The Bob’s Burgers Movie review

I’ve said this before but since most animated movies are CGI now it always feels like a special treat to see a 2d animated movie on the big screen. The Bob’s Burgers Movie is about. Spoilers: Grover Fischoeder(who appeared in a few episodes) murdered a carny in order to frame Calvin Fischoeder and take over the wharf. I will admit having a murder story like this seems a bit too dark and kind of off brand for this show. Still this film is a lot of fun.

This film has the same heart as the show and embodies everything that’s great about the show such as the likable characters, hilarious comedy, touching moments, and even catchy songs. Sunny Side Up Summer is a great opening song and the song Lucky Ducks reminds me a lot of “I’ve Got a Dream” from Tangled which ironically takes place The Snuggly Duckling. I will admit there are references to a bunch of episodes that newcomers are probably not going to get but since I’ve watched the show for years it doesn’t bother me that much.

Most theatrical animated movies based on cartoons would usually have better animation and Bob’s Burgers is no exception. The animation here is surprisingly smooth and fluid. One of the studios animating this was Mercury Filmworks who was known for the Netflix animated series Hilda so that’s a plus for me. This was also Dale Baer’s who was an animator at Disney since Robin Hood 1973 last film he worked on before he died and I think this was a good send off for him.

The Bob’s Burgers Movie is the best theatrical animated movies based on an animated series since The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. I’d even say it’s just as good if not better than The Simpsons Movie. It has everything that makes the show one of the best Adult animated shows on Fox.

Verdict:

+ Fluid animation

+ The heart of the show

+ The songs

-A bit too dark

-References newcomers won’t understand

Score: A-

Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers review

A funny story before the review. One time at my former job I was on a lunch break and Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers came into my mind I thought to myself, Disney animation should do a movie on them (meaning it would be part of the canon). Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers takes place in a animation/live action hybrid world similar to Roger Rabbit and decades after the 1989 show ended. Chip and Dale had split up but rejoin forces when their friend Monterey Jack disappears so they have to solve where he is.

This is probably the most meta-Disney movie ever and most of the jokes are hilarious and poke fun at lot of things such as Batman vs ET (tell me you’d die to see that). This movie is full of references and cameos not just from Disney but also non-Disney properties. This really felt like Roger Rabbit if it used more modern characters. Ugly Sonic is probably the best cameo but the one that I didn’t expect was Randy Marsh from freaking South Park. I also like how every animated character has a different animation style such as 2d, CGI, stop motion, puppets, and even motion capture (uncanny valley). I will admit however I really did not like the animation on Chip. Unlike other cell shaded cartoons like Spider-Verse or The Bad Guys, Chip looks really off to me, heck even more than CGI Dale. I really think they should’ve just made him 2d like from the cartoon.

Another problem I have is the villain Sweet Pete played who’s also an older Peter Pan The problem isn’t that he’s a bad villain is mostly that his backstory is very similar to Bobby Driscoll who played Peter Pan in 1953. Bobby Driscoll was let go from Disney when he hit puberty and ended up doing drugs and dying homeless. So having Peter Pan be evil feels kind of tasteless especially to people that really love Peter Pan. Also, you could’ve used any character as the villain and nothing would really change heck it would feel less mean spirited then.

Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers is sort of the closet we’ll ever get to a modern or even sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (who also makes a cameo). It’s pretty much what Space Jam A New Legacy tried to do but failed. Its full of great callbacks, jokes, and cameos that you’ll probably miss on your first viewing. Heck it’s one of those movies I’ll probably watch again to find all of the other references.

Verdict:

+Different animations

+Meta humor

+References and cameos

-Chip’s animation

-Sweet Pete

Score: B

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness review

It’s kind of ironic that Tobey Maguire played Peter Parker in Sam Raimi’s Spider Man trilogy, then co-starred with Doctor Strange in No Way Home and now Sam Raimi is directing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It’s come full circle. Doctor Strange 2 is about Stephen Strange traveling the multiverse to try to stop a new and old enemy for causing destruction. This is basically 50% MCU movie and 50% Sam Raimi movie.

Benedict Cumberbatch is still excellent as Stephen Strange and I like the dynamic between him and America Chavezplayed by Xochitl Gomez. The Illuminati members were also neat and I also really enjoyed seeing Patrick Stewart reprise his role as Charles Xavier. The real standout here however has to be Elizabeth Olsen is probably at her best here as Wanda. I thought it was surprising the see her being the villain since she redeemed herself but her motives are understandable and Elizabeth is having a lot of fun being the villain. I will admit Karl Mordo didn’t really have a purpose in the story and we don’t even see our universe’s Mordo. Still, that’s my only nitpick.

This movie is up there with Thor Ragnarok and the Gaurdians of the Galaxy movies as one of the visually best-looking movies in the MCU. As little as we of the other dimensions they were still awesome to look at especially the pain universe. I also have to give credit to Sam Raimi’s terrific directing. you can definitely see Sam Raimi’s footprint throughout especially during the gruesome moments. There’s a scene where Wanda kills all the Illuminati member that’s very creative and gruesome ways. The climax also has Stephen take over the body of a dead Stephen in order to fight Wanda that’s definitely cool. The best action scene has to be involving Doctor Strange fighting Sinister Strange with musical notes. It’s like something from a Fantasia sequel.

Funny enough, this movie came out near Mother’s Day and the main villain of this movie is a mother trying to reunite with her children. I don’t know if this was intentional or not but it is funny to think about. Doctor Strange 2 is better than the first one and much like Everything Everywhere All at Once this movie can be enjoyed in any dimension in the multiverse.

Verdict:

+Gruesome violence

+Sam Raimi’s directing

+Visually amazing

+Wonderful performances

-Karl Mordo

Score: A

Pompo: The Cinéphile review

I consider myself a cinephile which means I have a passion for the film industry and I dream one day of joining. Pompo: The Cinéphile is an anime movie from Studio Clap that’s about an assistant to B-movie producer Pompo named Gene. Pompo writes an artistic script but puts Gene in charge of both directing and editing the film. In a way this movie is kind of like Ed Wood or The Disaster Artist is they were anime movies.

This movie manages to show the positive side of filmmaking but also doesn’t shy away from some of the cons of it either. There’s great scene where they need a bunch of sheep for a scene but most of them were eaten so Gene uses a smoke machine and cardboard sheep. We also see how risky it is to do reshoots since most of the crew has already left and they need more money. If I had one problem is that the bank sub plot is not that interesting. Still, that’s just a nitpick. The movie also gives great filmmaking advice like how to grab people’s attention with a good tv spot.

All the characters are very likable but the two that really stood out to me are Gene and Pompo. The scenes where Gene is editing the movie which has probably the best animation in an already wonderfully animated movie (the sword cutting the film is a great touch) reminds me a lot of when I took a video editing class in college. Pompo is definitely my favorite character. She’s so upbeat and full of energy and I love how passionate she is for movies. She gives great advice and I also agree with her reason of not liking long movies (no offense to Avengers Endgame).

Pompo: The Cinéphile is up there with Belle as not just one of my favorite Anime movies but also one of my favorite movies of all time. This is a movie that really speaks to anyone with a love for cinema and anyone who dreams of entering the film industry including me. Its a film that is worthy of winning every Osc… I mean Nyacademy Award. Why are the best movies I’ve seen this year both anime and technically from last year?

Verdict:

+ Gene

+ Great filmmaking advice

+ Pompo

+ The animation

+ The pros and cons of filmmaking

-Bank sub plot

Score: A+

The Bad Guys review

Rick, you son of a bitch I’m in

DreamWorks Animation hasn’t really caught my interest in a very long time until now. The Bad Guys is about a group of criminal animals led by Mr.Wolf, when one of their heists fails Wolf tells everyone that they plan to become good though really it’s a cover up for another heist. Wolf does however end up having a change of heart. It’s kind of like Sly Cooper (one of my favorite game series) with the plot of Megamind set in a world populated by both humans and animals like BoJack Horseman.

Now the story of a bad guy turning good isn’t particularly new in animated movies, in fact DreamWorks already did this in Megamind. Spoilers: This movie does have a bunch of familiar tropes seen in other family films. There’s a 2nd act break up between Wolf and his gang. There’s also an obvious twist villain in the form Professor Marmalade. I also think that twist that Professor Marmalade was disguised as the old lady Mr. Wolf saved seemed too forced. It would’ve been fine if Marmalade and the old lady were two separate characters.

The best thing about this movie is the animation. This is one of the best-looking DreamWorks movies I’ve ever seen. I’m really happy that recent animated movies are using the 2d/3d hybrid method like in the Peanuts Movie, Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse, and the Mitchells vs the Machines. Apparently, the animators looked at for inspiration from Spider-Man so that’s a really good sign. I also really love the character designs which are very cartoony, and the facial expressions are great. What also helps give these characters so much energy is the voice talent. Everyone puts on there A game especially Sam Rockwell as Mr.Wolf who I think is the biggest standout.

The Bad Guys is one of the better DreamWorks animated movies in recent history. It has the charm of Sly Cooper with the visually astonishing visuals of Spider Man into the Spider-Verse. I’m really glad DreamWorks is also using this same method for Puss in Boots 2 and I hope they do more movies with unique styles in the future.

Verdict:

+Great voice talent

+Visually amazing

-Familiar family film tropes

-The Old lady

Score: A-

Everything Everywhere All at Once review

I finally got around to seeing Everything Everywhere All at Once. This is first movie from A24 I’ve ever seen since I’ve actually never seen one A24 movie until now. Mostly because 1. there mostly horror/drama films, 2.They never usually show at any of my local movie theaters. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to see it but I was lucky enough to find a screening. Everything Everywhere All at Once is about a struggling Chinese woman named Evelyn that discovers the ability to verse-jump.

Spoiler warning: The verse jumping is a little hard to understand at first but it gets easier as the movie goes on and it’s actually a very creative and unique. I do like that instead of just traveling to different dimensions; the characters actually take over the minds of their alternate selves and even gain some of their abilities. Some of the stuff they do to jump is hilarious. Speaking of which the comedy in the film is great, there’s a brilliant reference to a Pixar movie that I don’t want to give away but it cracked me up. There’s also a bunch of comedy in the action scenes which are really badass and fun. I will admit that this movie at maybe too many climaxes near the end but to be fair there are really good climaxes. One of them involves Evelyn and Jobu in a dimension where they are rocks.

The cast of this movie is amazing and every one managed to nail their roles. Michelle Yeoh is terrific as Evelyn Quan Wang. Honestly seeing Evelyn in the opening scene reminds me a lot of my Mom. Stephanie Ann Hsu is good as Evelyn’s daughter Joy Wang, but I think she really shined as Jobu Tupaki who is such an entertaining and interesting villain. Her first fight scene with the guards is amazing and hilarious. Other standout performances include Ke Huy Quan as Waymond Wang/Alpha Wang, and James Hong as Gong Gong.

I don’t do acid but man this really felt like an acid trip. People say Everything Everywhere All at Once is one of the best movies of the year and I completely agree. It’s hilarious, touching, and most of all completely insane. This is a movie that can be enjoyed in any alternate universe. Doctor Strange 2’s got a lot of competition this year.

Verdict:

+The action

+The comedy

+Unique multiverse traveling

+Wonderful acting

+/-A lot of climaxes

Score: A+

Turning Red review

This movie missed a perfect opportunity to use the Pixar Disney castle logo used from 1995 to 2007 since this movie takes place in 2002. Pixar’s Turning Red is written and directed by Domee Shi who also wrote and directed the Academy Award winning Pixar short Bao. Turning Red is about a 13-year-old Chinese Canadian girl named Mei Lee who can turn into a red panda whenever she feels strong emotions.  

I think Mei Lee is a very likable protagonist. The movie focuses a lot on the relationship between her and her mother. I do like that they have a flawed but still nice relationship. I also really enjoyed Mei Lee’s friends. Each one has unique character designs, ethnicities and personalities and work off each other wonderfully. There is sort of a liar revealed bit that involved Mei lying to Mom and using her red panda abilities to raise money for a concert. While not as bad as A Bug’s Life it still leads to a scene where Mei Lee throws her friends under the bus.

The animation in Turning Red is really good and practically has the same style as Domee Shi’s short Bao. This film has more unique character designs compared to other Pixar movies much like how Luca also has unique character designs. What really stood out to me in terms of animation were the facial expressions. I heard the animation was inspired by anime and it really shows. I also really liked the comedy in this movie. The wide-eyed facial expressions, fast paced jokes make this one of the funniest movies Pixar has done.

Again, like Luca last year I’m really glad Pixar has been giving new animators who proven there protentional through shorts opportunities to write and direct movies. I’m really exited to see who will be given that opportunity again in the future. Turning Red is one of the more fun outings in Pixar while also being heartwarming and hilarious.

Verdict:

+Mei Lee and her friends

+Mei Lee and her mother

+The animation

+The comedy

-Liar revealed cliche

Score: A

The Batman review

The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves who also directed “Dawn of” and “War for” the Planet of the Apes. It’s also the first DC movie where Batman has gotten a movie all to himself since The Dark Knight Rises nearly 10 years ago. At 176 minutes it is the longest Batman movie and will admit that’s my biggest gripe with this movie. It really does feel like it goes on for a very long time but too be fair it is a huge story.

Most of the cast is terrific but the biggest highlights are the hero and villain. Robert Patterson is terrific as a younger and angsty Bruce Wayne/Batman. I really like his character arc about him turning from a vigilante symbol for fear and vengeance to a heroic symbol of hope. Characters calling him Vengeance is a nice touch. I also think the Riddler played by Paul Dano is a huge improvement from Jim Carry. Not only was I surprised that Matt Reeves turned this joke villain into a really creepy character yet still had a bunch of humor to him. Batman villains are great when they balance being both threatening and funny. Heck even The Penguin is enjoyable and his makeup is amazing.

A problem I’ve had with recent Batman movies is that Gotham City looks too much like a real city, especially in the Dark Knight trilogy. I always felt like superhero cities especially Gotham City should feel like another world. Fortunately, this movie’s Gotham City is incredible. It’s both dirty, gothic and full of video screens like in Time Square. Gotham City’s Time Square might be my favorite location in the movie. Probably the best movie version is this city since Tim Burton’s Batman. Matt Reeves managed to pull off the film noir style thanks to his direction and cinematography.  

The Batman everything a great Batman movie should have, a great Batman, a great villain, and a great Gotham City. It is up there with Batman 1989 as one of my favorite Batman movies. Heck I even say it’s better than all three Dark Knight movies.

Verdict:

+Film noir feel

+Gotham City

+Robert Patterson as Batman

+The Riddler

-Long runtime

Score: A

Belle review

It’s funny how Mamoru Hosaoda uses Disney movies as inspiration for his movies. The Boy and the Beast is similar to The Jungle Book and Belle is very similar to Beauty and the Beast with a dash of Ready Player One. Belle is about a struggling teenage girl named Suzu Naito who’s avatar in the virtual world called U is a popular singer named Belle. She comes across a mysterious avatar named Dragon and tries to figure who he is.

Suzu Naito is one of my favorite fictional characters in recent history. She’s very shy, quiet and distant due to her mother’s death. It really makes her feel relatable and you really do feel for her when she’s embarrassed or sad. I also really enjoyed her best friend, Hiroka Betsuyaku. Jessica DiCicco gives such a crazy, funny, but also supportive performance. Most anime movies have amazing animation and Belle is no exception. Everything from the character designs, backgrounds, facial expressions are great. I will admit my one gripe with the movie and it’s very little is the cgi animation. I not really a fan of CGI in anime and I think Earwig might have been the cause of that. That’s only a small nitpick and if that’s my only gripe than that’s a good thing.

Spoiler Warning: This movie actually made me cry. Dragon turns out to be a boy who is abused along with his brother by his father (I wanted to punch him in the face). In order to prove to Dragon and his brother she’s Belle so she can save them from their father, Suzu unveils herself to the entire world of U and sings “A Million Miles Away”. Not only is the song so beautiful thanks to Kylie McNeill’s amazing singing and the incredible music, the scene in general is incredibly emotional that I had tears fill my eyes in the movie theater. It’s my favorite scene in the entire movie and I’ll just say it, this is honestly one of my favorite scenes in all of cinema.

Like Paddington 2 this is one of those movies where I can’t tell if this is either a 2021 or 2022 but either way it would still be one of the best movies of that year. Belle is Mamoru Hosoda’s best movie he’s done, one of the best anime movies I’ve ever seen, and maybe one of my favorite movies of all time. I was very lucky to find a local theater playing this because this was such a beautiful and emotional experience and a perfect way to begin the new year.

Verdict:

+A Million Miles Away

+ Emotional

+ Hiroka Betsuyaku

+ Suzu Naito

+The animation

-CGI

Score: A+

Hilda and the Mountain King review

Unless you’ve just started following my blog you should know how much I love Hilda. Hilda and the Mountain King is based on the 6th graphic novel in the Hilda series and the first full length animated movie in the series. It begins right where season 2 left off. Hilda wakes up as a troll and a baby troll named Baba has taken her place at home, and now she must find a way to turn back into a human and reunite with her mum.

As usual the animation is amazing and the color pallets and lightning really do make this world feel so cozy. I also liked the animation in the opening credits. This is also the most emotional outing in the series since season 2 episode 9 The Deerfox. There’s one scene that shocked me where Johanna yells at Baba for accidently knocking over a snow globe that Hilda got her for the Trolberg Winter Festival (clever call back) and makes her cry. You really want to see Hilda and Johanna reunite and when they do it’s well worth the struggles they’ve gone through. What also helps are the performances particularly Bella Ramsey as Hilda and Daisy Haggard as Johanna. They really are at their best here and it’s really hard to picture them being played by other people that shows how good they are.

Unlike most man vs nature stories where nature is good and humans are bad this movie shows that some humans are both good and bad and the same goes for trolls too. Something I found refreshing was when Frida and David stand up to Erik Ahlberg, the teacher (who you’d think would support Erik and in other stories would) is actually proud of the kid’s cause and supports them. Both sides do find common ground in the end but I think it’s done well here. There is kind of a twist villain involving a troll that tricks Hilda into helping him that felt kind of obvious especially if your read the graphic novel and like most twist villains doesn’t have much time to be a villain.

A third and final season has been confirmed for happen later but if it wasn’t Hilda and the Mountain King would still work for a great series finale for our favorite blue haired adventurer and a great way to end 2021. Everything from the worldbuilding, the animation, the characters and the music that made Hilda not just one of the best Netflix cartoons but one of the best cartoons ever is all right here.

Verdict:

+Animation

+Emotional

+Humans vs trolls

+The performances

-Obvious twist villain

Score: A+