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Animated

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)


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Not the best animated movie I’ve seen the last decades but it has some charm at least. I like that roach, ginormica and B.o.B (Seth Rogen should do more cartoon characters, he’s got the voice and laughter). Also fun to hear Hugh Laurie (House MD.) as the cockroach. That insectosaurus was kind of freaking me out in the butterfly stage, one of the most disturbing monsters I’ve ever seen…

The villains (robot and squidlings) was kinda cool but the overall story kind of boring compared to the other movies that has come out the last decade. I kind of liked the president tho… Is he supposed to be a Ronald Jenkees clone ? ’cause he kind of reminded me of him (I’m a big fan of his actually). The only real funny part about the movie is the screaming secretary person. There’s a lot of familiar voices in this actually when one starts to look at the voice cast, but that doesn’t help much when the story is average.

This movie has two directors; 1.) Rob Letterman who did Shark Tale (2004) and worked on visual effects for Lake Placid (1999). 2.) Conrad Vernon who did Shrek 2 (2004) and Madagaskar 3 (2012).

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..

 

 


Croods (2013)


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Dun-dun-duuuuh … ! Two animated movies in a short amount of time, so unlike me… and here I thought Frozen would stand alone on top for a while but Croods was actually even better. Way to go Dreamworks :)

There are so many aspects that makes this an entertaining movie; the creatures, the Croods behaviour, the gorgeous visuals and landscapes… I especially love the little girl that runs around like a wild rabid creature and the old grandma that Grug keeps wishing to perish but keeps getting disappointed. Croods has many many good moments, in fact the only bad thing about the movie was that it ended… oh, and I loved Belt :)

… at the end after the end credits there are a few seconds where that elephantmice plays their snouts as trumpets. Like 5 seconds but it was still fun to watch as I barely ever do sit through credits (I happend to read about the fact on imdb.com so I waited it out to see).

1 very familiar voice on this movie, Grug that has Nicholas Cage as a voice actor (he should do that more often, he seems like a good fit to voice acting on animated movies). Two more familiar names are Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds whome did Eep and Guy.

There are 2 directors on this movie; Kirk De Micco whome did Space Chimps (2008) and he was a producer on the documentary HALO: Freefall Warriors (2003).  Chris Sanders whome did How to train your dragon (2010), one of my all time favorite animated movies and Lilo & Stitch  (2002). They are both working on a sequel to Croods which is estimated to premiere in 2017 according to imdb.com.

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Frozen (2013)


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Been following the fandom of this movie on tumblr for quite a while with gif and all and with every post the more I’ve been wanting to see it. It has a great attitude towards relationships compared to most Disney movies, I mean with the jumping into marriage with the first prince that comes along… oh yeah, kind of spoiler warning… and even tho I’m not really a big fan of snow in real life I love the visuals in this movie, it actually made me want to see snow outside (that feeling will however be short lived as when the cold sets in I’ll be dreaming of spring yet again).

According to newspapers in Norway the interest for tourism and such went up after this movie. Why ? because we have reindeers ? It felt more swedish to me with the Midsummer celebration thing they had going at the start of the movie. Oh well whatever. I loved the movie like I do most animated Disney flicks. Sure, I’m not much for musical type movies but it’s just something about the charming characters (the kid segment in the start was adorable). I loved Sven the reindeer, the boat scene and most of all Elsa the queen (voiced by Idina Menzel). She’s kind of reminds me of Regina in Once upon a time (tv-series), love her. The sister, princess Anna is voiced by one of my favorite female actresses Kristen Bell.

Frozen won 2 academy awards this year, 1. Best animated feature film of the year and 2. Best achievement in Music (both understandable). It also ran off with 2 golden globes and a BAFTA this year so yes you should watch it if you love animated movies.

This movie has 2 directors; Chris Buck who did Tarzan (1999) and Surf’s up (2007). It’s Jennifer Lee’s first movie credited as a director but she had screenplay credits on Wreck it Ralph (2012). For a second there I thought it was Felicity Smoke (Arrow) when I saw her picture on imdb.com :)

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Epic (2013)


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Felt I had to catch up in the animated world of movies a bit and the choice fell on Epic. Not the 3D version tho (I’ve never actually seen a movie in 3D and I don’t plan to). Epic is actually pretty good, better than Brave (2012) which was kind of a disappointment. I just liked the overall story and visuals… and it has some charming characters as well (like the slugs and the 3 legged pug).

Sure, it’s not the best animated movie I’ve ever seen but it’s definitely one I’d watch again. It has some moments the got to me ’cause they were touching and some moments of excitement. They actually managed to make a mouse creepy and give the notion that squirrels were scarier… (what about bunnies???). Loved the Deer moment.

The director, Chris Wedge, previously did all the Ice Age movies (1-4) and Robots (2005) so expectations were way above average for this movie. I was neither surprised nor disappointed to put it that way.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Zambezia (2012)


Zambezia is one of the more unknown animated movies this year to me… I’ve never heard of it but I found the plot interesting enough to sit down with it… I have a thing for birds it seems (Throughout the years I’ve used nicknames fra the birdworld from Blackhawk, Silverhawk to Nattehauk which is the norwegian translation of Nighthawk). Zambezia tells the story of a Falcon that goes to a bird city to become a hurricane which basically is the guardians of that bird city. The story kind of feels like a rip off from the movie Legend of the Guardians but it still had it’s own charm in some way.  Zambezia doesn’t really have that many characters which is interesting or funny but I still enjoyed it a little. The potential was there tho, but it fell a bit flat compared to other movies in the same genre. It’s the first South African animated movie (or movie in general) I’ve seen which makes it a bit special.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..


The Road to El Dorado (2000)


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Been a while since I watched this movie last and I were in the mood for an animated movie… One can’t go wrong with the Dreamworks movies really. Sure, I’m not the biggest fan of Elton John’s sountrack but it’s ok… The animations are good, they have 2 funny characters, some evil ones, a sexy latina girl with thunder thighs (the good kind) and the worlds most charming horse (before Tangled came around).

The first time I watched this I kinda expected the story being them following the map to get to El Dorado and the adventure being the way to get there… not that the story kind of start after they get there… but I still ended up enjoying it.

The Road to El Dorado isn’t the best animated movie to come out the last decade but I always get in a good mood watching it… probably because of that horse and the fact that karma prevails… or because there’s a great atmosphere with pretty waterfalls, cheerful villagers and funny ball games.  Overall, I’d have no problem watching this again … and even again.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..


Sinbad : Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)


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After watching The Postman I felt like watching something more adventurous, cheerful and funny … and since it’s been a while since I watched something animated (well, not that long) my choice fell on Sinbad. It’s not really one of the more outstanding animated movies to come out in the last decade but I still like it.

Animated movies are like sure things to me, I rarely see one so bad I’m actually bored or disappointed after watching it. Most animated movies are in the 6-7 rating range and this one no different. It has a few funny characters, a hero, a villainesse and some interesting creatures… What I like the most about it is that this is actually what I qualify as a real adventure. A crew on a quest from point a to point b with a time limit and they have to go through a lot of obstacles on the way. I like the graphics/drawing style on the animations and the crossing over from 1D to 2D-ish effects in the movie… or is it 2D to 3D… I’m not so good with terms. I guess it’s not really 3d without the 3d tv and dvd and glasses but you still see the effect in the movie without them. Anyway, you could drag your tv outside then have someone throw buckets of water over you and then you’ll have 4D …

Personally my favorite characters in the movie are Marina and the dog … oh and the big fishy with the antenna… ah yeh, and Rat. It’s my 2nd time around watching this movie and I enjoyed it just about as much I did the first time around. I’d watch it again too. Good voice cast on this one (Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joseph Fiennes and Michelle Pfeiffer). Tnx Netflix. I enjoyed it :)

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Hoodwinked (2005)


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At first glance I thought that this was gonna turn out to be a horrendous experience … I was wrong. Sure, the animation is kinda special but I can’t remember laughing this much and being so cheerful watching a movie in ages. This movie has so many charming and funny characters it’s hard not to fall in love with it. It’s filled with so many hillarious moments I’m pretty sure I’d watch this again … and again.

My favorite character is by far the singing goat with the banjo and horn applications … then there is the squirrel that goes nuts on coffeine and the xtreme sport grandma and the yodling swiss dude with the axe … I’d say if you haven’t found the mood after the singing goat it’s time to pull in the ores and find yourself a batcave ’cause you don’t own a speck of humor in ya.

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)


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Been a while since I watched an animated movie so I thought I’d check out this little thing… I’ve seen it once or twice before but couldn’t quite remember anything from it. It’s kinda got a uber softcore erotica theme sprinkled with rock tunes going for it … I’d probably love this way more back in my teens as animated boobs was just as great as the real deal back then… now however I couldn’t care less but I still found the movie kind of entertaining. It’s kind of feels like a low budget simplyfied Titan A.E as the stories are kind of similar… but only kind of.

I probably would never have checked this out again if it weren’t for it showing up on my Netflix front page … I like anime and animated movies but for the most part Netflix offers disney and the other big companies so when I see something like this show up I jump at it immediately.

I’ve never seen the original so I can’t really compare the two movies … I’ve seen way worse graphical stuff in an animated movie and the story wasn’t really all that original… but at least I wasn’t that bored (well, I did almost fall asleep 3 times but it might have been because i was tired).

..I rate this movie 5/10 stars..


Antz (1998)


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I was browsing through the selection at Netflix for some of the shorter movies (cause I’m kind of tired and wasn’t sure if I’d manage a 2 hour movie)… so it ended up being kinda obvious that an animated movie would be entertaining. Antz is a charming and funny movie with lots of familiar voices (Sylvester Stallone, Christopher Walken, Woody Allen, Gene Hackman and Sharon Stone to mention a few).

Z is an ant that wants to matter in a colony of a million+ antz… He’s seeing a shrink who is trying to convince him that he doesn’t (cause in an ant colony you don’t matter… there’s no I in team).

The best thing about animated movies is that they are timeless. Nothing is outdated, it’s just the story, the characters and the atmosphere and sometimes even the soundtrack makes them awesome. Antz is one of the better animated movies that came along in the 90’s and I enjoy it every times it crosses my path.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Over the Hedge (2006)


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Netflix has a big sortiment of animated movies and there’s loads of ‘em I haven’t seen so today I felt like giving this a go after taking a look at who did the voice acting. Omar Djalili is one of my favorite stand uppers and he’s got such a distinct voice so I kind of cheered knowing he was a character in this… the House cat… wouldn’t mind having that house they robbed with its THX sound system and huge fridge.

Over the hedge is a feel good animated comedy with a raccoon, tortoise, skunk, 2 possums, 5 porcupines and a bear fighing over food … simple enough story but they managed to put some nice characters in there so it’s actually quite charming.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..


Final Fantasy : The Spirits Within (2001)


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Weirdly enough I only watched this movie once before … I guess I liked the 2nd one better… not that this is a bad animated movie, cause it’s not. I don’t really have anything negative to say about it cause the voice cast is awesome, soundtrack is great and the CGI is stunning… I guess it’s the story itself that isn’t the most exciting… but it’s visually stunning (not that it’s enough to pull you through the movie without the occational yawn tho…). There are lots of animated movies I’d recommend before this one.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..


Ice Age 4 : Continental Drift (2012)


The Ice age series is among my favorite animated movies because I simply love the characters in the movies, my favorite being Scrat the saber tooth squirrel. Ice age 4 was funny but probably the weakest in the series … don’t get me wrong, I still loved it tho. The sloth is my least favorite character because his personality seems more directed towards 5 year olds… Everytime he does something I just shake my head and pray the scene is over fast… Anyway, it’s such a small part of the movies I still find more positives with it than negatives… besides this is a family movie and they’ve managed to implement characters each age group can identify with which makes the Ice age series a success. Hopefully this isn’t the last movie in the series as I feel a surge of happiness each time a new one hits the big screen.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Brave (2012)


I’ve really been looking forward to this movie as I love animated movie with Scottish type accents and all that medival stuff (like How to train your dragon). It was kind of disappointing tho as I didn’t see the story take the turn it would. I thought she’d run off into the wilderness and be like a female Robin Hood meets Steve Irwin type character… Still, I kind of liked the movie but it was far from as good as I thought it would be. It has lots of nice characters and all that but to me the story must be good… I kind of found it silly. But hey, at least I was never bored… I just wasn’t as entertained as I expected to be.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..


Titan A.E (2000)


When it comes to storytelling, Titan A.E is one of my favorite animated movies. Sure, I can see some things about it that I’m not all that impressed by but as the movie gets to the chase and the adventure begins… I get dragged into the story every single time I watch this movie. I’m not sure when I saw it last but every time this movie becomes available to me I always end up watching it. This time it’s thanks to Netflix…

Titan A.E has quite the impressive voiceover cast like Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman, Janeane Garofalo and more. It also has some nice CGI effects when it comes to the flight through space. I think the only thing I don’t like about the movie are the villains… they seem kinda stupid to me but then again they fit with the story so I guess it’s ok… not to impressed with their design tho…. Still, love this movie and I’m sure I’ll watch it again (not sure how many times I’ve seen it but I’m sure it’s’ about 5 times total which is a lot for me as I watch a lot of movies and there ain’t that many I’ve seen more than 3 times).

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Starship Troopers : Invasion (2012)


I’ve seen a few animated movies about the Starship Troopers earlier and liked them a lot so I just had to check out this one as well. I wasn’t all that surprised that this one lived up to the previous ones. The story is good, the animation pretty darned cool and the soundtrack actually gave me a new goodie tune to look forward to (Boom Boom Satellites with Another perfect day which at the moment isn’t available anywhere *sigh*). You get to meet characters from previous movies in this one as well which kind of makes it even more likeable. If they ever release a box set with all Starship Trooper movies animated and not I’d buy it. It makes for good entertainment for a marathon weekend… Which means I do think they have a high re-watchability factor.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..


Team America : World Police (2004)


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This movie always makes me laugh … A team saving the world, blowing up cities just to kill a few terrorists. Not like most movies as it’s puppet’s on strings, no the usual animated characters. A hillarious sex scene, actor and actresses killed off, blood and gore and senseless killings… dialogues that makes no sense at all and power puking in a back alley. That’s just some of the ridiculusness of this movie. I’d love to see the producers of this film make another movie, this time about my country who is a refuge to evil doers (Krekar). If Kim were to get sanctuary in a sequel, Norway would be the place he’d go. Anyway, I like this movie …

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Bee movie (2007)


Bee movie, as charming as the first time I saw it … it’s even informative for the younger crowd. Like what would happen if bee’s disappeared (which they sort of are doin). Some funny characters in it, love the mosquito (Chris Rock) and the way they made the hive into a factory with different funny jobs. The car windowscene is hilarious. Most likely I am gonna watch this again a few times as it is a feel good movie… I kind of crave honey after watching it … a nice movie for the whole family this.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


9 (2009)


I’ve always wanted to see this movie, don’t know why I’ve waited so long… I’ve had it for ages. Tim Burton having a hand in it should be reason enough to wanting to see it. I love animated movies and this one is a bit different, it has some kind of uniqueness… It was cool that it doesn’t have to many characters in it … 9 totally different personalities among the rag dolls and then the creative machine making a few other cool ones. Story was exciting too, was dragged into the world of 9 from the first minute to the last ^.^ A bit “scarier” than most animated movies which is why it has PG-13 rating I guess. 9 has a 7.0/10 on imdb.com with about 50k votes.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Happy Feet 2 (2011)


I don’t remember much from the first Happy feet movie so I can’t say which is best but this one was charming as well… Sven was a nice addition to the pinguin crew and best of all the Krills Bill and Will… I don’t remember who was who of the two funny buggars but the Krill reminded me a bit about that squirrel in Ice Age personalitywise. One in a krillion ^.^ Nice soundtrack and many familiar voices… all in all a nice family movie.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Meet the Robinsons (2007)


Compared to most animated Disney movies this movie seems to really target the younger kids group (as the humor, well … not my thing as there is lots of uhmm inventions and characters a kid would find more fun… or I’m just not getting it… Still, charming and funny movie minus the retarded bad guy which is not so funny….

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Toy Story 3 (2010)


Toy Story 3, kind of surprised me as I never really were to extatic about the previous movies… I guess waiting this long to see it should say something… but the movie has a lot of funny characters and I found myself laughing quite a bit during the duration of the movie so conclusion … I liked it ^.^ which is good as I bought it on Blu-ray before even seeing it. A nice movie for the whole family :)

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Galaxy Express 999 (1979)


Didn’t know that this movie was this old when I decided to watch it but I kind of found it charming even tho it had this annoying overachiever of a kid in the lead. I guess I fell a bit for the characters in this epic story… Had to laugh a little of the Galaxy Express which is a train that travels between planets… not very spaceishy… Me like Maetel in this (see I can even fall for animated women). A nice animated adventure, far from the best I’ve seen but I still kind of liked it.

Would I love to live forever … sure, just not as a machine. I always fancied the cyberpunk universe back when I did RPG on paper (pre computer times)… but to go and dream about being a machine to live forever just doesn’t appeal to me… not that I would notice any difference as I have no love life and probably never will … so maybe I’d go for it if the chance presented itself.

I think I’d probably love this movie even more if I watched it with original sound (japanese)… some of the charm of anime movies do disappear when you don’t hear the speech and soundtrack that was intended.

..I rate this movie 5/10 stars..


The Sky Crawlers (2008)


Might not be my favorite anime movie ever but it has pretty impressive CGI during battle sequences. The story itself is kind of dark and sad and it definitively don’t have the typical western ending… Even tho I’m getting used to that watching asian movies I was still hoping for more when the ending credits came along… Maybe the story just lost me in the last quarter of the movie, that it makes more sence in some way. I liked the atmosphere of the movie and characters too, but I still felt like something was missing when it was all over. Still, it did kind of make sense… A pretty average anime movie. Let it be known I watched it with english speech so I might loose out on the real feeling (I usually feel that way, and normally I won’t watch a movie without it’s original soundtrack).

..I rate this movie 5/10 stars..

 


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