Vector’s base.

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9 by Shane Acker (2009)

Produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, this is an expansion of Acker’s oscar nominated short, that is amazing visually with a great cast, but the story is a bit too simple, and short, and the ending kind of falls flat. Still pretty impressive to watch, and I did enjoy it. The worst part was taking my friend Keith who is in from Guam to see it at the Arclight, and having the Arclights digital projector break down! They did fix it fast, and switch to film, but it would have been great to see it digitally, as this film is all about it’s impressive 3D visuals. Still enjoyable, but it did feel stunted, like you met characters and they just die too fast, which proves it is not for kids at all, but then just wraps up too simply. Enjoyable enough, but could have benefited from some more writing, or possibly some more length to it’s 91 minutes including credits.

The creation of a scientist as small ragdoll like creature named 9 (Elijah Wood) awakens in a laboratory in a post apocalyptic world, finding a strange device, which it zips into it’s own body, and goes out exploring. Shortly 9 runs into another like itself, this one designated number 2 (Martin Landau) who is exploring. He tells 9 of others like himself, but is then captured by a mechanical beast made with the bones of a cat, which also takes the small device that 9 had found, and heads to a factory seen in the distance. 9 ends up finding an enclave of others like himself, first finding the kind 5 (John C. Reilly) who was best friends with 2, as well as the vision having 6 (Cripsin Glover) who constantly draws the device that 9 found, and the brutish 8 (Fred Tatasciore) who protects their leader 1 (Christopher Plummer), who tries to keep them from the outside world, knowing something that he does not tell the others. Against the wishes of 1, 9 convinces 5 to go with him, and heads toward the factory to try and save 2.

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Up by Peter Docter and Bob Peterson (2009)

Not that I am surprised, but Pixar has done it again. Maybe not their best film, but certainly incredibly enjoyable, and especially that for dog lovers (I think my dad would really like this film [and I already know my mom liked it, because she saw it before me]). My biggest complaint is that after paying extra to see this film in 3D it wasn’t all that impressive. I think I was more impressed in Journey to the Center of the Earth (a much worse film) mostly in the live action 3D which I thought looked great, but here it was 3D, but there was still the annoying edges in the fast motion, and at times I actually felt like the 3D detracted from the story. I am starting to think that 24FPS is not a high enough frame rate for 3D, and I think James Cameron is actually shooting Avatar at a higher frame rate to combat that problem. This film, like all Pixar films has an amazing heart and great characters, and this really elevates the film, because the characters come to life, and have so much heart. And for the dog lover this film really delivers, because by having dogs that can talk they really capture the true spirit of animals, so all dog lovers should certainly see this film (really everyone should, but dog lovers will have much to appreciate). This is another top notch film from Pixar, sure it isn’t THE INCREDIBLES or WALL-E, but it is close, and well worth checking out. I am excited to see it again, next time not in 3D.

This film as usual with Pixar films starts with a short film, this is called Partly Cloudy and is directed by Peter Sohn. And as usual the whole story is told without dialogue, which always works so well. This is the story of clouds in the sky who make baby’s, puppies, kittens, and other creatures for storks to deliver to expectant parents, but their is one different cloud named Gus who is a gray cloud, and all his creations are dangerous, from crocodiles, bighorn sheep and a porcupine, which his poor delivery stork Peck must deliver, getting well thrashed along the way. Peck finally flies away to another nearby white cloud. This makes Gus sad, and he cries and thunderstorms, but then peck returns, and finds that the other cloud made him shoulder pads and a football helmet for protection. Gus is elated and gives Peck an electric eel which shocks him right through the protective gear, but he flies off happily to deliver it, if a bit harried.

UP starts almost like another short film by them, with the love story of a young boy named Carl Fredrickson (Ed Asner), and the woman he will marry, Ellie (Elizabeth Docter). Carl’s hero is the famed explorer Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer) who pilots an airship, and who discovered a strange bird in a hidden South American locale named Paradise Falls, but his discovery was claimed to be faked, so Muntz headed off to get a live bird, and was not heard from again. Carl was a huge fan, dressing like him, and as an 8 year old he met the young tom boy Ellie who also loved Muntz, and they eventually married, always promising to go on an adventure, but life got in the way, and they never had enough money, especially working at a zoo with Carl selling balloons to children. They had a lovely life together, but Ellie never got to finish her adventure, where she wanted to move her clubhouse, and abandoned house, that they later bought and fixed up to Paradise Falls, and she died giving him the boom. Carl is then all alone in his house, and the city grows around him, with a big consruction going on around him. Their is one nice worker named Tom (John Ratzenberger who is in all Pixar films), but when Ellie’s mail box is crushed, Carl gets angry and hits a worker, and the developer is able to get the city to say he must give up his house and go to a retirement home. Carl is crushed, but he has an idea, and when the men come to take him away, he goes back in, and using all of his balloons, lifts his house into the air, planning on taking it to Paradise Falls. The one problem is that he has picked up an unsupecting passenger, a Wilderness Explorer named Russell (Jordan Nagai) who wanted to help the old man to get his last badge so he could become a full Wilderness Scout. Carl had sent the boy on a snipe hunt, and the boy had returned at the wrong time. Carl does not want to let him in, but they are up in the sky, and they must. Carl decides he must try and let the boy off, but that doesn’t work so well, an they end up going through a huge storm.

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Futurama Bender’s Game by Dwayne Carey-Hill (2008)

This is the 3rd of four movies which bring back the cancelled Futurama, and this was the first one that felt as good as the original, and is absolutely hysterical. This is a parody of Dungeons and Dragons and Lord of the Rings, and is right on. Finally Futurama is back! And the Yellow Submarine addition to the opening is hysterical and perfect!

Dark Matter, the fuel that runs all the spaceships seems to be in short supply and is driving prices sky high, which makes Professor Farsnworth (Billy West) that the ship can only be used when he says, and swallows the keys, but Leela (Katey Sagal) has gotten angry at some guys at a truck stop, and steals the ship to enter their destruction derby, and wins, but the ship is almost destroyed. So Leela is given a shock collar when she thinks violent thoughts, lies or sexual thoughts. Bender (John DiMaggio) meanwhile has joined young Cubert (Kath Soucie) and Dwight playing Dungeons & Dargons, and can’t play because being a robot he has no imagination. Bender tries really hard and imagines himsel a knight named Titanius Anglesith, and starts to think his fantasy is real, so they end up having to send him to the robot loony bin.

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Wall-E written and directed by Andrew Stanton (2008)

I always at least enjoy Pixar films (even Cars, which was pretty mediocre, though most are damn good), but this is them back in Top form. I had been excited to see it, not only for the science fiction elements, but also to see a film with very little dialogue that is completely compelling, and compelling it was. Beyond compelling in fact, really an instant classic. These robots are more than human, and so expressive it is ridiculous, and not only that, but they have made a film that is a complete commentary on the direction that America and the world is going in and made it in a lovely children’s film with tons of great science fiction references in it. This is an absolute must see. And if you can see it digitally projected even better, because this film looks phenomenal, and the projector was so bright it actually showed the damage in the screen! Ha! Run out and see this film right now!!!

It is the year 2700 and the Earth has been abandoned by humanity, leaving behind an army of robots to clean up the detritus which covers the surface of the now dry and arid planet, but now their is only one left, WALL•E (voiced by the sounds of Ben Burtt) or Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class, and after being alone so long he has developed a personality. WALL•E is curious, playing with the junk, and collecting the best stuff, to bring back to his home, the vehicle he arrived in. And when he has problems he takes pieces off other dead WALL•E robots to replace his own parts. His only companion is a cockroach, and the advertisements of the Buy ‘N Large Corporation, which are solar powered, and not only tell of the former earth and all it’s waste, but also the fact that humanity left earth behind, and these robots to clean it up, and human’s were supposed to have a simple easy existence on the executive star-liner AXIOM and return to a beautified Earth. Something has obviously gone wrong though, and WALL•E is alone, until a ship shows up, and drops off a lone occupant, a robot with huge destructive capabilities, that is searching the Earth for something.

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Ultimate Avengers 2 by Will Meugniot and Dick Sebast and Bob Richardson (2006)

An enjoyable follow up to Ultimate Avengers, this time dealing with the Black Panther, and with the return of the evil Aliens. The same good animation, and slightly more violent story than you would get on TV with more adult themes and deaths. Worth checking out, I hope they do more.

This film starts out with Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Justin Gross) going on mission after mission, not caring about his life, and getting wounded, until General Nick Fury (Andre Ware) must take him off duty. And not even his number 1, Natalia Romanoff aka Black Widow (Olicia d’Abo damn she is doing this now?!?!?!?) can get him to open up. Meanwhile in the isolated African nation of Wakanda the son of the king T’Challa (Jeffrey D. Sams) returns from being educated to see an attack on his land, and his father the King T’Chaka (Dave Fennoy) goes out as the Black Panther to stop the menace. It is the Aliens from the last film, and Herr Kleiser (Jim Ward from the Stephanie Miller show, that Rocks!) is back and in from of his son T’CHaka is killed making T’Challa the heir. The Aliens want the heart of Wakanda. T’Challa breaks his country’s rules by going to find Captain America to ask him how to kill Herr Kleiser, but he can only say it is hard as he has killed him twice and he keeps coming back. Nick Fury wants Shield to help, but T’Challa can’t allow outside help, so he returns to Wakanda, while Fury secretly assembles the Avengers to see what they can do.

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Ultimate Avengers the Movie by Will Meugniot and Dick Sebast and Bob Richardson (2006)

An enjoyable if short (71 minute) take on the alternate universe Avengers as chronicled in the 1990’s comic series The Ultimates. I never read the book (though I am going to at Marvel Online) but it is an enjoyable alternative universe tale with a black Colonel Nick Fury (here based on Samuel Jackson) and also like the Iron Man live action has a government sponsored Avengers initiative. The film focuses mostly on Captain America, and doesn’t get too much deeper into the other characters mainly because of length, but it is enjoyable with good animation and some great alien bashing action. Worth checking out for sure. I would watch a series based on this for sure.

The film starts in the 1940’s as World War II has ended, but one branch of the Nazis have not given up, and they are sending in an army team led by the super soldier Steve Rogers also known as Captain America (Justin Gross). We learn these Nazi’s are working with Aliens and have built a nuke to shoot at the US. Iron man fights their Nazi leader Herr Kleiser (James K. Ward) who turns out to be an alien shape shifter, but doesn’t stop the rocket, so he jumps on it to stop it, battle Kleiser, and manages to destroy it, but falls into the icy ocean waters and is though killed. In modern times General Nick Fury (Andre Ware) leads a submarine with scientist Dr. Betty Ross (Nan McNamara) to recover the frozen Captain form the arctic ice. Fury and his agency shield is working on the super soldier program, and need the Captain to help as he is the only one the process worked on. The scientist Bruce Banner (Michael Massee) who is also the hulk is the scientist working on it. The Captain awakens into a world he doesn’t know. And the Aliens have returned, and without more super soldiers Nick Fury must try to form a team of Avengers of the Earths mightiest to fight them.

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The Invincible Iron Man by Frank D. Paur (2007)

I was really looking forward to this after not only the excellent Iron Man feature film (which has caused me to go back and start reading all the old Iron Man Comics) and having watched these guys Doctor Strange, which I enjoyed. Unfortunately it seems that I may have liked the film more because I knew so little about the Sorcerer Supreme, because this retelling of Iron Man, feels like something where the writers knew nothing about Iron Man, except Character names and a few points, but really missed the point all together of so many things. Honestly I wanted to finish this, but it felt like it was perverting Iron Man so much that really had trouble getting through film. It is really that bad. Characters are totally not like they were, Tony Stark’s father is alive, and trying to kick him out of the company, Jim Rhodes is an Engineer, the Mandarin was an ancient emperor with 5 rings instead of a megalomaniac with 10 Alien Rings, and in this when Stark builds his first Armor, he has already made like 50 more in secret, it just gets lamer and lamer. Honestly I can’t believe that Marvel OK’ed this. I mean the computer graphics of the Iron Man armor are pretty cool, but the 5 enemy Elementals look just terrible, barely interacting with the backgrounds, and the characters and writing are laughable at best, and a perversion of everything that was good about Iron Man. Stay away from this at all costs!

The film starts with the Engineer Jim Rhodes (Rodney Saulsberry) is working for playball industrialist Tony Stark (Marc Worden) but having major troubles with a project to raise an ancient Chinese city of the Mandarin, with a group of revolutionaries attacking them and stealing their equipment, but Stark can’t be bothered. When Stark manages to extricate himself from a girl a a drink in a hot tub, he heads to a corporate meeting, where his father Howard Stark (John McCook), and the board of director’s votes to kick him out of the company for wasting money on the Chinese excavation (even though it has brought in 20 times that amount in investment from the Chinese government) and some secret project. Stark then hears from his assistant Pepper Potts (Elisa Gabrielli, British here, and so not interested in Tony) that the excavation was attacked, and Rhodey is missing, so Tony heads to China.

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Doctor Strange by Frank D. Paur (2007)

I was not a huge fan of the Sorcerer Supreme, though being an extensive Marvel comics reader I of course read some of his books, and many of his crossovers, but lately I have been really into comic characters so something drew me to this film, and I am glad I watched it, because this is a great reboot of the character for a new audience, and though a bit adult would have made a great start for a TV series. My only complaint is it’s run time, which the package lists as 95 minutes, and is in fact only 75 minutes long. Other than that the artwork is very good, with great integration of 3D graphics into the 2D Cell Painted world. The extras are pretty much a waste, but the film itself is quite enjoyable, at least to this old Marvel Fan, it makes me want to read some old Dr. Strange books, and that is good enough for me.

A bunch of demons are louse on the world and a group of TIbetan Monks with supernatural powers are out fighting them including WOng (Paul Nakauchi) and the warlike Mordo (Kevin Michael Richardson). The have a hard fight, and put up tornadoes so humans don’t notice, but a prominent and arrogant surgeon named Doctor Stephen Strange (Bryce Johnson) drives by the battle and sees the strangers, but tries to dismiss it. He works at a hospital, but only wants to take the biggest cases that will be challenging and draw in money, having to be dragged down to the coma ward to help Dr. Gina Atwater (Susan Spano) with the rash of children in inexplicable comas. Strange begrudgingly touches one of the kids, and sees a vision of a flaming face with horns, and instead of helping anymore he stumbles out and leaves the hospital, but on the way he has visions of the face and the children in comas, and crashes his car in a horrible accident, one that will permanently leave his hands damages and ruin his life as a surgeon.

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Futurama: Bender’s Big Score by Dwayne Carey-Hill (2007)

After it’s untimely cancellation amazingly Futurama has returned from cancellation and started with a joke about the network idiots that cancelled the show. And it is back in all of it’s glory. This is a movie that will be broken down into 4 episodes fro the cartoon network, but this is it in all it’s full length glory. This is amazing, it is as good as the show ever was, and I hope it goes more than just these 4 movies, because this show rocks! Futurama is funnier than the Simpsons ever was, so much more over the top, and so much more in your face. I love Bender, Fry and Leela, Amy, Hermes, and The Proffesor. WHY OH WHY WAS THIS SHOW EVER CANCELLED, BUT THEN FOX CANCELLED FIREFOX AS WELL.

The gang returns, Phillip K. Fry (Billy West), Bender (John Di Maggio), Leela (Katey Sagal), Amy Wong (Lauren Tom), Hermes Conrad (Phil LaMarr) and Professor Farnsworth (again Billy West), and this time they head to a nudist planet, where they all fall for some scammers and give out their e-mail addresses, and then get caught in Spam and Phishing Scams. And not only that but Hermes has an accident, and loses his body, it will be fixed, but for a while he will have to live in a jar from the museum, and her wife quickly goes back to her first husband, and Leela meets the technician Lars Fillmore a bald guy with a deep voice, and they quickly hit it off. Meanwhile they have lost all their stuff to spammers without Hermes to stop them, and professor loses the business, and Bender takes a spam that makes him under the Spammers control. The Spammers move in and smell knowledge coming from Fry’s ass. On it is a bender tattoo with the machine code that allows someone to travel back in time, so they use Bender to go back in time and steal things for them, until they have stolen all the wealth of Earth, and even Leela’s pet Nibbler (who is actually an advanced race) can’t get them to stop. They do realize that the copies of themselves made by the time travel are doomed to die though.

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Enchanted by Kevin Lima (2007)

I had seen the trailer and had thought that this was a film that I did not want to see, but Kelly did, and with all the hype, and how well it is doing at the box office, I expected quite a bit, and was unfortunately disappointed. Sure it has it’s funny moments as you watch it, but this felt like a film that looks down it’s nose at it’s audience and hits them over it’s head, and only only aims at very young girls. Not impressive characters or writing, just not witty enough. Sure it has some very funny scenes, but they are still way too over the top, and didn’t get the actual disney feel, but comes off as a parody that didn’t really get what was so special about the original.

The film starts as as a much over the top Disney Animated film in the country of Andalasia, with a poor but happy women named Giselle (Amy Adams) who sings and talks with all the animals of the forest, and longs to find her prince charming. That prince is Prince Edward (James Marsden) whose step mother is Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) who uses her sevant Nathaniel (Tomothy Spall) to keep the prince busy fighting ogre’s in the like, so he will never meet a princess and never become king. Of course Giselle and Edward meet and instantly fall in love, and plan on marrying the next morning, so Gisselle and her friend Chipmunk Pip (Jeff Bennett) head the castle, but Giselle runs into an old hag who takes her to a magical waterfall, and pushes her in. Giselle falls and comes out as a human in the real world, along with Pip, who can no longer talk, though can gesture very well, they come out of a manhole into the real world of New York City. There she wanders around, trying to find her prince, until she runs into a divorce Lawyer named Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey) and his daughter Morgan (Rachel Covey). Robert wants to get her some help, but ends up taking this strange woman home, and letting her stay for a night. Meanwhile Edward heads to the real world, and Nathaniel follows to help the Queen who he loves.

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The Simpsons Movie by David Silverman (2007)

18 years in the making, and it really only feels like a TV episode. Sure it has better animation, with computer animation thrown in, and it is raunchier and has more inside jokes, but it still feels like more of the same, which isn’t bad, I was just expecting more out of this. Still it is a must see for any Simpsons fan, and is really funny, just not the revelation I thought it would be after 18 years.

The Simpsons family makes it to the big screen with Homer (Dan Castewllaneta who also plays Itchy/Barney/Grampa/Stage Manager/Krusty the Clown/Mayor Quimby/Mayor’s Aide/Multi-Eyed Squirrel/Panicky Man/Sideshow Mel/Mr. Teeny/EPA Official/Kissing Cop/Bear/Boy on Phone/NSA Worker/Officer/Santa’s Little Helper/Squeaky-Voiced Teen), Marge (Julie Kavner), their out of control son Bart (Nancy Cartwright who also plays Ralph/Nelson/Todd Flanders/TV Daughter/Woman on Phone), their precocious daughter Lisa (Yeardley Smith) and their baby Maggie (also Nancy Cartwright). And this time it is all about the environment. The local lake is so poluted it will be a national crisis if people keep poluting it, and Lisa tries to stop the catastrophy from happening. Homer though is estranging Bart, who is starting to yearn for a loving father like Ned Flanders, and Homer takes home a pig from Krusty Burger, and drives the family crazy with it, and stores the pig shit in a pig silo, which he eventually sneaks into the lake, and causes the disaster. The EPA as run by Russ Bargill (Albert Brooks) gets President Schwarzenneger to sign off on sealing Springfield in a giant dome, and the people find out it was Homer and turn on him to lynch him.

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Ratatouille written and directed by Brad Bird (2007)

I really do think that Brad Bird is one of the best animation directors the US has ever seen, and the Iron Giant and The Incredibles are amazing, and Ratatouille is destined to be another classic. Not only a hysterical film that children will love, but a film that adults will enjoy, and foodies the world over will love. This film has a great story, great characters, and a realistic look into the food industry. This is an absolute must see. The animation is mindblowing, and the film absolutely rocks.

This is the story of a Remy a rat (Patton Oswalt) living in France with a pack of rats and his brother Emile (Peter Sohn) and father. He has a special nose and can smell ingredients and hates the garbage the rats eat, and wants to be a chef, but his father uses his talents to sniff out rat poison. The rats live in the attic of a house in the country, but Remy keeps sneaking into the house to get different spices, and he takes Emile with him, and they get caught and the old lady goes crazy, and starts shooting with her rifle and ruins the rats home, and they go to escape into the river, but Remy is seperated from his family, and winds up alone in Paris, and amazingly below the restaurant of his favorite chef Gusteau (Brad Garrett) who has recently died, but comes to Remy as a hallucination. Remy watches the kitchen and proves he knows all about it, and watches the new garbage boy ruin the soup, this is Linguini (Lou Romano). Remy falls into the Kitchen, and tries to escape, but can’t help himself and fixes the soup, which Linguini sees, and is told by the chef Skinner (Ian Holme) to get rid of the rat. The soup goes out to the customers, and instead of hating it they love it, and Remy is made a chef and put under the wing of the only female cook in the kitchen Coletter (Janeane Garofalo).

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Disney’s TaleSpin Volume 1 (1990)

One of the classic cartoons I grew up on, this one filled with high adventure and excitement. This is just a great show and it still holds up. And this DVD is higher quality than the gummy bears discs, even though each episode is still a single chapter on this 3 disc set.

I have no idea who came up with this crazy concept, but it really works. They took characters from Disney’s Jungle Book, specifically Baloo (Ed Gilbert) who becomes a 1903’s Pacific Island Bush Pilot with his sea plane the Sea Duck, as well as Louis who owns the local watering whole, and the evil company owner Shere Khan (Tony Jay), and adding in a slew of new characters. We have Rebecca ‘Becky” Cunningham (Sally Struthers) who because Baloo was so lazy has bought his plane and business and made a cargo business, her cute daughter Molly (Janna Michaels), the wacked out mechanic Wildcat (Pat Fraley), the kid who becomes Baloo’s navigator Kit Cloudkicker (R.J. Williams), and the air pirate he once worked for Don Carnage.

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Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985-1991)

I grew up watching this animation on Saturday mornings as a kid and enjoyed it a great deal. Sure the animation is not as good, the stories are simple and the opening song will stick in your head forever, but I am sure any kids will love this show. The characters are enjoyable and fun and honestly I think Disney should bring these lovable guys back, and make a ride at Disney as well! The worst thing about these DVD’s are that the compression is as ugly as could be, and each episode is a single chapter. No one obviously cared about these discs, but at least they are out.

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