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  • Back in 2012, we jumped into the hyper-kinetic color-blast world of Sugar Rush, the video game within the movie Wreck-It Ralph—a setting so over-the-top that it made a Japanese game show seem like a staid PBS documentary. I suspect that’s part of what kept the film from being an unqualified ...

    "Ralph Breaks the Internet" Movie Review

    "Ralph Breaks the Internet" Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • A ground-breaking movie in every sense of the word, Pixar became the new masters of family film-making overnight. Benjamin Cox looks back on a film that continues to define an entire genre.

    Should I Watch..? 'Toy Story'

    Should I Watch..? 'Toy Story'

    by Benjamin Cox2

  • Operation Punchy Punch is a go! Drink tea and fire your tank cannons on the count of 3! 1...2...and...nevermind. Whining, crying, and being unbelievably irritating instead will totally suffice.

    Girls und Panzer der Film (2016) Review

    Girls und Panzer der Film (2016) Review

    by Chris Sawin1

  • “If you must blink, do it now,” the narrator tells us at the beginning of Kubo and the Two Strings. Sage advice, indeed. The brilliantly animated film from Laika (the house behind Para-Norman and ...

    Kubo and the Two Strings: Movie Review

    Kubo and the Two Strings: Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • Almost seven years after adeptly bringing The Lorax to animated life, Illumination is sipping from the Dr. Seuss well once again, giving the nasty-wasty green one an update in The Grinch. Heading in, you may find yourself wondering if we really need another take on How the Grinch Stole Christmas!...

    'The Grinch' Movie Review

    'The Grinch' Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • Looking for a good night in? Forget serious adult TV and chuck on a kids animated movie instead for some laughs, thrills and entertainment. Guaranteed to make you feel good and get your groove on!

    Best Animated Kids Movies – For Adults!

    Best Animated Kids Movies – For Adults!

    by Suzanne Day29

  • 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.

    Missing Link Movie Review

    Missing Link Movie Review

    by Nathan Jasper0

  • 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.

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

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

    by Josh Measimer1

  • The Queen of Crime, aka Jokergurl aka Shaina Lucas reviews the newest Batman animated flick The Killing Joke. NOTE: Some spoilers ahead. Watch movie before reading!

    The Killing Joke Review

    The Killing Joke Review

    by Shaina Lucas0

  • Trolls haven’t always enjoyed a particularly warm and fuzzy connotation, from the billy goats gruffs’ nemesis to the current internet slugs, but Dreamworks Animation is doing everything it can to ...

    "Trolls" Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • Miles Morales is an average teenage boy that happens to stumble across a devious plot that endangers not only his reality but other dimensions as well. In the chaos, he develops similar powers of Spider-Man himself and must work with Spider-Men of other realities to stop Kingpin's plans.

    'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' (2018) Movie Review

    'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' (2018) Movie Review

    by John Plocar0

  • 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.

    'This Magnificent Cake!' (2019) Review

    'This Magnificent Cake!' (2019) Review

    by Chris Sawin0

  • Now playing in Houston. Wes Anderson's latest venture into stop-motion animation is a fantastically detailed visual wonderland with a whimsical score. Don't miss this wonderfully imaginative film.

    'Isle of Dogs' (2018) Review

    'Isle of Dogs' (2018) Review

    by Chris Sawin0

  • My non-spoiler review of the 2017 superhero action-comedy animation, directed by Chris McKay, starring Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes.

    Movie Review: "The LEGO Batman Movie" (2017)

    Movie Review: "The LEGO Batman Movie" (2017)

    by Kevin Cheng1

  • A Chilean stop-motion animated film that isn't the most pleasant of experiences, The Wolf House is uniquely animated with imagery plucked straight from the darkest depths of nightmare fuel, but its aimlessness keeps its enjoyment to a minimum.

    Fantastic Fest Review: 'The Wolf House' (2018)

    Fantastic Fest Review: 'The Wolf House' (2018)

    by Chris Sawin0

  • Three years after the first film, The Lego Movie 2 reunites the majority of the original cast (and a barely present Will Ferrell) for an adventure that is far less entertaining than realizing Moss from The IT Crowd (Richard Ayoade) voices a talking ice cream cone in a film that is lackluster at best

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

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

    by Chris Sawin0

  • Once upon a time super-villain Gru was actually despicable; it wasn’t that long ago that he was shrinking and stealing the moon, for heaven’s sake. But adopting cutie-pies Margo, Edith, and Agnes ...

    Despicable Me 3: Movie Review

    Despicable Me 3: Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • It's a sad day when a film that is stop-motion animated feels like just another cookie cutter piece of animated fluff, but that's exactly what you get with Early Man.

    Early Man (2018) Review

    Early Man (2018) Review

    by Chris Sawin1

  • To everyone's dread or delight, The Emoji Movie is a mess of ideas that sound good on paper but is executed poorly.

    Review: The Emoji Movie

    Review: The Emoji Movie

    by Joseph Lawrence0

  • As far as animated films go, Laika looked so strange that it caught my attention right away. Based on Russia launching a dog into space in 1957, Laika takes a creative turn and has the dog crash land on an alien planet ready to begin a new life with new animal and alien friends.

    Fantastic Fest Review: 'Laika' (2018)

    Fantastic Fest Review: 'Laika' (2018)

    by Chris Sawin0

  • Before Batman Ninja, Batman: Gotham Knight was the only Batman anime out there. Six stories mostly unrelated to each other awesomely animated by four different production studios. At 76-minutes, Gotham Knight is smooth and creamy animation that's easy to digest.

    Review Recollection - Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)

    Review Recollection - Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)

    by Chris Sawin0

  • With all the memes making their way through the interwebs these days about what a god-awful year 2016 was, take some comfort in the fact that things end on an upbeat note (at least at the cineplex)...

    "Sing" Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • 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 ...

    "The Secret Life of Pets 2" Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • If we weren’t entirely sure we needed Hotel Transylvania 2, that goes triple for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, the over-busy, hyper-kinetic brain scramble from Genndy Tartakovsky. But since this summer has been largely vacant as far as kids movies go (Incredibles 2 is the only...

    'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' Movie Review

    'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • In 2013, Blue Sky Studios released the film Epic. And though it may seem like just your average kids movie, it actually has some strong underlying themes. In this article, I'll dive in to why and how their version of recruitment works so well and how it can be applied to real life.

    'Epic' and the Art of Recruitment

    'Epic' and the Art of Recruitment

    by Juno Day0

  • When a yeti goes on the search for the 'smallfoot', he comes across a human and together they try to enlighten the yeti village that they are not alone!

    'Smallfoot' (2018) Movie Review

    'Smallfoot' (2018) Movie Review

    by John Plocar0

  • This is a non-spoiler review of “The Grinch” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, and more!

    Movie Review: “The Grinch”

    Movie Review: “The Grinch”

    by Bryan Ouellette0

  • 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.

    Should I Watch..? 'Shrek'

    Should I Watch..? 'Shrek'

    by Benjamin Cox0

  • Four of Batman's deadliest foes team up again to take on the dynamic duo, in what looks to be their most bizarre caper yet. Will our heroes survive? Find out same bat time. Same bat channel...

    Batman:  Return of the Caped Crusaders

    Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

    by Steven Escareno0

  • With its home release on July 17, 2018, Isle of Dogs is so good as an animated film. It's just a shame the bonus features are so brief. At least the film looks great in high-definition.

    Blu-Ray Review: 'Isle of Dogs' (2018)

    Blu-Ray Review: 'Isle of Dogs' (2018)

    by Chris Sawin0

  • "A hero will rise" - Seth Rogen and friends introduce us to the more mature side of animation as we discover just how our food feels about being eaten.

    Hear Me Review: Sausage Party

    Hear Me Review: Sausage Party

    by Danny Lannister0

  • Buster Moon decides to throw one last concert in hopes of saving his struggling theater. His act? Various musical talent from across the city yearning to have their voices heard before the masses.

    Sing Review

    Sing Review

    by Steven Escareno1

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

    'The Secret Life of Pets 2' Review

    'The Secret Life of Pets 2' Review

    by Royce Proctor0

  • Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg make yet another hilarious film, but this one is a smarter film, all the while being so much crazier. They may have just created their best film yet.

    Review: Sausage Party

    Review: Sausage Party

    by Nickalooch1

  • 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...

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

    by Collin Parker0

  • Between Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks and more, there are a lot of animated movies that are must-see. Here are 12 of my favorite animated films of all times, movies that you do NOT want to miss!

    12 Animated Movies You Don't Want to Miss

    12 Animated Movies You Don't Want to Miss

    by Elizabeth Wilson7

  • Trust Tim Burton to subvert the Christmas movie and turn it into a celebration of all things Halloween as well. But with fantastic animation and memorable songs, Benjamin Cox isn't complaining too much.

    Should I Watch..? 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

    Should I Watch..? 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

    by Benjamin Cox1

  • As the ol’ saying goes, “Explain it to me like I’m a five-year-old.” And it’s a message that the Belgium-based nWave animation studio took to heart in The Wild Life. There’s precious little that ...

    "The Wild Life" Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • Christmas is just around the corner and with it a movie remake featuring our classic Dr. Seuss villain. I couldn’t help smiling as kids erupted into laughter around me, entertained by the Grinch’s mishaps as he relentlessly pursued his quest to bring an end to holiday cheer in Whoville.

    Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch Movie Review

    Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch Movie Review

    by CM Miller1

  • 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 ...

    "Missing Link" Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • The Robinson Crusoe story, as told by the animals he encounters.

    The Wild Life

    The Wild Life

    by Steven Escareno0

  • Fun and full of heart, The Lego Movie 2 hits every mark and, in many ways, meets the bar the first set and, in other ways, surpasses it. I give the film a 3.8 out of 4.

    The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Movie Review

    The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Movie Review

    by Nathan Jasper0

  • Even with the occasional clunker like Cars 2 or The Good Dinosaur, Pixar has maintained an astounding track record. Even more impressive (though considerably father under the ...

    Early Man: Movie Review

    Early Man: Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • Somewhere in the shadows of Smallfoot is a good movie that just needed a little more time to break out and find itself. What made it to the big screen, though, is not that movie. The oddly uninspired, often rambling (and broken up with forgettable musical numbers) film from writer and director ...

    "Smallfoot" Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • An animated movie can make a great Christmas present, one that can be used over and over, while producing good memories. Hear is a Top 10 of the best from WWII to the present day.

    Top 10 Animated Movies For The Holidays

    Top 10 Animated Movies For The Holidays

    by Patty Inglish MS9

  • 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!

    Should I Watch..? 'Ice Age'

    Should I Watch..? 'Ice Age'

    by Benjamin Cox1

  • With animated movies growing ever more popular it has become harder and harder to sift through the boring ones to get to the gems. Here is a list of 10 great kids movies for youngsters & adults alike.

    Ten Great Children Movies

    Ten Great Children Movies

    by Vickie K0

  • The sushi scene. It lasts barely thirty seconds, but it is instantly one of the more memorable sequences in the entirety of writer-director Wes Anderson’s wonderful (and wonderfully imaginative) stop-motion animated feature Isle of Dogs. Though it doesn’t involve one of the ...

    'Isle of Dogs' Movie Review

    'Isle of Dogs' Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • Back in February 2014, The Lego Movie arrived and gave the world of animated movies a big ol’ kick in the pants. Cram-packed with meta-humor and delightful animation, and oozing creativity from every pore, it was one of the more flat-out enjoyable flicks of the year. Three years later Warner ...

    'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part' Movie Review

    'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part' Movie Review

    by Collin Parker0

  • The troll princess, Poppy, and her estranged friend, Branch, set out on a journey to rescue their friends from the Bergens before it's too late.

    Trolls Review

    Trolls Review

    by Steven Escareno1

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