“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”
Are you a fan of Star Wars and want to dive more into its world and characters? Then Star Wars: The Clone Wars is for you. The T.V. show and movie follows the characters from the prequel trilogy — including Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter), Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) and Yoda (Tom Kane). Joined by new characters Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) and Captain Rex (Dee Bradley Baker), they all work together to battle the Separtist Alliance. Besides serving as a gap between Episodes II and III of the Skywalker Saga, ‘The Clone Wars’ explores many themes like the ethics of war and discrimination. Not to mention ‘The Clone Wars’ explores a side of the force never seen in Star Wars before. Another thing about it is it’s entirely CGI. While att the beginning, the animation isn’t too great, it gets a lot better as it goes on. If you enjoy this, you might enjoy the new ‘Bad Batch’ spin-off series that’s coming out in 2021.
Based on the Louis Sachar novel of the same name, the film follows Stanley Yelnats (Shia Labeouf) as he is sent to a reform camp called Camp Greenlake after being accused of stealing a pair of shoes. In many shows and movies that focus on kids, especially Disney ones, kids are sometimes portrayed in an unrealistic manner. They either act like a goody two-shoes or try to act like bullies that come across as live-action cartoon characters. In ‘Holes’, the kids act like real kids. They have flaws, they make fun of each other and they have emotional conversations. They almost feel like real kids, and you’re able to identify with them. If you’re a fan of coming-of-age stories, this is highly recommended.
“The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”
Based on the Marvel Comics team, this animated show follows the titrual team including heroes such as Iron Man (Eric Loomis), Captain America (Brian Bloom), Hawkeye (Chris Cox) and Black Panther (James C. Manthis III). One positive thing about this show is, like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it likes to set things up in advance — such as characters, arcs and story events, making you want to keep watching to find out what will happen next. Another thing to say about this show is the action. It’s very intense and well-animated. If you’re a fan of Marvel, this show might be for you.
The first complete, CGI feature-length film follows a cowboy doll named Woody (Tom Hanks). Woody is well-beloved by the other toys and is declared as Andy’s favorite toy. This all changes when on Andy’s birthday, Andy gets a new toy - a space ranger named Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) - which makes Woody jealous. There are many positive notes about the movie. For example, there’s the animation, which may seem dated now, but was very impressive for the time. Then, there are the characters which have great chemistry and comedic timing with each other; including Woody and Buzz with the former acting like a jealous little brat and the latter being a pretentious showoff. Then, there’s Hamm (John Ratznenberg) and Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), who constantly rift at each other. If you're a fan of Pixar or want to try to get into it, this is a must-see.
This film follows treasure hunter Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) who believes there is a map to buried treasure on the back of the Declaration of Independence. If you think the premise of the film sounds crazy, you’re not alone. One of the best parts of the film is that it acknowledges how silly that sounds and embraces it. Another thing is as silly as the story sounds, you get invested. Every time they find a new clue, you want to know what it leads to. If you are a fan of adventure films and Nicolas Cage, you might like this film.