14 yrs. of anticipation, curiosity, hope, that director Brad Bird would give us another movie featuring one of the best superhero families ever: The Incredible family. Ever since the first film, The Incredibles¸ we were introduced to a new kind of superhero as well as a new kind of Pixar film. The Incredibles back in 2004 was the first Pixar movies to feature humans as the main stars of the film. Like most of the Pixar films, we fell in love with the unique and creative characters of Robert Parr/Mr. Incredible, Helen Parr/Elastigirl, Violet Parr, Dashiell (Dash) Parr, and Jack – Jack. Who can forget the best designer with no patience for nonsense, Edna Mode (voice by Brad Bird). Here we are, the sequel has arrived and was it worth the 14 yrs. wait?
I have to admit that I wasn’t really looking forward to the latest from Pixar Studios but the movie geek in me decided to take a chance on it and see for myself. Let me just say that this movie is one of the best of the year and also one of the top 5 best Pixar films to date. This movie surprised me so much on how innovative, creative, and unique it is compared to the rest of the library of films Disney and Pixar have come out with.
The story of a little boy named Miguel who is looking for a way to follow his passion for music in a family that despises music and musicians. His quest in performing in a talent show behind his families back it transports him to the Land of the dead on Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Watching this film, you will discover the wonderful world of the land of the dead and see what its like to be on the other side of the bridge between the living and the dead.
Despicable Me franchise isn’t well known for its gut bursting laughs or remembered movies. The film does have some good qualities bringing us the Minions who are a merchandise gold when it comes to marketing and sales. Steve Carell’s name attached to it with his unique voice acting to the lead character Gru just as unique as Mike Myers is to Shrek. What they lack in big laughs for both kids and adults they make up with a lot of heart. The story of a villain turned parent and hero overnight is a nice story.
In the same vein as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, another childhood favorite book series has been adapted for our viewing pleasure for the big screen. Captain Underpants come from the mind and illustrative skills of Dav Pilkey. It is about two fourth graders George and Harold, who have the best friendship anyone young or old would want and they both have a wild imagination that they channel to make comic strips. One of their biggest creations is Captain Underpants.
Rarely do I get a chance to watch these direct to video or direct to blu-ray, whatever is said nowadays, full length animated features. When I do, they are a lot of fun to watch and more adult than I would imagine. Say what you will about the DCU live action movies but what DC has over Marvel are their small screen films featuring our favorite heroes. These movies seem to have a way of keeping it light and fun enough for young teenagers to watch but making them just adult enough for those pushing 30 or even 40 and not feel like a kid watching them.
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is just one of the few that have been released this year and more to come after this latest feature. The theme seems to be darker and a little moody then the others. The colors and tones are different and you can even tell in the choice of animation that they are trying to get away from the happy childlike look for them. If you were to look up the animation used on the CN (Cartoon Network) “Teen Titans Go” animation and compare it with this movie, you will see a huge difference.
To be honest, this was not a movie that was on my list to see at first. Adapted from the 2010 children’s book for the same name written and illustrated by Maria Frazee comes the latest DreamWorks Animation feature Boss Baby. The trailer at first didn’t catch my attention as a must see but as I kept watching different trailers close to the release date I started laughing more and more so I figured why not. As long as it’s not a movie like Norm of the North I couldn’t have been that bad. Unfortunately, what I saw didn’t translate well watching the full feature.
The movie had a brilliant voice cast using Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Buscemi, and Tobey Maguire to play the main characters. Leading this feature is Alec Baldwin, who is the perfect actor to play Boss Baby, a briefcase business savvy baby sent to investigate and stop a plot that is making people love baby’s less. The story is told through Boss Baby’s older brother Tim who is use to being an only child and now has to share his parents with the new baby becomes suspicious and finds out that his little brother is no ordinary baby.