Dreamworks keeps coming up more and more great family movies, and although Trolls is not quite as immersive as Sing, it has its own charm and lots of colourful 1970s nostalgia mixed in. Anyone growing up in the era will understand many of the references the Trolls and their enemies, The Bergens come across along the way.
These trolls are not the kind one fights in Middle Earth, nor are they the kind that get loose in the basement at Hogwarts. These are very different. These are tiny, happy creatures based on toys created by the Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam in 1959. Now they are their own nation, and sadly, that tiny tribe lives in a park in the center of a Bergen town, only to be harvested for a festival every year know as Trollstice. On this day, Bergens get to indulge in a feast of happiness that comes from consuming Trolls. This particular Trollstice is the first one for the new Bergen Prince Gristle Jr.(Christopher Mintz-Plasse), but the prince will never learn how to be happy, because this is also the night that Troll King Peppy (Jeffrey Tambor) gets everyone out of the captive park, and to a new home far in the forest. They live peacefully for twenty years, and soon the Troll princess, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) is learning how to be a royal for the time when she takes the throne. Read more...(562 words, 7 images, estimated 2:15 mins reading time)
Welcome to the Moon Theater, located in an humanoid animal populated version of L.A., owned now by the koala Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), and impresario that loves his job more than anything, and has dreamed of nothing but making audience happy since he was a kid. As for now, many years of questionable shows and low attendance has taken a toll on Buddy, but he does not want to give up his dream. His only two supporters are his secretary, Miss Crawly (Garth Jennings), an ancient alligator with a twitchy glass eye, and Eddie (John C. Reilly), a sheep whose family has been in the theater business for decades. Eddie’s a slacker, and lives in the family pool house. Read more...(592 words, 7 images, estimated 2:22 mins reading time)
This was one of the cutest films to come out from Illumination Studios, and they are not stopping any time soon. The sequel to Despicable Me, this takes us on a new chapter in Gru’s (Steve Carell) unusual life, and involves his extended family of adopted daughters, Margo (Miranda Cosgrove),Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher), a multitude of minions, and even Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand). Gru is now an ex-villain, and is settling down to a life of being a superdad, throwing fairytale birthday parties, and creating a line of jams and jellies with the help of his minions and the doctor. Things are not quite as exciting as they once were, but he kind of likes the way things are going. When a secret lab in the Arctic goes missing, he is kidnapped by an agent known only as Lucy (Kristen Wiig), and things are once more chaotic again. Read more...(501 words, 7 images, estimated 2:00 mins reading time)
It was the 1990s and animated movies were outstanding, no matter whether hand-drawn or computer animated. The tales come from the studios of Disney, Universal, and Warner Brothers were amazing, and our millennial kids could not get enough of them. The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot is one of those movies. A new take on the Arthurian legend, this focuses on Kayley(Jessalyn Gilsig), the daughter of Sir Lionel (Gabriel Byrne) and Lady Juliana (Jane Seymour). Kayley is enamored with all the ideals of what a true Knight of the Round Table stands for, and wants to be a knight just like her father. At this time, the kingdom is very prosperous and at peace, but too peaceful for one knight in particular. Sir Ruber (Gary Oldman) has become greedy, and looks to take Arthur’s land for himself. To do this, he must obtain Excalibur, and after attacking Arthur to steal it, Sir Lionel is caught between them and takes a fatal wound. Ruber succeeds in getting the blade, and gives it to his hench-creature? Griffin (Bronson Pinchot) to fly back to his keep for safe-keeping. Read more...(448 words, 7 images, estimated 1:48 mins reading time)
As if it is possible for Disney movies to get any better, they keep do! Zootopia is one of those kinds of movies that you can keep watching over and over again and never get tired of, which is pretty much the standard with many Disney movies. This story takes place in a very modern city, but it is the “tail” of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), a cute little bunny from Bunnyburrow, one child of over two hundred children of Bonnie (Bonnie Hunt) and Stu (Don Lake) Hopps, that want to be a police officer in the city of Zootopia. The country folk of Bunnyburrow think she will fail, and should be a carrot farmer like her parents, but she is determined to prove them all wrong. A while later, she is off to the police academy, training in all kinds of climates and terrain. All the other recruits are large predators or bigger herbivores like rhinos or hippos, but Judy uses her bunny gifts and dexterity to rise above her problems and soon graduates at the head of the class. Read more...(602 words, 7 images, estimated 2:24 mins reading time)