Review: Superman Unbound

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Superman and Supergirl take on the cybernetic Brainiac, who boasts that he possesses “the knowledge and strength of 10,000 worlds.”

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I do love these straight to DVD Movies from DC Comics, they are usually pretty good and they come out every few months so there is always something to look forward to. In Superman Unbound they took a different style to the anime, the story makes an assumption that you already know about Superman, Supergirl (Kara), and Lois Lane. The usual characters from the Superman Comics, and they jump right into the story. The animation style varies in different sequences, just enough cgi thrown in, and when it came to the fight scenes they did a fantastic job, its not your usual super powered fight scene, but a more emmersive type of drawing that pulls you in which I found to be cool. The story leads up to Braniac being the villain from beyond their Universe and Superman running into him for the first time. Story is decent, nothing too crazy, surprisingly Superman was a bit full of himself as a character and I wasn’t too keen on Lois Lane. Its a fun watch but DC Comics has done better before.

Link: IMDB
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Turbo Trailer

From the makers of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, Turbo is a high-velocity 3D comedy about an underdog snail who kicks into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends with a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes, Turbo learns that no one succeeds on their own. So he puts his heart and shell on the line to help his pals achieve their dreams, before Turbo-charging his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500.

This Snail movie looks like its a lot of fun, something different yet familiar from the guys of Dreamworks. It looks like its going to be fun, enjoy the trailer.

RUIN – The Post-Apocalyptic Future

RUIN – An animated short set in a post-apocalyptic universe. It’s an introduction to a much larger story in the works.

I love animation like this, it looks so good it can be real, and this animation short is being turned into a full feature film by 20th Century Fox. Every few years there is a movie like this and usually they are pretty good, it takes a lot of work to make something like this and for a short this is really good.

Superman vs. The Elite

Superman’s effectiveness as a super hero comes into question when a new group of super powerful crusaders, known as “The Elite” appear on the scene, led by British public identity hero Manchester Black. As super heroes, the Elite know no bounds, and are more than willing to kill, even on a massive scale, to stop villainy—putting them on a collision course with the ever-ethical and decidedly non-lethal Man of Steel.

This movie just didn’t click with me the wait I want it to. Seems like it had some good and interesting ideas in it but overall it does a bad job at handling and developing them in the story. But if you are into Superman or just superhero stories in general, this animated movie is still well worth checking out. It still has plenty of superhero action in it, as well as some other familiar genre aspects. But the villans in it just felt weak, there was no major development for them, but I liked the action towards the end, made it more exciting to see Superman in this way. The main idea is questioning where the world needs a hero with morals like Superman or one that would do whatever needs to be done and more like The Elites. If you like animated superhero movies, then this is worth watching.

Link: IMDB
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Gatchaman

Gatchaman

We all remember Gatchaman from back in the 80s, or the other name would be Battle of The Planets. It is one of the cartoons that we ended up growing up with, and unknowingly one my first introductions to Japanese Anime. Its very sad but Imagi the company that made Astro Boy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie seems to have shutdown its LA office and is barely getting by, making this project in the dead in the water. Astro Boy just didn’t get what it needed to survive and so the company has fell under the water as well which is very sad, from this trailer that has leaked onto the net it look to be an amazing movie, which isn’t going to be made.

Review: How To Train A Dragon

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A Viking teenager named Hiccup lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teen’s smarts and offbeat sense of humor don’t sit too well with his tribe or its chief… who just happens to be Hiccup’s father. However, when Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other Viking teens, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. But when he encounters (and ultimately befriends) an injured dragon, his world is flipped upside down, and what started out as Hiccup’s one shot to prove himself turns into an opportunity to set a new course for the future of the entire tribe.

The trailer made me want to watch the movie, but its a been while since I’ve seen an animated movie this good. I have been a fan of Dreamworks for sometime, but their bes movie was Kung Fu Panda, but now I think it has been topped by How To Train A Dragon. Hiccup is the oddball of the Viking country, not really thinking like them, having other ideas, and coming to other conclusions even though he stands out from all his countrymen. The story is original, its fun, and the characters are entertaining, watching it in 3-D is amust even though my eyes were watering halfway through the movie. I loved those dragons, if ever any kid had a dream one of them has to be to have a per dragon. The animation is so good you can see the expressions on all the different dragons, the funniest and coolest of them is Toothless, Hiccup’s dragon. Its funny how they mould together because of Hiccups mechanil skills to make such inventions to help him fly again, and bond together. I highly recommend this movie for everyone to see, it can’t be missed.

Link: IMDB
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Review: Justice League Crisis On Two Earths

A heroic version of Lex Luthor from an alternate universe appears to recruit the Justice League to help save his Earth from the Crime Syndicate, an evil version of the League. What ensues is the ultimate battle of good versus evil in a war that threatens both planets and, through a devious plan launched by Batman’s counterpart Owlman, puts the balance of all existence in peril.

I read the novels of Crisis On Two Earths, Infinite Crisis, and 52 which are all put together from the original comic stories. So the I knew the premise of this animated movie and I had high expectations. The look and feel of the characters is somewhat built on the animated show Justice League and Justice League Unlimited which looks very nice but I wanted more for an animated movie such as this. There is so much to this story they had a lot that they can work with but they took a bit a simpler route since the story could get real complex. The action was fast paced and lots of fun, it wasn’t what I expecting but some good twists and great fight scenes. Its always fun to see how different super heroes fight, and for an animated movie its pretty good but could have been much better.

Link: IMDB
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Review: Astro Boy

Now this is something I have been waiting for a while, a remake of the old Japanese Animated tv show which we all knew and enjoyed. I expected a lot for this movie, its probably a build up from childhood memories but the story isn’t exactly what I expected or the voices, honestly Nicolas Cage was a bit annoying as Dr. Tenma but Astro Boy was a good character. Astro Boy is built from the memories of Dr. Tenma’s son and he set off to find himself after he discovers that he is a robot. Now the story has some twists and turns, but always entertaining, humoring with the laws of robotics and the attitude that humans take to robots even though their artificial intelligence allows them to understand humans clearly. An entertaining movie, I honestly expected something a little edgier but it was a lot of fun to watch.

Link: IMDB
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How To Train Your Dragon – Trailer

Now this is an interesting movie that I heard nothing about, I usually look for cool animated movies and now this comes along from Dreamworks pictures. I saw the review over at Ananyah, she got a sneak peak of the movie before its 26th of March release. I like how they made a fun unique story based on Vikings and Dragons, and the animation looks fantastic, I always love this type of humor in these animated movies. I will be the first one at the door to watch this movie, its going to be fun.

Link: Ananyah