Category Archives: Animation

MISSING LINK (2019): New Trailer From Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Zach Galifianakis…

Mr Link (2019), Zach Galifianakis
Mr Link (2019), Zach Galifianakis

From writer / director Chris Butler, Missing Link is the story of Mr. Link and his adventures with explorer Sir Lionel Frost and adventurer Adelina Fortnight. The three of them travel the world in search of Mr Link’s relatives.

Key cast includes, Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zack Galifianakis, Emma Thompson…

I’m in because of the impressive cast and the promise of something a little different to the Disney Pixar stories I often enjoy.

Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, Amrita Acharia, Stephen Fry and David Walliams also star.

Missing Link Release Dates: April 12th, 2019 (US)…

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SMALLFOOT (2018): The Thing I Liked…

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

After being told his whole life that humans don’t exist, young Yeti Migo (Channing Tatum) finds evidence to the contrary and wants all his people to know. Except that things don’t quite go as he expected.

Co-written and directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig, I like the way Smallfoot flips the story of Yetis and humans by telling it from the perspective of Yetis. I also appreciated what Smallfoot had to say about the errors in the ways we tend to treat those we see as very different from us and how counterproductive the lies we tell to protect can sometimes become.

With other key cast including Zendaya, Common, Danny DeVito and James Corden, in terms of the film’s general execution, I’d say it’s somewhere between OK and OK-ish. Part of the reason is that I just didn’t find the writing as fun and good as the trailer led me to expect and hope. A part of me also wishes that Smallfoot didn’t have the musical numbers. I mean, I definitely wouldn’t have minded so much if I felt that most of the songs and singing were great. 

The moment the film had me most engaged is towards the end and during the scenes when the Yetis were being pursued. If I had to pick the most memorable moment for me in the whole film, that’s definitely when a very everyday human item is amusingly referred to as ‘the scroll of invisible wisdom.’

Watch Smallfoot if you’re very, very curious.

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THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES (2018): The Things I Liked…

The Christmas Chronicles (2018), Kurt Russell
The Christmas Chronicles (2018), Kurt Russell

There are four key things I like most about The Christmas Chronicles, the story of siblings whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unforgettable adventure. 

The first highlight is the ‘performance’ during the time in jail, the second is ‘the world in Santa’s bag,’ the third is the very adorable way the the words ‘Papa Noel’ are uttered towards the end and last but not least is that very glorious red leather coat on Santa’s back. Santa’s beard is quite something too, but that coat..!

When I wasn’t busy admiring the aforementioned, I was thinking that overall The Christmas Chronicles isn’t a terrible Christmas movie’. I mean, yes, there was a moment or a few when one of the young actors didn’t deliver their lines in a particularly believable way. There was also a part of me that felt as though the older sibling was probably too old for some aspects of the story. Still, all these ‘inconveniences’ didn’t stop me from watching till the end. I guess I was just very much in the mood for Christmas.

Watch it if you’re so curious.

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WRECK IT RALPH (2012), The Things I Liked…

Wreck It Ralph (2012), John C. Reilly
Wreck It Ralph (2012), John C. Reilly

Wreck it Ralph, the animated comedy about a video game villain who wants to be a hero, but inadvertently brings havoc to the place he lives, as he tries to do just that is a movie I’m glad to have finally watched.

What I like most about writer / director Rich Moore’s film is the general cleverness of the story and its execution. There’s a particular twist in the story that I didn’t see coming that stands out as a favourite moment.

Another element to enjoy about Wreck It Ralph is the animated cuteness. It’s not quite the baby Jack Jack from Incredibles 2 (2018)or the Minions (2015)kind of extreme cuteness, but it’s cuteness all the same. 

Even though Wreck It Ralph is overall a good movie, it isn’t quite in my top ten list of favourite animated films. I blame my non-gamer status for this. Especially since I’m sure that those who’ve played all or most of the arcade games featured are very likely going to enjoy this movie that much more. Of all the games in the movie, I’ve only ever really played PacMan and Sonic the Hedgehog.

I know that by this point you’ve probably already seen this movie and its sequel – but if not, tune in to appreciate the smart execution and especially if you’re a fan of arcade games.

Wreck It Ralph stars John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman.

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INCREDIBLES 2 (2018) The Things I LOVED…

The Incredibles 2 (2018), Jack Jack
The Incredibles 2 (2018), Jack Jack

For most of Incredibles 2, it is Elastigirl who is out doing all the superhero work and dealing with new villain Screenslaver, while Mr. Incredible is at home taking care of the Incredible children.

As far as the superhero action sequences go, I definitely enjoyed Elastigirl’s rather thrilling second solo pursuit of Screenslaver. Overall though, my favourite scenes in Incredibles 2 are not the moments when members of the Incredible family are in their trademark superhero attire facing off with villains.

The biggest highlights for me are the scenes with all or most of the Incredible family together at home. I particularly enjoyed the humour and universal family dynamic during these moments. I also especially adored every scene that featured baby Jack Jack, ‘the most adorable symbol of animated cuteness,’ since the Minions (2015) first became a big deal. I can definitely sense that you agree.

Watch Incredibles 2 because it’s good. Enjoy all the undeniable cuteness and cleverness of the creation that is Jack Jack. Definitely make time for the fun that the scenes with Jack Jack at Edna Mode’s residence will deliver. 

 Written / directed by  Brad Bird Incredibles 2 stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Catherine Keener, Samuel L. Jackson…

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THE LEGO MOVIE 2 – The Second (2019): New Trailer From Chris Pratt, Margot Robbie, Alison Brie…

The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part (2019)
The Lego Movie 2 – The Second Part (2019)

In The Lego Movie 2 – The Second Part, it’s just five years since everything was awesome, but now LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space are  wrecking everything and so the new threat must be dealt with.

Chris Pratt, Margot Robbie and Alison Brie star while Mike Mitchell and Trisha Gum direct…

I decided that I already I like this movie simply because of the title -especially the second part of it. Looking forward to the humour and silliness.

Tiffany Haddish, Jonah Hill, Elizabeth Banks, Stephanie Beatriz, Channing Tatum, Nick Offerman, Will Arnett and Charlie Day also star.

The Lego Movie 2 – The Second Part Release Dates: February 8th, 2019 (US & UK)

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POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU (2019): New Trailer From Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith…

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith

Set in a world where people collect pocket monsters (Pokémon) to do battle, Justice Smith ( Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom (2018is a boy who meets an intelligent monster named Pikachu who wants to be a detective.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu is directed by Rob Letterman while Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu…

I personally know of Pikachu but I don’t know much about Pokemon. I’m mostly curious because I rather like Smith; even though I’ve only ever seen him in Jurassic World – Falling Kingdom.

Suki Waterhouse, Bill Nighy, Kathryn Newton, Rita Ora, Chris Geere, Ken Watanabe, Karan Soni and Kadiff Kirwan also star.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu Release Dates: May 10th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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TOY STORY 4 (2019): New Trailer From Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Patricia Arquette, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack…

Toy Story 4 (2019), Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
Toy Story 4 (2019), Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

Toy Story 4 is all about the revelation of just how big the world can be for a toy, especially after a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang and a road trip alongside old and new friends begins.

Directed by Josh Cooley; key cast includes Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Patricia Arquette, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack…

A lovely teaser trailer that ended nicely with comfort that is hearing Tom Hank’s voice as Woody. I vaguely recall the previous Toy Story films. Clearly time for a re-watch.

Laurie Metcalf, Kristen Schaal, Jodi Benson and Bonnie Hunt also star.

Toy Story 4 Release Dates: June 21st, 2019 (US & UK)…

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