Movie Review: DESPICABLE ME 4

DESPICABLE ME 4 movie poster | ©2024 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Patrick Coffin, Joey King, Will Ferrell, Sofia Vergara, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Madison Skyy Polan, Steve Coogan Writers: Mike White and Ken Daurio Director: Chris Renaud; co-director, Patrick Delage Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: July 3, 2024 The animated DESPICABLE ME franchise began with the 2010 original, and has subsequently brought forth DESPICABLE ME 2 (2013), DESPICABLE ME 3 (2017), two MINIONS spinoffs (2015 and 2022), plus assorted animated shorts, theme park rides, and more. Now there is DESPICABLE ME 4, which services multiple plotlines well enough. It’s amusing without being especially […]Read On »


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Movie Review: KUNG FU PANDA 4

KUNG FU PANDA 4 | ©2024 Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Jack Black, Awkwafina, Viola Davis, Dustin Hoffman, James Hong, Bryan Cranston, Ian McShane, Ke Huy Quan Writers: Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger and Darren Lemke Director: Mike Mitchell; co-director, Stephanie Ma Stine Distributor: Universal/DreamWorks Animation Release Date: March 8, 2024 In the tradition of its ancestors – the original KUNG FU PANDA (2008), KUNG FU PANDA 2 (2011), and KUNG FU PANDA 3 (2016) – the new KUNG FU PANDA 4 (as the title suggests) centers on a panda who practices kung fu. It probably helps to have seen the earlier films, but it’s not absolutely […]Read On »


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Movie Review: WISH

WISH movie poster | ©2023 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Ariana DeBose, Chris Pine, Alan Tudyk, Angelique Cabral, Victor Garber, Natasha Rothwell, Jennifer Kumiyama, Harvey Guillén, Niko Vargas, Evan Peters Writers: Jennifer Lee & Allison Moore, story by Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck & Fawn Veerasunthorn & Allison Moore, additional story material by Carlos López Estrada & Andrew Rothschild Directors: Chris Buck & Fawn Veerasunthorn Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: November 22, 2023 WISH is a movie that looks like it was made before its makers fully finalized exactly what they intended to do. It has a worthwhile metaphoric message, strong vocal performances, and occasional […]Read On »


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Movie Review: TROLLS BAND TOGETHER

TROLLS BAND TOGETHER movie poster | ©2023 Universal Pictures/DreamWorks

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Kenan Thompson, Zooey Deschanel, Andrew Rannells, Amy Schumer, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Zosia Mamet, Eric André, Camila Cabello, Kid Cudi, Troye Sivan Writer: Elizabeth Tippet, based on the Good Luck Trolls created by Thomas Dam Director: Walt Dohrn, co-director, Tim Heitz Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: November 17, 2023 TROLLS BAND TOGETHER is the third installment in the brightly-colored, trippy animated TROLLS franchise. Trolls come in all hues, and a few sizes, though most appear to be about the size of a human hand, not counting their voluminous hair. Most trolls also […]Read On »


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Movie Review: PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH

PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH | ©2022 Universal Pictures/Dreamworks

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek Pinault, Harvey Guillén, Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Samson Kayo, John Mulaney, Wagner Moura, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Anthony Mendez Writers: Paul Fisher and Tommy Swerdlow, story by Tommy Swerdlow and Tom Wheeler Director: Joel Crawford; Co-Director: Januel P. Mercado Distributor: Universal/DreamWorks Release Date: December 21, 2022 As voiced by Antonio Banderas, the swashbuckling, Zorro-like feline Puss in Boots was originally introduced in 2005’s SHREK 2. Since then, Puss (with Banderas’s voice) has appeared in two more SHREK sequels and a bunch of shorts, and got his own PUSS IN BOOTS movie […]Read On »


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DISENCHANTMENT: Co-creator Josh Weinstein gives the scoop on the new Matt Groening animated series – Exclusive Interview

Princess Bean, Elfo and Luci in DISENCHANTMENT - Season 1 | ©2018 The ULULLU Company. DISENCHANTMENT TM & © The ULULU Company. All Rights Reserved

In Netflix’s new animated series DISENCHANTMENT, tough Princess Bean (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) goes on a quest with optimistic elf Elfo (voiced by Nat Faxon) and personal demon Luci (voiced by Eric Andre). This may sound a little like either a Disney feature or a Saturday-morning show, but DISENCHANTED is created by Matt Groening, who brought forth THE SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA, and Josh Weinstein, who has been a writer and producer on the two Groening series. Asked about the family viewing prospects for DINSENCHANTMENT, Weinstein replies, “We’re hoping that the jokes for adults will go over kids’ heads, even though […]Read On »


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Exclusive Interview: John Kahrs & Kristina Reed on PAPERMAN

PAPERMAN | (c) 2013 Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ WRECK-IT RALPH has been nominated for an Oscar for Outstanding Animated Feature. PAPERMAN, the Walt Disney Animation Studios short that precedes RALPH in theatres and will accompany it on home video – it can also be viewed solo at present on Disney’s YouTube channel – has likewise received an Oscar nomination for Outstanding Animated Short. PAPERMAN director John Kahrs and producer Kristina Reed stop on their way to a joint screening of their film and RALPH to talk about how their short came together. [UPDATE: PAPERMAN won the Best Animated Short at this year’s Oscars] ASSIGNMENT […]Read On »


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Movie Review: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS movie poster | ©2012 DreamWorks

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law, Dakota Goyo Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the short film and book by William Joyce Director: Peter Ramsey Distributor: DreamWorks Animation SKG RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is a 3D animated feature that brushes off the hoarfrost from notions like the importance of a child’s sense of wonder and makes something entertaining and even sometimes moving from it. Scripted by David Lindsay-Abaire from William Joyce’s short film and novel, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS actually feels like a fairytale, the kind that used to enthrall most of us […]Read On »


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Comic-Con News: Director Tim Burton talks FRANKENWEENIE and working in stop motion again

FRANKENWEENIE movie poster | ©2012 Walt Disney Pictures

It’s rare a filmmaker gets to revisit something they did when they were starting out, but most filmmakers aren’t Tim Burton. And with FRANKENWEENIE, he’s tackling a feature film incarnation of his 1984 live action short film he did for Disney. The original didn’t go over well, but now he’s bringing it to life in black and white, stop-motion and 3D and we says it was a thrill to go back into that world. “It’s a project that always meant something to me, so it was great to have the opportunity to do it stop-motion, black and white and expand […]Read On »


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TV Review: EUREKA – Season 4 – “Do You See What I See?”

Animation takes over the EUREKA world for the Season 4 Christmas episode - "Do You See What I See?" | ©2011 Syfy

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Kavan Smith, Jordan Hinson, Trevor Jackson, Christopher Gauthier, Matt Frewer, Jim Parsons, Edward James Olmos Writers: Amy Berg & Eric Tuchman Director: Matt Hastings Network: Syfy, Tuesday @ 8 PM Original Telecast: December 6, 2011 Once in awhile, a TV show makes an episode that is both so good and so completely insane that one feels safe in showing it to people who have never seen the series before and may never see it again. EUREKA can now proudly join that select company with its fourth-year Christmas special, “Do […]Read On »


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