Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017)

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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a 2017 animated short film which ended up being a television special. It is a second ‘Frozen’ short.

So the film is basically just one giant celebration and promotion of Christmas and the holidays which is done for better and for worse. It was obviously commercialized, but still very charming. Elsa and Anna do not have a family tradition and it is up to Olaf to find one but he gets lost and they have to find him. Eventually they realize that he is their family tradition. Yes, this is a very sugar-coated children’s film which is particularly cloying in its third act.

But I still liked the emphasis on Olaf as he was very endearing here. Elsa and Anna are okay but not too present. Sven actually stole the show for me as he was hilarious. Kristoff is solid and this duo is very amusing, but Sven in particular is hilarious in the scene where he tries to explain to him that Olaf is in danger. The animation is excellent and definitely theater-worthy. I loved its attention to detail and colorful approach. But the score is only medium and its songs are for the most part very forgettable and typical with only That Time of Year being even remotely memorable.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is cloying, commercialized and with a weak soundtrack, but great animation and some funny and charming scenes leading to a solid film which is an improvement over ‘Frozen Fever’.

My Rating – 3.3

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Ryan (2004)

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Ryan is a 2004 Canadian Oscar winning animated short film directed by Chris Landreth. It is a bad film.

This is the kind of drug-oriented films which I just dislike tremendously. It is only intended to appeal to people who had these issues and to me it is thus very annoying. The film is your regular documentary about a Canadian animator Ryan Larkin and is basically a typical documentary with nothing interesting happening in it. It bored me quite a lot.

Of course its approach and animation are original, but I still did not like this animation as it feels ridiculous and too odd and unappealing. It is fitting to the subject matter I guess, but it still doesn’t change the fact that it looks bad. I also disliked its narration and dialogue quite a bit. Even if the film is to some technically innovative, the fact remains that it’s very problematic in terms of storytelling and dialogue.

Ryan is such an undeserved, poor Oscar winner with unappealing animation, dialogue and approach.

My Rating – 2

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Pokémon (Battle Frontier) Season 9 (2005)

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Pokémon (Battle Frontier) Season 9 Review

The ninth season of Pokémon is Battle Frontier and it’s actually one of the best, most entertaining seasons of this show so far.

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I don’t know who to cheer for.

Then cheer for both

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I really liked this season. It isn’t great as it still has its annoying episodes and unfortunately more than a couple of its total 47 episodes are annoying detours, fillers and stupid episodes with no point to them whatsoever with rehashed Pokémon and adventures.

But thankfully most episodes are the opposite of that. The season is great as it finally focused a lot on the actual battles and duels and not just on childish fillers. Thus we got a lot of excellent fights which were very well imagined and executed. The action is very strong in this season and the animation is quite improved as well. I just wish that the score was better as the opening is the weakest so far.

Harley is good as a villain, but is such a gay stereotype that he really annoyed me. Team Rocket is somewhat forgettable in this season which is unfortunate of course as they are always my favorites, but the heroes thus got some needed spotlight. Brock and Max are solid and both got some fine moments to shine, but Ash and May are the highlights for sure.

Ash finally got to battle as he hasn’t done it for a while and those episodes are excellent and of course May is terrific as she has experienced a lot of growth throughout these seasons and became a much stronger fighter.

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Some of the highlights of the season include the fights between May and Brock and especially May and Ash which ended with a tie which was wonderful to witness for both of them. I also loved the final episode as it was a moving conclusion of this entire ark which hasn’t been all that great, but this season fixed that as it is probably the best Pokémon season since the very first one.

Overall, I was quite happy with the outcome of Battle Frontier. It has its detours that offset the quality overall seriously, but mostly the episodes were a lot of fun and pleasantly action-oriented. I am quite excited for the Fourth Generation and Sinnoh and I hope the new characters are strong.

 

Worst Episodes: Reversing the Charges, Harley Rides Again, Duels of the Jungle, Overjoyed and Gathering the Gang of Four.

Best Episodes: Curbing the Crimson Tide, Pokémon Ranger! Deoxys Crisis! Part One, The Ole’ Berate and Switch, Once More with Reeling and Home is Where the Start is.

My Rating – 3.6

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Fresh Fish (1939)

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Fresh Fish is a 1939 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a weak short.

It is one of those Merry Melodies where we have a narrator who explains stuff and we are to be acquainted with a culture or this time around a setting which is the sea. The film showcases life of the fish and it follows various groups of fish with the only highlight being that fish teacher with the rest being all boring and forgettable.

The narration is okay and not too annoying. The animation is definitely solid with pretty good character design. But the score is forgettable and the film fails when it comes to humor and action as it is boring and never at all funny as it has no gags whatsoever. It is an old-fashioned Merry Melody with all that comes with it.

Fresh Fish is one of those narrated Merry Melodies which are okay, but dated and not particularly entertaining.

My Rating – 3.3

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Doctor Who Season 24 (1987)

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Doctor Who Season 24 Review

The twenty fourth season of Doctor Who is a return to weaker quality after the last solid season. It’s short, but pretty mediocre.

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That’s the problem with young people today

– no spirit of adventure

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It is basically of similar quality as twenty second season which of course means that it’s pretty subpar. Thankfully it only has four serials and in total fourteen short episodes and thus it flew by pretty quickly.

Time and the Rani is such a disappointing, pretty mediocre first turn for the seventh incarnation of the doctor. I will talk more about him later, but first let’s say that this serial is the weakest of the entire season. It starts off abruptly and it ends disappointingly. Both the script and the action are silly and dull.

Paradise Towers is actually rather solid. It is definitely the best story of this season which isn’t really saying much but still it was a lot of fun and very moody. The episodes are uneven in quality, but at least they transport you to this world very well thanks to solid attention to detail and an interesting scenario.

Delta and the Bannermen is quite weak. The premise was promising, but the execution is typically subpar leading to a mediocre, entirely forgettable serial which is the second worst when it comes to this season.

Dragonfire is concerned too much with fantasy elements, legends and treasures for my taste, but it is an undeniably entertaining and even at times charming serial with a particularly fun last episode.

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Doctor Who Season 24 Review

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So let’s talk about the doctor. Sylvester McCoy is very odd. This actor just doesn’t suit the role of the famous doctor in my opinion. He definitely became better in later episodes as he was quite frustrating and annoying in the first story, but still he remains odd, unappealing and way too physically different – too short with a much different than usual voice and also personality. Let’s hope that I get accustomed to him sooner rather than later.

Overall, this season is definitely pretty weak. It is actually rather fun and entertaining at times plus it’s refreshingly short in length, but still the stories are mostly disappointing and the Seventh Doctor did not get a proper start at all.

 

Worst Serial: Time of the Rani.

Best Serial: Paradise Towers.

 

Worst Episodes: Time of the Rani Part One, Time of the Rani Part Two and Delta and the Bannermen Part One.

Best Episodes: Paradise Towers Part One, Paradise Towers Part Three and Dragonfire Part Three.

My Rating – 3.2

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Pied Piper Porky (1939)

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Pied Piper Porky is a 1939 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a very strong short.

Porky here is the Pied Piper, but the film actually happens after that famous story which was a nice, really fresh idea I liked a lot. He gets tormented by a mouse and then calls a cat to help him with the mouse but with no results. In my opinion, Looney Tunes entries are getting very problematic in their insistence to use the character of Porky Pig. If they use him, let him have a bigger role, but here once again he gets to have a very small impact on the story which was unfortunate.

Pied Piper Porky is nonetheless one of the strongest Looney Tunes of the late 30s mainly because of that mouse who is absolutely hilarious. His line about the trap stole the show as it was perfectly delivered and so funny, but the ending is also memorable and incredibly dark. The cat fearing the mouse was also quite funny. There are a lot of quality gags here and the mix of Tom and Jerry with the series’ crazy antics worked in its favor.

Pied Piper Porky needed more Porky as he is useless here, but the film is hilarious with a lot of terrific and such funny moments.

My Rating – 4.2

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The Whoopee Party (1932)

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The Whoopee Party is a 1932 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a weaker entry.

Mickey is having a party in which he and the others are preparing a meal while Minnie is playing the piano. Naturally this particular setup I’ve seen many times before which is why this film is immensely rehashed and disappointing. It is another boring all-musical short with no plot and or almost no gags at all which is troublesome as I thought they were finally moving in the right direction with more plot.

There is however one great thing about this movie and that is of course Goofy. He is phenomenal and so funny here. He appears in the last act of the film and is his typical crazy, laughing lunatic and I loved that part just because of him. I want more Goofy in the near future and I hope that actually happens.

The Whoopee Party’s ending with Goofy steals the show, but the rest of the cartoon is your typical, traditional, plotless musical.

My Rating – 3.4

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The Good Egg (1939)

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The Good Egg is a 1939 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is an endearing short.

The hen is childless and cannot hatch until it finally hatches a turtle with a beak who eventually becomes a life guard of all the little chicken. In my opinion, this film is obviously Warner Bros. attempt at ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and it is infinitely worse than that classic. It is overly Disney-like in style and execution and it has no gags whatsoever.

But I could not deny its sweetness. The animation and score are solid but the highlight is that wonderful turtle and the ending which is very sweet and immensely heartwarming. The beginning is also quite sad with the childless hen. The middle parts were lacking, but the rest was pretty solid.

The Good Egg is sort of like a Disney cartoon – an endearing, cute cartoon which is sweet, but lacking in gags and originality.

My Rating – 4.2

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The Little Lion Hunter (1939)

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The Little Lion Hunter is a 1939 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a phenomenal short.

This is the first film starring Inki and Mynah bird. Inki is a black boy who explores the wilderness and gets in trouble with the lion. Mynah bird is this very odd, voiceless, mysterious bird who eventually rescues him from the lion but kicks him in the butt in that hilarious end gag. The film is great for featuring very memorable characters. I liked the lion and Inki is very cute and endearing though obviously caricatured.

But obviously the bird is the highlight as such a mysterious, very intriguing and memorable presence. Great character design as well. I loved this bird so much. The cartoon is a bit slow at first, but pleasantly atmospheric, very well scored and with some fun antics and memorable action. It truly is the most original Merry Melody in quite a while, maybe even the most original so far.

The Little Lion Hunter is a very authentic, intriguing short with unforgettable, mysterious Mynah bird and a fantastic ending.

My Rating – 4.2

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Doctor Who Season 23 (1986)

Doctor Who Season 23 Review

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Doctor Who Season 23 Review

The twenty third season of Doctor Who is actually a rather underrated, solid season which is shorter in length and thus more effective.

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There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you

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Doctor Who Season 23 Review

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Basically this entire season has only fourteen episodes which are only around twenty minutes in length. It has four serials and all are connected into one giant story. I did find its connections disappointing and of course the story never felt particularly epic, but it was still solidly executed and it worked quite often.

Let’s talk about the first and the most inferior serial which is The Mysterious Planet. I found its premise somewhat intriguing, but the serial quickly became standard Doctor Who fare with too convoluted and weakly written scenarios and dull pace.

I actually enjoyed Mindwarp even though I usually dislike the alien/monster storylines. It isn’t great or anything special really, but because the dialogue is very strong with some very interesting conversations the serial ended up being engaging and solidly made.

Terror of the Vervoids starts off weakly and certainly the first half is not as good as the second one, but the serial is definitely interesting in its plant-like villains with a couple of very memorable action sequences and solid Doctor. Once again the dialogue was quite good.

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Doctor Who Season 23 Review

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The Ultimate Foe only has two episodes, but both are quite good actually. The story is very political in tone for better and for worse, but I liked the Master’s role quite a bit and the Doctor himself is also solid. A really well done story for sure.

So overall, this season is solid. It is far from great and is not all too well connected, but at least it is shorter and much more compact in length and thus more engaging. It is well written with solid dialogue and I also really liked some of its stories here. Colin Baker is finished and unfortunately I have to say that he is one of the weakest Doctors so far. He was just never particularly interesting or memorable.

 

Worst Serial: The Mysterious Planet.

Best Serial: The Ultimate Foe.

 

Worst Episodes: The Mysterious Planet Part One, The Mysterious Planet Part Three and The Mysterious Planet Part Four.

Best Episodes: Mindwarp Part Three, Terror of the Vervoids Part Four and The Ultimate Foe Part One.

My Rating – 3.4

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