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 ...
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.
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.
“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 ...
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!...
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
"My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea" is a fiction within a fiction: a fantasy told twice to both we, Shaw's audience, and to the film's characters.
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 ...
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” starring Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, and more!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Emmet Brikowski and the gang are at it again, in the middle of the chaos and need to save their world from total annihilation!
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 ...
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.
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.
To everyone's dread or delight, The Emoji Movie is a mess of ideas that sound good on paper but is executed poorly.
The Lord of the Rings is an epic adventure. The animated film and accompanying storybook allow younger audiences to enjoy the tale.
In 1966, MGM brought the world of Dr. Seuss to the screen for the first time with an animated adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
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.
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.
LAIKA surprises us with one of the best films this year. Kubo and the Two Strings is a stunning beauty for all ages.
Your parents scewed you up. These movies were just one of the dozens of ways they inadvertantly terrified you and corrupted your mind.
Shrek 4 isn't as bad as people say. It also wrapped up the franchise pretty well. We don't need more sequels.
Animated films can shape children’s perception of women. To answer to what effect, this article uses the feminist theory to explain animated movies’ effect on their audience by primarily looking at The Incredibles and Princess Mononoke.
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)...
'The Last Unicorn' is the story of a unicorn's journey to find out if there are others like her left in the world. It touches on themes that are pretty heavy for a kids movie.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has become perhaps the most popular Rankin/Bass special of all. But how did the story of a small reindeer with a glowing nose go down in history?
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 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!
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...
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.
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.
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!
Just because a film is animated doesn't necessarily mean that it's made for children. This couldn't be more true in the case of these 8 exceptional animated films.
This is a non-spoiler review of “The Grinch” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, and more!
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.
Benjamin Cox has fond memories of the game so why did this ambitious project waste the licence by being an original story? Time to level up, equip some items and find out what's what.
"As a fan of the Batman comics, I enjoyed this Batman movie" is not something I get to say too often.
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...
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.
"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.
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.
Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.
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.
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.
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...
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!
"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.
If, as Andre Gide once said, “The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity,” then Walt Disney’s 1991 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is a masterpiece of well-meaning, presumably...
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.
DreamWorks Animation has been around since 1994 and has been for quite some time the only real challenger to Pixar for best animation studio in the world. Check out this list of their top 15 films.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
The students of Canterlot High go to summer camp, for some R&R, only to discover a mysterious magical force at Camp Everfree.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
An analysis of the graphic novel, Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, compared to the film with the same title with messages of revolution, war and coming of age.
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.
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.
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!
This is a non-spoiler review of “The Secret Life of Pets 2” starring Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, and more!
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.
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 ...
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 ...