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Review: "Wizards" Proves Itself Experimental to a Fault

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Perhaps the most impressive thing about Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards is that it was ever created in the first place. The director once described it as “my homage to Tolkien in the American idiom” and a “fantasy for American kids,” yet ultimately Bakshi’s 1978 take on The Lord of the Rings would represent his best attempt […]

Review: "Adventures in Zambezia" Offers Well-Worn But Enjoyable Family Fun

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If Adventures in Zambezia had been released by a major Hollywood studio, it would be solid and enjoyable but largely unremarkable fare. The fact that it is the first animated feature film by South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios and was made for a fraction of what most animated features cost today makes it much more […]

Review: "Tenchi Muyo! Movie Collection" Breaks the Muyo! Mold

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Tenchi’s disappearing! Tenchi has a daughter! Tenchi disappeared! In the Tenchi Muyo! franchise’s three cinematic movies, the gang travels back in time, deals with daughters from the future (!?), and explores the world of restaurant work. Can the girls save Tenchi, save Tenchi, and save Tenchi? In these three movies, does Tenchi actually matter, or […]

Review: "The Croods" Isn't as Evolved as It Could Be

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If titles were always entirely accurate, The Croods would be called Grug and Eep. At heart it’s not truly about the adventures and welfare of the titular stone age family, but rather the tale of a strained relationship between a father and his teenage daughter who yearns to break free of her family’s constraining lifestyle. […]

Review: "Tenchi Muyo! OVA Collection" Is the Best of the Best

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An ancient demon. Two princesses. A space detective who relies on luck a little too much. An exiled academic. All of the above deeply love and respect one generic kid in rural Japan, who may be tied to them more than anyone would expect. They’ll fight for his love. Tenchi will have to fight for […]

Review: "Rise of the Guardians" Delivers for Kids

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Taking inspiration from William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood book series, Rise of the Guardians delivers an unusual reinterpretation of the fantastical icons of childhood legend for an imperfect but enjoyable adventure. The conceit of Guardians is that not only do these figures of myth all exist, they know each other and some of them are […]

Review: "Bunny Drop": The Simple Joy of Young Life

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A young girl’s father dies. Her mother’s whereabouts are unknown. A relative takes her in. This is the beginning of the story, with the twist that the young girl is actually the relative’s half-aunt. Thirty-year old Daikichi has stepped up to be the guardian of six-year old Rin, who is the daughter of his grandfather […]

Review: "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Season One (UK Edition)": BRITANNIA RULES THE WORLD!

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Code Geass arguably needs no introduction. Equal parts famous and infamous, it was the surprise hit of the 2006 season. Overseas licensing quickly followed, including volume releases from Beez Entertainment. With that Bandai subsidiary sadly no longer with us, Kaze has obtained the license and is releasing the show in two complete season sets. In […]

"One Piece" Season Four Third Voyage: Saying Goodbye to Innocence

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The Straw Hat Pirates arrive at Water 7, the Mecca of shipwrights. With the Going Merry on her last legs the crew is torn asunder when a grim decision must be made as to the future. Meanwhile, a plot to frame Captain Luffy and friends is underway, fracturing the crew even further. “One Piece Season […]

Review: "The Mystical Laws" Hasn't a Prayer

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The Mystical Laws is a movie so bad–a movie that gets so many things wrong–that it passes through mere incompetence to emerge in that fairy tale world inhabited by Plan 9 From Outer Space and Batman Forever. Don’t let its initially professional sheen mislead you. This is a movie that creeps toward insanity on soft […]

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