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Shaun the Sheep The Movie

Shaun the Sheep, like Wallace & Gromit, exists in a rose-tinted neverwhere, free from iPads, iPhones and – one suspects – indoor toilets and central heating. It’s a world where kids still wear short trousers and...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cowabunga dudes! And just like that it’s the 90’s again only (arguably) better and minus the Saturday morning PJs. With a reckless attitude towards keeping their identity secret, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles find themselves...
 
 
 
 
 
 

How To Train Your Dragon 2

For any sequel, measuring up to the success of the first is always tricky but writer/director Dean DeBlois may just have a winning formula on his hands with How to Train Your Dragon 2. Set five years after the original movie Hi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Wind Rises

The news that The Wind Rises would be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film signalled the end of a significant era in animation. With his collection of beautiful and dedicated work stretching right back to the early 70s, a lot rests on i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is an update on Peabody’s Improbable History, a segment on the animated Rocky & Bullwinkle Show from the 1950s and 60s created by Jay Ward.  Not much has been done with the characters since t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Frozen

If Disney’s Frozen has a single problem, it’s under/mis-marketing.  Most of the posters and trailers, focusing on the more “buddy movie” moments and on comic relief snowman Olaf (Josh Gad), will give com...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Turbo

Of the many stories to pass through Dreamwork’s doors over the years, Turbo, about a snail who dreams of being a racer, certainly sounds like one of the more charming. Voiced by the eternally po-faced Ryan Reynolds, slow moving...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Planes

With the musical chimes of cash registers still ringing in Disney and Pixar executives’ ears, it was only a matter of time before they tried to replicate the almost-too-easy success of those bland movies with this week’s releas...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monsters University

Monsters Inc is possibly the only Pixar story that leaves room for indulgence. Be that to the original’s advantage or not, Michael Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) find themselves recast as a younge...