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Like all things, Hollywood has capitalized on our awareness of the prevalence of tropes, clichés, and recurring storytelling patterns by flattering our built-in cynicism and congratulating us for being so clever. For better and for worse, irreverence is now cool.
Join us as we predict which of these November movies will be HITs and which will BOMB based solely on watching the trailers!
“Buying a movie ticket? Better call in sick to work. You’re gonna be on hold with three different departments, none of which seem to know the price of a ticket.”
Before we see Louis C.K. make an animated movie, let's watch another comedian's "stinger".
Why Ursa loves these movies, the importance of a wide audience for family films, and why significant time gaps between movies are sometimes really brilliant. Plus: character arcs for you, and you, and you, everybody gets a character arc!
Time to get Shreked! ...In the least obnoxious way possible. Here's the film that started a crazy set of trends. See what Joey's thoughts are!
Which ones made it to the top... of the worst?
Sofie teams up with the Film Renegado one more time for yet another DreamWorks movie, and hey, look! It has Mexicans in it! That makes the Renegado a happy man indeed! And as always, Sofie is never ever sarcastic about anything.
Joey and the Animated Heroine present their different takes on the DreamWorks sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2.
...it's Power Rangers Turbo-tastic TIIME!!!! Yeah, who saw that joke coming?
And now, the Animated Heroine begins the final ten!
It's the first of a five-part series, as the Animated Heroine counts down her favorite animated films of all time, starting with numbers 25 to 21.
Joey reviews DreamWorks' Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, featuring the voices of Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Wait... a trendy, forgettable DreamWorks movie? Those sure don't come along every day!
When Dreamworks teamed up with the quirky British animation studio Aardman, they might have made good competition for Disney and Pixar... but they didn't. Find out why when the Animated Heroine compares two movies starring rats, Flushed Away and Ratatouille.
The Animated Heroine looks at Shrek and Monsters, Inc., two of the first films to be nominated for Best Animated Film at the 2002 Academy Awards. Spoiler alert: Shrek won the Oscar!
The Animated Heroine reviews the new DreamWorks release The Croods, featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone as members of a Neanderthal family.
The Animated Heroine goes under the sea for Disney and Pixar's Finding Nemo and Dreamworks' Shark Tale. Is there really even any point to calling out a winner? Watch this episode of Reel vs. Reel anyway!
While you wait for Renegado's upcoming 50th episode spectacular, here's another crossover special! Renegado's home is invaded by two unexpected guests: Stephan and a cartoon ball named Nootrac (get it?). To kill time until they figure out just what the heck happened, they review The Road To El Dorado, the movie that killed DreamWorks 2-D animation.
Sofie went to the theater to see one of the few movies she could see at the same time as the rest of the world (dubbed into Danish, alas). Here's her review of the epic Rise of the Guardians, starring the voices of Alec Baldwin as a Russian Santa Claus, Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny, Chris Pine as Jack Frost, and Jude Law as the Boogeyman!
Join Sofie AKA the Scarlet Defender as she drags in asks the Film Renegado very nicely to do a crossover with her, and the two review Puss in Boots, starring Antonio Banderas as the swashbuckling kitty cat from the Shrek movies.