Curious George: Royal Monkey

Writers: Dan Wicksman, Nuria Wicksman, Elana Lesser, Cliff Ruby, Joe Stillman

Producers: Deirdre Brenner, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, David Kirschner, Jon Shapiro

Director : Doug Murphy

Voice Director: Wes Gleason

Date: September 10, 2019

Synopsis: “George switches places with a royal monkey.”

I never expected another Curious George movie after 4 years. At least we got a good one. Let’s talk about it.

This movie has George and Ted getting ready to meet the royal family of Simiana, those being King Gustavo, his daughter Princess Isabel, the king’s right hand woman Ana, and the royal monkey Philippe . They’re dropping off a royal artifact at the museum. Things go wrong, and in the chaos, George and Philippe end up switching places. Now Ted has to deal with Philippe, thinking he’s George, while George has to help the royal family with Isabel’s coronation, since they think he’s Philippe. Here is the ultimate message of the movie:

“No lifestyle is easy. Make adjustments in order to make things better, but don’t go too far.” Here are the most notable characters that get this across well .

George and Ted: The dynamic that George and Ted have is well done. The beginning shows George being a bit messy, what with playing around with his food, and accidentally getting him dirty. However, it’s also made clear he never meant to do any of that . He’s just trying to get Ted to relax a bit and wants to show his support. We see that he can be a well behaved monkey when properly motivated, most notably when Ted promises that they’ll go to the Castle Land amusement park if behaves at the museum. Of course, his curiosity gets the better of him when he sees Philippe, thinking he’s his double. This also shows Ted’s more reasonable side, as he’s slightly annoyed with George, but is only really mad when the king chooses not to donate the artifact because of George’s behavior . Even with that, he simply tries teaching him good manners, and when he seemingly snubs him (not knowing its Philippe), he’s saddened. It gives a good idea of their dynamic with George being mischievous yet good natured, and capable of being well mannered, and Ted just wanting a well behaved monkey that’s still happy. There’s a great sense of care between them.

Philippe: Now let’s talk about Philippe. He’s shown to be very prim and proper, yet also somewhat smug and spoiled. He’s very no nonsense and while not bad, is incapable of forming attachments to others, merely just do what he’s told. Notably, he doesn’t express any sadness at not being with the royal family. Plus, he’s rather dismissive to Ted, just following the rules on good behavior, but not spending time with him. He does start to warm up when seeing how he was willing to get George back home.

Princess Isabel: What can I say about Princess Isabel? She’s very likable and endearing. She does seem shy and is fairly insecure, but underneath is a fun loving and emphatic girl. She adores fun things like music, monkeys, and racing derbies. However, she feels she won’t be able to do all this because of her coronation and her father’s strict rules. We see she does consider the opinions of both George (Philippe from their perspective) and her father . While they do go off for horseback riding , it’s also made clear it’s just for being less stressed. When they accidentally embarrass him on tv, he’s disappointed in them, and she’s clearly sad. Though she asks for some time away from George, she’s also not mad at him. She can also control herself even if she wants some fun.

King Gustavo: Her father King Gustavo is also quite likable. He’s very stern and is very insistent on making sure Isabel is a proper princess. We see more to his character though . One scene has him playing with model boats when talking to George. This foreshadows his backstory. When he was younger, he accidentally embarrassed himself while playing the tuba, and was laughed at. He’s hard on Isabel since he doesn’t want her to be humiliated like he was.

Ana : Even Ana , the king’s assistant, stands out . She’s something of the king’s yesman, making sure everything he says turns out well. However, she also tries to make sure Isabel is still happy, showcasing self aware behavior. This balancing act makes her prone to fumbling, making her surprisingly endearing.

So, how does this movie end? Well, Ted apologizes to George, and Isabel sees the video where her father was embarrassed. Philippe also becomes nicer. Isabel then tells her father about the video, and when the mayor reveals she won the derby, he’s doubly proud, especially when everyone praises them.

This movie is essentially a kids fantasy come to life, and its magnificent. I definitely recommend checking it out.

Here is the cast for the movie.

Frank Welker as Curious George, Philippe

Jeff Bennett as Ted Shackleford/The Man In The Yellow Hat , Butler, Announcer

Daniela Bobadilla as Princess Isabel

Philip Anthony Rodriguez as King Gustavo

Eliza Jane Schneider as Ana, Fruit Cart Lady

Ed O’Ross as Ivan The Doorman, Firefighter

Adrienne C. Moore as Doris

Mick Wingert as Mayor, Nature Show Narrator, Worker

Brendan Hunt as Guard 1, News Anchor , Head Servant

Kari Wahlgren as Guard 2, Jester, Director

Dee Bradley Baker as El Fuego, Fernando

Additional Voices : Kimberly Bailey, Oscar Camacho, Elizabeth Daily, Terri Douglas , Juan Pope, Matthew Wood

The Rocketeer Bomb

Hello there. This is SofiaBlythe2014. The Rocketeer is a pretty dark graphic novel , as is the movie, at least from what I heard given how I haven’t looked at either. Making a Disney Junior series from the concept is a little strange, but I like the premise of a young girl, Kit Secord, becoming the titular hero. This series comes from the brilliant mind of Nicole Dubuc, whose 41st birthday was last month. Let’s talk about the first few  episodes that aired.


1. First Flight

Writer: Nicole Dubuc

Directors: Carin Anne Anderson & Paul DeMeyer

Date: November 8, 2019

Synopsis: “Kit gets the Rocketeer’s jetpack.”

Our first episode sets things up nicely. It involves a young girl named Kit Secord celebrating her seventh birthday in her hometown Hughsville. She dreams of one day going to flight school. She then gets a mysterious package containing The Rocketeer’s helmet and jetpack. She’s ecstatic, but struggles to try it on. Of course, things take a turn for the worse when her father Dave Secord almost crashes during an air show. This episode sets up the main message of the series nicely, in how you have to do what’s necessary to be a hero. Kit really sells this episode, as do her interactions with others. She’s shown to be an ambitious and imaginative young girl, and since she looks up to The Rocketeer, wants to be a hero. She’s shown to have a bit of an impulsive streak, particularly with how she assumes her mother’s secret birthday gift is flight school lessons and goes right into rocket mode even when not fully trained. Her behavior is balanced out by a strong sense of justice and a support system. Particularly, her Grandpa Ambrose knows she’s right for being The Rocketeer, but feels this isn’t the right time due to how she almost hurt herself when crashing. Her best friend Tesh is on the opposite end, being more openly supportive and making any gadgets he can to help her out. Anyway, the climax involves her steadying her father’s plane as he falls and using gum to temporarily fix something broken so he can land safely. It’s a pretty intense action scene. Grandpa then fixes up The Rocketeer suit so it can fit her better, and they decide she should train more to be a hero. This is pretty solid.

2. Pilot Error

Writer: Nicole Dubuc

Director: Carin Anne Anderson

Date: November 8, 2019

Synopsis: “Kit has a hard time training.”

The two words used to describe this episode are “fun” and “relatable”. Let’s see why. This episode has Kit training with Tesh and her grandpa (since they’re the only ones who know she’s The Rocketeer), but she struggles a bit. Kit then runs into a pair of sisters named Laura and Harley, who are planning to rob a jewelry store using a fishing rod and grandpa’s vacuum. She goes out to stop them with some of Tesh’s new gadgets, but they’re not in sync with each other, and let them get away. This episode has a nice simple message on being able to communicate with each other. Kit and Tesh play off of each other well. Tesh makes Kit some gadgets to help her out, but she leaves before being properly being taught how to use them. As such, they initially struggle to stop the thieves. It helps fit what we know about them, with Kit acting before she thinks, and Tesh, though supportive, not upfront enough with what to do. We also see from the other side of things how not communicating properly can hinder you. Harley is the one who does all the planning while Laura does more of the heavy lifting, but the former is so strict and the latter so ditzy and carefree that they struggle to steal the diamonds. Eventually, Tesh explains more about his gadgets so that Kit can use them better, and they capture the thieves. It’s a nice present wrapped in a bow.

3. Skyway Robbery

Writer: Nicole Dubuc

Director: Paul DeMeyer

Date: November 8, 2019

Synopsis: “Kit must stop Sylvester Slapdash.”

It’s time to take off and soar to new heights. This episode starts with Kit saving Richard’s cat, and Tesh thought it was recorded on the camera he installed in her helmet, but it bugged out. We later see a costumed villain named Sylvester Slapdash attempt to rob money from the local café (where Kit’s mother Sareena works) by disguising himself as the bank manager. Kit tries to stop him, but he (unaware of her identity) steals her rocket from grandpa’s garage to get away with the money. This episode gives a nice message on how being a hero is about how you act for others, not what you wear. Kit definitely helps make this work, though let’s rewind a bit. As mentioned, Tesh keeps trying to fix her nano-cam in the helmet, but it keeps glitching out. He eventually keeps trying, and gets good footage of him robbing the garage. This ties into Kit’s character, where she feels she can’t really be a hero without the suit. It fits her character with how she goes for what can be seen as the easiest solution. She’s then told that the Rocketeer suit doesn’t make her. She makes the suit. As for Sylvester Slapdash, he is hilarious. He’s hammy and over the top, with a clear love of performing, but he’s also shown to be quite impulsive, yet unlike Kit, he’s very unwilling to listen to others, particularly his pet named Lilith. As for the climax, they confront him thanks to Kit using Butch to sniff his trail, and he gets away, but since he doesn’t know how to control the jetpack, he crashes into a hay bale, and they get the money back. That is awesome.

4. A Doggone Adventure

Writer: Brian Hohlfeld

Director: Paul DeMeyer

Date: November 8, 2019

Synopsis: “Kit and Butch must rescue Honey .”

Here’s a doggone fun day. This episode involves a visit from a rich woman named Mrs. Snootsmith, who comes for her monthly plane tuning. Her dog Honey hits it off with Butch (Kit’s dog) , but she’s not that fond of him. We then see Laura and Harley attempting to get the diamonds off of Honey’s collar, but this eventually results in her and Butch being put in the back of their truck and trapped in a cabin. Now they have to be rescued. This episode is about how being a friend with someone else is about doing something great that involves being yourself. I really like Butch here. He’s shown to be very loyal, especially towards other dogs. However, he’s also a bit dense and hyperactive, though he’s no idiot. What makes the conflict work is how, while distraught on Mrs. Snootsmith, he’s just more focused on being there for Honey. To her credit, Honey does at least like Butch and likes hanging with him. It’s just she essentially has to listen to what her owner has to say. How does Butch ultimately get her approval? He manages to free them while they’re locked, and get Laura and Harley into the ski lift. Kit (still keeping her identity a secret) then says how The Rocketeer also mentioned Butch saving the day, and Mrs. Snootsmith allows them to hang out more when she visits. It’s a nice ending.

And those are the first few episodes. I definitely see potential with the series.

Here is the cast.

Kitana Turnbull as Kit Secord

Callan Farris as Tesh

Frank Welker as Grandpa Ambrose, Butch, Herman, Lillith

Kathy Najimy as Sareena Secord , Lunching Lady

Billy Campbell as Dave Secord, The Rocketeer (news reel footage)

Maria Bamford as Laura

Kari Wahlgren as Harley, Mrs. Snootsmith

Eric Bauza as Alfonso, Announcer, Parachuter

Jeff Bennett as Old Time Announcer, Franklin

Mark L. Taylor as Farmer McGinty, Mr. Stefan

Marianne Muellerleile as Lucille

Maurice LaMarche as Sylvester Slapdash

Robbie Daymond as Officer Crowfoot

Nicole Dubuc as Honey

Julian Edwards as Richard

Scooby Doo: Return To Zombie Island Review

Writer: Jeremy Adams 
Producers: Jim Krieg, Amy McKenna, Rick Morales, Sam Register 
Directors: Cecelia Aranovich Hamilton & Ethan Spaulding 
Voice Director: Wes Gleason 
July 21, 2019 (San Diego Comic Con)
September 3, 2019 (Digital release) (Walmart DVD release )
October 1, 2019 (wide DVD release)
Synopsis : “The gang returns to Zombie Island .”
On September 13, 1969, Scooby Doo: Where Are You premiered, and won over many people with its more fun, light hearted take on mystery solving . Now we celebrate 50 years of Scooby Doo with an interesting movie to say the least. Let’s talk about it. This movie involves the gang winning an all expenses paid vacation to Moonstar Island courtesy of Elvira, though it’s actually on Moonscar Island . While Shaggy and Scooby are excited , the other gang members still have the drive to solve mysteries. Things get worse when they encounter a group of zombies who are insistent on finding Morgan Moonscar’s treasure , and they get sucked back into mystery solving. Now they have to figure out what’s going on.
I guess I should address the elephant in the room. This isn’t a direct sequel to Scooby Doo On Zombie Island. It’s instead more of an in name only sequel that just uses the movie for nostalgic purposes. I can imagine many people wouldn’t like the movie in that regard. How’s the movie on it’s own though? If you look at it as a regular Scooby movie, then it’s pretty good. The main message of the movie is about how you can’t always avoid trouble, so you can at least embrace it and work it through with your friends. Let me go through some of the most notable characters. 
Shaggy and Scooby : One thing the movie does well is with how Shaggy and Scooby are written. They’re very insistent on not solving any mysteries since they just want to get away from it all. While there’s a sense of stubbornness, there’s also a good heart underneath. They just want to be able to spend time with their friends, and when seeing them miserable, cancels the promise they made to not solve mysteries. Plus, as much as they don’t like the scare, they do like the excitement.
Fred, Daphne, and Velma: The rest of the gang is in top form. While they do have the drive to solve mysteries , they also try to go out of the way to not solve mysteries. This helps show how much they care for them. In particular, even when cornered by “real” zombies , they still try to keep the promise for them. They’re definitely very good friends even with their tendencies to deliver justice.
Alan Smithee : Of the characters introduced in this movie, Alan Smithee stands out the most. He’s a movie director who orchestrated everything in the first half of the movie. He lured the gang with a vacation with Elvira’s help, and had his crew dress up as zombies in order to get them to play the part in his movie. Yeah, the guy definitely has his screws loose, even burning the boat at one point to finish the movie ,  but he still has a great respect for the gang given that he lets them help with the movie and the mystery. Plus, he didn’t help the actual fake zombies in finding the treasure.
Now let’s talk about the tone and the ending . While there are some dark moments, it’s otherwise the tone of regular Scooby movies. There’s also plenty of references to other Scooby projects. It’s essentially fan pandering , but its at least funny. There’s also some intense action, like the car chase.  As for the ending , let’s discuss. The fake zombies not from the movie crew are actually the ferryman and two locals. However, the gang saw 4 cat creatures, and only 3 were involved in the scheme, meaning a real monster on the loose. The gang then realizes mystery solving is in their blood, and tell the sheriff (The same one from Scooby Doo And The Curse Of The 13th Ghost) that they have the drive to solve mysteries. He then just asks them to be careful.
If someone wants a direct sequel to Scooby Doo On Zombie Island, then this won’t exactly be satisfying. As a regular Scooby movie for the 50th anniversary, it’s really good, and worth a watch. 
Here is the cast for the movie.
Frank Welker as Scooby Doo, Fred Jones 
Grey DeLisle Griffin as Daphne Blake , Mrs. Withers,  Customer
Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers 
Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley 
Janell Cox as Cat Person, Sister Withers
David Herman as Jack, Sheriff
John Michael Higgins as Alan Smithee
Dave B. Mitchell as Driver, Ferry Captain
Cassandra Peterson as Elvira
Roger Rose as Lead Cat Person, Narrator 
Travis Willingham as Seaver, Customer 

TOTS Bomb (6-22-2019)

Hey everyone. This is SofiaBlythe2014. Last week, a new Disney Junior show came out called TOTS (Tiny Ones Transport Service). It’s a show about Pip the penguin and Freddy the flamingo, the first non-penguin delivery team at TOTS, where they deliver baby animals to families . It’s the creation of Travis Braun, whose works include Vampirina, Goldie And Bear, Puppy Dog Pals, and Muppet Babies 2018. He’s also the youngest creator of a Disney Junior show, being 29 years old. I see some real potential here. Today we look at the first few episodes that aired.

1. You‘ve Gotta Be Kitten Me

Writer: Travis Braun

Directors: Victor Cook & Chris Gilligan

Date : June 14, 2019

Synopsis: “Pip and Freddy deliver Keke, a kitten who believes they’re her parents.”

Our first episode is simple, yet effective. It involves Pip and Freddy’s first day as Junior Fliers at TOTS. Their first assignment is to deliver a kitten named Keke to her parents before the timer on the baby bottle runs out . However, she becomes so attached to them that she thinks they’re her parents. This episode does a great job establishing the basic premise of the series giving a good message in being gentle, yet firm when letting go. Let’s talk about the dynamic between Pip and Freddy. They’re both shown to be very excitable about their first day on the job, though they differ in their approaches. Pip is shown to be rather mindful, being more focused on trying to get her home. While not objecting to this, Freddy definitely takes more of his sweet time in admiring how cute she is. They’re both in top form since Pip is never too strict while Freddy is slightly scatterbrained, but no dummy. So, where does the love angle come in? When they were going out, Captain Beakman gave them encouragement to do well even after they were late on their first day. KC The Koala is shown having a dance party with the babies in the nursery in order to tire them out . She then helps them out by using one to tire Kiki out so she’ll sleep, and they can effortlessly bring her home. It’s really nice.

2. Whale, Hello There

Writer: Travis Braun

Directors: Victor Cook & Chris Gilligan

Date : June 14, 2019

Synopsis: “Pip and Freddy compete in a fly off to deliver Wyatt the baby whale.”

Time to muster up some extra strength for this next episode. This episode involves the delivery of Wyatt, the 5000 pound baby whale. Captain Beakman then suggests a flying contest, where the one who can figure out how to carry him gets to bring him to his family. Everyone tries, but they can’t carry him. This episode takes a simple “work together” moral and makes it work here . The three candidates that they’re competing against are Ava, Bodhi, and JP, who all work here. Ava is shown as headstrong and determined, but she’s not much in the way of strategy, and thus can’t think of how to pull him. Bodhi does have the heart , but he’s a bit too meek, and as such, can’t pull him. JP is seen as the best flyer, but because he’s more about looking good, he incorrectly channels his strength, and can’t pull him. When Pip and Freddy work together, they at least get him to move even if they trip up. This comes in handy with the ending. When they combine their strength together, even JP, they get him to his family safely. It works pretty well.

3. Panda Excess

Writers: Travis Braun & Amy Keating Rogers

Directors: Victor Cook & Chris Gilligan

Date : June 14, 2019

Synopsis: “Pip and Freddy must deliver an adorable panda named Precious.”

You ever wanted to see a platonic, toned down version of “Secret Cupet”? This episode is definitely for you. This episode involves Pip and Freddy delivering a baby panda named Precious. KC warns them not to open her crate since she’s so insanely adorable that they’ll fall under her “Adorable Spell” gaze and be unable to focus on the mission. Freddy opens up her crate anyway, and becomes enamored with her. Pip and KC try to deliver her, but they fall for her cute looks. This episode has this moral: “Don’t let your desires take you over. Realize what’s most important.”. Everyone is in top form here. Freddy may fall for her charms easily, but it works here. He’s shown to have a bit of a control issue due to how he has a somewhat silly, uncontrolled demeanor. To his credit, his initial actions are just simply because of curiosity, and not rebellion. He’s actually shown to be full of heart due to wanting to keep her safe. Pip and KC are also great. They have far greater focus and yet also fall for her charms, but that’s from trying too hard, and thus letting their guard down . Freddy manages to snap out of the affection by seeing a picture of families with their babies, realizing how important it is to get the babies to their families. He shows the picture to Pip and KC, and they turn back to normal. They then deliver Precious to her family, making everyone happy.

4. A Stinky Situation

Writer: Guy Toubes

Directors: Victor Cook & Chris Gilligan

Date : June 14, 2019

Synopsis: “Pip and Freddy must deal with Scooter, a skunk with a bad smell.”

Here are two words to describe this episode, “empathy” and “mind”. Why is that the case? Let’s talk about it. This episode has Pip and Freddy watching Scooter the skunk since he’s not meant to be delivered until the end of the day. This proves to be a problem due to his strong , stinky odor, and he thinks no one wants to play with him. They try making him smell clean, but still no luck. This episode gives a very profound moral on knowing how to approach kids where you still come across as friendly. The dynamic the boys have with Scooter really sells it. You can just feel that they don’t want to be seen as bad friends. They actively try to befriend him, but have yet to work with a baby who’s caused this much consistent trouble. You can also feel bad for Scooter. All he wants to do is play with others and be a good friend. It also helps that some of the trouble he causes is more out of curiosity gone wrong. Things get better in the second half though. They run into Mr. Woodbird , who had a special helmet that blocks smell. They then decide to use the helmets to play with him, making him happy . The Skunk family he’s delivered to has other baby skunks, meaning he’ll always have a playmate. That’s really sweet.

5. Cheetah Chase

Writer: Travis Braun

Directors: Victor Cook & Chris Gilligan

Date : June 21, 2019

Synopsis: “A cheetah gets loose in the nursery.”

Here’s an episode that will get you revved up, and then napping afterwards, in the right way. This episode has a baby cheetah named Chase who can’t to to sleep since he wants to play. Pip and Freddy decide to play with him to tire him out, but they unfortunately choose tag, which plays to Chase’s speed as he keeps running everywhere . They have to get him to calm down so he can see his family. This episode gives this interesting little moral: “Be able to control your child by knowing how to spread your message of compassion.”. Pip and Freddy do their best to get him to calm down in their own way. The former is very mindful while the latter is playful. They mess up , but it works here. There’s certainly the intent to take care of him, but the messing up works due to their unfamiliarity with the physiology of a cheetah. Plus, you can tell that Chase isn’t being malicious with them. He has a lot of energy, and isn’t fully developed when it comes to common sense. The caring moral was set up at the beginning, where KC was shown serenading other baby animals to sleep with a lullaby that she and the boys did. They then sing this lullaby over the announcement system, and he falls asleep. It’s nice and sweet.

6. Training Daze

Writer: Rick Suvalle

Directors: Victor Cook & Chris Gilligan

Date : June 21, 2019

Synopsis: “A field trip takes place.”

Like the characters, let’s go on a trip in order to see what makes this good. This episode takes place on a school field trip, with JP showing around three stork kids (Zed , Jed , and Red). They have to follow whoever has a red flag. However , said flag is stuck on Pip and Freddy , and they follow them as they’re trying to deliver five ducklings to their parents. They decide to roll with it, and show them how to deliver a baby. However, they have difficulty on how to do so “the right way”. I do like the moral of the episode: “There’s no one right way to teach kids how to do something.”. Using Pip, Freddy, and JP for this message works well. While definitely egotistical, he does have legitimate knowledge on how to make a good delivery. His main flaw is how he thinks only storms make good delivery birds. This is where Pip and Freddy come in. They initially struggle in trying to make a good first impression, particularly in how they end up in a frozen lake. This shows that, while not rebels, they’re better with more unconventional deliveries. They make more progress when initially following Pip’s own map, and later on when Freddy gets the ducks to calm down by being personal and rocking them. They then report back to Captain Beakman, who praises them for their efforts. It’s really nice.

This show is definitely one I’ll keep watching.

Here is the cast.

Jet Jurgensmeyer as Pip The Penguin , Scooter’s siblings

Christian J. Simon as Freddy The Flamingo

Megan Hilty as KC The Koala , Scooter’s mother

Vanessa Williams as Captain Beakman

Amari McKoy as Keke The Kitten, Precious The Panda

Remy Edgerly as Wyatt The Whale , Zed

Melanie Minichino as Ava The Speedy Stork , Keke’s mother

Parvesh Cheena as Bodhi The Big Stork

Henri Lubatti as Jean Pierre The French Stork, Scooter’s father

Dee Bradley Baker as Paulie The Parrot , Precious’ father

Eric Bauza Mr. Woodbird, Chase’s father

Boone Nelson as Scooter The Skunk

Tara Strong as Precious’ mother, Adorable Meter

Nick Fisher as Chase The Cheetah

Hadley Gannaway as Red

Julian Edwards as Jed

Batman Vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Writer: Marly Halpern Graser

Producers: Ben Jones, Sam Register, Chris Viscardi, Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan

Director: Jake Castorena

Voice Director: Wes Gleason


March 31, 2019 (Wonder Con)

May 14, 2019 (Digital)

June 4, 2019 (DVD)

Synopsis : “Batman teams up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to stop the Shredder and Ra’s Al Ghul.”

So, let’s talk about Batman Vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, based on the 2015 comic book of the same name. The idea of a crossover between the two franchises is definitely unusual , mostly due to Warner Brothers and Nickelodeon having never really collaborated on anything before. Then again, life can throw great surprises at you, and this is definitely one of them. Let’s talk about the movie.

The plot involves the Ninja Turtles coming to Gotham City in order to find out who Shredder’s new ally is, and stop them. Batman is also on a mission, to find out why ninjas took this advanced generator that could potentially help the city. It turns out that Shredder is working with Ra’s Al Ghul. The Shredder wants to use the Lazarus Pit to make himself immortal while Ra’s Al Ghul wants to use Mutagen to turn all of Gotham, particularly the villains, into mutant hybrids , in order to rule it. Batman, Batgirl, and Robin must work with the Ninja Turtles to stop them.

First off, let me point out that this movie is dark. While not full on gorn, it definitely has quite a bit of PG-13 content that would not fly on regular Nickelodeon. The mutations and gore are pretty messed up, particularly Cobra Joker and Hyena Harley. It does not distract from the ultimate message of the movie on putting aside your own differences and ego to work together. Let’s explore this through the heroes and villains.

The Bat Family Dynamic With The Ninja Turtles: So, how is the dynamic between team Batman and the Ninja Turtles? It’s very well put together, particularly in how we see the different leadership styles they show.

Batman is shown to be very strict with Batgirl and Robin, particularly in not wanting the former to get too heavily involved so that she doesn’t get into too much danger given what happened at the lab, and doesn’t want the latter to get too fight happy . However, we also see how he is like their surrogate father, particularly with how its implied he’s worked with them for quite some time, and thus shows more wide range concern for them and others. In contrast, he has a much harder time working with the Turtles, particularly in that they’re shown to be very impulsive in trying to stop the bad guys. He does show the most respect for Leo since he’s able to go toe to toe against him the longest, particularly in trying to get through to Leo in order to get him to break free of Scarecrow’s fear gas. As for the Turtles themselves, there’s definitely a sense of brotherhood with them. Leo is the leader , the one who wants to maintain the group hierarchy, and is not cool with Raph being intent in going for a “kill first, ask questions later” approach . However, as a teenager, he’s shown to be just as gung ho at being impulsive when trying to stop them, but its at least a last resort. Besides Leo bonding with Batman, Batgirl and Robin play off of Donnie and Raph well. Batgirl and Donnie bond due to their level headedness and love of science, while Raph and Robin bond due to their hot headed, yet loyal nature. This helps pay off before the climax, where they try to convince Batman to bring the Ninja Turtles with them for the final mission.

The Villain Dynamic With Each Other: The main villains are Shredder and Ra’s Al Ghul. Of the Arkham villains (Joker, Harley, Two Face, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy , and Bane), the former two stand out the most. However, all 4 help get across the message. Shredder actually makes a great foil for Batman while Ra’s Al Ghul makes a great foil to Leo. When Shredder and Batman fight, they’re on roughly equal ground, until the former uses mystical techniques that incapacitate him. This helps show how they’re relatively normal people with advanced combat skills, but Shredder has more ego due to said advantage. It’s due to said ego that he has a hard time working with Ra’s Al Ghul and Penguin, particularly in expecting them to hold up their ends of the deal even when he doesn’t hold up his end . As for Ra’s Al Ghul, he makes a great foil to Leo in that they’re both disciplined warriors, but like Shredder, also has ego, and is very traditionalist in his methods. Joker and Harley , on the other hand , give much better results. While there’s some tension (he initially calls her a nurse instead of a doctor), they’re far more in sync with each other. Notably, they nearly win against Batman when injecting him with Jokerised Mutagen that turns him into a giant bat creature. Yikes!

The Final Thirty Minutes: So, the final 30 minutes of the movie definitely stand out quite a bit. After Batman tells the Ninja Turtles to go home, Batgirl and Robin try to convince him otherwise, and Raph gives a speech on how the “brooding loner” type doesn’t always work out. They then whip up some antidote and take off on their cars, motorcycles, and turtle vans in order to spread it to the other villains. During the fight at Ace Chemicals, Batman nearly gets beaten again by Shredder, but uses some Turtle power (saying Cowabunga as a distraction) to take him down. Leo actually kicks Ra’s Al Ghul in the groin and used his own ancient techniques to take him down. Unlike the villains, they’re far more willing to think outside the box and use unorthodox methods. The movie then ends with the Bat Family eating pizza with the Ninja Turtles.

This movie has everything to ask for in a crossover: intense action, plenty of high stakes , a sense of fun, and great characters . I definitely recommend checking this out, and with the stinger, I look forward to more.

Here is the cast for the movie.

Troy Baker as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Joker

Eric Bauza as Leonardo

Darren Criss as Raphael

Kyle Mooney as Michelangelo

Baron Vaughn as Donatello

Rachel Bloom as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl

Ben Giroux as Damian Wayne / Robin

Andrew Kishino as Oroku Saki / Shredder, Foot Clan Ninja

Cas Anvar as Ra’s al Ghul

Tom Kenny as Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin, League Of Assassin Ninja

John DiMaggio as Victor Fries / Mr. Freeze, Penguin Goon, News Reporter

Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy, Automated Voice, Pizza Girl, Woman Breaking Up With Her Girlfriend

Carlos Alazraqui as Bane, Security Guard

Keith Ferguson as Baxter Stockman, Harvey Dent / Two-Face, Scientist

Jim Meskimen as Commissioner James Gordon, Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow

Brian George as Alfred Pennyworth

What The Future Of The Loud House Could Be Like

Hey everyone. This is SofiaBlythe2014. So, the announcement of season 5 of The Loud House and some of the upcoming casting for its spinoff, The Casagrandes, has been met with a lot of praise, but also some criticism. The article mentions how the characters will grow up a bit in season 5, and go through trials and tribulations. There’s also the new bits of information we’ve gotten on The Casagrandes , particularly with things like Ronnie Anne and Bobby’s father. I mentioned in my Some Thoughts On My Mind article from last week that I am open to the idea of season 5 even if ending with season 4 is a better idea. With what’s been described about season 5, I am more onboard with the idea. Some might think the show is selling out at this point, or feel like it’s not the same show anymore, but I disagree. With some time to think about this, here are a few reasons why I think the future of The Loud House , and by extension The Casagrandes, still looks pretty bright. If you still feel like not watching the show anymore, or feel like it’s not as good as it used to be, then that’s fine. You can feel how you feel. If you feel the show does legitimately screw up in certain areas, feel free to talk about it. With that out of the way, let’s begin.

1. The Loud House Is Like Arthur

Although The Loud House has a different target audience and premise than Arthur, they do have some things in common. One major similarity they both have is that they star an Every Man character who, while good in their own right, have much simpler personalities since they’re meant to bounce off of characters with stronger/more eccentric personalities. For example, both Arthur and Lincoln like superheroes and comics, and it’s a major part of their characters, but it’s more pronounced with Buster and Clyde respectively, who have more enhanced personalities. They’re still good characters in their own right. Its just they’re specifically designed to play off of other characters more right from the beginning since both shows are ensemble casts, but it doesn’t deny that they’re fun characters to watch. Why do I bring this up? It’s because of this complaint I heard where it seems Lincoln is being downplayed and less developed in favor of fleshing out the family and supporting cast. I personally disagree. Lincoln is still undoubtedly the main character like Arthur, but they’re purposefully more simple since they’re at their best when they play off of others. Having a simple personality does not meaning having a poorly written personality. It just means you’re looking at someone who’s relatively well put together with some flaws, but those aspects are simply more pronounced in others.

2. The Original Premise Is Still There, But It Evolved

One complaint I’ve heard is about the show essentially abandoning its premise to be more of a typical, slice of life show without anything that makes it distinct. While there’s some validity with this complaint, I disagree. While the show is putting less focus on the premise of one boy living with ten girls, its themes on relationships , being there for each other, and working together, are still major components to this day. One example I can think of is the episode “Driving Ambition”. Lori wants to get a varsity golf scholarship at a prestigious university, and asks her siblings to help her out. This is an episode that utilizes most of the family well while still keeping Lori as the focus due to how they’re helping her out. It still keeps true to what the show is while still branching out, much like how season 5 is described to be. “Cooked” is another good episode that follows this, showing the hardships in running a business with family , but ultimately saying how good it is when you know how to set your limits. So yeah, there’s change, but it’s still recognizable.

3. Continuity And Tone

This is actually the major reason why I decided to do this article in the first place. It all comes down to a video that ::iconpowerloud-girl:: put out back during Christmas. Happy birthday by the way. She referenced some moments of the show becoming more serious due to interviews with the show staff, possibly becoming something like Avatar.

This idea has a mixed reception, with those for it and those against it due to fear of selling out. Here’s the thing though . The Loud House is not Avatar. It’s not an epic tale of war and tragedy with every episode building off each other. It’s a simple, goofy , slice of life show focusing on themes of relationships and working together . Both are good in their own ways, with the former not holding back punches on the realities of war and the latter for making a slice of life feel fantastical yet still reasonably grounded and subversive . The half hour specials manage to show a new side to the series yet still feel like part of the show.

As for continuity, it’s half and half. Some episodes build off of previous episodes, such as “Cooked” building off of “Fridge Too Far” , while others are more self contained and occasionally contradictory. For example, “Job Insecurity” mentions Lynn Loud Sr. being a great IT, yet he’s clueless about technology in “Anti Social”. It does not change the fact that they’re still good episodes.

In regards to tone, one reason why “Room With The Feud” is generally better received than “Brawl In The Family” is because the latter made the characters too stupid or too mean spirited, focusing more on them tearing each other apart, and even with loose continuity, The Sister Fight Protocol is still contrived. The former is more balanced since it focuses on trying to keep them together, greatly downplaying the antagonism. Plus, everyone learns their lesson.

Continuity would only really matter if it directly builds off a previous episode. If it’s for a relatively self contained episode that at least keeps true to the characters, then continuity is less of a priority.

I suppose I should end this section with 2 questions. What drew you to the show? What still draws you to the show?

4. How The Casagrandes Can Be Different From The Main Series: Part 2

I wrote a whole article about how The Casagrandes can stand out from The Loud House , particularly with the new family dynamics, cultural aspect, and differences between city life and rural life. Here are two more ways it could stand out. One is with the intrigue surrounding Ronnie Anne’s father. He’s a physician living and working in Peru . That right there opens up an interesting idea on dealing with family integration. The other is with how Lincoln and Ronnie Anne act as leading protagonists, due to some people thinking she’s not distinct enough as a leading protagonist compared to him. Lincoln is, in his own words, “the man with the plan”, hence why he tends to act cool and laid back, very rarely panicking, though he is prone to being sensitive when pushed enough. While Ronnie Anne has mellowed out into a nicer person, she’s still stubborn, snarky, tomboyish, and not afraid to express her feelings. The whole series can be about her being more willing to open to others.

And that’s all I have. Thanks for reading. Have a good day.

INTERVIEW: Mike Rubiner on producing Nick’s “The Loud House”

How Los Casagrandes Could Succeed

Some Thoughts On My Mind (5-4-2019)

Chris Reccardi Dead At 54

Kyle Carroza, the creator of Mighty Magiswords, mentioned that Chris Reccardi is dead . He was 54. Although no news outlets have reported on this yet, I do trust his word given that he’s worked with people who worked with Chris (notably, Bob Camp and Richard Pursel, who worked with Chris in Ren And Stimpy, and would work with Kyle on Magiswords). Plus, he wants to pay respect to his family, and I remember how June Foray’s death was similarly revealed, first reported by Porky’s voice actor Bob Bergen. Chris’ many works include Ren And Stimpy, Cow And Chicken, Dexter’s Laboratory, SpongeBob Samurai Jack, The Modifyers, The Mighty B, Kick Buttowski, Billy Dilley, and more. He’s also worked on a few theatrical movies like Storks, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, Shrek Forever After, and more. He will be missed.

Justice League Vs The Fatal Five Review

Writers: Eric Carrasco, Jim Krieg, Alan Burnett

Producers: Alan Burnett, Jim Krieg, Sam Liu, Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan, Sam Register, Bruce Timm, Amy McKenna

 Director: Sam Liu

 Voice Director: Wes Gleason


 March 29, 2019 (Wonder Con)

 March 30, 2019 (Digital)

 April 16, 2019 (DVD)

 Synopsis: “The Justice League takes on the Fatal Five.”

 So, what can be said about the 2001 Justice League cartoon, and its successor, Justice League Unlimited? It’s often thought of as the definitive take on the team. Now, 13 years after it ended, we get this movie, Justice League Vs The Fatal Five, which is definitely very ambitious. Let’s talk about it. The movie involves the Fatal Five going after a Green Lantern named Jessica Cruz due to her being to free the Emerald Empress, who wants to use the Emerald Eye Of Ekron to get rid of all superheroes on Earth. The movie also involves Star Boy, who’s from the Legion Of Superheroes in the 31st century, accidentally being sent back to our timeline when trying to stop them, and he has no memory of who he is, and is going crazy. They must work with the Justice League and Miss Martian to stop the Fatal Five. The movie has two major themes to it: overcoming personal trauma, and overcoming personal ego. Let’s go over the major characters that exemplify these themes well.

 Thomas Kallor/Starboy: Let’s start with Thomas Kallor, also known as Star Boy. He’s definitely a very sympathetic character. He’s very impulsive, not great with social cues, and somewhat stubborn, to the point of staying in Arkham Asylum for at least 10 months. However, it’s not without reason. He has schizophrenia, a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. The medicine he normally uses to curb this mental illness is not available in the present day timeline, so you can’t help but want for him to be able to just get out of this current situation.

 Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern: Now let’s talk about Jessica. She once went on a camping trip with two friends, but they ended up coming across some thugs burying a dead body. The thugs shoot her friends dead, and almost get her. She was almost killed, and has been suffering from trauma for at least 3 years, to the point of being afraid to leave her house, and ditching potentially dangerous missions. You just want to give her a hug after this. Despite all of this, and some rudeness, she still has the desire to be a hero. She connects with Thomas due to them both being outsiders, and how they feel they can’t be heroes for others due to their own personal issues. It also helps she’s at least smart enough to know how to act around villains in captivity.

 Miss Martian and Batman: Now we talk about Miss Martian and Batman, in a lighter arc for the movie. The first scene to show their dynamic is when Bloodsport holds a news crew hostage. Miss Martian disguised herself as a reporter and tries confronting him directly, which doesn’t work, and she almost gets them killed, which Batman isn’t happy with. Yeah, he’s essentially the cynical mentor to her impulsive student, but it works. He’s very protective of her, while she’s essentially the well adjusted teen who has to control her impulses. This is shown later in the movie, where she takes more of the initiative to go into Thomas’ mind, and has more priority to make sure no one gets hurt during the end of the second act.

 Emerald Empress and Mano: Most of the Fatal Five are essentially just glorified thugs, but they do have plenty of moments that show off how dangerous they are. The Emerald Empress and Mano stand out in that regard. They’re actually in a relationship with each other given his determination to free her from her prison, and despite some controlling moments, they do genuinely care for each other. He’s the guy who can disintegrate anything that he wants while she’s the one who’s much more upfront yet overconfident in her ambitions. Her plan to extinguish the sun is really insane, but the sync they all have with each other mixed with genuine care makes them really fun to watch.  

Now I should talk about the tone of the movie. While the show is rated TV-Y7, this movie is rated PG-13, which means blood, swearing, and sexual innuendos. It works here not only because it’s spread out, but also because they take the time to show the full consequences of how the cruel world and mental trauma can affect three teenagers, who are not of full maturity.

Now I talk about the ending, which is where things become bittersweet. Thomas sacrifices himself to close up the sun so that it won’t explode, effectively killing himself. What makes this work is that, much like schizophrenia, which can be treated but not cured, Thomas at least managed to die saving others. As for Jessica, she managed to save the League from Emerald Empress’ trap, and manages to help give Thomas the morale to do what he has to even if she doesn’t want him to die. He’s then honored while it’s implied she has company in the form of the other Legion Of Superheroes. Miss Martian is also a Justice League member.

This movie has pretty much everything you can ask for: characters with depth and sympathy, villains that are very dangerous, a lot of slick action, and some very mature themes. This is definitely a good movie.


 Here is the cast for the movie.

 Elyes Gabel as Thomas Kallor / Starboy

 Diane Guerrero as Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern/Limelight

 Kevin Conroy as Batman

Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman

 George Newbern as Superman

 Daniela Bobadilla as Miss Martian

 Kevin Michael Richardson as Mister Terrific, Kilowog, Driver, Store Owner

 Noel Fisher as Brainiac 5

 Peter Jessop as Tharok

 Tom Kenny as Bloodsport, Jessica Cruz’s ring, Salaak, News Reporter

 Matthew Yang King as The Persuader, Arkham Director

 Sumalee Montano as Emerald Empress, Pharmacist, Jessica’s friend, Legion Announcer 

 Philip Anthony Rodriguez as Mano

 Tara Strong as Saturn Girl, Harley, Ivy, Jessica’s Therapist, Weather Girl

 Bruce Timm as Two Face, Validus

Victor And Valentino Bomb

Hey everyone. This is SofiaBlythe2014. Let’s talk about Victor And Valentino, as shown with the description.

“In the small quiet town of Monte Macabre, two total opposite half-brothers , Victor and Valentino, search about the town for adventure and find strange and supernatural happenings with the help of their supernatural grandmother.”

The show is created by Diego Molano, a Mexican-American animator. Let’s look at the 4 episodes that aired last month.

  1. Folk Art Foes


    Writers: Diego Molano, Haley Mancini, Corey Barnes, Leticia Abreu, Ryan Kramer



    March 4, 2019 (app )


    March 30, 2019 (tv)


    Synopsis : “The boys accidentally release HueHue.”


    Our first episode is one that’s simple, yet charming. This episode starts with Valentino asking Victor to get him some flour for their pinatas when they go into grandma’s room of alejebries. She tells them not to break them, or spirits will come out. Victor plays with one anyway and releases HueHue, a spirit fox that likes playing pranks. Victor likes this at first, until his pranks go too far. Now they must stop them. There’s actually a nice double moral on following the rules, and how great tradition can be. The dynamic that Victor and Valentino have is tried and true. Yes, Victor did cause much of the trouble here, but there’s no malice on his part. It’s just him being sneaky and hyperactive. Plus, upon seeing how hurt others can be from the pranks, he shows immediate regret. I also do like how Valentino is proactive in trying to stop things from getting worse rather than just complaining. The traditional aspect comes from how Valentino’s arts and crafts skills with pinatas helps save the day. As for HueHue, I love this guy. He’s very snarky and mischievous, essentially a fox version of the Joker, and that makes him hilarious on top of being threatening. Anyway, they manage to trap him in the alejebrie by tricking him the third time. This is fun and charming. What more can be said?


    Moral: Follow the rules. Tradition can be a great asset.


  2. Dead Ringer


    Writers: Isaac Gonzalez, Diego Molano, Mark Galez, Jon Feria




    March 15, 2019 (app)


    March 30, 2019 (tv)


    Synopsis: “Vic picks another player over Val during a soccer match.”


    It’s time to get physical with some soccer. This episode has Victor not choosing Valentino to be on his soccer team, which crushes him . He decides to assemble his own team, and uses Charlene’s obsidian mirror that she got from her grandfather as a power boost. However , he gets possessed by the spirit of the soccer player Juan, who’s very cocky and arrogant. The moral is pretty simple in how you shouldn’t let competition get the better of you. It’s explored well through our protagonists. Victor was rather snide against Valentino for not picking him to be on the team, but it’s also made clear that it’s just childish rib poking, and not anything malicious. As for Valentino, we do see he has standards since he does initially try to play fair in practice, only to use the mirror when pushed further. Plus, he only gives childish insults while anything malicious is because of Juan. I also like Charlene’s role here. While she does have the artifact that kicks off the conflict, she’s never forceful in trying to let Valentino using it, showing her standards. Plus, she has a creepy cute personality. Juan’s more egotistical and macho persona also makes him entertaining. Anyway, this episode ends with our titular characters tricking Juan into going into a soccer ball, and kicking him back into the mirror. They then apologize, and have a more friendly competition, ending things on a good note.



  3. Brotherly Love


    Writers: Isaac Gonzalez, Carmen Liang, Kayla Carlisle


    Date: March 30, 2019


    Synopsis : “Vic and Val get into another one of their brotherly spats and break Grandma Chata’s plant. ”


    Who knew plants could be so much fun ? Well this show managed to do so. This episode has Victor and Valentino accidentally breaking grandma’s plant, and they can’t go to Luchafest until they get a new one from Don Jalapeno. However, through the insistence of his daughter Xochi, they get a new plant, but they get a forbidden two headed plant that turns into a giant monster that attacks the town even though they weren’t supposed to. The monster can only be defeated through apologies. This episode offers a nice moral on how it’s not good to fight with others, and how it’s better to be more open about showing your caring feelings. Victor and Valentino are essentially like yin and yang here. The former has a big ego given how he shifts blame to the latter. The latter is shown to be a bit of a control freak in how firm he is in telling him not to do anything bad. They are acting immature, but it’s also made clear that it’s all out of personal defense. Anyway, when Valentino ends up being swallowed by the plant, Victor then breaks down and says how he never wants to do anything without his brother, freeing him. They do get grounded in the end for causing this mess, and do bicker a bit, but it’s still lighter than before, making this a nice, bittersweet ending.


    Moral: Fighting gets you nowhere. Don’t be afraid to show you care.


  4. Chata’s Quinta Quinceañera

Writers: Isaac Gonzalez & Chris Allison

Date: March 30, 2019

Synopsis : “Vic and Val prepare for Grandma Chata’s Quinta Quinceañera when they remember that teenager Andres has a pool party at the same time.”


We save the best for last, and fittingly enough , its about a party. This episode involves Grandma’s quince-quata (a quincenara she holds every 15 years ). However, its happening at the same time as a pool party they want to go to. They then use Sal’s magic conch to be in two places at once before he goes to a Juan Lindo concert. The message of the episode highlights the importance of family over status. I should first talk about Grandma Chata. It is definitely odd that she’s having a party usually meant for 15 year old girls, but it works. She wants to have the spirit of the quinceanara alive every 15 years, which involves spending time with family, especially when said family is mocked by Maria Teresa for them supposedly not sticking out for her. You can definitely feel for her when things go wrong at the end. As for Victor and Valentino, they are still in top form. While Victor is more concerned about status, he does at least take initiative and doesn’t hesitate when Valentino is insistent on them trying to be there on time. I also like how the latter is more forthright in his initiative to keep her happy. Anyway, when the party goes to bust, they use the conch to get the singer Juan Lindo to perform at the party, and everyone comes back. It’s a really sweet ending.


The show definitely has potential to be amazing. Lets see where it goes from here.

Here is the cast for the episodes.

Diego Molano as Victor , Reynaldo , Pineapple

Sean Ryan Patterson as Valentino

Laura Patalano as Grandma Chata

Jason Hightower as Don Jalapeno

Tom Kenny as Guillermo

Christian Lanz as HueHue

Montse Hernandez as Quincenara Girl

Max Mittleman as Fernando, Brother

Cristina Milizia as Charlene

Spencer Rothbell as Miguelito

Debi Derryberry as Cacao

Ariana Villavicencio as Rosita

Erica Luttrell as Guillermo’s mom

Frankie Quinonez as Maria Teresa

Cristina Valenzuela/Cristina Vee as Xochi Jalapeno

Dee Bradley Baker as Monster Plant

Jorge Gutierrez as Sal

Xolo Maladruena as Andres

Paco Galvez as Juan Lindo

Additional Voices: Dee Bradley Baker, Paco Galvez, Montse Hernandez, Jason Hightower, Tom Kenny, Erica Luttrell, Cristina Milizia, Max Mittleman, Diego Molano, Laura Patalano, Sean Ryan Patterson, Cristina Valenzuela/Cristina Vee , Ariana Villavicenco