Stuck on Christmas

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas is the ultimate combination of Disney and Christmas. Although released direct-to-video, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas has more effort put into it than most Disney sequels made at the time. It’s actually the first feature length Disney movie featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy in decades. If you consider 1 hour & 8 minutes to be feature length. The story is narrated by Kelsey Grammer and split into 3 roughly 20 minute segments that I can only talk about separately.

Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas – The first segment features Donald, but focuses on his nephew’s Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Daisy, Uncle Scrooge, and one off character Aunt Gertie also appear along with a quick cameo from Chip ‘n Dale. It’s my personal favorite story, because I’m a big fan of the trio. “Stuck on Christmas” is about Huey, Dewey, and Louie wishing it was Christmas every day. Similar to a short story of the same name. Since I’m also a big fan of time loops, I enjoyed the boys having fun until they start to go crazy. Like most time loops, the second to last day is mean spirited, but the last day is where they discover the true meaning of Christmas.

A Very Goofy Christmas – The second segment features Goofy, but focuses on his son Max. In terms of the Goof Troop timeline, Max is younger than he was in the show. This story is filled with the kind of goofball charm you could only get from Goofy. He’s a real saint who gives to the less fortunate in his usual slapstick way. “A Very Goofy Christmas” is about Goofy trying to convince Max there’s a Santa Claus after his meddling neighbor Pete says otherwise. Goofy and Max share a special bond that results in the real Santa giving them what they always wanted.

Mickey and Minnie’s Gift of the Magi – The third segment focuses on both Mickey & Minnie. Of course Pluto is always by Mickey’s side and Minnie even gets Figaro from Pinocchio as her companion. Daisy and Pete appear, but they’re not animated exactly the same. “Gift of the Magi” is a more literal adaptation of the famous short story. Mickey & Minnie are such an innocent loving couple that it just fits in the best way. Like the original story, Mickey ends up trading his prized harmonica for Minnie’s present and Minnie trades her precious pocket watch for Mickey’s present. Both gifts are ironic, but given out of love.

In conclusion, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas has been a joy to watch since I was a kid. Ever since I saw it advertised on my Inspector Gadget VHS tape. The animation is refreshingly traditional and the voice cast is top-notch as usual. I suppose it is a little sappy, but sometimes that’s all a Christmas special needs to be. Only the finale brings everyone together as they sing a mashed up version of “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas is a Disney movie filled with Christmas spirit.

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

Donald sees Huey, Dewey, and Louie opening presents

Followed by: Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

Miracles do Happen

One Magic Christmas is the only Disney Christmas movie I’ve never heard of. Seems like it was just too forgettable to become a classic. I only discovered it thanks to a surprisingly short list of theatrical Christmas themed Disney movies. One Magic Christmas is just Disney’s attempt at It’s a Wonderful Life. In one of many Christmas movies with Mary Steenburgen, she plays the grump who’s low on Christmas spirit.

Ginny is a mother with a stressful job, an unemployed husband, and kids who want more than they can afford. Harry Dean Stanton is the ordinary looking angel Gideon tasked with bringing a little magic into their lives. At first One Magic Christmas seemed like just a run of the mill Christmas flick. Then I remembered it was the 80’s. Despite its G rating, the movie blindsided me with a sudden dark turn. A loved one is shot to death and they make you think children drowned in a river.

As if the unfestive looking snow wasn’t enough, they had to get real depressing. Santa & Mrs. Claus show up later on, but Santa’s grey bread and human elves in a drab work shop aren’t very inviting either. By the end, every horrible thing is reversed and Ginny learns to say Merry Christmas again. It’s a Wonderful Life earned that kind of happy ending because its lead was already a likable protagonist who deserved a second chance. One Magic Christmas is just a victim of its overly grim decade.

One Magic Christmas

The North Pole

Santa with a Shotgun

Fatman is a mixed bag. I’m not a big fan of R rated Christmas movies, but Fatman captured my attention the moment I saw the trailer. The trailer seems like just another Mel Gibson action movie. Until he’s revealed to be the one and only Santa Claus. The concept alone was enough to make me laugh, but Fatman is sadly a case of the trailer being better than the movie. Although the trailer makes it feel like a black comedy, those moments are few and far between.

Fatman takes itself very seriously. Mel Gibson is 100% committed to playing a hardened gun-toting Chris Cringle who lost his Christmas spirit. He has the beard and the belly, but this Santa isn’t very jolly. Yet he does genuinely care for the children who lost their way. This version of Mrs. Claus is a black English woman named Ruth who supports Chris through all his troubles. Santa’s Workshop is ran more like a business that has financial problems. Giving Santa no choice but to accept a military contract to build weapons.

As gritty as everything is, Santa’s reindeer are still present and elves are every bit the candy craving pointy eared little people they always are. Most naughty words are reserved for the Skinny Man and it only gets bloody near the end. The main conflict is a particularly naughty kid calling a hitman to off Santa when he gets a lump of coal for Christmas. Walton Goggins tries a lot harder than he needs to and manages to find the humor in this crazy situation. Fatman falls short of being entirely naughty or nice.

Fatman

Chris Cringle takes aim

Three Holiday Romances

Let it Snow is another young adult and/or Christmas movie in Netflix’s already packed library. I haven’t seen any original movies from those genres that Netflix is most known for. My only draw was the ensemble cast of young stars that I’ve seen from a bunch of teen movies and shows. You have Miles Morales, Dora the Explorer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Ned from Spider-Man, Ben from Descendants, ghost girl from Goosebumps, and everyone else. Plus the story reminded me of Snow Day mixed with Love Actually. It’s basically an anthology that I can only talk about separately.

Julie & Stuart – This story is mostly my favorite. It pairs up Isabela Moner and Shameik Moore as Julie and Stuart respectively. Julie deals with getting accepted at Columbia while having a sick mother to care for. Stuart is a famous singer trying to escape his responsibilities. Their love story isn’t overly clichรฉ. Although it is the usual opposites attract relationship. I just felt their chemistry made them a cute, if highly unlikely couple.

Tobin & Angie – This story is probably my second favorite. It pairs up Mitchell Hope and Kiernan Shipka as Tobin and Angie (aka Duke) respectively. Tobin has been in love with his tomboy best friend Duke forever, but she remains clueless. Things get complicated when an overly nice older jock threatens their potential love story and ex-con twins threaten them. Only second favorite since I’m a sucker for the best friends turned couple clichรฉ. This story can just get really cringy at times with how Tobin comes across.

Dorrie, Addie, & Kerry – This story is my least favorite. Mostly because it barely gives you anytime to care about the featured romance. It’s more of a friendship story that pairs Odeya Rush and Liv Hewson as Addie and Dorrie respectively. They’re both obsessed with getting a pig as a present. Except Addie is kind of a bad friend who only cares about her clearly cheating boyfriend. A lot more time is spent on Addie getting life lessons from a far more interesting Joan Cusack as a tin foil snow plower. Kerry played by YouTuber Anna Akana is a cheerleader who Dorrie is in love with. No time is spent on the lesbian love story and it’s about as clichรฉ as they come.

In conclusion, Let it Snow doesn’t really put you in the Christmas spirit. It’s more about snow and the Waffle Town that brings every character together. Thanks to a party thrown by Jacob Batalon’s character Keon. Apparently Let it Snow is based on a book written in part by John Green. After reading the book’s synopsis, I’d probably be a bit more annoyed with how little it matches up. No wonder the movie occasionally feels like Netflix checking off boxes for how to make a teen movie more PC. Let it Snow is harmless cheese, but not a budding Christmas tradition.

Let it Snow

Stuart walks with Julie

๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ’ฉ๐ŸŽฅ

The Emoji Movie is a cinematic embarrassment ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿคฌ. It’s easily the worst animated movie I’ve ever seen ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿ˜ซ. Like literally everyone else, I immediately hated the concept the second I heard about it ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ™„. The Emoji Movie is what you get when Hollywood ๐Ÿ“ฝ๐ŸŽฌ gives up on being creative or original ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ. You end up with blatant product placement ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐ŸŽฎ, a confused tone that outright mocks its demographic ๐Ÿ™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™โ€โ™€๏ธ, slang that was dated on arrival ๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿ’ฏ, and the laziest jokes you could possibly put in a kids movie ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Šโฐ. The ultimate insult was casting Sir Patrick Stewart as literal Poop ๐Ÿ’ฉ. I’m not exactly surprised that Sony Animation is behind the movie ๐ŸŽž. In case it wasn’t obvious by the title ๐Ÿšฉ๐Ÿšฉ๐Ÿšฉ, The Emoji Movie dedicates 86 minutes to text pictures in a smartphone ๐Ÿ“ฒ. Director Tony Leondis ๐Ÿค“ thought he was making the next Toy Story ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿš€, but there’s nothing deep about emojis ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜. The Emoji Movie also tries to be The LEGO Movie ๐Ÿงฑ and Inside Out ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿคข๐Ÿ˜ก in the worst way possible ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿฅฑ.

Textopolis ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒƒ is a generic animated city filled with emojis that express themselves with bad puns ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿช๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ’ฉ. Their teenage user Alex ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿฆฑ is barely relevant to the movie even though him trying to impress a girl ๐Ÿ‘ฉ ties into the conflict ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’Œ. T.J. Miller is normally good in voice roles, but he should never be the lead โš ๏ธ๐Ÿšซ. Gene is a meh emoji ๐Ÿ˜’ who causes the phone to nearly be shutdown just for having too many facial expressions ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ต. Maya Rudolph slums it as the original, yet villainous emoji leader Smiler ๐Ÿ™‚ who sends bots ๐Ÿค–๐Ÿค– to delete him ๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’ฅ. Gene sets out on a clichรฉ adventure teamed up with a horribly unfunny James Corden as Hi-5 โœ‹ and Anna Faris as bland “strong female” love interest hacker Jailbreak ๐Ÿ‘ธ. Jennifer Coolidge and Steven Wright also have a side plot as his overly meh parents ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’. Any attempt at commentary ๐Ÿ’ค is lost in a sea of apps that have little to no bearing on the plot ๐Ÿ‘ฝ. We travel from Facebook to YouTube to Instagram to Spotify to Twitter just because they can ๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿค‘.

Candy Crush ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ is an entire overly long sequence just like the Just Dance ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ app that makes no sense on a phone ๐Ÿค”. Cue cringy Christina Aguilera cameo ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽค. I wish I was making this up, but they actually find a way to make sending an emoji something that saves the day in the end ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ. Though it doesn’t seem like it, The Emoji Movie does have some effort put into it ๐Ÿค. The movie is still made by a major studio ๐ŸŽŸ๐ŸŽฅ, so at least it’s not poorly animated ๐Ÿ–ฅ๐Ÿ“. Emoticons being the elderly is a little clever :):P. Just like a room filled with unused emojis ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿงณ๐ŸŒต. Neither of which excuse the movie being successful at the box office ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ธ. I’ll admit I celebrated the movie’s failure just a little bit ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜†. The baffling teaser and cringy trailer both received thousands of dislikes ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž. The Rotten Tomatoes ๐Ÿ… score was 0% for the longest time ๐Ÿ“ต and The Emoji Movie become the very first animated movie to win a Razzie ๐Ÿ‘… for Worst Picture ๐Ÿ†. It’s not like I don’t use emojis ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘ˆ, but no one was asking for this ๐Ÿšซ. The Emoji Movie is a literal piece of ๐Ÿ’ฉ.

The Emoji Movie

๐Ÿ˜’, ๐Ÿ‘ธ, and โœ‹

Tonight! Tonight!

West Side Story (2021) had the difficult task of remaking a Best Picture winning classic. Somehow it succeeds in becoming one of the better remakes I’ve seen. Of course it helps to have master filmmaker Steven Spielberg at the helm. Believe it or not, despite his often whimsical directing style, Spielberg never made a musical until now. West Side Story was a good ol’ fashioned musical and childhood favorite of his. Since themes of racial tension are timeless, it made sense to reimagine the story. But I was still a little skeptical when the remake was first announced. I had to wait a while to find out since the pandemic pushed it back by a year. Not to mention 20th Century Fox being acquired by Disney. Although it was meant for 2020, 2021 made a lot more sense considering it was the 60th anniversary of the original and Rita Moreno would be turning 90.

Since I’m a fan of the 1961 film, I ended up seeing it in theaters with my brother and mom (who wanted to compare & contrast). West Side Story (2021) lives up to the original by keeping all the songs intact, but makes subtle improvements that even diehard fans can accept. The nearly 3 hour runtime didn’t bother me since I already knew the story. Songs are just as energetic and well choreographed with a few changes made to context, venue, and/or placement. The Romeo & Juliet romance and everything around it plays out exactly the same with no unwanted deviations. The most obvious change is casting entirely hispanic actors as the Puerto Ricans. With the exception of teen heartthrob Ansel Elgort, Corey Stoll, and of course Rita Moreno, most of the cast is generally unknown. Rachel Zegler even makes her film debut as Maria. Another change is making the Upper West Side of New York a construction site for new housing developments.

Talk of discrimination is more open, but not overdone. The remake is grittier without omitting the colorful cinematography of the original. Tony, Maria, Riff, Bernardo, and Anita are still the biggest standouts among the Jets or Sharks. Except Tony is given a criminal past, Maria is quirkier, Riff has clearer motivations, Bernardo is a boxer, and Anita is tougher. The gangs still blur together like the original, but Anybodys and Chino are given more explicit changes. I expected Anybodys to be trans, but Chino’s arc from awkward to killer was the best. All performances are great, but Moreno playing the Puerto Rican owner of Doc’s is an interesting change that the Oscar winner makes work. While it would’ve been nice to see West Side Story (2021) win Best Picture 60 years after the original, Anita actress Ariana DeBose winning Best Supporting Actress just like Moreno is pretty cool too. West Side Story is a pretty, witty, and bright remake.

West Side Story

Maria sees Tony at the dance

Remake of: West Side Story (1961)

Catch Some Waves

Surf’s Up is a most bodacious penguin movie. Since I mostly ignored Open Season, Surf’s Up was the first Sony Animation movie that made me take notice of the studio. Not enough to see it in theaters, but I mostly avoided the 2000’s penguin craze. March of the Penguins led to Happy Feet which led to Surf’s Up. All movies received Oscar attention, but Surf’s Up was only nominated for Best Animated Feature. The movie had the totally radical idea to mix penguins with surfing documentaries.

Making for a one of a kind computer animated mockumentary about penguin surfing. The animation is awesome, but the loose documentary filming style is especially impressive. Since he was big in the 2000’s, Shia LaBeouf voices the surf obsessed Cody Maverick. He’s a rockhopper penguin since their yellow head feathers resemble surfer hair. Like most surfers, Cody has big dreams of getting out of Antarctica and catching some choice waves. A film crew chronicles his journey and a talent scout gives him a shot in a Pen-Gu Island surfing competition.

Most characters fit the traditional surfer roles. The Dude himself Jeff Bridges voices Cody’s longtime idol and quintessential surf guru Big Z. Zooey Deschanel voices his lifeguard crush Lani. James Woods is the scumbag sea otter surf promoter and Mario Cantone is his long-suffering shorebird talent scout. Jon Heder is basically Napoleon Dynamite if he was a surfing rooster named Chicken Joe. Diedrich Bader is basically Rex if he was a beach bully named Tank. Surf’s Up is funny and extreme with a sweet message about living your dreams and having fun while you do it.

Surf's Up

Cody Maverick, Big Z, and Lani catch some waves

007โ€™s Legacy

No Time to Die is the most conclusive Bond film ever made. Since the Daniel Craig era has always attempted to maintain some form of continuity, his final outing was always going to feel like a swan song. No Time to Die is the twenty-fifth film in the long running franchise, and the first released in the turbulent 2020’s. Although the title sounds like an Ian Fleming novel, it’s just as original as the last 2 Bond films. Craig began his tenure as James Bond as far back as 2006.

Despite only making 5 movies, the frustratingly long time between movies made Craig the longest running Bond actor. I honestly didn’t think he would return with his advancing age and issues with the franchise. I was really worried when people started to question Bond’s relevance, dated methods, and other aspects of the character that shouldn’t be changed. No Time to Die started to make uncomfortable changes, but I had to wait awhile to see how much. Since it became the first major 2020 blockbuster pushed back by the Pandemic…

25. No Time to Die

James Bond drives

The Mission: Track kidnapped MI6 scientist and secure deadly bioweapon “Project Heracles”

Gadgets & Vehicles: Aston Martin DB5 (equipped with machine guns, bullet-proof windscreen, explosive jacks, and smoke screen), Folding Glider, EMP Omega Watch

Bond Girls: Madeleine Swann, Nomi, Paloma

Bond Villains: Lyutsifer Safin, Primo, Logan Ash, Valdo Obruchev

Analysis: After 15 years, No Time to Die concludes everything that was established in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre. At least I think it does. I’ve only seen every Bond film once, so there’s no way I’ll remember every little detail in the franchise. Which is why I prefer each Bond film to have their own self-contained narrative. No Time to Die became the second Bond film I saw in theaters after skipping Spectre. Even though it breaks the record for longest Bond film ever made. At a staggering 2 hours & 43 minutes, No Time to Die leaves no stone unturned. I guess it comes with hiring a director like Cary Joji Fukunaga. The movie returns to the basics by placing the classic gun barrel sequence at the beginning, but changes the cold open by not making it about Bond. One of many reasons the film is so long. Along with very lengthy conversations between characters.

It’s great that classic characters like M, Q, or Moneypenny are present, but we don’t need to spend so much time behind the scenes at MI6. I never think about Bill Tanner, but it is neat to see Jeffrey Wright return as Bond’s best friend Felix Leiter. The opening introduces the latest Bond villain Lyutsifer Safin. Oscar winner Rami Malek checks all the boxes as a terrorist with a creepy voice, facial scars hidden beneath a white mask, vague world conquering motivations, and he even compares himself to Bond. His henchman Primo also stands out with a comically large bionic eye. Safin mostly wants revenge on Mr. White for killing his family. That means the return of White’s daughter Dr. Madeleine Swann from Spectre. Lรฉa Seydoux is the only lead Bond girl to appear in successive films. Although I prefer one and done Bond girls, Madeleine is meant to be the one woman Bond falls in love with. Even though he’s still hung up on Vesper Lynd after all these years. Their trust is broken after an awesome car chase in the gadget equipped Aston Martin DB5.

Followed by an opening credits sequence that seems to blend almost every Bond style together. There are colorful dots seen in the Dr. No opening, statues, silhouettes, close up shots of a naked woman, abstract patterns, and even a double helix made of guns. I’m not a big fan of her music, but the 18 year old Billie Eilish does fit the melancholy tone with the song “No Time to Die.” Despite Bond’s obvious depression, Craig does seem to be having fun with more jokes and one-liners. Gadgets are still sparse, but Q does give him an EMP watch. 007 now lives in Fleming’s home country of Jamaica where he’s once again pulled out of retirement. Probably my biggest annoyance is Bond’s almost complete lack of sexual activity. One of his most defining character traits. Ana de Armas is one of the hottest actresses working in Hollywood, but Paloma is only around as a contact.

At least she feels like a classic Bond girl with a sexy dress, foreign accent, CIA combat training, and bubbly personality. Which is more than I can say for Nomi. Lashana Lynch could’ve been a great Bond girl, but everything about the character feels designed to tick off diehard fans. Not because she’s a black woman, but because she’s an agent who takes the 007 code name and taunts Bond with it every chance she gets. I’m sorry, 007 is more than just a number. More time is spent on action that constantly puts Bond in harm’s way. No Time to Die has chilling parallels to 2020 by making a nanobot virus Safin’s master plan. Bond thinks Blofeld is behind everything, but Spectre is wiped out in a matter of minutes. In fact, death is a common theme in the movie. Any line you think the franchise would never cross could happen at any moment. Leaving me with very mixed emotions by the end. I don’t know what the future holds for James Bond, but I hope they respect the fans enough not to change everything that makes the spy endearing. No Time to Die goes out with a bang.

25. No Time to Die

James Bond meets Paloma in a bar

James Bond will return

Love is Blind

A Patch of Blue is the cinematic embodiment of “love is blind.” It’s also the oldest Sidney Poitier movie I’ve seen since his Oscar winning turn in Lilies of the Field. After experiencing so much of his groundbreaking work, my mom recommended A Patch of Blue as the next film. Although Poitier is top-notch as dignified office worker Gordon Ralfe, the movie truly belongs to 22 year old newcomer Elizabeth Hartman. Selina D’Arcey is blind and living a Cinderella type existence with her abusive prostitute mother Rose-Ann and alcoholic grandfather Ole Pa.

Played by the legendary Shelley Winters and Wallace Ford in his fitting final performance. You truly feel for Selina’s struggle, but find hope when she meets her metaphorical Prince Charming in the park. Director Guy Green didn’t need to film the 1965 movie in black & white, but it does fit the racial theme. Gordon is a well spoken black man who teaches the uneducated Selina how to better take care of herself. Their friendship is just as beautiful as the poetic Jerry Goldsmith score that accompanies it.

As their relationship becomes more romantic, reality begins to sink in. Though I am glad they included an early interracial kiss and didn’t lean too heavily on intolerance. Despite the title, I also love that Selina doesn’t see color. A Patch of Blue was nominated for Best Actress, Art Direction, Cinematography, and Music. Winters understandably won Best Supporting Actress since she’s just so unlikeable as the mother. A Patch of Blue is a lovely story that can’t be unseen.

A Patch of Blue

Gordon leads Selina

It’s on in the Amazon

Rio 2 left me feeling very blue. It’s no secret that Blue Sky Animation puts most of its energy into making Ice Age movies. Rio 2 is literally the only non-Ice Age sequel in the companies short history. No wonder it’s one of the worst. While Rio is lively entertainment for all ages, Rio 2 is borderline unwatchable. Most Ice Age sequels are worse, but Rio 2 is just as bad. The entire plot of the first movie is made utterly pointless when it’s discovered a whole flock of blue macaws are living in the Amazon.

Blu can fly now, but he’s dumped on most of the movie for being too domesticated. Jewel is more overbearing and mostly concerned with going back to the wild. Their three children Carla, Tiago, and Bia are a stock rebellious teen, mischievous boy, and smart girl. The entire voice cast returns, but Rafael, Nico, Pedro, and Luiz don’t do much other than tag along. The sequel’s plot is needlessly complicated with several clichรฉ storylines. Blu tries to impress his tough father-in-law Eduardo voiced by Andy Garcia, while singer Bruno Mars voices the other much cooler macaw Roberto who makes him jealous.

Rita Moreno is also wasted as Jewel’s aunt. Nigel is back just to get revenge on Blu for clipping his wings. He teams up with an anteater and Kristin Chenoweth as love sick scenery chewing poison dart frog Gabi. There’s also a South American Idol competition and game of bird football, but the most clichรฉ plotpoint involves evil loggers trying to chop down the rainforest. I completely forgot everything involving Tulio and Linda. The computer animation is vibrant and beautiful, but the music is more grating than fun. Rio 2 killed the party for me.

10. Rio 2

Jewel introduces Roberto to Blu

Preceded by: Rio