Tag Archives: genre: animated

Fast Five Review: Justice League Dark (2017)

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JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
2017 | M | Animated, Action, Fantasy
Reviewed by Jennifer

Beings with supernatural powers join together to fight against supernatural villains. This team of supernatural beings include John Constantine, Zatanna and Jason Blood also known as the demon Etrigan.

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Fast Five Review: Storks (2016)

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STORKS
2016 | G | Animated, Adventure, Comedy

Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.

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Fast Five Review: Moana (2016)

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MOANA
2016 | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

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Fast Five Review: Finding Dory

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FINDING DORY
2016 | G | Animated, Adventure, Comedy

The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.  Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

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KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
2016 | Animated, Adventure, Family
Reviewed by Regina

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Inside Out (2015)

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1. Did you like it?

Absolutely.

2. Why?

Inside Out is the story of 11-year-old Riley and the emotions that live in her mind: Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Sadness. When Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life into the hilly streets of San Francisco, she struggles to adjust to her new life. It’s up to the emotions now to help her.

The storyline might sound simple, but Inside Out actually has a lot of depth that both adults and children can enjoy, offering you with a unique look into mental and emotional health. More importantly, like all Pixar films, this movie has heart and comes with the full spectrum: action and adventure, family and friendship, laughter and tears.

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”

You like children’s movies with emotional depth or you’re in love with all Pixar films.

4. “This movie made me think…”

That all emotions are equally important. We’re always more eager to accept joy rather than sadness, fear, disgust or anger, but in Inside Out, all these emotions play a very significant part in Riley’s life.

5. Stars out of five?

Five. From the little visual details to the overall narrative, Inside Out was just simply brilliant.

Fast Five Review: Pom Poko (1994)

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Review by Paul

1. Did you like it?

Yes

2. Why/Why not?

I don’t usually like animie but this was enjoyable. It has an interesting, fast-paced storyline with a fun soundtrack. The charming depiction of Raccoon dogs in rural Japan serves as a warning about the downsides of environmental destruction for the sake of progress.

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”

You like animation. Young children will love this film.

4. “This series made me think…”

Of the clash of progress, employment and preservation of nature.

5. Stars out of five?

4

Fast Five Review: Space Dandy (2014)

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Review by Jennifer

1. Did you like it?

It’s a fun sci-fi parody. I enjoyed the first couple of episodes, but it goes for 2 seasons, which in my opinion is a bit much…

2. Why/Why not?

Space Dandy does what it says on the box – he’s a dandy guy: in space! Dandy is a vain, girl-chasing bounty hunter who travels the galaxy looking for new alien species to capture for cash. He travels with an adorable and put-upon robot assistant, and an alien who looks like a cat. There are plenty of puerile and absurd laughs to be had, if that’s what you’re into. The creators have clearly watched a lot of shows like Blakes 7, The Jetsons and UFO (or their Japanese equivalents). The more trashy, low budget vintage sci-fi you’ve seen, the funnier you’ll find this.

3. “You would enjoy this series if…”

You’re really into anime and want to know how Japan would do a show like Red Dwarf (not that this is anywhere near as brilliant as Red Dwarf).

4. “This series made me think…”

It’s been a long time since I’ve watched much anime, and I just don’t understand all its tropes and quirks anymore.

5. Stars out of five?

2.5

Fast Five Review: Frozen (2013)

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Review by Jennifer

1.Did you like it?

Yes, I loved it!

2. Why/Why not?

When I was a kid I watched our VHS copy of Aladdin so many times, the tape wore out. So I was excited to see that Frozen is something of a return to form for Disney, bringing back all the great the memories of their animated movies of the 90s. The animation is all CG these days of course, but somehow that classic Disney look and feel is still there. The songs are catchy, the characters are charming and their animal (and snowman) sidekicks are adorable. But then again, something’s different too – it is the 21st Century after all, and Disney has moved with the times. The themes and values have shifted. Princess Anna’s story turns the traditional love-at-first-sight romance on its head. And as Elsa the Snow Queen struggles with her magical powers, we get a more nuanced view of the struggle between good and evil, right and wrong.

3. “You would enjoy this movie if… “

You love your Disney Princesses, but wish that Ariel had been given the chance to find her own place in the world above before going and marrying her prince.

4. “This movie made me think…”

I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next.

5. Stars out of five?

5 out of 5 – brilliant!