Items tagged "animation":

  1. Justice League: Doom (2012) 

    Vandal Savage steals confidential files Batman has compiled on the members of the Justice League, and learns all their weaknesses.

    The television voice actors go straight to video…

    My 1st thought: It’s a modern Challenge of the SuperFriends (1978)! It even has the bubble type headquarters that rises from the bog. 

    The Legion of Doom!!!

    Batman is a douche - he secretly devises ways to disable his teammates in case of a “problem”. And loses it to the hands of the baddies, who use it against the league. 

    Vandal Savage is the main villain, i’m not too familiar with his background… And WHAT THE FUCK. Cyborg??? really? i mean REALLY?

    So the basic story goes around WHY Batman would do such a thing. It’s for you own safety fools! One thing i disliked was how they resolved the solar flare dilemma… c’mon, it follows the space dust - captain obvious would say? 

    Audiences are treated to some one-on-one action between the heroes and adversaries - i wasn’t familiar with some of them… maybe thats why i didn’t quite enjoy this. I felt left out.

    Not the best, not the worse. The animation was typical (TV) and the story wasn’t compelling enough to grab hold of my full attention. Understandably straight to video. Another way-too-convenient ‘toon.


  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

    A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

    Dr. Seuss is more than an author, he’s a whimsical storytelling god. 

    Anything animated/directed by Chuck Jones is guaranteed GOLD!

    Boris Karloff one of the true icons of horror cinema, provides the voice of The Grinch and Narrator. A quick fix for the holidays!

    Good Stuff for the whole family.


  3. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

    Po joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon.

    Inner peace and justice! The panda is back with more punches and laughs.

    This time around he finds his roots and battles a metal obsessed villain. The family drama in this flick was a bit on the heavy side, morbid even. Not as funny as the 1st but manages to deliver the noodles!

    Featuring an all-star cast of voices: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Danny McBride, AND Jean-Claude Van Damme!!! -> Need i fuckin’ say more?!?

    Awesome family fun!


  4. Batman: Year One (2011)

    A wealthy playboy and a Chicago cop both return to Gotham City where their lives will intersect in unexpected ways.

    Based on the DC comic/Graphic Novel Batman: Year One by Frank Miller

    Gotham before the arrival of the caped crusader. TWO knights rise up to the challenge! An animated take on a down to earth version of the bat-tale.

    A story of crime and police corruption. The city is a mess and is in need of a hero. In this case Jim Gordon arrives as the diamond in the rough, and 25 year old Bruce Wayne starts finding his purpose. Both men do their thing, Gordon took the steering wheel here.

    Raw and dramatic unlike the flashy ‘toon bats we’re all familiar with. Serious in nature but amateur in delivery. The animation was lame and simple - lazy! it looked LAZY. “Straight to video” indeed.

    Shuffling it up, i guess DC decided to go Hollywood. Replacing classic voice talents with stars like: Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston as Jim Gordon, WTF?!? Ben McKenzie as Batman, and the HOT Eliza Dushku as the “oh my…” Catwoman…The results speaks for itself.

    Excitement and anticipation burst into flames… An enjoyable cartoon, to a certain degree.

    As a fan of the comic book, i was content. As a fan of DC animation i was appalled.


  5. Little Johnny the Movie (2011)

    Celebrates the wrongest jokes ever told. It’s a coming of age story that’s brimming with irreverent humor, larger-than-life characters, and crackling action to boot! It will remind you of the great cartoons of yesteryear.

    There are Aussie films and there are Aussie ‘Toons!!!

    Ah yeah, fuck yeah, let’s curse ya!?! Leave it to the naivety of a young boy, with a foul mouth.

    Witty with a dash of “fuck” and timing. A full length film, chopped into nice snippets of stand-up. Definitely not for kids.

    The poster and the plot synopsis has great claims… fuck that. I had high hopes and was left short changed. It’s funny, but it ain’t that good. I hated the rooster bits… juvenile.

    The animation was/is CRAP. Watch it for the humor/content.


  6. Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light (1987)

    The planet Prysmos - Post Apocalypse. Two groups rise to dominance from the devastation to wage war upon each other. One is controlled by honest and law abiding people and the other by criminals and villains. Following an open challenge thrown down by the great wizard Merklynn, fourteen surviving knights are granted powers of transformation and magical energy. The group are now divided between the good Spectral Knights and the evil Darkling Lords. The battle for supremacy begins…

    “By nature’s hand by craft by art, what once was one now fly apart!”

    I used to freakin’ LOVE this ‘toon! This was an amazing and rejuvenating re-visit. Cup of nostalgia anyone?

    Back in the heyday of Hasbro and every toy has an action figure. Each company trying to outdo the competition with gimmicks and tv shows dedicated to their product line. It was fun being a kid in the 80s, and holograms were the shit back then!

    And what a surprise, only now i find out that most of the voice talents of this cartoon came from G.I. Joe and The Transformers.

    The iconic (hard to forget even if you try) Chris Latta aka Cobra Commander aka Starscream does the voice of Cravex. AND Peter Cullen aka Optimus Prime is in this too!

    Virulina will forever be the HOT evil ” shark” chick.

    NOTE: The voices of the “extras” were HILARIOUS!!! Like bad porn.

    It’s a shame the show only lasted 13 episode… Solid start but the latter episodes were laughable. Besides the cliche dialogue and silly humor, this had some great action and creative weaponry. A nice mix of Magic and technology. 

    “May the light shine forever”


  7. FLCL (2001) aka Fooly Cooly

    A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.

    A vibrant and fast-paced 6 episode anime masterpiece! Suggested to me after posting Dead Leaves (2004) - TV head/robot. And i loved the EVA Neon Genesis type feel to it as well. This was a ridiculous and fun ride, though confusing at the start. Clarity comes in the end.

    This is just what the doctor ordered, an almost perfect getaway from reality. Let your mind go wild! Stunning to the eyes and mind. It’s got cats, robots and mad rockin’ guitars!!! And a brutal OST to boot.

    Loved the sexual innuendo and dark metaphors, imbedded in the fantastic animation. A roller-coaster ride not to be missed! Three thumbs up!


  8. The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

    The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who is after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.

    "You got the touch, You got the power… Yeeeeeaaaah!!!"

    The ULTIMATE 80s sci-fi cartoon! The definition of “EPIC”. Childhood awe and splendor have resurfaced like an acid flashback. Intergalactic War has never looked so cool!

    Featuring the voice talents of: Judd Nelson, “Guinness Book of World Records fastest talker.” John Moschitta Jr., Mr. Sci-fi Leonard Nimoy as Galvatron, The iconic Optimus Prime voice by Peter Cullen AND the legendary Orson Welles as Unicron! Plus, the original tv character voices/actors.

    Cartoon death has never been so sad… the loss of a leader and a rise of a novice. An action packed adventure that will be with me ‘til the day i die. The live action films have never been able to capture the cartoon/toy franchise as true as this.

    No matter how many times i watch this… it never gets old.

    The Transformers is the crown jewel of 80s cartoon movies! G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987) is in 2nd place, without a doubt. Both tv series have influenced my life (moral lessons) and has made me the man that i am today.

    *Yes, i have a Decepticon tattoo.


  9. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011)

    As the home planet of the Green Lantern Corps faces a battle with an ancient enemy, Hal Jordan prepares new recruit Arisia for the coming conflict by relating stories of the first Green Lantern and several of Hal’s comrades.

    "In brightest day, in blackest night,

    No evil shall escape my sight

    Let those who worship evil’s might,

    Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!”

    An animated warm-up to the highly anticipated live action Green Lantern (2011). I really enjoyed viewing this DC feature. Something audiences should see before the big release.

    Planetary adventures! A couple of short stories escalating to an intergalactic confrontation. Grand and well put together. My favorite was the story of “The First Lantern”, heroes come in all shapes and sizes.”Mogo”

    Destiny… The film also shows a tidbit of the fate that awaits Sinestro, and his Yellow Lantern. Good stuff! Clean animation, neat dubbing(voice acting) and enticing stories, two thumbs up!


  10. Dead Leaves (2004)

    Retro and Pandy, two unlikely renegades, awaken naked on Earth with no recollection of their past, but with superior physical abilities. After embarking on a devastating crime spree for food, clothing and transportation in downtown Tokyo (which lasts for a minimum of five minutes), they are captured by authorities and sent to the infamous prison called Dead Leaves, on the half destroyed moon.

    Wooo Hooo!!! What an insanely fun visual triathlon. Cartoons on crack, speed and weed. An imaginative and demented presentation of orchestrated chaos. This blew my mind!

    Grab a blender and add these ingredients: Some of the sex and violence of Cool World (1992), Crass, juvenile and vulgar humor like in The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009), the attitude and charisma of Lobo (DC Comics), a story that would probably be found in the pages of Heavy Metal Magazine, some Ren & Stimpy wackiness and unconventional Japanese animation.

    Exaggerated… everything! With a messed up plot to bake your brain, and a savagely relentless pace of anarchy and mayhem. Truly a demented fantasy backed up by tongue in cheek anus humor. I really loved the style and brutality of it all, like a comic book come to life.

    Retro and Pandy are an animated Mickey and Mallory Knox!

    Sex and Violence just the way i like it, devastating and entertaining.


  11. Adventure Time (2010)

    A human boy and his adopted brother - a magical dog - set out to become righteous adventurers in the Land of Ooo. 

    Why did i not watch this sooner? Oh yeah, cuz i was being a smart ass adult “Cartoon’s for silly kids” -> I’m an idiot.

    This was retarded and fun!!! A toon for adults! Managing to stay PG for Cartoon Network, smart. The Mrs. is in love with Lumpy Space Princess and Rainicorn!

    Mathematical!!! I’ve been converted and made into and adventurer. Give it a shot, you may just find yourself.


  12. Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011)

    The young Norse god Thor embarks on a quest with his brother Loki to find and recover a legendary sword.

    Marvel gives us a Thor toon?

    What??? Oh… it’s for kids… I had high hopes. A young Thor disobeys his father and causes war with the Frostgiants… this time the story is different. It’s a simple and typical cartoon, TV worthy i suppose. The animation was nothing new or “cool” and the story wasn’t like the motion picture Thor (2011).

    I tried… but really didn’t enjoy this. It’s a little too kiddie and boring. Yeah some action and some info, but in the end it was “blah…”

    Something best caught channel surfing, not a smart investment.


  13. Live Freaky Die Freaky (2006)

    It is the year 3069 and the Earth has been robbed of all its natural resources, destroyed by war and ozone depletion, and is now only a barren desert. The humans who inhabit this empty vessel search not only for food but for a god to save them. Their search will soon be over when Charlie returns to save them.

    A who’s who in modern rock, visually represented in claymation, re-telling the morbid story of Charles Manson. A comedy with laughs at the ridiculousness of a phenomena, that carries on ‘til today.

    Manson should set the record straight. This film is NOT the story of Mr. Charles Manson, this film just pokes fun at it, twists it around for shocks and laughs. Charlie should drag all responsible parties out in the street, slice their jugular and bathe in their blood.

    I get what they were trying to do… but they failed at delivering a sensible film. Tacky and crude, was it intentional? (if they did) maybe it was a little too much… The voices were all wrong and lazy… This film is baby food on the kitchen floor.

    "Hey, It goes against the status quo dude!" - Fuck you, you wannabe hipster.

    Perverse and juvenile entertainment without getting any substantial message across. I’m surprised that i even finished this. What a shame… I expected waaaaaay too much.


  14. Firebreather (2010)

    All Duncan wants is to be a normal kid in a normal school. Until he realizes he is something very far away from normal.

    Based on the comic book created by Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn and published by Image Comics.

    An animated fantasy adventure by Peter Chung. Famously known for the MTV sci-fi fantasy series Æon Flux (1991).

    Something for the kiddies. Very Cartoon Network, and far from the gritty style of director Chung.

    A story about a young boy going through his pubescent years in high school, his roots and calling. Firebreathers and giant monsters, a fantasy action flick.

    Personally, i ain’t a fan of CGI (videogame looking) animation. It doesn’t appeal to me…