Animated Films

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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 be average with a foolish concept. However, with Matt Groening and Drew Barrymore attached, the special is 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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"Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular": A Simple and Sweet Halloween Family Treat

"Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular" is a computer-animated direct-to-video film based on the children's books by Jill Thompson. While it has aged computer animation and simplicity, its innocent charm, innovative visuals, and memorable characters make up for it.

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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 which 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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"9" (2009): Science Vs Witchcraft Vs Religion

The message behind "9" is one of hope and progression.

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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

Tom & Jerry: The Movie is an animated feature 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.

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

There's another 'Norm of the North' sequel, therefore... I'm going to watch it. Because I'm an idiot. Is this the one that changes my mind though? Will this make me into a believer of the Norm of the North franchise? Will I be saved?! I dunno. Why don't you click on in here an find out!

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Should I Watch..? 'Hoodwinked!'

Pixar have faced many competitors in the CG animation market over the years and this post-modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood offered something a little different. But was this a real challenge or a flash in the pan? Benjamin Cox investigates.

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Should I Watch..? 'Chicken Run'

Aardman Animation ditched their most famous characters Wallace and Gromit for this, their debut feature-length movie. Benjamin Cox gets in a flap about this family film that still manages to be a huge amount of fun.

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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

We are who we choose to be is the theme of Dreamworks' Megamind.

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"The Addams Family" Movie Review

At the beginning of The Addams Family (buh-duh-duh-duh… snap snap), we watch as the creepy and kooky Gomez (Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (Charlize Theron) get run out of town mid-nuptials by a pitchfork-wielding crowd. Frustrated, they exclaim that they wish there was somewhere they could just be ...

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Should I Watch..? 'Kung Fu Panda'

Not since 'Shrek' had a film come along to challenge Pixar's dominance in the CG market. Benjamin Cox looks back at a franchise-spawning hit that narrowed the gap between Pixar and their chief opposition, Dreamworks Animation.

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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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"Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus" (2019) - Film Review

"Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus" is a Netflix original film that brings back the Nicktoon with an astounding cult following. This is my review of said film.

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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 he goes to China. There's also a thing about a wedding. Whatever. Doesn't matter.

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Should I Watch..? 'Ice Age'

In a desperate bid to keep cool in this summer's excessive heatwave, Benjamin Cox finally catches up with this - a franchise-spawning animation that has since become a global phenomenon. Trouble is, he's still too hot!

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History of Hanna-Barbera: 'The Man Called Flintstone' (1966)

The Flintstones was the most popular Hanna-Barbera series of the 1960s, so when the show was coming to an end, the studio decided to give it a grand finale. In 1966, the very first Flintstones movie hit theaters, with a secret agent twist.

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'Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' (2019) A Tubular Movie Review

I just realized, the title of the movie is kind of a lie... they physically fight once and then they're pretty much working together for the rest of the runtime... Hollywood is full of lies! Just kidding, this flick is fun.

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10 Non-Disney Princesses in Animated Fairy Tale Movies That Need Live-Action Remakes

Disney keeps bringing its beloved animated princesses to life in live-action movies, but some royal women who deserve more realistic retellings of their fairy tales don't reside in the Magic Kingdom.

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History of Hanna-Barbera: 'Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!' (1964)

In 1964, Hanna-Barbera made the leap back to the silver screen with the first animated feature based on a TV series, bringing Yogi Bear to new heights.

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Movie Review: “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

This is a non-spoiler review of “The Secret Life of Pets 2” starring Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, and more!

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'The Secret Life of Pets 2' Review

Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.

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"The Secret Life of Pets 2" Movie Review

After the mile-a-minute whirlwind of slobber and pet hair that was the first Secret Life of Pets movie in 2016, it’s nice to see that apparently you can teach an old dog new tricks. The gang at Illumination has wisely taken a breath and dispatched with most of the hyperkinetic nuttiness that ...

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A Slight Argument for the Casting in 'The Prince of Egypt'

A response to a slight disagreement in Lindsay Ellis's new video.

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"Missing Link" Movie Review

At the risk of sounding like the cantankerous old geezer lounging on his porch with a shotgun and a tall glass of lemonade, there’s something to be said for animation that’s still done the ol’-fashioned way—frame-by-frame and all by hand. Whether it’s physically-painted cels (as with Disney ...

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Missing Link Movie Review

With the help of stop-motion animation and a brilliant cast, Missing Link becomes the next great animation of the year. I give the film a 4 out of 4.

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Pranking the Audience: A Review of Dash Shaw's "My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea"

"My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea" is a fiction within a fiction: a fantasy told twice to both us, Shaw's audience, and to the film's characters.

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'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' (2019) Movie Review

Hiccup and Toothless are on their last adventure, a quest to find the Hidden World of dragons as they flee from the tyranny that follows closely behind!

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Should I Watch..? 'Shrek'

The first film to prove to Pixar that they didn't have the monopoly on CG movies, 'Shrek' proved to be a huge success in every regard. Benjamin Cox puts down his gingerbread man to look back.

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'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part' (2019) Movie Review

Emmet Brikowski and the gang are at it again, in the middle of the chaos and need to save their world from total annihilation!

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"How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" Movie Review

It’s not often that a trilogy, particularly in the world of kids’ animation, holds up from movie to movie (to movie). With the exception of the Toy Story franchise, there hasn’t been much. Cars faltered on its second outing (though bounced back), Despicable Me should have stopped after two...

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'This Magnificent Cake!' (2019) Review

A Belgian 44-minute stop-motion animated short that explores the boundaries of alcohol fueled fever dreams and the fatigue that comes with the sensation of how we feel right before we drift off to sleep in our own beds.

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Top 10 Engrossing Movies Like 'Coraline'

Are you looking for movies like Coraline? You've come to the right place.

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'Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom' (2019) Movie Review

The sequel to the block-dudster thud, 2016 'Norm of the North', Norm has to prove once again that he is worthy of being king. All he needs to do is thwart some bank robbers and play some hockey!

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'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' (2019) Review

The third film in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise gives new depth and meaning to the relationship between Hiccup and Toothless, but isn't nearly as good overall as its superior predecessor.