Disney and Pixar Onward | Rapid Reviews (Spoilers)

Disney and Pixar’s Onward: Great movie. I laughed and cried. It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited for a Pixar movie. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. The whole “teen embarrassed by a family member” thing was a bit cliche; but as a whole, I enjoyed the experience. My personal hype for it paid off–usually the expectations I place on it don’t match up, but this time they did.

Star Wars: Clone Wars Season 7: So far, I’ve felt like the series never ended. It doesn’t seem like there was a gap in new episodes. Usually, when they have a restart of a show years later, they try to modernize it and it fails. So far, it seems like the producers are keeping it in tune with the old seasons. I also like the Bad Batch, who remind me of the Ninja Turtles. You got your tech guy, your disciplined leader, the tough guy, and the comic relief. Though with the Bad Batch, it seems like the one you’d think would be more like Raphael, Wrecker, is more like Michelangelo. It is actually Crosshairs that is more like Raphael, go figure.

Ninja Turtles UK Insurance Commercial REACTION/BREAKDOWN by THE OLD TURTLE DEN: I’m glad THE OLD TURTLE DEN showed the whole commercial without reacting before going back through with his reaction. In other videos by the same person, they would show the clip/video but keep pausing it to discuss what they saw. It made it difficult for me to follow and made the video seem longer. I’m glad to see that they can change; it makes me want to continue watching their videos; it shows they listen to their audience. As for the commercial, the CGI Donatello looks amazing. There are times when you can tell it isn’t as good, but it is only a minute long commercial and not a movie or series. The part I liked is that you can tell Direct Line cared about the property they were using. They didn’t just slap something together and go, “People will watch it because it has a Ninja Turtle in it.” I could tell they worked hard and spent a lot of time and money on it.

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Not Teen Titans Go | 101 Dalmatian Street Review (Spoilers)

The Disney+ show 101 Dalmatian Street follows the lives of Dolly and Dylan, two descendants of the original 101 dalmatians–give or take a generation. Dolly and Dylan care for the other pups while their parents are at work, which usually ends in some form of chaos. 

When I first heard of the series, I thought, “This is great!” I really liked the 101 Dalmatians movie and animated series (Amazon Affiliate link). But, then I saw the first trailer and became worried that they were going to do the same with this show as they did with Teen Titans Go. I was worried that the series would be too for kids–that it’d be full of fart jokes and random humor. I was pleased to see that while it is still targeted for younger audiences, it is not overly for kids. The humor isn’t overly silly and the characters aren’t over-the-top goofy or stupid. The characters are believable. They seem like they could be real people/dogs. The show doesn’t take a flaw or trait and over inflate it like they do in Teen Titans Go

img_2674I also enjoy the animation style. It has the simplistic style that has been in many animations lately, but not so simple that it looks like the animators don’t care or are rushed to finish.

While I was thinking about my review, I realized what my problem with Teen Titans Go was. I thought it was the animation style, but I’ve seen shows with weirder styles and enjoyed them. What bothered me is how it is like the show talks down to kids. In Teen Titans Go it seems like they think all children care about are fart jokes and people joking about baby hands. I feel like the show insults the intelligence of children. In 101 Dalmatian Street, the plot is kid-friendly. It isn’t complicated and deals with issues children might have–such as crushes or jealousy–but it isn’t watered down to an insulting level.

The people in charge seem to know how to talk to children on their level. They make the show entertaining while still sharing a lesson or message. 101 Dalmatian Street treats the audience with respect…so far. In shows like Teen Titans Go or Thundercats Roar, it seems like the show runners think the audience is stupid, or the producers don’t have much faith in humanity because all the characters act like idiots. Meanwhile, shows like 101 Dalmatian Street and Steven Universe seem to think of their audience as equals. These producers seem to be trying to make something unique instead of just following the latest trend.

Even though the animation isn’t my favorite and the plots are more geared to younger audiences, I found the series more enjoyable than others like it because it treats the audience like a human and not as an easy cash-grab. 4.7/5


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Owl House Chat | Review

The Owl House, on Disney Channel, centers around Luz, a young girl who finds herself in a magical land. She soon meets Eda, a witch, and King, a demon. After some work, Eda agrees to teach Luz magic.

When I saw the first trailer, I thought, “Eh, I don’t think so;” but one day, the full episode of the first episode appeared in my YouTube feed and I thought, “Why not?” While it isn’t my favorite show–probably not in my top 10 but maybe top 25–I did enjoy it. I was interested to see where the story went and looked forward to more episodes.

The show is one of those that I could wait a few weeks and binge the episodes. I’m not in my seat going, “Is it Friday yet?!” But, it is in my To-Watch List. 

img_2674I enjoy the animation. It looks professional and as if the crew cared; it does not look like they are trying to throw something together at the last minute. I like how there is some humor, but it isn’t goofy. I found the you-have-to-be-your-own-chosen-one life lesson a little corny. I also found the just-because-you-are-odd-doesn’t-make-you-a-bad-person lesson a little groan worthy too. The good news is it seems like the episode morals are improving. 

One of the best parts so far is that Luz learned her first spell within the first few episodes. I was worried that she would learn her first spell in episode 20 (if we were lucky). I really worried about how long it’d take her once Eda revealed that doing magic is biological. 

I was hoping that The Owl House team wouldn’t have some series wide mystery. After seeing the first few episodes, it looked like each episode would be semi-self-contained…and then it happened. It is revealed why Eda is called The Owl Lady and that is part of an ongoing series mystery. I do hope they reveal the mystery by the end of the season. They can have a new mystery next season or have a continuation of this mystery.

Finally, I am glad to see that Luz is a strong female character without becoming a tomboy. She speaks her mind and is proud of who she is but doesn’t resort to acting like a warrior woman.

So far the plot seems semi-original. I’ve seen many stories where the main character finds a magical land, but The Owl House does an excellent job of flipping that trope. 4.3/5

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Pokemon, Nameless, and Mandalorian | Rapid Reviews (Spoilers)

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Pokemon Sword/Shield (Game Freak, Nintendo Switch): From the little bit that I’ve seen of the games, through YouTubers like Stampy Cat and GhostRobo, it looks like the other versions of Pokemon. It seems to keep the same mechanic of battle and catch Pokemon. I do like that they added sneaking. It’s nice to see that there is a way to lower your wild Pokemon encounters than by using repel after repel. I haven’t seen a gym challenge yet, but I do like the idea; and from what I’ve gathered it sounds like the gyms have some kind of mission that you need to complete first. I also enjoyed that the player’s rival, Hop, seems to have more of a part than just “smell ya later.” He actually hangs out with the player for a little bit. They (the developers, players–I’m not sure where the tale began) said that the opening/tutorial was shorter, but it looked to be just as long too me. Finally, I have to say Yamper is cute. I think it might be my second favorite Pokemon; I still like Growlithe more–though they get bonus points for the “amp” Poke-pun.

In the Heart of the Fire by Dean Koontz (Nameless series): Pretty much everything you’d want from the first book in a series. You get introduced to the main character; you get a feel for the world; and you understand the character’s goals. The story has lots of suspense and action. The writing grabs you and you can imagine yourself in the world. Also since the character has no name, you can put yourself into the shoes of the character a little bit easier. I do have a problem with how OP Nameless is. He has this nearly all-powerful organization helping him. They can hack into anything, and they can plan for any problem. Nameless himself seems very capable. I didn’t feel worried that Nameless could be hurt. He can be injured, and he can be surprised; but it just seems like everything falls into place thanks to the planning of the organization. I’m glad the books are short; I can finish one in a short period of time and move on to something else. The shortness also adds to the sense of a deadline; it keeps the book moving forward. Finally, I liked that the whole series was released at once so I can “binge read” them. I think with the stories being so short, if Koontz released them one at time, I might have not been interested. FYI, you can get a discount on the entire collection on Amazon (not sponsored, not an affiliated link).

The Mandalorian (Chapter 3: The Sin, Disney+): I really enjoyed how well the production team showed more of the Mandalorian’s character, and the lives of the surviving Mandalorians, without telling. Within only a few seconds of a scene, you could tell who was the leader, what the Mandalorian culture is, and the personality of the main Mandalorian. The episode also did a great job with their battle scenes. Both the ranged/gunfight and the hand-to-hand stealth fight were done well; I enjoyed how they balanced it out–it wasn’t all fist fights or all blaster battles. The crew seems to be able to jump between the two well. I also enjoyed the hints at possible other plots or conflicts, such as one villain stating that the metal is easy to come by but not a crafter. I wondered if the villain knew that the Mandalorians were in hiding; I half expected the metal to be bugged. When young Mandalorian was about to be killed by a droid in his flashback, I hopped that Original Yoda would have shown up to rescue him, showing why he might care for the baby Yoda. Finally, I enjoyed how they make the Mandalorian tough but kind. He isn’t gruff and likable like Wolverine. You can tell Mandalorian had it rough and he’s been affected by it, but you can see his kindness and how he wants to protect his people. He wants to honor their culture, i.e. he is the culture and history of Mandalore–which is probably why he hasn’t been given a name yet.

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The Mandalorian and More |Rapid Reviews (Spoilers)

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Horace Crenshaw, Jr.: Author of Blowing Sandstorm which, as the website describes, is a memoir of “a commander that was put in charge of an Army Reserve Petroleum Unit during the initial months of Operation Iraqi Freedom.” I haven’t read the book yet, but I was impressed with the website. It looked very professional. It was easy to read; there were few to no errors; and everything was easy to access. Within moments of arriving, I knew who Crenshaw was, what services he offered, and what the book was about. I would suggest fixing the book trailer video to add a thumbnail, if possible. As it is of writing this post, it looks like a broken link and makes me hesitant to click it.

The Mandalorian (Disney +): I was a bit leery and skeptical about the show. I’m not that big a fan of bounty hunter/anti-hero type of shows (though they are growing on me). I was a bit worried in the opening scenes when The Mandalorian didn’t speak. I was concerned about what type of show this would be. I was glad to see that events picked up. It was a little slow at first, but first episodes usually are. I was glad to see the action pick up; and then when I saw who The Mandalorian’s target was, I was hooked. Then it got better in the second episode. It added some humor and we got to see more of The Mandalorian’s character. Finally, I like the lone-hero western feel of the show; you can feel the isolation of the character and the environment.

New Super Lucky’s Tale (Nintendo Switch–Playful Corp.): It’s hard not to like a game with a cute fox who wears a cape. The graphics and animations are bright and cheerful, perfect for kids and the young at heart. The game comes with a ton (and I mean a ton) of puns. The characters are also very unique and colorful. I liked the burrowing mechanic; it allows you to avoid dangers by passing under them or you can use it to sneak up on foes. Also, it’s nice to see a game where a tail whip attack actually does something–I’m looking at you Pokèmon (LOL). Finally, it didn’t seem like you needed to be a master gamer in order to collect all the items. I didn’t play the game but watched the gameplay series by Stampy Cat (aka stampylonghead)–the videos are sponsored by Playful Corp.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows–Respawn Entertainment): I haven’t played the game, but I saw the cutscenes and some of the gameplay thanks to Gamer’s Little Playground. The story was very intriguing and hooked me right away. It was great to see what surviving Jedi were doing since the Purge. I quickly became attached to Cal and the other characters. I did notice times where the game got glitchy, such as characters passing through objects. Also, at times it looked like the characters would change appearance slightly. I don’t know if it was just the gameplay or something with the game, but at times the animations–especially during some of the fights–would seem odd. But, I like the ending and I hope this means we see more of Cal and the Mantis crew.

Lady and the Tramp (2019 live-action, Disney +): I think I liked the animated version a tiny bit better, but this version was also great. I liked how the animal characters showed emotion. They looked like they were sad or happy; they didn’t look stiff. I enjoyed how believable the CGI was; I could believe that these were “talking” animals. I also liked how it followed the original but wasn’t a carbon copy. It did start to feel long near the end.

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Hail FOWL?

Brief spoiler warning for the “Moonvasion” episode of Disney’s DuckTales.

At the end of the “Moonvasion” DuckTales episode, we see F.O.W.L (the Fiendish Organization for World Larceny) watching the McDuck clan as they celebrate their victory over the (planet) Moon. The High Command is afraid that Scrooge and friends’ adventures endanger the world, but they aren’t worried about the world’s safety; they want the world protected so they can terrorize it. FOWL decides to give the McDucks their final adventure. It is also revealed that the members of High Command are the vultures who are Scrooge’s financial advisers.

I found the fact that FOWL is ran by these vultures intriguing. Here are the leaders of a terrorist organization working within Scrooge’s business under his nose–kind of like how Hydra operated within SHIELD in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Both Hydra and FOWL are secret global organizations; and now, both have been hiding under the noses of their respective heroes feeding off the success of the good guys.

I further saw a strange connection to FOWL and Hydra when I watched a YouTube video by DuckTales Squad 2017. The video shows season three teaser character images Disney showed at Comic-Con. The list included pretty much every Disney Afternoon character, such as Chip and Dale.

So, it looks like Clan McDuck might be running into other heroes while dealing with the secret global organization FOWL. They could possibly gather the characters for a battle with FOWL like in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I find it funny that it might be Scrooge, a wealthy “person,” meeting these other heroes (ahem, Tony). And isn’t it interesting that the “Moonvasion” episode brought together all the previously known characters, such as Darkwing, to fend off an alien invasion. Sounds slightly familiar. And who did the Avengers face off against after the Chitauri? Hydra.

That being said, I hope it is true because I would love to see a return of the Justice Ducks. Scrooge (or more likely the kids) gather the other Disney Afternoon characters and create the Justice Ducks so they can battle FOWL. I think it’d be awesome to see Scrooge stand there and go, “Justice Ducks…” uh, what would be their catchphrase? “Flock together?” “Fly?”

Also if there was more of a connection between FOWL and Hydra, we could have a ton of Hail FOWL memes. It’d be great. Though instead of “hail” what would it be?

Let me know in the comments section what you think should be the Justice Ducks’ battle cry and what FOWL members would say to greet each other.

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Musketeer Questions

A few days ago I watched the Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers movie from Disney. I noticed a few…things.

Why is it that most everyone looks like Goofy? When there is an average person/extra they look like Goofy. Is this because Goofy is a dominate gene? And along these lines, what about Goofy’s son, Max? We’ve never see the mother and we hardly see a love interest for Goofy. There’s Minnie and Mickey and Donald and Daisy, but the only one we see Goofy fall for is Clarabelle the cow. Is Clarabelle Max’s mother? If so, this could explain the genetics of the Disney universe. It would show that “Goofness” is a dominate trait.

Or it could be that Goofy is easier/more fun to draw.

It’s also funny how the two with love interests (Mickey and Donald) have nephews but the one with no love life (Goofy) has a son.

At one point, you are treated to an underwater scene. The moat is filled with skeletons–that’s weird enough for a Disney movie–but what interested me is that they were all human looking. What’s a bunch of human remains doing in a world filled with anthropomorphic animals? Did all the humans die out? Are Mikey, Donald, and the gang’s skeletons human-like? The skeletons didn’t even look like a cartoonish human-animal; they looked realistic human. Maybe the Pixar Theory about animals taking over is true.

Finally, why does everyone keep calling Mickey a runt? He’s a mouse the size of a duck (aka Donald). I wouldn’t be calling a mouse that big a runt. Donald isn’t called a runt. But, I get it. The whole point of the movie was that each character had a shortcoming they needed to overcome. Donald was a coward. Goofy was dumb. But, what about Mickey? What’s his shortcoming? Being nice? Courageous? Dedicated? So, you gotta go with runt.

It’s amazing how you can go back through a movie you’ve seen a million times and spot new things.

Have you seen the movie? What did you think about it? Do you have any theories or questions you want to share? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

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