Displaying items by tag: animation Friday, 05 June 2020

Incredibles 2 (2018)

Published in I
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:20
INCREDIBLES 2 is preceded by short film BAO featuring themes of parenting, family, raising children, protection, belligerence, engagement, moving out of home and reconciliation. Meat served/eaten, comic cannibalism reference.
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  • Rating

    PG (USA): Action sequences and some brief mild language.

  • The pitch

    Heavyweight problems need heavyweight solutions.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Eli Fucile, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Bird, Sophia Bush, Brad Bird, Phil LaMarr, Isabella Rossellini, Jonathan Banks

  • Directed by

    Brad Bird

  • Running time

    118 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are thrown through the air/against objects/to the ground, hit with objects, memory-wiped, vacuumed up, thumped, jackhammered, punched, near-crushed, held at gunpoint, slapped, kicked, bitten, near-shot with laser beams, eye-pulled, hypnotised, kicked out of a plane/helicopter, tasered, pursued, tackled, mind-controlled, tied up, frozen, shot at with lightning bolts, squeezed/near-crushed, beaten, near-strangled, teleported, fire-extinguished. Cars thrown/smashed, monorails/trains derailed, helicopter crashes, plane crash, boat crash, mid-air collision. Explosions, windows smashed. Burning baby/table. Building collapse, bridge collapse. Mass panic. Bank robbery; a child watches a bank robbery movie. Fists slammed on table, door slammed. Screaming.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None). Kissing. A baby poos in its nappy (implied). Nude baby (genitals obscured).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, champagne).

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling (idiotic, jerks, sheltered, passive, punk, ghastly, super freak, surly, child, weak, etc). Religious exclamations (oh my god, damned, etc).

  • THEMES

    Family, superheroes, siblings, crime fighting, stay-at-home dads, new jobs, working mothers, jealousy, hypnosis, mind control, legislation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (shot), dead mother mentioned. Raccoon. Spitting. Flashing/strobing lights.

Early Man (2018)

Published in E
Thursday, 01 March 2018 02:58
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  • Rating

    PG (UK): Infrequent mild bad language, threat.

  • The pitch

    Early Man united.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams, Nick Park, Miriam Margolyes, Rob Brydon, Johnny Vegas, Kayvan Novak, Selina Griffiths, Simon Greenall

  • Directed by

    Nick Park

  • Running time

    89 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters get squashed by slabs of rock, thrown through the air, hit with objects, bitten, shot at (spears), punched, knocked/pushed over, splattered with goo/hot tea/bird poo, nose-squeezed, dowsed with water, chased by a giant duck, squirted in the eye, hooded, kidnapped, tied up, shirt-grabbed, tripped, dacked. Characters fall over, bump their heads, fall into a fissure, slam into one another, slide down an embankment. A man is rammed down another man's throat. An animal is tied up and hung over a campfire. An inanimate character is beheaded. A character makes a throat-slitting gesture across his neck. Animals are used as musical instruments, boots. Break and enter. Dinosaurs fighting, cavemen fighting. Burning object. Asteroid hits a planet. Characters say, "Let's kill something", "we're gonna get slaughtered", "take him away and kill him slowly", "tell chef to boil the bird up into a cassoulet". Growling, barking, screaming, howling. Blood/gore: Dead dinosaurs. Teeth marks on limb, red hand print on nose. Human skeletons, dinosaur skeletons, dinosaur bones, eyeballs floating in soup. "Your funeral" mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, hugging, hand-holding. Nude man (genitals obscured; bum visible). Paintings of characters mooning. Shirtless men. A crocodile bites a man's crotch area (implied), man holding crotch area. A man blows kisses at the screen. Man in shower, man in bath, back massage. A man slides to a stop beneath another man's legs in the shower.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    Crap. Name-calling (fool, primitives, idiots, crow, savages, silly old bat, crazy, angry pan girl, losers, stupid, gormless halfwits, stupid old bird, silly, disgrace, etc).

  • THEMES

    Football, soccer, cavemen, ancestors, hunting, mining, greed, teamwork, bronze, the beautiful game, practice, training, cave paintings, pre-history, under-Dugs.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Erupting volcano, thunder, lightning, full moon. Cavemen fight over a giant drumstick, animal fur/animal skins/antlers worn, zebra skin on ground, animal tail waved around like a flag. Rabbit, butterflies, dinosaurs, badgers, mammoth, squirrel, hog, crocodiles, beetle, spider, spider web, lizard, buffalo, giant rat (mascot), pigeon, crab, duck, slime creatures, caterpillar. Face-licking, toe-sucking.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Endearing, old-school, charming, appealing, character-driven, detailed, silly, glorious, funny, innovative, joyous, likeable, easy, welcome, timely, warming, homey, retro, kid-friendly. Uproarious/rich/high-profile voice work, daffy/pun-heavy/good-natured/gentle/goofy/winning humour, thowaway/clever sight gags, old-fashioned/straightforward storytelling, slightly off characters, adorably ugly characters, lovably British, painstakingly hand-crafted stop-motion animation, trademark style, crisp editing.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar/mediocre sport-based narritive, not as warm/witty/clever/eccentric/madcap/genius/satirical as prevous Aardman animations.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017)

Published in T
Tuesday, 26 December 2017 22:55
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    G: Some scenes may scare young children.

  • The pitch

    Don't call me cute.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Cannavale, Bobby Moynihan, Isabela Moner, Peter Stormare, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Sebastian Maniscalco, Kari Wahlgren, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl

  • Directed by

    Cal Brunker

  • Running time

    91 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are hit by falling objects, run over by a bulldozer, electrocuted, shaken, almost run over by a moving car, blasted through the air, slammed to the ground, licked, caged, bitten, pursued, hit by a car, flipped, thrown against a wall, punched, kicked, throat-grabbed, swung at with golf club, shot at (slingshot), knocked over, shot with arrow, squirted with condiments, shirt-grabbed, vacuumed up, lassoed, hit with tranquiliser dart, prodded with a fork, near-strangled, crushed, ear-pulled, tongue-pulled, catapulted through the air, blasted through buildings, attacked by mice, blasted with fire extinguisher, dive-bombed by birds. A character falls from a high balcony to the street below. A plush bunny's head and a doll's head are ripped off (girl places doll's head between her teeth). A character jumps from moving vehicles and slams into mailboxes. A character falls from a hot air balloon. A bulldozer flips over/crashes. Animals habitats/homes are destroyed. Explosions, burning objects, building rubble. Theft. Objects knocked over/dropped/smashed/thrown. Theme park rides and amusements are torn apart/destroyed. Reckless driving, car crashes into other cars and objects, car flips onto roof, truck rolls over. A flashback scene shows a hurricane, lightning, thunder, high winds, a tree being pulled out of the ground, an object crushed by a water wheel, a character hit by a steel plate and knocked unconscious. A character frequently says "We're all gonna die". A girl pretends to shoot her pet dog/dog plays dead (comic). A man says "Your heads are going on the wall", "I wan't that squirrel's head deep-fried on a stick", "I should've eliminated you while I had the chance". Stealing candy from trick-or-treaters, tail got caught on fire mentioned. Screaming, arguing, hissing; mass panic. Blood/gore: Black eye, scratches, bruising. Taxidermy animals/antlers/tusks on wall. A doll's eye falls out and rolls along the ground (creepy). Rabies mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Naked man (balloons cover genitals). Flirting, hand-holding, hugging. Kiss on cheek.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, champagne). Animals are sedated with tranquiliser darts.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling (lazy, spoiled, fat, snookums, dumber, mangy little rodents, grumpy, dramatic, mutt, layabouts, crazy, deranged, psychos, circus dogs, violent, reckless, goofball, moron, cute, vermin, fat toothless kid, suckers, etc).

  • THEMES

    Greed, teamwork, foraging, profit, theme parks, habitat, leadership.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Full moon, lightning, thunder. Squirrels, birds, dogs, mole, rat, bees, chipmunks, mice, groundhogs, puppies. Animal skin rugs on floor. Tongue/saliva on car window. Vomit, regurgitation. A dog eats vomit. Hot dogs eaten. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fleet, spry, charming, pro-environment, pro-animal life, anti-consumerist, colourful, kid-friendly, chaotic, funny, thoughtful, entertaining, harmless, passable. Inspired voice casting, inventive/vibrant action sequences, exceptional 3D effects, lavish city-scape images, photorealistic backgrounds, witty "old-movie" flashback of Feng and his warrior mice, deals with timely issues.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unnecessary, forgettable, middling, sprawling, uneven. Repetitive chase sequences, rote narrative, limp looniness, changing character motivations, dumb laughs, loaded plot.

Ferdinand (2017)

Published in F
Saturday, 09 December 2017 11:08
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    G: Very mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A-dora-bull.

  • Starring

    (voices of): John Cena, Jerrod Carmichael, Lily Day, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Peyton Manning, David Tennant, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Boris Kodjoe, Raúl Esparza, Bobby Cannavale, Colin H. Murphy

  • Directed by

    Carlos Saldanha

  • Running time

    106 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are headbutted, kicked, pushed aside, pursued, blasted through the air, sat on, stung by a bee, bitten, prodded, mocked, hit by objects, near-crushed by slaughter machinery, frozen, lassoed, near-impaled by matador spikes, held at swordpoint. A fly is chopped in half. A baby is thrown through the air/dangles precariously from a high wire. A character slides down an embankment. A flower is crushed underfoot. A marketplace is accidentally trashed. Dangerous driving, cars crashed into, finger trapped in car window, car crushed. Roaring, screaming. A character says, "When I beat you to a pulp". Blood/gore: Scars, broken horn. CPR/mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, fainting. Abbatoir setting.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None)

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    (None)

  • LANGUAGE

    Butt. Name-calling (loser, weirdo, wimp, puny bag of bones, soft, monster, scary beast, ginormous, chumps, sizeist, big tough guy, jerk, filthy weasels, beady-eyed, little thieves, meatheads, sucker, ugly beast, stinky one, numpty, teacher's pet, scared little coward, killing machine, meat, glue stick, pasty-faced, show ponies, ballerinas, gerbils, etc). Religious references and exclamations (Jeez, holy cow).

  • THEMES

    Bullfighting, matadors, pacifism, friends, family, teamwork, slaughterhouses, competition, animal rights, compassion, non-conformity, kindness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (implied). Bull horns of dead bulls on wall. Bulls, horses, bee, dog, butterflies, caterpillar, chickens, chick, cat, goat, pigs, rabbit. Lightning, thunder, full moon. Raspberry-blowing, sneezing, gagging, vomiting. Based on The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. End credits bonus scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Delightful, pacifist, relevant, endearing, vibrant, sincere, likeable, funny, entertaining, relatable, charming, silly, inoffensive. True to its source material, nimble voice work, nails Spanish topography/faces, some hilarious sight gags/slapstick.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Strains/stalls at times, Nina character doesn't age, heavy non-Spanish voice casting, too many characters, weak soundtrack.

The Jungle Bunch (Les as de la jungle) (2017)

Published in T
Saturday, 02 December 2017 20:48
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    G: Very mild themes, animated violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A seed is planted.

  • Starring

    Paul Borne, Philippe Bozo, Pascal Casanova, Emmanuel Curtil, Michel Mella, Céline Montsarrat, Laurent Morteau, Jean-Philippe Puymartin, Barbara Tissier, Alexis Tomassian

  • Directed by

    David Alaux

  • Running time

    97 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are punched (repeatedly), thumped (repeatedly), capsized/washed ashore, hit with objects, thrown through the air, near-crushed by falling objects, caught in foam traps, pushed over, kidnapped/taken hostage, imprisoned, karate-chopped, kicked, tail-grabbed. An animal gets trapped in a burning jungle and dies (off-screen). Characters dangle precariously from a high cliff edge. Many bomb explosions. Spectators watch an elephant/rhino fight. Objects blasted/smashed. Burned/devastated jungle. A homemade aircraft crashes into the jungle (animals on board escape unhurt). Animals are fed hot chillis as a practical joke. Roaring, yelling. A character says, "I'll squash you like a bug". Blood/gore: Scarred face. A character removes a tooth. Character covered in green sneeze goo. Red bloodshot eyes.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Kissing, hugging, flirting. An animal undresses out of a bikini.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A character says "drinks are on me".

  • LANGUAGE

    Butt. Name-calling (companion of misery, smelly, dummy, clown, bandit, Mr Psycho Koala, lunatic, stubborn, old man, little shrimp, senior citizen, evil, slaves, defective, worthless, etc).

  • THEMES

    Teamwork, revenge, justice, mother-son relationships, invention, peace-keeping, rejection.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friend. Tiger, penguin, fish, tarsier, toads, bat, sloth, warthog, crab, hippos, rhinos, opossums, koala, iguana, badger, armadillo, primates (gorillas/baboons), elephants, gerboa, meerkats, porcupine, kiwi, shark fins, chameleon, turtle, flamingoes, alligator, toucan, cockatoos, vulture, beaver, raccoons, buzzing insects, snake, hyena. Full moon, lightning. Marinated slugs, cockroach juice, fried slugs eaten. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fun, zany, happy, zappy, chirpy. Family friendly, action-packed opening, some impressive/glossy animation.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar, derivative, violent, overcooked, childish, unimaginative, disappointing, underwhelming, illogical, nonsensical, disjointed. No sense of progress or character development, terrible gender politics, loud/omnipresent soundtrack.

Paddington 2 (2017)

Published in P
Saturday, 02 December 2017 06:56
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  • Rating

    G: Very mild themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Paddington gets a Knuckle's sandwich.

  • Starring

    Ben Whishaw (voice of), Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, Marie-France Alvarez, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Ben Miller, Jessica Hynes, Robbie Gee, Tom Conti, Peter Capaldi, Noah Taylor, Brendan Gleeson

  • Directed by

    Paul King

  • Running time

    103 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are swept away, shot with a dart gun, trapped in a submerged vehicle, near-drowned, pursued, hit with objects, crushed by falling objects, squirted with liquids, thrown through the air/against a window, licked, pecked, handcuffed, jailed, grabbed, kicked to the ground. Flashback of an acrobat falling to her death (sabotage). A man wields a sword to threaten people/beheads some stuffed toys. Smashed glass, break-and-enter, theft, picking locks. A train carriage is derailed and falls into a river. A statue falls from a ledge and smashes into many pieces. A door is kicked in. Smashed vase. Prison escape. Howling, screaming. Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Hand-holding, hugging, platonic kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne).

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling (undesirable, maggot, yellow-bellies, scruffy, old bag, naive, gullible, mushy-brained, petty thief, career criminal, weirdo, hideous, bearded babboon, evil, devious, old crone, etc). Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Paddington Bear, marmalade, family, employment, saving money, wrongful imprisonment, cooking, treasure hunts, innocence, yoga, performance, greed, birthdays, pop-up books, honesty, respect, community, good manners.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Job loss. Court, prison, light plane settings. Dog, pigeons, parrot, fish, turtle, stingray, swan. Waterfall, full moon. Burp, spitting, saliva, ear wax. A man eats dog food. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Smart, funny, charming, splendid, cute, warm, enchanting, delightful, sweet, sharp, irresistible, exemplary, innocent, uncynical, joyful, unexpected, well-paced, loveable, heartwarming, beguiling, human, superior, cruelty-free. Uproarious/committed/flamboyant/self-parodying performance by Hugh Grant, impeccable/endearing/cuddly voice work by Ben Whishaw, pleasingly straightforward plot, hilarious mid-credits scene, wonderful sequences of physical comedy, clever moments, great comic timing, densely detailed production design, inventive set pieces, delectable colour palette, gorgeous animation, upbeat ending, eccentric/colourful/friendly/fairytale/quaint/fantasy London.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    N/A

The Star (2017)

Published in T
Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:12
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  • Rating

    G: Some scenes may frighten very young children.

  • The pitch

    A little bit...myrrh.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Christopher Plummer, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Patricia Heaton, Kris Kristofferson, Kristin Chenoweth, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey

  • Directed by

    Timothy Reckart

  • Running time

    86 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are hit by objects, pursued, covered in paint/feathers, thrown to the ground, swallowed/spat out, lassoed, slammed into a cart, mocked, throat-grabbed, kicked, dragged, caught in a stampede. A character drops two dogs over a high cliff (they are saved). A barn is set alight, objects smashed/crashed into/rammed/crushed, a marketplace is damaged. A bird is slammed against a wall/crushed by a falling creature. A donkey injures his leg (caught in rope). Characters fall over high cliff ledges/down a well, dangle precariously. Barking, screaming, panic, arguing. Reference to king killing all children (the Massacre of the Innocents). Torture mentioned. Characters say "We're gonna die", "Someone's gonna die". Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Pregnancy. Newborn baby. Kiss on forehead. Close up of donkey bum. Bum-wiggling.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    (None)

  • LANGUAGE

    Poop. Name-calling (old-timer, rotten, good-for-nothing, silly, crazy/dumb as a box of rocks, nightmare wearing a helmet, useless, crazy-eyed, bad dogs, etc). Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Christmas Star of Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, religion, faith, friends, immaculate conception, bravery, Mary and Joseph, prayer, the Three Wise Men, forgiveness, angels, nativity, ambition, teamwork.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Wedding feast. Baluchistan pygmy jerboa, camels, pigeons, sheep, cows, cat, donkeys, horses, chickens, dogs, goats. Lightning, thunder.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Kid-friendly, decent, good-hearted, innocuous, playful, charming, amusing, contemporary, animal-centric, fun, entertaining, glossy, serviceable. Spirited voice work, silly humour, brief/flavourful cameo by Kris Kristofferson, never gets pious/gushy/preachy, some lovely images, a cute idea.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uneven, clumsy, derivative, dull. Unremarkable writing/voice acting/storytelling, uninspired/basic/cheap/simplistic animation, awkward wedding feast scene, heavy-handed dialogue/song choices.

Coco (2017)

Published in C
Friday, 24 November 2017 21:37
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch

    The importance of being Ernesto.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Jaime Camil, Alfonso Arau, Herbert Siguenza, Gabriel Iglesias, Lombardo Boyar, Ana Ofelia Murguía

  • Directed by

    Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina

  • Running time

    109 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), NR (UK), PG (UK)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, poisoned, crushed beneath a heavy object, tackled to the ground, thrown from a high cliff/tower, hit with objects, rendered invisible, pursued, kicked, stomped on, pushed, thrown through the air. A boy falls into an open grave, a boy falls into a swimming pool. A character throws a shoe at a dog. Objects knocked over/smashed/snatched away/hit with objects. A monkey trashes a room. Break and enter (breaks window for entry). Yelling, screaming, roaring, arguing. Blood/gore: Characters collapse/die/disappear. A character's skin begins to fade as he slowly transforms to a skeleton. People walk through an invisible boy. Skeletons, skull motifs, skeleton animals. Skeletons smash apart then rejoin their bones/skull head comes off/bottom jaw falls to ground. Moving eyeballs (dislodged from head), detached limbs. Fainting.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Platonic kissing/hugging. A movie scene shows people kissing. Nude skeleton, skeletons in dancewear, skeletons in bikinis.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine/spirits) Bottles and glasses of alcohol on tables.

  • LANGUAGE

    A sign reads "Forget you!" Name-calling (bum, self-important jerks, dumb dog, rat, coward, murderer, chorizo, etc). Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Family, ancestors, celebration, the elderly, Land of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, music, shoemaking, faith, curses, spirit guides, nervousness, performance, heroes, offerings, forgiveness, legacy, grudges, death, alebrijes.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead relatives (aunties/uncles/mothers/grandmothers/grandfathers/great grandparents). Cemetery/tomb setting. Dog, horse, monkey, toad/rabbit creature, chameleon, porcupine, butterflies, chihuahua, pigeons, cat. Flying dragon/panther creature with yellow eyes and sharp teeth. Spirit animals. Spitting. Fireworks, sparklers, fire breathing, flame throwing. Dog allergy mentioned. Some Spanish dialogue (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fantastico, engaging, revitalising, resplendent, original, emotional, resonant, touching, gorgeous, imaginative, clever, macabre, affecting, magical, rebellious, subversive, transportative, risky, pro-Mexican, thrilling, bold, glorious, celebratory, big, populist, profound, colourful, moving, spirited, breezy, entertaining, funny, respectful, complex, heartwarming, monumental, relatable, fantastic, exploratory, adventurous, rewarding, confident, triumphant, enchanting, charming, warm, amusing. Peerless voice cast, vibrant/vivid/textured/dazzling/sensational visuals, comprehensively researched, fully dimensional characters, universal message, complicated back-story, stirring/haunting/fetching score, powerhouse/remarkable finish.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Has a very similiar look/feel/message to The Book of Life, crammed/complicated/laboured/tedious prologue.

My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)

Published in M
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:43
A short film preceding the film features fluffy creatures being thrown, hit with objects, chased by a giant moster with big scary teeth/one eye/mouth tentacles/horns/dragon's tail, swept away on a lava lake and drooled on. It also includes raspberry-blowing, a worm, rainbows, screaming, a creature falling over a cliff and themes of unl...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    G: Very mild sense of threat and animated violence.

  • The pitch

    Giddy up.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Uzo Aduba, Ashleigh Ball, Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Michelle Creber, Taye Diggs, Brian Dobson, Michael Dobson, Andrea Libman, Max Martini, Britt McKillip, Peter New, Nicole Oliver, Sia, Liev Schreiber

  • Directed by

    Jayson Thiessen

  • Running time

    99 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are turned to stone, hit with magic green balls, zapped with blue lightning bolts, kicked, flipped, tripped, thrown through the air/to the ground, squashed by a giant cake, flicked with goo, pursued, captured, caged, near-crushed by rocks when falling down a canyon, lassoed, near-drowned, tied up, muzzled, poked, set alight, pushed over a balcony, smashed to pieces, picked up by a tornado, cannon-blasted through the air. Characters fall into rushing water, freefall from very high distances, transform into sea creatures. Energy bolts suck the power/energy from characters. Swordfighting. Explosion. Towers crushed, castle destroyed, village invaded/damaged, bridge collapse, table knocked over, ship hit in side with giant anchor. A balloon dog deflates as it is crushed. Mass panic, arguing, screaming. A character threatens to "clip their wings, scar them emotionally, tie them up and throw them overboard". Blood/gore: Giant animal skull with tusks, bird skull with beak, Jolly Roger flag. Characters are hit with splats of colour/pie that resemble blood (comic). A unicorn character has a broken horn that flickers blue sparks. Characters on fire (not graphic).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): When a characters says spots of goo will make your parts fall off an infected character grabs his crotch area. Bum-scratching.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    (None): Name-calling (evil goons, cotton candy, con artists, crazy unicorn, etc).

  • THEMES

    My Little Pony, teamwork, friendship, adventure, trust, betrayal, surrender, takeover, escape, stealing, awesomeness, responsibility, kindness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Ponies, bear, rabbit, birds, crocodile, hedgehog, mole, black beetle with many red eyes, meiolania (horned turtle), warthogs, cat, sea creatures, fish, lizards, octopus tentacles, bats, shark, vultures, parrots, seahorses, jellyfish, squid, turtles, unicorns, alicorns, pegasi, hippogriffs. Scary green eyes, large scary blimp/ships; scary creatures with frightening claws/manes/tails. Rainbow, waterfall, thunder, lightning, whirlpool, fireworks, hot air balloon, tornado, storm, giant black cloud. Coughing/spluttering/gasping for air.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Joyful, silly, colourful, delightful, magical, female-positive, star-packed, nostalgic, positive, fan-friendly, kid-friendly. Lively voice acting, committed performances, clean humour, cute pony puns, gentle-but-genuine scares, rich 2D animation, catchy soundtrack, retro vibe; a fair adaptation of the TV series.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, predictable. Simple animation, would be best enjoyed by fans.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie (2017)

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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild animated violence.

  • The pitch

    Find your inner piece. Get some Ninja inya.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, David Burrows, Alex Kauffman, Justin Theroux

  • Directed by

    Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan

  • Running time

    101 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    (Very mild, animated.) Characters are punched, kicked, fired through the air/off a suspension bridge, blown apart, knocked over/knocked to the ground, blasted with fire breath, frozen, zapped with lightning blasts, shirt-grabbed, restrained, pushed, hit with objects, caged, near-drowned, mocked/ridiculed, split apart with swords, hit on the forehead, eaten/regurgitated. A city is attacked by air and sea attacks/a giant animal; mass property destruction, mass panic, vehicles/aircraft/buildings destroyed, burning objects. A busload of children teeters/falls from the edge of an overpass, characters fall over cliff edges/into a river. Many characters behave unkindly to another character (say mean things/send mean text messages/whisper about him to friends/move to other seats to get away from him, etc). Objects thrown, smashed, defaced, snatched, crushed. Explosions, bomb. News reports discuss imminent attacks. Dragonfly swatted. Hissing, screaming. A character says he levels cities, attacks innocent people. Flashback of village under attack. Blood/gore: A character loses an arm/arm reinserted. Blood spatter graphic on screen. Scar on cheek. Skeletons/skulls. Characters with scary red eyes. Bitten by a snake, blown-out ear drum, will melt your skin, chipped tooth mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None.) LEGO characters in swimwear, shirtless men, close up of man slapping his hairy belly. Ogling. A multi-armed character pretends to make out with himself.

  • LANGUAGE

    Butt. Name-calling (bad, loser, weirdo, meddling, stupid, loco, maniacal, twisted, nerds, terrible, caged monkey, weak-voiced, subpar, monster, etc). Beeping sounds heard over a message being read aloud (expletives implied). Four-letter words mentioned.

  • THEMES

    Father-son relationships, heroes, ninjas, birthdays, family secrets, teamwork, elemental powers, rejection, evil overloads, capitalism, exes, brothers, training, moonlighting, secret identities, connectivity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Estranged father. Cat, fish tank, sharks, crabs, butterflies, dragonflies, snakes, spiders, cobwebs, beetles, birds, dragon, eagle, cows, horses, goat, horse-head mask. Snake and eyeballs in jars of formaldehyde. Volcano, full moon, dark/creepy jungle, helicopters. Child's balloon popped. Hot dog characters. Spitting. Vision during end credits. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Irreverant, smart, entertaining, delightful, funny, manic, zippy, action-packed, adequate, kid-distracting. Great voice cast, immersive visuals, thrilling battle sequences, beautiful/slick animation, random/bold/absurdist humour, likeable villain, chaotic/fast-paced/joke-filled first half.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, repetitive, forgettable, middling, disappointing. Flimsy emotional backbone, cheap/sappy sentimentality, weak character arcs, slow second half, cheap set-ups/jokes, bland adventure, lacks satire/originality; the idea is getting a little tired.