Review by John Delia, Jr.
Have you ever wondered if fairy tales are real or if Giants actually exist? Who catches our dreams and delivers them to us or are supernatural forces out there? The BFG will have you asking yourself these interesting questions and you’ll feel like a child once more. Read more
Arriving this week to home video Zootopia should make a big splash. So far the best animated film this year and it’s perfect for everyone. The family friendly characters are cute and cuddly and you’d even give a big hug to the plushy pushy bad guys. Kids are sure to attempt to try and wear out the disc, but with summer already here, that’s a good thing. Read more
The cute, brave and cuddly animals of Disney’s Lion King take over your DVD player in Lion Guard: Return of the Roar. Fun filled for the youngsters this new adventure tells a coming of age for Simba’s growing up cub Kion. It has strong values like making the right decision, leadership, friendship, bravery and identifying the strengths of others. It plays best to boys, but the girls will have fun too because the music’s lively and Simba’s daughter Kiara has a role in the film as well. Read more
The Walt Disney Company has released a collection of animated shorts on Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack. The twelve cartoon features are some of the top selections from their Animation Studio and includes 2015’s Oscar Winner. They are family friendly, comical, heartfelt as well as inspirational and informative. Some were never released in theaters and each has a personality all its own. This collection has some of the better productions ever put together for home viewing. Read more
She’s back again! Tinker Bell arrives in a Blu-ray Combo pack with a new adventure for youngsters called Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of The NeverBeast. Perfect for young girls, yet adventurous enough for boys as well. The movie features the six popular fairies from Pixie Hallow and in this story you’ll meet Nix a new Fairy and leader of the Scouts. The combo pack includes the Blu-ray, DVD and a code for a download of the film. Read more
The youngsters will have a blast watching the newest Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars now on DVD. Revitalizing the classic space adventure with their adolescent comedy, the popular television cartoon series by Disney is a hoot. And, the DVD Includes Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars full-length adventure along with five added episodes. There’s a special carbonite keychain of Perry in the box for the serious Phineas and Ferb fans and replicates Han Solo’s encrustation by Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back. Read more
FEAST will open in theaters in front of big-screen adventure BIG HERO 6 on November 7, 2014.
“Feast,” a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, “Paperman”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. The short opens on Nov. 7, 2014, in front of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6.”
One of Disney’s funniest animated films Wreck-it Ralph comes out today in a special 4 Disc Combo Pack that includes the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. The movie features a great voice cast, excellent direction and eye-popping 3D delivery. It is one of my favorites from 2012 and almost matched Oscar winner Brave for attendance worldwide.
One of the funnier children’s animated programs on the Disney Channel is the comedy of Phineas and Ferb with their sleuth Perry the Platypus. Now on DVD, The Perry Files: Animal Agents has all the laughs on one disc from all their adventures this past season.
Join Perry the Platypus – a.k.a. Agent P – and his fellow operatives as they team up to thwart Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his dastardly “Inators.” The funny adversaries may look very different, but they are evil in their own way. But with Agent P on the job, crushing evil just got better for everyone. Read more
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (in Digital 3D)
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Read more
Here are a couple of comical shorts that are guaranteed to be played over and again by your youngsters. Released in a 2 Disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack the animated miss-adventures Prep & Landing and Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice are two holiday videos filled with unique Christmas fun for the whole family. Whimsical and wacky the elf characters are the perfect medicine that should keep your elementary school children in high spirits. Read more
Children will enjoy this wonderland romp in a frozen forest with their favorite fairy Tinker Bell. Disney’s Secret of the Wings, the newest in the Fairies collection, has been released in a Blu-ray combo pack and for the first time includes a Fairies feature on a disc in 3D.
This adventure starts in Pixie Hallow showing Tink working with her friends that are making baskets for neighboring winter fairies living in the forbidden winter woods. Curious about the winter woods, Tink volunteers to help the Animal Fairy take the rabbits to the edge of the frozen forest. There she sees the rabbits cross a mysterious gateway that changes their fir from brown to white so they can survive the cold. Read more
and John Delia, Jr.
If you like action, mystery, and adventure, Cars 2 is for you. This time Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his best friend Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), step out of Radiator Springs into an exciting but hilarious international adventure that doesn’t leave anything out. Lightning McQueen is challenged to race in the first-time World Grand Prix, which takes place in the streets of Japan, Italy and London. While McQueen is trying to prove his racing skills to the globe, Mater finds himself thrown into the world of international espionage. Explosions and action packed chase scenes ignites the audience in an exciting ride of action and fun. Their skill, intellect and friendship are put to the test in a wild ride that would even give James Bond a run for his money.
Larry the Cable Guy did an awesome job again with Mater. Adding his great comedic skill along with the adventure he is set into. Mater is his usual self and entertains you with fun and laughter, along with some mystery and suspense. As usual you will follow one of your favorite characters through a world of Cars and laugh your way through it.
Michael Caine (Finn McMissile) and Emily Mortimer (Holley Shiftwell) do a great job of adding to the spy game and get you thrilled throughout the entire ride. They bring you into the action and guide the audience as well as Mater on a thrilling ride of suspense and adventure. Both do an excellent job of making their characters believable to the audience and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Owen Wilson (Lightning McQueen) along with Tony Shalhoub (Luigi) and the rest of the Radiator Springs cast give the audience what they want and even more. They bring the new challenge that Lightning McQueen must now complete, the World Grand Prix. Taken place in three beautiful locations around the world, the racing team of Lightning McQueen gives their fans all they got with speed, challenges and excitement.
I really enjoyed the 3D effects and how they were used it throughout the movie. The action brought me right into the film and gave me the feeling that I was right there with them. Pixar Animation Studios along with the directors, John Lasseter and Brad Lewis continued their excellence, by bringing the world of “Cars” in a new light and go one step further with the addition of mystery and suspense to their tale. They are able to show the world through a different set of glasses and bring the audience into the action and give them a great time full of excitement.
Final Analysis: It is a grade “A” film and a must see for all audiences. I am sure your kids will not let you miss this one. (A)