Big Hero 6

There’s a lot about Big Hero 6 that is stock-standard, and the boy-and-his-robot tale has echoes of Short Circuit and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Clichés abound, and whilst this may be based on a Marvel comic, there’s a lot that’s been Disney-fied.
Rating: 3 starsHoopla Factor: 3.5 stars Continue reading Big Hero 6

Adventure Time – The Complete Fourth Season

Adventure Time is a show that continues to get better and better, and the best news is that season four also addresses some of the niggling problems I’d had with the show previously.
Rating: 4.5 starsHoopla Factor: 4.5 stars Continue reading Adventure Time – The Complete Fourth Season

Monsters University

Crystal and Goodman are just as good in the central roles as the first time around, but the dialogue feels a little sparse in comparison to the original. That being said, there are some heartfelt scenes here, particularly with one of the recurring motifs.
Rating: 3 starsHoopla Factor: 3 stars Continue reading Monsters University

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph hits all the emotional and narrative beats from Screenwriting 101, but it does it so skilfully that the film never feels predictable. Filled with pathos, there are some incredible moments that really tug at the heartstrings, and like all good kids’ films, there are some great lessons to be learned.
Rating: 4.0 starsHoopla Factor: 4.0 stars Continue reading Wreck-It Ralph

Arthur Christmas

The jokes come thick and fast, and I was sure that I was missing a whole host of visual gags in an effort to keep up, particularly in the opening act. If there is any one criticism I could level at the film, it would be that the humorous dialogue is simply too tightly packed in there.
Rating: 4.0 starsHoopla Factor: 4.0 stars Continue reading Arthur Christmas

A Town Called Panic

The character animation is nearly non-existent – the expressions on their faces never change, and when they “walk” it almost seems as if an invisible hand is moving the pieces. Then again, there are some large-scale massive events which make use of the entire landscape, and these are uniformly brilliant.
Rating: 3.5 starsHoopla Factor: 3.5 stars Continue reading A Town Called Panic