There have been some good animated movies in 2017, but the stand outs are few. One of the best is the new release of Disney/PIXAR’s adventure comedy Coco. Filled with laughter, excitement, music and life lessons, the animated feature should become a family favorite. Read more
Review by Gino Sassani
“Once upon a time there was a great war that brought so much sadness to so many people. Hardly anyone could remember what happiness was like. But something happened that changed all that…” Read more
Taking a few ideas from superhero films the animated adventure Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie flies onto DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD for home viewing. The comical kid’s movie has some great characters and a cool plot that will keep tots to tweens laughing and talking about the fun film. The movie comes with over 30 minutes of fascinating extras, mostly for the youngsters. Read more
The “Despicable Me” series that includes “Minions” never seems to get tiring as they extend their comedy one more time with Despicable Me 3 opening this weekend. The key to the filmmaker’s success is the handling of the characters and inserting them into the animated movie with a plan in mind. Read more
The 6 part miniseries “Mars” has arrived on Blu-ray and DVD and it’s so realistic you would think we have already settled a new world on another planet. The TV series ran on National Geographic in 2016 and the home video includes 8 bonus features including the prequel “Before Mars”. Your imagination will take over within 10 minutes of the first episode as it opens a new world to space exploration. Read more
Review by John M. Delia, Jr.
Can Beauty tame the Beast once more? This beautiful fairy tale of Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has now been turned into a live action motion picture that delivers a more detailed story. What once was animation that provided the story of romance and power, with this release it’s the actors that have to reach out to the audience and make them believe. And they nail it! Much like the recent Walt Disney’s Cinderella (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016), I’m predicting Beauty and the Beast will be another worldwide blockbuster. Read more
One of my favorite Disney films Pinocchio has finally been released on Digital HD in a combo pack with the Blu-ray and DVD. It also has some new bonus features that includes a new version of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa”. The last release of the film to DVD and Blu-ray was in 2009 for its 75th Anniversary edition, so if your little ones have not had the opportunity to see the masterpiece at home, on their tablet, smartphone, or even their laptop, then the Digital HD code inside the box will make it all happen. Read more
Review by John M. Delia, Jr.
I’ve watched many biographies, but not quite as compelling and heartfelt as Queen of Katwe. The film takes you into the heart of the story right away then works it charm throughout. Tugging at your heartstrings at times, the fine acting makes the story work right down to the inspirational ending. Read more
When’s the last time you saw a good dog movie with love, devotion and heroism? Not the animated type, but one that stars dogs doing some awesome stunts, creating the love for animals and even inspirational. Well you can find all that and more in the movie A Dog’s Purpose, a fun, adventure of a dog’s life that runs full circle. It’s fun for the whole family, but don’t be surprised when your youngster starts begging for a new furry friend. Read more
Probably the most silly of animated films this year, and that’s good thing for Sing. Enjoyable, very funny, touching and oh incredibly wacky the family film targets children, but the adults will enjoy it a lot more than the average toon. I’m surprised the filmmakers waited so long to put the film in theaters, but with no children’s anime to stop it from becoming a blockbuster, it’s a very possible chance it will. Read more
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. Now on Home Video available in Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download or get all three in a combo pack. Read more
Nicely made the film Pete’s Dragon has reached home video. Now in Blu-ray/DVD and combo the film has a modern twist that should mesmerize the youngest of tykes that like exciting and family oriented films. Since it does have a quite unsettling beginning my advice to parents, run it ahead a bit for 5 and under until you are okay with what you are watching. It settles into a very adventurous fantasy with Elliot the Dragon and the orphaned Pete.
Heartfelt, inspiring and compelling the documentary Life, Animated takes you into the world of Autism in a positive way. Not to be missed, this amazing production involves relationships as you have never experienced unless you are a parent, psychologist, or a member of the medical field directly associated with children with this unusual affliction. It’s so touching and emotional that the film should bring tears of joy from this rare coming-of-age story. Read more
Director Jon Favreau turns family viewing up a notch with a darker version of the 1997 animated The Jungle Book. Now on Blu-ray/DVD the live action with a copious amounts of computer generated images, Favreau takes the classic into the 21st century with realism beyond belief. Adding a lot of action to his film the movie becomes more of a jungle battle than an innocent romp in the trees and vegetation while coming in contact with some comical characters. It’s not the family musical you saw many years ago, but the story stays intact and fun to watch. Read more
Here’s a very good animated film for the kiddies and even teens, especially gamers who have played the PlayStation video game from which the movie was taken. It’s called Ratchet & Clank and gets released on August 23, 2016 in several formats DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD. They have also bundled the three formats in a one purchase box for those that want to split the fun with youngsters. The story has a good theme about being a hero, but the sci-fi animated violence can get a bit testy for the very young. Read more