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Coco Movie Review: Pixar's Best Since Inside Out

Despite following a standard Pixar formula, Coco is still entertaining and profound regardless.
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Even though Coco follows a standard Disney formula with its storyline about a young child trying to find their true calling, like with Mulan and Moana, it still manages to find ways to reinvent itself. Coco is not just about listening to your inner voice and taking control of your destiny. It’s also about family, forgiveness, and remembrance and it manages to be both entertaining and poignant. Coco follows the story of a boy named Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez), who dreams of becoming a musician and idolizes the late, famed singer Ernesto De La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). However, his family

Justice League Action Season 1 Part 1 DVD Review: More Action, Less Filler

It’s like eating your dessert without having dinner.
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It’s been ten years since the last animated series of our favorite DC superheroes was regularly on the air. Justice League ran from 2001 to 2004 and was quickly followed up by its predecessor Justice League Unlimited, which expanded the roster of characters and ran until 2006. The two shows were praised by critics and loved by fans. Not only did it bring beloved characters to the masses, but it did so with well-drawn animation and quality storylines. After this ten-year hiatus and a live action Justice League feature film about to debut in theatres, it must have seemed like

Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event Plays Big Screens Nationwide on October 16 Only

The first look at the show’s epic Season One movie remastered in high definition, exclusive extras from Samurai Jack: The Complete Series Box Set, and special surprises for fans.
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Press release: Created by famed animation director Genndy Tartakovsky, the fully remastered Emmy-nominated premiere movie from acclaimed Season 1 of the Adult Swim series, Samurai Jack, will debut for the first time in remastered HD when “Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event” arrives in movie theaters nationwide. Presented by Fathom Events and Adult Swim, “Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event” will be shown in U.S. cinemas for one night on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Offering fans the ultimate Samurai Jack experience, the exclusive one-night cinema event will captivate audiences with special content filmed for this exclusive

Loving Vincent Movie Review: Painting Life

The world's first film to be made entirely with oil painting is a visually stunning work of art.
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At the end of each Laika Studios feature film (Coraline, Kubo & the Two Strings, etc.), we get a time-lapsed, behind-the-scenes look into how the preceding movie was made, and we’re shown how much detail and hard work was put into crafting one particular scene. I kind of wish there was something like that at the end of Loving Vincent, a new biopic about the late Vincent van Gogh that was made entirely with oil paintings on canvas. Granted, you can find clips online, but having it readily available for viewing during the credits, especially after something as experimental and

ANIMATION IS FILM Festival Announces Initial Feature Competition Line-up and Jury

Inaugural edition takes place October 20-22, 2017 at the TCL Chinese 6 theaters, Hollywood.
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Press release: ANIMATION IS FILM launches October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood. The Festival will present a highly selective showcase of animated films from around the world, plus red carpet, filmmaker Q&As, special events, receptions, and both juried and audience awards. The festival is being produced by GKIDS in partnership with Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Variety, with additional sponsors and media partners Google and Fathom Events. 2017 FILMS IN COMPETITION (additional titles to be announced) THE BIG BAD FOX & OTHER TALES (U.S. Premiere)Directors Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner, France, 2017Benjamin Renner received an Oscar

Peanuts by Schulz: School Days DVD Review: I Still Highly Recommend This Series

Another three hours of new animation based on the classic strips.
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Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided Cinema Sentries with a free copy of the DVD reviewed in this post. The opinions shared are those solely of the writer. The third collection of Peanuts by Schulz shorts has arrived on DVD from Warner Bros. The two-disc set collects over three hours of material from the recent show on Boomerang in 29 shorts. It's interesting that Warner Bros has gone against form to release the episodes by theme instead of the order in which they aired. Previous volumes based around Snoopy and Sports have earned high marks in previous reviews of mine.

The Lion King (The Circle of Life Edition) Blu-ray Review: Don't Wait to Own It

Well worth having in one's Disney video collection, but there's no need to double dip.
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The Lion King, the greatest box-office hit of the Disney Renaissance, earning nearly a billion dollars worldwide, is the latest addition to The Signature Collection, the name currently being used to repurpose high-definition transfers with some new bonus material. The animation is impressive as are the voice actors and the movie tells a good story about the need to accept one's mistakes rather than running from them. The Lion King is available in the original theatrical edition or in sing-along mode, which provides subtitles along the bottom, turning the movie into a karaoke video. It opens with "The Circle of

Star Wars: Rebels: The Complete Season Three Blu-ray Review: An Excellent New Chapter in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

This season brings new characters to life while adding new dimensions to old favorites.
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The Star Wars animated series have done a good job of bridging the gap between movies and telling stories the movies don’t get to explore. Rebels is no exception to this. Set about 14 years after the end of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Rebels tells the story of how the Empire grew in power and how the Rebellion came to be. The Complete Season Three further explores the relationship between Ezra and Kanan and saw the onscreen debut of fan-favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn. The season opener “Steps Into Shadow” finds Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray) leading a mission to

Batman and Harley Quinn Blu-ray Review: Poison, But Not the Ivy Kind

Bruce Timm disrespects his Harley Quinn creation in this sophomoric travesty.
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After 10 years and 30 animated films, the brain trust behind the DC Universe Animated Original Movies is long overdue for replacement. The series has always dabbled in mature themes and language, generally for no discernible reason other than the dubious honor of a gritty PG-13 or even R rating, but here they’ve managed to sink to a new low. What should have been a lighthearted team-up of unlikely allies has instead turned into a sickening example of creators run amok, displaying no respect for their characters or audience. The setup is straightforward: Poison Ivy and her leafy ally The

Samurai Jack: The Complete Series to Be Released on October 17

Adult Swim isn’t stopping there.
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Press release: Following the epic conclusion of its fifth and final season, Adult Swim’s four-time Emmy Award-winning series, Samurai Jack, arrives as a complete series on Blu-ray and Digital HD October 17, 2017. Featuring all 62 heart-pounding episodes of the critically acclaimed animated show, Samurai Jack: The Complete Series also arrives with action-packed bonus content, including exclusive featurettes, behind the scenes looks and special commentary. Fans will also relive the first four seasons in HD for the first time as each episode has been remastered to perfection. The box set also features a one-of-a-kind metal art print, created especially for

LEGO Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash Blu-ray Review: The Mix Here Is a Hot Mess

In which Mystery Inc. are in LEGO for no good reason.
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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided Cinema Sentries with a free copy reviewed in the Blog Post. Shawn's opinions are his own. The title alone should tell you that this is going to be a mish-mash of properties and stories. Anyone who has followed my reviews for the past decade knows that I love Scooby-Doo! But it's the most schizophrenic property over at Warner Bros. They have had a series of good movies since the relaunch in 1998 including Scooby-Doo! on Zombie Island and Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! The recent TV series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! have led the

Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side Of Dimensions Blu-ray Review: An Excellent Addition to the Franchise

Yugi must save the world but can he do it without the help of the Pharaoh?
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The last time we saw Yugi Moto (Dan Green) and his friends they had once again saved the world and finally laid to rest the spirit of the Pharaoh, who resided in the Millennium Puzzle worn around Yugi’s neck. It’s now a year later and Yugi, Joey (Wayne Grayson), Tea (Amy Birnbaum), and Tristan (Greg Abbey) have bigger concerns than the end of the world. They are about to graduate from high school and things will never be the same again. But before they get to walk across that stage and receive their diplomas, strange things begin happening across the

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Hanna-Barbera Animation Studio with the Diamond Collection on DVD and Digital

Ultimate Anniversary catalog features over 70 seasons of the most beloved animated series including The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear and many more.
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Press release: To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera’s animation studio on July 7, 1957, Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) is releasing a comprehensive catalog of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons to date. The 60th anniversary catalog collection is a celebration of the lovable gang of animated characters that children and adults alike remember and continue to influence pop culture around the world. The Diamond Collection will include over 70 seasons of the most popular animated titles of the 50s, 60s and 70s, many of which have not been released on DVD or Digital

GKIDS and Fathom Events Partner to Bring Studio Ghibli to U.S. Cinemas Throughout 2017

The series features six of Studio Ghibli’s revered animated classics offering both dubbed and subtitled versions.
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Press release: Following the success of the Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke cinema events, GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, the leading distributor of event cinema, are proud to announce a partnership to bring the biggest series of anime titles to U.S audiences throughout 2017. The series features Studio Ghibli’s revered animated classics, a selection of GKIDS new release titles and an ongoing animated short film mini-festival. The 2017 partnership kicks off with the iconic My Neighbor Totoro, from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, on Sunday, June 25 and Monday, June 26. Totoro

Bambi: Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review: Walt Disney at His Best

There is just too much stuff here to pass up.
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Can you sit down with three children ages seven, nine, and eleven, and watch a 75-year-old animated film without them getting restless? Yes, and no one was more surprised than I. Surprised simply because I had forgotten just how good, and ahead of its time, Bambi was. All of the children found the film “sad”, “cute”, and “fun”, with the ending being their favorite part, and all would definitely watch it again. I can’t recall the last time I saw the brilliant telling of the life, loves, and losses, of the Prince of the Forest and his friends, but I

Peanuts by Schulz: Go Team Go! DVD Review: An Excellent Addition to the Peanuts Family

In which the Peanuts strips come to life with a collection of sports-themed shorts.
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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own. It would have been easy to just take my review for Peanuts by Schulz, Volume 1: Snoopy Tales and copy and paste it generally into a review here with a couple tweaks. Warner Bros. is releasing Volume 2 of the new series under the subtitle of Go Team Go! with over two hours of sports-themed shorts. I lauded the first volume for capturing the comic pace of the strips instead of being in the tradition

The Valley of Gwangi / When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth Blu-ray Reviews: More Animated than Ever

The Warner Archive Collection shows off two showcases of animators Ray Harryhausen and Jim Danforth in these splendid catalog releases.
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Decades before civilized man would figure out new and inventive ways to suck the life out of that good ol' fashioned movie magic previous generations grew up looking up to, a species of gifted animators roamed the great halls of special effects studios near and far. Out of all the long-leggedy beasties, none were as revered and respected as the Hausenusharrius Rayus ‒ better known as Ray Harryhausen to us laymen ‒ whose magnificence and might effectively crowned him King of the Stop-Motion Animators. And it is with one of his tales that we begin this peek at two recent

The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania DVD Review: A Fun Adventure Reminiscent of the Original Series

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the original show, but this new film has a very nice, familiar feel to it.
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The original Jetsons cartoon was produced by Hanna-Barbera back in the early ‘60s. While it only lasted 24 episodes, most people grew up watching it in syndication and would eventually see some new episodes in the mid-‘80s. The show featured the misadventures of a family in the future where people lived in the skies, had vehicles that flew, was filled with robots, and every television set was actually a video phone. Unfortunately, voice actors George O’Hanlon (George Jetson), and Mel Blanc (Cosmo Spacely) passed away, leaving the beloved cartoon in a sort of limbo where it has remained until this

Moana Blu-ray Review: While A Nice Addition To The Disney Catalog, It's Severely Lacking In Storyline

It doesn’t stand out quite like a Disney film should and the musical numbers are not very memorable.
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A long time ago, there was only the ocean until the mother island Te Fiti arose. The island was the beginning of all life and its heart was said to be able to give the gift of creating life to anyone who possessed it. Many tried but all failed. That was until the day a Demigod trickster with shape-shifting ability named Maui (Dwayne Johnson) snuck upon the island and stole the heart. But he was not the only one who came to steal the heart that day. The fire demon Te Kaa caught up with Maui as he fled the

2017 Oscar-nominated Animated Short Films Review

And the nominees are...
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North America owned the Animation Short Film category this year with three from the United States and two from Canada, though one was a co-production with the United Kingdom. The art is where the shorts all stand out. Unfortunately, a couple falter because of the story. Blind Vaysha (director Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 min) - A young girl is born in a village with one eye that sees the future and one that sees the past. The narrator offers viewers the opportunity to see as Vaysha, but offers no resolution to her story. The short has an interesting look as
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