Category Archives: Animation

FERDINAND (2017): New Trailer From John Cena, Gabriel Iglesias, Tom Kane, Carlos Saldanha…

Ferdinand (2017), John Cena
Ferdinand (2017), John Cena

Starring John Cena, Gabriel Iglesias, Tom Kane and Carlos Saldanha, Ferdinand is the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights is in the middle of the bull ring…

Before this trailer I had never heard of Ferdinand the bull and now… I LOVE him! Not just because I too would choose flowers over the bull ring.

Ferdinand Release Dates: December 15th, 2017 (US); December 22nd, 2017 (UK)…

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CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS – THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE (2017): New Trailer From Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms…

Captain Underpants - The First Epic Movie (2017), Kevin Hart (George), Thomas Middleditch (Harold)
Captain Underpants – The First Epic Movie (2017), Kevin Hart (George), Thomas Middleditch (Harold)

In Captain Underpants – The First Epic Movie, Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch are the voices of two mischievous elementary school kids. Directed by David Soren and based on the popular books by Dave Pilkey, the two very naughty fourth graders hypnotise their principal into becoming their comic book creation, Captain Underpants…

I’m intrigued enough to see it. The only question is how distracting it will be that Kevin Hart is voicing a fourth grader and he sounds exactly as his real life adult self.

Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal also star.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Release Dates: June 2nd, 2017 (US); July 21st, 2017 (UK)…

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EARLY MAN (2017): New Trailer From Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams…

Early Man (2018)
Early Man (2018)

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne and Maisie Williams, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy. Directed by Nick Park, this animation / comedy / adventure is set during the time of the dinosaurs and woolly mammoths…

I loved Chicken Run (2000) and so would just adore it if this were as good if not better. Since the same people are behind both films, there’s definitely a good chance.

Early Man Release Dates: January 26th, 2018 (UK)…

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SING (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Sing (2016), Singing & Dancing Pigs
Sing (2016), Singing & Dancing Pigs

Besides the fun clips in the trailer, I found Sing to be quite forgettable. The story is based on the numerous characters involved in a singing competition, which if successful will help the organiser save his failing theatre.

The reason I didn’t completely enjoy Sing, even though I was moved and amused in parts is because I just didn’t find the story and most of the characters that entertaining or interesting; something to do with how stereotypical most of them are, I’m sure. The fact that I’m also that person who doesn’t enjoy watching televised singing competitions surely has something to do with it. Additionally, there’s a part of me that didn’t buy into Matthew McConaughey’s voice and / or performance as the Koala.

Sing (2016), Matthew McConaughey
Sing (2016), Matthew McConaughey

The main highlight about Sing, for me  has nothing to do with the music. I loved the mommy piggy (Reese Witherspoon) and her ingenuity when no one else was available to take care of her piglets. I also adore her performance partner, another cute piggy; you know, the one in the red sequinned leotard and gold sequinned sweatsuit that you fell in love with in the trailers.

You’ll very likely have a better time watching sing if you enjoy singing competitions. If you’re not that person, I hope you like it anyway, should you decide to tune in.

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MOANA (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Moana (2016) Cute Baby Moana
Moana (2016) Cute Baby Moana

What I like most about Moana is that it’s a well told story about a young girl who’s brave, strong and courageous enough to follow her heart. Set in Ancient Polynesia and starring Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, JeRmaine Clement and  Nicole Scherzinger, Moana also scores quite highly on the ‘animated cuteness’ factor, particularly baby Moana.

Cinderella (2015) is still my favourite Disney movie, in large part because of how much I enjoyed the recent live-action remake. If I had to choose between Brave (2012) and Moana for the preferred Disney story about the adventures of a courageous young girl, Brave definitely wins. I just found the characters more entertaining, the story personally more relatable and engaging. Nevertheless, I say watch Moana because it’s good – and who knows, it may end up being your favourite.

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COCO (2017): New Trailer From Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Renee Victor, Anthony Gonzalez…

Coco (2017), Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel
Coco (2017), Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel

Coco is Disney Pixar’s latest animated comedy / adventure. Starring Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal and Renee Victor, it’s all about a 12-year-old boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) and a century-old mystery that leads to an extraordinary family reunion…

I like the sound of Coco. Perhaps even more than that, I’m excited about the promise of a great new film about listening to your heart and going towards your dreams.

Coco is directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina.

Coco Release Dates: November 22nd, 2017 (US); December 8th, 2017 (UK)…

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STORKS (2016): Funny, Cute Adventure…

Storks (2016), Andy Samberg (Voice of Junior) Katie Crown (Voice of Tulip)
Storks (2016), Andy Samberg (Voice of Junior) Katie Crown (Voice of Tulip)

Storks is an action/ adventure / comedy set in a time when storks deliver packages instead of babies; but then a brand new baby order appears and a stork must what? ‘Always deliver,’ of course.

Starring Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Ty Burrell, Jennifer Aniston and Katie Crown, Storks is definitely fun and funny. Though it’s not my favourite of the animated films I’ve seen in 2016, I did enjoy the cuteness of all the babies, the nature of Hunter’s relationship with the little birds, the very unique skills of the wolf pack and the general adorableness of Nate Gardner.

There’s also that beautiful song at the end, ‘Fire and the Flood’ by Vance Joy; a singer who just happens to look like a smaller version of comedy actor, Josh Gad.

In case, like myself you rather like the idea of storks delivering babies instead the usual pain fest that’s actual reality, there’s a slight chance that you may find yourself feeling a little blue by the end of this movie, but luckily not for too long. Watch Storks anyway, for all the good things mentioned above.

Lastly, had it not been for the end credits, there’s no way I’d have guessed that Junior is voiced by Andy Samberg, such is his vocal range… one might say.

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DESPICABLE ME 3 (2017): New Trailer From Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Minions…

Despicable Me 3 (2017), Minions
Despicable Me 3 (2017), Minions

I’m very pleasantly surprised to learn that a new Despicable Me movie, Despicable Me 3 is coming in less than seven months. Starring Steve Carell as Gru, Kristen Wiig as Lucy Wilde and Trey Parker as a new Michael Jackson loving super villain called Balthazar Bratt, this trailer has really helped to make my week…

I can’t wait because  of those beautiful yellow happiness inducing cuties – the minions, of course. I also love that the new villain is a big Michael Jackson fan; anything to remind me of MJ’s magic.

Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove and Pierre Coffin also star.

Despicable Me 3 Release Dates: June 30th, 2017 (US & UK)…

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