Screened Out – Ice Age Collision Course

By : Stephen Miller
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Voices of Ray Romano, Dennis O’Leary, John Leguizamo, Simon Pegg, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Adam DeVine, Neil deGrasse Tyson

It feels as if the makers of Ice Age listened to the early criticism of the franchise: “None of this is realistic!” and “This is scientifically implausible!”

Then they decided that talking animals, friendly saber-tooth tigers, and the lot were all really ridiculous. They went the route of the Looney Tunes shows – making it all ridiculous and funny. They realized they had a comic goldmine in the world-changing rat-thing Scrat, and they ran with it. For five films, now, they have eschewed any logic whatsoever.

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Screened Out – Free Birds

By : Stephen Miller
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Voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, George Takei, Amy Poehler

Ready to talk turkey? There are very few successful animated flicks about Thanksgiving, ones that can find their way to be played ad nauseum on some basement DVD while the adults upstairs watch the parade and football. Free Birds attempts to change all that with a light, breezy, time-travel ‘toon that actually works for the entire family.

That’s not to say this dish is very deep. It’s fun, airy, and “in the vein of many newer cartoons” stuffed full of pop culture references and absurdity. This tale warns us right at the beginning that this isn’t historically accurate; except for the talking turkeys.

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