Category Archives: Animated

The Boss Baby (2017)

Tim’s happy, until little bro comes through the door …

The ensuing story could have been so much more.

The film’s not much of a hoot,

Though the Looney Tunes-ish look is cute,

And there’s a sweet nod to The Apartment‘s 19th floor.

Ballerina (2016)

Young Félicie, in an orphanage in France,

Has one heartfelt dream: to dance.

A lovely story of persistence

In the face of resistance,

As we see her fight for her chance.

Moana (2016)

Young Moana: for future Chief role, she’s groomed.

But new problems mean her island might be doomed.

The film’s an inspiring creation:

Delightful story, songs, animation …

And displays of bravery and grit when problems loomed.

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

In a bustling Autumn-time New York City,

Owners are clueless re what puppy or kitty

Get up to when out of sight.

The story, sadly, is pretty trite.

One highlight: sausage factory song (so witty!)

Finding Dory (2016)

From Baby Dory’s eyes to Hank’s version of ranting,

It’s full of delights. Also, expertly implanting

Messages re: disability; inclusion.

Many visual treats? Yes, a profusion.

It’s a sequel that’s quite charming and enchanting.

The Jungle Book (2016)

Favreau’s gorgeous film doesn’t shy away

From portraying the brutal nature fray.

(Kipling: the source material)

The visuals: ethereal.

Great family film. Spot-on casting in every way.