Author: Benjamin Fenty

Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a direct-to-video animated film starring JP Karliak, Jess Harnell, Lincoln Melcher, Mick Wingert, Spike Brandt and Kath Soucie as well as the iconic slpastick duo, Tom and Jerry. Taking place in an undisclosed place or time, this film is a family friendly comedy with slapstick and some meta humor to boot. The plot is, as the title implies, a retelling of the 1971 classic musical, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, based on the children’s novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. This time around, however, Tom and Jerry are integrated into the plot to provide their usual slapstick. And as a bonus, the character of Nibbles plays the Oompa Loompa intern, Tuffy (voiced by Kath Soucie) and the character of Arthur Slugworth, a minor character in the original film and novel, is now this over the top, greedy villain (voiced by Mick Wingert) with the character of Spike (voiced by Spike Brandt) as his lacky. The film starts out with Tom and Jerry doing their usual slapstick, when they meet Charlie Bucket (voice by Lincoln Melcher), a young boy living in a poor family consisting of his single Mom, his Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina, Grandma Josephine, and Grandpa Joe (voice by Jess Harnell). When its announced that 5 golden tickets are hidden in Wonka bars, the...

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Bunyan & Babe Review

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Bunyan & Babe is an animated family comedy starring John Goodman and Jeff Foxworthy as our titular heroes with Kelsey Grammer providing the voice of Blackstone and Norm Blandsford, the villains and Johnny Orlando and Lola Wayne Villa as Travis and Whitney, the main characters of this film. The film also features Mark Hamil as the voice of Travis and Whitney’s Grandpa, Kay Cole as their Grandma, and Dorien Davies as Iris, the secretary to Blandsford. Set in rural farmland, Delbert County, this film was originally to be a live action/CGI hybrid set to be released in the late 2000s. After being stuck in development hell for over a decade, the film was finally released on February 3, 2017 with Cinedigm as the distributor and Toonz Entertainment and Exodus Film Group providing the animation and budget respectively. The film follows Travis and his sister, Whitney, as they’re forced to spend their summer with their grandparents in Delbert County. While there, Travis discovers the hypnotist, Blackstone, using his hypnotizing medallion to force the local store owner to sell her property to his brother, Blandsford. Blackstone has his assistant chase after Travis, who gives him the slip by hiding in a tree; which leads him to the home of the legendary giant lumberjack, Paul Bunyan and his talking blue ox, Babe. They take Travis back...

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Batman: The Killing Joke review Batman: The Killing Joke, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, tells the origin of the Clown Prince of Crime as well as the moral dilemma on whether or not the Caped Crusader is willing to kill him or vice versa. The film stars Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamil as the Joker and Tara Strong as Batgirl; each reprising their roles from Batman: The Animated Series (Strong having previously played Batgirl in the continuation of said series, The New Batman Adventures). The film also stars Ray Wise as Commissioner James Gordon, Robin Atkin Downes as Detective Harvey Bullock, John DiMaggio as Carlos Francesco, Maury Sterling as Parry Francesco and Brian George as Alfred Pennyworth. Set during an undisclosed point in time in the city of Gotham, the film is a superhero drama that serves as a character study for two iconic rivals of fiction. It serves as the first R rated Batman film as well as the first in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies to have said rating. The movie begins with a prologue detailing Batgirl’s relationship with Batman and how they take down Parry Francesco and his gang. Batgirl feels a bit of love for Batman, which is evident when after a brief scuffle, they have sex on the roof top. Since Batman doesn’t share the same...

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Kubo and the Two Strings review

Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of a young boy with one eye who is accompanied by a monkey (specifically a Japanese macaque) and a stag beatle/human hybrid on a quest to find 3 magical items and defeat a powerful foe. The film stars Art Parkinson as our eponymous hero, Charlize Theron as Monkey, Matthew McConaughey as Beattle, Ralph Fiennes as the Moon King and Rooney Mara as Karasu and Washi. Set in medieval Japan, the film is a fantasy action epic, a rarity in animation and a first for Laika Entertainment (know for their kid friendly horror movies Coraline and ParaNorman and their family friendly comedy The Boxtrolls). The movie starts out with Kubo being the talk of the town as he uses his shamisen to bring origami to life and entertain the townsfolk. After losing his mother to Karasu and Washi, daughters of the Moon King, Kubo is found by Monkey who takes him on a quest to find 3 magical items and use them to defeat the Moon King. Along the way, they encounter Beatle, a skilled archer with no recollection of his past and face off against many obstacles that come their way. At the same time, they also try to get along with each other, as at first Monkey doesn’t care much for Beatle and who’s main concern is protecting Kubo. It’s...

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