Tag Archives: Animated

Quest for Camelot - * 1/2*

Everybody wants a piece of the Disney animated pie. It’s too bad that most of the newcomers, such as Warner Brothers’ Quest for Camelot, concentrate more on replicating the Disney formula of story elements, and less on the overall quality … Continue reading

Posted in 1998, Movie Reviews | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Anastasia - * * *

It’s ironic. Just at the time when the tried-and-true Disney formula for animated films seems to be faltering, the other studios, desperate for a share in the lucrative animated film market, have come out with their own “Disney-formula” films. Anastasia … Continue reading

Posted in 1997, Movie Reviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Hercules - * * *

Disney’s latest animated adventure has plenty of flaws, but a solid sense of humor and an excellent villainous performance save the show. As has been the custom with Disney’s most recent cartoons, Hercules deviates wildly from its source material. In … Continue reading

Posted in 1997, Movie Reviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Cats Don’t Dance - * * 1/2*

Cats Don’t Dance is a mildly entertaining animated film that tells a familiar story: a small town cat, Danny (voiced by Scott Bakula), comes to Hollywood to make it big. Adversity strikes when he discovers that Hollywood isn’t interested in … Continue reading

Posted in 1997, Movie Reviews | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Beavis and Butthead Do America - 1/2*

Beavis and Butthead Do America is a misguided adaptation of the MTV cartoon that abandons two important ingredients: the music video critiques, and the refreshingly short length. The story begins as Beavis and Butthead’s beloved television set is stolen. When … Continue reading

Posted in 1996, Movie Reviews | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Space Jam - * 1/2*

There’s surprisingly little amusement in this mixed animation-live action basketball flick. The story begins with an alien amusement park, Moron Mountain, run by the evil alien capitalist Swackhammer (voiced by Danny DeVito). His park is falling apart, and he decides … Continue reading

Posted in 1996, Movie Reviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - * * * *

Highly entertaining and inventive animated adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. Tom Hulce provides the voice for Quasimodo, the title character. As a babe, his gypsy mother is slain by the evil Judge Frollo (Tony Jay), but the archdeacon (David … Continue reading

Posted in 1996, Movie Reviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

James and the Giant Peach - * * *

An imaginative combination of animation styles makes this unique film a visual treat. James is a young orphan (his parents were killed from above by a supernatural rhino), forced to live with his cruel aunts, Spiker and Sponge (Joanna Lumley … Continue reading

Posted in 1996, Movie Reviews | Tagged | Leave a comment

Balto - * *

Surprisingly unengaging animated adventure set in Nome, Alaska. Balto is the hero of the story, half-wolf and half-husky. He yearns for acceptance, but his only true friends are a Russian duck, a pair of water-shy polar bears, and a female … Continue reading

Posted in 1995, Movie Reviews | Tagged | Leave a comment

Toy Story - * * * 1/2*

Computer generated cartoon fun! In the first full length computer animated motion picture, Disney presents a world where toys come to life when their owners are away. The particular cadre Toy Story focuses on belong to Andy, and is led … Continue reading

Posted in 1995, Movie Reviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment