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The Good Dinosaur

Published in T
Sunday, 20 December 2015 00:04

THE GOOD DINOSAUR is preceeded by short film SANJAY'S SUPER TEAM which features religious references (prayers/god/goddesses), a scary monster figure with mulitple heads/limbs and sharp teeth, objects smashed/broken, characters thrown through the air, monkey and tiger spirits and themes of father-son relationships, faith, understa...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and threat, some scenes may scare young children.

  • The pitch

    You say you want an evolution. Well, you know.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Marcus Scribner, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Ryan Teeple, Jack McGraw, A.J. Buckley, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott

  • Directed by

    Peter Sohn

  • Running time

    93 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are hit with objects, chased, pushed, caught in a trap, frightened, near-choked, swept away, bitten, knocked unconscious, threatened ("I should have killed you"), eaten, attacked by other creatures, headbutted, wrestled, scratched, thrown, whipped with tail, set on fire (comic), pushed off a cliff, captured, tangled in vines, pursued. Characters trip/fall over, hit their heads, get their legs trapped, fight one another. Objects knocked over, hit. Trees felled by storm; aftermath. A father dinosaur uses a pumpkin to demonstrate to his son how critters can be trapped and smashed in the head. Theft. Howling (grief), roaring, growling, hissing, shouting. A character imagines a sea monster in oncoming rapids. A tooth is knocked out. Talons in clouds resemble shark fins (ominous). An imagined/remembered character fades into dust. Killer, beast, murderer, funeral director mentioned. Blood/gore: Animal carcass. A dinosaur bites a bug's head off. A hole is torn in a pterodactyl's wing. Bruising, scratches, scars, bloody cuts. Stories of tail spike caught in foot, crocodile bite, crocodile drowned in own blood, chewing off part of own tail. Dislodged teeth, stump of tail, toes accidentally catch on fire.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    None. A child wears a loincloth, a man wears animal fur. Haemorrahoid mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Characters eat berries that cause hallucinations (growing head, multiple eyes, etc).

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling.

  • THEMES

    Family, siblings, death, grief, survival, astraphobia, storms, scavenging/hunting, pranks, hallucinations, alternate histories, coexistence, courage, tracking, near-death experiences, teamwork, trust, coming-of-age, asteroids, runts.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father, grave stone.Dead parents mentioned. Dinosaurs, chickens, snake, lizards, bugs, birds, gopher, beaver, fox, opossum, leeches, pterodactyl, flies, insects, beetles, grasshopper, bison, caterpillar, strange little critters. Lightning, thunder, waterfall, animal fur worn, fireworks (opening credits), full moon, rainbows. Fear of storms. Poking tongue out, spitting water. Urination (sound heard).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Subtle, funny, moving, fantastic, exhilarating, emotional, textured, appealling, original, delightful, compelling, goofy, contemporary, imaginative, creative, triumphant, cinematic, rich, mythic, sweet, affecting, poignant, solid, graceful, smart, surprising. Adorable leads, impish humour, visually resplendent, technically brilliant, nervy score, some daringly dark moments.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar, cloying, episodic, uneven. Schmaltzy start, simplistic/conventional/weak story, inconsistent humour, obvious plot points, some weird/bizarre scenes.

Ratatouille

Published in R
Friday, 16 May 2014 08:27
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild animated violence.

  • The pitch

    Deviates from the recipe.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Brian Dennehy, Peter Sohn, Peter O'Toole, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, Julius Callahan, James Remar, John Ratzenberger

  • Directed by

    Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

  • Running time

    111 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), G (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot at, struck by lightning, thrown from rooftops, near-drowned, near-trodden, near-burned, trapped, near-squashed, near-roasted, bound, gagged, threatened at gunpoint, scratched, bitten, hit with objects, slapped, hit by a moped, caged. Characters wear a gas mask, dangle precariously. Broken glass, property damage, vehicle accident (audio), a cyclist crashes into a car, a character falls from his moped. Stealing, bribery. Killing animals/characters, doing jail time, robbery, fraud mentioned. Arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Dead rats caught in traps. Scratches, bites, mild burns on skin.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Bare chest (male). Messing around with someone's daughter mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, champagne). Intoxication. Gambling syndicates mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Religious reference. Cultural, gender stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Food, cooking, family, father-son relationships, smell, flavour, French cuisine, Paris, Michelin stars, food criticism, trust, communication, mentoring, inheritance, food memories, hygiene.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased mother, deceased chef mentioned. Rats, dogs, fish. Full moon, scary red eyes, bonfire, vomiting, gagging. Veal stomach, sweetbreads mentioned. Ghostly apparition.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Audacious, risky, imaginative, triumphant, gorgeous, slapstick, complicated, satisfying, inventive, ambitious, delightful, enjoyable, adult-proof, captivating, witty, inspiring, fun, big, beautiful, funny, grand. Lovable rodent, irresistible characters, remarkable attention to detail, extraordinary visuals, sumptuous animation, perfect voice cast, sly sense of humour, enchanting story.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Blithe, overcooked. Some pacing lag, could be funnier.

Monsters University

Published in M
Sunday, 16 June 2013 04:29
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    G: General.

  • The pitch

    Enrol today!

  • Starring

    (voices of): Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Peter Sohn, Joel Murray, Sean Hayes, Dave Foley, Charlie Day, Alfred Molina, Tyler Labine, Aubrey Plaza, Noah Johnson

  • Directed by

    Dan Scanlon

  • Running time

    110 minutes

  • Rated

    G (Australia), U (UK), G (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Monsters are knocked over, bitten, hit with paddles, thrown through the air, pursued. Explosion, debris. Objects are smashed, knocked over. A mascot is stolen. A team of monsters are taunted at a party. Monsters break into a factory. Reckless driving. Screaming. Dying, going to jail mentioned. Blood/gore: Swelling.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    None.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Wagering mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Friendship, teamwork, university life, fraternities, study, determination, ambition, rivalry, cheating, camouflage, scaring, WH&S, frat parties, nepotism, acceptance, rejection, initiation pledges, family, underdogs.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Engagement, bed-wetting mentioned, power blackout. Birds, flies, butterfly, dragon/centipede creature, pig/dog, stinging urchin, ladybug, full moon. Monsters with large teeth, fangs, horns, forked tongues, extra heads, tentacles, glowing red eyes, fur, hair, extra limbs, extra eyes, fins, scales and/or spikes that roar, growl, scratch, hiss, drool. Phobias mentioned (eg spiders, snakes, thunder, lightning, lions, Santa Claus, chopsticks). Magic tricks (cards). Preceding short film, Blue Umbrella, contains thunder, object hit by truck, romance.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fun, watchable, colourful, amusing. Gorgeous animation. Cameos from Monsters Inc.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Tame, overlong, lags in the middle, lacks heart. Pedestrian story and comedy, formulaic.