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Despicable Me [ 2010 ] [ Hits:6288 ]
Review: Despicable Me, a tale about an evil mastermind, who adopts three girls from an orphanage in the hopes of breaching his arch rival's security via the time-honoured tradition of selling cookies, and instead, falling in love with the idea of losing 'despicable' for 'dependable' by becoming a dad. Almost brings a tear to my eye. Jokes aside, Despicable Me is one of those cartoons that will surprise you at just how much you've invested in the movie. Apart from the 3D admission ticket, popcorn and dri...

Coraline [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4002 ]
Review: Coraline is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name and comes to screen courtesy of writer-director Henry Selick, who brought cult sensation, The Nightmare Before Christmas to life. The talented Mr. Selick has always delivered magical results with his animated films, especially when presented without actors, remember Monkeybone? Gaiman's Coraline is best described as a combination of Alice in Wonderland and The Nightmare Before Christmas. The dark, enchanting fairy tale is dreamy, ...

Monsters vs. Aliens [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4020 ]
Review: If The Incredibles was a homage to superheroes, then Monsters vs. Aliens is a tribute to the cult movie status of Hollywood creatures through the ages. This is the subtext for Monsters vs. Aliens, a Dreamworks picture that has crash landed in South Africa. Pixar may have more finesse with near-perfect productions like WALL-E, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, but Dreamworks brings it down to earth with movies like Shrek, Madagascar and now Monsters vs. Aliens. This animated feature boasts style o...

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3882 ]
Review: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the third installation in the Ice Age animated saga. The first movie hit home with some great characters and a story that both adults and kids could watch. Then Ice Age: Meltdown gave everyone a second lick with a more varied assortment of characters with a more threatening journey for the ragtag herd of prehistoric animals. Now the bumbling team of lovable creatures finds themselves in The Land Before Time, or more conveniently an underground world of dinosaurs...

Happily N'Ever After [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3397 ]
Review: Happily N’Ever After didn’t look all that appetizing from the trailer. As a well-known carbonated soda pop company purports… trust your instinct. I would’ve, but I thought I’d take the risk and see what good could be squeezed after one viewing. The funniest thing about it, was that it actually was better than the trailer made it look. It’s a sweet story, but that’s all. The kingdom of Fairy Tale Land is subjected to distortion when Frieda, Cinderella’s evil stepmother disrupts th...

Monster House [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3285 ]
Review: Monster House is refreshing, entertaining and fun. Sure it’s a bunch of kids, and an old haunted home, but it’s the way that it’s done that works so well. The characters have a human quality in their animated world. As with most animated feature films these days, the audience appeal is wide and far-reaching. It’s not just for kids. In fact, there are some themes and moments that would warrant parental guidance. What was so fascinating for me, was watching the making of Monster House. Thi...

Back to Gaya [ 2004 ] [ Hits:4018 ]
Review: Back to Gaya a.k.a. The Snurks is a fun-filled, fantasy animation from the writers that brought you A Bug’s Life and Hercules. It’s good-natured family entertainment with voice talents from the likes of Patrick Stewart and Emily Watson. Also known as Boo, Zino & The Snurks, the film takes on an original story with new characters to some interesting levels. The animation is reminiscent of Jak X, and has a similar fascination with racing buggys. Why Boo, Zino & The Snurks? Well, those are the ...

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