Animated & Children’s Films

  • Indie Movie Review – Emily and the Magical Journey
    I have to admit to feeling a bit like Groucho Marx over this film… “Why, a four-year-old child could understand this report. Run out and find me a four-year-old child. I can’t make head nor tail out of it.” It’s a family film aimed at feisty, imaginative young girls, and ...
  • Indie Movie Review – Attack Of The Demons — it’s animated and it’s horror! Why isn’t this done more?
    I seem to always start off by saying that I’m probably the worst possible person to be writing the review and this is no exception. I’ve said often enough that I’m not one of your rabid horror fans but I’ll usually watch one with minimal prompting. So… ghosts? OK. Vampires? ...
  • Hobbitses – A Tolkien history – Behind the Lord of the Rings in epic fantasy films
      Typical! Wait decades for a film with hobbits in, and six come along at the same time! At least, that’s how it felt. Like many teens of the time, I had my copy of the single volume paperback edition of The Lord Of The Rings, shortly after it was first ...
  • New Movie Review – Mulan (Live action 2020)
    The obvious first step with a look at a film like Mulan is to do a compare and contrast piece with the 1998 animated version. And, obviously, there will be a bit of that but, bottom line, it would be a bit like comparing and contrasting apples and tractor parts… ...
  • Scoob! and the Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe
    Warning: contains spoilers for Scoob! I grew up on the cartoons of Hanna-Barbera.  Before they moved them all to Boomerang, the USA Network used to air them on a show called Cartoon Express.  Every summer, I went to Kings Island theme park where they had live mascots from the cartoons just ...
  • First View Movie Review – Matilda (1996)
    Matilda is the strangest, nastiest kid movie I’ve ever seen. My mother and I were astounded throughout at how grotesque this was, and how unappealing. Not even the cute actress (Mara Wilson) could save this caustic tale. It wasn’t until I saw the credits that this was based on a classic ...
  • Classic Movie Review – The Goonies
    The Goonies ‘r’ good enough for me! Here’s another Amblin Entertainment kid-based movie by Steven Spielberg that still holds up over time. The Goonies (from 1985) is a charming, fun ride featuring pirates, monsters, secret passageways, treasure maps, cunning kids, and more bike chases than E.T. (What is it with Spielberg, kids, ...
  • Movie Review – Artemis Fowl, from a novel novice
    Honestly, I have to ask: What WAS this? I’m told the Artemis Fowl books are top shelf, but the origin film is merely…meh. So I watched the movie with low expectations: usually that means I can walk out feeling somewhat sated. In this case, I was infuriated. How hard could it ...
  • There’s an E.T. sequel and it’s awesome
    I just finished watching E.T. for basically the first time. I only saw it one time in 1982, and 38 years later didn’t remember anything beyond the “Phone Home” shtick. I wrote this grand review about the symbolism in E.T. with a lot of thoughts tending towards the introspective. I ...
  • Classic Movie Review – E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
    What an enchanting film! E.T. The Extra Terrestrial is deservedly among the greats. Steven Spielberg proved he was mighty with the movie-making. Who else can take a goofy premise (suburban boy befriends gentle alien) and make it so compelling? So buoyant and wondrous. It seems like it would be a ...
  • Movie Review – Trolls World Tour (A new movie actually *worth* watching)
    Trolls World Tour is an actual new movie and it’s out there to watch at drive-in theaters across the nation. It’s also “live” here and there in any theaters that manage to be open during the pandemic. And we now have the Peetimes on the RunPee app to help you ...
  • Every Disney Princess Movie Obsessed with Mommy Problems (and 3 that aren’t)
    Disney Princesses obsessed with mothers, missing mothers, and evil step-mothers Star Wars is all about Daddy Issues. Yet Disney has a thing for moms: missing, crazy, obsessed, or just plain evil mother figures. What’s the endless deal with parental problems? Why does this speak to us in this day and age, ...
  • 5 Older Movies We’d Love Remakes Of (And 5 That Are Perfect)
    It is a truth universally acknowledged: a single movie in possession of a large following must be in want of a remake. At least, that’s how Hollywood executives seem to see things! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the real truth is that remakes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. And that’s even ...
  • Top 10 Animated Fantasy Movies
    Pixar’s latest adventure Onward hit cinemas last March 6, and it’s one of the only films still in theaters (at least those that are now open, including many drive-in theaters).  It’s set in a world of mythical creatures such as mermaids, unicorns, gnomes, centaurs, manticores, and elves.  I thought it ...
  • Movie Artemis Fowl Going Straight to Streaming June 12, and Why This Matters
    In a major movie news event, Disney announced they’re sending their summer blockbuster Artemis Fowl straight to streaming, bypassing any theatrical release. They’re skipping cinemas entirely. This is significant. Every other feature initially on Hollywood’s 2020 summer roster has been rescheduled to late Fall — or next year. Or, in ...
  • Top 5 Movie Kids Who Are Smarter Than Adults
    My Spy opens March 13.  In the preview of this comedy adventure, Dave Bautista gets schooled by Chloe Coleman.  He’s not the first person to be outsmarted by a child on the big screen.  In fact, here’s my list of top 5 movie kids who are smarter than adults. 5. Addie ...
  • Movie Review – OnWard
    OnWard is just another average Pixar movie. Average for Pixar; better than most anything else. The trailer reveals the gist of the story, but the central theme is left out. I won’t ruin it for you here by saying what it is, but it has the Pixar magic. What Pixar does consistently– ...
  • Is there anything extra during the end credits of OnWard?
    No, there are not any extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of OnWard. View details and movie information… Please share and help RunPee grow:FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditEmail
  • Movie Review – The Call of the Wild
    Call of the Wild maintains the spirit of the story from the original book — by the same name — while making necessary changes so that this movie version will be more palatable for youngsters. If anyone tried to make this movie perfectly loyal to the original story, no parent would ...
  • Video movie review of Sonic the Hedgehog by a Sonic fan
    Here’s a candid movie review of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie by YouTuber — and Sonic fan — Nick Robinson. Sonic movie review video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HDrfHqJKG8 I’m not a Sonic fan myself, ...
  • Is Mulan A True Story? Answered by a native Chinese
    A Ballad in The 500s China Everyone knows that Mulan is an old Chinese tale. But is it just a story? Or is Mulan real? Having grown up in China, I learned the ballad of Mulan in 7th grade. Just like you, I had wondered if this brave and extraordinary young ...
  • Movie Review: A Star Wars Ewok Adventure – Caravan of Courage
    Because I’m a masochist completist, I decided to watch everything Lucasfilm put out about Star Wars. Even if it sucks. I’ve got the atrocious yet fun Star Wars Holiday Special under my belt, plus The Battle for Endor (just bad bad bad), and now mockumentary Return of the Ewok (terrible ...
  • Is Onward a Pixar film?
    Onward is a Pixar film set in a suburban fantasy world about two brothers, Ian and Barley (voiced Tom Holland and Chris Pratt respectively), on a quest to reunite with their deceased father. Also voicing characters in the movie are Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Laurel Lightfoot, the mother, and Octavia Spencer as ...
  • Top 10 Video Game Themed Movies
    Sonic the Hedgehog is opening February 14.  (How romantic!)  The popular video game character who debuted on the Sega Genesis is finally getting his own movie.  The film’s initial release date was delayed when the filmmakers decided to rework the character’s design after negative backlash from the fans.  Video game ...
  • First View Movie Review: Star Wars – the Battle for Endor
    Because I’m a crazy geek and want to understand all the canon Star Wars material out there, I decided to view all the ‘extra’ shows and movies Lucasfilm created, some of which may or may not be part of the larger narrative. Have you seen The Mandalorian yet? It’s amazing. ...
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