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    Magic Journey to Africa (Blu-ray 3D)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on April 18th, 2013

    “I want to visit a country of dreams, imagination and magic.”

    Instead of “dreams, imagination and magic”, the Africa presented in this confounding, family-friendly offering from Spanish filmmaker Jordi Llompart is a place of trippy visuals, head-scratching dialogue and horrid CGI. Magic Journey to Africa — billed as a “giant screen spectacle” — is now available for home consumption, where the film’s dazzling 3D presentation is its only saving grace.
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    Animaniacs: Volume 4

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on February 6th, 2013

    “It’s time for Animaniacs. And we’re zany to the max. So just sit back and relax, you’ll laugh ‘til you collapse. We’re Animaniacs!”

    I am a 30-year-old man, and I didn’t need any help remembering the lyrics to the Animaniacs theme song. (Yikes! That sounds like a confession I should be making at my next Man-Child Anonymous meeting.) Similar to the influential work of Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, Animaniacs served as the first exposure many children in the ‘90s had to classical music and literary masterpieces.
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    Spongebob Squarepants – Extreme Kah-Rah-Tay

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on January 19th, 2013

    Spongebob Squarepants, the flagship cartoon for Nickelodeon for the last few years, has been churning out DVD specials inbetween releases of complete seasons. Sometimes these are linked by a theme (such as the Halloween DVD I reviewed in October http://upcomingdiscs.com/2012/10/15/31-nights-of-terror-spongebob-squarepants-ghouls-fools/) and this would mean taking episodes from numerous seasons. This particular special mostly contains more recent episodes, all of which have some sort of “extreme” or somewhat violent/action oriented story.
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    Monsuno: Destiny

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on January 3rd, 2013

    “For every dark, a light. For every foe, a friend. For every question, an answer. For every key, a lock.”

    And for every kid-centric animated program, a lucrative line of tie-in toys. Monsuno borrows liberally — the nicest way I know of saying “rips off” — from previous phenomena like Beyblade, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! Though it primarily exists to help sell derivative trading cards and action figures, the show establishes a surprisingly intriguing world in its first handful of episodes.
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    Heavyweights (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on December 17th, 2012

    Most Disney live-action kid’s films do not have a kind memory in my heart. They feel contrived, full of soft characters and contain tons of bad comedy. They also proceed to force upon the audience some kind of weak message about morals and attempt to make us feel better about ourselves. This never works. However, today I have a shining light in the sea of bad Disney live-efforts and that film is the 1995 cult classic, Heavyweights.
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    Kaijudo – Rise of the Duel Masters: Creatures Unleashed

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on December 9th, 2012

    One of the traps as a kid I never really got into was the art of the Magic card game. Sure, the cards were pretty to look at but the actual game behind it or the similar pretenders never seemed to interest me. Of course, these card games never quite stay card games, they become toys and often cartoon series. Today, I get one of those so called card games which have spawned a series. Its name is Kaijudo and the review is next on the Hub.
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    “31 Nights of Terror” Spongebob Squarepants – Ghouls Fools

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on October 15th, 2012

    There have been numerous DVD releases of Spongebob episodes that are linked together by a theme. Holidays are obvious choices and Halloween is an inevitable choice for any series that has multiple seasons under their belt. As expected as it may be, that does not dampen the loony fun that comes along with Sponebob.
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    Adventure Time 3: Jake vs Me-Mow

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 3rd, 2012

    The residential cartoon aficionado is reporting for duty. I often think when I am 80 or 90 years old (if I live that long), I will be in my easy chair with a glass of Metamucil and my cane off to the side while I enjoy a heaping dose of cartoons. Then I will go yell at some kids and tell them to get off my lawn. That is the life, I am telling you. Today, I will be reviewing the third best of Adventure Time dvd with the always lovable Jake and Finn.

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    “31 Nights of Terror” Dora the Explorer – Halloween Parade

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on October 3rd, 2012

    Dora sets out to teach kids a little English here, and a little Spanish there, as she goes on some Halloween themed adventures; most of which involving costume parades. The formula for each episode (Halloween themed or not) is identical, allowing kids to speak along with the characters, while grating the patience of nearby adults.
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    Dinosaur Train: Big, Big, Big

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on September 10th, 2012

    Geared towards pre-schoolers, and their fascination with dinosaurs, this show teaches us about dinosaurs, one at a time, in 10-minute episodes. A group of young dinosaurs, eager to learn, travel on a magical train through time to meet the dinosaur highlighted in their episode.
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    Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Movie

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on August 10th, 2012

    A group of teenage faeries are graduating from their Faerie academy, and set off on a grand adventure to stop an evil force from…doing evil in general. Meanwhile, one of the faeries is searching for her birth parents, while the rest are giggling about boy faeries and various colouful, giggle-inducing cute items.
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    Mirror Mirror (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on July 3rd, 2012

    Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the fairest Snow White movie of them all? (Or at least 2012.) Well, if we’re going by box office receipts and critical reception, the winner is Snow White and the Huntsman, the gothic, snarlier twist on the classic tale starring Kristen Stewart (everything starring Stewart is automatically snarlier), Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. However, if we’re going by costumes, production design and general shiny-ness, Mirror Mirror easily wins. I realize that sounds like faint praise, but this family-friendly take on Snow White has its quirky charms.
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    Power Rangers Samurai: Volume 1 & 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on June 18th, 2012

    Did you know that Power Rangers Samurai is the nineteenth season of Power Rangers? But the difference here is that Saban Brands bought back the franchise and have promised a more fun and humorous Power Rangers, similar to older seasons when they last owned the product. So, today I have for you folks a look at the first two volumes of this new series. Let us see if the new team holds a candle to the heroes of old.
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    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 12th, 2012

    “They’re gonna rock the boat”

    The Chipmunks began life oddly enough as a singing group, of sorts. They were the brainchild of struggling songwriter Ross Bagdasarian and were named after the three chief executives at Liberty records. His own alter ego David Seville’s name came from his World War II Army station in Spain. The Chipmunks first appeared in a 1958 record called The Witch Doctor, but wouldn’t officially become The Chipmunks until later that year when The Chipmunks Christmas Song was released. It is for that Christmas music that I most remember the group. They first appeared as puppets on The Ed Sullivan Show.
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    Treasure Train (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on March 26th, 2012

    Released back in 1982, Treasure Train tries to capture the imagination of kids as Disney had for years but with a much smaller budget.  Helmed by surrealist artist and director Fernano Arrabal, he crafts a film heavy on the power of a child’s imagination and sense of adventure. To be fair I had to give this movie a second viewing not because I liked it but because it was so weird I had to make sure what I saw was real.
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    The Muppets (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 21st, 2012

    “It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight…”

    What do the following huge stars all have in common: Elton John, George Burns, Peter Sellers, Don Knotts, Bob Hope, John Cleese, Madeline Kahn, and Milton Berle? They all were guests on The Muppet Show.  It would be pretty hard to argue that the series didn’t became the in place for A-list entertainers to have a little fun. Like a neighborhood clubhouse, the top stars would come to the show and allow themselves to be often upstaged by Henson’s cute little creatures.
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    Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 5th, 2012

    Isn’t it odd how movies with similar story lines tend to get released around the same time? For example, no one has gotten the urge to release another major motion picture with a volcano as its main antagonist since the Dante’s Peak/Volcano Battle of 1997. (Though that might have more to do with the fact that, my slight soft spot for Dante’s Peak notwithstanding, both those movies are terrible.) We’ve been treated to the Great Deep Impact/Armageddon Debate, dueling Truman Capote biopics and the upcoming Snow White Smackdown of 2012. In that same spirit, I’d like to unofficially — and belatedly — declare 2011 as the Year of Has Anyone Seen My Keys?
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    The Smurfs Holiday Celebration

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 7th, 2011

    At one point or another, most all family friendly television programs air some sort of holiday special. Just one special you say? Well smurf that! How about two?! Taken from their TV show, that ran for nine seasons, we are offered two Christmas (not Holiday) specials starring those tiny blue…whatever they are. The animation quality signifies that one special comes from the earliest seasons, while the other come from somewhere later in the nine year run.
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    Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World (3D Blu-ray / Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 1st, 2011

    “You have been activated.”

    You’ve got to hand it to Robert Rodriguez. Since he came onto the film scene in 1992 he has earned a reputation for delivering some very innovative films. His specialty appears to run toward more adult fare with such cult hits as Dusk To Dawn, Sin City, and his recent splashes into grindhouse territory. Anyone who has seen those films might find it strange that the writer/director is also responsible for a somewhat beloved children’s franchise with the Spy Kids films.
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    Nickelodeon Favorites: Merry Christmas

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 15th, 2011

    Six different Nickelodeon children’s programs aimed at preschoolers each have their own Christmas (or Holiday) special episodes and are compiled together on this DVD release.
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    CatDog: Season One, Part One

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 20th, 2011

    It is that time for more cartoon goodness from the people at Nickelodeon. As we have seen, I seem to attract odd cartoons to review. Let’s see, there is a dude with a football as a head, a beaver with a surfer voice or perhaps a monster who has to carry his own eyeballs. This time I lay witness to a Cat and a Dog conjoined at the stomach devoid of tails or hind legs. What sounds like a bad science experiment might be full of cartoon love.
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    Danny Phantom: Season One

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on September 17th, 2011

    One of my favorite “kiddie” type cartoons is Fairly Odd Parents. A giant size of wit (surprisingly adult in nature on occasion) and a ton of charm make the cartoon a boatload of fun to watch. It was created by Butch Hartman who has a long list of popular toon credits including Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken and Dexter’s Laboratory. Eventually Hartman started to do more than storyboard or write cartoons. He created cartoons, including one such cartoon named Danny Phantom which is our subject today.
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    Angry Beavers, The: Seasons One & Two

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on September 4th, 2011

    It is cartoon review time boys and girls. We have a very special guest today, he is the president of the The More Angry Beavers in Cartoons Today Thingy club. He is going to show us a cartoon today called, wait for it. *Waiting* *Random children start to flic boogers at each other* It’s the Angry Beavers! *One kid cheers and the others throw paper wads at him* Wait, you don’t know the Angry Beavers?! Well, then let us start the show and we will introduce to these two, Daggert and Norbert who live in a bachelor dam (not under the sea but above it!).
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    Marley & Me: The Puppy Years (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by BABY on August 31st, 2011

    Baby here again, and I’m not exactly a happy German Shepherd/Chow mix puppy right now. Do you wanna know what’s put the growl in my scowl this time? The other day I heard Gino say that somebody was in the doghouse. That sure sounded like fun, but it turns out the dude got fired and that being in the doghouse turns out to be not such a good thing. Now I understand if they said that UPS was in this dog’s house. That would be bad for the UPS guy. And that spells O U C H.
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    Hey Arnold!: The Complete First Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on August 18th, 2011

    Sometimes, I look through my collection of dvd and blu-rays. I tend to notice patterns fairly well. First, I like plenty of science fiction or thriller types. On the animation front, for the most part I tend to like anything oddball or superhero. Plain jane ordinary kid cartoons never seem to be my thing. The weirder the better. Today, I review Hey Arnold!, the first season. Perhaps I can give this Nick classic some bland cookie cutter love.
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