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Drifting Home (2022) Movie Review

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Drifting Home – Movie Review

Director: Hiroyasu Ishida

Writer: Hiroyasu Ishida, Hayashi Mori (Screenplay)

Cast (Voice Talents)

  • Daiki Yamashita
  • Kana Hanazawa
  • Mutsumi Tamura
  • Ayumu Murase
  • Inori Minase

Plot: Follows two childhood friends who drift into a mysterious sea with an entire housing complex.

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Drifting Home starts when two former best friends Kosuke and Natsume have gone their separate ways. Something has come between them, as Kosuke’s family was moved out of a housing complex. With the housing complex believed to be haunted, the other kids in the area enter searching for ghosts.

During the latest argument between Kosuke and Natsume, the rest of the friends find themselves going through a freak event. The event leaves them on the roof of the building floating across the ocean. The kids must put aside their differences to figure out how to get home and understand the situation they find themselves in.

Verdict on Drifting Home

Drifting Home is an animated adventure following a group of school kids that find themselves stranded in a building floating in the ocean. It happens in a freak fantasy event, as the kids were fighting around an abandoned housing complex.

This brings the fun and bickering between the kids, which you would imagine seeing between friends. However, there is a major serious side to the complexness of the friendship between Kosuke and Natsume.

This is a beautiful animation, that brings together the importance of working together with people and putting aside your differences if you can ever want a bright future together. It wants to use elements that made ‘Your Name’ so special even if they aren’t as strong.

Where to Watch: Drifting Home is available on Netflix.

Final Thoughts Drifting Home is a beautiful animation with a strong message.

Spycies (2019) Movie Review

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ABC Film Challenge – Animation – Z – Spycies (2019). This is under Z because of co-director Zhiyi Zhang.

Director: Guillaume Ivernel, Zhiyi Zhang

Writer: Stephane Carraz, Michel Pages, Zhiyi Zhang (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Kirk Thornton, Dino Andrade, Salli Saffioti, Karen Strassman, Jamieson Price

Plot: Vladimir and Hector, two secret agents opposed in every way, are trying to recover a top secret material stolen by unknown intruders.


Tagline – Get ready for Mission Impawsible!

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Spycies starts when super slick spy Vladimir sees his latest mission get the case he is after. But destroys part of the city along the way. Vladimir is exiled to a platform working with the social awkward Hector, who is technologically skilled.

When the two find what they are guarding stolen. They must learn to work together to recover the lost item. Which could be turned into a dangerous weapon on the world.

Thoughts on Spycies

Characters

Vladimir is the spy who thinks he is the best in the agency. He will get the job done, but he will often leave destruction in his path. He prefers to work alone and will need to learn to work with others to make up for his mistakes. Which will give him the life lesson on solving crimes the right way.

Hector is the lone agent living alone on a platform protecting a rare material. He is more of a tech specialist. He does come off as someone who has been alone in the world a lot more, leading to him talking too much. The pair are very different, but must work together.

Mia is a super celebrity that is the star of the show that Hector loves, which is just one of the many different potential suspects. Along with the friendly nurse Chloe, the doctor who has his own story and the strict boss of Vladimir, Kotor. We do get a host of characters which make this a more enjoyable journey.

Story

The story here follows an unlikely spy pairing that must work together to get the bottom of what happened on their exiled location. This is a spy movie that seems like it will be basic, with the whole needing to learn to work together. It does end up becoming a lot bigger than this, with plenty of different directions it could end up going. This is a fun story, one that will keep you guessing, while having plenty of bigger real-world messages going on within the world.

ThemesSpycies is a beautiful animation creation, with different creatures or environments all looking flawless throughout the film. When it comes to the action, each moment does feel like it has come from other movies and developed to play to the strength of different creatures we see in the film too.

 

Spycies is an enjoyable animation, which is filled with plenty of fun throughout, giving us a story which will keep us guessing.

A Yeti Adventure (2017) Movie Review

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ABC Film Challenge – Animation – Y – A Yeti Adventure (2017)

Director: Pierre Greco, Nancy Florence Savard

Writer: Pierre Greco, Andre Morency (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Sylvie Moreau, Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Rachid Badouri, Alexandrine Warren, Stephane Crete

Plot: Quebec City, 1956. Nelly Maloye, an ebullient novice detective, accidentally crosses paths with Simon Picard. An ambitious research assistant in anthropology at the local university. Backed by a glory-seeking philanthropist, the intuitive but disorganized Nelly and the methodical. Obsessive Simon set off on a wild adventure, determined to prove the existence of the Abominable Snowman.

To achieve this goal, Simon relies on the coded diary of a missing explorer – a diary that should lead them to the mythic creature’s lair. Accompanied by Tenzig Gombu, a clever and enigmatic young Sherpa guide, and Jazzmin. A talkative myna bird, our heroes confront a host of dangers in the heart of the Himalayas as they seek that legendary beast: the Yeti.

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Family Animation

Story: A Yeti Adventure starts as Nelly Maloye a private detective is escaping her latest case. Seeing her end up in the middle rich heir Edward Martineau wanting to funding a yeti search to help ambition young scientist Simon Picard. Who has 3 months to locate a yeti to prove his theory.

Once Simon and Nelly arrive in Nepal, they are joined by Sherpa Tensing Gombu. The grandson of the one that was involved in the closest case to locating a yeti in the past, one he was lost on.

Thoughts on A Yeti Adventure

Characters

Simon Picard is a scientist who has been trying to link the evolution line of humans to the yeti and other missing link for years. His research has got him nowhere, given 3 months to find real proof. He must travel to Nepal to prove they are real. He reluctantly goes on this adventure, where he follows his heroes footsteps to try and learn the truth.

Nelly Maloye is the private detective that finds herself getting in more trouble than solving problems. She will jump in headfirst to help Simon locate the Yeti. Tensing Gombu is the grandson of the Sherpa who was lost before. He sees this as a chance to honour his Grandfather’s memory.

Edward Martineau is the rich heir that wants to discover the yeti to give him his own money-making idea. Typical rich person, doesn’t do any of the work before trying to claim the credit.

Story
The story follows an ambitious scientist who needs to prove Yetis are real. Joining forces with a plucky detective to discover the truth in the Himalayas. This is a story about trying to chase your dreams, while also doing the right thing.
We get the warning about what would happen in humans learnt about a new species on the planet. And how they would use it for their own greed. Of the serious side of everything, we do get to see just how a misfit couple could work together to make the right decision. While having an adventure of a lifetime too.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure takes out characters to the Himalayas for the first search for yetis, it does show how people can thrive outside of their comfort zones, with the comedy covering up and real danger the mission will put them on.

SettingsThe film does takes us from the museum, which would be the safe place for Simon to the Himalayas, a place filled with danger, both locations work in the evolution of the character.

AnimationThe animation does have its own style, which is different to most that we see nowadays, it does work for the large scale shots, giving everything a more artistic look rather than a full computer animated style.


Scene of the Movie – The reality of the discovery scene.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The looping travelling.

Final Thoughts This is a fun adventure film, even if it does have a surprising serious side to the message it is getting across.

Overall: Enjoyable Adventure.

 

Astro Kid (2019) Movie Review

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ABC Film Challenge – Animation – W – Astro Kid (2019). This is under W because of the lead character Willy.

Director: Eric Tosti

Writer: David Alaux, Eric Tosti, Jean-Francois Tosti (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Landen Beattie, Jason Anthony, Laura Post, Keith Silverstein, Susan Myres

Plot: Upon the destruction of their ship, Willy is separated from his parents. He lands on a wild and unexplored planet and with the help of Buck, a survival robot, he will have to hold until the arrival of a rescue mission.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Astro Kid starts when a family of explorers in space find themselves caught in the middle of an asteroid belt. Causing their son Willy to find himself sent to another planet to survive with a robot Buck, while waiting for rescue.

Willy wants to use this as a chance to get to explore a new planet. Showing off his skills as an explorer, with a host of different dangerous creatures living on the planet.

Thoughts on Astro Kid

Astro Kid is an animated movie that will show a young boy that gets stranded on an unexplored planet. One filled with different creatures for him to discover himself. This animation does create a beautiful and colourful world, with the creatures and plant life.

Each creature will have its own design, which always feels like a different version of something we might know, with a twist on them. The idea that a young boy must learn to adapt to this new world and the unknown dangers. It might offer is one that it filled with the peril which will make it fascinating. This is one that might be more focused on the younger audience, but it will have enough material for the older audience too. Being one of the more enjoyable animated movies of the recent years, with the pure beauty of the world.

Final Thoughts Astro Kid is an enjoyable animation filled with the beautiful the filmmaking can produce from an unknown world.

Loving Vincent (2017) Movie Review

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ABC Film Challenge – Animation – V – Loving Vincent (2017)

Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

Writer: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Jacek Dehnel (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Robert Gulaczyk, Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Helen McCrory, Josh Burdett, Holly Earl, Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan

Plot: In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh (Robert Gulaczyk) to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Loving Vincent starts following Armand Roulin as he look to deliver the late Vincent van Gogh later. He looks to learn about the troubled artist’s past and the events leading up to his death. As Armand gets to meet the different people he had spent his final days about. He gets caught up in a bigger story about Vincent, the man who cared for him Doctor Gachet and his daughter Marguerite to whom he loved, or so the village thought.

Thoughts on Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent is one of the most beautiful, animated movies you will ever see. With the hand painted style in the same style van Gogh used himself. The artistic team involved in this movie are geniuses to make this work so perfectly.

When it comes to the story, diving into the history of Vincent van Gogh and his final days being investigated. It will tell the story of how people can come into people’s lives and give a different story from each interaction. The story will offer up plenty of mystery about what is going on, making us want to learn more about the life that was ended too early.

Final Thoughts Loving Vincent is one of the most uniquely beautiful movie you will ever see.

The Big Wish (2019) Movie Review

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ABC Film Challenge – Animation – U – The Big Wish. This is under U because it focuses on the Undead coming to visit.

Director: Carlos Gutierrez Medrano

Writer: Eduardo Ancer, Juan J Medina, Pancho Rodriguez (Screenplay)

Cast: (Voice Talents) Cristina Milizia, Connor Andrade, Dino Andrade, Dani Artaud, Susana Ballesteros, Luis Dubuc, Carlos Rota

Plot: Salma is an orphan who has spent most of her life searching out clues about her parents. One day, she discovers a special book that is filled with stories and sets off onto an adventure with her foster brothers to find her parents.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Big Wish starts when orphan Salma craves learning about her parents. Recruiting her stepbrothers Jorge and Pedro, she keeps getting warnings from adopt mother. Her first attempt goes horribly wrong, with her promising never to try again.

At 16 Salma tries again, with consequences again. Finding herself taken to the other side. Here she meets Morlett, a man that once tried to hide the town from the grim reaper.

Thoughts on The Big Wish

The Big Wish is an animation that feels like it could be an alternative Coco. It follows the desperation to find out the truth about what happened to her parents. Needing to learn about the mystery about the history of the town.

It will have the message about loving the family you have. With the day of the dead traditions offering the chance to respect those who raised you. It looks to challenge the concept of eternal life, versus a lifetime of memories. Giving everything you want from the magical side of the day of the dead celebration. With some fun side characters going on through the journey.

Final Thoughts The Big Wish is a fun animated movie, with a deeper meaning.

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018) Movie Thoughts

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ABC Film Challenge – Animation – T- Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018)

Director: Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail

Writer: Michael Jelenic, Aaron Horvath (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, Will Arnett

Plot: A villain’s maniacal plan for world domination sidetracks five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom.


Tagline – Because if Aquaman can get a movie, anyone can.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Teen Titans GO! To the Movies starts as we meet the Teen Titans, Robin, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Raven and Starfire. Who are all trying to be taken seriously by the world and the more famous superheroes, including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

As the teens look to find their own arch-nemesis, they are caught up in the middle trying to get their own movie. Which will test their own friendship before finding their own place in the world.

Thoughts on Teen Titans GO! To the Movies

Teen Titans GO! To the Movies is a movie that will bring together plenty of the humour with the target of the younger audience, as well as having plenty of adult humour and winks to the DC universe and even the Marvel. We do get a clever story on how one of the sidekick characters who was desperate to have his own movie, poking fun at the over saturated superhero movie market.

There is a big heart about staying close to friends over one’s own success, each character is full of delightful entertainment, that will play into everything we have seen, getting laughs and showing a different side to characters we might have seen before.

Final Thoughts Teen Titans GO! To the Movies is a fun animation that gets to poke fun at the superhero movies of today.

 

Racetime (2018) Movie Review

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ABC Film Challenge – Animation – R – Racetime (2018)

Director: Benoit Godbout, Jean-Francois Pouliot, Francois Brisson

Writer: Claude Landry, Maxime Landry, Paul Risacher, Lienne Sawatsky, Daniel Williams (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Lucinda Davis, Dawn Ford, Don W Shepherd, Tod Fennell, Angela Galuppo, Sonja Ball

Plot: Ready, Set, Snow. Frankie and Sophie challenge newcomers Zac and Charlie to an epic sled race, only to break down right before the finish line. Convinced that Zac cheated, Frankie demands a rematch and raises the stakes by betting his team’s clubhouse. Frankie and the gang build a spectacular new race track and the stage is set for the biggest race of the season.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Racetime starts as we meet a community of young snow sled racers. Frankie being the best designer and Sophie being the best driver. They have a clubhouse which will see all the kids in the community come together for entertainment to make and compete friendly with each other.

When new kids Zac and Charlie arrive in town, they get challenged by Frankie and much to Frankie’s surprise. Winning leaving Frankie investigating what happened, believing Zac cheated. Frankie challenges Zac to another race, one with bigger stakes, the clubhouse.

Thoughts on Racetime

Characters

Frankie spends his time designing sleds to use in races, he prides himself on being the best working with the community, even with his short temper. His competitive side will always get the best of him, putting his friendships on the line.

Zac is the new kid in town that has been working on trying to make an impact in the town. He does use cheating tactics, but he is filled with a loneliness that only one of the other kids gets to learn about.

Sophie and Charlie are the hotshot racers that often have the guys around the town doing anything for them. The supporting cast is filled with many different supporting characters. Each one will have their place in group, showing their importance to the friendship between the people in the town.

Story

The story follows a group of snow sled racers that have friendly competitions between each other. Until a new kid comes to town and offers up a new challenge. One that will push one kid Frankie to the limit of what he is willing to do to become the best in town.

This is a story that shows the importance of friendship while growing up. Showing people will make mistakes that can cause pain to each other. It is learning to adapt to mistakes that brings people together. We do also get the message that cheating never prosper. It is told in a nice way that will appeal to a younger audience, while still having a few adult jokes along the way.

Themes

Racetime is a family animated movie that has a wonderful design to make this enjoyable to watch. The different racecourses being involved in the races. Different character designs that will show the importance of friendship and understanding other people’s hardships. It does have something for everyone, even if it is targeted to the younger audience.

Racetime is a fun animated movie that family can all enjoy.

Trolls World Tour (2020) Movie Review

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ABC Film Challenge – Animation – Q – Trolls World Tour (2020). This is under Q because of the many different Queens in the film.

Director: Walt Dohrn, David P Smith

Writer: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Elizabeth Tippett (Screenplay) Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, James Corden, Ron Fuches, Kelly Clarkson

Plot: When the Queen of the Hard Rock Trolls tries to take over all the Troll kingdoms. Queen Poppy and her friends try different ways to save all the Trolls.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Trolls World Tour starts when the rock troll queen Barb wants to take over the whole world of music from each troll kingdom. Making rock the dominate music between the trolls. Poppy the queen of the pop kingdom wants to find a peaceful solution. Believing music will bring the kingdoms together, only to learn the truth about her own kingdom, while learning about the different kingdoms choice in music.

Thoughts on Trolls World Tour

Trolls World Tour will bring the characters from the first film back to learn of the much bigger world they live in. Where different types of music are in different kingdoms, with one wanting to make the whole world like their music.

The story will surprisingly get very deep, dealing with a dominant group who have shut down others in the past. Needing to learn not to make the same mistakes as the past. The different music inclusion will offer something for everyone to enjoy even if there is a certain music you might not normally like. This is one that will offer something for the whole family to enjoy. With the non-stop music and big messaging about letting people or in this case trolls be whoever they want to be.

Final Thoughts Trolls World Tour is a family friendly music experience.