Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective (1986) Review

The Great Mouse Detective is one of the first Disney movies I can ever recall watching as a kid, viewing it on VHS at my grandmother’s house on many occasions. Made at the tail end of a less successful period for Disney animation, The Great Mouse Detective managed to be quite prosperous despite the recent failures of The Black Cauldron. This went on to set … Continue reading Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective (1986) Review

Mary Poppins Returns Review

After a 54-year gap between the release of both films, Mary Poppins Returns now ranks among the longest gaps between movie sequels (right next to Disney’s own Bambi and Fantasia). Mary Poppins Returns picks up many years later, as Michael and Jane Banks have grown up, and their parents have long since passed. Michael now owns his parent’s old house; and after the recent death of … Continue reading Mary Poppins Returns Review

My Neighbor Totoro Review

After my review of Spirited Away back in 2017 (my most popular post to date, mind you), I immediately decided I wanted to review my second favorite Studio Ghibli movie My Neighbor Totoro. An animation studio that, to the extent of my knowledge, never made a bad film. As you can guess, this goal has been postponed, ignored, and procrastinated for a very long time. Finally, after … Continue reading My Neighbor Totoro Review

Early Man Review

I always talk about Studio Ghibli as the animation company that has the perfect track record of hit movies. Yet I neglect to ever speak on Aardman Animations, who has a flawless record of unique, stop-motion movies. From humble beginnings in the 1970s, Aardman has since created the popular character Morph, Wallace and Gromit, and numerous highly praised short films and feature films. Aardman’s newest … Continue reading Early Man Review

Peter Rabbit Review

When I heard Sony was making a live-action/CGI animated film of Peter Rabbit (based on the stories by Beatrix Potter), my mind immediately went to Sony Animation’s The Smurfs. A film so dull and manipulative that it practically invented the term “corporate pandering”, I was sure Peter Rabbit would suffer the same fate. Luckily, in some ways I was wrong. Meaning that Peter Rabbit had some redeeming qualities, … Continue reading Peter Rabbit Review

Mary and the Witch’s Flower Review

I’ve written in the past about my unrelenting love for Studio Ghibli and their timeless films, and I stand by my belief that they are the best animation company to have ever existed. And after director Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement in 2014, Studio Ghibli has since halted production of their wonderfully bizarre movies. Enter Studio Ponoc, which was formed by several Studio Ghibli animators as well … Continue reading Mary and the Witch’s Flower Review