Genre Archives: Animated

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

August 11, 2017

Dove Approved for All Ages

"The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" plays like an old "Tom and Jerry" serial, in that it the film moves like a series of comic tete a tete comebacks. The result makes for a colorful, playful moviegoing experience, and for this particular summer filled action pictures that may not be suitable for [...]

The Emoji Movie

July 28, 2017

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

It takes all kinds of emojis to make the world go 'round. That is one lesson presented in this imaginative and pun-filled movie—that and the fact that one must take risks in order to find what one is truly made of. Gene the Emoji has to do this because he has not been selected to appear on a [...]

Monster Island

September 1, 2016

Dove Approved for All Ages

Here is a cute, coming-of-age animated movie about, well, coming of age—to turn into a monster, that is! Lucas has been protected by his father all these years from the family secret. When the truth comes out, his dad has to explain that he just wanted to keep Lucas safe. But Lucas wants and [...]

Despicable Me 3

June 30, 2017

Dove Approved for All Ages

This movie is packed with academy award winners, and that’s part of what makes it so much fun. Carrell, Wiig and company take us on a joyful, slapstick-charged ride through a story that celebrates family as much as we do. Our favorite villain-turned-anti-villain-agent Gru and his very capable [...]

Cars 3

June 16, 2017

Dove Approved for All Ages

It’s been a while since I heard a theater crowd applaud at the end of the movie. It wasn’t a passionate, emotional applause, but definitely a joyful, grateful appreciation for a positively delightful evening out with the kids. This third installment in the Cars franchise takes us back to the [...]

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

June 2, 2017

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

George and Harold love to laugh. Sure, some of their laughter is ignited by potty humor. Yet when the principal, Principal Krupp, is a tyrant with a sign placed on his desk saying "Hope dies here," then laughter is just the medicine that is needed. Jerome Horwitz Elementary is where the young [...]

Deep

August 25, 2017

Dove Approved for All Ages

"Deep" is a cute animated story about one little octopus named Deep that must find a way to save his grandfather and the creatures of the deep. Along with his friends, Alice, a deep-sea shrimp, Evo, a clumpy angelfish, and a new friend, Maura, an eel, they try to find the great whale, Nathan, to [...]

A Stork’s Journey (Video)

July 4, 2017

Dove Approved for All Ages

"A Stork's Journey" is a thrill ride! The sparrows, storks, owls, and other creatures are a delight and funny. The colors are vivid, and the story is rich. The theme is praiseworthy: a young sparrow, named Richard, raised for a time by storks, wants to travel with them when they migrate to Africa. [...]

Gadget Gang in Outerspace

July 18, 2017

Dove Approved for All Ages

Cute little aliens with help from some Earth kids have to save the galaxy when an evil worm captures the leaders of the space universe. It is a intergalactic experience filled with comedy and fun as the combination of many space movies are intertwined in this animated flick. The entire family will [...]

Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music, Baby!

June 13, 2017

Dove Approved for All Ages

HJ5 is a girl group who does everything together. It seems that no matter how much their manager tries to book a concert for the girls, a problem always arises. Whether it's their performance for an audience that has disappeared at an airshow that has attracted aliens or a parade that is [...]