Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Lady and the Tramp Movie Review

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Lady and the Tramp Movie Review

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 animated romance film which is the 15th Disney animated feature film. It is a classic film which is flawed, but immensely charming.

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Now, here you are-a, the best-a spaghetti in-a town

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Lady and the Tramp Movie Review

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The story here is, like most dog pictures, animated or not, pretty straightforward and simple, but it serves its purpose and is a joy to watch. There is sometimes a lack of goal and the pacing can be slow as it drags at some parts, but the protagonists more than make up for it. They are incredible, both their relationship and their evident chemistry. Their romantic sequences are the highlight of the film.

There is the spaghetti scene which is incredibly romantic and simply charming with a wonderful animation and propelled by an outstanding song. It is inarguably the most famous scene in the whole film and one of the most iconic romantic moments in film history. Everything about that scene from the visuals to the setting to the characters to the music is perfect. The movie just stops there and leaves you overwhelmed with emotion and charm.

But the scene where Tramp shows her the town and the opposing theme of life with humans versus life in the wild is greatly explored here and is such a great look at those very different types of lifestyles. It is a standout scene with charming animation that works both as a plot device and a character study.

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Lady and the Tramp Movie Review

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Lady’s interaction with the humans is also very well done. From the moment she arrives, the first night where she does not want to sleep alone up until the changes in her life when the baby arrives, all those things are realistic and done in a great manner. And her intention to save the baby from the rat is very endearing and heartwarming as well as her naming of her owners. The film does dogs really well from the movements to the behavior. It shows why they are so beloved and that is why this film is one of the essential dog pictures for dog owners and why upon more viewings and after having dogs myself, I appreciate it much more than before.

The third act is definitely too bombastic and they did not need to add all that tension when the film’s simplicity was so elegant before. And the rat was ridiculously villainous. But there are some great scenes in there with Jock and Trusty and the finale was beyond sweet.

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Lady and the Tramp Movie Review

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The zoo sequence is definitely a detour as it dragged way too much and it has animals that are all dated stereotypes in their representation. The beaver is typical and forgettable and scenes such as this really weigh the movie down in my opinion.

The characters in this movie are mostly well developed, especially the protagonists. Lady is very kind, romantic, caring and of course, as the name suggests, very ladylike and polite which is thanks to her being raised by humans. Tramp is very friendly, cunning and of course mischievous and laid-back, the qualities he earned from living on the streets. Their juxtaposition is typical of romantic comedies but timeless and with the fun twist that they are dogs.

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Lady and the Tramp Movie Review

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Jock and Trusty are the sidekicks here and their care for Lady and their friendship is very endearing. They can be repetitive and too old-fashioned, but still highly likable. As for the human characters, they serve their purpose, but the dogs are the focus here. But Tony as this Italian guy who befriends Tramp and gives him food is wonderful and I liked him a lot. As for Aunt Sarah, she’s your typical old lady who hates dogs.

Si and Am are the Siamese cats and they are probably the worst part in this movie thanks to their annoying voice and song and very racist overtones. They are clearly meant to be some sort of villains here because the movie has no real villains and that is perfectly fine because it does not need one (and the addition of these two as well as the rat at the end was obviously unnecessary), but those two are awful, especially nowadays because every Asian and of course cat owner could (and should) easily get offended by them.

The animation in Lady and the Tramp is still nowhere near the quality of that of ‘Pinocchio’ or ‘Snow White’, but it is still one of Disney’s best owing to some incredibly beautiful and artistic sequences including a wonderful stylistic opening. It is colorful, but not garish, with great outdoors cinematography as well as excellent character design.

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Lady and the Tramp Movie Review

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This is the kind of hand-drawn animation that is honestly timeless in quality, very artistic and highly effervescent in style which accompanies the mood of the film so well. Bella Notte scene and the night sequences are just gorgeous whereas the winter opening seems to be coming from a beautiful postcard. And the CinemaScope widescreen format definitely led to a different looking, authentic film experience.

The score is overly loud and repetitive for my taste, but the songs are solid. What is a Baby/La La Lu is just a plot device and not much of a song although that scene where Lady is intrigued by the newly arrived baby is definitely one of the film’s most wonderful moments.

Peace on Earth is a solid opening for the film and it has such a charming, old-fashioned Christmas spirit to it. The Siamese Cat Song is very annoying. I already criticized this scene a lot so I am not going to repeat myself, but I will just say that the song itself is also highly annoying in tune and with awful voices.

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Lady and the Tramp Movie Review

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He’s a Tramp is definitely catchy as well as a great plot device. It is a very amusing scene which is pretty risqué for a children’s film and honestly quite funny too. The tune itself is really well sung by Peggy Lee and quite memorable and hilariously seductive with a good use of barking as backup vocals.

Bella Notte is arguably a classic Disney song, beautifully sung and very romantic. It is the standout scene in the movie which I talked about before, but the song itself is gorgeously sung with such a strong voice and I loved the classic opera feel to it. It is the most traditional of all Disney songs and certainly one of the best from this period. A beautiful ballad.

So the soundtrack is solid but more along the lines of the movies from the same decade, notably ‘Peter Pan’, and nowhere near as close to something like ‘Snow White’ or later Renaissance films. But the songs do not matter here as there is no strong emphasis on them which is evident in their small quantity.

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Lady and the Tramp is weakly paced, but well directed with excellent voice acting and with pretty strong dialogue and although the humor is sometimes repetitive and too innocent, it was mostly solid nonetheless with some amusing moments. The film is simplistic, elegant and the charm is off the roof in this one. It is the kind of movie most suited for dog owners and children and its somewhat limited appeal led to it being one of the better, but not the best Disney films.

Lady and the Tramp is a very flawed, but still immensely charming and wonderfully romantic Disney classic. The pacing is problematic, some scenes felt like detours and the third act employed unnecessary tension and conflict. But the animation is one of Disney’s best with many absolutely gorgeous, even artistic sequences and the soundtrack is pretty solid with He’s a Tramp being amusing and Bella Notte being such a beautiful ballad which accompanies one of the most iconic romantic scenes in film history. In the end, this is a film most suited for dog owners as it is a definitive classic for them owing to its very realistic portrayal of dogs’ movements and behavior and a pretty detailed look into their lives.

My Rating – 4

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Tango (1981)

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Tango is a 1981 Polish Oscar winning animated short film directed by Zbigniew Rybczynski. It’s an original film.

The film follows a group of thirty six different people in a house as they go about their daily routines but their paths never intersect so in my opinion this is the same house but set in very different time periods. I found this experiment really authentic as there isn’t anything quite like it either in animation or live-action. Watching these people provides a somewhat hypnotic experience and a highly memorable one.

Tango is not perfect owing to its style. I honestly found its live-action figurines or whatever you could call them very unappealing and the film almost looked like a live-action movie whereas it was supposed to be animation. I would have preferred to have animated characters much more. And the ending should have been more striking. But other than that, the film is intriguing in tone and quality, so well scored and even fascinating.

Tango is a deserved Oscar winner with an authentic premise and an other-worldly feel to it.

My Rating – 4

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Doctor Who Season 6 (1968)

Doctor Who Season 6 Review

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Doctor Who Season 6 Review

The sixth season of Doctor Who is another flawed but solid one which I prefer over the previous two seasons owing in big part to its last great serial.

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Your appearance has changed before,

it will change again. That is part of the sentence

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Doctor Who Season 6 Review

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The Dominators is not particularly memorable or exciting. It definitely has a very interesting premise that could have been well utilized but it wasn’t and consequently we are left with another forgettable alien species.

The Mind Robber is actually rather interesting and the most different and refreshing Doctor Who story in quite a while. I am of course talking about its genre which is fantasy and that is something this sci-fi show usually did not set out to do. It is a silly story with famous book characters coming to life, but in all its silliness there is definitely a certain weird charm and I enjoyed it.

The Invasion is another typical Cybermen storyline which benefits from raised stakes and higher danger, but that danger is ruined by their unwillingness to show us the titular enemies and thus the story is filled with too much dialogue and not enough action.

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Doctor Who Season 6 Review

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The Krotons is an entirely forgettable serial. It started off with a somewhat interesting episode with pretty solid atmosphere, but it ended up being boring and typical with another dose of silly aliens with silly designs to them.

The Seeds of Death could have been pretty good as it has a good use of the Moon and a pretty solid premise, but it ultimately became preoccupied with the Ice Warriors and these creatures were used a bit too much for my own liking.

The Space Pirates is an entirely silly affair which definitely could be fun, but I couldn’t judge it properly owing to it being missing. Only the second episode survives and it is solid, but the other five are unfortunately lost.

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Doctor Who Season 6 Review

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The War Games is one of the best serials so far without a doubt. It has a very a good use of World War I and it is a very entertaining story that is unfortunately done by its high number of episodes with ten being just too much. But it is still such a good story and I loved its finale where the doctor was sentenced to exile on Earth and regenerated into a different form. I am definitely looking forward to the new doctor and I have to say that the second one grew on me a bit during this season, but I still do prefer the first one much more.

Overall, the sixth season of Doctor Who has its fair share of silly and forgettable serials, but some are great and the final one is one of the best stories so far and one of the finest finales for sure.

Worst Serials: The Dominators and The Krotons.

Best Serials: The Mind Robber and The War Games.

Worst Episodes: The Dominators Episode 2, The Dominators Episode 3, The Krotons Episode 3 and The Krotons Episode 4.

Best Episodes: The Mind Robber Episode 2, The Mind Robber Episode 4, The War Games Episode 9 and The War Games Episode 10.

My Rating – 3.5

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Strangers on a Train (1951)

Strangers on a Train Movie Review

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Strangers on a Train Movie Review

Strangers on a Train is a 1951 thriller noir film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Farley Granger and Robert Walker. It is one of the director’s better films.

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Poor unfortunate girl.

She was a tramp.

She was a human being. Let me remind you that

even the most unworthy of us have a right to

life and the pursuit of happiness.

From what I’ve heard she pursued it in all directions

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Strangers on a Train Movie Review

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The story of two strangers who meet on a train and arrange to exchange murders is a very intriguing one and not to mention highly original and unlike any other story in thrillers. But the reason why this story works so well is because it is not as implausible as it might seem at first. The psychopath Bruno kills Guy’s girlfriend, but Guy doesn’t want to complete “the end of his bargain”. That made the movie much more plausible and entertaining as it led to more suspense.

The film is not perfect and it isn’t one of the greatest Hitchcock films. It is one of the better ones, but not one of the best ones and that’s mostly because it doesn’t hold quite as well upon second viewing as some of its flaws crept up on me only now. One of those flaws is the ending. It is very intriguing in its setting and really well executed, but too much of a spectacle. Also, some scenes were obvious and sometimes Bruno wasn’t the smartest guy he claimed to be. And the film is very much a repeat of ‘Rope’ in terms of the villain and the themes and I have to say that ‘Rope’ is the more accomplished of the two.

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But still Strangers on a Train is a very good, competent film which benefits from many unforgettable scenes. I absolutely loved that hall scene where Bruno stands why Guy passes by in a car. That was visually arresting. The tennis match was well utilized into the suspense and the story, the cigarette case in the sewer was stupendously filmed and I loved the scene at Bruno’s house.

The characters are very well established and especially their motifs. Both Bruno and Guy are excellent and especially Bruno is such a memorable villain. Robert Walker played him so well and it’s a shame that he passed away at such a young age of 32 two months after this film’s release. All of the actors did a good job, but as in ‘Rope’, I again am not a fan of Farley Granger. This role fits him, but his performance once again left a lot to be desired.

Strangers on a Train succeeds the most in its technical aspects. The striking black-and-white photography is stunning here and the film is so suspenseful and visually remarkable in some scenes that it definitely belongs in the noir genre as well as the thriller one. The cinematography is so exceptional that it manages to create a very suspenseful atmosphere. The dialogue is also terrific and I really liked the film’s humor.

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Yes, Hitchcock was very talented at humor too which not a lot of people realize. The humorous scenes here are rare, but they are definitely there and some lines of dialogue and facial expressions honestly made me laugh.

So the film is a very entertaining mix of light and dark, serious and comedic and it is delightfully atmospheric and dangerous from start to finish, not to mention highly authentic in premise and also in execution. It’s flawed, but certainly one of the director’s most purely fun flicks.

Strangers on a Train has its flaws such as the ending which wasn’t my cup of tea, but it surely is one of Hitchcock’s better films which features a highly memorable villain and a very authentic and fun premise wonderfully executed. There are a lot of unforgettable moments here and the film succeeds the most in its striking black-and-white cinematography, an amusing sense of humor and a suspenseful atmosphere.

My Rating – 4.5

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Egghead Rides Again (1937)

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Egghead Rides Again is a 1937 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a pretty solid flick.

Egghead is a boy who wants to become a cowboy but fails at every test given to him and eventually ends up getting the job but the job contains cleaning horse and cow feces. This is the first ever introduction of Egghead who would appear in later 30s Merry Melodies as well. I liked him, but I did not love his design or his voice.

The film itself is another one of those entries where the protagonist is endlessly humiliated and the humiliation was excessive for sure, but it was also funny and the ending was of course the hilarious highlight. The first half is not as engaging as the second one and the animation is not the greatest, but the film is interesting in setting and protagonist and it mostly succeeds as a good introduction to him.

Egghead Rides Again is weaker in first half, but stronger in the second one with a particularly funny ending.

My Rating – 3.6

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A Ghost Story (2017)

A Ghost Story Movie Review

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A Ghost Story Movie Review

A Ghost Story is a 2017 fantasy drama film directed by David Lowery and starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. It is such a frustrating experience.

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A writer writes a novel, a songwriter writes a song, we do what we can to endure

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A Ghost Story Movie Review

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This is the kind of pretentious, boring cinema that gives all indie films a bad name in my opinion. It is such an incredibly dull movie that I was bored out of my mind. And when I looked afterwards at the plot and read the entire storyline and everything that happened (which was a lot), I was frustrated that they didn’t execute such a fascinating story well on screen.

It is about a ghost of a recently diseased man who comes back to his wife’s house to observe her and a lot of very interesting things happens afterwards. But that doesn’t matter eventually as the film, as I said above, did not execute and craft this story well at all.

They managed to make such a fascinating story dull and mediocre and they managed to make it feel like nothing happens when all of these intriguing plot points do happen somehow. It is the kind of movie which should have been interesting and even poignant, but this way it was not only tedious but also highly pretentious as it deems to think of itself as some art-house, clever film when it really isn’t anything like that.

A Ghost Story also entirely wasted its talented cast. I am not a fan of Casey Affleck but he is a good actor and he was wasted here as he did not get anything to do and was covered in sheets the whole time. Rooney Mara is one of my favorite actresses and here she was entirely underutilized both as an actress and as a character. That was very annoying to me.

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A Ghost Story Movie Review

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A Ghost Story definitely has its moments. I liked that walk in nature as it was gloriously shot and somewhat transcending and some scenes definitely felt very intriguing, but most were neither smart nor artistic and were just overlong and pointless such as watching them hug or watching her eat. Ridiculous. Slow and observant, but not in a good way.

A Ghost Story is the kind of movie that gives indies a bad name. It entirely wastes its immensely intriguing premise on such a stupid, boring and overly pretentious execution that is sure to angry many people. I am a big fan of Rooney Mara but she was entirely wasted here as was Casey Affleck. Some scenes were interesting, but most of it was pointless and dull and they somehow managed to make this on paper fascinating story highly uninteresting in execution.

My Rating – 2.5

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Porky’s Super Service (1937)

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Porky’s Super Service is a 1937 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a very mean-spirited short.

Porky Pig works at a gas station and when one car arrives, the baby in it starts bothering him in various ways. Now I don’t why this film is so mean toward Porky as he is literally humiliated here in multiple manners and the ending seemed overly aggressive and I wanted the baby to pay but he went unscathed unfortunately.

But this entry is still a lot of fun and quite funny at times with its various gags which are definitely mean, but most certainly highly entertaining and some are even really well thought out. I did not like the design of the baby, but he was still a memorable brat and they really conveyed well how awful he is. I liked the mother’s part too.

Porky’s Super Service is one of the most mean-spirited Looney Tunes thus far with many funny and entertaining gags. Poor Porky.

My Rating – 3.7

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The Jetsons Season 1 (1962)

The Jetsons Season 1 Review

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The Jetsons Season 1 Review

The Jetsons is a science fiction comedy animated show that first premiered in 1962. It is one of Hanna-Barbera’s greatest classics.

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Women drivers… ooh!

I ought’a be arrested for running this school

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The Jetsons Season 1 Review

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This came at a time when Hanna-Barbera was at the height of their powers. This came at the time of ‘The Flintstones’ and it honestly came pretty close to the quality of that wonderful classic show. I did not expect that and I was pleasantly surprised.

So the year is 2062 and it follows a family living in the 21st century meaning that it is pretty much an animated sitcom and a great one at that. This show is very old-fashioned at its core. Let me explain. It does happen in the future, a full century apart from its air date, but even though everything is very futuristic and far-fetched in terms of gadgetry and technology, at its core the family is very traditional and the series is at times quite sexist for instance. But for its flaws, it has that wonderful old sitcom quality to it that I loved it nonetheless. I like its humor, its score and especially its high quality, charming animation.

The first season aired in 1962 and 1963 and it consists of 24 episodes. As is usual for the very first season, I will first talk about each and every character and then I will comment upon each of its episodes. George is pretty similar to Fred Flintstone, though not as cranky and is much calmer in behavior. He is a pretty likable, memorable protagonist and he carries a lot of this show on his shoulders.

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The Jetsons Season 1 Review

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Jane is a typical wife meaning that she is a housewife and doesn’t get much to do and rarely goes outside even. Her character is the most dated on the show but she is still a good, likable character and the two share a very good relationship that echoes the one between Fred and Wilma and although certainly not as strong, they are still lovable together.

Elroy is as forgettable as your usual child character, especially in a sitcom, but is I guess better than most and thankfully not used sparingly. Judy is also highly dated with her obsession with boys and again thankfully not used too sparingly. Astro is interesting as this human-like dog in speech and design and his episodes were mostly quite cute.

Rosie is awesome as their robot maid and I loved her so much that I wonder why she was so shortchanged in this first season as she got barely two episodes for herself. And of course Mr. Spacely is your typical 60s cartoon boss, but highly amusing and I loved the episodes with him and George as their dynamic is great. Also the episodes with his rival Cogswell were mostly superb.

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The Jetsons Season 1 Review

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Rosey the Robot is the first Jetsons episode and it is absolutely wonderful! It is one of the most perfect episodes of this season as it gets everything right – not only does it introduce us to each of its characters competently but also to its world and it is just such a great story and a great emphasis on how good this character is. Rosey’s story is so well told here and highly endearing. A Date with Jet Screamer is the exact opposite, on the other hand. Very weak episode and your typical dated cartoon episode which relied too much on music and celebrity culture (and Judy).

The Space Car is pretty solid, but your typical switched identity, shenanigans cartoon episode and not particularly exciting in its format or execution, though competently made for sure. The Coming of Astro is awesome as the first introduction to their pet dog Astro. He is such a cute creation and this episode was a very interesting backstory in a way as he had to compete with a robot dog for a home which seemed very realistic for a future. It’s a moving story.

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The Jetsons Season 1 Review

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Jetsons’ Night Out is the episode that reminded me the most of The Flintstones and the most sitcom-like episode of this bunch probably. Watching George and his boss Mr. Spacely try to get to a football game by lying to their wives was a very amusing affair. The Good Little Scouts is a dated episode as this scouting is very boring and not timely, but the Moon setting at least adds some spice to this tired story.

The Flying Suit is very futuristic and it was a lot of fun watching George fly in the titular flying suit and the business side to this episode was very well thought out as well. Rosey’s Boyfriend is a rare first season Rosie story and I really liked it, though it is inferior to her first episode. These two robots falling in love was a silly, but endearing tale.

Elroy’s TV Show started off unpromisingly, but ended off really well with the arrival of Spacely and I liked the entire development that happened in its second half. Uniblab gives us the titular worker robot and I am not a fan of his, but he does provide a great, amusing deal of frustration for George.

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A Visit from Grandpa is so good! It’s such a funny, frequently even hilarious timeless tale of how children treat their elders and how sometimes the grandpas live the most energetic of lives. It is a fun, futuristic spin on this story and it employs its futurism to terrific effect as it provides us a wonderful character in Grandpa Jetson and I am so sad that he did not get more episodes as he totally deserved them. Astro’s Top Secret is a typical business rivalry episode, but not the best of the bunch.

Las Venus is such a wonderful honeymoon type of episode and I loved the exploration of romantic space travel in the future and the shenanigans with George balancing his love and work life was superbly executed here. Elroy’s Pal is not my favorite as it revolves around superheroes and Elroy.

Test Pilot is such an enjoyable, really funny episode. George gets to be a test subject for an indestructible jacket and naturally this was a hilarious part. Millionaire Astro follows a custody battle between a millionaire and the Jetsons for Astro. I loved him here and this is such a relatable, highly emotional episode for any dog owner/adoptive parent.

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The Jetsons Season 1 Review

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The Little Man is solid as these type of episodes go, but still I am really getting tired of “shrinking” episodes at large so I definitely did not love this one. Jane’s Driving Lesson is the reason why I called this show sexist. Oh my God, was this episode sexist! I honestly could not believe my eyes and my ears. But this came out in the early 60s so I forgave it and watching Jane torment the driving instructor by driving horribly and following their brilliant facial expressions definitely made my day as it was absolutely hysterical. It is one of the funniest things I’ve seen recently and that scene where she first enters the car killed me. And thankfully the episode ended on a high, less hateful note so that way they could be forgiven more easily.

G.I. Jetson is not the greatest episode and it takes its time to get there, but it eventually does get there with a surprisingly great, funny use of Uniblab. He pleasantly reminded me of HAL 9000 from ‘2001’. Miss Solar System is such a funny, perfectly executed classical sitcom episode and I loved Jane here and how she proved George wrong by winning the titular title.

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The Jetsons Season 1 Review

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Private Property is quite entertaining and one of the better Cogswell/Spacely rivalry episodes and it features such a funny conclusion. Dude Planet is probably the most unabashedly romantic episode of this bunch, but the one that did not utilize on its great premise to the fullest extent.

TV or Not TV is a shenanigans episode and not my cup of tea as it relies too heavily on paranoia. Elroy’s Mob is not the greatest finale. Finally we got to see the school of the future and that was fun, but the rest of the episode was typical and not as engaging for me personally.

Overall, the first season of The Jetsons is very good with some not so great episodes, but with the majority being very good or downright great with many either funny or emotional stories and I loved how comedic, charming and ultimately endearing it is.

Worst Episodes: A Date with Jet Screamer, Astro’s Top Secret, Elroy’s Pal and The Little Man.

Best Episodes: Rosey the Robot, The Coming of Astro, A Visit from Grandpa, Las Venus, Millionaire Astro, Jane’s Driving Lesson and Miss Solar System.

My Rating – 4.2

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Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Despicable Me 3 Movie Review

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Despicable Me 3 Movie Review

Despicable Me 3 is a 2017 animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and with the voices of Steve Carell and Kristen Wig. It is a pretty solid, enjoyable sequel.

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Dance fight!

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Despicable Me 3 Movie Review

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This is on par with ‘Despicable Me 2’ and of course much weaker than the first film. But there is no denying that it is an improvement over 2015’s ‘Minions’ as thankfully this entry was restrained with those guys. The plot itself is your typical zany and cartoony Illumination story but mostly done well.

This is a cartoon movie and not an animated movie meaning that it is loud, action-oriented and very comedic. It is best suited for kids but some jokes definitely favor adults and once again Gru’s mother killed it as she was hilarious in the one scene she got. The various 80s pop songs were also funny as was the villain. And some of the childish humor was also quite good and it made me chuckle, but most of it was typical and forced.

The major problem this movie has is the lack of coherence to it. The film tries too hard to be too many things and the filmmakers should have focused on just one or two things and it would have been a much smoother and well crafted movie. So it has the plot where Gru has to capture Bratt, but also the plot where he and Lucy lost their job. He has to deal with his newly found brother whereas she has to learn how to become a mother. Throw in there the unicorn subplot with Agnes and Edith and the Margo boyfriend subplot and you’ve got a really convoluted, super busy film which should have been expected given that it has such a huge, ever-expanding cast of characters.

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Despicable Me 3 Movie Review

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Let’s talk about those characters. First off, our main hero Gru. I found him not as likable or as interesting here as he was in the previous installments to be honest as his role was not the greatest here. But Dru is pretty memorable as his more handsome brother and the relationship between the two is mostly finely done and with some emotional moments. The film is not too emotional which some critics faulted, but I found appropriate this time around.

Lucy got such a typical and cliched storyline for a female character as she needs to become a better mother which was somewhat annoying as she was always better suited as an action heroine. But her scenes with Margo were sweet. Agnes and her pursuit of unicorns was a charming, sweet subplot, but the kids’ roles here were unfortunately shortchanged. Of course the Minions are there, but not too much and they can be quite funny and enjoyable when used sparingly which is exactly what we got here.

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Despicable Me 3 Movie Review

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Balthazar Bratt is a surprisingly solid villain. He is a cartoony villain but that fits with the cartoon style of the entire film. Trey Parker did a really good job in this role per usual and I am so glad to hear him in a feature project. Bratt’s obsession with 80s was a cliched choice for today’s adult audiences, but definitely done really well as he was quite funny at times with his dance movements and singing. I also really liked his TV show backstory.

Despicable Me 3 is expectedly really well animated. It looks polished and stylistically speaking it looks great with the interiors and buildings being very detailed. The character design is as strong as usual with the more cartoony, grotesque look being applied to the villain as well and his overall design is top-notch. It isn’t high art, but it succeeds as a really well animated cartoon.

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Despicable Me 3 has some good action scenes, but most of it was overwhelming. The highlight for me was easily that tower scene which was so well executed and hugely entertaining. The beginning of the movie is not the greatest and the ending is typical so the middle parts were the most entertaining ones this time around.

Despicable Me 3 is a solid sequel which succeeds as a pretty enjoyable, fun cartoon. Most of the plot points were cliched, some characters were shortchanged here and the film is filled with way too many subplots and thus it felt very uneven and convoluted. But the humor is solid, the animation is excellent, the score is good and Balthazar Bratt is such a good, highly amusing villain. It is on par with the previous installment and an improvement over ‘Minions’.

My Rating – 3.5

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Jungle Rhythm (1929)

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Jungle Rhythm is a 1929 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is such a weak entry.

The only pretty good thing that it has going for it is the animation and how those dances were executed and how the sounds were created using the animals. I liked how it has various different animals in it and they looked fine. But there is absolutely no plot to be had here whatsoever and the film is as slight of a cartoon as you could possibly get.

It isn’t bad, but it is just weak. The music is okay, but repetitive and the entire film was overlong, somewhat dull and exceedingly repetitive in execution. I wished for some songs but I did not get them. Mickey here is interestingly not as mean-spirited as previously portrayed so maybe he is starting to change.

Jungle Rhythm is the weakest Mickey Mouse film thus far with no plot to it and with very repetitive execution.

My Rating – 3.1

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