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The Prince of Egypt(Dec 18, 1998)
Director: Simon Wells, Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner Producers: Penny Finkelman Cox, Sandra Rabins, Jeffrey Katzenberg
Action, American Movie,
Key Words: Biblical, Historical,
Licensed American Publisher: DreamWorks Animation

Time: 99 minutes

Within Anchient Egypt, the Pharaoh Seti fears that the increase in Jewish men in his slaves’ town will lead to an uprising and has ordered the killing of all the baby boys. To save her son, Yocheved places the baby in a basket and sets him afloat in the Nile. As he travels down river, he is found by the Egyptian Queen Tuya who names him Moses and raises him as her own along with her child, Rameses.
After he is grown and figures out he is not Egyptian, he accidently kills a slave driver and runs away, only to come back after God tells him to go save his people.


My Thoughts: It’s interesting when people try to create biblical stories into films, even more so when they are made for children. The bible wasn’t really meant for children in the sense of most of the stories have to be altered to fit our societies ideas of what our children should know. Things like death and blood never make it into the shows and sort of make it feel unrealistic then. When I hear there is a cartoon coming out that is supposed to be biblical, I really take it with a grain of salt. I was partly right in doing so though it was still rather enjoyable to watch anyway.

I love how they humanized the story of Moses and didn’t just try to play if off the book of Exodus. In the book (if I remember right) we only see how Egyptians took Moses and yet we always see that the Hebrews look to him lovingly. This feels a bit unrealistic. How would you feel if one of your people treated you like a slave, left after killing someone, then came back and said that he was chosen by god to save them. You would probably be skeptical about what he was talking about. That’s how they first play it off in the show and It works rather well. Another thing is that they show a deep connection with Moses and Rameses that feels perfectly like how two brothers would act.

Although there are some wonderful things they have done in the story, they have somehow missed a couple things from the story that I feel make it lose in a way. I care a lot about being true to the source if you actually want to create a story so it bothers me the inaccurate parts from both the bible and history. First off is the problems with the bible, According to what I have read and what I remember, it was not the Pharaoh’s wife that found Moses but the Pharaoh’s daughter. Also, unlike the show, it is said that Moses was given back to his mother to nurse him for the Daughter even though she was never able to say he was hers. Moses knew all the time that he was a Hebrew, not an Egyptian though the film has a nice dream piece to have him figure out who he really was. When he does see the burning bush, unlike the film where he seems intrigued or sticks his hand in, he is supposed to be afraid until god speaks to him and tells him that he is to do things for him. When he does return to Egypt, he was not greeted with open arms by the Egyptians because he really did kill someone. He was exiled instead of left on his own.

Now when we get into history part, there is at least one thing I picked up on. During the dream vision he has, they show a sun with hands. This was the Egyptian God Aten, and was supposed to be during the time of Pharaoh Akhenaten a few hundred years after the time of Moses. Aten was the only time that Egyptians believed in one God. It would not be during this time and so he would not be dreaming of it or have it drawn on the walls.

The Artwork is beautifully done. The textures stand out wonderfully and the backgrounds look like nicely detailed watercolors where the CG that is put in once in a while works perfectly, adding to the show instead of taking away from it. The characters look mostly like Egyptian drawings brought to life and even some of the poses can be seen from the artwork in Egyptian walls. Unfortunately, sometimes, the characters start to lack a bit when they move around. They are wonderful when they just stand or look like they mean business, but when they do fast passed action scenes, the characters feel a bit stretched out. One or two of the characters feel like they have to small of heads and the details just seems to be copied from Disney.

The music is perfect and wonderfully done, bringing the show to life though when they start singing, once in a while, sounds odd. I really don’t like how Patrick Stewart does the Pharaoh’s voice. Something makes me feel a little unwell when a rather British sounding man tries to play the Egyptian old man. Aaron’s voice, Moses older brother, just feels rather comical as well as the strange priests Hotep and Huy. I could never take any of them seriously.

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

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Finding Nemo(May 30, 2003)
Director: Andrew Stanton Producers: Graham Walters
Action, Adventure, Comedy,
Key Words: Ocean, Fish, Search,
Studio: Pixar Licensed American Publisher: Walt Disney Pictures

Time: 100 minutes

Deep within the sea, Marlin and his wife Coral admire their little clutch of eggs within the Great Barrier Reef. As they protect them, a barracuda comes and eats Coral and almost all of the eggs. The very last egg was named Nemo and as he grew, Marlin kept worrying over him and trying to protect him. Because of his over perfectiveness, Nemo tries to swim out to a boat above the reef and ends up getting captured by a scuba diver who takes him to his home. Can Marlin save his last remaining child or will he be too scared to go on?



My Thoughts: This is actually a rather nice looking show. The story line is cute and actually rather funny in places. The whole cast of characters are fun and entertaining, starting with Marlin. Marlin is the overprotective father figure that goes out on a search to find his young boy. In a sense, this show is not just about Nemo’s self discovery but Marlin’s as well. He learns to ease up a bit, and how to have fun with the help of a Pacific Regal Blue Tang, Dory. Dory is one of the most interesting characters they have in the show and her childish way of looking at the world is rather refreshing and somewhat therapeutic in a way. She helps Marlin a lot though she doesn’t remember much.

The characters within the fish tank aren’t really any better. All of them have problems with being in a fish tank, pretty much, they all went crazy including one that came from the sea as well. There are so many characters in this show that they do get a little overwhelming but not all the characters actually stay for very long.

The animation is really well done. The colors are bright and wonderful just like the reef. You can even sometimes see the details in the scales as well as the colors of all the different types of fish. Most of them look real and then some look a little cartoonier, probably to have them stick out. This show was created for children but the love and attention they put into this makes it feel like it’s the real ocean. The only problem I see is that some of the ways the human’s are done look very hap hazard. It’s not really all that flattering.

The music and voices are pretty perfect. The music fits the mood that is happening and they don’t just brake out in song like a lot of other movies I have watched. When they do, it’s not that bothersome. It’s normally done like if someone just wanted to sing at that point, the really obnoxious type of song.

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

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Last War of Heavenloids and Akutoloids(Apr 18, 2009)
Director: Yoshiji Kigami
Fantasy, Drama, Action, Romance,
Key Words: Slice of Life, two worlds,
Studio: Kyoto Animation

Time: 83 minutes

The Magical Kingdom is still in trouble. Munto and Yumemi go back to his world in order to save it but it seems that one of the Union wants to crystallize her in order to harness the Akuto and try to save the world. Which way is better to save the world, Munto’s or the Union, or is there another way that will save it much better?


My Thoughts: So… this is actually the third OVA pretty much of Munto. Is it any good? Well… It’s really hard to say. I like how they try to explain everything that is going on with flashbacks to the other episodes and that it tells more of the reason why Yumemi is so special to the world in the sky, although it feels like they tried to make it up from the last two. It all sounds like they just figured it out about why she is special so tried hard to put it in.

Sadly, it feels like they changed the characters personalities so that we would get more of a romance between Munto and Yumemi even though they had a good thing going on before. Munto speaks a bit more and she seems to be spacey even though they had already taken care of that in the second. It’s even surprising that they actually show Munto’s emotions and don’t have him hiding them all the time. To me, that made this show worth watching just for that. It annoyed the hell out of me that he wasn’t showing the emotions threw anything and now out of no where, he is showing so much more. He also seems older then he was before.

I actually like this a lot more then the others. I have always wanted to see Munto and Yumemi together and this has a lot more of that. The story isn’t separated like the others and feels a lot more integrated. Now, a couple problems I see is that they put so much pressure on Yumemi and even show her the dark side of the world she is to save, but really, why the hell would you do that if you want her to save the world…. It will make her want to end it is my thought.

The only problem I have is when it gets to a really heavy part, they start making some light hearted jokes while you just think ‘GO HELP MUNTO YOU DAMN BITCH!’ It’s like this show has problems with its attention span.

The art style really changed from the OVA, as though they tried to make it better then they could off and it just feels flat. Characters have way to long of legs; making them look as though they have no body at all sometimes. Yet, the artwork is slightly better then the second OVA, even if the CG is not as good still. I feel that it has actually been placed at the same level as the first OVA when it comes to the detail work. Sadly, action scenes look like they are full of runny egg artwork an don’t give a good feeling to the action.

The music sounds like we are going into a Studio Ghibli film, at least when it first starts up. There are a lot of silent parts, making it feel slow. This thing is full of music and really has no silence to it at all, they ether have talking or music and it bothers me a bit. Some times, it would have had a bigger impact when there wasn’t any sound at all.

Of all its ups and downs, I actually liked this one better then the other OVAs. It wraps it up nicely I think.

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Shark Tales(Oct 1, 2004)
Director: Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman Producers: Bill Damaschke, Janet Healy, Allison Lyon Segan
Fantasy, Action, Comedy,
Key Words: Fish, Underwater, Sharks,
Studio: DreamWorks Animation, SKG, PDI Studios Licensed American Publisher: Dreamworks Pictures

Time: 90 minutes

A bluestreak cleaner wrasse named Oscar wishes to be famous and rich, but is stuck in his dad’s footsteps cleaning the tongue of whales. That is until a misunderstanding makes him the renowned Shark Killer of a town overrun by gangster sharks. He and the kindhearted shark Lenny have to try to scare the sharks away or be killed.


My Thoughts: As a concept for this movie, I have to say this is a pretty typical story falling in the same lines as Dragonheart or other ‘fake something to get famous’ storylines. You know that soon the guy will be found out and that he will end up having to do something to make up for it. What I guess I wouldn’t see is that Will Smith would have a face as fish but I guess being a blood cell would change a guy (Osmosis Jones). This show is very different then ‘Finding Nemo’ in that it’s not a heart warming story but pretty much a make it or break it story. I find it slightly boring in that aspect since you pretty much knew exactly how the story would pan out. It’s a simple story, city plagued by mobsters, one man that is on the bottom of the ladder wants to become better but he doesn’t know how till he pretends he has done something really high and mighty to get there, screwing it up in the end.

The character Oscar is a really predictable character. He is a man who can never really catch a break no matter what he does. He tries to become rich but then crashes to the ground. Soon he becomes a liar just to get on the top and ends up hurting those around him. Lenny on the other hand is a black sheep of the family who wants to just be left alone. I think Lenny’s story is much more interesting although again, very cliché. There really isn’t that much of a difference between other movies I watched with the same basic outline and it makes me feel bla about the show. They could of taken it much farther but came up short.

The animation is pretty good, characters look more like humans then fish in the face and movement but still retain their fishy way of swimming instead of trying to walk on the bottom like some other shows. Textures look like they are where they are supposed to be and make everything real looking and popping out but the colors make it more childish. It has pretty much a perfect balance between ‘real life’ and animation. Some character designs have been made for the fish that it’s supposed to be to a point that if you look up the type of fish they represented, it would look very close.

Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Will Smith and a couple other big names and voices are some of the bigger parts. I don’t really have a problem with any of the voices in the main cast, though the problems I see are that some of them have been rather stereotyped. Still, it was rather enjoyable for the most part. Music sounded pretty good but I still have problems with the story even if it worked on the sound aspect.

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

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Winx Club – The Secret of The Lost Kingdom(Nov 30, 2007)
Director: Iginio Straffi Producers: Rainbow S.r.l
Fantasy, Action, Adventure,
Key Words: Magical Girl, 3D, Girls, Fairies,
Studio: Toei Animation, Rai Fiction

Time: 90 minutes

Bloom searches for her birth parents but it seems that the evil witches are close to destroying her chance for good.



My Thoughts: Well, Winx Club is pretty much a magical girl show with fairies instead of solar planets as their powers. Now, I have a little problem with the opening in that they do not explain much about what is going on. We get the girls going to a spooky castle dressed in strange capes. When they take the capes off, it looks like they are naked under them. They don’t explain how Ms. Faragonda ended up finding the girls and teleporting right in front of the person the winx was looking for. A lot of things seem broken but part of it might be there was one before this. I still think that a movie should be able to stand alone or have something that would explain more about this.

The whole first part of this is Bloom feeling sorry for herself and her problems without any let up. She show just keeps going downhill to me. The next part is just her going back to normal with her adopted family, and then it feels like nothing really gets resolved at in the first part. The only thing that changes things is the dream that Bloom has. It’s the standard dream of someone from her past talking to her. They could have done this a bit sooner in the show and it wouldn’t seem so boring.

This shows a lot that boys will be boys too. A lot of times the boys started acting rather immature. The enemy is really pathetic. She’s whiny and always narrates her actions. I also want to hit Stella too, she is more annoying then the cartoon.

A lot of times, they faid in and out in different areas and makes the show rather choppy. If they were going to do that, then

The 3D version of everyone doesn’t really look good. I think it would have been much better if it was done in the style of the actual cartoon instead. It just feels like it lacks something to it. The characters act rather oddly sometimes and move around rather stiffly. The hair looks rather wet and messed up.

The script sounds really off for how the characters talk in the show. The script seems rather rushed and Lip movements don’t always work right. It just bothers me. We also really don’t need a narrator for both the beginning and ending. It just feels disjointed again.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winx_Club:_The_Secret_of_the_Lost_Kingdom

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Brother Bear 2 (Aug 29, 2006)
Director: Ben Gluck Producers: Jim Ballantine, Carolyn Bates
Action, Adventure, Supernatural,
Key Words: Bears, Native American, Nature,
Studio: DisneyToon Studios

Time: 73 minutes

Several months after Kenai transformed into a Bear, he and his brother have just woken from hibernation and are going to eat when Kenai’s old friend, Nita, comes to find him. They have to destroy an amulet that Kenai gave her in order to break the bond between the two and for her to marry the person.



My Thoughts: This is the second movie to the tale of brother bear, and I actually think it picks up well from where the first leaves off even though it seems to downgrade from there. The story turns into a rather big sitcom of a girl and her ex-boyfriend having to learn to deal with each other. Neather of them want to show how much they like the other and yet everyone around them pretty much figures out what is going on.

I feel that Nita is way to much like some other strong Disney characters like Mulan and that makes it hard to see her as another character. I keep seeing her as Mulan and it messes me up, especially when they mess up the stereotype of that sort of character. I don’t mean mess it up so it’s not a stereotype, I mean mess it up so that it makes no sense. I do have to say that I feel sorry for Koda a lot because he pretty much was forgotten for most of the show when Nita shows up. It’s really a sad time and yet, feels really predictable. You have a small child that was pretty much a big part of the first movie only to be brushed aside in the second because a girl shows up. You could say that in that way, its rather real but I say that it just feels forced. Even the ending feels really predictable.

The artwork is as beautiful as the first one though the bears seem to lack slightly. They are way too bright for the world around them that looks a lot more shuttle. Bears are kind of supposed to blend in a little more with there surroundings, not look like they were plastered into it. Sadly, the characters look really Asian instead of cave men or native american and Nita looks a lot like Mulan in that. I just kept wondering if the person that drew Mulan was drawing the people. It just feels strange.

The music is wonderful, giving the feeling of the scene they want to imply. The voices are pretty good, one or two kind of fall short but still work pretty nice. I’m not sure about the old wise woman who sounds Jamaican rather then caveman. Kenai also doesn’t sound like how he was before. He sounds more annoyed.

I did enjoy the work but it really did not work well like the first did. So many things seemed to lack that I can’t give it a high rating.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brother_Bear_2

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Horus: Prince of the Sun(July 21, 1968), The Little Norse Prince, Little Norse Prince Valiant
Director: Isao Takahata Producers: Hiroshi Okawa
Action, Adventure,
Key Words: swords, vintage,
Studio: Toei Doga

Time: 82 minutes

In the Iron Age of Scandinavia, a young boy named Horus comes across a stone giant while fighting off a pack of silver wolves. The giant gives him a ancient sword called the Sword of the Sun and sends him on a quest to learn how to use it.


My Thoughts: Well, this is a really really old video and let’s say that for its time, it might have been very high class but now, it feels like it lacks a lot. The animation is low quality and the voices feel forced and scripted.

Horus seems to not think about what he is about to do, his heart being in the right place but his head just doesn’t seem to be happening there. He was made to be the purest of the pure but they made him come out as a rather young child, younger then he should be. Other characters randomly sing and makes it feel like we are in a old Disney movie.

The animation is really old and they cut corners constantly. They reuse clips a lot and also jump around without any explanation on why they are except that they are traveling. Both people and animals look rather blotchy and not a lot of detail. In order to not animate some of the faces, they are covered in thick bushes of hair from eyebrows and beards.

The script sounds cheesy in the English version, where the voice actors feel as though they are just reading lines. It’s rather narrative and descriptive in the beginning and then loses a lot of that as the story goes on, not explaining enough when it needs to later on. It feels like it should have been much shorter. They did do a good job matching the voices though so it does get some props for that.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hols:_Prince_of_the_Sun

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Goodtimes Entertainment: Cinderella(1994)
Director: Toshiyuki Hiruma, Takashi Producers: Mark Taylor
Children, Fantasy,
Key Words: Fairy Tale,
Licensed American Publisher: Goodtimes Entertainment

Time: 48 minutes

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Cinderella who wanted to go to the ball, but her stepmother forbid her to.


My Thoughts: They have a rather childlike way of telling the stories and have to explain a lot. Now when I say a lot, I mean it! They have 4 minutes explaining everyone they hired for the ball (Ok… maybe I’m exaggerating a bit but still…). In order to not show any death, they changed the story a bit and just sent the father on a long trip. They also brought the godmother in way to early as well, before the trouble really got started. She kept using her magic many times to make Cinderella laugh. If she was going to make her laugh, couldn’t she just of did the chores for her? This makes the story feel a bit too cutesy for my taste but it is a children’s tale.

I like how they made the two step-daughters have different traits. One is always eating and the other is rather tall and like sticks. Sometimes though, they went a little too overboard in some aspects like having the fat one holding a drumstick as she was playing bat mitten.

Now… a lot of the godmother’s magic seemed to be rather forced to the point that she had birds eating a pumpkin to hollow it out. She also forgets the horses until someone reminds her. She is a very absent minded Godmother.

The artwork is actually rather plain but it has its small charms to it. Sadly, most of it seems like it took from Disney in the style meaning it loses some of its own personality. When it comes to the ball, A lot of the hair styles really don’t seem to work in the real world. They seem to go against gravity in many areas.

The voices fit the characters looks rather well and don’t feel boring mostly. There really isn’t much to say except it’s all very standard. I don’t really like how they kept singing.

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Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos(July 2, 2011)
Director: Kazuya Murata Producers: Masahiko Minami
Drama, Action, Mystery,
Key Words: Alchemy, Steampunk, Gore,
Studio: Bones Licensed American Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Time: 110 minutes

The Elric brothers follow an escape convict to Table City on the border of Amestris and Creta where tensions are rising as the locals are trying to fight for their freedom. Among them, a young girl named Julia who seems to know the convict. What is the star of Milos and why do the people want it so badly that they will die trying to get it back?


My Thoughts: This is kind of loosely based off of Fullmetal Alchemist and yet… the addition to Julia seems as though it was a fan character brought into the show. The story brings the Elric brothers far from Central and the areas where they are normally are in both anime. Unfortunately, it is the same story line we almost always have. Apprised people trying to get their land back. The story feels kind of old when you keep making it all about a hunt for the philosopher’s stone.

There are a couple inconsistencies that happen within this show like the fact that there is a Chimera that has some human in him but yet it seems that he isn’t having any problems with his body unlike every other Chimera that we have seen.

I’m not sure, but Julia seems to be a Mary Sue character in a sense. Everything bad is happening to her and yet she seems to be able to get out of her predicaments. They basically showed her as a girl that has had really bad things happen to her since a young age. She has had no time to have anything good happen and bad things happen to her. Even the story about her brother seems rather sappy.

The whole story line seems to be exactly like every other storyline where a group of people are fighting for some ‘holy land’ somewhere. I’m wondering if the people who wrote Fullmetal Alchemist and the ones who wrote this one have something to do with the whole ‘Jews and Israel’ thing. It also gets really gory, lots of blood and guts scenes.

When they show the CG, it actually looks pretty well done. They made it look rather close to the animation but it seems to be used unnecessarily in times when the item is still. This shows up in the first few minutes where there is a close up of Edward’s hand. The rest of the animation is actually pretty much the same as the anime, beautiful details and sometimes exceeding the anime. The fighting sometimes seems a bit awkward at times since we get a lot of flashing lights from alchemist. Now a bunch of characters seem to be rehashed versions of old characters.

The voices are actually alright, though I’m not sure about Julia Crichton’s voice though. It seems really sweet and innocent. Vic does a perfect job as Edward as always.

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Stan Lee Presents: Mosaic(Jan 9, 2007)
Director: Roy Allen Smith
Sci-fi, Fantasy,
Key Words: Superhero,
Studio: Manga Entertainment Licensed American Publisher: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Time: 72 minutes

Maggie Nelson is an aspiring young actress who is exposed to an electrical storm and a magic rune her father brought home to study. After, she gains chameleon-like powers. Because of this, she is thrust into the world of the ancient race known as Chameliel and must fight along side one named Mosaic to stop Maniken from ruling the world.


My Thoughts: This is pretty much based off of a comic in how the style of animation is done and the script. Stan Lee wrote the script. It starts out with a typical way of a murder happening and someone who gets their hands on something they have no clue how to use.

Maggie is pretty beautiful and seems well put together in what she wants to be and who she is. Sometimes she acts like a teenager though she has the body of an adult. The only thing she doesn’t have seems to be her father’s attention most of the time. He always seems to busy with his work to stay for her full performance. It’s basically the typical idea of superhero background. Father gets attacked and she gets her powers after. We get the whole Spiderman genetics detail of her body changing too when she transforms. There are a lot of things that seem like a copy of Spiderman and they do make fun of it once in a while. One bad thing about this, she talks to herself a lot. She always seems to have to give explanations of why she is doing something.

Mosaic is basically the gateway to the other side. The person that explains all that has happened to her and what the Chameliel world is like. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was the love interest (Not saying yes or no to that) because of how he acts. He’s actually rather cute as well in his ‘normal’ face. He and her make a cute couple… anyway. He knows much and yet seems to always be surprised when she one ups him.

The artwork is actually very beautiful and detailed, much again like a comic book. I fell in love with the art style in this for it was also very colorful and bright even in the darker parts.

The voices seem odd, almost like they are disconnected from their bodies. It’s somewhat like a radio show this way with the artwork done afterwards. It isn’t bad, just different. Another thing that seems interesting is that they explain a lot and they tried hard not to have cuss words.

The only problem is that it doesn’t have an ending. It actually keeps it open and I have not found anything more about the show giving a second movie.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosaic_(film)

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Camelot the Legend(Jan 1, 1998)
Director: William R. Kowalchuk Jr. Producers:
Comedy, Romance, Action,
Key Words: Legend,
Studio: Licensed American Publisher:

Time: 1 hour 9 minutes

Learn the story of Camelot when Arthur the Great was still King of the Britains as told by Merlin.


My Thoughts: Well, this was supposed to be created for younger children but the first thing we see is a scrolling text box like the one we see in Star Wars to talk about what has happened before. I don’t know what children would actually sit and read that but I could barely read what it said against the background.

They created Lancelot as a Frenchman for crying out loud! Not sure if anyone knows this but around the time of Camelot, England and France were actually at war fighting each other. It is as though they are making a mockery of history and the legend instead of trying to explain the truth. The round table turned into just a wedding present they got and things just fell into place for the sake of falling into place.

The animation feels a bit broken up and awkward. Everyone looks and moves jaggedly. When horses move, they seem to sometimes slide along the ground. The faces look very ugly with how squashed or stretched out to the point of not looking natural. There is much looping and jokes for the sake of jokes within the animation. There are lot of inconsistencies in the artwork as well including the neck of Gwenaver’s collar changing colors for many different times.

The characters sound so stupid and the narrations feel choppy and dislocated like the animation. Voices feel either forced or they just grabbed someone off the streets in order to do the voice of practically all the characters. We also get songs out of the blue that should never be played again. The singers should have never sung like Iago from Aladdin. Not only that but some of the songs are rather racist in my book. For example, in the song Lancelot sings in the bar about what a knight does actually has the words ‘Teach the pagans how to pray’ within it. I’m Pagan and take offence to this, though I do understand the history behind it. Still when creating a show for children, leave out the religion when it is that mean. Half the time, we can’t even understand what they are trying to sing because the accents getting in the way.

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Resident Evil: Degeneration(Oct 18, 2008), Biohazard: Degeneration
Director: Makoto Kamiya Producers: Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Action, Sci-fi, Horror, Romance,
Key Words: Zombies,
Studio: Capcom Studios, Sony Pictures, Digital Frontier Licensed American Publisher: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Time: 96 minutes

In 2005, Harvardville Airport was under attack of a Zombie infestation. Claire Rebfield is a member of the TerraSave organization which handles search and rescue at chemical and biological attacks. She was there when the attack happen and made it out with the help of an old friend, Leon S. Kennedy. Unfortunately, all that goes down hill when the trucks carrying a vaccine are destroyed and she is left to go with the chief researcher to go get more.


My Thoughts: The show has pretty much the same feeling as the video games. They have us slipping between different characters, making all three of them feel like the main character. They also have Claire in her always pretty looking; somehow, she never seems to get dirty even when a plain crashes about a foot away blowing up almost everything. It has everything we need from a horror movie, guns, zombies, tention, and a bit of Romance.

I want to say one thing about one of the characters, I cannot STAND Senator Ron Davis. He’s a jackass and buts into everything. They did a really good job in making look as stuck up and snobby as most fat politicians (no offence to those in that department). I do have one problem with him and that is that I think I have seen him somewhere else and it wasn’t in the Resident Evil storyline.

Now, I actually really like Clare, and I also liked the girl that pretty much looks like her, Angela Miller. She has a bit of the same spunk as Clare has, though at times, she feels just like a copy of Clare.

They stay pretty close to the storyline of the games and that’s one thing I really love about this. It keeps true and though I haven’t played all the games, it feels like a branch of the games like you can’t watch without knowing the games.

Well, the animation feels like one big cut scene actually. But it’s not saying that it’s not good. The animation texture is really well done, making people actually look real, and that’s were we get some problems. The characters look almost too real and so when the movements feel choppy, it takes away from it. The clothing also feels a bit stiff and glossy which again makes things feel a little off. I actually like when the textures became dark and dirty because then it felt much more real. The bright look didn’t look right.

Voices are pretty good though the matching of the lip-sink isn’t all that great. There really isn’t much excuse on that part though since the language was actually first English.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Evil:_Degeneration

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Resident Evil: Damnation(Sep 25, 2012), Biohazard: Damnation
Director: Makoto Kamiya Producers: Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Action, Sci-fi, Horror, Romance,
Key Words: Zombies,
Studio: Capcom Studios, Sony Pictures, Digital Frontier Licensed American Publisher: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Time: 100 minutes

Leon S. Kennedy is sent into the Eastern Slav Republic (A country separated from the Soviet Union) to find Bio Organic Weapons that are being used for its civil war. As he arrives, his mission support informs him that the government has ordered all US citizens and forces out of there. He ignores them in order to stop BOWs from being used. Soon he’s captured by terrorists who are using the BOW. Can he stop them or will he die trying?


My Thoughts: This reminded me of Resident Evil 4 slightly. Leon goes in alone and gets captured by the people he came there to stop. I guess the only thing real different is that they found something that controls the creatures to a point. We have all of the characters from Leon’s side of the storyline like the ‘bombshell’ Ada Wong to Leon Kennedy and Ingrid Hunnigan. And even in all of this, they have new characters that actually are loveable even if they don’t stay for very long.

The problems I have with the show are actually rather minimal but the ending feels as though it was extremely predictable. We have a large fight going with a ‘new’ form of strong bio-weapon, and a facility that is about to go through genetic cleansing. Then we have the ‘boss’ fight with multiple stages to him.

It’s interesting that they used images of Resident Evil 6 in the ending theme but if you haven’t played the game, your left wondering what the reasoning was for it. I know I may be reviewing these shows out of order but a good movie normally has something that helps even new watchers understand what’s going on.

Wow, the animation actually looks so much better then what they had in Degeneration. It’s much more fluid and the characters look much more realistic without going over the boundaries of the game style. We even get the exploding heads of the zombie people that I bet those who have played the games hate. One of my favorite points is when they go into first person view because it looks so much like the real thing (When I mean real thing, I mean both game and real life horror shows). The points I do hate is that they actually show someone getting forced into one of the zombies. Whenever I see someone forcing those… things… into someone’s mouth, I always end up gagging a bit. I also hate the slow motion times they use although it’s used quite sparingly in this one. The textures are good except the fact that all the men seem to have lip-gloss or lip stick on their lips.

The English voices are pretty good and you can most of the time tell who is American and who is from the Soviet Union. Characters actually sound close to what they were in the games and I believe its because they are the same voice actors but could be wrong. The music was also rather well done and worked to the movies advantage.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Evil:_Damnation

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The Secret of Anastasia(1997)
Director: Lee Lan Producers: Winniw Chaffee
Action, Romance,
Key Words: Disney look alike, Russia,
Licensed American Publisher: UAV Entertainment

Time: 56 minutes

When the secret police killed Anastasia’s family when she was but a child. After, she lived only with her Tuba, Harp, Accordion, and Cello friends. When the secret police return for her years later, she did not remember who she was. After escaping, she meets General Vladimir who dresses her up to be a fake for her Grandmother.


My Thoughts: This is fucked up! The storyline goes out of its way to make this show actually funny and it doesn’t work well. It just feels bad because of that. It’s as though the whole idea came from watching Disney for a bit to long. They crammed cheesy dialoged and cheep animation into about an hour long movie.

Well, when the General Vladimir sees Anastasia, he looks as though he fell in love with her even though she was probably only 19 and he would have to be about 29. Seriously, for a kids show, that little info kind of makes it a bit creepy.

Well, this animation feels a bit lack a daisy. I mean, it is rather good compared to some, but still bad. They tried hard to copy Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Anastasia looks like a rip off of Arial from Little Mermaid and the characters, castle, and other stuff seems to be from Beauty and the Beast. They even ripped off the talking objects thing that was a main focus of Disney’s classic.

The voices feel alright, though the singing keeps making me cring. Many of the characters should have never started singing and so it just made me feel like my ears were going to fall off. Some characters were annoying and others were downright odd though I do say it fit this little piece of trash. It’s the same as all the others, just trying to be Disney.

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

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Animal Farm(Jan 7, 1954)
Director: John Halas, Joy Batchelor Producers: John Halas, Joy Batchelor
Action,
Key Words: Animals, Propaganda film, moving book,
Studio: Halas and Batchelor

Time: 80 minutes

When a group of Farm Animals take over a farm to do things for the good of animals, they didn’t understand just what they were getting themselves into. As things went from ok to bad, how will the animals live?


My Like: This is done based on the actual book ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell that pretty much shows the ideas of Communism and why it doesn’t really work. It starts out with a farmer who was actually down on his luck and treated the animals a bit poorly in his drunken state. A rather old pig pretty much makes the idea that he wants an Animal Farm for animals and by animals all working together for the greater good. But when he passes away, other pigs come up with ways that other animals aren’t equal. It shows that no matter what, power hungry people will try to take over even something that was made for the greater good.

The animation is actually not that bad for a ‘propaganda film’ and is done much the same way many other cartoons were created, although it’s so not for children. It’s not something children would be able to understand at all, so the show takes a rather dark turn. The story goes from brighter shades to a darker more saturated color when things turn for the worse. It keeps the tension rather high and doesn’t give much for the funniness in normal cartoons. Even though the animation isn’t bad, there are some problems seeing as this was done by hand back on cells. Some things feel like they aren’t right and some colorings don’t stay consistent.

The voices work perfectly for the characters and show authority when needed. Again, they are not made for comedic affect since this isn’t a funny topic.

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The Secret of Kells(Feb 11, 2009)
Director: Tomm Moore Producers: Paul Young, Didier Brunner, Vivian Van Fleteren
Adventure, Fantasy,
Key Words: Books, Imagination,
Studio: Celluloid Dreams, France 2 Cinema, Canal+, Cartoon Saloon Licensed American Publisher: Gkids

Time: 75 minutes

Abbot Cellach was obsessed with building a mighty wall to keep the Vikings from destroying the Christian Abbey of Kells and believes his young nephew, Brendan, to follow in his footsteps. When Brother Aidan comes with his wonderful book, Brandon is fixated on trying to finish it with him. This sends Brendon on a magical journey into the forest to meet Aisling. There he must summon the courage to do as he knows is right.


My Thoughts: It starts out rather creepy, with a child like voice whispering with dark images being displayed. It’s the story though that has my attention, that and the artwork. The story is about a young boy who never seen the outside world, but one day has a chance to take it. His world inside the walls is dark and even though he has friends with the other monks, he himself sticks with what his abbot says about the outside world being dangerous.

It’s a story about adventure and life and is a rather nice refresher from the other stuff I’ve been reading.

The world they live in is celtic but yet we have a Mexican and an African man who seems to be part of the monks so I’m not sure exactly why they did that.

Everything was made to look similar to an old tapestry, Things seem rather stiff and yet the movements are so fluid. The bodies move like they are pieces of cloth. And everything has a defining line to them.

The voices work nicely with the story and the characters. Really I’m at a loss to what I can say that’s really that bad about it. It’s a very good show. What are you doing here? GO WATCH IT!

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