Animated Films

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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 both "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)" and 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

"Arlo the Alligator Boy" is a film with incredible animation, humor that caters to both kids and adults, and music you'll be craving long after it's over.

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"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" (2021) Review - The Smelliest Road Trip a Sponge Could Ask For

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' - A Halfhearted Vigentennial Eulogy

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within turns 20 years old this year. It changed the way CGI and motion capture was used in animated films forever. While the film itself is a mess, we can still admire what it accomplished for animation two decades later.

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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"

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.

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"Wonder Woman" '09: Over a Decade Later

A look back at the direct-to-video animated Wonder Woman movie from 2009 and how it's aged in the past decade.

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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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Blu-ray Review - 'Lupin III: The First' (2020)

The 3DCG film is the first time the Lupin III character has been in the format in its 50+ year history. It reunites most of the original English voice cast and is totally beautiful through and through.

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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." Conceptually, the story sounds rehashed from its predecessor at first. But the sequel 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 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.