Shrek (the first) set a new standard for animated movies that ironically has never been matched by any of its sequels. Shrek Forever After is one of the biggest disappointments any franchise has seen in the modern era. It is never easy following in the footsteps of greatness but in this Newtonian spoof the apple has fallen from the tree branch onto a different planet. This is the fourth and final Shrek and regrettably so. Instead of going out with a bang Shrek failed to emit a whimper. Forever After is a children’s film. Yes people, I understand the previous three were not exclusively for adults but the humor, slapstick and classic one-liners parodied our favorite nursery rhymes, fairy tales and childhood cartoon characters beautifully. This new Shrek (version 4.0) seeks to redeem his inner ogre but in the process he makes the audience the ones who say "oof".
Disney’s A Christmas Carol should have remained Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Once a treasured didactic novel, A Christmas Carol has fallen victim to Hollywood's urge to tarnish the influence books have to nourish one’s intellect and imagination. It has been metamorphosed into an IMAX 3D production. However much this bothers me, I still must give Disney’s marketing executives credit for forestalling A Christmas Carol’s Blu-ray and DVD release until this holiday season (nearly one year later) to maximize the film's sales.
Andy is going to college, but how can he afford the tuition in this economy? Is he on scholarship? I would think not since he has spent most of his time playing with a bunch of silly old toys, oops did I just write that? Toy Story 3 starts with a whimper and finishes with a bang. While it does not deserve an A rating or to be called the most spectacular finish to a beloved animated film series yet, it does have its moments and its own unique charm.
How to Train Your Dragon is a DreamWorks animation film that targets children’s burgeoning sense of righteousness and morality. Under the helm of Spielberg and associates DreamWorks has spared no expense for its production quality/value. Following suit, How to Train Your Dragon is stunning in 3D. Despite strong efforts by Avatar and Clash of the Titans to project the finest 3D on the market, Dragon’s is just plain better.
Picture this: James Marsden, Bette Midler, Christina Applegate, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris O'Donnell, and the former James Bond, Roger Moore all together for one performance. This sounds like a recipe for a really bad reality show right? Well, believe it or not, it's a cast list for the latest "should have gone straight to DVD" kids release Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.
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