31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS – TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XXVIII

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julie Kavner (Dr. Dolittle 2)
Nancy Cartwright (Rugrats)
Yeardley Smith (Jingle ALl The Way)
Hank Azaria (The Smurfs)
Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap)

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GUEST STARS

Mario Batali
Ben Daniels
Neil Gaiman
William Friedkin

simpsons-2818-thohxxviii-sc-1083-avid-color-corrected-hires1-1508446694331How did The Simpsons go almost 30 years without attempting a full-fledged Exorcist spoof? It seems crazy given all the other iconic horror properties that have become fodder for the series’ annual Treehouse of Horror specials. But it also speaks to why this year’s installment worked so much better than most. The writers made some inspired choices when it came to material, and the result in the best Treehouse of Horror in many years. In the grand tradition of classic Treehouse segments like “The Shinning” and “Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace,” “The Exor-Sis” took a classic horror film and delivered a faithful (if highly condensed) parody with a lot of self-aware silliness thrown in. treehouse_of_horror_xxviii_promo_4The decision to frame this segment around Maggie is really what made it work. It’s always amusing when spinoff episodes like this toy with the idea of the sweet, innocent baby of the Simpson clan harboring deep, dark, murderous tendencies. The sight of Maggie crashing the dinner party and murdering several Springfield residents certainly entertained. Flanders’ tragic but comical death proved especially amusing. simpsons-2818-thohxxviii-sc-2010-avid-color-corrected-hires1-1508446694335From there, the episode turned its attention to Coraline, another great horror (well, horror-ish) film that probably should have been tackled years earlier. But this was another case of “better late than never.” “Coralisa” did a great job of capturing the look and tone of the source material and giving it a Simpsons-worthy twist. And once again, having original creator Neil Gaiman step in to provide a guest voice added to the overall effect. Gaiman is no Keith David, but he was a great fit for a cat who walks between worlds. Just on a technical level, “Coralisa” is easily one of the most ambitious “Treehouse of Horror” segments we’ve seen in a long time. The “Other Family” segments did a great job of capturing the kooky, stop-motion animation style of the film while still feeling very much like a Simpsons cartoon. The resolution also worked well, with both versions of The Simpsons family being rolled into one. simpsons-2818-thohxxviii-sc-2058-avid-color-corrected-hires1-1508446694339It’s always good to devote at least one Treehouse segment to more original fare, so it was nice to see this episode wrap up with the delightfully twisted “Mmm… Homer.”  I’m almost surprised the writers didn’t opt for an overt Hannibal parody here. They certainly could have, but ultimately, it’s probably for the best that they let this one stand on its own. Homer’s obsession with devouring his own flesh is just the sort of twisted, “out of the box” thinking I like to see from these episodes. Better yet, the conclusion was oddly touching. Homer embraced his new passion, even though it meant his death, and he left a legacy behind that kept the whole town fed and happy.simpsons-2818-thohxxviii-sc-3087-avid-color-corrected-hires1-1508446694347 All three segments in this year’s special were strong. The series finally plugged two major holes in its huge collection of horror movie parodies while also reminding us that it can offend and disturb with the best of them.
 

 

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31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF THE LIVING CORPSE

CAST (VOICES)

Maria Olsen (Starry Eyes)
Michael Villar (Visions)
Marshal Hilton (Beetleborgs Metallix)
Claudine Claudio  (La La Land)
Ben McCain (My Name Is Bruce)

Tactical-Force-DII realise that going into a movie called; ‘The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse’ you shouldn’t be expecting a cinematic masterpiece that changes the norm of cinema by its shear beauty and elegance. That being said however, you do expect a movie with a zombie doing some awesome stuff and possibly some over the top gore splashed in with a bit of dark comedy/tragic character development or angst. I had seen no teasers and I haven’t studied the source material so I was going in blind and without reference.91YkGHks5VL__SL1500_My expectations for the film dropped rather dramatically after seeing the character models  and I immediately thought; Kids film. That ain’t a good thing for the subject material. The animation does not work on human faces but it doesn’t look terrible with non humans and I assume it is meant to achieve a stylised look like the comic book it was based upon. You become more used to it as the film goes on but for me it seemed amateurish, some of the cinematography was great though, I was pleasantly surprised with some of the camera angles that they pulled out.maxresdefaultThe voice acting was mixed and dialogue varied from pretty damn decent to downright puerile. The son, Taylor was particularly bad, especially in the opening scenes where he delivers his lines like….well cardboard isn’t completely rigid.  A couple of characters were quite annoying, they were the comic relief but the humour isn’t very mature.What gore there is in this film is sparse and rare. Most of the time, something gets punched and falls down and dies without much blood or fuss. The combat scenes can become quite stylised at points and can be enjoyable for the most part but they weren’t anything that I could sink my teeth into or will particularly stand out in memory.5051892123525_lI suppose the reason I disliked the film is that I liked the concept and there were some nifty ideas floating about; ‘Zombie superhero who wanders in and out of the underworld to fight monsters and find his son’ sounds like good material for ultra violent schlock or a dark and brooding hero/anti-hero story. Unfortunately this is a film that has an ‘R’rating in America but I don’t have a bloody clue why. The comedy seems to be rather childishbut the subject matter and the brief spats of gore make it unsuitable for children. I’m not saying there had to be blood, guts, f-bombs and nudity but the tone and humour is just weird considering the subject matter. The film has its moments and isn’t terrible mind you and will find itself fans but I have to say I found this to be just below average. I’m now trying to find the comic because I think that the transition to film may have been a difficult one and the comic may hold up better.

REVIEW: BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN

CAST

Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory)
Loren Lester (17 Again)
Paget Brewster (Now You Know)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
John DiMaggio (Futurama)
Bruce Timm (Batman: Under The Red Hood)
Eric Bauza (Smurfs: The Lost Village)
Trevor Devall (Batman vs Robin)
Robin Atkin Downes (Babylon 5)
Rob Paulsen (Danny Phantom)
Mindy Sterling (Eurotrip)

Batman: The Animated Series is an unmatched masterpiece that is still one of the best comic adaptations twenty five years later. Batman and Harley Quinn is the first DC animated movie in 14 yrs to directly call back to that show, circa The New Batman Adventures. Consequently, it is one of the most beautiful DC animated films in a long time. When the red-tinged skies of Gotham City reappear, you could almost convince yourself that this was a lost episode. Batman and Harley Quinn does have its dramatic moments and it executes them well. However, the film comes down hard on the comedic side, and that’s where it becomes a hit. It appears as if Bruce Timm and his co-writer, Jim Krieg, wanted to push the limits of this film by adding as many things as possible that would never be acceptable on Batman: The Animated Series. That includes Two-Face’s twin henchmen assuming an unmistakable sexual position and Harley’s seduction of one of the film’s leads.As for the story itself, Poison Ivy (Paget Brewster) and the Floronic Man (Kevin Michael Richardson) team up to transform all animal life on Earth into plant hybrids by using the research that Alec Holland created before he became Swamp Thing. With few leads on the duo, Batman and Nightwing turn to Harley Quinn for help locating her friend, Poison Ivy. Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester were masterful in their reunion, and Melissa Rauch was a worthy Harley. There’s absolutely no problem with the performances in this movie. Everyone involved brought their A-game, including John DiMaggio as Sarge Steel and another DC character, whose cameo appearance is both awe-inspiring and kind of hilarious.This movie really is more about Harley Quinn than Batman, and Rauch’s Harley feels like she could be a more heroic figure…but she is still prone to moments of insanity. The best aspect of the movie was the friendship and even love between Harley and Ivy, but they only get a few minutes together onscreen. Their fights were also well-staged, and the film also deserves praise for using a D-list villain like the Floronic Man as a genuine threat to the future of humanity.Warner Bros DC Animated Movie Batman and Harley Quinn 012Batman and Harley Quinn appears to have been created primarily for nostalgic purposes, and it was genuinely thrilling to see classic Harley back in action alongside Batman and Nightwing in the style of the animated series. That world and that aesthetic are timeless, and it looks even better with modern animation techniques.
une-premiere-bande-annonce-pour-film-animation-batman-and-harley-quinn_coverThis is a gorgeously rendered tribute to Batman: The Animated Series and the voice cast was top notch. Batman and Harley Quinn is a great film that harkens back to the DCAU era.

 

REVIEW: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2012) – SEASON 4.2

MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Seth Green (Family Guy)
Sean Astin (Lord of The Rings)
Greg Cipes (Teen Titans)
Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs)
Mae Whiteman (Independence Day)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Josh Peck (Drake & Josh)
Hoon Lee (Banshee)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

David Tennant (Jessica Jones)
Peter Stormare (22 Jump Street)
Michael Dorn (Ted 2)
Clancy Brown (Highlander)
Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys)
Eric Bauz (Ben 10)
Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants)
Nolan North (TMNT)
Kelly Hu (Arrow)
Christian Lanz (Rune)
Gwendoline Yeo (American Crime)
J.B. Smoove (Date Night)
Andrew Kishino (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)
Phil LaMArr (Free Enterprise)
Peter Lurie (Marvel Disk Wars)
Robbie Rist (Bako)
Brian Bloom (The A-Team)
Daran Norris (Izombie)
Jeff Bennett (Enchanted)
Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator)
Minae Noji (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014)Season 4 coninutes  with thise awesome 2 disc volume.  With the last fragment of the Black Hole Generator in the Triceraton’s possession, the Turtles race back to New York City for a final showdown against the alien threat. But even if they save Earth from total annihilation, will their city ever be the same.teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-the-everburning-fire-review_1EPISODES ON DISC INCLUDE

4.13) THE EVER-BURNING FIRE

tmnt-revenge-of-the-triceratons-1280jpg-68443a_1280wThe Turtles must overcome impossible odds like the Triceratons and Lord Dregg in order to obtain the final Black Hole Generator piece that is located on the lava planet of Magdomar, guarded by the cosmic alligator snapping turtle-like beast Tokka. In the end, they lose all three pieces and Mozar calls them at the end saying they are going to use the black hole generator on Earth.

4.14) EARTH’S LAST STAND

As the team finally reaches Earth, the Fugitoid reveals a horrible secret about his past. He reveals that he was the creator of the Heart of Darkness. At the end of the episode, the turtles warn Splinter about Shredder’s betrayal, while Fugitoid flies himself and his ship into the Triceraton mothership along with the Heart of Darkness to destroy it; taking the Triceratons and himself down with it. The Turtles, April and Casey mourn his ultimate sacrifice for their world. However, at the end of the episode, his head reactivates in the Triceraton rubble.

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4.15) CITY AT WAR

Weeks after the Triceratons were stopped, the Turtles now celebrates April’s full transition as a kunoichi. They find out Karai has returned and she vowed to restore the Foot Clan and undo the damage the Shredder has done to the Clan with the help of her old friend from Japan, Shinigami. It is revealed that Shredder is alive but gravely injured from the previous episode who now uses mutagen provided by Stockman to speed up his recovery and to further increase his strength.

4.16) BROKEN FOOT

When Leonardo secretly allies himself with Karai who now has Foot Soldiers of her own he gets himself into deeper danger than he could have realized, such as Donatello getting injured from explosives and the Turtles and Karai close to death in the Foot Soldier Factory. In the end Karai no longer wants to go after Shredder’s belongings but she wants to go after Shredder himself.

4.17) THE INSECTA TRIFECTA

Raphael must overcome his fear of insects to help the team when they are forced to battle Stockman-Fly’s new insect minions Scumbug and Antrax, who have captured Casey Jones at the time when Shredder was recuperating.

4.18) MUTANT GANGLAND

With the Shredder missing from the city, Don Vizioso desires to take over by having his gangster engineer highly advanced anti-mutant weapons that have been designed to incapacitate the Turtles and their fellow mutants. When Mondo Gecko and Donnie are abducted, it is up to Leo, Mikey, Raph, Slash, Leatherhead, and Dr. Rockwell to save them from being taken apart for the amusement of Don Vizioso. However, they must also deal with Don’s strongest and most lethal of minions: Hammer.

4.19) BAT IN THE BELFRY

Donnie experiments with April’s crystalline fragment of the mystical Sol Star (which she is becoming quite obsessed with, due to its mighty power further developing and rapidly increasing her psychic abilities to tremendous levels), but accidentally supercharges it with electricity, that stirs sudden sentience and autonomy in the crystal fragment. It then uses this to bring four of the main characters from Mikey’s favorite comic book to life.  Mikey easily befriends the heroes Wingnut and Screwloose, and he and Casey join them in stopping crime. But when they tell the two superheroes about the fact that they’re fictional characters, and show them the mystical Sol Star, it causes Wingnut and Screwloose to transform into insane monstrous forms. Meanwhile, Donatello becomes incessantly worried that the Sol Star fragment is gradually affecting April’s mental stability.

4.20) THE SUPER SHREDDER

For the first time, the Turtles encounter something they cannot defeat – the Super Shredder! Now far stronger and more vicious than ever, Shredder has returned to put an end to Splinter and the Turtles once and for all. He captures Karai and challenges Splinter to another duel to the death. Meanwhile, the Turtles and April have to deal with Tiger Claw, Rahzar, and Fishface. In the Undercity, the duel between Splinter and Super Shredder begins to heat up; particularly when Shredder’s right arm begins to go out of control as a dangerous side effect of the highly unstable mutagen dosages Stockman-Fly had warned him of. The Turtles, April and Karai show up to assist Splinter, but are held up Chrome Domes. As Super Shredder prepares for the final blow, Splinter throws a knife at some smoke bombs, which causes the ledge to crumble and collapse, resulting in the longtime rivals to fall 1,000 feet into the abyss below; presumably to their deaths.

4.21) DARKEST PLIGHT

The Turtles (along with April, Casey, and Karai) desperately hunt for Splinter, as Super Shredder is seen to have survived and has Bebop and Rocksteady make sure that Splinter is truly destroyed. Donnie, Mikey, Raph and Casey go to search the Undercity for Splinter with their grappling hooks; unaware that Bebop and Rocksteady are not far. Meanwhile Leo, Karai and April lure Tiger Claw and Super Shredder to the surface. Leo is separated from the two girls and left to battle Super Shredder all on his own. Fortunately, April uses her extraordinarily powerful telekinetic abilities against Super Shredder and succeeds in saving Karai from being crushed by a truck that contains sulfuric acid (thanks to the mystical Sol Star fragment further amplifying her psionic abilities), her eyes glow a bright blue and she smiles malevolently as she hurls it right back at Super Shredder.In the depths of the Undercity, a gravely injured and weakened Splinter is shocked to find the Rat King, who wants him back under his control. But is revealed to have been nothing more than hallucinations due to his fever. He is then rescued by a joyous Donnie and Mikey. At his new lair, Super Shredder demands more mutagen, which Tiger Claw adamantly refuses to allow, as it will destroy his entire being. However, he forces Stockman-Fly to inject the remaining dosages of the unstable mutagen into his system as Tiger Claw watches in terror and fear.tmnt-100th-episode.png

4.22) THE POWER INSIDE HER

Despite Leonardo’s uncertainty, Donatello decides to do tests on April, but only ends up in further increasing her psionic abilities and being possessed by the corrupted spirit of an almighty elder Aeon from within the Sol Star fragment, by the name of Za-Naron. In the end, April succeeds in regaining control, putting an end to Za-Naron and breaking the Sol Star fragment. She apologizes for not listening to what they had warned her about the influence the crystal fragment had on her; particularly Donnie. She assures everyone that even though she can no longer harness the great mystical power of the Aeons, she now has a better understanding of how to control her increasingly powerful psionic abilities on her own.tumblr_inline_okx05xknnz1u81y09_1280

4.23) TOKKA VS. THE WORLD

Tokka, who is shown to have survived the colossal implosion of the dwarf star in “The Ever-Burning Fire”, returns and discovers that her baby boy (whom Raphael adopted as Chompy Picasso) is missing. Determined to get him back, she crash lands on Earth; leading up to an intense battle between her, the Earth Protection Force, and the Turtles who meet up with Bishop, who aids E.P.F. in advancing Earth’s defenses against more extraterrestrial invasions. Raph manages to approach Tokka and explains that he only took her baby because he believed that she had perished, leaving Chompy motherless. Touched by this, Tokka leaves Chompy in Raph’s care and returns to Magdomar. Splinter wonders what Raph will do once Chompy becomes full grown, to which Raph replies that he knows that Chompy is fated to return to the stars one day but will always look out for him until that day comes.Totc

4.24: THE TALE OF TIGER CLAW

A dangerous female assassin and fox-mutant, by the name of Alopex, with super speed, appears who is bent on taking down her own brother, Tiger Claw, with the cursed Blades of Vengeance. The Turtles, April and Casey try to befriend her, but she turns on them and furiously goes after Tiger Claw alone, but not before she curses Casey with the blades. Unfortunately, for her, Tiger Claw has well prepared for her arrival. The Turtles make the scene and distract Tiger Claw while April uses her tanto to break the M.O.U.S.E.R. cage that traps her. In gratitude, Alopex returns one of the blades to Casey, and April uses her telekinetic abilities to borrow Tiger Claw’s ice gun so Casey can destroy them, thus breaking their curse. Alopex pins Tiger Claw and seems prepared to kill him again but decides against it as it is not honorable. Tiger Claw shoots her from behind, but Alopex anticipates this and dodges the blast and slices off his right arm; an act that shocks even the Turtles. As Bebop and Rocksteady take the mutilated Tiger Claw away, Alopex takes off to the city rooftops again.

4.25) REQUIEM

When the Mutagen serum that Super Shredder used to mutate himself had been stabilized, Super Shredder is rid of his weaknesses and he is ready to hunt down Splinter and the Turtles and finish the fierce battle between him and his enemies and he finishes off Splinter by stabbing him and throwing him off the rooftop of the Wolf Hotel where the turtles first fought Shredder. April then uses a psychic blast to throw Super Shredder off the roof and into a garbage truck and Casey seemingly kills him by turning on the crusher. The grieving turtles then carry Splinter’s body to the Shellraiser and depart to lay him to rest. Super Shredder’s hand bursts through the top of the truck, still very much alive.Screen-Shot-2017-02-26-at-1_54_42-PM

5.26) OWARI

After Splinter is buried on the O’Neil farm, his spirit informs Leonardo that Super Shredder is still alive and needs to be stopped. The Turtles, April, and Casey ambush Shredder’s hideout after finding out the location from the injured Karai. They defeat Super Shredder’s henchmen (even turning Baxter Stockman back to normal in the process) before confronting Saki on the roof of the hideout. After Super Shredder knocks almost everyone off the building, Leonardo finally defeats the Shredder and finishes him off. The Turtles return to New York victorious as they prepare for the next imminent threat.tmnt-426-16x9An excellent end to season 4, leaves you wanting more… Roll on Season 5.

 

REVIEW: SOUTH PARK – DANCES WITH SMURFS

 

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MAIN CAST

Trey Parker (Tales From The Crapper)
Matt Stone (Orgazmo)

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DANCES WITH SMURFS

1313_cartmanAsWendyGordon Stoltski, a third grader who reads the South Park Elementary morning announcements, is shot to death by a jealous husband mistaking him for a 40-year-old truck driver with a similar name (Gordon Saltski) who had an affair with his wife, which the entire school hears due to it being heard over the intercom. During a memorial service at the gymnasium, guidance counselor Mr. Mackey announces the school will seek a replacement. Cartman gets the job after sabotaging the efforts of a talented student named Casey Miller. However, during his first announcement, Cartman is very critical of the school and makes politically charged accusations against student body president Wendy Testaburger. Principal Victoria asks Cartman to stick to the script during announcements, but he accuses her of trying to silence him, and brings in the American Civil Liberties Union to ensure his freedom of speech. Cartman’s announcements are soon broadcast as the politically themed “EC” show on televisions placed in each classroom. On his set’s chalkboard he uses the first letters of keywords that he writes to spell out Wendy’s intent to “kill Smurfs” which concerns Butters and some other students. When they confront Wendy, she simply refuses to acknowledge CartmanEric_Cartman_Meets_The_SmurfsCartman starts selling copies of his book, What Happened to My School?, outside the cafeteria where Stan confronts him. Angry because of Cartman’s outrageous sexual lies about Wendy in his book, Stan tries to convince Cartman to stop selling the books to no avail. Principal Victoria and Mr. Mackey again confront Cartman, and force him to stop selling his books on school grounds. This upsets Cartman, who accuses them of turning the school into a “socialist horrorland”, and insists he is leaving the school. The next day, however, he appears on his show and spins a portrayal of himself in blue face-paint and suspenders, having somehow found Smurfland, becoming part of Smurf culture and eventually falling in love with Smurfette. Cartman then claims that Wendy bulldozed Smurfland and slaughtered the Smurfs to get their valuable Smurfberries, the complete story of which he has chronicled in his DVD, “Dances with Smurfs”. Despite the fact that it is extremely obvious that the footage of “Wendy” was Cartman in disguise, Butters and a furious mob of students go to Wendy’s house to confront her. Butters pees on her front door and demands that she go on Cartman’s morning announcements show to answer his questions.south-park-season-13-13-dances-with-smurfsOn the “EC” set the next morning a reluctant Wendy joins a gray side-burned Cartman who promises he will stick to school-related questions and go easy on her. However, as soon as filming begins, he immediately asks about her rumoured promiscuity and involvement in the Smurf genocide. To Cartman’s surprise, Wendy claims she indeed bulldozed Smurfland to get the valuable Smurfberries, but alludes that Cartman was involved with the plot, and that the Smurfs would have left Smurfland if Cartman had not integrated himself with them. She steps down as student body president, turning the title over to Cartman, and announces her own new book Going Rogue on the Smurfs. Cartman is angry that she has turned the tables on him and stolen his Smurf idea, particularly when she announces she sold the movie rights to director James Cameron, who turned the book into his new film, Avatar. With being the student body president, Cartman can’t do the morning announcements anymore because a student can’t hold both positions at the same time. Cartman, much to his anger, also learns that being the student body president is a meaningless position with no real power. The episode ends with Casey Miller reading the announcements, which include a student’s explicit letter of disgust for Cartman’s performance as president, causing him to run out the room crying, “I’m doing the best I can!”south-park-s13e13c08-living-with-the-smurfs-16x9The real accomplishment of this episode is how it totally roasted a semi-political figure, without being political at all

REVIEW: NORM OF THE NORTH

CAST

Rob Schneider (The Hot Chick)
Heather Graham (The Hangover)
Maya Kay (Alpha and Omega)
Ken Jeong (Community)
James Corden (Into The Woods)
Bill Nighy (Underworld)
Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Loretta Devine (Crash)
Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones)
Salome Jens (Green Lantern)

Norm the polar bear is the son of the king of the Arctic. In his youth, he develops the ability to speak to humans, a trait shared by his grandfather. Because of this, he is made an outcast from the other animals, only being accepted by Socrates, a wise bird, and Elizabeth, a female polar bear whom Norm is in love with. Years later, Norm’s grandfather has disappeared and human tourists are filling the Arctic. Socrates shows Norm and three Arctic lemmings a luxury condo that has been installed on the ice. Inside this condo is Vera, a representative for wealthy developer Mr. Greene. After Norm saves Vera from an avalanche, Mr. Greene tells her to find an actor to play a polar bear for their campaign. Socrates convinces Norm and the lemmings to stow away on a ship to New York City.3In the city, Norm, pretending to be an actor dressed as a bear, auditions for Mr. Greene’s commercial and is taken to dinner by Vera. Greene, who realizes that Norm is a real bear, suspects that Norm has come to free his grandfather, whom Greene has captured. During a public incident involving Greene trying to shoot Norm in the restaurant, Norm subdues Greene, gaining the attention of the media and heightening Greene’s approval ratings. Greene decides to hire Norm as his mascot. Before going on a television show, Norm meets Vera’s daughter Olympia, who tells Norm to raise Greene’s approval ratings and then speak out against him to save the Arctic. Norm’s popularity heightens the approval ratings, but Greene sabotages Norm’s plan by playing recorded dialogue stating that Norm supports Greene’s developments.2Defeated, Norm is comforted by Vera and Olympia, who reveals that Greene is developing more homes to install in the Arctic. Norm and the lemmings discover that Greene is bribing a high-ranking member of the Polar Council, and exposes this to Pablo, one of Greene’s investors. Vera resigns her position and is hired by Pablo, while Norm and the lemmings chase the truck holding the houses. Greene sends another truck carrying Norm’s grandfather, and Norm is captured as well. After being freed by the lemmings, Norm and his grandfather catch up to the boat carrying the houses to the Arctic, and are able to detach the houses. However, Norm is separated from his grandfather and the lemmings, and is knocked unconscious. Norm awakens in the Arctic and reunited with the lemmings and the other animals, who reveal that his grandfather was not found. Because of his heroism, Norm is crowned the king of the Arctic, before his grandfather arrives at the ceremony. Meanwhile, Mr. Greene is humiliated after his plan is exposed, and Vera and Olympia are happy with Pablo as their new boss, while Norm and Elizabeth have three cubs together.ANORMOn the whole this movie is a fun outing that the whole family can enjoy. It also opens the door to talk to kids about protecting the environment without being preachy or taking aim at anyone who feels the ways to do so are up for discussion. Rather than say the science is closed it says let’s talk about this and see what kind of solution we can come up with. For me at least this seems like a responsible way to let kids know and hopefully will help them grow up to find solutions rather than focus on who to blame

REVIEW: POSTMAN PAT: THE MOVIE

CAST (VOICES)

Stephen Mangan (Rush)
Susan Duerden (Flushed Away)
Mike Disa (Hoodwinked Too)
Jim Broadbent (Game of Thrones)
Rupert Grint (Harry Potter)
David Tennant (Jessica Jones)
Ronan Keating (Goddess)
TJ Ramini (Spivs)
Peter Woodward (Crusade)
Robin Atkin Downes (Babylon 5)
Brian George (The Big Bang Theory)
Parminder Nagra (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Jo Wyatt (Tales of The Night)
Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad)
Enn Reitel (Prey)
Jean Gilpin (The Stud)
Jacob Witkin (Hail, Caesar)
Anastasia Griffith (Shadow of The Sword)
Craig Ferguson (Brave)
Lucy Davis (Shaun of The Dead)

Patrick “Pat” Clifton also known as “Postman Pat” (voiced by Stephen Mangan), is a friendly postman who has been delivering letters in the village of Greendale in the north of England for years. He wants to take his wife, Sara (voiced by Susan Duerden), on a late honeymoon to Italy. He plans to afford it through a bonus from his employer, the Special Delivery Service (SDS), but their new boss, Edwin Carbunkle (voiced by Peter Woodward), has cancelled all bonuses. He plans to make SDS more efficient by replacing its human workers with robots, thinking that being friendly is a waste of time.When Pat gets home and tries to tell Sara about the fact that the honeymoon is cancelled because the new boss has cancelled all bonuses, his son Julian (voiced by Sandra Teles) shows Pat a TV talent show, You’re the One, hosted by Simon Cowbell (voiced by Robin Atkin Downes in typical Simon Cowell voice), which states the next auditions are coming to Greendale. Cowbell also confirms that the person who wins the contest will be awarded a holiday to Italy and a recording contract. Pat decides to take part in the contest and his unexpected singing voice (played by Ronan Keating) wins the contest. Pat is to sing again in the finale, in a head-to-head contest with the winner of another heat, Josh (voiced by Rupert Grint). His manager, Wilf (voiced by David Tennant), however, is very keen to make sure it is his client who wins at all costs.The Chief Executive Officer of the SDS, Mr. Brown (voiced by Jim Broadbent), and Edwin Carbunkle had been watching the contest on TV. They say that they would like to use Pat in a publicity campaign including his own television series. Carbunkle also confirms that because Pat will be away participating in the contest, a robot replica of him called the “Patbot 3000” will be taking over his postal duties, along with another robot replica of Jess called the “Jessbot” as well. After Pat has gone, the Patbot delivers the rounds like Pat normally does, but it behaves oddly and the people of Greendale are starting to complain about Pat behaving in such a way. Sara and Julian are starting to worry about Pat too.Meanwhile, Ben Taylor (voiced by TJ Ramini), the manager at the SDS, is fired by Carbunkle and is convinced that Pat doesn’t want him anymore, not realising that Pat is a robot. Meanwhile, Wilf tries his schemes to stop Pat, not realising that Pat going around Greendale is in fact a robot. The more Pat’s family and friends become concerned, the more Pat feels guilty about coming on the contest in the first place. But, after a while, Sara and everyone else in Greendale discovers that Pat has been replaced by a robot, and find out Edwin Carbunkle’s true intent. It turns out that Carbunkle is in fact making these robots to try and take over the world. Sara and Julian now know the terrible truth about what Mr Carbunkle’s plan is. Moments before Pat leaves for London, Sara tells Pat that she forgives him and is fully aware of the Patbot 3000. She reassures Pat that she knows that Pat only entered You’re The One to win their honeymoon that she and Julian will be there for him and they both share an optimistic goodbye as Pat leaves for London.big_1473912748_imageNow fully aware of Mr Carbunkle’s plan, Sara decides it’s time to stick up for Pat and she takes everyone else in Greendale to see the You’re The One finals. Meanwhile, Jess, who had been stowing away on one of the SDS helicopter replicas that one of the Patbot 3000s used, manages to make his way to where Pat’s performance, and he helps Pat escape after he is almost locked away in a dressing room by a Patbot and Mr Carbunkle, who reveals that Pat’s publicity was just to make people like him, so Mr Carbunkle could replace him with Patbots. They are then pursued by the Patbots. Meanwhile, in the performance, a Patbot performs instead of Pat, unbeknown to the audience. Wilf, knowing it to be a robot (and not realising there is the real Pat too), tries to unmask the Patbot. Then, the real Pat interrupts the performance. As Carbunkle releases the first few Patbots to kill off Pat, Simon Cowbell and Mr Brown, revealing that he has had enough of them hindering his plans, Pat’s wife, Sara along with everyone else from Greendale enter the auditorium within seconds. They manage to switch off the Patbots and stop Mr. Carbunkle’s evil schemes, revealing that they all forgive Pat for turning a blind eye when the Patbot was first put into action.BaseketballFeatAs soon as Carbunkle is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, everything is back to normal. Sara gives Pat a great, big hug and claims that she can more than happily forgive him. Now fully aware that Sara has forgiven him, Pat decides to do his act, but decides to change the act slightly. Sara also takes part in the act. They both win the holiday to Italy, but pass the recording contract to Josh, so Wilf is happy too, and all is forgiven. baseketball4-620x349It’s entertaining and simple enough for the kids to follow that their interest will be captured enough not to annoy you for an hour and half!