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Beauty and the Beast

Review: “Beauty and the Beast” 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition Is Beautifully Timeless

by Neo Yion September 27, 2016
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the kind of film that comes once in a blue moon: a piece of cinema that is not only flawless, but influential. Playing a major part in the revolutionary Disney Renaissance of the 90’s, Beauty and the Beast proved its predecessor, The Little Mermaid, was not just a fluke […]
The Lion Guard Never Judge a Hyena from Its Spots

Review: “The Lion Guard: Unleash the Power” – Teen Titans of the African Veldt

by Ed Liuon September 26, 2016
True confessions time: I’ve never been much of a fan on The Lion King. I think it’s a good movie that’s beautifully animated, but it never resonated with me the way I felt like it was trying to. It’s also plagued with a series of extraordinarily irritating songs that constantly interrupt the plot for a […]

Transformers: The Movie

Review: “Transformers: The Movie” Blu-ray Dares To Be Stupid and That’s Alright

by Neo Yion September 12, 2016
I love the cheesy aesthetic of 80’s media because they are often shamelessly dumb and driven by the Rule of Cool. Transformers could not have come out at any point before then. The high concept — giant alien robots that transform into vehicles, forever locked in an eternal war between two factions — is mind-blowing to […]
Amazon Studios Stinky and Dirty Show

Review: “The Stinky and Dirty Show” – Streaming STEM

by Ed Liuon September 2, 2016
Kate and Jim McMullan launched a kids book franchise with I Stink, a delightfully illustrated ode to a New York City garbage truck as it makes its rounds throughout the city. The first follow-up was I’m Dirty, centering on a backhoe loader. Amazon Studios has picked up the >The Stinky and Dirty Show on Amazon […]

Star Wars Rebels Homecoming

Review: “Star Wars Rebels” Stellar Season 2 Blu-ray

by Ed Liuon September 1, 2016
One of the strengths of Star Wars Rebels is its position in the timeline after the Star Wars prequel trilogy and The Clone Wars animated series but before the start of the original trilogy. This position allows it to cherry pick elements of both to bridge the gap between those two stories, while introducing some […]
The Angry Birds Movie

Review: “The Angry Birds Movie” Blu-ray – Fling, Flap Flap, Flop

by Ed Liuon August 22, 2016
When The LEGO Movie was announced, the near-universal reaction was that it was seizing on a well-known license for a nonsense cash grab of a movie that was almost certainly not going to be any good. It was a very pleasant surprise to get such a clever, well-thought-out feature that could play action, comedy, and […]

Kubo and the Two Strings

Review: “Kubo and the Two Strings” – The Stop-Motion Hero’s Journey

by Christopher Glennonon August 18, 2016
On the tenth anniversary of LAIKA Studios, the studio at the height of stop-motion animation, comes their fourth movie, Kubo and the Two Strings. While all of LAIKA’s movies feature young human protagonists in a world of magic and monsters, each movie has its own style and feel. Kubo is their most ambitious action film yet, […]
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Review: “April and the Extraordinary World” Blu-ray – Spectacular Steampunk Sci-Fi

by Ed Liuon August 15, 2016
April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué in the original French)is an absolute delight of a film: a beautifully animated steampunk science fiction adventure that draws on a deep well of visual inventiveness and a near-infinite capacity to surprise and delight. This French film is another international import from GKIDS and just […]

Boy and the World

Review: “Boy and the World” – A Beauty from Brazil

by slaion August 10, 2016
Boy and the World is one of Brazil’s first animated features, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature earlier this year. It showcases the world through the eyes and drawings of a child. We start out in the rainforest jungle, seen through the boy’s eyes at first, which is depicted with simplistic forms, shapes, and an […]
Batman the Killing Joke

Review: “Batman: The Killing Joke” – Not a Good Day

by Ed Liuon August 4, 2016
I am in the minority of comic book fans that was in no hurry for the fine folks at Warner Bros. Animation to adapt The Killing Joke in their direct-to-video line. It definitely reshaped the American superhero comic book industry along with The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen, but of the three, The Killing Joke […]