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Smallfoot (2018) Review

NOT EVERY LEGEND IS A TALL TALE


 

In today’s cinematic world, animated features have become commonplace, with some of the major studios (and a few smaller ones) releases one or two titles a year; garnishing opportunity to tell colorful kid-friendly tales as well as to cash on the box office market of children’s entertainment. While Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, and Illumination Entertainment are the more prominent / juggernaut animation studios (that are currently out there), Warner Animation Group (WAG), the feature animation division of Warner Bros. Animation (as well as a subdivision of Warner Bros. Pictures), is quickly on the rise. Established back in January 2013, Warner Animation Group has become famously for The LEGO Movie back, which garnished huge critical and commercial acclaim back when it was released in 2014. Since then, the studio has built a franchise around The LEGO Movie, with releasing the two spin-off features (The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie) in 2017 as well as releasing a sequel feature (The LEGO Movie: The Second Part) being released in 2019. As WAG moved forward with their LEGO movie franchise, the studio has also continued to create other animated features, with the film titled Storks, which was released back in 2016. Now, the Warner Animation Group and directors Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Resig releases the second standalone feature for the studio with the movie Smallfoot. Does this second non-LEGO movie animated movie strike a chord with its targeted audience or is it simply a bland and boring cartoon film? Read more

Duck Duck Goose (2018) Review

A LAME DUCK


 

In the world of animation, various animal creatures have taken center stage in full-length animated feature films, populating its cinematic world in order to tell a cartoon tale. While the degree of these creatures has ranged far and wide within the animal kingdom, the usage of different types of winged creatures from the bird family has been used and utilized in these animated motion pictures endeavors. Of course, they’ve been used in supporting roles, but have been also used as the primary set of characters in these cartoon features. This includes the colorful singing and dancing escapades in 2011’s Rio (and its 2014 sequel), the WWII themed tale in 2005’s Valiant, the epic fantasy adventure in 2010’s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga”Hoole, the thanksgiving buddy journey in 2013’s Free Birds, the boisterous video game adaptation in 2016’s The Angry Birds Movie, as well as several others. Now, Original Force Animation (along with Wanda Media Co. and GEM Entertainment) and director Chris Jenkins present the latest “feathered” adventure for animated birds with the movie Duck Duck Goose. Does this latest movie in children’s animation soar to new heights or is it a flightless (and boring) lame duck of a feature? Read more