Animated Features

("Minions," from Universal Pictures)

Movie Review: ‘Minions’

Minions is about to make millions. And why shouldn’t it?

07/10/2015

("Inside Out.")

Movie Review: ‘Inside Out’

The setting, if you can call it that, of this witty and poignant cerebral animated adventure is inside the head of an 11-year-old girl named Riley.

06/18/2015

("Home" stars characters voiced by Jim Parsons, Rihanna, and others.)

Movie Review: ‘Home’

(2½ stars out of 4)Director Tim Johnson aims this one primarily at young children, keeping the peril from being intense, and including plenty of gentle humor, genial slapstick, and heartfelt emotion.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/26/2015

("Song of the Sea.")

Movie Review: ‘Song of the Sea’

Deservedly nominated for an Oscar for best animated feature, “Song of the Sea” is a beautifully hand-drawn supernatural adventure, a fabulous fable for viewers of all ages.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

("Big Hero 6," from Walt Disney Pictures)

Movie Review: ‘Big Hero 6′

(2½ stars out of 4)It’s a visually extravagant, animated adventure comedy set in the fictional, futuristic city of San Fransokyo.

11/07/2014

(Image provided by Disney Pictures)

Movie Review: ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’

(2½ stars out of 4)This inevitable followup to the commercially successful kidflick “Planes” is another PG-rated film aimed unapologetically at the preschool kids in the audience.

07/17/2014

(Jay Baruchel returns as the voice of Hiccup in the sequel, "How To Train Your Dragon 2.")

Movie Review: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′

The first one was respectable. The second is delectable.

06/12/2014

(Image from Summertime Entertainment)

Movie Review: ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’

With apologies to Mark Twain, the difference between the charm and artistry of the original movie and that of this animated sequel is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

05/08/2014

(The  new animated feature "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" uses characters created by a Delaware Valley cartoonist.)

New Movie’s Got a Decades-Old Connection to Delaware Valley Artist

A new animated movie is based on characters created by a local artist.

03/07/2014

("Frozen" is produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.)

Movie Review: ‘Frozen’

An animated princess is nothing new on the toon landscape. But “Frozen” defrosts two princesses for the price of one.

12/03/2013

(Owen Wilson voices the lead character in the animated feature "Free Birds.")

Movie Review: ‘Free Birds’

The writers let the fowl-out-of-water narrative get away from them in the late going, but the initial premise is a solid one and the funny jokes and clever bits are plentiful.

10/31/2013

(This animated feature stars the voices of Josh Hutcherson and Amanda Seyfried.)

Movie Review: ‘Epic’

It’s passable entertainment for the kids, even if it even falls a tad short of “Ice Age” and “Robots,” by the same director.

05/29/2013

(Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone are the voices of father-and-daughter cave dwellers in the animated feature, "The Croods.")

Movie Review: ‘The Croods’

“The Croods” evokes the Flintstones but quickly surpass it in ambitiousness and quality, what with all the parallels to modern families.

03/22/2013

american president

Home Video Report: Good Stuff From The Vintage Vault

It was during President Clinton’s first term that Aaron Sorkin and Rob Reiner imagined what the next commander-in-chief might look and act like.

10/03/2012

(Image from Pixar Studios.)

Movie Review: ‘Finding Nemo 3-D’

Nearly a decade later, with all the technological advancement in the interim, “Nemo” remains a monumental achievement as well as a delightful and resonant entertainment.

09/13/2012

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