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Saving "G.I. Joe"

The Feels Good Movie Consultants are ready to save the "G.I. Joe" film franchise.

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"Bubble" (2022) Review: A Visual Feast with Little Substance

Released on Netflix, "Bubble" is about a massive explosion of gravity-defying bubbles that block Tokyo off from the rest of the globe. The movie is visually stunning, but the storytelling leaves something to be desired.

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"Pompo: The Cinephile" (2022) Review: Tasting a Masterpiece

Masterfully animated and chock full of humor, "Pompo: The Cinephile" caters to lovers and makers of film, but also speaks to anyone who admires art or aspires to be an artist. It's creative, inspiring, and just an overall wonderful film.

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"The Bad Guys" (2022) Review: A Visually Stylish Animated Caper

The animation in "The Bad Guys" is so smooth and sleek and different from other animated films. It's super fun to watch with adult movie references that surprisingly work in a supposed kids' film.

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"Sonic the Hedgehog 2" Review (2022): The Master Emerald of Family Friendly Entertainment

Robotnik returns to get his revenge in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Meanwhile, Sonic just wants to eat chili dogs and wear the shoes of a competent hero.

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Anime Movie Review: "Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya: Vow in the Snow" (2017)

In an alternate universe to "Fate/Stay Night," Shirou and Kiritsugu Emiya discover a child named Sakatsuki and take her into their home to use her as the Holy Grail's vessel. But as Shirou grows more attached to her, he must confront his ideals. Is this movie worth your time and money?

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"Hotel Transylvania: Transformania" (2022) Review: A Monstrous Monstrosity

An animated franchise that has spanned a decade, four films, a TV series, and three short films, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is the last film of the franchise and the first to skip a theatrical release. The film is a mess that seems to forget what made the other films somewhat entertaining.

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"Hotel Transylvania: Transformania": A Goofy Horror Finale With a Sweet Gooey Center

"Hotel Transylvania: Transformania" is the fourth and final installment of the "Hotel Transylvania" film series. Although this movie is style over substance, even without Adam Sandler's involvement, it retains its innocence and creativity that families would easily eat up around Halloween time.

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Why "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" Is Still the Coolest Christmas Special

This 1970 Rankin and Bass TV special is just as fresh today as it was when it first aired, and given the post-2020 world, more relevant than ever.

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"Even Mice Belong in Heaven" (2021) Review

The Czech stop-motion animated film explores the afterlife and what lies beyond. Even though it's about animals, it has life lessons any person could benefit from. Entertaining and brilliantly animated with a slight punch of emotion for good measure.

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"My Little Pony: A New Generation": A Continuation of "MLP: FiM" for Old and New Fans

"My Little Pony: A New Generation" is a 2021 computer-animated musical film based on the "My Little Pony" toy line and a sequel to the television series, "Friendship is Magic.” Aside from a weak story, the movie remains a spiritual successor with a decent cast, adequate songs, and solid animation.

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"Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog": A Nostalgic, Supernatural, and Fun Crossover

"Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog" is a 2021 direct-to-video crossover film between Scooby-Doo and Courage the Cowardly Dog. Outside the predictability and hit-and-miss humor, this crossover is an enjoyable and faithful experience to both respective franchises.

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Fantasia 2021: "Little Vampire" Review

Joann Sfar's "Little Vampire" is an animated adventure revolving around love, discovering a new best friend, and what makes life worthwhile even when you're already dead. It's gorgeously animated with fantastic humor, wonderful characters, and a story that's better than it has any right to be.

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"PAW Patrol: The Movie": A Nick Jr. Adventure Proven Big and Not Too Small

"PAW Patrol: The Movie" is an animated movie based on the television series by Keith Chapman. Though basic and aimed at younger audiences, this film can be enjoyed by both young and old viewers alike, thanks to a thrilling story, impressive animation, and a few surprises along the way.

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Fantasia 2021: "Mad God" Review

There's nothing quite like "Mad God"; a stop-motion animated horror-infused nightmare created by visual effects artist Phil Tippett. It's nauseating, terrifying, depressing, and an absolute masterpiece.

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"The Loud House Movie": A Not-So-Huge But Serviceable Nicktoon Movie

"The Loud House Movie" is an animated musical comedy based on "The Loud House," created by Chris Savino. Despite the predictable plot and television-quality animation, there's a noble amount of effort both visually and musically for families and fans to enjoy.

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Fantasia 2021: "Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story" Review

Part of this year's Fantasia International Film Festival, "Hayop Ka!" is making the festival circuit in the US this year while debuting on Netflix overseas last year. You've never seen an animated film quite like this with a different animation style and loaded with sexual themes.

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"Spirit Untamed": A Tamed DreamWorks Spin-Off Kiddie Ride

"Spirit Untamed" is a 2021 DreamWorks animated adventure spin-off based on "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" (2002) and the Netflix series "Spirit: Riding Free." While the animation and heart are in the right place, the movie is average for kids at best, but forgetful at worst for everyone else.

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"Shrek (2001)": A DreamWorks Fairy Tale Parody Classic

"Shrek" is a 2001 animated comedy loosely based on the children's book of the same name by William Steig. While the plot may sound predictable, the rest of the movie is a beloved classic with satires of Disney and fairy tales, innovative animation, unexpected laughs, and memorable characters.

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"Arlo the Alligator Boy" (2021) Review: Rickety Biscuit - A Gift to Animation

The 2021 film "Arlo the Alligator Boy" contains incredible animation, humor that caters to both kids and adults, and music you'll be craving long after it's over. Here is my review!

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"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" (2021) Review

Pushed back nearly a year after its completion, "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" is now available to stream for free for Paramount+ subscribers.

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"Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" (2001) - A Halfhearted Vigentennial Eulogy

The 2001 film "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" changed the way CGI and motion capture was used in animated films forever. While my review contends that the film itself is a mess, its influence in the world of animation is still noteworthy after all these years.

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"Our Friend, Martin": An Educational and Emotional Film of MLK's Life Journey

"Our Friend Martin" is a 1999 direct-to-video animated children's educational film about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Even though it is aimed for children, it remains historically faithful, has an all-star cast, and an emotional soundtrack that would be beneficial for elementary schools.

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Rankin/Bass Retrospective: "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus" (1985)

For over 20 years, Rankin/Bass delighted audiences with a steady stream of holiday stories told in the Animagic style. But all good things must come to an end, with their final such special arriving in a 1985 adaptation of book written by L. Frank Baum, "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus."

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Rankin/Bass Retrospective: "The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold"

For Christmas 1981, Rankin/Bass mixed Christmas and St. Patricks Day to create a new leprechaun-flavored holiday special.

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"Frosty Returns": AKA Frosty's After-School Special

"Frosty Returns" is a 1992 CBS television special starring John Goodman as Frosty the Snowman. While it may be confusing and lacking substance, the standalone special is straightforward and charming with a comedic cast, familiar animation, and a nice environmental message for children.

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Rankin/Bass Retrospective: "Pinocchio's Christmas"

The very first Rankin/Bass creation was a series based on "Pinocchio," so when it came time to make a Christmas special for their 20th anniversary, it was time for Pinocchio to return.

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"The Croods: A New Age": An Unexpected and Evolving Step From Extinction

"The Croods: A New Age" is a 2020 sequel to the 2013 DreamWorks prehistoric animated comedy "The Croods." Surprisingly, this film is executed in a more humorous, imaginative, and astonishing manner.

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10 Great DC Animated Movies

A look at 10 of DC's best feature-length animated movies.

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'Wolfwalkers' Review: Hand-Drawn Heaven

Tomm Moore and Cartoon Saloon bring their Celtic animation trilogy to a close with "Wolfwalkers."

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"Olive, the Other Reindeer": An Underdog Christmas Classic

"Olive, the Other Reindeer" is a computer-animated Christmas musical special based on the book by Vivian Walsh. At first, the special may seem average with a foolish concept. However, with Matt Groening and Drew Barrymore attached, it's executed in the most charming and innovative way.

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"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie": An Obscure Retelling of a Christmas Classic

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie" is a 1998 animated musical produced by GoodTimes Entertainment and based on the titular poem by Robert L. May. It is a rare breed where it started as a mediocre sell-out to a cult classic with ambition, creativity, voice acting, and talented singing.

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"Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy": A Satisfactory, Spooktacular Sequel

"Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy" is the 2005 sequel to the 2003 film based on the children's illustration books by Jill Thompson. It improves and maintains the charm of the first film with updated animation, matured characters, inventive scenarios and fun for both kids and adults to enjoy.

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Fantasia Fest 2020: 'A Costume for Nicolas' Review

Premiering at Fantasia Fest 2020 back in August, "A Costume for Nicolas" makes the most of its tiny budget and is an animated adventure loaded with imagination and heart.

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"Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf": A Silly-Dooby-Doo Conclusion With Monsters and Racing

"Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf" is the final Scooby-Doo television film in the Hanna-Barbera Superstar 10 series. With the movie given a more comedic direction and artistic shift, it ends both on a vibrant, humorous yet slow and bland note.

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"Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School": A Cult Classic Among the Scooby-Doo Movie Lineup

"Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School" is the second Scooby-Doo movie in the Hanna-Barbera Superstar 10 series. It has been regarded by fans as a cult classic for its distinctive concept, creative animation, and unforgettable characters.

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"Scooby-Doo! Meets the Boo Brothers": The First Supernatural Scooby-Doo Movie With Mixed Results

"Scooby-Doo! Meets the Boo Brothers" is a TV movie that is part of the Hanna-Barbera Superstar 10 series. Though the plot can get all over the place and has mixed humor, the rest gets serviceable with an interesting concept, thoughtful clues, nicely executed animation, and entertaining voice-work.

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"Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw": A Random Cash Cow on a Toyline

"Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw" is a film based on both the Tonka toyline and Hanna-Barbera cartoon of the same name. While harmless in some regards, this movie tries way too hard to be taken serious with a ridiculous plot, cheap animation, bland characters, and forgettable songs.

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"The Powerpuff Girls Movie": CN's First and Only Theatrical Film

The Powerpuff Girls Movie is Cartoon Network's first and only theatrical movie, based on the series of the same name. While the movie initially caused concern for its violence and flopped, the rest makes up for it with a decent origin story, updated animation, thrilling action and performances.

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"Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip" - CN's First Original TV Movie

"Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip" is the first television movie produced by Cartoon Network and originally intended as the series finale to Dexter's Laboratory. While the story sounds standard and formulaic, the movie gradually evolves with creative animation, fun action and memorable characters.

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"Animal Crackers": A Sweet Family Movie With Average Taste

After struggling to reach the top, "Animal Crackers" is an average family flick with a playful concept, colorful animation, and a talented voice cast. Though the plot could get predictable and the jokes are hit-and-miss, the effort is still present and its heart in the right place.

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Movie Review: "Trolls"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Trolls" starring Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and more!

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"Tom & Jerry: The Movie" (1993) Review

The 1993 animated feature "Tom & Jerry: The Movie" is based on the Hanna-Barbara character duo with a wasted potential story, generic characters and unnecessary musical numbers. Nonetheless, the animation is nice and the voice acting is decent. Here's my review.

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"Norm of the North: Family Vacation" (2020) - A Stockholm Syndrome Movie Review

Another "Norm of the North" film has been made. Is it worth my time? Will it help me enjoy this franchise? Find out here in my review!

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My Problem With "The Polar Express"

"The Polar Express" is a Christmas animation from 2004 with plenty of charm, heartwarming moments and holiday cheer for children. However, I'd like to talk about an incoherent aspect of its story that I've always questioned.

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Movie Review: "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

This is a non-spoiler review of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" starring Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, and more!

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“Megamind” (2010): We Always Have a Choice

The main theme of the 2010 Dreamworks film "Megamind" is that we are who we choose to be. My review explains how and where it takes place here.

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"The Addams Family" (2019) Movie Review

Here is a review of the 2019 film "The Addams Family," starring the voices of Oscar Issac, Charlize Theron, Nick Kroll, Conrad Vernon, and more!

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13 Best Animated Halloween Movies for Kids

These fun animated movies are family-friendly Halloween entertainment that kids and adults alike can enjoy.

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'Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure' (2019) A Sickly Movie Review

Norm is a talking polar bear that goes on wacky adventures with his annoying lemming pals. This time, though, he goes to China. There's also a thing about a wedding. Whatever. Doesn't matter.