Sunday, June 29, 2008

Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs

The plot of this show sounds like a great comedy in the making. Basically, a rip in space opens up a gateway to another dimension, and a planet sized monster with giant tentacles creeps its way through. The monster is not any kind of “evil, conquer all” type of beast- it’s just lonely! And in ‘the mood’ (you know what mood I mean)!

With all of that hype and promise of hilarity that synopsis brings, you would think that the delivery would be difficult. And it is. The Futurama team did an excellent job filling the shoes however- there was a little left to be desired, but that is to be expected from a TV Show to Movie type of thing… and a cartoon at that.

The main plot does not begin until about 45 minutes into the move though. That is something that you may need to keep in mind when watching this. The monster makes a brief appearance in the first part, and the ‘rip’ is there throughout. But the first 45 minutes or so are almost an entirely different movie. But that does not make it any less hilarious! In fact, it makes it better I think, because there is more of a stage to bring in other elements and sub-plots that are laugh out loud funny (to me anyway). the comedy is the usual Futurama wit, meaning that you may not laugh at first, but when you go back and think about what you just watched, you can not help but chuckle.

All in all: Fantastic and witty.

Stars (out of 5): 4


Friday, June 27, 2008


This movie was Pixar’s best since The Incredibles if you ask me (and that is exactly what you are doing if you are reading this). Lots of the fun, adventure and the usual Disney stuff come out the ears. If you are looking for a good date movie, this would be ideal. However, you must like physical comedy, because for the first part of the movie, there is virtually no dialogue (the robots don’t talk much). The animation is also quite spectacular. It just gets more and more realistic (the robots anyway). There are a few live action people in this one (including Fred Willard, a personal favorite of mine). There is also a strong hint to get off your butt and go do something.

All in all: Good Entertainment.

Stars (out of five): 4