REVIEW: VIXEN

 

Starring

Megalyn Echikunwoke (That 70s Show)
Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls)
Emily Bett Rickards (Arrow)
Sean Patrick Thomas (Save The Last Dance)
Grant Gustin (The Flash)
Stephen Amell (Arrow)
Carlos Valdes (The Flash)
Neil Flynn (Scrubs)
Katie Cassidy (Black Christmas 2006)
Brandon Routh (Superman Returns)
Kari Wuhrer (Eight Legged Freaks)
Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbours)
Kimberly Brooks (Jimmy Neutron)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)
Franz Drameh (See)
Victor Garber (The Orville)

Megalyn Echikunwoke in Vixen (2015)When Mari returns to Detroit after searching for information on her birth parents, she ends up in jail for stabbing a potential employer in the hand with a pen. Her foster father, Chuck, posts her bail, and the two are confronted in an alley by some thugs looking to take Mari’s Tantu Totem, which she inherited from her birth parents at a young age.Mari uses the totem’s powers to defeat the thugs, and the next day, visits Professor Macalester hoping to learn more about the totem and her family. Elsewhere, at S.T.A.R. Labs, Cisco becomes aware of Mari and her powers, and the Flash and the Arrow go to Detroit to investigate. In Detroit, Mari shows Chuck the totem’s powers, when Barry and Oliver show up at their house. Convinced they want to imprison her, she flees, with the two heroes giving chase.Megalyn Echikunwoke, Brandon Routh, Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell, and Grant Gustin in Vixen (2015)Finally getting Mari to stop, the Flash and Arrow try to convince Mari to let them help her. Not trusting them, Mari leaves and returns to Professor Macalester in hopes of getting more answers.Unbeknownst to Mari, Macalester is working for Kuasa, who shows up looking to retrieve the totem. Unable to remove the totem from her neck, Mari tries to escape and is shot by Kuasa’s men. She wakes up in an abandoned African village near the river of Zambezi, where Kuasa reveals she is her older sister and this is her birthplace, telling her the history of the totem and the village’s destruction. Kuasa reveals she was chosen to protect the totem and attempts to sever the bond it has with Mari. The attempt fails and Mari flees, though she passes out shortly after, allowing Kuasa to claim the totem. After coming to, the animal spirits of the totem confront Mari, telling her she is its true wielder. With their support, Mari returns to the village and defeats Kuasa and her followers, regaining the totem.Megalyn Echikunwoke, Brandon Routh, and Katie Cassidy in Vixen (2015)Back in Detroit, Mari begins fighting crime as the vigilante “Vixen”, finally knowing her purpose in life, with Arrow and Flash promising to offer assistance should she ever ask.Months after returning to Detroit, Mari attends a lecture by Macalester on the five totems of Zambezi, which grant their wearers the powers of the elemental forces–air, earth, water, fire, and spirit. He reveals that the fire totem has been found, and would be on display at the Detroit Museum. Mari confronts Macalester about kidnapping her, and he tells her her Tantu Totem is also one of the lost totems of Zambezi, the spirit totem. Mari gets a call from Cisco to help the Flash and Firestorm defeat Weather Wizard. Mari ends up in the hospital after fighting Weather Wizard, and learns that the fire totem and other gems had been stolen from the Detroit Museum. Searching for the person who performed the heist, she eventually learns that Benatu Eshu has stolen the fire totem, traveling from Zambezi to claim it.Megalyn Echikunwoke in Vixen (2015)As she confronts him, Eshu claims to know Mari’s birth mother.The two fight, but Eshu proves too powerful for Mari. Mari goes to Macalester to find a way to stop the fire totem and he suggests they visit Kuasa. Finding her in an African hospital, Kuasa tells them that Eshu was a general who raided their village in search of Kuasa and Mari’s mother and the Tantu Totem. She suggests that in order to defeat Eshu, they must find the water totem, which leads them to Star City. Once they find the water totem, Kuasa double crosses Mari and takes the totem for herself. Mari gives chase and is able to contain Kuasa with the help of Black Canary and the Atom. Felicity Smoak informs the heroes that Eshu is rampaging through Detroit, which makes Mari reluctantly ask Kuasa to help them defeat Eshu.Megalyn Echikunwoke in Vixen (2015)The heroes travel to Detroit to confront Eshu, where Macalester calls Mari and tells her that each totem has a core, which, if destroyed, will cause the totem to lose their powers.The heroes are quickly overpowered, and despite her use of the water totem, Eshu kills Kuasa, leaving Mari the only one remaining. Mari is able to subdue Eshu underwater to weaken him, and takes the fire totem. Macalester arrives to tell her that in order sever Eshu’s ties to the totem, it needs to be smashed by someone with great strength. Mari summons many spirits from the animal kingdom and is able to destroy the totem. Later, she joins Green Arrow, Flash, Black Canary and Atom in Coast City to take on a threat.Vixen is based on the DC Character Mari McCabe / Vixen, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to mimic the abilities of any animal that has ever lived on Earth.Megalyn Echikunwoke in Vixen (2015)The series is set in the same fictional universe as Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. The “Movie” is the entire series of shorts put together as a film. A lot of the stuff that Vixen can do would be very hard to pull off on a TV budget, which is why introducing her this way is so important. I’ll admit that the 5 minute segments can be a bit annoying at times, but it gives that need for the next chapter so all-in-all, the formula works. It’s great to see the series as one whole entity.

REVIEW: CLERKS II

CAST

Brian O’Halloran (Vulgar)
Jeff Anderson (Now You Know)
Jason Mewes (R.S.V.P.)
Kevin Smith (Daredevil)
Ethan Suplee (Raising Hope)
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith (Jersey Girl)
Ben Affleck (Gone Girl)
Trevor Fehrman (Cheats)
Rosario Dawson (Sin City)
Kevin Weisman (Alias)
Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl)
Wanda Sykes (Evan Almighty)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Harley Quinn Smith (Yoga Hossers)

Eleven years after the events of the first film, Dante (Brian O’Halloran) opens the Quick Stop convenience store to find that it is on fire; Randal (Jeff Anderson) had left the coffee pot on after closing the night before. As a result of the destruction of Quick Stop and the adjacent RST Video, Dante and Randal begin working at a Mooby’s fast food restaurant along with Elias (Trevor Fehrman) and their manager Becky Scott (Rosario Dawson). A year later, Dante is planning to leave his minimum wage lifestyle in favor of a family life in Florida with his fiancée Emma Bunting (Jennifer Schwalbach), whose father will provide them with a home and a business to run. This leaves Randal bitterly disappointed, who fears that with Dante moving to Florida would leave him without his best friend. Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) have since followed Dante and Randal, and now loiter outside of Mooby’s. Jay and Silent Bob no longer do drugs after they were arrested for the possession of drugs and were sent to rehab, and become devout Christians following their release. However, the duo continue selling drugs.
Dante eventually confesses to Becky that he is worried about dancing at his wedding, so she takes him up onto the roof of the restaurant to teach him some moves. Dante soon lets go of his inhibitions and learns how to dance. When the song ends, Dante, caught up in the moment, tells Becky he loves her, and she reveals to him that she is pregnant; Dante and Becky had a one night stand on the prep table a few weeks before. Becky tells Dante not to tell anyone about the baby; however Dante tells Randal, and an angered Becky leaves when she learns that Dante told Randal.

Randal encourages Dante to leave Mooby’s in search for Becky, and in the meantime, sets up a surprise going away party for Dante. Randal hires “Kinky Kelly and the Sexy Stud,” a donkey show with a fog machine. When Dante comes back, he mistakes the fog for a fire and calls the fire department, but upon discovering that it is not a fire, he proceeds to watch the show with Randal, Jay, Silent Bob, and Elias. The group soon discovers that “Kinky Kelly” is, in fact, the donkey, while the man (Zak Knutson), whom Randal thought to be the pimp, is “The Sexy Stud”. When Becky returns, Dante confesses his love for her. As they kiss, Emma arrives. She throws her engagement ring at Becky and angrily walks off.

The fire and police departments soon arrive and discover the show. Dante, Randal, Elias, Jay, Silent Bob, and The Sexy Stud are detained and jailed. Although they are informed they will soon be released, Dante blames Randal for ruining his life and expresses his eagerness to start a new life without Randal, while Randal condemns Dante for his willingness to live his life under the standards of others and for walking out of their friendship. Amid the argument, Randal proposes that they buy the Quick Stop and re-open it, although Dante says that neither have the money to purchase the store. Jay and Silent Bob offer to lend them some money (from the royalties they collected following the events of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) on the condition that they can hangout outside of the Quick Stop anytime they want. Randal accepts their offer, but Dante remains skeptical, prompting Randal to emotionally confess his fear of losing Dante. As a result, Dante agrees to the proposition as well, and after his release, he proposes to Becky, who accepts. After the Quick Stop and RST Video are rebuilt, Elias applies for a job and is hired at RST Video. In the very last scene, with the store open, Dante says, “Can you feel it? Today is the first day of the rest of our lives.”

If you’re a fan of adult humour (or just enjoyed the original) then this is definitely one for you. Of course, if, like me, you’re a die-hard fan of Kevin Smith’s films, you’ll get added enjoyment out of Clerks II as it’s part of his ‘Askewniverse’ where all his films are interlinked and there are plenty of references to past situations and charters.

REVIEW: CLERKS: THE ANIMATED SERIES

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CAST (VOICES)

Jeff Anderson (Now You Know)
Brian O’Halloran (Vulgar)
Kevin Smith (Fanboys)
Jason Mewes (R.S.V.P.)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Alex Baldwin (Mission Impossible 5)
Charles Barkley (Space Jam)

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NOTABLE GUESTS

Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man)
Gilbert Goffried (Superman: TAS)
Bryan Cranston (Godzilla)
Judge Reinhold (Beverly Hills Cop)
Phil LaMarr (Free Enterprise)
Lauren Tom (Bad Santa)
Lisa Spoonauer (Clerks)
Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Brian Posehn (The Big Bang Theory)
Michael McKean (Smallville)
Kerri Kenney (Anger Management)
Mark McKinney (3rd Rock From The Sun)

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Clerks: The Animated Series is the cartoon TV show based on the 1995 Kevin Smith movie of the same name, that ran for a short period of time during 2000 (although was not shown in the UK until 2006). Each episode includes the four main characters from the movie(s) (Randal, Dante, Jay and Silent Bob) and follows events at and around the Quick-Stop, the convenience store where the lead characters work. The series features the voices of the original cast as well as a new villian, Leonardo Leonardo, voiced by Alec Baldwin. If you enjoy shows like Family Guy, South Park and The Simpsons and have seen some of the films of Kevin Smith, then there is no doubting that you will love this show. Unfortunately there were only 6 episodes made (all of which are on this DVD) but the quality of each is so good that you are guaranteed to watch them over and over again. Each episode also has an introduction from Jay & Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) which is equally hilarious as the shows themselves.tumblr_inline_nw88muwE4z1t0ijhl_1280A quality show on a decent DVD package including some fairly good special features. Well worth importing, especially at it’s low price, and is a must for any fan of Kevin Smith.

REVIEW: FAST & FURIOUS: SPY RACERS

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Main Cast

Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf)
Camille Ramsey (American Vandal)
Luke Youngblood (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
Charlet Chung (Cold Case)
Jorge Diaz (The 33)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Renée Elise Goldsberry (Sisters)
Manish Dayal (White Frog)
Jimmy Tatro (Grown Ups 2)
Carlos Alazraqui (Family Guy)
Eric Bauza (Ducktales)
Grey DeLisle (The Zeta Project)
Kevin Michael Richardson (THe Batman)
Vin Diesel (Guardians of The Galaxy)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)
Kimberly Brooks (Steven Universe)

MV5BZTE0MGU3ODItZmVlYi00YTk3LTk5MTAtY2FjMWI2MTVmNjhhXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMjYwNDA2MDE@._V1_Fast & Furious: Spy Racers takes the franchise to where it’s been heading for the past four installments. It’s finally become what the movies so desperately wish they could be but can’t. It’s the ultimate culmination of Dom hurtling from the top of one skyscraper to another, Roman shouting, “EJECTO SEAT-O, CUZ!” and Hobbs catching and redirecting a missile from a submarine. These movies have been operating on cartoon logic for years and that’s made them “love ‘em” or “can’t understand why people love them”. You either get what makes these movies fun or they’re not for you. There’s very little middle ground with the Fast & Furious franchise but Spy Racers may be able to bridge that gap thanks to its focus on the secret weapon of the films.MV5BZTI5YzM2ZjctZjJhOC00MWI2LTg3Y2EtODg3ZTYxMTM1ODcxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyOTUxMzY0Njg@._V1_In between the outlandish action the Fast & Furious movies have a lot of heart. Fans love the action but it’s the characters they keep coming back for. “Fam-a-lee” may be a joke but it still resonates. That heart, the connection between the characters is what’s made the series worthy of both fan love and critical discussion. Spy Racers brilliantly brings that heart and focus on the characters to the forefront. It still has the bonkers action but it smartly realizes that doing a TV show means you can’t get away with giant set pieces one after the other. You need to love these characters. As you grow to love them over the course of the season it just makes you more and more invested in the action. It makes you accept how ludicrous it is and while you may be yelling, “that’s so dumb!” you’ll still be enjoying it all the way. The action in the show is a perfect combination of what we’ve seen in the movies and the wild car action of Speed Racer. Yeah it’s a little more goofy but come on, the movies would have a car with buzz saws coming out of it if they could.MV5BZWFhNTIxMGMtNDA4MS00MWEwLWIzMWEtNjJlNTAxNTY2ZTcxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTAyODkwOQ@@._V1_The main story of the show focuses on Tony Toretto and his teenage friends being tasked by the government to infiltrate SH1FT3R, an elite racing league serving as a front for an organization with deeper plans. Tony wears his connection to the legendary Dom with pride, always going out of his way to make references that’ll have longtime F&F fans clapping. Frostee is the team’s young tech genius who may be a bit annoying but his excitement ends up infectious. Echo’s a master artist who sadly gets the least to do throughout the first season but her spunk makes her stand out in spite of it. Cisco is the muscle of the team but also a huge sweetheart. He falls into the typical “big guy” tropes but the writing affords him enough fun quips that he still works. Rounding out the main cast are Layla and Shashi, both working for SH1FT3R. Layla is a lone-wolf type who can’t seem to stop herself from falling into the orbit of Tony’s family. Shashi is SH1FT3R’s leader and he forms the backbone of both the main plot and ethical questions the series raises.runaways-morgan-le-fay-powerYes, Fast & Furious: Spy Racers gets deep. Deeper than even the movies have… but that isn’t to the series benefit. The way the series handles Shashi’s motivation and ultimate end goal painfully blow out the tires on a series that was racing toward a perfect score. The Fast & Furious franchise has never had a streamlined philosophy besides the focus on family but it’s always leaned more progressive. These characters came from nothing and fought for every victory they ever had. Even when committing crimes they’ve been portrayed in a positive light. Spy Racers brushes up against an incredibly radical progressive ideology but it’s sadly reduced to an “evil” plan that must be stopped by Tony and the others. This more than likely wasn’t intended by the writers but they made Shashi’s ultimate plan so sympathetic that by painting him as the bad guy they made it seem as if the base of his progressive ideology is wrong. Instead the show seems to enforce the status quo of “work with the government and don’t cause too much trouble” as the ultimate victor. Although much like the cartoonish action, this is where the franchise has ultimately been heading.short-treks-season-2-episode-4-5-easter-eggs-referencesWhile the films began with Brian slowly learning to sympathize and work with outlaws, the more recent entries in the series have had the family working with the government with little question. The franchise, as much as it has roots in backyard barbeques and stealing combination VCR/DVD players, has become less and less concerned with those who would benefit most from Shashi’s ultimate plan. Now this is only the series’ first eight episodes. Perhaps in future seasons we can get a deeper exploration of the ideas presented but as it stands Spy Racers bit off way more than it could chew. That doesn’t mean everything else around it is rendered moot though. Spy Racers continues the franchise’s tradition of having an extremely diverse cast, with only one main character being white. The rest are people of color and one of them even has two moms that appear multiple times! It’s great to have a series aimed at children with this level of diversity.Spy-Racers-750x422Fast & Furious: Spy Racers compliments its parent films well and will satisfy hardcore fans, casuals fans, and may even draw in a whole new audience. The characters are a delight, filled with humor and heart. It’s a shame that radically progressive ideas are painted as “evil” with no examination because Spy Racers came very close to tackling an extremely relevant idea in a way no other animated series ever has. As it stands, the show is still a fun ride but it couldn’t quite make it past the finish line.

 

REVIEW: FAMILY GUY – DVD SEASON 19

MAIN CAST

Seth MacFarlane (Ted)
Alex Borstein (Catwoman)
Seth Green (Without a Paddle)
Mila Kunis (Oz The Great and Powerful)
Lori Alan (Inside Out)
Mike Henry (The Cleveland Show)
Patrick Warburton (Get Smart)
Jennifer Tilly (Cult of Chucky)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Ralph Garman (Ted)
Sanaa Lathan (Blade)
Rachael MacFarlane (American Dad)
Dee Bradley Baker (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Lucas Grabeel (Smallville)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Alexandra Breckenridge (The Walking Dead)
Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Picard)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)
Gilbert Gottfried (Aladdin)
Mae Whitman (The Duff)
Gary Cole (Fam)
Denis Leary (Rescue Me)
Kimberly Brooks (Steven Universe)
Scott Grimes (The Orville)
H. Jon Benjamin (Wet Hot American Summer)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Niecy Nash (Scream Queens)
Mandy Moore (Saved!)
Phil LaMarr (Supergirl)
Chris Parnell (Anchorman)
Sarah Paulson (Glass)
Judy Greer (Ant-Man)
Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings)
Sam Elliott (The Ranch)
Martha MacIsaac (Superbad)
Christina Milian (Pulse)
Emily Osment (Mom)
Julie Hagerty (Airplane)
Tara Lipinski (Kidding)
Ross Marquand (Avengers Infinity War)
Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)
Wendy Schaal (American Dad)
Christina Pickles (Masters of The Universe)

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This season is really season 17. The episodes this season are as follows.

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MARRIED WITH CANCER

Brian falls in love with a woman named Jess Schlotz (Casey Wilson), who reveals she has cancer. He decides to take her hand in marriage and quickly comes to regret his choice when they find out her cancer has regressed after this discovery was made by Dr. Gravitas.

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DEAD DOG WALKING

Brian’s marriage to Jess doesn’t go as planned, so at Peter’s suggestion, he lets himself go, leading Jess to make a surprising decision.
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PAL STEWIE

Stewie befriends a boy his age; Peter and Lois attend a seminar on self-empowerment.

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE QUAHOG

Stewie invents a shrinking machine that shrinks him and Brian down to microscopic size.
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REGARDING CARTER

Carter gives Lois a surprising birthday present that leads to an unfortunate accident, leaving him dependent on the Griffins’ care.

STAND BY MEG

Stewie vows to make Meg’s life better after she saves him from choking; Chris is sent to a vocational school.

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THE GRIFFIN WINTER GAMES

Meg takes the family by surprise when she makes the US Winter Olympics team.
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CON HEIRESS

Stewie and Brian compete for the inheritance of a wealthy, older heiress; Peter and Chris battle for Mr. Herbert’s affection.
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PAWTUCKET PETE

When the Pawtucket Brewery’s new bosses want to change the company’s mascot, Peter and Brian go head-to-head to become the new face.
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HEFTY SHADES OF GREY

Tom Tucker teaches Peter how to report fake news; Brian and Stewie help Chris improve his love life.
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TRUMP GUY

The Griffins move to the White House where Peter is hired as the new Press Secretary.

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BRI, ROBOT

Brian worries about his legacy, so Stewie makes him a robot duplicate as a living biography; Peter starts working at a massage parlor.
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TRANS-FAT

Peter learns an important lesson when he’s mistakenly identified as transgender.
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FAMILY GUY LITE

Peter goes on a health kick; When Lois starts writing a romantic fantasy novel, Brian and Stewie investigate who she might have a crush on.
Seth MacFarlane and Mandy Moore in Family Guy (1999)

NO GIGGITY, NO DOUBT

Quagmire discovers a long-lost daughter and makes a serious effort to embrace parenting.
Seth Green, Alex Borstein, and Seth MacFarlane in Family Guy (1999)

YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE BOOTH

The Griffins provide DVD commentary on a recent episode and reveal never-before-told drama between Peter and Lois.
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ISLAND ADVENTURE

Stewie and Brian travel to Garbage Island to retrieve his tricycle after Peter throws it out; Lois tries to help Quagmire court a middle-aged woman.
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THROW IT AWAY

Lois challenges the other Griffins to throw out anything that no longer gives them joy, only to take the decluttering to a surprising extreme.
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GIRL, INTERNETTED

Meg becomes famous on the internet for her unhealthy eating; Brian and Stewie enjoy a new ride while Brian’s car gets fixed.
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ADAM WEST HIGH

Brian runs for Mayor after successfully renaming James Woods High after the late Adam West, only for Quagmire to campaign against him.
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Celebrate laughter, lunacy and all that jazz with this outrageous collection of 20 Family Guy episodes. It’s a freakin’ hilarious complete season,

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: ELF: BUDDY’S MUSICAL CHRISTMAS

CAST

Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series)
Edward Asner (Elf)
Kate Micucci (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012)
Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Sho)
Jay Leno (The Simpsons)
Rachael MacFarlane (The Batman)
Gilbert Gottfried (Aladdin)
Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

Using stop-motion animation to cleverly create the feel of a holiday-special throwback, “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas” — derived from the Will Ferrell movie and subsequent musical — turns out to be a whole lot of fun, proving yet again it’s hard to go wrong casting Jim Parsons in pretty much anything. Retelling the movie’s story with an assortment of songs from the musical, the one-hour special straddles that line between holiday cheer and irreverence, buoyed in part by a giddy, goofy look that nicely dovetails with Parsons’ take on the title character.
Buddy’s tale as the human child inadvertently taken in by elves and raised in the North Pole is narrated by Santa Claus (voiced by Ed Asner), racing through that backstory to get to the current one, in which Buddy travels to New York City and is reunited with his long-lost dad (Mark Hamill, who, alas, never says, “Buddy, I am your father”).
The songs are great fun, and work particularly well with the animation, such as Santa lamenting about his relentlessly cheerful elves in the song “Happy All the Time”: “When they sing until they’re bluish, Santa wishes he were Jewish.”
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas is a well made animated movie, it is a retelling of the Elf story we already saw in the movie, but Jim Parsons brings a uniqueness to the character.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: AMERICAN DAD – THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 4

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CAST (voices)

Seth MacFarlane (Ted)
Wendy Schaal (Small Soldiers)
Scott Grimes (Critters)
Rachael MacFarlane (The Batman)
Dee Bradley Baker (Son of Batman)

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SANTA, SCHAMNTA

GUEST CAST

Kevin Michael Richardson (The Batman)

Santa,_SchmantaFollowing the events of “Ninety North, Zero West”, Santa falls from Humbaba and breaks his neck, killing himself. With the family able to relax now that Santa is dead, Roger can’t get any of the family to pay attention to him and his dance because they are celebrating Christmas. He goes over to Snot’s house and learns about Hanukkah, deciding to become Jewish so he can spend the time with Snot. While spending time at the mall together, he starts insulting the mall’s Santa, pointing out that the real one is dead and fetches the body to prove it. While trying on the Santa suit, he finds he has gained Santa’s magic powers and declares Hanukkah to be the new official main holiday of the season.maxresdefault_liveIn his effort to force the family to bend to his will, he destroys their Christmas decorations. He further moves his workshop and castle to Miami and hires hot college students to serve as his reindeer to pull his Lamborghini sleigh. But while throwing a blast at his castle, Snot finds that he really isn’t into celebrating Hanukkah properly and conspires with the Smiths to try to reanimate Santa’s corpse, with only partial success. They decide that they need his suit and note that he responds when they discuss the suit. They confront Roger in his castle, but in his fight with Santa, he burns the place down with oil and tries to flee with the family in his Lamborghini, but zombie Santa pulls himself on board and causes them to crash, allowing the suit to return to its rightful owner. Stan tries to reason with Santa to forget the past but he refuses, so the family is forced to run him over in their escape. Back home, Roger is pleased to simply have the family paying attention to him again as Snot and his mom go out for their usual Chinese dinner.MV5BNzQ1OWM1NmEtYmM5Ni00MDY2LTg1YTAtM2U3MGJiNTg1YWRiXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyODUxNTkwMzE@._V1_A great follow to last years Christmas story, and another great episode in The Smith’s Christmas saga.