Animal Farm (1954)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 3/4

 
PROS –
1) The story of a revolution. The story of civilization. The story of the Soviet Union.
2) An animated movie is primarily targetting younger audiences and Halas and Batchelor justified this timeless novel with a stupendous adaptation.

 
CONS –
1) The novel is Orwellian and the ending is supposed to be bleak. The upbeat climax is against the spirit of the novel.

 
QUOTE –
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.

The Lion King (2019)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) It’s a carbon copy of the original with nothing new to offer. Completely avoidable.
2) The “photorealistic” version is, by all standards, inferior to the original.

 
QUOTE –
Simba: My father once told me: protect everything the light touches, if I don’t fight for it who will?

Persepolis (2007)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) This movie is a crash course on the Iranian Revolution
2) Black-and-white animation kept the feel of reading a graphic novel.
3) A great blend of historical facts from one person’s POV.
4) Emotional and funny at the same time.
5) The defiant character of Marjane’s grandmother.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Marjane: I remember I led a peaceful, uneventful life as a little girl. I loved fries with ketchup, Bruce Lee was my hero, I wore Adidas sneakers and had two obsessions: Shaving my legs one day and being the last prophet of the galaxy.

Love, Death & Robots (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) I’ll rate LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS better than Black Mirror and Electric Dreams. The core of any sci-fi story can be explained in a few minutes and we don’t a 90 minutes episode for character development. The short duration of each episode is the biggest asset of the show.
2) Stories from various genres including Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Fantasy, Post-Apocalypse, Absurdism, Cyberpunk, etc.
3) Exceptional animation quality from various studios around the world. Every next episode is a surprise.
4) “Good Hunting” – Exploring the Huli jing mythology in Cyberpunk Hong-Kong
5) “Suits” – Who is the real invader?
6) “Zima Blue” – Absurdist robot.
7) “When the Yogurt Took Over” – A warning for the inevitable economic collapse.
8) Matthew Perryman Jones – Living in the Shadows

 

 
CONS –
1) “Sucker of Souls” – a plain storyline
2) “The Witness” – a mind-fuck story told for a zillionth time now.
3) “Helping Hand” – 127 Hrs in space
4) “Fish Night” – Great animation with a mediocre story

 

 
QUOTE –
“Zima: My search for truth is finished at last.I’m going home.”

Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/4

 

PROS –
1) Batman vs Shredder opening fist fight.
2) Bane ended up breaking his knee trying to do a “Batman: Knightfall” on Donatello.
3) End credits-roll with all Batman/TMNT crossover comic-book covers.

 

CONS –
1) Suitable only for younger audiences.

 

QUOTE –
Joker: Better listen to the bat, turtle boy. Take it from me. One reptile to another.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) An immortal classic novel adapted by Disney with an alternate and happy ending. Adapting a huge novel into a 90 minutes long musical animation is a triumph itself.
2) Frollo’s song “Hellfire“. Through this song, his entire character is summarised.
3) The primary theme of the movie remains racism and immigration.
4) Quality animation, fast screenplay, and apt soundtrack.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Quasimodo: SANCTUARY! SANCTUARY! SANCTUARY!

Justice League vs the Fatal Five (2019)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 0/4

 
PROS –
1) Tharok, Persuader, and Mano – one helluva trio of super-villains

 
CONS –
1) A boring animation movie with Jessica Cruz / Green Lantern in the lead.

 
QUOTE –
Superman: You really kept your cool in a dangerous situation.. But next time, it’s okay to run.