CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Soren Stars: voices of Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal, Dee Dee Rescher. From Dreamworks Animation comes Captain Underpants, the first feature film based on the popular series of children's books written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey that have apparently sold over 70 million copies worldwide. It centres around George Beard (voiced by Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (voiced by Thomas Middleditch, from the tv sitcom Silicon Valley, etc), best friends and overly imaginative Continue reading

KUNG FU PANDA 3

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Jennifer Yuh, Alessandro Carloni Stars: voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, J K Simmons, Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, David Cross, Seth Rogen, Kate Hudson, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Wayne Knight, Steele Gagnon, Al Roker, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Pax Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie Pitt. With a few notable exceptions, by the time most successful film franchises reach a third installment very few maintain the standard of the original. Most are beginning to show a lack of Continue reading

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Eric Darnell, Simon J Smith Stars: voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Vernon, Christopher Knights, Ken Jeong, Peter Stormare, Annet Mahendru, Andy Richter, Werner Herzog. As with Despicable Me's thoroughly entertaining minions, the scene stealing antics of the cute and wisecracking penguins briefly enlivened the Madagascar franchise, providing some much needed comic relief. They have already been given their own short lived spinoff television series, a host of short films, and direct to DVD Continue reading

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dean Deblois Stars: voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Djimon Hounsou, Craig Ferguson, Kristin Wiig, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T J Miller, Kit Harrington. Dreamworks has certainly established itself as one of the powerhouses in the animation field over the past twenty years, and now they even rival the mighty Pixar studios with their successful franchises like Shrek and the Madagascar series. And they seem to have another successful franchise on their hands now with the How To Train Your Continue reading

MR PEABODY AND SHERMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Minkoff Stars: voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Zach Callison, Stanley Tucci, Alison Janney, Stephen Tobolowsky, Dennis Haysbert, Mel Brooks, Lake Bell, Patrick Warburton. The animated adventures of the talking time travelling dog Mr Peabody and his adopted seven year old human son Sherman began life as a short cartoon segment in the Rocky And Bullwinkle Show, created by Jay Ward in the 60s. In the shorts, the duo travelled through time to visit some key moments in history and meet some influential historical figures. Continue reading