Disney’s The Black Cauldron (1985) Review

Today I’ve decided to take a retrospective look at Disney’s 1985 redheaded stepchild The Black Cauldron. This fantasy flick was a box-office bomb that almost bankrupt the company, in part because of its record-breaking budget of 44 million. Nobody went to see this movie when it was released, and most who did were highly disappointed. The movie garnered Disney’s first PG rating, lacked any whimsical … Continue reading Disney’s The Black Cauldron (1985) Review

Dumbo (1941) Review

To fully review and understand a film like Dumbo, one must first preface with a bit of historical understanding of the art of animation during the 1940’s. I say this because you can’t break down and analyze a classic kids movie like Dumbo the way people dissect modern animated flicks. With vicious fervor movies are torn to shreds on the basis of having too much … Continue reading Dumbo (1941) Review

The Grinch Review

Special Order 937 from Illumination Entertainment’s upper management: “Priority one. Ensure return of cash profit. All creativity secondary. Audience expendable.” If that Alien reference was to crass or obscure for you, let me clarify. I’m catching on to Illumination Entertainment’s (the makers of Despicable Me, Sing, etc.) business model of putting financial gain before creativity and filmmaking passion. They actively strive to meet the animation industries … Continue reading The Grinch Review

Isle of Dogs Review

After the critical success of his 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox, Director Wes Anderson decided to give animation another go with another smashing hit titled Isle of Dogs. In a (hopefully) distant future, dogs have become the societal scapegoat of Japanese culture. Suffering from overpopulation, dog flu, and numerous other ailments, the Japanese government chooses to exile all dogs in the country to Trash Island. A … Continue reading Isle of Dogs Review

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Review

It was obvious from the get-go that The LEGO Ninjago Movie would be the least inspired installment of the continuing LEGO Movie franchise. Based loosely off a children’s cartoon series (which in turn was based off a preexisting toyline), The LEGO Ninjago Movie tells the story of Lloyd Garmadon (Dave Franco), who lives in a metropolitan city constantly threatened by the evil Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux). Lloyd happens to … Continue reading The LEGO Ninjago Movie Review

The Lego Movie Review

I’ve recently decided to review one of my personal favorite animated films of all time, The Lego Movie. The Lego Movie takes place in a universe, you guessed it, made completely out of Legos. It stars Chris Pratt as Emmet, an ordinary Lego construction worker who never seems to make an impact on anyone. Emmet accidentally gets wrapped up in a plot by the master … Continue reading The Lego Movie Review