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Cats Don't Dance(Mar 26, 1997)
Director: Mark Dindal Producers: Bill Bloom, Timothy Campbell, Paul Gertz, David Kirschner
Cartoon, Musical, Action, Comedy,
Key Words: Animals, Dreams, Hollywood,
Studio: Turner Feature Animation Licensed American Publisher:

Time: 75 mins

Danny is a very optimistic cat who loves to dance and sing. His dreams all lead him to Hollywood from Indiana as he tries to make it big time but sadly, Hollywood doesn’t seem ready for him. Animals are placed in rather low parts and never gave the chance to become the stars. Does that stop Danny? Nope, he only tries harder but is all his efforts in vain?


My Thoughts: I normally don’t like musicals, animated or otherwise. Something about people breaking out and singing out of no where just seems to bug me and also the song after song happening just… I just don’t normally care for that stuff. Now after saying this, you would think that I wouldn’t like this movie, right? Actually I fell in love with it. The music and characters personalities actually work really well together, making the show just loveable. Through all the small flaws that it had (some of which are understandable as how old the show is) the story pops out the most.

I really love the characters. Each one has a memorable personality that defines there character and they don’t really break that stereotype except for what they lone to do weather its dancing, singing, acting out, or creating music. When you see them outside of doing what they love, you see broken people who have had their dreams smashed before their eyes. They do all they can to protect themselves from being rather gitty and feely to being grumps and adding rather sarcastic remarks. Each one feels like they have been made for the different forms of depression and loss. I know I’m going into psychological ideas for the show but this is really why I love this show. We have Danny who has his hopes and dreams shattered right out of the gate but in his mind, he believes that it is only a set back to his plans on being a star. He is what I would call the first stage of loss called Denial. He just can’t believe that the world is as bad as people are making it out to be. Then we have the anger stage and I feel the character that says this most is Cranston Goat and partly in his dancing partner, Frances Albacore. They are always being sarcastic and rude to the others. The only stage that does not seem to be shown is the third with Bargaining. No one seems to do that type of stuff although we have a very over optimistic hippo that is being nice to everyone, always trying to help them out. Forth stage of Depression is depression itself, shown very well in T.W. who is always saying negative things based on his fortune cookies. The last one I believe would be for Sawyer, Acceptance. She accepts that she will never make it to the top, she will always be the secretary, never the Diva, and even forgets her dreams. She doesn’t even do it for fun and thinks it’s just a waist of time.

We have a story that pretty much has a storybook tale of a guy looking to make it big in the movies doing what he truly loves to do, to dance and sing. As he gets to Hollywood though, not everything is as glamorous as it was made out to be and part of that is something that I believe not many picked out on when the show was first shown. The storyline has a very strong feeling to racism that is surprising for a show made for younger children and it’s what I believe makes the show speak to the older crowd. If you substitute the word ‘Animal’ with the word ‘Black’ or ‘Latino’ or even ‘Asian’ you can kind of see where I’m going with it. The idea that these animals are not treated with the same idea as humans. They don’t get a chance to be a star, only background characters who are pretty much stereotyped by the type of creature they are. For example, the Noah Ark show they start taping makes them have only one line and its based on the sound there animal makes. The dog says woof, the cow says moo, and the cat says meow. They aren’t given a chance to show they can do anything else because they weren’t even cast because of their talent.

The artwork is really catered to the year it came out but it actually doesn’t feel all that old. The art style was created with very outrageous and exaggerated features like rather skinny waists that make them look like they would brake apart at any moment. We have cartoon-ish faces and at times they end up squashing and stretching as they move in order to show a rather extensive movement. It’s hard to really explain it but its pretty amazing that the humans are drawn almost as though they are animals themselves or don’t seem ‘human’. The animals seem so much more human then the humans themselves though it’s hard to actually explain. The only one that seems any close to human is the little Darla Dimple character who is the main villain of the show.

The music is actually really nice and catchy, making you just want to dance at some times which works with the whole concept of the story. If you want to have a story about people trying to become a star, you need some pretty high class music to make it. I found myself singing along with some of the songs including the opening song ‘I’m on my Way’ which seemed to tell the storyline rather well. The voice acting is really good with big name people like Don Knotts playing the rather nervous turtle, T.W., to Betty Lou Gerson who had done the voice of Cruella De Vil in the 1961 version of 101 Dalmations. We even have Dee Bradley Baker who did the voice of Daffy Duck in Space Jam and did voices in many old TV shows like ‘Hey Arnold!’, ‘Rugrats’, and ‘Johnny Bravo’. When you put all these voices together, it makes for a really interesting sounding movie.

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Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph(Oct 29, 2012)
Director:Rich Moore Producers: Clark Spencer
3D, Comedy, Adventure,
Key Words: Video Game,
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios Licensed American Publisher:

Time: 101 mins

Ralph is a bad guy. All his life, he has been treated as such and just wished that he could find a place where he belonged, a place that could respect him. Sadly, it seems that it’s only in his game programming that he will always be the bad guy in everyone’s eyes, or is it? Can he find himself and truly see what he really is before it’s too late?


My Thoughts: So for all those that really like retro gaming and such, Your going to love this. For those who are into new school games, you will enjoy it too. I know I loved it when I saw even the basic concept of a game like this. You have all manner of games covered; retro, first person shooter, racing, and little hints of other styles of games that don’t have a big role in the show. Frankly, I would love if they gave us a sequel if it’s made this well, in order to look at the other games.

Anyway, the basic idea to this show was that there is a guy who is always looked down on because he was considered a bad guy. It wasn’t that he really was a bad guy, but it was in that he was only programmed to be the bad guy. At least, that’s what they all say through the show. I don’t know about you, but if my home was suddenly moved to the dump because someone wanted to put a condo on the place I lived, I would be wrecking a few things myself. And now even though he was the main villain and the game would never have any sort of plot without him, he was always shunned and laughed at by the other characters and even Felix. No one gave him respect; they all just treated him like the garbage they thought he was. Something tells me he was getting the short end of the cord no matter what way you look at it. He wasn’t like Bowser who always stole the princess just because he wanted to (or in fan fiction, because he wanted to you-know-what with her) or Eggman who wanted to take over the world. He was just a simple person who got his land taken away and was having a temper tantrum. As you watch the show, you find that there are a couple game characters like that even if there are not very many.

I loved how they tried to show the difference between the styles of games; we have at least the background characters of Ralph’s world every once in a while jumping from one pose to the next because they didn’t have enough sprites to do the in between. Then we have the rather high definition of the first person shooter games where everything was happening rather high resolution and more ‘real’ as the show aloud. They also have the rather playful cutesy style of Sugar Rush where they had rather bright and colorful candies and characters that will make your sweet tooth ach.

The animation is rather awesome. I didn’t find any real hiccups in it at all, probably because it was made for any hiccups to be lost in the show. The textures match the different words that Ralph jumps into from the high res first person shooter to the rather cute and playful racing game. The only one I feel sadly lacks its own identity is Ralph’s old game. The characters and surrounding look a little too high res for the type of game it is. Its understandable how they were trying to make it feel a bit closer to all the other worlds but it just felt a little off.

The voices are amazing, each person having the perfect voice for there character although I first cringed when I heard Sarah Silverman, voice of Vanellope. I did grow to like the voice but the sort of rapines that came with it seemed to make the character sound like a smoker rather then a little girl. It’s no offence to Sarah though as it wasn’t so problematic that it bothered me for the whole movie. It was only when I first heard it that it made me cringe. Jack McBrayer was the perfect voice for Felix, giving him a sort of old school happy voice that was rather gentleman like. It did annoy me on how he would almost censer his ‘cussing’ but I forgave him because it did make him even more old fashioned and really worked for his character.

All in all, the show was rather delightful and I think everyone should see it at least once. I can’t get enough of just how fun and playful it was.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreck-It_Ralph

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The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer (July 21, 1998)
Director: William R. Kowalchuk Jr. Producers:
Musical, Cartoon, Adventure,
Key Words: Animated Books,
Studio: Licensed American Publisher: Family Home Entertainment, Media Works Inc., Live Film

Time: 73 mins

Join Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Fin as they make mischief and mayhem along the Mississippi.


My Thoughts: Well, this is another one of those cheesy animated shows that America put out to get children to read. What do I think of it? It’s as bad as all the other shows I reviewed like this. No offence to those that create stuff like this, its good for little kids that have no clue how good movies are made and have pretty much only watched the ones made for them. It’s just not made for adults and those that actually know how things should be animated. The characters don’t seem to have the charm of the characters in the book that they are trying to portray and feel like cardboard cut outs of generic ideas of the characters. I feel that Mark Twain would have not been proud of this attempt at his book.

The animation is actually alright… when we are watching the still images. When we actually had an animated character on the screen, the animation was really bad. Characters are disproportionate, the movements feel choppy sometimes, and I just don’t understand what they tried to do. It just feels like they had a very low budget and didn’t take their time to actually work on it.

WHY ARE THEY SINGING? STOP SINGING IN EVERY ANIMATED MOVIE! I hate when the characters just start singing out of the blue. And the songs that they sing just sound really bad or don’t have a reason to even be sung. When they talk, it feels stale or like they are reading off the script rather then trying to put their heart into it. All in all, not a very good movie.

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The Smurfs(Jun 16, 2011)
Director:Raja Gosnell Producers: Jordan Kerner
Animation, Adventure, Comedy,
Key Words: Cartoon mixed with Real life,
Studio: Sony Pictures Animation, Kerner Entertainment Company Licensed American Publisher:

Time: 103 mins

As the Smurfs keep high spirits during there Blue Moon Festival, Papa Smurf gets a bad vision of the village being caged. Unfortunately, there is nothing he can change as while the group is being chased, Clumsy takes a couple of the Smurfs into the Forbidden Falls and they are teleported to present day New York City. Are they going to be able to get home again?


My Thoughts: This movie was rather amazing to me. As many people know, the Smurfs was a rather cute little cartoon a while back and not many of the newer generation really know the true episodes. I think that the movie works well because not only could they get the children into the silly antics of the movie, but it had enough mature nature that kept an adult like me interested.

The comedy was fun and loveable with things ranging from the classic slap stick to annoying little things. They made fun of a lot of things about the old cartoons including the fact they always sing an annoying tune and the way they always used the word Smurf to describe things. Other things they did were talk about the rather funny cultural jokes like playing off Marilyn Monroe’s famous dress flip and mixing with the only female Smurf there. But yet, when the time came to be serious, the movie was able to get there without it feeling out of context. Never did I feel that any of it was not connected to one another.

The characters made you just want to love them from all the little smurfs, to the human characters like Patrick and Grace. Deep down, each character had to grow up in a way that didn’t feel too pushed or out of place though some grew much more then others. The only one that never grew was Gargamel but as he was still his rather funny stupid character, I don’t think that really made much of a difference. He didn’t need anything to be a good character although there were times he just seemed so sickening that I almost gagged while watching.

The animation was pretty spot on and I love how they made the cartoon world come into reality unlike a couple other shows that would start out 2D and then try to bring it into 3D. All the CG graphics blended into the real world, only feeling off slightly as you can never quite blend them in perfectly.

The voices are amazing, them picking Jonathan Winters for Papa Smurf was just perfect as this rather old voiced character. He was perfect for the part of a leader and care taker of the smurfs. Surprisingly, Katy Perry did a rather good job with Smurfette as Tom Kane was perfect as the Narrator Smurf who they even joked about. Just so many people made the cast work perfectly and if you look down the whole list of Actors, you can see a wide variety of famous voices including Jeff Foxworthy, George Lopex, Hank Azaria, and Neil Patrick Harris.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Smurfs_%28film%29

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Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight(Jan 15, 2008)
Director:Will Meugniot Producers: Steven Stabler
Fantasy, Action, Adventure,
Key Words: Dragons,
Studio: Paramount Pictures Licensed American Publisher:

Time: 90 mins

A strange woman ends up needing the help of a group of travelers to defeat the army of dragons that threaten to invade the land, killing thousands.


My Thoughts: To be clear, I have not read the Dragonlance series of books yet so my few is only on the movie.

The movie starts out with using a old wizard to try and explain the story up till now but sadly, he doesn’t explain enough and the story is lost for a person who had never read the books. And since the artwork is more like a child’s show so much that there isn’t much blood that you can see in most of the bloody fights, that I doubt anyone who would actually be watching this would of read the books in the first place. In my mind, this breaks the movie even before it barely started. We are introduced to the characters in this rather strange fashion of them saying each others names a bit and them talking a little of their travels including a very cryptic explanation about why Tanis Half-Elven (who I guess is the main leader of the group) left but its all left up in the air as they are interrupted by some smelly orcs and the sneezing of the Dwarf character who I can only guess is allergic to horses because of how he first figured out they were coming.

May I just talk about how uneventful the ending was? It does not turn out how you think everything would turn out and yet I feel almost no satisfaction in how it ended. It’s all I can say without telling you exactly how it ends.

The CG effects are much to be desired. They try to make it look epic and yet cartoon-like but something just feels very off. Everything feels like it should have had more detail to the animation instead of the cartoony stuff. The artwork when they do go into the 2D animation looks very lack luster, as though they were trying to copy old shows for children. Sometimes they have just as much work in it as a flash animation and use looped pieces. There are times when characters are wearing something different then they should at that time. The backgrounds are stunning, don’t get me wrong, but the characters lack that same love and affection. There is a very sad line between the CG, 2D animation, and background as though they were made by three different studios. They do not work well together. It should be at least one or the other.

The voice acting in some areas are alright, giving a very epic feeling to the characters, but in other parts, there is something really off putting to it. Lip-sinking is one of the main problems with the voices but another thing is that the voices try to be more epic then the expressions that they show. They have it for the 3D pieces but it doesn’t look like they have it for the 2D visuals. It’s surprising because there are some really good actors like Joson Marsdan who did Max Goof from A Goofy Movie and and Haku from Spirited Away. The sad thing is, he gives the character he plays in here, Tasslehoof Burrfoot, such a high squeaky voice with a hint of rasp that he just becomes annoying. The music is actually alright for what it is, catches the ‘mood’ of the scene though the mood is lost with the artwork.

The show was slightly entertaining but that’s pretty much all it was. All its problems tog in the way of me enjoying it and it did not feel like it was made in the 21st century. It felt like something done in the 1980’s or so.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonlance:_Dragons_of_Autumn_Twilight

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As morning arrives in Kakurega, mostly everyone in the house are either starting to wake up or fall asleep (depending on what either of them did last night) and it's been awhile since they now have two pets living in the house, Cristina the white ferret and their new pet lynx.

And here comes Cristina looking around in the kitchen, waiting for either Kai or someone else to fix some food.

In the shadows, the little lynx kept eyeing her, waiting to pounce. His bright golden eyes fixed on the little white ferret. In one swift bound, he jumped and landed on her, nipping at her tail and taking a bit of her fur off.

Cristina squeaked and screamed as the lynx bit her fur off and she ran as fast as she can as soon as she saw Kai coming from the bathroom.
"Huh? Cristina?"
Cristina was chittering scared and fearing for her life.
"Baby, what's the matter? Why is some of your fur missing?"

The little Lynx came bounding out of the kitchen, holding the small bit of fur in his mouth and looking as proud as ever. He dropped the fur on the ground and started swating at it like he was a cat playing with a ball of yarn.

Kai saw the fur in his mouth, putting the pieces together and figure out that the lynx was bullying Cristina around.
"That mean lynx is picking on you, is that it?"
Cristina shook her head.

The little lynx looked up at Kai when he heard the word lynx, his head tilting to the side as though he was listening like a dog. He looked really cute like that, his little wings folded on his back, his bright eyes eyeing her and then slowly moving down to look at Cristina, watching her tail as it swayed back and forward. He crouched down like he was about to jump for it.

However, Kai picked up Cristina and looked down at the little lynx and said, "Now, the both of you, like it or not, you two are family members in this household now and you can't always try to munch on Cristina's tail.....or rip her fur out."

The lynx didn't listen and jumped, nipping onto Cristina's tail and not letting go. He was handing on it, just dangling there and growling a little.

Then MAK came into the room and saw the lynx gnawing at Cristina's tail.
"Oh great, this shit again?"
Then he use his Hybrid powers to levitate the lynx away from Cristina and brought the lynx to his attention.
"So, you like chewing on ferret tails, huh?"

The lynx screamed out when he was levitated, his wings flapping as he tried to get away. When he was brought close to MAK, his claws scratched at MAK's face drawing blood. His yells also woke Kurai who walked down the stairs in a small daze being still sleepy, "Whats going on?" he asked with a yawn.

Kai then said, "Well, the lynx was biting Cristina's tail....again and MAK tried to stop it but he started to yell and scream."

Kurai frowned a little, "Loki is a wild animal..... a baby at that. He's not going to understand you...." he said as he grabbed the little lynx from MAK, "I say just let him do what he wants...." he said shrugging as he yawned and started heading to the kitchen with the little lynx curled up in his arms cutely. It seemed he was only tame around Kurai and sometimes Angel.

"Yeah, that seems to be your motto on life." MAK thought inside his own head.
"Are you sure a wild animal should be inside the house though?" Kai asked, "Don't they usually want to roam free around the world instead of being couped up inside this house all day long?"

"Aren't you girls the ones who wanted him to be inside saying he was to little to be on his own?" Kurai said, rubbing it in Kai's face that she had agreed full well with Angel about keeping Loki, "And I guess I agree with Angel on that one. He is way to small to be on his own and we haven't seen his mother anywhere near our house."

"You think the mother is out looking for her child now?" Kai asked, "She could be worried about him....or maybe we can try to look for her."

"Something tells me that he is all on his own...." Kurai said, not really looking back at Kai, "I mean, have you ever actually seen a black lynx with wings before? He might of been left for being a freak...." he said, sounding a little like he was talking from experiance a bit.

"Well, he is an unique creature and all...." Kai said, "and all of us have felt that way before in one part of our lives."

Kurai shrugged a bit as he made up some food and put a bit in front of Loki who ate on the table with him. Loki looked down at the egg and started to eat, "Besides... he probably doesn't even know how to get food for himself."

"Well, maybe somebody could try and teach him how." Kai suggested to Kurai and then out of nowhere, a DVD was thrown at MAK.
"OW!! Whatever happened to just handing people shit and not throwing it like I'm supposed to catch it?"

Angel walked down the stairs, glaring at the two, "You should know better then to start stuff that will wake me up in the morning...." she growled, herself sounding like a wild animal, "Shut up for god sake..." she pointed to the cieling, "Your right under my room you know."

"WOW, and once again, you blame something on someone that they didn't have any control over and good morning to you, too.", MAK snapped back at Angel.
Kai then looked at Angel, "I think someone is throwing stuff in here again."

"And looks like someone is babying her farret again....." Angel snapped back as she went to the table and grabbed a small loaf of bread, bitting into it as she somewhat smiled at Loki looking cute.

MAK then looked at the DVD and see what was thrown at him. "The Croods" it says. "Oh wait, I think I saw this movie before."

"Really? I just reviewed it last night....." she said through a mouth of bread, shrugging.

"And I think I already got this on Blu-ray in my room." MAK said. "Well, I reviewed it before and you did, too. So you want to compare/read our reviews then?"

"Sure...." she shrugged, pulling a piece of paper from her shirt pocket and slipping it over to him, "Not even up on the website yet...." she said as she pat Loki gently.


The Croods(Mar 22, 2013)
Director: Kirk DeMicco, Chris Sanders Producers: Kristine Belson, Jane Hartwell
Comedy, Action, Adventure,
Key Words: Cavemen,
Studio: DreamWorks Animation Licensed American Publisher: 20th Century Fox

Time: 98 mins

A family of cavemen had lived all there life in a cave, living in fear of the outside world. The only one who has any wish of adventure is the oldest daughter, Eep. After sneaking out one night, she meets another caveman named Guy who warns them that things will change soon and a little while later, the family loses there home. As they travel to a new cave, Guy helps open the world to them much to the displeasure of the over protective father, Grug.


My Thoughts: At first, you would think that this would be a story about our past. You know; cavemen, dinosaurs, animals that were back during the time that cavemen would actually exist. Strangely, that is not the case. There are some animals that look like they could be similar to animals that really did leave back in the stone age but then we get flying turtles, whales that live on land, and a whole manner of creative animals that seem to help keep the feeling of adventure. I was actually surprised with each new animal that came out giving the sense of wonder that the family was experiencing. It brought me into the video without having to change too much. We still had a normal family that felt as though it could have been my own with the same interactions that I would have between my mother and father but then there was always a feeling of just how new the world around them was.

There are so many things about the family that we followed that made me have a feeling of familiarity. We have a girl who thinks outside the ‘cave’ just as myself but she is held back by an over protective father and a family who will follow the father just because he had kept them alive the whole time. I can understand the rest of the family’s ideas but yet it just feels that Eep is just singled out because she has a more adventurous personality. The father even uses a character in his stories that is based on her to keep the family scared and warn them not to be curious. Then there is the fighting between the father and the rather interesting mother-in-law. Anyone who has a family who the mother-in-law as a live in family member, the stereotype is that the father and her would not get along in a almost funny way.

The ending was actually not what I would of thought would happen so it caught me off guard. I would not have thought it would pan out exactly how it did but that’s why it was actually a lot of fun to watch. Let’s just say the comedy aspect to the show really mixed it up nicely.

The CG is actually really nice with a lot of bright colors contrasted to the sort of dry area the family lived in before. Although the colors and textures are a bit unrealistic, they add to the wonder of the movie. The designs of the characters are easy to pick out what character is what and even change every once in a while, especially the mother who surprisingly seems to becomes bit more ‘beautiful’ and ‘free spirited.’ It was like she was able to get the life back into her when she was able to relax and have some adventure.

The voices were awesome! I couldn’t pick one out that did not fit the voice that did not fit the characters. There were so many large named voice actors and even some that didn’t normally just do voice acting like Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone. All the voice actors worked so well together that they felt like a family even better then I would of thought. You know there are times when the actors or the voices were more like they were trying to force a family relationship; well here it wasn’t like that. The characters had great chemistry as though they were family themselves.

I think this is a great movie for the family that would make anyone laugh. I felt as though this was my own family every once in a while just because of the way the family interacted.

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A Monster in Paris(Jan 27, 2012)
Director: Bibo Bergeron Producers: Luc Besson
Comedy, Romance, Adventure,
Key Words: Monster,
Studio: Bibo Films Licensed American Publisher: Shout! Factory

Time: 90 min

After a strange mishap with some chemicals in a scientist’s lab, a flea has grown to the size of a human and has started terrorizing the streets. The question is, is he as much a monster as everyone is making him out to be?


My Thoughts: I pretty much fell in love with the storyline of this movie. The whole idea of a small bug showing the world that he was more human then some humans even… it might be cliché but the way they did this was a bit of a Frankenstein meets Phantom of the Opera meets comedy. I was only surprised that I never heard about it before I looked through my friends Netflicks the other day. I guess part of it is because it came out in France first but we have some rather good voice actors from around here and this is one of the reasons I wanted to review this as soon as possible.

The story sort of follows four characters in Paris of 1910 and there sort of romance that happens. We have Maud (a troubled young cinema worker) his friend Raoul (a delivery boy), and a rather beautiful singer named Lucille. With those only being three, you could ask me who the fourth is. The strange thing is that it is a small flea that suddenly becomes big because of a strange super fertilizer a scientist created. Because of the mixture of the fertilizer and a ‘Atomize-a-Tune’ mixture, the flea is able to sing rather beautifully and all he wants to do is sing. Lucille gives him the beautiful name Francoeur meaning ‘honest heart’ and that is when the story really takes off. With the whole city against Francoeur, the only friends who actually take it upon themselves to save him are these three humans. It’s rather heartwarming to see the characters trying to help and the rather comedic personality’s of them play off rather well. Not only do we have a creature feared by the city, we have a flea trying to understand the world around him and why everyone seems to hate him.

Raoul I think is where most of the comedy comes from since he tries to be more then he is. In a little bit of comparison, he is much like Francoeur in that aspect, just trying to get by and be what he isn’t. And their reasons aren’t that different either where one is love of music and the other seems to be love of another character.

The animation is pretty fluid but the proportions of the characters are a little cartoony. I guess it works pretty well but Maud reminds me a lot of a leprechaun. He is dressed all in green and has slightly bright brownish orange hair with large side burns. Added to how short he is to any of the other characters, I’m slightly surprised they didn’t try to give him a Scottish accent. The design of Francoeur is pretty nice because he does look very Frankenstein-ish even in his clothing. He has rather broad shoulders, almost no neck, and thin legs and arms. Added to the 4 arms and bright yellow eyes, it’s pretty understandable why everyone thinks of him as a monster. Side characters are commendably stereotypical of this kind of animation. Textures are pretty nice and make me remember clay animations with how nice they look. If you like Tim Burton’s stuff, you will definitely like the designs of this movie.

The music and voice acting is really good to me even though it was translated from the French version. They did a rather good job making the songs sound rather pretty and fluid even though you don’t really understand what the song is about. I think it might have been a little easier to understand if I knew French but still. The voice actors really made the story fun since they had so much emotion to almost everything they said. For both Francoeur and Lucille were voiced by famous singers in the French version; when they brought it over to the English version, they did exactly the same. Vanessa Paradis is amazing in the fact that she did both the French and English version of Lucille and for Francoeur, his singing voice was done by none other then John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s only son, Sean Taro Ono Lennon. He has the perfect voice for a singing flea. Other voice actors include Adam Goldberg and Catherine O’Hara to make it a rather fun comedic movie.

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All Dogs Go to Heaven(Nov 17, 1989)
Director: Don Bluth, Dan Kuenster, Gary Goldman Producers: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy, George A. Walker, Morris F. Sullivan
Action, Comedy,
Key Words: Dogs,
Studio: Sullivan Bluth Studios, Goldcrest Films Licensed American Publisher:

Time: 85 min

Charlie B. Barkin was a typical street dog who started up a casino with a Bulldog named Carface. When Carface wanted sole ownership of the casino, he kills Charlie. But Charlie doesn’t want to have things end for him so he rewinds his life watch and goes back to earth.


My Thoughts: When I was a little girl, this was one of my all time favorite movies to watch. I would watch it over and over till the VCR messed the tape off and even then I would want to watch it more. Now as I’m older, it brings me back to those happy little days even if it does show how old it is.

The story itself is a little cliché in that it’s about a ‘guy’ who was on the rough side of town and ends up getting a second chance to make up for his ways. On the other note, it really isn’t that cliché as we have a bit more to it. I use the word ‘guy’ loosely since its about a dog who needs a shock to turn his life around, namely dieing. When Charlie comes back, he isn’t a whole new person like most stories tend to go. His personality is pretty much the same with a little more revenge mixed into it. It takes a little girl to show him what is inside his heart, cliché I know, but actually rather believable.

Most of the comedy that we get is the interaction between Charlie and Itchy as Itchy is sort of played off as the ‘playful’ sidekick that really does get kicked around a lot. The way the two interact makes you think there is a bit deeper bond like they might have been friends at a different time. You can speculate a lot about the two characters backgrounds since they don’t really tell you what the back story is. I would have loved to get a bit more understanding into who Itchy is since all we got was the rather clumsy and silly sidekick. The only characters we really got personality wise was Charlie and some of Carface. I say some because other then him being a douche bag, there really wasn’t anything else to his character. He didn’t care about his subordinates, he didn’t care about the little orphaned girl he had pretty much locked up, and he sure as hell didn’t care about Charlie. All he cared about was himself.

The artwork definitely shows signs of ageing from the slightly grainy look to the sort of dark painted back grounds. Still, if you look at a lot of other shows around the time (Legend of Zelda: The animated Series… Yuck) it still looks really well done. I fell in love with its sort of dark and dirty look at New Orleans back allies where you push to survive.

The voices are really awesome except for when they are singing. I feel like a lot of the songs are really like Iago singing but it doesn’t hurt my ears as bad as that. Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise do really nicely as Charlie and Itchy for the most part though the script doesn’t do really good conveying what is going on. I have a small feeling that it’s because of how old the script is.

I fell in love with the show even through all its small problems. Most of the problems are only because of when it was made so I still think it’s a rather good show.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Dogs_Go_to_Heaven

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Zambezia(July 3, 2012)
Director: Wayne Thornley Producers:
Action, Comedy, Drama,
Key Words: Birds, Animals,
Studio: Tiggerfish Animation Studios Licensed American Publisher: Sony Pictures

Time: 83 mins

Above the Victoria Falls, there is a large tree home to a city of birds. Within this place is the majestic Hurricanes, a group of birds warn to protect every bird. Kai wants to be part of something great so against his father’s warnings, he leaves home to become one of the Hurricanes but what will the city hold for this backwater Peregrine Falcon?


My Thoughts: This is pretty much a basic story of a boy in a small town wanting to make it big in the city. The story might be a little cliché but I give them so many props for making it really entertaining. They added things to the story that I wouldn’t of really guessed about and for things I did guess on, they added a bit more to make me second guess.

When I say I love the characters, I’m not joking. Kai and Zoe were some of my favorite main characters in a long time. Kai is a slightly fun-loving small town boy looking for action and adventure in the large town he pretty much just learned about and that his father was protecting him from. Zoe on the other hand is a rather down to earth girl with a small fantasy that seems to correlate with Kai and yet at the same time, she is torn between her want and her role as a good child to her father. The ‘romance’ they have between them isn’t pushed out in your face but rather put off to the side with the main story being prominent. I really love when they don’t try to just throw a romance element in there to call it good.

I want to take a moment to talk about Sekhuru now. He is one of my all time favorite background characters as well as a voice of reason and a father figure. There were only three people who I would have picked for their voices and luckily they picked one of them. Leonard Nimoy does him pretty nicely with how knowledgeable he is. It was like we had double father action with Sekhuru and Tandai. They each reminded me of my Dad and how protective he is.

The artwork is so beautiful. All the colors of the rainbow with the birds as well as the bright and lively look to the African sky and wood. There are so many beautiful pieces to the show that I can’t pick one scene that I liked best. The big difference between the big city next to the small little home Kai came from, the colors of the birds, the models so close to the different types of animals… just everything. The only thing I feel they could have done better would be the Monitor Lizards who feel like their textures aren’t really that good. They feel a bit too flat.

Oh my god, the voices! We have a lot of very big names in the cast like Leonard Nimoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Jenifer Lewis, Jeff Goldblum, and Jim Cummings. Each and every one of the voices brings life to the characters making them very believable. At some points, I forgot we were even talking about birds and they were real people. The script and way they talked was just that good.

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The Barbie Diaries(May 9, 2006)
Director: Eric Fogel Producers: Kallen Kagan
Romantic-Drama, Urban Fantasy,
Key Words: Product Placement, Slice of Life, School Life,
Studio: Curious Pictures Mattel Entertainment Licensed American Publisher: Sony Pictures

Time: 70 minutes (1 hour 10 minutes)

Barbie is an American Teenage girl living a normal teenage life. She has normal problems that every girl faces but when she gets a special bracelet, her whole world seems to change around her.


My Thoughts: Oh my god… this movie is really bad. I get that they are trying to bring the idea of Barbie as a teenage girl in high school but they pretty much made diaries of a teenage drama queen in CG. Not only has it been done many times before, but it’s not even done that well. Between the CG and the script, I just feel like it was way to rushed compared to the other Barbie shows.

The story is so cliché. So cliché that it just makes me a little sick. I was never a fan of those shows because its always about the semi-fashion crazy girls who are trying to get the most popular guy in school, rocks out with a band, and tries all she can to be popular. It really couldn’t be farther from what I went though. I was considered an outcast and lived in that moment. I never cared what I wore, who I dated, or even ‘rocking out’ with a band. It’s hard not to break from what I was like and all the cliché stuff that was happening. I felt like I was watching an Avril Lavine movie. It feels like a cop out to the Barbie franchise that even though the movies were for the younger audience, they had a sort of magic that didn’t feel like just a cop to other shows that were already out there.

Oh my god the CG. They really made this look bad. I can’t believe how sad the characters look and the way they played with the hair. It’s almost like the hair was just pasted on the characters in the ugliest way. It’s grouped together so that when they move, the hair moves in rather strange groups and not very fluid at all. They tried to do a bunch of cell shading but make it look real life. That really doesn’t work because even as a teen, Barbie’s proportions look as though her head is inflated. Her body is way too small to keep that overgrown head up. The same goes for all her friends and even the guys somewhat. When characters move, they feel really stiff and not as fluid as they should be.

The only thing I think they did well was some of the music, making it sound like something a typical teen would sing. The voices are also similar to the other movies to where I thought that it was the same voice actor (might have been, don’t really know).

I feel as though this was the lower end to the Barbie series.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Barbie_Diaries

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A Fish Tale, Help! I'm a Fish (Oct 6, 2000)
Director: Stefan Fjeldmark, Michael Hegner, Greg Manwaring Producers: Anders Mastrup
Action, Adventure, Family,
Key Words:Fish, Transformation,
Studio: A. Films A/S Licensed American Publisher: Universal Pictures

Time: 82 minutes

One day, while their babysitter slept, three kids go out to fish and suddenly run across a nutty and eccentric scientist. This scientist ends up making a potion that can turn whoever drinks it into a fish. In order to turn back, they must drink the antidote within the first 48 hours or remain a fish forever.


My Thoughts: Here we have a show that even though was created with a child whimsy is actually a rather fun family video. At first, the characters and art felt as though it was slightly bland, more along the lines of a rather old time show then one made in the twentieth century but as I watched, it slowly made me remember the older shows I tend to love like ‘All Dogs go to Heaven’ and even some old Sonic shows. This childhood nostalgia I got from watching a show that was brand new to me actually touched me more then one would think to a point I got into the story.

It was interesting how they seemed to use the same sort of story where we have a ‘stupid’ shark and the ‘Don’ style character trying to make a new world order underwater felt very old and very new at the same time. Characters that didn’t have very much power in the beginning slowly came to power just because they found some item that gave them powers. The way they portrayed this was timeless in the act of the villain creating almost a cultist type of society where everything had to be his way or you would get yourself eaten reminded me of the book ‘Animal Farm’. It was a book that was written to talk about Communism and how it didn’t work. In my opinion, that was the more adult side of the story while the children turning into fish and their adventure to turn back was more of a child’s way of looking at the world. Although there wasn’t any really deep meaning behind the point with the communist society, there was one in how the children drew strength through one another. We especially see that between the two boys, one a very nerdy boy and the other was a sort of street smart kid who sometimes got into trouble. This sort of strength actually got me to cry at the end of the show surprisingly, that and I just didn’t know which way the story was going to go as the rest of the show had some interesting twists and turns to it.

The animation is pretty interesting but they seem to be drawing to a select style. It’s very much like a cartoon you would see in the 90’s and yet it was made in 2000. I’m not saying it’s bad, many of the stuff that I grew up with was like this and was what actually took me back to my childhood as I watched. Unfortunately, for some of the creatures they had, I couldn’t tell when they were turned more human and when they were still fish because they all looked very cartoony. I guess that’s the sad part about the style because unless something is really well detailed (to a point that it would be very hard to animate), we won’t really see much of that change.

The voice acting and music is actually rather good. The only problem that I have is the voice of the little girl who sometimes gets rather annoying once in a while. It’s hard to come up with a little girl character that won’t be that annoying though so I don’t dock them the rating for that. Surprisingly, the voices for the kid’s fish characters and human characters were actually done by different people and yet it was so well done I didn’t notice any real change to it. It was as though they were the same people. (If I am wrong and got it confused, please let me know. The credits showed two voice actors, one for fish and one for human.)Some of the music was so good that I wanted to get the soundtrack just for that song. I especially loved the ending song that I think might have been called ‘I’m a little little fish in the deep blue sea’ or something similar. It was a original song for the show but I fell in love with it.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help!_I%27m_a_Fish

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, (Sep 14, 2005)
Director: Tetsuya Nomura, Takeshi Nozue Producers: Yoshinori Kitase, Shinji Hashimoto
Action, Fantasy,
Key Words:CG Animation, Video Game,
Studio: Square Enix Licensed American Publisher: Sony Pictures

Time: 126 mins

Two years after Final Fantasy VII, survivors start trying to create a new city called Edge. Cloud and Tifa run a courier service while taking care of the orphaned children Denzel and Marlene but a strange ailment known as Geostigma has infected both boys. At the same time, the children of Jenova are trying to use her remains to bring back Sephiroth.


My Thoughts: This surprisingly isn’t as bad as most shows based on games are. Normally they base it on people who have actually seen the game and not on new people just coming in. I have never really played the game but I have watched play throughs and know a basic about the story of the game. This movie explains a bit more about the storyline and seems to pick up after the game or at least some years after. Sadly, most of it is very cryptic and through the eyes of a child rather then an adult who might have actually understood what was going on during that time. With my basic knowledge, it was a bit hard to understand. It jumps from the past to the present in a very large leap that I guess was trying to give you information but it was much more confusing then it should be. That and the forced romance between Cloud and Tifa seemed to throw me off. It felt really disjointed the way that they brought it about. I can understand the cuteness of Cloud but the way Tifa acts to it, it feels as though they had some sort of romance of the sexual kind and are now just having awkward conversations after. It was like that through the movie whenever they did meet.

I have to say, there are some comedic faces in the show such as Reno who always seems to get into trouble and say the wrong things. There are also times when, for instance, a fight is over, and they use the winning song from the game as a cell phone ringing in the background. Just clever little things that tie more of the game into the show. It’s kind of funny and somewhat cute. Sadly though, it was like they were forcing all the characters from the game and maybe even some from past games into the movie, trying to show every last one of them so we have a lot of jump clips to characters who don’t feel like they have part of the story till later.

The Graphics are actually pretty stunning, matching some of the newer Final Fantasy games. Sadly, some of the action isn’t as good, the characters moving slightly stiff. The camera always seems to give these really strange angles though out the whole fight animation, making it hard to understand just what’s going on along with a lot of slow motion to fast motion that made things even harder to understand. It was disjointed against the slow movement of the rest of the film. Still, from the time it came out, this was an amazing looking film. All the steam punk style art and cool details make it a rather extraordinary film.

The voices are actually quite good for a dubbing, though sadly a lot of the time I can see that the voice actors struggled to match the lip sinking. Also, what the hell does ‘Dillie Dallie Shilly Shally’ mean? Sorry if I spelled that wrong but I mean… there had to be something better placed there. Tifa doesn’t say this once… she says it two times! Like saying it again would make it any more clear! I bet that the Japanese version doesn’t have that! As for the music, it’s really beautiful and fits well into where it should be but next to the voice acting, this movie does not shine as much as it should.

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Epic, (May 24, 2013)
Director: Chris Wedge Producers: Lori Forte, Jerry Davis
Action, Adventure, Family,
Key Words:Little people, Forest,
Studio: Blue Sky Studios Licensed American Publisher: Sony Pictures

Time: 102 mins

After Mary Katherine’s mother dies, she goes to live with her father who has been alone for some time since he believed and was obsessed with looking for little people in the forest. But when she gets there, she finds more then she bargains for as she ends up being the person that will hold the key to save the very thing her father has obsessed about.


My Thoughts: It all starts in a story much like Thumbelina, where there are little people in a forest, protecting and keeping watch over it. The difference is that our little Thumbelina is a normal sized girl who shrinks because of a spell placed on her. It’s an interesting idea and I think that it was done pretty well. Little things threw me off but the over all storyline and the sort of fun aspect to it was something I really liked.

The story felt a bit like Ferngully, a show I fell in love with when I was young. Instead of a male human and little fairies, we had a female adult and little people walking around. Instead of the destruction by mankind, we have a destruction of rot. There are some problems I see with the story in making the main villain rot though. In doing this, they made it out that rot was not part of life. Everything rots away over time, even people so why make it something that we fight off? I know I am looking a little to much into the storyline of a child’s show but the question still stands. Things rot away to bring life to other things and the circle keeps going on. It would be different if the rot was unnatural but the way they made everything out was that this was how rot was created no matter what, that nothing about it was ‘natural’ and it was all thanks to these little men called Boggans.

Other then that, the ending was not what I expected. I can’t say how I thought it was going to go or else I will spoil it and since it was a pretty decent movie, I think I will let you watch it yourself.

The show has a very high feeling of reality mixed with a little bit of magic. It’s surprising in a CG setting that things can look so close to a real picture and sadly, the people don’t really fit. They don’t look proportional with there large heads and rather scrawny bodies. Although they don’t fit in that aspect, they make up for it in how nice the texture work is.

The voices are really good including a surprising voice choice for the queen. She was given a rather ‘no nonsense attitude’ that isn’t normally seen in a princess or even a queen. Sadly, we lose that early on. The voices are pretty good overall although the script is slightly awkward. Sometimes the characters sound like they are just whining a bit. It was slightly annoying but made up for it with wonderful music. I fell in love with the music and couldn’t believe how special it was.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_%282013_film%29

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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, (June 16, 2013)
Director: Jayson Thiessen Producers: Sarah Wall, Devon Cody
Musical, Comedy,
Key Words:Pony, Transformation, School Life,
Studio: Hasbro Studios, DHX Media/Vancouver Licensed American Publisher:

Time: 70 mins

Newly crowned Princess Sparkle is sent on a mission threw a mirror to a different world in order to retrieve her crown that was stolen by Sunset. Can she do this and face her fears about being a ruler?


My Thoughts:As much as I like friendship is magic, I am not really fond of this one. Sadly, this just feels like a cop out to sell more products then something that actually works with the series. It brings me a bit of disappointment that they would do something so low as to give in to the marketing ploy. It feels like they tried to make ‘Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen’ again. It’s just how Barbie made ‘The Barbie Diaries’. Just a school life story. It’s a bit sad since it doesn’t have the same feeling that went along with the TV show. Sure it has a bit of the ‘be yourself’ but then the characters seem a little like they are not being themselves next to what they were in the pony world.

Anther thing that bothers me is that they never explain where Twilight lives after going through the mirror. I understand if she was there for a day but she is there for a while. There are little details like that that seem to mess with my head although maybe not for children. They also add a character that wasn’t in the TV show just for romance aspect.

The animation feels very wonky, with stiff characters, proportionate bodies, and even the strange color choices for the characters. For example, Twilight has purple skin. I have nothing against people with purple skin mind you… but um, you get what I’m saying? It’s a very unnatural look and just makes it look like it was forced. There were so many other things they could do to make it look like Twilight, her hair, her personality, the cutie mark… anything but that! And while I’m at it, why do all the girls have to wear dresses? Even the tomboys wear dresses like Rainbow Dash. It just feels like they messed up there. Characters who are rather sporty do not normally wear skirts every day. I know this for a fact that. It just feels old fashioned then. It works when they have parties and stuff, just not for school. Every character wears short skirts is what I got from it.

The voices and music were good and pretty much just like the TV show. That’s the one thing I thought was good about it. They made it the same on that scope. The music was catching and new beat, the voices were not fully annoying and matched the characters that they needed to sound like. Not much else I can really say there. The script it what seems a little forced in my mind. It just feels a little unnatural at points.

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Alpha and Omega, (September 17, 2010)
Director: Anhony Bell, Ben Gluck Producers: Ken Katsumoto, Steve Moore, Richard Rich
Adventure, Comedy, Romance,
Key Words:Wolves,
Studio: Crest Animation Productions, Relativity Media Licensed American Publisher: Lionsgate Films

Time: 90 mins

In Jasper National Park, there are a pack of wolves with a rather intense social structure. Kate and Humphrey are two wolves who are rather close but Kate is a Alpha, a leader of the pack and Humphrey is a Omega. The two are from different parts of the pack so will they be able to be together?


My Thoughts: As anyone around me can tell you, I love wolves (hence my name, Angel Wolf) and so when I heard about this movie coming out, I was dieing to go see it. It’s like a Romeo and Juliet story of two lovers separated by class. One is from a high class and the other is of the lower class but each one has there strengths.

I fell in love with pretty much all the characters from the charismatic Kate to the very shy character Lilly. I couldn’t stop thinking about how Lilly reminds me of me a bit. She’s quiet mostly and hides in the shadows like myself. Even though I’m loud online with my opinion, if you see me in real life, I’m quiet and in the background of a lot of parties. I’m really just a wallflower when it comes right down to it. Her character really spoke to me for the small time it was up on screen. I’m not so fond of Kate and Lily’s mom much. She just seems like a rather quiet, yet harsh character who controls the pack threw her husband. Her husband might not actually do all that she says, but she has a very harsh concept of justice. There are times she has a right to say what she says but then other times it just feels like they pushed her character to an extreme.

The animation is rather beautiful, everything pretty much working together. Some textures seem slightly more detailed then they should be but that’s all a matter of taste since it doesn’t mess up the over all picture. Rock textures are really hard to get right anyway without making them overly bumpy. The rest seem really nice with a larger look at the fur textures. I love how they made the fur into hair up on top of their heads and styled it depending on what personality the character had. For example, Lilly is a very shy girl and so her hair cut is over her eyes a bit and makes her look rather quite while her sister Kate has a rough cut hair that makes her more like a tomboy type with a girly side. Humphrey is a rather easy going personality so his haircut is sort of a messy thrown together look while Garth is more of trying to be smooth jock type so he has a bit of a curl in his face while the rest is slicked back. It makes it a bit easy to pick out who the characters are when the fur is so similar.

The voices are really nice, well, except for Garth’s howl that sounds like a dieing animal. But that’s really what they were going for from what I got. The spin they did on all the howls reminded me a little of what they did in ‘Happy Feet’ since one of the characters couldn’t make the right sound as well and how all the others had there own style of howling like singing. If you have ever listened to a wolf howl, you will understand what I mean when I say that a wolf has many different emotions they can convey as they howl. If there is a lone wolf howling, his howl may sound a bit sad compared to if he is howling with a group. Same for if it loses someone special against finding the mate he has been looking for. They use their howl to show all these and more so I wish we had even more of the howling aspect. He comes out alright in the end but its how he did that that made me like his story. Though the dialog was a bit rough in some aspects, the over-lining meaning was as clear as day making it so much better.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_and_Omega_%28film%29

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Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure, (Oct 8, 2013)
Director: Richard Rich Producers: Ken Katsumoto, Richard Rich, Ken Katsumoto, Susan Gelb, Daniel Engelhardt
Adventure, Comedy, Romance,
Key Words:Wolves,
Studio: Crest Animation Productions Licensed American Publisher: Lionsgate Films

Time: 45 mins

As the winter begins, Kate and Humphrey are excited to spend it with their new pups. While traveling, Runt suddenly disappears and it’s a hunt to find him.


My Thoughts: After falling in love with the first movie, I really wanted to see what the next one had in store for me. I was not disappointed much. Although it was not as good as the first, I still fell in love with the charming story, beautiful animation, and heartfelt voices.

There is only one little problem, the underlining story was not really there. We do not get the holiday home is where the heart is idea that I feel they were trying to convey but instead a different idea. One that went more along the lines of no matter how small you are, you can help in a big way. The home idea gets lost in the middle of the story and I still don’t understand what was going on with the wolf called Princess. She just disappears at a point and I never get what happens after. As much as I loved the animation and the story they were trying to place, it does fall apart.

I got a bit surprised at that the difference that the personalities had, Humphrey being a lot more protective and Kate was a lot more military-ish and yet has a lot of Humphrey’s fun characteristics. The pups are much more like their parents then the parents in fact. I guess that’s normally true of any family though I would of liked to have a bit more of the parents keep their wild personalities.

The pup’s designs are so cute that I couldn’t help but coo at the look. The animation is pretty much the same in textures and the designs although the wolves’ fur is a bit shorter sadly. You would think since the show is about to fall that they would have longer coats instead. There were also times when the fur of one or two of the characters seemed to change color, turning a bit whiter then it should have been or an area that was snowy wasn’t in the next area.

The voices were perfect bringing back the voice actors we loved and a few more. There isn’t much more to say on that.

Sadly, I cannot give this as high of a rating as the first and though I enjoyed it, the major flaws keep getting in the way. I still think it’s a good watch, but just not enough to make it to the best list.

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