ABC Film Challenge – Animation – E – The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Director: Mark Dindal

Writer: David Reynolds (Screenplay) Chris Williams, Mark Dindal (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick


Plot: Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder.

Tagline – Mingin’!

Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes


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Verdict: There is a Deeper Story Here


Story: The Emperor’s New Groove starts as we meet Emperor Kuzco who has been turned into a llama by Yzma who is trying to take over the Emperor’s jobs, which leads him to fire her, as he looks to demolish a local village where Pachu the llama farmer lives.

When Kuzco is left to go with Pachu, he must find a way to return to his human form, reclaim his thrown and learn the true message of being an Emperor.


Thoughts on The Emperor’s New Groove


Characters – Kuzco is the young Emperor that gets turned into a llama, he craves power and popularity, leaving him to not care about who he steps on to get what he wants. He must learn to treat his people with respect and become the emperor for his land. Pacha is the quiet llama farmer, head to the village, that wants to stop his village being destroyed and reluctantly agrees to help Kuzco to return to his throne. Yzma is the evil adviser that wants to power and will kill Kuzco to get this.

StoryThe story focuses on an Emperor that needs to learn that he doesn’t need to be selfish to be a strong leader to his people by growing up. We get the usual ideas being used here where nothing comes off overly original and more of the story plays into the stand-up comics routines over telling a story. you do feel like there should have been a deeper story being used more often through the film over the jokes.

Adventure/Comedy/FamilyThe adventure put two unlikely people needing to get through a jungle back to safety, which is told through jokes too often, the family could get certain laughs but he adults will not enjoy them as much.

SettingsThe settings don’t seem to show us which country Kuzco is the ruler off, with the random jungle having random animals in.

AnimationThe animation works well for the time it was made, but doesn’t feel as strong as possible.

Scene of the Movie –
Bridge breaking.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many jokes.

Final ThoughtsThis is an animated film that could keep the kids happy for an hour, it isn’t on the highest levels of animation or storytelling.


Overall: Basic animation.




Moana (2016)

moanaDirector: Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker, Chris Williams

Writer: Jared Bush (Screenplay) Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, Don Hall, Pamela Ribon, Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Auli’I Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk


Plot: In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the demigod to set things right.


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Verdict: One of Their Best


Story: Moana starts with the ancient tale of Chieftain’s heart that could give life and who Maui stole the heart with the ability to transform with his magical fishhook but when others leave Maui defeat and both the heart and fishhook lost forever. This is a story for Moana and her people where she is destiny to follow in her father’s footsteps and become the Chief of their people.

Desperate to help her people Moana risks her own life to search for a new fishing location but only finds the dark side of the ocean before her grandmother also known as the crazy lady on the island shows Moana the final secret of her people and that is Moana’s destiny, to restore the heart of Chieftain to restore the peace within the waters with the help of the one that disturbed the peace in the first place the demi-god Maui.

Moana is an adventure family comedy that brings us the next Disney leading female character that is part princess but not in the love angle. This is huge plus because we are tired of the princess stories now. The story focuses on believing in yourself be it for your people or that the stories about yourself are not what are going to define you. The fallen hero side to Maui is excellently done to go opposite the soon to be chief character makes for an unusual partnership but one that works on the levels needed.

It wouldn’t be a Disney animation without wonderful songs and this is now different but I can’t help but find myself not getting them stuck in my head like others (Let it Go, for example) and I am not sure if this is a good thing or not. ‘I Am Moana’ is easily the headline song from the film and captures the character perfectly though.

Going into the characters with the voices behind them now Auli’I gives an amazing performance as Moana with her beautiful singing voice and of course we need to talk about the biggest name in the film Dwayne Johnson and Maui who again is brilliant in his role where he nails the singing and charisma the character needs. We do get great comic relief from a mix of Heihei the chicken and Pua the piglet but otherwise this is a very grounded film that doesn’t introduce too many characters.

Disney could have restored the magic it has been losing with certain recent releases and this sure as hell gets back to what once made them great enjoy the songs, the story, the adventure for it will be special.


Overall: Disney is back and with a boom, move over lazy Pixar sequels the original masterminds are back.


Big Hero 6 (2015)

logoDirector: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Writer: Joseph Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird (Screenplay) Duncan Rouleau, Steven T. Seagle (Characters) Paul Briggs, Joseph Mateo (Head of Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph


Plot: The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.


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Verdict: 6 of the Best


Story: Big Hero 6 starts by taking us to San Fransoyko where we watch human controlled robot battles. When young Hiro takes his robot into battle against the champion and beats him, he finds himself in trouble with the law because robot battles are illegal in the city. Tadashi Hiro’s big brother takes him to his university lab to show Hiro the potential he could achieve if he puts his mind to it. Tadashi has being working on a project that involves a robot called Baymax that could provide healthcare for everyone in the future.

Hiro inspired by his brother wants to join the university and his way in is to create something truly original and impress the inventor of the robots Callaghan. Stunning the robotic world Hiro attracts the attention of business man he picks the university over money, but disaster strikes when Callaghan gets caught up in a fire and Tadashi tries to save him. With the death of his brother Hiro doesn’t know what to do next but when Hiro accidently activates Baymax the two go searching for what Hiro’s micro bot is attracted to. Hiro finds out that someone has stolen his technology and is producing more of them in secret. To catch the mystery person Hiro teams up with the rest of the students and they all get upgrade to turn themselves into heroes.

Big Hero 6 is one of the most delightfully stories in recent animation. The story enters into the idea of losing loved ones and dealing with the aftermath. It also looks at a world that we are close to unlocking with all the increases in technology that could one day be a reality. We see how Hiro learns that revenge is not the most important thing and that he does need his friends to deal with the loss. Even with all the emotional story lines we do get a superhero origin story that comes off very nicely. It would be hard not to say that Baymax stole every scene and even watching its development through the film does give it similarities to Iron Giant. This story will be enjoyed by all and can be easy to follow. (9/10)


Character Review


Baymax: Baymax is the created healthcare robot but after his creator is killed, he gets upgrades by the brother of the deceased one. Baymax plays out very naive as the story unfolds but gets all the laughs with his straight talking response to anything that happens. (9/10)


Hiro: Hiro is the teenager wasting his time with illegal robot fighting before he gets the motivation to take his skills to the next level. Hiro goes out to find the person responsible for his brother’s death upgrades and all. Hiro does end up being a very familiar character that we have seen in these type of films before though. (7/10)


Tadashi: Tadashi is the brother who inspires his brother to develop his work in technology but his death motivates his brother to develop Baymax to the next level. Tadashi is a simple mentor character that we have seen in plenty of films before. (7/10)


Mystery Man: This is the masked man who is behind the murder of the brother but his identity his hidden until the end. (8/10)


Support Cast: Big Hero 6 has a supporting cast that mainly comprises of potential suspects which are very generic. We do also have the rest of the students who also help give extra laughs as the film unfolds.


Director Review: Don Hall, Chris Williams – Don and Chris do a good job directing this film that is one of the best animated ones in recent years. (9/10)


Action: Big Hero 6 uses plenty of comic book style action with fights that will entertain. (8/10)

Adventure: Big Hero 6 does enter into the adventure style for a film with our heroes going out to find the person responsible for a personal death. (8/10)

Animation: Big Hero 6 uses great animation throughout the film to make this look very good. (9/10)

Comedy: Big Hero 6 has plenty of laughs especially from Baymax. (9/10)

Family: Big Hero 6 is one for the whole family to enjoy. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Big Hero 6 looks at a very real potential future for us to be living in. (8/10)

Settings: Big Hero 6 uses San Francisco mixed with Tokyo to make a unique looking city. (9/10)

Suggestion: Big Hero 6 is one that will be enjoyed by all and I would recommend seeing it to all. (Watch)


Best Part: Baymax in general.

Worst Part: Not too original though.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final showdown.

Funniest Scene: Baymax and Hiro breaking into the factory.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could easily have one.

Similar Too: The Iron Giant and The Incredibles


Oscar Chances: Nominated for Oscar for Best Animated.

Box Office: $429 Million

Budget: $165 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Trivia: According to Scott Watanabe, the movie is set in an alternate future where after the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco was rebuilt by Japanese immigrants using techniques that allow movement and flexibility in a seismic event. After the city was finished being rebuilt, it was renamed San Fransokyo due to it being a city with Japanese and American architecture combined.


Overall: Baymax will help with your health issues by making you laugh

Rating 90

Sex Ed (2014)

logoDirector: Isaac Feder

Writer: Bill Kennedy (Screenplay)

Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Laura Harring, Abby Elliot, Glen Powell, Matt Walsh, Lorenza Izzo, George Eads, Chris Williams


Plot: Eddie lands his first teaching gig at an inner city middle school and finds his highly pubescent pupils are receiving no form of sexual education. Eddie isn’t really equipped to teach them…he’s not exactly experienced romantically.

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Verdict: Smart Comedy


Story: Sex Ed starts by seeing our protagonist Ed (Osment) struggling to find a teaching job. He lives with an over horny womanizing roommate JT (Powell) who gets all the luck with the woman compared to Ed. Ed decides to go and confront the school board about not even being given an interview. Finding out the only job available is an after schools activity co-ordinator. Upon learning that there is no sex education in the school he decides to teach the students. While JT thinks it is a bad idea because of his lack of experience. Ed goes ahead anyway and starts to learn more about his students and himself. Ed has to overcome a Reverend who wants no sex education in the school but the student have fast started calling Ed their favourite student this leads to Ed trying his luck with Pilar a student’s sister.

Sex Ed comes off mixing two types of films, the first is the teacher who starts off unpopular by both student and parents, while the second is a romantic comedy about finding yourself. Both stories in Sex Ed play next to each other and work with nice balance. Sex Ed looks at the importance of teaching young people about sex one way or another and without the proper education they will end up unaware of the side effects. While on the romantic comedy side we look at how one man’s problem are over analysed by both him and his friends when it comes to mixing up sex and love. We get to see most characters go through life lessons which people are not always brave enough to face. Sex Ed is a good comedy and easily one of the better ones out this year. (8/10)


Actor Review


Haley Joel Osment: Ed Cole the teacher who can’t find a job, but by taking the chance he gets a job looking at after school activity co-ordinator and starts teaching them about sex education. Even though he doesn’t have the most experience he gets the message across while he learns more about himself. Haley does give a good performance here showing he might have overcome his personal problems and getting his career back on track. (8/10)


Glen Powell: JT best friend of Ed who gets all the girls and is always around to stick up and pump him up whenever Ed gets down. Glen gives a good performance in the supporting role and usually has extra laughs. (7/10)


Lorenza Izzo: Pilar sister of one of his student who Ed takes a shine to and joins for dinner along with the family. She does go on a date with Ed but she only teaches him about the woman who mistreat a guy. Lorenza gives a solid performance which is only here for her looks. (6/10)


Support Cast: Sex Ed support cast includes the students, family members of the students and a very wise landlady who each learn and/or give advice to Ed as the story unfolds.


Director Review: Isaac Feder – Isaac does a good job to create a good romantic comedy that balance to focused stories very well. (7/10)


Comedy: Sex Ed uses smart jokes instead of lazy jokes which most sex based comedies do. (8/10)

Romance: Sex Ed tells us not everything is about sex while love is what it is really about. (7/10)

Settings: Sex Ed only uses a couple of settings but each one gives us good identity to which story we are following. (8/10)

Suggestion: Sex Ed is a romantic comedy that is worth a watch, I will suggest this to any who asks. (Try It)


Best Part: Haley Joel Osment shines.

Worst Part: Not enough people will see this when it is clearly better than other comedies out there.

Funniest Scene: Ed walks in on JT for a second time.


Believability: Sex Ed tackles very real issues and looks at the challenging issue that could stop the issues getting solved. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Fake it till you make it


Overall: Funny Comedy Worth A Go