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The Pirate Fairy, (Apr 1, 2014)
Director: Peggy Holmes Producers: Jenni Magee-Cook
Adventure, Comedy,
Key Words:Fairies, Neverland,
Studio: DisneyToon Studios, Prana Studios Licensed American Publisher: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Time: 78 mins

When Zarina, a rather misunderstood dust-keeper fairy, ends up stealing blue pixie dust, she goes to join the pirates and its Tinkerbell and her friend’s job to find her and bring her back.


My Thoughts:This was actually pretty interesting in the aspect that they added pirates into it. As you might not have gotten from the title, this is a Tinkerbell movie and it surprises me that it does not have the name Tinkerbell in it. It’s about one of her friends, a small dust-keeper in fact that is much like herself. I love how this character was the same as Tinkerbell because it shows that Tinkerbell wasn’t the only fairy to think outside the box. Sadly, Zarina wasn’t seen in the same light as Tinkerbell. She was seen as an outcast, even losing her spot being a dust fairy at a point. So she went off to find a place she belonged… and ended up with the wrong crowd. In this aspect, I feel it’s much like humans when we have no idea where to go. We keep looking around for a place to be and end up with the wrong crowd ourselves.

The designs are really nicely done, making the pirates look very different then any other. In fact, you can pretty much figure out who is actually who from Peter Pan. Let’s just say that We have hook showing up for a bit making me believe that we will be having Peter showing up soon. I really look forward to that. Anyway, the rest of the characters look very much like the other movies.

The voices were really well done and sometimes I didn’t even get who one of the pirates was exactly. I kept re-guessing myself till his name was said. My question is how he understood Zarina in the first place since all we heard when she was talking to him was jingles. It made me wonder if she was ‘his fairy’ in a way like Tinkerbell was Peter Pan’s.

Over all, I thought this was a rather well done movie and look forward to getting to learn how Tinkerbell met Peter if they ever show it.

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

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Brave(June 10, 2012)
Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman Producers: Katherine Sarafian
Comedy, Action, Adventure,
Key Words: Scotland, Celtic, Magic,
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios Licensed American Publisher:

Time: 93 mins

Merida is a rather free spirited young lady much like her father. To bad she is the daughter of royalty and is forced almost nonstop to do as her mother tells her and be a proper princess. When this ends up becoming part of an arranged marriage, it ends up being the last straw and Merida runs away, running right into the hands of a witch. This witch gives her a magic spell to change her destiny but will this spell be what she is really looking for?


My Thoughts: I love different stories from different cultures, especially those that revolve around beliefs. Brave is along the lines of a Scottish story of a woman who did not want to be held down. She was woman who spoke her mind, who didn’t follow customs and wanted to be free. I love stories like that as much as I like traditions. The main point of the story was slightly hard to understand weather it was about family or just an overall thing of give and take but I think the point is still there. They talk about destiny as well but I don’t feel that it was the main point of the story as much as the other idea of giving in a little to others and not overbear them with responsibilities. It might be that its about something going on in my life that I think that but that’s my feeling.

In some aspects, Pixar has not broken their mold for movies, and in some aspects I’m happy about that. In others, I just feel they should break it a bit more so we can have a little bit more ideas. I love the characters personalities. They are extremely fun and I couldn’t help but fall in love with all of them from the rather weak and odd sons to the fun loving Merida. The only problem with it is that some of the characters seem like every other character Pixar has in their movies. Especially the background characters as they were just comical with the same feeling that every other background character they normally have.

The animation is actually really nice. I love how the characters have their own looks and feels to them, especially the different tribes of Scotland. It’s a little hard to talk about the proportions and stuff when it’s basically part of the characters that they are disproportionate. The whole feeling of the show was much like ‘How to Train your Dragon’ with its beautiful textures and Celtic style. The only problem was the wild hair that Merida had. At times, it was way too hard to see her face or understand just what was going on with it. Near the ending, I don’t really understand the snow falling as the show had no snow in it.

As with most Scottish voices, sometimes it’s really hard to understand what they are saying, especially when they have a very strong accent and angry. I had to rewind and play it again and even then, I had trouble understanding. I guess that means they did their job in making the accent real but if I can’t understand them, then what am I going to say about the script? The times I did understand them (which luckily was the main characters), the script was really good. I fell in love with the heart warming ideas and the love shown between the characters. The music was awesome, giving the very Celtic feeling and I felt like I was listening to music at a renascence festival. It fit the mood of the show really well.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brave_%282012_film%29

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Animatrix, (June 3, 2003)
Director: Koji Morimoto, Shinichiro Watanabe, Mahiro Maeda, Peter Chung, Andy Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike Producers: Michael Arias, Spencer Lamm, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Action, Adventure,
Key Words:Short stories,
Studio: Village Roadshow Pictures Licensed American Publisher: Warner Home Video

Time: 101 mins

A collection of short films about the back story of the ‘Matrix’ universe.


My Thoughts: It’s rather hard to talk about a show like this because it’s mostly like a range of different episodes. They may all contain the Matrix like style but there really isn’t much that connects them. From the story to the animation, each part is different and told in its own way. The movie gets more and more confusing as the stories keep going, making it hard to get what is going on. There isn’t an indication of if you are inside the Matrix or outside it. All I could understand was how pretty the animations were at points and how ‘crappy’ they were in others. The whole mix of samurai to space age, to computer simulations that look so real that it could be live action, all of that just seemed a little overboard.

Question, why does it start out with a man and women undressing each other with katanas? Is it just for sexual looks or is there actually a reason for it? Can someone answer this part for me?

The animation was all over the place from CG to Cartoon, to whatever. I felt rather bombarded by all the different art styles just as it happened in ‘Dante’s Inferno: An animated epic’. The only thing that saved this a little was that the stories were not all linked to one storyline like Dante. When I say Crappy artwork, I don’t mean bad artwork. I just mean stuff that really doesn’t look right in my eyes. The style that is so loaded with detail that you can see almost every line in the face right next to stuff that is very simplified. I may not be using the right word for it but I have no other idea what to use for it. Now the detail work pretty much is nice in the CG part, but I thought it never worked in the cartoon part of the show.

The voices are actually pretty well done and one of the only fluid parts of the show. They have voices that work out rather well for the mood that the ‘scene’ is trying to show. If it’s intense, it sounds intense, if it’s slow, it has that feeling. Some of the characters sound like they were voiced by some of the voice actors that were even in the matrix itself.

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Balto(Dec 22, 1995)
Director:Simon Wells Producers: Steve Hickner, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Bonne Radford
Adventure, Drama,
Key Words: Legend, Wolf, Dogs,
Studio: Amblin Entertainment Amblimation Licensed American Publisher: Universal Pictures

Time: 78 mins

In 1925, Balto lead a sled dog team with medicine to Nome, Alaska where many children would have died of Diphtheria if it didn’t show up. This is his story, the story of a half wolf, half dog who battled the Alaskan wild to save countless people.


My Thoughts: The story of Balto is a tale that is old as ever. It is a legend up in Alaska. He was a Siberian Husky who led a sled dog team transporting medicine from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. He was a hero, saving many of people who would have died without that medicine and saved his team, staying on a trail through near whiteout conditions. Although he was only one of the many dogs that took place in the serum run, he is by far one of the most famous. Because of this, a statue was placed in Central Park, New York City in dedication to him. Now the story about Balto never once talked about him being part wolf or being a outcast among the people until the run but the movie has a heart all its own. I feel that the version they have in the movie is a bit more fantastic then the original story but isn’t that just it with a legend? They will keep saying it over and over again until the fact is twisted and turned around, making it much more amazing then what really happened. I fell in love with the whimsy of Balto when I was young, the year when it first came out and as with some of the shows I fell in love with, I would watch it constantly, watching till the tape was well beyond playable. The legend of Balto was one of the first real legends that I learned and though at the time I thought that all that I saw in the movie was true, it got me into wanting to know more about legends.

The story opens in Nome, well the cartoon part. It is basically played as though a grandmother is telling this tale to her granddaughter in the middle of Central Park as they look for the true statue made in honor of Balto. We have Balto, his love interest Jenna, and Steele (the antagonist). We also have a Russian goose who is Balto’s adoptive father and two polar bears that are like his siblings… and this is where I must remind you that when I was thinking this was real, I was about 7 years old or so. Anyway, the personalities are as followed; The outcast longing to be one of the others, the lovely and popular love interest, the macho jock who wants love interest and hates outcast, the overprotective father, and the comedy relief. It’s at this point that you may point out that almost every show has this when it is based for children and I would say yes and that it why I liked it and still like it. As much as the new age shows make me want them to change tactics, I fell in love with the older shows because that was it. It was simple to pick out who the villain was and who the person we had to cast our votes for to get the girl. It’s nostalgia I guess.

The animation is very nice for the time. I would think it was probably even better then the time in some aspects as I would probably put it up in the same lines as Disney with its beautiful bright colors and clean look. One of the only problems that I had was that Boris, a goose mind you, has teeth. Seriously, even in a child’s movie, why would you give a goose teeth? Oh well, its only one thing out of the show I don’t really get. The rest is so well done that I fell in love with it.

The voices are simple for the most part and yet I fell in love with them. Years after first watching the show, I looked up who voiced Balto and to my surprise, it was Kevin Bacon. I would never of guessed it would be him who voiced my favorite character from the show as must of the movies I see him in are a bit over rated. I love how we have a rather English speaking Polar bear with a ‘mute’ one. It makes me laugh a bit more which is what they are supposed to do.

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

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Frozen(Nov 19, 2013)
Director:Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Producers: Peter Del Vecho
Adventure, Musical, Fantasy, Comedy
Key Words: Snow, Magic,
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios Licensed American Publisher: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Time: 102 mins

When Anna learns of her sister’s curse, will she be able to save her sister and the kingdom from an eternal winter or will they forever be frozen?


My Thoughts: I’m rather surprised at Disney, I have to say. They really broke out of the box and did something that wasn’t made in the same old storyline for princesses and kingdoms. Instead of just a lonely princess who lives in a tower alone or a damsel in distress, they gave a simple story of two sisters. In some aspects, you could consider this similar to any family. I myself have a little brother in real life that I was rather close to when I was young. As we grew older though, we ended up growing more distant to a point that all we really ever see of each other is the occasional ‘hi’ and fight about where things are put in the house. He has no special powers, no amazing talent that he has to hide from the world, just the fact that we grew up.

It is pretty much the same in Frozen although in the older sister’s mind, she was doing it to protect her sister and the world from a power she was told to be ashamed of. In reality, she is probably more like the damsel in distress then the main character. The younger on the other hand reminds me a lot of myself (I know, strange to say as I am the older sister to my brother). She’s childish and doesn’t like to be alone. She grew up having to deal with being alone for her whole life after her sister shut herself away. All she wanted to do was getting out and have fun but her sister’s fear was so great that it wouldn’t let go. Though there is a prince in the story, he really doesn’t have the same idea that you would normally see in a prince. He’s not the one that is the savor of the story, but if I said more, it might be a spoiler. All I can really tell you is that it does not end how you would expect it to end, it ends with a surprise twist that ended up having me at the edge of my seat.

The animation is so beautiful; the ice they created with all its wonderful textures is just astounding. I was enthralled by all the beautiful texture work and the amazing animation. I know, it’s strange to hear me say something good about a show and not have any problems with the animation. Well, it’s not exactly perfect but the problems that were there were so minimal that it didn’t end up taking away at all from the show. I could watch the show over and over again and pick out every little detail that was wrong but really, then I would be just nit picking.

For those who have ever read my reviews, you will know that I really hate musicals. Well, I guess this is sort of one exception to the rule and with that, I’m kind of happy. I still hate that they would break out in song so much but the music wasn’t really that bad. The music was actually rather catchy and I couldn’t help singing along slightly with the main song ‘Let it Go.’ It was such a catchy song and wasn’t a bit out of place for the storyline they were going for. My only problem was when they would sort of break the song while they were singing, trying to add more explanation then there needed to be. It sounded odd in the song. The voices were really well done, Kristen Bell doing an awesome job as the young sister Anna while Idina Menzel did a really nice job as Elsa. Even Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad, was pretty well done making me laugh at some of his rather clueless nature.

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

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Don Bluth’s Thumbelina, (Mar 30, 1994)
Director: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman Producers: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy
High Fantasy, Romance, Drama,
Key Words:Little people, fairies, singing,
Studio: Don Bluth Entertainment; A. Film A/S; Phoenix Animation Studios; Wang Film Productions; Creative Capers Entertainment; Tony Collingswood Productions; Lapiz Azul Studios; Matias Marcos Animation Licensed American Publisher:

Time: 86 minutes ( 1 hour 26 minutes)

Jaquimo the Sparrow is a lover of romantic and tragic romances in Paris, France. One of his favorite is the story of Thumbelina.
Long ago, an old woman longed to have a child of her own until a good witch gave her some barley to plant. When the old women did, she was surprised to find a flower growing and a small girl stepped out of the flower, no bigger then her thumb. She was named Thumbelina. As she tried to help her mother with the chores, Thumbelina couldn't help but wonder if there was anyone her size. She had heard the stories of Fairies that were but they had wings and she didn't. She finally meets a fairy one night named Prince Cornelius. The two become good friends and soon fall in love but as he shows her the outside world, a toad named Grundel sees her and wishes for her to be his wife. The mother of Grundel kidnaps her for their singing group and for Grundel. Will Thumbelina be able to get back to her love?


My Thoughts: It seems every story about that has Thumbelina in it seems to always talk about her finding love and then being taken to marry some other creature only to be rescued by her lover. This one is no exception to the trend. The first one I watched was a mole, now it’s a toad, what will be next? Maybe a caterpillar? It seems like in this version everyone wants to have Thumbelina as their bride. It feels sort of annoying because it was one thing after another. It was ok for an adventure story for kids but to me, the concept was going a bit long. When it’s about 45 minutes of nothing but people fighting over her without even letting her have a say, it just bugs me. And then she picks someone who had almost no real character growth and was this side prince looking for her. Just… the characters felt boring and predictable. The only character who had any personality was a… I want to say French… sparrow who would sing about love and try to push the two lovers together. And he didn’t even have much too even do in the story, he just would sing songs of love and slightly try to be the voice of wisdom though even then, he only talked about the thoughts in ones heart and not their head. Somehow I don’t think that’s being the voice of wisdom but he was the better one out of any of them.

The animation was actually the better part of the show. It was beautifully done and rather clean. The only problem I had was characters would move slightly strange, putting their arms up in ways that feel slightly awkward. Other then that, the clothing is really fluid and I didn’t really find any hiccups in the animation where they would forget something or they would forget a frame or two. The characters are really beautiful, looking much more proportional then some other's I watched, except for The frogs. I don’t think they really ever seen a frog before because next to all the other characters, they just look like blobs. The brothers act more like Moe, Curly, and Larry by the way. Smacking each other and acting like idiots, you could wonder if they are just in their for comedy. Sadly, even when I was little, I just did not get the humor.

The soundtrack to this is actually not that bad though there are a lot of songs. Some sound like Disney songs while other’s fall pretty flat. The same goes for the voice acting as I liked some but others just did not have enough power that they should, Characters like Thumbelina (might I remind you main character here) sounds way to quiet and childish. I don’t like her’s much. Why the characters have such strange ascents also is beyond me. You start with Jaquimo who is a French ascent (Beautifully done I think), then we have The crazy toad family that sounds like a mixture of Spanish and French with a little bit of Jamaican, the unmistakable voice of Gilbert Gottfried as Mr. Beetle (Seriously, what the hell is that accent anyway?) and then Thumbelina and her Mother, even the fairies, have a old English ascent making me want to yell out 'choose a country already!'

All these things add up to a movie that doesn’t exactly live up expectations. If feels like it hit the mark a bit flat from where it should of though at the time of its release, it was a pretty big seller if I remember correctly. I had even went to see it in the movies when I was little which was a big deal being a family with not that much money or time.

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Hotel Transylvania(Sep 8, 2012)
Director:Genndy Tartakovsky Producers: Michelle Murdocca
Supernatural, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance,
Key Words: 3D Animation, Monsters, Dracula,
Studio: Sony Pictures Animation Licensed American Publisher:

Time: 92 mins

Once upon a time, there was a single father trying to protect his little girl from the dangers outside. He built this huge castle in the middle of nowhere and let only his friends come to stay. It would be a perfect story if only they were not all monsters and the single father was Dracula. With his daughter turning 118 years old and wanting to see the world that he so fears, how will he keep her all to himself when she has wings to fly with? And even worse, what if she would fall in love with someone out there?


My Thoughts: So what would happen if Dracula had a daughter and the only thing he wanted for her was to keep her safe locked up in a tower? That’s very similar to the plot of Hotel Transylvania. Seriously, if you took Rapunzel, made her vampire, and sent her off to a remote place that no one would go to, you would have this particular story. The basics to the over lining story is so cliché that you would think it would get boring watching, and yet, it’s not boring at all. With all the twists that they did in having the monsters being the ones in distress instead of a human makes for a lot of speculation on how family life for a monster would be. They have Werewolves with a whole pack of little ankle biters (yes, they really would bite them), Frankenstein who travels by mail instead of using a plane, and even a very lively mummy. It makes the place look like it’s never dull.

We have the rather old school father trying to protect his child after her mother has passed away. It’s a simple story and surprisingly, instead of following the daughter like I thought it was going to do, it followed her father learning how to have fun and stop being so stiff. When I see a story about a father protecting his daughter, one thing comes to mind. It’s the thought that no matter what, the father is going to get in the way of the romance, try to pull his daughter away from whomever it is that may take her away and the daughter fighting and sneaking out. Sometimes that would even go as far as her running from her father just to be with someone. It really caught me off guard when it turned into a story about Dracula instead of his daughter. On the other hand, the guy of this story was a little bit to hippie-ish for my taste. When he first comes in talking like a surfer, I was just about to switch the show off and say ‘Nope! Done!’ because I thought he would be like that the whole time. Luckily, he calmed down a bit in how he talked as the show went on but his first impression was one I could not stand.

You can’t really say that there was a antagonist or a real enemy that the characters had to fight, making it slightly different then any of the other shows I’ve seen. When you think a character is going to be the antagonist, they turn around to make it similar to a hero. The only one that comes close to being an antagonist would probably be the chef Quasimodo and his rat Esmeralda.

The artwork is rather good though with a lot of squash and stretching. It’s not what kills the show though as even though no one would ever bend the way they bend, it adds to the comedic affect of how the show is. For a show about monsters, there really isn’t any horror in it at all. In fact, even when they try to be horror-istic (Akuma: "made up word alert!" Angel:"I know! Just hush you!"), it’s for comedic affect. The colors are bright surprisingly for a show about monsters and the designs really stand out. Some of the monsters I had to stop and ask ‘what are they’ but most of them were based on what we automatically think of when someone says Dracula, Mummy, or Frankenstein. Others had nice twists like making the invisible man have a red afro (I do not know this for sure. It is what is hinted). The credits were fun because they used rather old cartoon graphics that feel like I’m watching a silent cartoon film listening to a awesome song ‘I’m a Monster’. Then to add to it, they had some wonderful water color concept art that I think was for what happen afterwards. It’s a bit dark and grimy looking and yet has almost a ‘Paris style’ quality. What I mean when I say that is that the watercolors and how some of the storks of designs remind me of Toulouse Lautrec and some other famous painters from France.

The voices fit the characters really well from what I would imagine, to a point I don’t exactly know what to say. It’s just what makes the show even better and is like icing on the cake. I wish we had a few more accents is all I want. The Mummy didn’t have enough of the Egyptian sound to him, the gremlins sounded like everyday people and so on. Maybe it’s me being ‘racist’ in that aspect but I think it would have made the show a little more fun. The only one I found annoying was Frankenstein’s wife who sounded like she was a hairdresser in New Jersey, at least the stereotypical one played in most movies. That kind of annoys me a little bit but she was not on long enough to make it to bad.

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The King and I, (Mar 19, 1999)
Director: Richard Rich Producers: Peter Bakalian, Jacqueline Feather, David Seidler
Action, Comedy, Drama, Musical,
Key Words:Culture Clash,
Studio: Morgan Creek Productions, Rankin/Bass Productions, Nest Family Entertainment, Rich Animation Studio Licensed American Publisher: Warner Bros.

Time: 1 Hour 28 mins

In 1862, Anna Leonowens and her son made there way to Siam to teach the children of the king the English ways. Unfortionitly, the king is very traditional and will not let anything change though his want to do scientific experiments on flying and train travel speak otherwise. With that and the king’s Prime Minister Kralahome wanting to take over, there is a lot of trouble for Anna in the walls of Saim’s palace.


My Thoughts:This story is rather loosely based off of the book ‘The King and I.’ A woman comes to Siam to teach the kings children while someone who doesn’t like the king tries to overthrow him. It’s practically the normal idea of a kingdom trying to be overpowered and a king overthrown. There are some things though that just feels really stupid. For example, songs that are sung at the wrong times and the stupid evil sidekick who loses teeth. I never really liked the story of ‘the king and I’ because it was set with a lot of drama with a clash of cultures. I know it happens a lot and happened back then but they made it into a musical which is another reason I didn’t like it. Now it being a cartoon helped me watch it for the rather fun comic affects.

The animation is rather interesting, very similar to Asian style but with American cartoon flare. Sadly, the animation although fluid is a bit overboard on movement. Characters seem to move unnaturally most of the time, with flailing about and sometimes acting rather strangely for a human. It’s funny to see the stupid sidekick with the belly that would move about but the rest of them were not supposed to be funny so I don’t understand why everyone else had that same sort of style too. It just made the show feel awkward in that.

The music is a little old fashioned and based on the live action movie with the same name. We have very stereotypical characters from way back when the book was made. It’s not just the people who are Asian, it also goes for the old English characters. Just once I would like to see this done for our timeframe where woman didn’t wear hoop skirts and people were a little more educational (Just to let you know, I know they are smart but in a different manner. I am not racist.). The voices were alright though, fiting the characters well.

Overall, I just didn’t care for this movie much. While it is a fun show, it’s not for everyone and felt bland to me.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_and_I_%281999_film%29

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Sea Prince and the Fire Child, (Jul 18, 1981)
Director: Producers: Tsunemasa Hatano, Shintaro Tsuji
High Fantasy, Romance-Drama,
Key Words:Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet,
Studio: Licensed American Publisher: Sony

Time: 108 minutes (1 hour 48 minutes)

Long ago, Glacus, the god of Water, and Themis, the goddess of Fire, lived together in peace but the Lord of Winds, Algorac, was jealous of there love and turned them against one another. Glacus was mad and tried to kill Themis from the face of the earth but Themis gathered her children and left her home, protecting the flames of peace from the storm.
After, within the sea, a child was born of Glacus, a sweet prince named Sirius. While swimming and fighting a jellyfish, he ends up going into the forbidden zone, a place most dark and dangerous. While there, a blue light catches his eye and he follows it till he finds a beautiful girl named Malta, a child of Themis and protector of the flame. There first meeting, how ever short made both of them unable to stop thinking of the other.


My Thoughts:The story is pretty much a Romeo and Juliet style with elemental gods instead of humans. This makes me have mixed feelings. While the story is so old and pretty much exactly what you would expect of the tale, I do like the gods a bit. Sadly, it was not enough to save the story as it felt bland in both voice acting and artwork. It just doesn’t pop at all and I felt myself becoming bored while watching it as there was no surprise, no special meaning behind any of it.

The artwork is pretty beautiful but it is far from perfect. While the watercolors and special backgrounds pop, the characters seem to feel a little lack luster. The design of the characters feel like they are bland. Malta has only a small hint of wearing something although she is pretty much nude to a point and her limbs are just think sticks compared to her body with rather strange eyes that seem to be overly slanted. On the other hand, Sirius has thin limbs too but with rather clumpy looking ‘feet’ and hands. It makes me wish they were beautiful images like in the credits but sadly, they don’t fit the background at all.

The voices… oh boy the voices… They have no feeling what so ever in their words and Malta’s voice is just overly high pitched. It’s a sad dub that makes me wish that I watched the Japanese version but the show was so bland to me that I don’t want to watch it again.

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Rise of the Guardians(Oct 10, 2012)
Director:Peter Ramsey Producers: Christina Steinberg, Nancy Bernstein
Adventure, Fantasy, Action,
Key Words: Twisted Tales,
Studio: DreamWorks Animation Licensed American Publisher: Paramount Pictures

Time: 97 minutes

Children have hopes and Dreams and it’s a Guardian’s duty to protect that innocence from evil. When a evil boogieman threatens that innocence, Can the new Guardian save the children or will they forget to believe?


My Thoughts: This was actually a rather good movie showing a child’s hopes and dreams. It’s interesting how they created the show to be a story of children’s hopes and dreams. It’s a beautiful idea when you see the basics but then there are some things I have questions about. One is that of the other characters besides Jack and their background. One of these days, I would like them to show what the backgrounds were of them and how they became who they are. Another thing is that the idea of no one seeing Jack even though a lot of the frost was placed where it probably shouldn’t have been. It wasn’t everywhere like frost tends to go but in special areas. I can understand it for the movie and this might be me just trying and failing to make logic but that’s how I am. On the plus side, I don’t think I will ever look at a colorful hummingbird again without thinking that it is probably a little fairy. Yes, that was a joke but still, the textures and how they told the story was pretty well done.

The problems that I have with the story do not outweigh the good that the story has to offer but they do make me think of giving a little bit of a lower score. I feel sad that DreamWorks decided to use the same idea of Jack Frost talking about his name and giving a small narration in the beginning and near the end just as Hiccup did in How To Train Your Dragon. To me, it felt like they were just trying to make a copy of the story with how the characters were created and acted. Santa like Hiccup’s Dad, Tooth Fairy like Astrid, Easter Bunny like Snotlout, Sand Man like Fishlegs and so on. I mean, sure they had a big success with How To Train Your Dragon but they didn’t have to make a copy of it just to get money coming in. On the other side, they didn’t copy it fully with a different bad guy and the fact that the action was throughout most of the film. I love twisted tales of characters I came to love but I still could not get over the strange feeling I was watching a lower version of something else I saw.

The designs of the characters are amazing. There are some that you pretty much know what they look like, Santa with his large belly, Easter Bunny pretty much a bunny… but then they add things to it. They change the design a little only to make it fun and playful enough for the show. I love their take on the Tooth Fairy though. Her bright and colorful feathers would have been something that I would never have thought of myself, being as I never really thought of the Tooth Fairy looking like a southern colorful bird. The textures that were given to the show was stunning as always with bright colors against dark colors though it just seems like they use that a bit to much. One day, I want to see a bad guy who is bright and colorful instead of gray tones.

Voices were rather good and fit the characters almost to a tee. I especially loved Hugh Jackman playing the Easter Bunny because of just how Australian he made the character. Each character played their role pretty well with instrumental tracks to complement it. If I can say one thing, its that the voices and music were done rather well and held the show together.

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

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The Princess and the Frog(Nov 25, 2009)
Director:Ron Clements, John Musker Producers: Peter Del Vecho, John Lasseter
Family, Fantasy, Musical,
Key Words: Twisted Fairytale,
Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures Licensed American Publisher:

Time: 97 minutes

Tiana is a hard working woman with a plan, to open a restaurant that her Father and her planned since she was little. Because of this, she doesn’t give a moment to herself as she keeps her dream alive. On the other hand, Prince Naveen is a carefree and arrogant man who just wants to have fun. When the two of them are turned into frogs, they have to work together and try to get their dreams to become reality.


My Thoughts: For anyone who knows me, they could tell you that I love twisted fairytales and messed up concepts. This one is a twisted tale of The Frog Princess. We have New Orleans around a time when it was at its finest or at least what I would call its finest. When the jazz was hot and good soul food filled the streets. Because of a witch doctors spell, a prince is turned into a frog and then ends up turning our main character into the same. Well, it’s like a bad version of Beauty and the Beast meets Cinderella a bit. I don’t get what makes princes so desired to be turned into animals and beasts but it sure happens a lot. What makes this show a bit more fun is that our main character wasn’t even supposed to be turned into a frog. The witch doctor didn’t have a thing against her; she didn’t have an evil step mother to hate her, just a simple girl trying to make it in the world. How she changes is just the case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The artwork is just what you would expect from Disney, pretty good and rather colorful. It was also surprisingly dark for a children’s show. The imagery got really dark compared to other shows (Well, except for Snow White). I have to say the shadow man is right up there with Queen Grimhilde, aka The Evil Queen. There were also parts of the artwork that reminded me a lot of The Swan Princess. Just how bright the rest of the show was and some of the artwork with the water.

The voices are what you would expect for something based in New Orleans. It’s very stereotypical but I’m not against that at all. In fact, it gave the show all the charm it needed to step it out of being just a stereotypical Disney flick. We don’t have our normal white damsel in distress but a strong black woman who is independent and her voice carries that strong feeling right down to how she sings. It’s the prince that seems more like the helpless one. The prince voice did get a little annoying at some points. Just the French accent that they forced to him made it a little hard to understand some of what he said though they did a good job holding it back enough.

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

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The Swan Princess(Nov 18, 1994)
Director:Richard Rich Producers: Jared F. Brown, Richard Rich
Musical, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance,
Key Words:Adaptation, Classic,
Studio: Rich Animation Studio, Licensed American Publisher:

Time: 90 mins

Darek and Odette were destined to be together but when the evil Rothbart takes Odette and turns her into a swan, only true love can break the spell.


My Thoughts: When I was young, I liked a lot of princess stories. One was this interesting take on the Swan Princess. It’s a normal story of two people being arranged to be married by there parents and forced to see each other so many times that they end up falling for each other. It’s not uncommon for royalty to want to marry royalty but the fact that the mother and father actually want the two to fall in love before they marry was always something I liked about this story. It wasn’t that it happened in a short while, this happened over the course of their whole life. Then at the point when the two were almost in love, Odette is taken by a evil sorcerer and turned into a swan. Normally the story would be done as a ballet but this was done as a cartoon and they did a pretty good job turning it.

The characters are actually quite loveable from a frog thinking he’s a prince to an army style puffin and even a interesting little sidekick for the prince. I fell in love with almost all of the characters and just the whimsy of them all.

The animation is pretty nice for the time it came out and for the fact this was done in cell shading. Small misshapes do end up happening but they don’t take away much from the overall of the show. The work they did with water looks so beautiful, especially the transformation of Odette from swan to human and back again. It’s bright and colorful, with characters more then likely in proportion to each other. It’s a amazing piece of work for when it was done and I kept watching it, trying to see what would make me hate the animation but nothing I saw would break it for me.

I could of went without the musical numbers in this show though one or two of them made me chuckle including the first song about them supposed to be getting married. It may have gone on a little too long but it was fun because as it went on, when the peasants were singing, it was always about what a holiday they would get and lower taxes when the two wed. It really showed what people would probably be thinking in that time and gave it a feeling of realism. The voices were not all that bad when it was singing or even talking, though we fall into some sounding a bit more forced then others. Odette’s sounds a bit to high when she is singing as though she is forcing to hit the high notes of the song when her parts are all high. Darek’s Mother’s voice is a bit naggy though at times that helps the comedy and other times it just feels a bit overboard.

It’s just an overall good show and a great one for children even to this day.

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

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return(Jun 14, 2013)
Director:Will Finn, Dan St. Pierre Producers: Roland Carroll, Ryan Carroll, Bonne Radford,
CG, Musical,
Key Words:Adaptation, Classic,
Studio: Rich Animation Studio, Licensed American Publisher: Summertime Entertainment

Time: 87 mins

When the tornado destroys Dorothy Gale’s home, all seems lost when she is forced to move out. That’s when it turns out her friends are having problems as well and need Dorothy to come help fight the brother to the Wicked Witch, the Jester. Can she save her home and Oz?


My Thoughts: Well, we should all know the story of the Wizard of Oz. Young girl named Dorothy ends up in this fantastic land called Oz after her house is swept away by the tornado. Well, this happens after so there may be some spoilers involved. The day after she goes home, she finds herself back at her home but the tomato did a number on her home and farm. The appraiser comes and pretty much tells the family to leave but Dorothy doesn’t want to leave.

The story is a bit interesting in how they have created a world that was very close to ours including a great wall made of china and even people to go with it but sadly, it feels a little shallow. The characters are forcibly this or that. Nothing really in the middle. The only thing that I think is any good about the characters is that they do grow more then how the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tinman did. We see a lot of emotions with them that was not really shown before but I feel that we had almost the same style of characters. A Military man who falls in love, an owl who can’t fly and is to smart for his own good, and a princess who is so high and mighty but is rather fragile. I have noticed in almost all the stories of Oz, we have these groups of three that are supposed to be pieces in her dream and have some sort of something to do with her getting over what is going on. This is not one of them. The characters on the side don’t seem like they are what strengthens her. In contrary, she strengthens them.

So there is a lot of jokes placed into this show and it just feels like half are forced. I had found myself laughing at very few jokes and the rest were just me face planting my desk at how stupid the joke was. For example, Great Wall made of China is funny, an owl called Wiser, face palm. Jester was where more of the face palms came from with his very stupid jokes even though he kept saying he wasn’t like that.

The animation is very good for the most part but the heads are rather big. It has a very cartoony look to the show with bright colors on both the outside of oz and the inside of oz. That’s what I don’t really like about this version. I loved the way that the live action had with the real world being grayed out.

The voices were actually not half bad for some of the characters. Dorothy’s was a little annoying as well as Wiser when he talked to much and the Princess’s singing voice. Patrick Stewart surprisingly is in it by a old tree who they end up naming Tugg and he does a rather good job in creating a rather laxed tree who takes things as they come. I also liked Martin Short as the Jester. I seem to like a couple of his characters he plays and so it’s not surprising that I would like his over crazy voice for a rather silly enemy.

It was alright, but not one that I would care if I saw it again or not.

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