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Dog’s Movie House: “Kung Fu Panda 4” A Worthy Addition To The Franchise!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here and I’ve always been a fan of the Kung Fu Panda series of films because I’ve always enjoyed their enthusiasm and respect for the classic martial arts movies they’re honoring. Now over the years there has been a little bit of dimishing story quality, but not enough to justify ditching the series. I’m pleased to report that “Kung Fu Panda 4” and its continuing growth of lead character Po (Jack Black) is still a beautifully animated entertaining romp with some great work from its A-List vocal cast!

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Dog’s Movie House: “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” Is A Slight, Yet Fun Take On A Classic Video Game!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here and if you grew up during the eighties and nineties, you probably remember wasting a great deal of time playing Super Mario Bros. on your Nintendo. I know I burned a few brain cells trying to get Italian plumber Mario through the maze of traps and pipes to try and rescue Princess Peach. Around the same time a live action version of the game came out in 1993 that was simply titled “Super Mario Bros.” It was a disaster despite staring such luminaries as John Leguizamo, Bob Hoskins, and Dennis Hopper. Now Illumination Studios and Nintendo have come up with an all-star voice cast and some truly stunning animation to give us “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” an entertaining romp that doesn’t delve to deeply but has enough to keep both adults (especially fans of the game) and the little ones entertained!

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Dog’s Movie House: “House” And “Littlefoot” Solid Offerings For The Kids!

Howdy Folks!  It’s The Kendog with looks at “The House With The Clock In It’s Walls” and “Smallfoot!”       

Jack Black, Cate Blanchette, and Owen Vaccaro fight evil in “The House With A Clock In It’s Walls”



Unless you’re the big bad Disney machine, a lot of times an animated film or a film for kids can get lost amongst the Mouse House’s publicity bulldozer.   Only Illumination studios with their “Despicable Me” juggernaut has been able to really compete.  In terms of quality, these two studios (and in the past, Dreamworks) are the top of the charts.  (I’m not counting Aardman animation and any anime into the mix).  So it’s nice to see Warner Brother’s Animation jumping back into the mix with their hilarious Chuck Jones-inspired “Smallfoot.”  Also oddly pleasing is horror auteur Eli Roth getting into the kid-scaring business with “The House with the Clock in it’s Walls.” Continue reading