Incredibles 2 (2018) Review

Picking up mere moments after the first film ended, “Incredibles 2” wastes no time in re-treading the same ground as its illustrious predecessor. Brad Bird had been reluctant to make a sequel to his superhero magnum opus until he figured out the right story. It turns out, the right story was pretty much the one … Continue reading Incredibles 2 (2018) Review

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My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) Review

It may seem hard to believe, but there was a time, not so long ago, when toy companies would licence out their IPs to animation studios to crank out a quick cash-in feature film, caring less for the quality of the end result than they do now. In 1986, having seen the success enjoyed by … Continue reading My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) Review

The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Review

The latest entry in the Lego feature film franchise is also its most blatantly cynical toy commercial, offering little in return for your forked over ticket money other than a needlessly starry cast, a weak storyline and a massive middle finger to fans of the original cartoon series. When evil Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) launches … Continue reading The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Review

Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders (2016) Review

As 2016 becomes ever more horrifying, the demand for the safe, cosiness of nostalgia grows ever more insatiable. Taking a break from propping up the faltering DCEU, Batman joins in the trip down memory lane by making a colourful and light-hearted return to the DCAU, this time reliving his 1960’s heyday. When Bruce Wayne and … Continue reading Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders (2016) Review

Storks (2016) Review

‘Where do babies come from?’ isn’t a question I intend to answer in this review but as to where babies may get their attention spans from, this hit and miss scattergun animated comedy may provide some clues. Junior (Andy Samberg) is the lead delivery Stork for Cornerstore.com, in line to become the boss when his … Continue reading Storks (2016) Review

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Review

There’s a tendency among long running movie series – especially those which have no business being there – to launch into outer space. And so, in its fifth and conspicuously tired outing, the “Ice Age” franchise looks to the heavens for salvation. When Scrat (the spiritual descendant of Wile E Coyote) accidentally reactivates a buried … Continue reading Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Review

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (2015) Review

There’s something comfortingly familiar and yet frustratingly unambitious about SpongeBob’s latest cinematic outing. All the usual hallmarks are there: it’s cute and unashamedly goofy, the roster of characters are exactly as you might remember them and the oddball plot rambles along in the haphazard way we’ve come to know and love, peppered with the occasional … Continue reading The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (2015) Review

Home (2015) Review

Adapted from Adam Rex’s children’s book “The True Meaning Of Smekday”, DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” is a colourful comedy adventure with a surprisingly small cast and a big old sappy heart worn proudly on its sleeve. When an alien race known as the Boov invade Earth, humanity finds itself relocated to the Australian outback in one of the … Continue reading Home (2015) Review

Shaun The Sheep Movie (2015) Review

It’s unlikely the target audience of the latest family friendly stop motion feature from Aardman will be as bothered by the grammar of the title as I am (not the “Shaun The Sheep Movie” or “Shaun The Sheep: The Movie”, just “Shaun The Sheep Movie”. Huh?) but if you’re looking for something to keep your little … Continue reading Shaun The Sheep Movie (2015) Review

Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) Review

Spin-offs, eh? It seems like a sure thing: take a popular supporting character and give them own fully-fledged adventure but there can be hidden pitfalls. As the swaggering, cocky never-say-die plot drivers (and frequent deus ex machinas) of the “Madagascar” franchise, the team of Penguins led by were charming and hilarious but really, how hard … Continue reading Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) Review

The Book Of Life (2014) Review

When a group of reluctant children arrive at a museum for a field trip, they are taken on a secret tour by their guide Mary Beth who brings them to a lavish exhibit about the legends and myths of Mexican folklore. And so begins the real story of “The Book Of Life”, as Mary Beth … Continue reading The Book Of Life (2014) Review

The Nut Job (2014) Review

Like its fellow Weinstein distributed stable mate “Escape From Planet Earth”, “The Nut Job” reaches the UK some months after it made its Stateside debut, but it really shouldn’t have bothered making the trans-Atlantic trip. When an attempt to rob a nut cart goes disastrously wrong and destroys the park’s food stores for the winter, … Continue reading The Nut Job (2014) Review

Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) Review

When I asked the Mertmas, who was sitting in his "Godzilla" pyjamas playing with a toy Toothless the dragon what he'd like to see at the cinema, I thought I was onto a sure thing. Imagine my surprise when he adamantly and unswervingly decided he wanted to see "Postman Pat The Movie". When Postman Pat … Continue reading Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) Review

Tarzan (2014) Review

This new motion-capture animated take on the Tarzan legend comes courtesy of German animation studio Ambient Entertainment GmbH. Set in an Uncanny Valley somewhere in Africa, it tells an updated version of the story of a young boy who is orphaned in the jungle in tragic circumstances but is adopted by a colony of apes … Continue reading Tarzan (2014) Review

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) #Rediscovered

I’d been toying around with an idea for an occasional blog feature called #Rediscovered where I’d sit with Mertmas and we’d watch films that I loved when I was around his age but I haven’t watched in years, sometimes decades – possibly even unearthing forgotten gems I’d never even seen the first time round. I'd … Continue reading Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) #Rediscovered

Turbo (2013) Review

"Turbo" is the latest animated features to show that it’s not enough to have a cute and clever concept and a great voice cast if you haven’t really got a good story to hang the whole thing on. It starts brightly enough, with Theo the snail (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) dreaming of being the fastest … Continue reading Turbo (2013) Review

Toy Story Of Terror (2013) Review

Released on DVD to coincide with the half term holidays and exclusive to Sainsbury’s, Pixar’s 2013 animated short “Toy Story Of Terror” reunites Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the rest of Bonnie’s toys for a spooky and well observed pastiche of horror movies in general and slasher movies in particular. The plot itself is a mix … Continue reading Toy Story Of Terror (2013) Review

The Lego Movie (2014) Review

Denmark has given the world many things: excellent bacon, the works of Hans Christian Andersen and Vikings to name but a few. And while it may be difficult to admire their overly harsh approach to giraffe population control, you have to admire the sheer brilliance of one of their most celebrated exports: the Lego brick. … Continue reading The Lego Movie (2014) Review

Epic (2013) Review

The main problem with the film “Epic” is that, well…it isn’t. Not even in the slightest. Oh, it’s handsomely animated but in nearly every other aspect it underwhelms. Treading a well-worn plot path first hacked through by “Ferngully” then shamelessly pillaged by “Avatar”, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly which one this film is a reimagining … Continue reading Epic (2013) Review

Frozen (2013) Review

While Pixar can’t seem to break their recent slump (“Cars 2”, “Brave”, “Monsters University”), resurgent stable mate Disney Animation Studios is going from strength to strength; first with “Tangled”, then “Wreck-It Ralph” and now “Frozen”, bursting onto screens with the kind of confidence and artistry that evokes “The Little Mermaid” kicking off the Disney renaissance … Continue reading Frozen (2013) Review

Justin And The Knights Of Valour (2013) Review

“Justin And The Knights Of Valour” surprised me. I was expecting a dreary, underdeveloped euro-animation in the turgid tradition of “Freddie As F.R.O.7.” or “Sammy’s Great Escape” but it’s not. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing here that will unduly trouble Pixar and DreamWorks. Well, apart from the fact it was made for about a … Continue reading Justin And The Knights Of Valour (2013) Review

Monsters University (2013) Review

Since 1995’s “Toy Story”, Pixar have been synonymous with animated family films of the highest quality. Not only did they set the bar, they kept raising it every time they brought out a film. They even showed they could manage that trickiest of things: a sequel. “Toy Story 2” and “Toy Story 3” are the … Continue reading Monsters University (2013) Review

Despicable Me 2 (2013) Review

Back in 2010, two new animated features made their debut (and their pitch for franchise glory). One was the star-loaded DreamWorks film “Megamind” boasting Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell , Tina Fey and Jonah Hill, the other a more eclectically cast feature from fledgling studio Illumination Entertainment. Both dealt with the concept of a super villain … Continue reading Despicable Me 2 (2013) Review