ABC Film Challenge – Animation – I – Isle of Dogs (2018)

Director: Wes Anderson

Writer: Wes Anderson (Screenplay) Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talent) Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Kunichi Nomura


Plot: Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog.


Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Delightfully Entertaining


Story: Isle of Dogs starts when Mayor Kobayashi declares dogs to be banned from the city because of the outbreak of dog flu, it means all the dogs must be sent to trash island. 6-months later five alpha dogs Chief, Rex, King, Duke and Boss have created their own pack and when the Mayor’s nephew Atari goes in search for his dog, crash landing on the island.

With four of the dogs being house pets, Chief doesn’t follow the same beliefs the rest, he reluctantly accepts to help Atari in the search for the dog and the cure could be heading their way at last.


Thoughts on Isle of Dogs


Characters – Chief is the stray out of the pack, he isn’t as willing to help as the others to help Atari because he has never felt the attention from a human, reluctantly he helps and learns how important a human can be. Atari is the young boy that has had his dog taken from him and goes in search for him working with the fellow dogs on the island, while alluding his evil uncle. Rex is the guide for the island, he challenges Chief most to be equal in the decision-making process. King is another part of the pack the least standout of the five, while Duke knows all the rumours about different parts of the island, which gets the laughs through the film, with Boss being the calm presence through the pack.

StoryThe story here follows a city that has excluded dogs dumping them on a trash island to fend for themselves. One boy travels there to find his dog as we see how the dogs have settled on the island while others plan an escape, with the humans on the main land fighting for the dogs rights with the evil mayor planning on destroying them. This film does have a lot more going on than you would expect which is a surprise, but it does show us just how loyal people will be towards their dogs. This does fly by for time and gives us enough of the Anderson quirks that he seems to be the only one to bring us, with the most important message being, not to rush into rash decisions.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure takes the dogs and Atari on an adventure across the trash island to stop the destruction of the dogs, we get comedy from the different dogs and how they react to the events of the film.

SettingsThe film uses two main wonderful settings, first the city which looks fantastic, while the trash island is just as beautifully created through the film.

AnimationThe animation used in the film is stop-motion which looks amazing as always to watch.

Scene of the Movie –
The crash landing because of the reactions.

That Moment That Annoyed Me How did no one else try to get their dogs back.

Final ThoughtsThis is a delightful movie that will only make you smile, the stop-motion is used perfectly and the scale of the world created is mind blowing.


Overall: Must watch animation.




ABC Film Challenge – Animation – F – Ferdinand (2017)

Director: Carlos Saldanha

Writer: Robert L Baird, Tim Federle (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs


Plot: After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

Tagline – Built to fight. Born to love

Runtime: 1 Hours 48 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Fun Animation


Story: Ferdinand starts when a young bull calf doesn’t want to become a fighting bull, he runs away from his farm and is raised by a young girl called Nina who lets him live a life he enjoys, with flowers and being kind natured. Once Ferdinand is grown up he becomes an enormous bull, meaning he can’t go to the flower festival.

Ferdinand decides to go anyway causing chaos, being seen as a beast, he is taken back to the farm where he meets the fellow grown up bulls, including his old rival Valiente, as the bulls are preparing to impress a bull fighter, Ferdinand searches for a way to escape and return to his quiet life once again.


Thoughts on Ferdinand


Characters – Ferdinand is a kind natured bull going against everything he has grown up to be, a fierce beast for bull fighting. He likes flowers, doesn’t want conflict and always wants to make sure other animals are safe, he is raised in a small farm away from the conflict only to be mistaken as a beast and taken back to a bullfighting farm, he still refuses to fight and spends his time there trying to show the other bulls about life away from fighting. Valiente is rival bull, he is always the one that believed he is the strongest and most worthy of being selected as the next bull, he dominates the farm with his power. Lupe is a calming goat that is sent to help Ferdinand relax when he returns to the farm, she gets most of the laughs through the film as she is the slapstick figure. We do get plenty of supporting characters with the other bulls, the feisty hedgehogs and the stuck up horse, each one adds to the comedy through the film.

StoryThe story here follows the reluctant fighting bull that gets captured and must teach the other bulls about their fate before arranging an ambitious escape. This story does dive into the ideas of being able to follow your own path in life, don’t let the crowd lead you down a trail that isn’t for you, we get the themes of standing up for what you believe to be right and the difficult side of the story sees how bullfighting is seen through the bulls eyes, almost seeing it as an honour to be selected, which of course is how a human imagines it to be. The bull fighting side of the film will be too dark for a younger audience, but hopeful it can help shape a world where the barbaric form of entertain ends.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure side of the film follows Ferdinand being able to adapt to new locations as he looks to find a way to make sure he can rescue the animals and free himself from a life he isn’t happy with, the comedy comes mostly from the supporting character, with a range of slapstick and breaking of stereotypes of the animals.

SettingsThe film uses plenty of different setting throughout Spain, with the two different farm lives, the Madrid chase and one of the scariest in animated, the slaughterhouse.

AnimationThe animation like most films now is beautiful, never putting anything wrong with the world we are taken into.

Scene of the Movie –

That Moment That Annoyed Me Bull fighting is too dark for a young audience.

Final ThoughtsThis is a dark animated movie for a younger audience, it has strong themes about picking your own path, but isn’t afraid to show the darker side of a bulls life.


Overall: Dark animated film.




Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal (2019) Movie Review

Director: Vladimir Nikolaev

Writer: Vladimir Nikolaev, Robert Lence, Anton Timofeev, Aleksey Tsitsilin (Screenplay)

Starring: (voice Talents) Graham Halstead, Major Attaway, Jason Griffith, Oliver Wyman, Billy Bob Thompson, Vanessa Gardner

Plot: Sheep and wolves live a peaceful and quiet life until two unexpected guests turn up. No one expected them to bring a deadly danger, which can be defeated only if they work together.

Tagline – Protecting the united town of sheep and wolves from the predators flock.

Runtime: 1 Hour 12 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun for the Kids

Story: Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal starts as we see how Grey the wolf leads the village of wolves and sheep in harmony, they support each other through each day, only a new danger awaits them when Gark a dark wolf is looking to change the nature of Grey and the other wolves.

Grey decides to fight back by leading the village in an attempt to defend the village from the new threat, to keep the peace and show that this way of life could tb the future.

Thoughts on Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal

Characters – Grey is the leader of the village a wolf that helps deal with threats from other wolves, until Gark starts making him question his own future as leader, someone he can’t stop on his own, someone he needs to learn the true meaning of leadership in. Gark is the leader of the dark wolves that is not happy with the life the species are living together and wants to change it before it becomes too common between them. We do meet the other village animals that are living the peaceful life as well as the other wolves that are just part of the pack following orders.

StoryThe story here follows a village of sheep, wolves and other animals living together until one day a new wolf appears and wants to break the peaceful life they are living. This is a sequel that does show us how two species can live together and if you work together you can overcome the problems in life. This does keep everything simple in how the story unfolds, letting the comedy take control of the situations, giving us moments of slapstick humour, without making anything coming off offensive.

ComedyThe comedy in this film is mostly slapstick, keeping everything coming from how things don’t always work out as planned.

SettingsThe film does create the settings to show us the small happy village in the sunshine, that goes opposite the darkness around the evil wolf land.

AnimationThe animation does look good through the film, giving us the colourful designs for each of the animals.

Scene of the Movie – Fortress one.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The evil wolf Gark never feels like a true threat.

Final Thoughts This is a fun film that kids will enjoy, while it doesn’t seem to offer enough to the adult audience.

Overall: One for the kids.

Signature Entertainment presents Sheep & Wolves: Pig Deal on Digital HD from August 10th

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – E – The Emoji Movie (2017) Movie Review

Director: Tony Leondis

Writer: Tony Leondis, Eric Siegel, Mike White (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Patrick Stewart

Plot: Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: This Was Bad

Story: The Emoji Movie starts as we enter the Emoji city where each one has a normal life and work is them being placed on the wall of a phone chat, Gene is the meh emoji and has been waiting for his chance to get put the wall, today is his big chance and he gets scared and breaks the system.

Gene gets exiled and decides he wants to learn what his true emoji calling is really going to be, while the rest of the emojis are trying to delete him, teaming up with fellow outcast emoji HI-5.

Thoughts on The Emoji Movie

Characters – Gene is an emoji waiting for his chance to prove himself as a ‘meh’ emoji like his parents, he gets his big break and cracks under the pressure breaking the system needing to go on the run or face being deleted by the other emojis. He goes on an identity crisis journey. Hi-5 is an emoji that is slowly starting to see his place on the bar slipping away, he joins Gene on the adventure only to get them in trouble more often than not with his interest in anything. Jailbreak is the one that could help solve the problems the two are face, she has her own story to why she has been hiding from the rest of the emojis. Smiler is the one trying to track down Gene, she needs him deleted to save the rest of the emojis.

StoryThe story here follows a young emoji that wants to find his place on the text bar only to cause more problems than he possible and must find his identity. Well this story feels like it just completely stole the whole idea of Wreck-it-Ralph just instead of video games, it used apps, most of which I have never used. It is hard to connect to a story that is all about emojis because I barely use them so I barely know what any of them mean either, it does seem to try and imply the emoji have the same emotions or activities as their own shape, while trying to fight individualism.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure does take us around the emoji world, which seems to be between apps on one phone, but the size of everything seems confusing at time, while the comedy misses a lot, mostly being James Cordon trying to do positive sarcasm.

SettingsThe film is set in a phone between the apps, this does seem to show us how one person sees the apps if they were real not if they are real.

AnimationThe animation style used doesn’t have any flaws in it, but could do with less flash at times.

Scene of the Movie – Just Dance.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Bad jokes.

Final Thoughts This is a bad animated movie, it just doesn’t have anything original in it and just seems to steal the Wreck it Ralph storyline.

Overall: Just bad.

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – D – Dino Time (2012)

Director: Yoon-suk Choi, John Kafka

Writer: Adam Beechen, James Greco, Jae Woo Park, Zachary Rosenblatt (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Melanie Griffith, Pamela Adlon, Kari Wahlgren, Tara Strong, Rob Schneider, Jane Lynch, William Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin


Plot: Three kids who travel back in time to 65 million years ago, where they are taken in by a dinosaur.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Solid Kids Movie.


Story: Dino Time starts with our main character and dinosaur enthusiast Ernie giving us a tour of his town which is famous for the number of dinosaur fossils, Ernie is tired of all the rules he must face which leads to him constantly getting in trouble.

When Ernie’s best friend Max lets him into his inventor father’s basement, Ernie, Max and Julia end up getting transported back to the dinosaur era to witness the dinosaurs while they do also need to find a way home.


Thoughts on Dino Time


Characters – Ernie is the over excitable kid who loves dinosaurs and is given a chance of an adventure of lifetime when he gets transported back to the time of dinosaurs, he is enjoying himself too much putting his own friend’s lives at risk. Max is the best friend of Ernie that ends up trapped in the past too while Julia, Ernie’s sister who enjoys getting him in trouble.

StoryThe story shows us what it would be like from a kids point of view to head back into the dinosaur time and having to survive while also making it back home. We don’t get overly scientific which is fine and as this is designed for kids you can overlook the blatant time travel problems in the film.

Adventure/Comedy/FamilyThe is a perfect kids adventure that will keep them quiet for an hour and a half.

SettingsThe settings created look great throughout the film be it modern time or the dinosaur time.

AnimationThe animation works for the story being told, it isn’t the greatest but it works for the audience it will be targeting.

Scene of the Movie – Dinosaur birth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Ernie is an asshole kid.

Final ThoughtsIf you want something for the kids to watch, this is one for them to enjoy without it being the worst film of the animation genre.


Overall: Kids free time.