Home: Sheldon Cooper is Really an Alien!

Hello everybody, for today’s somewhat new show, we have the animated comedy Home.

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DIRECTED: Tim Johnson

STARRING: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin

GENRE: Family, Animation

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, heRihanna-home-film-trailer forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

I don’t normally watch family movies, as they are definitely not in my wheel house, but I had to at least give Home a try for its ridiculous voice acting cast. I mean come on, Jim Parsons, Rihanna, and Steve Martin? I do also want to point out some absolutely decent direction from Tim Johnson and the writing team as they try their best to keep the pacing fluid and on track. They just weren’t able to nail it completely, as that feeling of deja vu was DreamWorks-Animation-HOME-7always there.

It is obvious that there are plenty of other films just like Home, but what can you do? There are only a handful of types of movies you can make under the sun. That feeling of deja vu I mentioned above is the main drawback for Home, as it just didn’t stand out to me like it should have. Let’s just say, there my be no place like home but there are plenty of places like Home. 

PROS:

  • Voice acting variety.
  • Solid directing attempt.
  • Soundtrack.

CONS:

  • Deja vu.
  • Lacks unique elements.
  • Tropes.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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Wakfu: A French Anime?

Hello everybody! On this week’s anime club we have a French anime called Wakfu.Preview

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STARRING: Juls De Jongh, Jessica Bell, Ross Grant, Kier Stewart, Hugo Chandor, Arthur Bostrom

DIRECTOR: Ankama Animation

NO. OF EPISODES: 26 episodes

GENRE: Fantasy

YEAR: 2008-

COUNTRY: France

These games take place in the same world, called, “The World of Twelve”, named for the 12 gods that rule over the world. Though they’re set in the same world, Wakfu takes place approximately 1,000 years after the Dofus. Both games are strategy style combat games, with anime-style cartoon graphics, around a dozen classes to choose from, and a large and unique world to explore. But we’re not focusing on Dofus here, or even the game of Wakfu, which preceded the cartoon, no, the animated series is what I want to talk about briefly.

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Wakfu is a fantastic anime, and out of France nonetheless. I really liked the animation style, as it was designed by a Japanese animation studio yet was childish and stayed true to the overall tone of the show. The characters have unique personalities, allowing for me to cheer on each individual character in my own way. Not to completely gloss over everything, but the back story was actually interesting too. The French know what they are doing. I can’t wait for season two to be released in English so I can have more to compare.

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I watched both the English dub and the French original, and I have to say that while the English dub isn’t horrible, it doesn’t come close to the original French recording. The animation actually reminds me quite a bit of Avatar: The Last Airbender. What do you make of the story? I thought there were plenty of filler episodes that were not necessary. Also, there were a few characters introduced in the latter half that should have received more screen time. What can you do?

 

PROS:

  • Interesting back story.
  • Interesting characters.
  • Fluid animation.

CONS:

  • English dub could have been done better.
  • Some characters should develop more.
  • More screen time for those characters.

SCORE: 7.0 / 10

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ADHD Presents: Axe Cop

DISCLAIMER: Hello everybody! This month we are taking a different approach for our weekly Wednesday posts. Anime Club will be temporarily postponed (Consider it a Season 2, mainly just so I can catch up on my list of shows to watch) and for the month of July we will be taking a look at Fox’s Animation Domination High-Def shows. This week we have Axe Cop.

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STARRING: Nick Offerman, Ken Marino, Rob Huebel, Megan Mullally, Patton Oswalt, Tyler, The Creator

CREATED BY: Malachai Nicolle, Ethan Nicolle

GENRE: Action, Comedy

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

Axe Cop was the invention of 5 year old storyteller Malachai Nicolle, whose 29 year old comic book creator and artist older brother Ethan made into a popular webcomic. Nick Offerman provides the voice of Axe Cop, a man who, if the opening credit voiceover is to be believed, came to be “at the scene of ‘The Fire,'” when “The Cop” found “the perfect axe.” There is a season four of Arrested Development amount of exposition that drives the humor — the characters continually have to explain this random universe the show lives in where dragons are a mode of transportation; hyrbids named Army Chihuahua and Grey Diamond need to explain their etymologies; bad dudes like Dr. Poo Poo need to thoroughly go over their evil master plan; Axe Cop has to discuss the constant developments of said plans — it all drives home the conceit that a child is in charge of the storytelling, but it’s a joke that gets old fairly quickly. (Fortunately, there is a distinct beginning, middle, and end to the stories, so there was a limit made presumably to Malachai’s influence.) The superheroic Axe Cop is based on a popular Web comic by brothers Ethan and Malachai Nicolle; it first appeared in 2010, when Ethan, who draws the pictures, was 29, and Malachai, who makes up the stories, was 5. The comic, which moves with dizzying dispatch, is a wonderful thing, a serious translation of a child’s mind through the practiced hand of an adult. There is very little irony involved in the presentation. Some of this quality survives into the Fox cartoon, though there is an extra layer of adult knowingness interposed, which dissipates the magic of the original and makes one question the source of any idea or line of dialogue. (A low-budget YouTube version, which minimally animates the comic frames, better preserves its flavor.)

There is nothing wrong with Axe Cop, but it’s a bit unfortunate that all of the attention between the two shows is focused on it — its first two episodes play simply like a Saturday morning cartoon that adults would enjoy if they happened to be watching it. This makes all the sense in the world when you know the back story.

The first episode, in which Axe Cop (played with more than a hint of Ron Swanson by Nick Offerman) and his sidekick Flute Cop (Ken Marino), help Bat Warthog Man find his missing friends, does more or less follow one of the Nicolles’ existing comics. But interpolated lines like “This jump leads to space and that’s really high” or (of a villain), “He’s asleep because it’s past his bedtime,” are an adult’s impression of a child’s voice. And a line like “All right, bro, we don’t have time for your back story” is just grown-ups talking to grown-ups.

PROS:

  • Animation.
  • Plot Structure.
  • Decent amount of laughs.

CONS:

  • Plays more like a Saturday morning cartoon.
  • Personally not a fan of the voice cast.
  • All Nick Offerman dialogue sounds like Ron Swanson.
  • Disappointing dialogue.

SCORE: 6.5 / 10

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