Category: animation

Rio 2 [2014] ★★

The first “Rio” was a huge hit and one of my favorite animated movies of 2011. But even animation isn’t immune to the greed that drives Hollywood studios nowadays. That’s how an imaginative feature has managed to spawn a pointless sequel. The first film had everything going for […]

Mr. Peabody & Sherman [2014] ★★½

This big screen adaptation of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, about a supersmart dog and his adopted human son, is far from great, but it’s charming and very funny at times. Director Rob Minkoff and his team offer a pleasingly retro-style contemporary Manhattan and historical settings, from ancient Egypt […]

Frozen [2013] ★★★

Disney’s take on  Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” is a tuneful, entertaining, great looking animated feature that will capture the hearts of young kids and adult movie buffs alike (that would be me). All the classic Disney ingredients are here: a heroine we can root for, an unlikely hero […]

Planes [2013] ★★

I admire Disney’s animated features a lot, that it hurts to actually give one of their movies a low rating. Then again I’ve never gotten a headache watching any of their previous films. Because there is no leftover story to tell from “Cars” anymore, “Planes” takes place in […]

Turbo [2013] ★★★

It’s not “Kung Fu Panda” or “Monsters Inc”, but “Turbo” has enough charm and colorful characters to entertain kids and adults alike. The unusual hero here is a snail called Theo who dreams of competing in the Indianapolis 500. Of course that’s no easy task for a snail, […]

The Smurfs 2 [2013] ★½

Pop quiz everyone: you’re a Hollywood studio and you help get a movie that’s barely watchable into theaters. The movie is surprisingly a hit at the box office and the kids love it. What do you do next? Do you A) Leave the franchise alone? or B) Give […]