Category Archives: Animation

BILAL – A NEW BREED OF HERO (2018): New Trailer From Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian McShane, China Anne McClain…

Bilal - A New Breed Of Hero (2018)
Bilal – A New Breed Of Hero (2018)

Directed and co-written by Khurram H. Alavi and Ayman Jamal, Bilal – A New Breed Of Hero is inspired by true events and set a thousand years ago, when a boy named Bilal is abducted with his sister and taken to a land far away from home.

Finding himself in a world where greed and injustice rule all, Bilal must muster the courage to raise his voice, make a change and earn his remembrance in time and history. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian McShane and China Anne McClain star… 

I’m intrigued because this is an animated movie that seems to have nothing to do with Disney, Illumination or DreamWorks. The visual style is certainly different and I’m curious about how similar the story will be.

Bilal – A New Breed Of Hero Release Dates: February 2nd, 2018 (US)…

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HEY, ARNOLD! – THE JUNGLE MOVIE (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Hey Arnold - The Jungle Movie (2017)
Hey Arnold – The Jungle Movie (2017)

I‘m quite happy to report that the experience of watching Hey, Arnold! – The Jungle Movie wasn’t too much like the regrettable experience of re-watching The Never Ending Story; a children’s film that I adored as a child and one that should have been left firmly in my childhood.

As promised, this follow-up to the TV series Hey, Arnold finally tells the story of young Arnold’s parents. And and the writers made that part adequately interesting. A younger me certainly would have enjoyed Hey, Arnold! – The Jungle Movie quite a bit more than my grown up self. Luckily, I still had some fun because my favourite thing about the series was always the humour. And the humour in this movie, though, dare I say isn’t as sophisticated as my tastes have indeed become, but it’s still pretty timeless.

I don’t know that I ever had a favourite Hey, Arnold character, but now I’m certain that it’s Helga and her undying, yet completely unrequited love for dear ‘football head.’ Especially the way she verbalises her feelings when she thinks no one is around to hear her.

To satisfy your curiosity about the football headed one’s parents and to reminisce about your relatively carefree days, feel free to hit that play button on this one and see how you like it. But definitely be warned, you probably won’t be as in love as you once were… unlike our dear Helga.

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SMALLFOOT (2018): New Trailer From Channing Tatum, Zendaya, Danny DeVito…

Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum
Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum

In Smallfoot, Channing Tatum plays Migo, a Yeti convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” actually do exist.

Zendaya and Danny DeVito also star while Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig cowrite and direct.

As I watched this trailer, a few things went through my mind. Firstly, what a brilliant idea! I totally didn’t see the twist coming. Second, How nice for Channing Tatum. Finally a movie he’s made that his young daughter can actually watch all the way through. Lastly Of course Tatum’s character had to have great dance moves. Of course.

I’m really looking forward to this one and I’ll be careful not watch any more Smallfoot trailers I just really want to be surprised delighted by the film.

Additional cast includes Jimmy Tatro, Yara Shahidi, Gina Rodriguez, James Corden, LeBron James and Common.

Smallfoot Release Dates: September 28th, 2018 (US); October 5th, 2018 (UK)…

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INCREDIBLES 2 (2018): New Trailer From Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, John Ratzenberger…

The Incredibles 2 (2018)
The Incredibles 2 (2018)

Incredibles 2, the long awaited sequel to the 2004 animated action /adventure by Disney Pixar, The Incredibles (2004) is finally coming.

Featuring the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter and John Ratzenberger, Craig T. Nelson (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world, of course…

I’ve definitely forgotten most of what happens in the first movie. Thirteen long years can do that to a person. The cuteness and harmless animated fun is why I’ll be watching the new movie and re-watching the first. Everyday can’t be Deadpool day, you know. Plus Jack-Jack laughs just like a little baby I know.

Written and directed by Brad Bird; Huck Milner, Sarah Vowell and Craig T. Nelson also star.

Incredibles 2 Release Dates: June 15th, 2018 (US); July 13th, 2018 (UK)…

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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 – SUMMER VACATION (2018): New Trailer From Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi…

Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018).
Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018).

Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Steve Buscemi are back in the third instalment of the Genndy Tartakovsky directed Hotel Transylvania 3.

This time the action takes place away from the the vacation hotel on a luxury monster cruise ship. The monster family are all having a great time catching up on their moon tans but then Drac goes and falls for the the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka and everything changes…

I’ll be tuning in for the easy viewing light entertainment. I’ll probably also be wondering whose accent I love more; Adam Sandler as Drac in the Hotel Transylvania movies or Steve Carell as Gru in the Despicable Me films.

Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Keegan-Michael Key, David Spade and David Spade also star.

Hotel Transylvania 3 – Summer Vacation Release Dates: July 13th, 2018 (US); July 27th, 2018 (UK)

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HEY, ARNOLD! – THE JUNGLE MOVIE (2017): New Trailer For Hey Arnold! Movie…

Hey Arnold - The Jungle Movie (2017).
Hey Arnold – The Jungle Movie (2017).

Hey, Arnold! The Jungle Movie starts where Hey, Arnold! (1994) the TV series left off. Directed by Raymie Muzquiz and Stuart Livingston, this movie finally tells the story of what happened to Arnold’s parents…

I’m featuring this because I used to love the show growing up and I want to know if it’s still as fun – now that I’m an adult. I did this sort of thing with The Never Ending Story (1984) and that proved a massive mistake! Why? Basically, my adult self considered it to be bad, quite bad. And with that said, good luck to me!

Hey, Arnold – The Jungle Movie Release Dates: November 24th, 2017 (US)…

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THE BREADWINNER (2017): New Trailer Starring Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq, Shaista Latif…

The Breadwinner (2017)
The Breadwinner (2017)

Directed by Nora Twomey, The Breadwinner is about a headstrong young girl in Afghanistan who disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family. Saara ChaudryLaara Sadiq and Shaista Latif star…

Something about the look and feel of this animation reminds me of the kinds of stories and children’s books I used to read as an eight year-old. Therefore I must watch.

The Breadwinner Release Dates: November 17th, 2017 (US)…

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DESPICABLE ME 3 (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Despicable Me 3 (2017), Steve Carell (Gru)
Despicable Me 3 (2017), Steve Carell (Gru)

I never, ever thought I’d say this, but it’s official, the minion magic no longer works on me. The minions are not even in Despicable Me 3 that much but long gone is the version of myself that would literally squeal with delight at the mere sight of them. Now they’re more like a favourite song played over and over again that I can kind of no longer stand.

I actually found myself adequately bored in parts as I watched Despicable Me 3. The main reason being, my favourite moments in the movie were the ones I already saw in the teaser trailer with the Michael Jackson loving super villain, months earlier. One of the newest things in this instalment, namely the introduction of one of Gru’s relatives unfortunately felt a little too much like a desperate attempt to find any reason, any reason at all to keep the franchise going.

Just to be clear, I’m definitely not saying that Despicable Me 3 is terrible, generally speaking. I’m saying that I didn’t love it because it felt tired and I’m over all the characters; most surprisingly to myself, I’m tired of the minions.

Immediately below are just some of the thoughts that went through my mind as the credits rolled. In some ways, I really should have known.

‘What was I thinking?’

‘Why was I looking forward to this when I knew that I never really enjoyed the first two Despicable Me movies anyway?’

‘I simply must have forgotten that the minions were the ones I really loved (back then) – not super villain Gru and his children.’

If you’re super intrigued, watch it and see how you like Despicable Me 3.

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