Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

DAVID SOREN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2017.  DreamWorks Animation, Scholastic Productions.  Screenplay by Nicholas Stoller, based on the epic novels by Dav Pilkey, additional screenplay material by David Soren.  Produced by Mireille Soria, Mark Swift.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Nate Wragg.  Film Editing by Matt Landon. Dav Pilkey’s popular children’s books are brought to the big screen with…

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Home (2015)

TIM JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2015.  DreamWorks Animation.  Screenplay by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, based on the book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.  Produced by Suzanne Buirgy, Christopher Jenkins, Mireille Soria.  Music by Lorne Balfe.  Production Design by Kathy Altieri.  Film Editing by Nick Fletcher. A race of gooey purple aliens show up on Earth…

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Ever After (1998)

ANDY TENNANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Susannah Grant, Andy Tennant, Rick Parks, based on the story by Charles Perrault.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Mireille Soria, Tracey Trench.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Michael Howells.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan.  Film Editing by Roger Bondelli.   Richly enjoyable reboot of Cinderella finds Drew Barrymore as a…

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Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas (2003)

PATRICK GILMORE, TIM JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2003.  DreamWorks, DreamWorks Animation.  Screenplay by John Logan.  Produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mireille Soria.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Raymond Zibach.  Film Editing by Tom Finan.   For all the effort that was put into making and marketing this grand adventure, the end result is disappointing. While the animation is…

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

ERIC DARNELL, TOM McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   USA, 2008.  DreamWorks Animation, Pacific Data Images.  Screenplay by Etan Cohen, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath.  Produced by Mireille Soria, Mark Swift.  Music by Heitor Pereira, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Kendal Cronkhite.  Film Editing by Mark A. Hester, H. Lee Peterson. Picking up where the last film left off, our former…

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Madagascar (2005)

ERIC DARNELL, TOM McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2005.  DreamWorks Animation, DreamWorks, Pacific Data Images.  Screenplay by Mark Burton, Billy Frolick, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath.  Produced by Mireille Soria.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Kendal Cronkhite.  Film Editing by Clare De Chenu, Mark A. Hester, H. Lee Peterson. Online Film Critics Awards 2005.   Adorable family…

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Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron

BB.5 (out of 5) Beautifully animated but emotionally dull adventure film about the experiences of a horse living on the brink of modernized America. Enjoying his life as a wild mustang on the plains of the uninhabited west, the horse of the title is captured by lawmen who put him into service for the U.S….

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