Not every single animated movie these days has to be a masterpiece that delves into real life issues and toys with our emotions, sometimes fun is all we need out of an animated movie. The Boss Baby is about a businessman baby that comes into a family to try and stop the evil plot of Puppy Co. with the help of the families oldest son and his now “brother”. I actually found this movie hilarious and ridiculous, but in a very charming way. Alec Baldwin is the obvious/perfect choice for the talking business baby. Every line he delivers is great and made even funnier coming from a baby… Even though TheBoss Baby doesn’t tug at your heart strings as much as many other animated films these days, it still has room for a few good feels. The whole circumstance with the talking business baby is clearly all in Tim’s (the older brother) over active imagination. It is all a wonderful metaphor for his new found brother taking over his life and makes the ending that much better. I watched it a few times when I had the chance, so if you have a sweet spot for kids movies, this will work well for you.
I wasn’t going to watch Moana, but, it is on Netflix now so I watched Moana. Moana follows Moana, a girl who is destined to be chief of her people on an island but is called to the ocean. However, her island is dying from a darkness and she must venture out to find Maui, a demigod who is the only person that can save her people and bring life back to the ocean. So, Moana is good. There is no doubt about that, and I will not try to dispute it. The voice acting is on point, Dwayne Johnson obviously being the highlight. The story is original and I had a good time. One thing that stand out to me is the water animation, which looked absolutely amazing… It is however, a rather forgetful movie. It didn’t have the impact on me that other animated movies such as Up, Inside Out, Brave, or Frozen had. I watched it a couple days ago, and even looking back now I couldn’t tell you any of the songs… I watched it once, and I liked it, but that was enough.
Though this movie is undoubtedly compared to Zootopia, being that they released around the same time and both feature talking animals, this movie stands on its own rather well. The Secret Life of Pets follows a group of domesticated pets after they get lost out in New York City and get hunted by “wild” animals. Not every joke hits in this for me, but, the ones that do hit well. As for all animated movies nowadays it has just as many jokes aimed towards adults as children. The jokes aimed towards adults usually joke about what actually goes on in an animals head when they are doing normal things. Things such as playing with toys, red dots, waiting for you to come home, or barking non stop, etc. Things like that have been joked about for a long time and its cool to see them in an actual movie. The voice acting is great too. It has to be good when the most foul mouthed comedian out there (Louis C.K.) is the lead voice actor in a kids movie! Eric Stonestreet, most commonly known for his role in Modern Family, voices the second lead and does an equally amazing job given the fact that I didn’t even recognize it was him. Kevin Hart voices the little bunny, Snowball, who is the villain, and sadly I didn’t find him near as good as he could be. This is a fun movie for kids and adults alike to enjoy, but, with as many amazing kids movies that are out there these days I wouldn’t watch it twice.
Holy shit, this is an all-star cast! When I saw This is the End ALL I wanted was for these comedians to come together again and make a monster of a movie… They did just that but not in the way any of us were expecting! I’m a huge Seth Rogen fan, so, I follow all of his work closely. About a year ago I saw on IMDb that he was working on a big movie and I got STOKED. When the first trailer for this dropped and I saw what it was, I was blown away and laughed my ass off. I was SURE there was no way it could live up to that trailer. Well, it exceeded my expectations… Sausage Party is a animated movie (that I beg you do not take your kids too) that is the brainchild of Seth Rogen and features more amazing actors than I care to list. It follows Frank, a hot dog in a grocery store, and his endevour to get taken home with someone and “go inside” a bun. A bunch of shit goes awry when he gets picked to go home and he sets out on a mission to find out what REALLY happens when the humans take you away (spoiler: they get eaten). It sounds weird to say about a movie like this, but, this movie is truly genius. The amount of subtle references and jokes, along with the huge amount of food puns is awesome. The voice acting is spectacular, with not a single person phoning it in! And, best of all, because the people that made this are who they are there was no holding back in this movie. At one point a douche actually jumped up into and mans ass and controlled him that way making him murder everyone! If you are a fan of movies such as This is the End, Pineapple Express, and Knocked Up, this is the comedy for you!
SPOILER: I never knew I needed a food orgy scene until I had one.
I’m in my twenties and at this point I don’t think I will ever stop loving kid’s movies. GOOD kids movies at least, and sometimes those are hard to come by! Luckily Zootopia does not disappoint when it comes to that. Not only is this movie hilarious for both parents (or 20 year olds without kids) and kids, it has a lot of jokes only adults would understand and a really good message about racism for kids. The setting of Zootopia is straight forward, but more awesome and immersive the more you get into it. Thousands of years have passed and apparently humans have died or were never there, I’m not quite sure. But, now the animals are evolved and living in harmony. They have jobs that pertain to who they are and they live in different climates. Like I said, it is meticulously thought out and spectacular… We follow our main character Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin). Hopps is a bunny that has always had a dream of being a cop even though there has never been a bunny cop. One day she achieves her dream and moves to Zootopia where she runs in to the hustling fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). Together they have 48 hours to crack the case of why predators (that’s where the racism metaphor comes in) are turning savage and attacking everyone… I’ve seen a lot of kids movies, a lot. But, this is one of the best children’s films I have ever seen. I watched it two times in a row, and will probably buy it and watch it without a kid around. I laughed over and over again, I loved the world they built for me and sucked me into, and the voice acting was top notch and perfectly cast. I don’t give stars, but if I did I’d give this one five.
You know a trailer is good when a COMEDY trailer gives you fucking goosebumps. This lineup is just ridiculous! Rogan and Franco called every friend they have ever made to do this movie. AND it reminds us of the past works these comedy gods have made. I know I’m overselling this shit like crazy, but I love everyone in this movie and all their past movies!.. Anyway, Sausage Party is the first ever R-rated animated movie. The movie follows a group of food-friends as they discover what going home from the grocery store ACTUALLY means… Getting eaten! They then go on a quest to warn all the other food… The tone of this trailer is god damn spectacular. Happy and cheery at the beginning, making you think its a kids movie. Then all of a sudden the massacre starts and Snoop Dogg kicks on! I gotta say the music and editing for this was great, even just when they were popping up all the names at the end it caught my attention… The best scene of this however has to be the ‘Saving Private Ryan’ reference it what I assume is a freezer. That shit got me!.. I think it’s clear I’m not gonna miss this, and you shouldn’t either.
South Park is one of my favorite TV shows for multiple reasons. It is one of the biggest, and in my opinion best animated shows for adults out there. The characters are great, and we all have our favorite. We always look forward to the Kenny death, and it is going to be around forever making us laugh. But, over the years South Park has grown and become much more than just knee-slap, bowel-movement-jokes comedy. Yes, I realize it still has some of that, but sometimes that can be hilarious! There is an episode where Cartman shoves a bunch of burgers down his pants to make delicious “ass-burgers”, and another where he shits on his mom while playing World Of Warcraft! Which, brings me to my next point about why this show is the shit (see what I did there?). It touches on real life issues, without worrying about who it is going to offend. Not many people think of South Park as dealing with social issues, but I argue that it does it better than most, as surprisingly fast too! One episode will mock Black Friday, and George RR Martins obsession with penis’s. The next will tackle “The Passion of the Christ”, and then the capture of Saddam Hussein! That, though, is what makes South Park so hilarious. It is SO real. It doesn’t pull punches, it doesn’t worry about backlash, and it doesn’t care about your feelings! If it wants to make fun of Scientology, and a dozen celebrities all at the same time, it’s going to fucking do it!