The Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minnie

Still, The Great Circus Mystery is able to carry enough redeeming features to keep it interesting. Playing it alongside others is fun; its soundtrack is filled with great tunes, even if the fact most of them are pretty brief means that they loop a little bit too frequently for their own good; its twelve boss encounters are creative; and its level of difficulty is good although its continue system, which takes players back to the mid-level checkpoint once all lives are lost instead of making them return to the stage’s start, comes off as not sufficiently punishing.

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The Unforgettable Second Fiddle

The element that does lift Finding Dory above the “good” threshold is its heart-wrenching emotional nucleus. Dory is always positive and good-hearted, but the world she often encounters in her search for help is one that is indifferent or that often does not know how to, or care enough to, give a hand to the poor friendly fish that wants to find her home but that has trouble figuring out where it is and how to get there. Any relation to a modern world that is way too self-centered and worried about its own problems to pay attention to those of others, which may be much more urgent and grave, is certainly not a coincidence; and Pixar delivers that message with a light and deft touch.

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Through The Looking-Glass

In the end, though, Zootopia is nothing short of impressive. It gets all compliments usual Disney classics achieve: it is funny, enchanting, visually stunning, highly emotional, universally likable, and fun. At the same time, it is a dot far out of the curve for it shows Disney tackling an animation while being armed with a politically engaged soul. It forces audiences to take a good look at the mirror and analyze themselves, their world, their problems, their minds, and their reasoning. Regardless of whether one happens to see their image reflected on the looking-glass, or to simply identify the damage that certain lines of thought and actions can provoke, Zootopia succeeds because it raises awareness and fosters discussions; it is a movie that is fully aware of the world in which it exists and takes a fair shot at addressing its most important issues. Like little Alice, what we see beyond the mirror – a reflection of our world, is an alluring new perspective of problems we have grown used to; and that is what makes it so overwhelmingly revealing.

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Jurrasic Bungle

Some could argue that The Good Dinosaur is Pixar’s attempt at writing a movie directly aimed at the youngsters, especially following the intricate and overly complicated concepts of Inside Out, but even if it does punctually come off as entertainment built for children, it is of the mediocre kind. Instead of reaching for the likes of Ponyo and My Neighbor Totoro, two works blatantly produced for kids by Studio Ghibli – a company known for crafting mature animation, that are masterpieces; The Good Dinosaur presents all the bad quirks and goofs of a rushed and uninspired DreamWorks product. For any company, such result would be a major disappointment; for Pixar, a towering giant in the world of animation, it is appalling and, ultimately, sad.

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Written In The Stars

It is emotionally poignant, both in terms of joy and sadness; expertly filmed, as many scenes are bound to go down in history as unforgettable pieces of movie-making; finely written, with strong dialogues and interactions popping up all through its running time; accurately acted, given the whole cast is working at the peak of their big capabilities; and relentlessly thrilling, with non-stop action and developments. It is a science-fiction flick as powerful and engaging as it can be. It introduces us to a cast of amazing characters that are bound to work as the central items in a fantastic trilogy that will only add to the franchise’s legacy, and maybe even surpass what was built by the three originals. With stumbles along the way, The Force Awakens sets the table and arranges the pieces to what will likely shape up to be an incredible series of movies.

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Epic Mickey

To sum things up, Epic Mickey is a mixed bag. The creativity and attention to detail that are seen in its visuals and soundtrack are on a far higher level than the craftiness applied to the stages and challenges that keep the game rolling. For a 3-D Mickey game, it is without a doubt better than average, but when compared to top-tier platformers, it fails to impress. Still, anyone who has a love for what Disney has produced through the years will be delighted to know the license was well-used by the game’s developers. Epic Mickey is definitely not the brightest platformer out there, but its interesting concept and unique attitude make up for a nice package.

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Back To Monstrous Basics

For kids, the hilarity of it all comes from seeing Mike and Sully on their younger days; for adults, there is the added delight of recognizing a lot of what they went through on a nicely written animated feature. In the end of it all, the loose and careless environment of a university ends up being the perfect setting for a movie that, while being very important to the company’s rehabilitation, does not have much weight on its back given its prequel status.

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When Worlds Collide

Big Hero 6 is, ultimately, able to capture all traditional elements found in the superhero universe and use them in the building of something rather unique. All pieces are here: a tragic origin story, an unlikely source of power, a weapon of infinite destructive potential, a masked villain of unknown identity and hidden purpose, and plenty of otherworldly action. The added dash given by Disney’s firm grip on everything that is touching and emotional is the extra push that makes that structure soar high enough to make Big Hero 6 yet another gem on the company’s unbelievable string of stellar filmaking. If Big Hero 6 is representative of the Marvel and Disney collaborations we are set to see in the future, then – at least as far as fans are concerned – the Mouse’s investment will pay off quite nicely.

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Pixar’s Flat Tire

Cars with human-like attitudes were, originally, a very difficult concept to pull off, but the first movie did it with some dignity. Here, though, writers are severely limited by the glorified advertisement they need to deliver.

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Ice Cold Ice

We can appreciate and be in awe at the sheer magic that is Frozen and, in turn, we can praise it and preserve it for years to come so that – like all timeless classics – new audiences can discover it even decades after its original release. It is an extremely valuable and entertaining heritage; one that teaches lessons about sisterhood and life without being pedantic, and keeps the wheels of a growing legacy turning. Walt would be proud.

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