Genre Archives: Animated

Ratchet and Clank

April 29, 2016
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
"Ratchet and Clank" is an animated movie based on a popular video game about Ratchet, who wants to become a Space Ranger but does not have the necessary qualifications. Totally by accident, he finds a rejected army robot, whom he calls Crank, and they team up to save the other Space Rangers from [...]

Monkey King: Hero Is Back

August 9, 2016
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
"Monkey King: Hero is Back" is a story about the Chinese legend of the great sage, the Monkey King. He had great powers. However, when he fought with the other gods, he lost his power when he was imprisoned because he wanted to rule over the other heavenly kings. When a young boy accidentally [...]

Izzie’s Way Home

May 17, 2016
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
This animated tale tells the story of Izzie (whom her father calls Lizbeth), a little fish that has hatched and is bullied by all the other fish in the aquarium. Her father Harold tries to protect her so the human will not take her out of the tank and returned to the ocean, which is what happened [...]

Snowtime

February 19, 2016
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
Over winter break, children sometimes get bored. In this charming story, a group of friends decide to have a snowball fight for the fort that has been built. When Sophie, the new girl in town and the leader of the group on the fort, and Luke, the general of the other team, try to capture the fort, [...]

Zootopia

March 4, 2016
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
"Zootopia" is a delightful family film. It has everything that makes a good movie: great characters, a wonderful theme of going for your dream, and humor with a capital "H"! A rookie bunny cop named Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is determined to succeed as an officer, despite those who [...]

Owlegories – Vol. 2: The Ant, The Fruit, and The Butterfly

January 26, 2016
Dove "Faith-Friendly" For All Ages
"Owlegories: The Ant, The Fruit, and The Butterfly" is the second volume of DVDs based on a wonderful, vividly animated series that focuses on following the teachings of the Bible. As it says at the beginning of the DVD, it is a "gospel-centered animated series for kids." It features young [...]

Kung Fu Panda 3

January 29, 2016
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
"Kung Fu Panda 3" will knock, uh, kick your socks off! There's still a lot of energy and creativity left in the franchise. Speaking of energy, that's what the plot is about in this third installment. A real baddie of a villain named Kai (voiced by J.K. Simmons) is determined to get back to the [...]

The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave

February 2, 2016
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
Littlefoot, Cera, Ducky, Petrie, and Spike are on a new adventure that requires friendship, team work and perseverance to find Littlefoot's dad. They face many dangers in their travels that show the friends that they must stick together as they head through dangerous areas and through a dust storm. [...]

Norm of the North

January 15, 2016
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
"Norm of the North" is a witty animated film that drew some laugh-out-loud moments from the kids in the audience I screened it with. One of these comedic moments featured Norm, the polar bear, in the beginning of the movie dancing and shaking his rear. One of the tourists takes his photo and tells [...]

Purim: The Lot

October 1, 2014
Dove "Faith-Based" Some Content May Be Objectionable
"Purim: The Lot" is an animated film that focuses mainly on the story of Esther, but also features Jewish history of other time periods and includes the story of Samson, the Philistine conqueror. The film also presents footage of the Jews at the wailing wall and mentions their celebration of Purim [...]