Opinion Battles Round 13 Which Animated Film would you NEVER like to see made into a live Action Film?

Opinion Battles Round 13

Which Animated Film would you NEVER like to see made into a live Action Film?

Hollywood has gotten into a habit of remake animated movies into live action twists of the much-loved tales, be it Cinderella, Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast or Maleficent. Every time we hear of the next played adaptation we react the same with Aladdin, Mulan and The Lion King planned, we need to get our rants out with the ones we don’t want to see.

If you want to join the next round of Opinion Battles we will be take on Favourite Tom Hanks Role, to enter email your choice to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by 7th July 2017.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101


I must go with Up, thee adventure the young boy scout Russell and elderly man Carl Fredricksen as Carl wants to go on the adventure that he failed to take his late wife on, only he ends up taking Russell with him. We have talking dogs and a crazed adventurer but just imagine seeing the adventure in live action, it just wouldn’t have the magic the animated version does.


Cinema Parrot Disco

Spirited Away


Interesting question… Well, I wouldn’t really like to see most of my favorite animated films made into live action. They rarely do a good job with this. Things like the live action Cinderella & Beauty And The Beast were really just pointless & paled in comparison to the brilliant originals. I don’t want to see any more live action Disney remakes but so many have already been done anyway that it kind of doesn’t matter. I don’t want Pixar movies to be touched. Please don’t make those live action too, movie-making people! I also do NOT want a live action Akira but that’s going to go ahead, right? Stop it, Hollywood. Just STOP! But I won’t choose Akira as my answer as I think it’s happening anyway. I have to choose a Studio Ghibli film for this question as I think those films would be harmed the most by live action remakes. The Ghibli films have a beautiful mysteriousness & even the thought of them being messed with makes me angry. I’d choose Totoro but I already chose that for an Opinion Battles question this year plus I don’t think they’d attempt that one anyway. I think the one most at risk of Hollywood trying to get their dirty, cash-grabbing hands on would be Spirited Away. I can see them thinking that’s live-actionable (is that a word?!). No. It’s not live-actionable. Stay away. Don’t touch any Ghibli films & don’t touch Spirited Away!


Kim – Tranquil Dreams

My Neighbour Totoro

If I had the choice, it’d be almost all of the Studio Ghibli films however My Neighbor Totoro is magical and it has a lot to do with the charming animations and the character design of Totoro. I can’t even begin to imagine what a CGI Totoro would look like. How about the Catbus? There’s something about keeping magic in an imaginary world that works for a lot of the Studio Ghibli films and seeing as My Neighbor Totoro is my favorite, its the one I’d least like to see tarnished with a live action remake.

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews



The one that springs instantly to mind because it’s actually happening!

With Guy Ritchie directing and, at this point in time, Tom Hardy being considered for the role of Jafar, it’s worrying to think of what Ritchie will do to my favourite Disney film as I don’t think that it’s something that can really work as a live action adaptation and it’s probably one that should have been left well alone. 


Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews


I did a search of CGI-animated films and came up with so many realistic ones. In fact, I surmised that most animated films today are done in 3D CGI style animation that looks like real people and things. It’s as if we’ve tried so hard in the animated genre to make it look real that a live action version might get lost in the mix. IN other words, this was a very tough one for me. I came up with Shrek. I can’t imagine a movie with a giant playing a real-life character. It might have intellectual humor but I don’t think you can recreate the magic of Shrek without the CGI animation. For that reason, I picked Shrek as the animated film should NEVER be turned into the live action. What do you think? If you agree, please vote for Shrek! 🙂


Rob – Movie Rob


Robin Williams was perfect in this film and there is absolutely no one who could replace his energy and humor in the role of genie.  Even with special effects, nothing would be able to top the way they showed us all of the genie’s powers via animation!


S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

The Lion King

I had to pick The Lion King, even though this choice may ring hollow because Disney is actually working on a live-action remake as we speak. A live-action Lion King just seems so pointless because it won’t be live-action, just CGI animation instead, since we know they won’t use real lions. Unlike The Jungle Book, there are no humans in the story to interact with the CG animals, and neither is there a literary source material that a new film could explore more fully. Does Disney really think it can improve the story of the first Lion King or translate it into 3D animation that comes anywhere close to the quality of the original? I suppose it could surprise me, but a live-action Lion King seems doomed to fail from the start.


Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews



I am not a fan of this trend of live action adaptions of animated films. A couple I have liked but I’d still rather stay with the animation. Most I have really disliked. The film that I would least like to see adapted in live action iRatatouille. It’s one thing to watch an animated rat cooking French food with a cute vocal performance by Patton Oswalt. It’s an entirely different thing to see a real rat doing it. Yuck! It would be especially gross to see the beginning scene where all the rats come through the ladies ceiling and the ending where they are all helping Remy cook for Ego. It would just be too gross to enjoy.


Emma – Emma Explains It All

Despicable Me


Simply because I can NEVER imagine real actors in minion costumes being funny. 

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Toy Story

When thinking about this round, I looked at several of my favorite animated films and wondered what they would look like as live action films. I’ll admit that when it came to Toy Story, I did initially think a live action version might be pretty cool. But once I started thinking about it, one thought crossed my mind: why? As cool as it would be to see a real life Andy or genuine plastic Buzz or fabric Woody, more than likely some sort of computer animation would be used to capture their movements and facial expressions. So replace one form of computer animation for another? I don’t think so. Then I also thought why mess with perfection? Toy Story, well the entire series really, is a perfect movie with a great story, great message, and great characters.  You really can’t expand on that to make it any better. I don’t see any reason to have a live action Toy Story and I think one should never be made.


Opinion Battles Round 12 Favourite Performance in a Horror Movie

Opinion Battles Round 12

Favourite Performance in a Horror Movie

Horror is a genre that often gets over looked when it comes to award season but it is easy to see just how good certain stars get plenty of chances to return to the genre in the future. Except for Silence of the Lambs who did clean up the Oscars we have had some brilliant performance in recent years.

If you want to take part in the next round of Opinion Battles we will be picking Which Animated Film We Would Never Like to see Turn Into a Live Action Movie, to enter send you choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by 10th June 2017.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Essie Davis – The Babadook

Essie Davis is the star of this horror where she must deal with a potential monster lurking in the shadows of her home as she raises her son, but what makes this performance stand out is the fact that we see how her character has to deal with what could be a breakdown with her mental state which would put her own son at risk. The film is considered one of the greatest horrors of recent years and her performance is the reason why.


Cinema Parrot Disco

Jack Nicholson – The Shining


Easy. My favorite performance in a horror film is Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The Shining. It’s a shame that Stephen King hates the movie! Because I love King & I also love Kubrick’s adaptation. It’s my favorite horror film & Nicholson is so fantastically unhinged. I love him in all films but especially in this & in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Here’s Johnny!


Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Nicole Kidman – The Others

Horror movies are mostly famous for scream queens but a great horror performance comes in the character that they show and in The Others, Nicole Kidman takes her character Grace to a whole new level as a protective mother who is taking care of her two children in a big house when she feels the threats around her and the comfort getting out of balance but at the same time still being the waiting wife for her husband to return from war. Her character is complex and tense and incredibly interesting to watch develop as the plot thickens. The Others is a great thriller in so many ways and Nicole Kidman lifts it even higher.


Rob – Movie Rob

Robert Englund – Nightmare on Elm Street

I’m not the biggest fan of films in the horror genre, but as a kid, I always enjoyed watching the Nightmare on Elm Street films because Freddy Kruger was such a draw as a great villain preying on teenagers who just don’t know how to really stop him.


He was played so well by Robert Englund that no one will ever be able to match that performance no matter how hard they try


J – Film & Nuance

Anya Joy Taylor – The Witch


The Witch was a horror film that I truly loved. It’s psychological, socially and religiously incisive and very thought provoking. Other than beautiful imagery and visuals, Anya Taylor Joy’s Thomasin is the repressed elder daughter caught up in a family drama. Her portrayal of innocence gone awry in the face of conflict and damage rocked my soul. I was left shaken by her brilliant performance and range that breathed light and darkness into the human condition.


Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Mia Farrow – Rosemary’s Baby


From my favourite horror film, Mia Farrow is a wonderful lead in this; she’s thoroughly likeable and displays a genuine sense of vulnerability and insecurity while she fears for her health and for the health of her unborn baby. She also effectively shows resourcefulness, bravery and truly makes us believe that she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her child.


John – Johnrieber.com

Vincent Price – Theater of Blood

In 1973, legendary Horror Actor Vincent Price let it all hang out in the black comedy “Theater Of Blood.”  Price played the Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart, who commits suicide after being humiliated at an awards ceremony. Two years later, those same critics who failed to salute his genius begin dying morbid deaths, each one in a manner similar to murder scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.

The film offers Price the chance to chew lots of scenery, and it offers up the great Diana Rigg as his daughter!  Finally, Price uses a number of outrageous costumes – like this!


Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews

Anthony Hopkins – The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in the Silence of the Lambs is my

favorite horror performance. His steely stare always gets me. Even if

you don’t find the film particularly scary, I think you will agree he

gives the performance above all else in this film. By way of diary

entry, I saw this film in the theaters in my early twenties. I was

much more frightened of horror then than I am now so you will

understand I was looking over my shoulder all night when I got home.

My parents had left for the weekend and I was really frozen to the

couch with frazzled nerves after watching this. That stare …


Emma – Emma Explains It All

Jeff Goldblum – The Fly

I know this is an obvious answer (for me) but it really is my personal favourite. Part of The Fly being my favourite horror film is down to Jeff Goldblum and his great, likable, scary and sympathetic portrayal of scientist Seth Brundle. 


When deciding on my answer for this round a few choices went through my head (and I expect to see Jack Nicholson and Anthony Hopkins pop up here) but ultimately I had to with the performance I enjoy watching the most and that is most definitely Goldblum as The Fly. 


Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

Audrey Hepburn – Wait Until Dark


I don’t see that many horror movies but my favorite performance in one is Audrey Hepburn as Susy Hawkins in Wait Until Dark. In the film she plays a blind woman who ends up with an item that criminals want. They begin stalking her house and putting her in danger. It is tense and uncomfortable and it works because Hepburn is so vulnerable in the role. You feel like she is a blind woman and her panic at being hunted is palatable. She is quiet and soft where many horror heroines are shrieky and annoying. This is much more suspenseful because we care more about her and feel protective of her as an audience. It’s a great movie and Audrey Hepburn is great in it.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Haley Joel Osment – The Sixth Sense

Horror films have certainly given us plenty of terrible performances over the years, and most scary movies are so un-character-focused that the acting barely matters. Yet one that has always stood out to me is Haley Joel Osment as young Cole Sear in The Sixth Sense, which also ranks among the best child actor performances. As Cole, Osment nails the paralyzing fear of a child and the uncertain maturity that comes from constantly seeing dead people walking around. It’s a role that could have ruined the film in the hands of a poor child actor, but Osment held his own alongside Bruce Willis and contributed to the convincing atmosphere and overall success of M. Night Shyamalan’s first and best film.

Opinion Battles Round 11 Which Film Should Never Have Had a Sequel?

Opinion Battles Round 11

Which Film Should Never Have Had a Sequel?

We as an audience can find ourselves sitting through endless sequels, prequels and remakes, some we enjoyed others we find ourselves wondering why they made another film in the first place at all. We are going to be looking at the films that should have remained stand-alone movies because the sequels have only ever eaten into the reputation of what was a great film.

If you want to join the next round of Opinion Battles we will be take on our Favourite Performance in a Horror Film, to enter email your choice to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by 11th June 2017.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Independence Day

Independence Day is one of the best movies from the 90s and when a sequel was first announced I was thinking ‘No Way How What ERM’ then I saw the trailer and thought ‘Ok this could work’ then I saw the film and thought ‘SHIT’. The sequel completely ruined what was fun about the original that is a film I can pick up at any point and enjoy and a popcorn movie that is fun, action packed adventure that never needed to have a sequel let alone one that was that bad.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams


Remember Zach Synder’s 300 which gave us the introduction of slow motion fight sequences wrapped in a magestic testosterone filled era of men that fought for the living and Gerard Butler who lead the 300 to a tragic end but in the proudest way of never standing down and giving it the best chance. How do you make a sequel of 300 dudes who already died? Right, you rewind it back to the simultaneous stuff going on and give it a little mention, except it’s not 300 anymore, right? 300: Rise of the Empire wasn’t all that bad. It was subpar for sure and there are a ton of flaws. The only issue is that it didn’t make sense and for the most part, felt far-fetched and meaningless.


Cinema Parrot Disco

The Matrix


I can’t wait to see all the answers for this question! There are SO many bad sequels. Look at Speed 2… Holy crap. What the hell was that?! But sometimes the truly bad sequels get forgotten. I never think of Speed 2 when I think of Speed anyway. What I hate even more are the sequels that actually manage to slightly or even totally ruin the original movie in some way. So I don’t think I’m picking the “worst-ever” sequels here but I’d be happier if The Matrix sequels didn’t exist. The first Matrix film is a great standalone movie. The sequels just made the whole thing messy. There was no need for them. So that’s my answer: The Matrix should’ve been a standalone film and I almost wish the sequels were so horribly bad that I could forget about them entirely.


Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Donnie Darko


OK I haven’t actually seen S. Darko, the sequel to the hugely popular cult classic Donnie Darko but I know that it was apparently diabolical, much loathed and should never have been attempted. 

And most importantly, Donnie Darko ended so perfectly that there was absolutely no need for a sequel and since S. Darko was apparently awful, this film would appear to be a perfect example of a totally unnecessary sequel.


Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews



In my opinion, the film that should never have had a sequel is Tobe

Hooper’s original Poltergeist from 1982.


This film represents co-writer Steven Spielberg’s eye for originality.

He took a 1970’s/1980’s format and setting and took it into the realm

of horror where it had not gone before. This isn’t the suburban horror

of John Carpenter’s original Halloween, it’s tamer than that. What

makes it really scary though is the idea it could come into your

simple suburban home.


Carol Anne is taken by the spirit and then returned. It’s a perfect

ending. In fact, the family is seen screeching down the rad away from

their home in the final scene. Why add a sequel?


In the first sequel we meet a frightening old man. This is totally out

of sorts with the first. He talks, he warns, he take the form of a

religious man. I found it all stupid and contrived even as a child.

It’s hard to re-summon feelings of shock. Is there such a thing as a

drawn out shock? If you are looking to create the same ones in a

sequel here, that’s what you have to do and t just isn’t possible.


In the case of Poltergeist, they should have stopped with the original

Vote if you agree!


John – Johnrieber.com

The Exorcist

The Exorcist” is, arguably, the greatest horror film of all time.  And it ended perfectly.  NO ONE had the question: “It’s four years later…  what does she remember?”


Yet that’s the tagline for “Exorcist II: The Heretic” – the woefully misguided attempt to continue Regan’s story, as she continues to suffer from nightmares about her original ordeal.  And Richard Burton is attacked by locusts.  Yes, that is the film in a nutshell. Oh, and at one point Regan is linked by a “synchronizer”—a device used by two people to synchronize their brainwaves.  Yes, they do that as well in the movie.

Exorcist II: The Heretic” deserves special credit for being one of the worst films of all time basd on one of the best films of all time.


Rob – Movie Rob

The Matrix

The first film was so perfectly done that any subsequent films just baffled the premise even more than they should have.

Sometimes, mystery of the unknown is more interesting that when they pull away the curtain and you don’t like the ideas presented by the wizard behind it.


Things should have been kept as is…


Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

Grown Ups

My answer to films that should have never gotten a sequel is without a doubt Grown Ups. Anyone who knows me knows I do not like Adam Sandler movies- especially his comedies of the last 15 years. Everything from Jack and Jill to The Ridiculous 6 are some of the worst movies ever made. However, only one of his turds got a sequel- Grown Ups. This original movie wasn’t funny despite having talents like Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin James and David Spade. Most of the jokes were either machismo high fives between the cast or gross out gags. I suppose you could make a funny movie about friends reuniting from high school but this is not it. It’s just awful. 

Grown Ups 2 is just more of the same and still a massive waste of talent for no laughs. Horrible


Emma – Emma Explains It All



This should be a particularly interesting round because let’s be honest, there are an awful lot of bad sequels. The word ‘sequel’ itself inspires fear and uncertainty.

I chose Crank and its subsequent sequel Crank 2, because I just remember it being really, really awful. Taking elements from the first film that were fun and worked well, turning them into a terrible parody and making it basically unwatchable. I did turn it off. And I don’t do that a lot. 

Carl Wonders – Listening to Film

The Matrix

Even if you ignore the fact that the sequels are mostly poor and disappointing, The Matrix stands as a movie that functions extremely well on its own and certainly didn’t need any follow-ups from a story perspective. From its opening frames, The Matrix is immediately unique and grabs your attention, and I remember thinking several times “I have never seen THAT before!” In the end, the story is left in a thematically satisfying way that, while open to a follow up, doesn’t need one. Unfortunately, the two sequels simply present more of the same combined with pretentious phiosophy and new characters that are either poorly defined or straight out of the stereotype box (or both!). Should have stopped with the original.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason


Grease Poster

This is sure to be an impassioned round, but I’ve never felt that strongly about bad sequels, maybe because I either don’t watch them, forget about them easily, or actually like them when most others don’t. One that sticks out, though, as downright poor is Grease 2. I’m not much of a fan of the original Grease, but with terrible acting from non-Travolta Maxwell Caulfield, Grease 2 is an unabashed cheesefest that never reaches so-bad-it’s-good levels, though some think otherwise. My mom actually likes it, and early Michelle Pfeiffer almost makes it watchable, but the very thought of Grease 2 instantly conjures the words BAD SEQUEL in my mind.

Opinion Battles Round 10 Favourite Asian Language Film

Opinion Battles Round 10

Favourite Asian Language Film

Asia has given us plenty of brilliant films many have given the Western world some of the most popular films in film history. We have Studio Ghibli which can battle Disney for stunning animated movies, we have also had horror films which have redefined the genre. There is also Bollywood which is easily just as profitable as Hollywood.

If you want to join the next round of Opinion Battles we will be take on Which Film Should Never Have Had a Sequel, to enter email your choice to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by Saturday 27th May 2017.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Train to Busan

Train to Busan from South Korea is my pick for this because I was simply blown away by the non-stop action horror going on throughout the film. We get a zombie horror that could be put in the same brackets at the original Romero and 28 Days Later. The character development is easily the best in zombie films because you find yourself caring for each and every character you are meant to while hating the ones you are meant to hate. The action sequences are put together so you simply don’t know who will make it out of the situation and most importantly you will want to go back and watch this again as soon as it has finished.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Shaolin Soccer

I could go super obscure Asian language film here because there are no doubt tons of favorites. Just dive into the Stephen Chow filmography and we can pick up a ton of 1990s release but for the sake of everyone knowing a title, I’m going with Shaolin Soccer. It was really a toss-up of this one and The Mermaid, however, Shaolin Soccer wins mostly because it features a ton of the 1990s comedy crew that works frequently with Stephen Chow and truly delivers some over the top moments paired up with some ridiculous/crazy computer graphics. Filled with comedy and absurdity, Stephen Chow’s comedy always delivers these two things and without fail. Never judge a book by its cover, that should be what you take away from this movie. Plus, this one wins because the best comedy duo, Stephen Chow and Man Tat Ng are together. They can do no wrong.


Cinema Parrot Disco

My Neighbour Totoro


My favorite Asian language film? This could be a hard question as I love loads of Asian language movies, especially Japanese films. There’s all the Akira Kurosawa stuff, like the brilliant Seven Samurai. There’s Battle Royale & Akira. There are many great Asian language horror films (although the horror genre is unlikely to make many of my “favorites” lists). But… I have to go with my beloved Studio Ghibli. I can’t NOT choose a Ghibli film for this question! My answer is My Neighbor Totoro. Okay – that wasn’t difficult at all. I love a lot of Asian language films but nothing can beat Studio Ghibli & NOTHING can beat Totoro. 🙂 


Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews

Train to Busan

After 2016 there can be no other choice for me than to recommend The

‘Train to Busan’ as my favorite Asian film. It honestly surprises me

that after so many zombie movies have come down the pike we could

still love another but that’s what audiences are doing and this

reviewer right along with them.


There are a lot of twists in the story. The director also wrote the

movie which shows his talent. It has a take-your-breath-away ending

you may or may not expect. Predictions varied in my family. By the

way, I watched it with my 9-year-old and she couldn’t leave the room

she was glued to the film. This film will appeal to horror and

suspense films more than anyone. At the same time, I see a universal

appeal in this film. I must warn you, it does have subtitles but they

are easy to follow. Moreover, there are long stretches of time where

there is no dialog at all. It tells the story through the images.

Please vote for ‘Train to Busan.’


Rob – Movie Rob

Battle Royale

Before there was the hunger games, there was the best film about a battle to the death among a group of teens and that was Battle Royale.  It still hasn’t been eclipsed by any other film of the genre.


Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Seven Samurai


Many to choose from, I’m sure but surely Kurosawa’s much revered classic is one of the greatest.

A unique story, fine characters, innovative cinematic techniques and if it wasn’t for this film, we wouldn’t have “The Magnificent Seven” Or “A Bug’s Life” . . !


Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Your Name

Your Name has become one of Japan’s highest grossing films and it is not hard to see why.  The story is simple, Taki, a boy who lives in Tokyo, and Mitsuha, a girl living in the small village of Itomori, start switching bodies randomly. They learn to be a part of each others’ lives and eventually fall in love and go in search for one another.  What sets this movie apart from similar movies is the way it tackles its love story.  It is a love story through and through but it never becomes melodramatic and there is plenty of humor laced throughout.  I haven’t even mentioned the beautiful animation, that is quite possibly some of the most gorgeous animation to date. I could rave about this movie on and on but I won’t for the sake of time. All in all, Your Name is my favorite Asian Language film because it is funny, charming, beautiful, and heartwarming and is wholeheartedly deserving of the praise it has received.

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Battle Royale

This was a very easy choice for me. Battle Royale was the first Asian speaking film I ever saw and to this day it remains my favourite. Based on a novel it tells the slightly warped tale of a bunch of Japanese schoolchildren who are taken to a deserted island on the pretence of a school trip, only to have bombs strapped to their necks and told they must kill one another until there’s only one kid left standing.

As you can imagine it’s a pretty nutty film. And one of my all time favourites.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon remains one of only ten foreign-language films to be nominated for Best Picture and the only one hailing from Asia. It’s hard to imagine a Chinese kung-fu action film deserving such an honor, but this is a simple case of a director elevating potentially silly material to an art form. The kung fu action sequences choreographed by Yuen Woo-ping (who also contributed to The Matrix films) are breathtaking and become a gravity-defying ballet, and Ang Lee’s elegant direction only adds to the beauty of the cinematography and musical score. Add in accomplished Asian stars like Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, and Zhang Ziyi, and you’ve got one of the best martial arts films ever.


Opinion Battles Round 9 Favourite Talking Animal

Opinion Battles Round 9

Favourite Talking Animal

Over the years we have found ourselves cheering for animals in movies, be it animated or live action this has grown our love for these animals over time. We have seen our fair share of good but we have also seen our fair share of sinister villains. Today we will be picking our favourite Talking Animals, but which one made the most sense?

If you want to join the next round of Opinion Battles we will be take on our Favourite Asian Language Film, to enter email your choice to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by 14th May 2017.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Scar – The Lion King

I have picked Scar from Lion King because when you watch this all singing and all dancing movie it is the character of Scar that makes everything unfold in the story, be it trying to trick Simba into exploring by taking him to the Elephant Graveyard or leading him to the canyon. Yes he is the villain of the story and with the truly sinister voice of Jeremy Irons we get a villain that will always be one that stands out for me through all of the Disney films.


Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Babe – Babe

One of my best memories of 90s movies goes to Babe, the little pig who was adopted by a farmer and eventually trained to do the task of a sheepdog, breaking all the expectations and fighting for his own freedom outside from being sent to the slaughterhouse. Who says a runt can’t do big things, right? Babe is a fun little movie also, full of talking animals who tells us that we can do lots of things as long as we use our heart. Babe doesn’t just herd sheep with aggression like sheep dogs does, but he talks to them and becomes their friend and cares for them. There’s a lot of great messages here bundled all together.


Cinema Parrot Disco

Crush – Finding Nemo


My favorite talking animal in a movie obviously has to be one from a Pixar or a Disney movie. There are so many good ones in those, though, so it was actually really hard to choose! Do I go with a classic, like Thumper in Bambi or Baloo in The Jungle Book? Or a more modern character like Dory in Finding Nemo? What about 101 Dalmatians – I adore that movie but which character out of 101 of them?! 😉 Then there are The AristoCats – I love those swingin’ cats! Okay, I better answer. I’m going to go more modern & choose a Pixar character. My answer is Crush from Finding Nemo. Duuuuuuude. I love that laidback, surfing turtle. I almost chose Squirt because he’s beyond adorable but Crush makes me smile every time. How funny that he’s actually voiced by the director, Andrew Stanton. Sweet creation. Righteous, dude! Gimme some fin.


Rob – Movie Rob


This loveable swine was all the rage in ’95.  The effects are done quite well to make it really seem as if he and the rest of the animals are truly interacting

Gill – Realweegiemidget Reviews

Charlotte – Charlotte’s Web (1973)


This is my first entry to Opinion Battles. which was recommended to me by a lovely fellow film blogger., EmmaKWall.  On writing to Darren, he invited me to add a review on my favourite talking animal in the movies. My favourite talking animal has to be Charlotte the spider in Charlotte’s Web (1973). This film has been made twice – once as a cartoon and once with live animals – although Charlotte was CGI then! Admittedly, I prefer the first cartoon version where she was voiced by the late great Debbie Reynolds (the wonderful Carrie Fishers mum) and not the one with Julia Roberts. Which looks like the further adventures of Babe.


The story tells us about a piglet who is the smallest in his litter. He’s kept and brought up by Fern, the farmers daughter. On hearing he’s going to be killed, he becomes depressed and a lovely wee spider, Charlotte makes friends with him.  Charlotte then tries to save him from the chop (pun intended) by spinning some fantastic webs saying how cool he is. Anyway, without telling you more on the plot I’d advise you to keep the tissues handy as this 1973 spin (pun intended) on the story will possibly get you in tears…



Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews



My favorite talking animal is Babe from Babe and Babe: Pig in the City. Not only is the mixture of real pigs and puppetry perfect in this film but it has so much heart. I love Babe as a character as he tries to save himself and then his friend. Friendship is a heavy theme of both movies including the friendship between humans and animals. Christine Cavanaugh voices Babe and she gives just the right level of cuteness without it becoming cloying. 

Babe: Pig in the City is too different for some folks but that’s what I love about it. It’s a thoroughly unique adventure for our adorable little pig. Give both films a watch and I think you will really enjoy them.


Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews

Wallace – Tusk

“Your life as you knew it, Mr. Bryton, is over. Should you wish to continue living, you will be a walrus…or you will be nothing at all.” -Howard Howe


Of all the talking animals in movies, I think the walrus in Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” film is the best. We best remember his deep words such as “Oh no no no no” upon the event of his first swim and “Ahhhhhhhh” upon the realization of what he has in fact become. These are samples of spoken word in script that move me so. In going for him, you can in a way help poor Wallace. Those big eyes are looking up at you from a dog bowl. They are saying: vote for Tusk for best talking animal in a film.


Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Baloo – The Jungle Book

While I’m sure that there’s so many Disney/Pixar talking animals to choose from, surely ol’ poppa bear himself is one of the most lovable. With his laid back attitude and protective nature, he’s the friend we all wish we could have and is voiced perfectly by both Phil Harris and Bill Murray.

And he sure knows how to party – maaaaan!

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason


While all manner of animated animals came to mind, I had to go with a childhood favorite of mine, which I’m betting few have even heard of. Paulie from 1998 is about a parrot (a blue-crowned conure or parakeet) whose young owner Marie teaches him how to speak, and he turns out to have more intelligence than the average birdbrain. Separated from his beloved Marie, he gets passed from owner to owner over years, trying to get back to her, and the end result is a really sweet and funny film. While Tony Shalhoub and Gena Rowlands distinguish the human cast, Jay Mohr is perfect as the titular bird, full of wisecracking attitude. A lot of the film has to do with Paulie learning when to speak and when not to, so he fits the bill as my favorite talking movie animal.


Emma – Emma Explains It All

Brian – Family Guy

My favourite thing with Brian has to be when he’s being incredibly pretentious and thinks he’s the most intelligent guy in the room. He inevitably embarrasses himself and ends up looking the complete opposite of the dog he so wants to be. His friendship with Stewie, which develops more as each season goes by, is fantastic too and makes one of my favourite TV double acts of all time. 

Carl Wonders – Listening to Film

Donkey – Shrek

Every so often in animation, you end up with the perfect combination of character, animal type, and voice actor. Such is the case with the character of Donkey in Shrek. Eddie Murphy is dead-on perfect for the part, and his being put in a supporting role helps to prevent his antics from becoming annoying (a balance that was lost in later films). He delivers many of the film’s memorable lines (“I’m making waffles!” and his soliloquy on parfaits in particular), and his banter with Shrek throughout is top-notch. When picking talking animals, it’s hard to not go with this “noble steed.”