Category Archives: Animation

THE BOSS BABY – FAMILY BUSINESS (2021): New Trailer Starring James Marsden, Alec Baldwin, Jeff Goldblum, Jimmy Kimmel…

The Boss Baby – Family Business (2021), Alec Baldwin, James Marsden

The sequel to The Boss Baby (2017) is here, meaning the smart/adult-like, briefcase carrying baby who’s voiced by Alec Baldwin is back.

Also starring James Marsden, Jimmy Kimmel and Jeff Goldblum; in The Boss Baby – Family Business, the Templeton brothers are now grown up and have drifted apart. However, not if a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach has anything to do with it.

Directed by Tom McGrath; additional key cast includes Amy Sedaris, Lisa Kudrow and Eva Longoria.

I’m so glad to see Alec Baldwin back for this sequel. I’ve just recently finished re-watching his great work in 30 Rock. So I’m definitely in for this one. And it helps that the first Boss Baby movie was so imaginative and fun.

Ariana Greenblatt and James McGrath also star.

The Boss Baby – Family Business  Release Dates: March 26th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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TOM & JERRY (2021): New Trailer Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Rob Delaney…

Tom & Jerry (2021), Warner Bros. Pictures

Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña and Rob Delaney are the stars of Tom & Jerry; a movie adaptation of the classic series of animated films about the rivalry between a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry. 

Directed by Tim Story; this new movie will show us how Tom and Jerry first met and how their famous rivalry began.

A chance to relive the carefree moments of childhood again? Of course I’m in! Plus, this trailer looks like so much fun. I’m ready.

Colin Jost, Ken Jeong, Pallavi Sharda, Jordan Bolger, Daniel Adegboyega, Ajay Chhabra, Janis Ahern, Leandra Ryan, Jeremy Ang Jones, Camilla Arfwedson, Eleanor Fanyinka and Christina Chong also star.

Tom & Jerry Release Dates: March 4th, 2021 (UK); March 5th, 2021 (US)…

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THE LIBERATOR (2020): New Trailer Starring Bradley James, Martin Sensmeier, Jose Miguel Vasquez…

The Liberator (2020), Netflix
The Liberator (2020), Netflix

The Liberator stars Bradley James, Martin Sensmeier and Jose Miguel Vasquez in a true story of a diverse and brave crew of ragtag soldiers. The kind who became some of the most heroic fighters of the European invasion in World War II.

I’m definitely giving this one a chance because of the beautiful animation style, promising dialogue and compelling story of brotherhood.

Mike Rowe, Ross Anderson, Billy Breed, Finney Cassidy, David Elliot, Sam Gittins, Kiowa Gordon, Bryan Hibbard, Pedro Leandro, Tatanka Means, Matt Mercurio and Billy Rayner also star.

The Liberator Release Dates: November 11th, 2020 (US), Netflix…

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RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON (2021): New Trailer Starring Awkwafina, Kelly Marie Tran…

Raya and the Last Dragon (2021), Kelly Marie Tran, Walt Disney Studios

Set in a realm known as Lumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization; Disney’s latest animated action/adventure Raya and the Last Dragon tells the story of a warrior named Raya. And she’s determined to find the last dragon.

From directors Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada; Raya and the Last Dragon stars Awkwafina and Kelly Marie Tran.

It’s still definitely early to call myself super excited after seeing this trailer. Yet, one thing I already love is the music. Not so much the vocal element but the instrumental and drums.

May the next trailer and finished film thrill and excite us all.

Raya and the Last Dragon Release Dates: March 12th, 2021 (US)…

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THE CROODS – A NEW AGE (2020): New trailer From Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone…

The Croods – A New Age (2020), Universal Pictures

2013’s animated comedy/adventure The Croods has a good looking new sequel.

Directed by Joel Crawford; starring Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone, The Croods – A New Age follows the prehistoric family once again. This time they’re challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved.

Is it possible for this movie to look any more fun? I think not! I don’t remember the first croods movie released seven years ago very well but I know I liked a lot about it.

I’m ready now for a the adventure, humour and cuteness. So, thank goodness the release date isn’t a year away.

Catherine Keener, Leslie Mann, Peter Dinklage, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman and Kelly Marie Tran also star.

The Croods – A New Age Release Dates: November 25th, 2020 (US); January 29th, 2021 (UK)…

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THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN (2020): The Things I Liked…

The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios
The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios

Starring Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren and Sam Rockwell, I was drawn to Disney’s partly-animated adventure/comedy The One and Only Ivan, because I knew that the ending was going to be a happy one. What I didn’t know until I saw the movie is that The One and Only Ivan is based on a true story.

Set in a circus at the mall, at the heart of the film is Ivan, a gorilla who’s trying to piece together his past as he and his elephant friend Stella (Jolie) plan to escape from captivity. Though director Thea Sharrock’s movie is quite predictable, I found that I didn’t mind too much. Especially since my main motivation for watching the film was to see a bunch of animals get their happy ending. 

There’s no denying though, that a faster pace would have helped my enjoyment overall. And it did prove arduous watching the animals get excited about their initial plan to escape captivity. Particularly considering how clear it was to adult viewers just how dangerous an actual escape would be for Ivan and friends. Perhaps, since The One and Only Ivan is ultimately a movie for children, it may be that the futility of the initial escape plan wouldn’t be so obvious to a young audience; meaning those scenes wouldn’t prove as taxing as they did for me.

The good news is that even with the elements that bothered me, I’m glad I stuck with The One and Only Ivan, because of the happy ending I wanted. 

As for the question of whether I’d call The One and Only Ivan a great Disney film. NoYet it’s also not completely terrible. As such, if you’re curious enough, give it a chance. Just don’t leave your patience at the door. And remember, it is ultimately aimed at children. 

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SCOOB! (2020): The Things I Liked…

Scoob! (2020), Warner Bros. Pictures

Based on the children’s TV shows about a Great Dane named Scooby-Doo, one who along with his teenage human friends solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures, I found Scoob! to be a well animated, fun adventure. It’s certainly not perfect, but it does have a rather engaging, silly central story and a watchable supervillain played by Jason Isaacs.

Also starring Zac Efron, Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried; the first twenty-five minutes of Scoob! didn’t have me as confident about how the rest of the movie would be as I expected. Thankfully though, director Tony Cervone’s film did become more watchable.

Random thoughts that went through my mind as Scoob! played include:
‘This is all quite silly, but fun.’

Why is puppy Scooby’s nose was so oversized?’

If you liked the Scooby-Doo TV shows, then you’ll probably enjoy Scoob! So give it a chance should the mood for a silly nostalgic escape surface.

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THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN (2020): New Trailer From Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren…

The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios
The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The One and Only Ivan (2020).

In Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston and Sam Rockwell’s latest ,The One and Only Ivan, a gorilla tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Stella, as they work on a plan to escape from captivity.

A partly animated adventure/comedy directed by Thea Sharrock, additional key cast includes Danny DeVito, Brooklynn Prince, Phillipa Soo…

I’m certainly not the biggest fan of circuses. As such, I’m glad it looks as though by the end, this movie will put a big smile on my face. Also, it has elephants!

Ariana Greenblatt, Eleanor Matsuura, Ramon Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Betsy Graver and Owain Arthur

The one and Only Ivan Release Dates: Augustt 21st, 2020 (US)…

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