Astérix: Le secret de la potion magique (2018)

Gaulish Team
Gaulish Team

It would be hard to write this post to talk about the story and the characters. I am a fan of Asterix, but I am used to read it in Portuguese, and writing about it in English would be hard. And for those wondering, no, I did not watch the original (French) version, but the dubbed version. And although I usually hate Portuguese dubbed versions, it wasn’t that bad. Acceptable enough.

About the story, well it focus the usual ingredients of Asterix stories: the magic potion, the Romans, the pirates, the wild boars, etc. It isn’t as good as the first books. It focus some ideas from recent movies that I will not refer so I do not give any spoilers. Ah… and it has a religion reference that, although I find it humorous, I think some other Catholics might not like.

Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo (2016)

Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo
Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo

This is a Spanish movie, with two comic book characters, Mortadelo e Filemón. As a kid, I read a pair of books. Not the greatest comics of the world, but acceptable to have a good time. After those times I never heard again about them. In a presentation on Animation I attended, an invited speaker from Ilion Animation Studios, that worked in the animation of this movie, shown some small videos, and I got tempted to see it.

The animation is great, but the story is cheesy (as I remember from the comic books), and there are some dead parts, that took forever to end (as an excuse, I was watching the movie in Spanish, without subtitles, and I don’t really know Spanish.

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)


How Documentaries Are Done

Much better than the latest Madagascar movie. Of course it is full of non-sense. But it doesn’t try to be a Drama or a Romance. It is just non-sense with full of good laughs. The penguins are great. Great. And the jokes appear one after the other, at a velocity it is very difficult to grasp all of them.

One of the best quotes: “Nicholas! Cage them!” Lovely. 8 in 10 @ IMDB.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)

Madagascar's Penguins
Madagascar’s Penguins

Every time a new Ice Age comes out, here comes Madagascar as well. Instead of a rodent, for some cool jokes, Madagascar has four penguins. Instead of a bobcat, they have a lion. Instead of a mammoth, a hippopotamus. Instead of a sloth, a zebra. Just the giraffe hasn’t a counterpart in Ice Age. While Ice Age tries to keep things mostly real (or plausible), Madagascar’s focus is on non-sense. If you ask which make you laugh the most, I would say, none. You can give a laugh from time to time, mostly because of the penguins than anything else, but its all. And that musical sequence is just disturbing.


Ted (2012)


The guy (Ted) is cute and fluffy. Mila Kunis is hot. Laura Vandervoort appears a few times, and she is also hot. Other than that, the movie is… bah… watchable. Some nice jokes, but some other are just forced, making no sense whatsoever. Ah, and Patrick Stewart is A BOSS as narrator.


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


Yeah, I couldn’t post a Jack image. It would be too easy to predict. On Sally it would be the same. So I decided to post Pumpkins, making this way a tribute to a big friend.

On the movie, I confess I was expecting more. Probably because I saw Corpse Bride and I loved it, and was expecting more from this. No, not that it is bad. But when you are watching a movie that you are expecting to be bad, without a story, and it surprises you, you get very interested on it. In the other hand, when somebody tells you it is great, and it is not as you imagined, you get disappointed. So, probably this is what happened.

Nevertheless, the story is nice, there are jokes all around, and the animation and characters design are very nice. Voted 8 in 10 @ IMDB.

The LEGO Movie (2014)

The LEGO Movie
The LEGO Movie

Spaceship! Spaceship! Spaceship! Spaceship! Spaceship! Spaceship! Spaceship! Spaceship! Spaceship!

How I miss old blue Spaceship theme from Lego. And Benny, with that faded away logo, and the detail of the broken helmet really make me recall good old times. I am missing them so much that the new spaceship from The LEGO Movie, already on sale, is tempting me so much.

But let me get back to the movie. First, the story is counter-nature. All adults I know that like to play with LEGO do not glue their constructions. The only persons I know that glue constructions are from LEGO. Now, that adults might not like to play with children, that might be true, just like older children do not like to play with small kids. In any case, let me state that I want to have kids, and want to have kinds in the age of playing with LEGO, just to have an excuse to buy LEGO sets.

The animation in this movie is great. It is very cool that everything (with few exceptions) is LEGO. For example, in the image above (not easy to see, probably) all that white mass is dust. The same happens with fog and water. They are all made of LEGO. Just great.

Although I did not like much the LEGO-Human interaction (I would prefer a simple all-LEGO movie), there are some details that are very cool. For example, how the ghost bellow have a small string attached.

Voted 9 in 10. Waiting for the second movie. And for that SPACESHIP! Spaceship! Spaceship!

The LEGO Movie
The LEGO Movie

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

I lost the count, but this is the, what, fourth Ice Age movie? Fortunately, it got better than the last. We have more Scratch (I love that guy), we have less sentiment, and more humor. That is great. Regarding the animation, not much to say: it is great. The story, not bad, not relevant to the success of the movie.

Things I love: the liberty statue and Scratch Atlantis. Lovely. Also, Beethoven ninth (Ode to Joy) is always a great sound. But wouldn’t it be more adequate the Dvorak ninth (New World)?

Puss in Boots (2011)

Puss in Boots
Puss in Boots

After Shrek I was looking for a movie with the Boots’ cat. Finally watched it, and, I am sorry to say it isn’t as good as I was expecting. The animation is good, the Puss is very cute, the story is nothing interesting. Even for children, I don’t think the story is near any of the Shrek movies (and I consider the third very very bad).

Although I can cope with a movie like Shrek, where all characters are different (cats, ogres, horses, eggs, whatever) it gets strange when you mix cats and humans, talking to each other. And it gets yet more strange, when you add.. one egg! An then, they all talk to each other. But the poor goose (mother or child) are unable to talk. Gah, I think they need some more work to put a movie out.

Probably is that the reason that Puss in Boots: The three Diablos wasn’t almost mentioned anywhere.


Open Season (2006)

Open Season (2006)
Open Season (2006)

2006 seems to be the year of animal movies. Over the Hedge and Madagascar (2005) are more or less from the same time. But unlike these two, Open Season is warm movie. No big features, no big story, a minimal with no quality soundtrack and just some cool animation and a hand full of jokes. To help, the voice of Martin Lawrence for the main character (Boog, the bear).

Unlike other movies, like Shrek, Open Season lacks adult jokes. You know, when you take a kid to the cinema to watch a movie, you don’t sit him in the room and get to the next room to see a horror movie. You sit together with your kid, and watch the same movie. If you can make the adult enjoy the movie as much or more as the kid, in the future this same adult with bring the kid again to the cinema. In the other hand, if the adult gets bored, he will not take the kid that much times to watch animation movies. So, I defend these movies should be as much interesting as possible for everybody.

Voted 7 in IMDB.