Genre Archives: Animated

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 [...]

Dinotrux: Season 1

Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
The first season of the animated series "Dinotrux" includes episodes 1 through 10. Dinotrux are robotic-type mechanical machines that look like dinosaurs. In the opening song, they "crush it, smash it, move it, lift it." Each episode features a life lesson, like not being a bully, facing your [...]

Chuggington: Delivery Dash at the Docks

February 23, 2016
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
The Chuggington series is always fun and includes life lessons that every little conductor can learn. The gang is back in this charming collection of episodes, which teaches the preschoolers in your family about being a good friend, helping others in need, working together, being patient and paying [...]

Capture The Flag

March 1, 2016
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
"Capture the Flag" is imaginative and visually appealing. The plot involves astronaut Scott Goldwing, his father and former astronaut, Frank, and Scott's son, 12-year-old Mike. Scott and his father Frank have not spoken to each other in years, and Mike doesn't understand why. All he knows is that [...]

Local Sugar (Manuscript)

Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
To the author: "Local Sugar" is a delightful manuscript! I would love to see this made into an animated special or possibly a CGI special-effects film. The characters are delightful and distinctly good and evil, such as Mary Lou, the mouse, and the dastardly Rowley, the frog, who wants to take her [...]

The Good Dinosaur

November 25, 2015
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
"The Good Dinosaur" will make the family laugh! Several kids, who were in the audience when I screened the film, laughed out loud several times. In one scene, a crawling, small boy named "Spot," who resembles a miniature caveman, peed behind a rock, and the kids laughed a lot on that one. But don't [...]

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

November 6, 2015
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
"The Peanuts Movie" is a delightful and charming film that the whole family can enjoy. It is clever, funny, and remains true to the original characters created by the late Charles Schulz. Right from the start, when Schroeder plays the 20th Century Fox fanfare on his piano, you know you are in for a [...]

Owlegories: The Sun, The Seed, and The Water – Vol. 1

October 20, 2015
Dove "Faith-Friendly" For All Ages
"Owlegories: The Sun, The Seed, and The Water" is a wonderful DVD -- a "gospel-centered animated series for kids," as described in the opening sequence. It features delightful music and characters, such as Violet, Gus, Joey, Twitch, Nora and the Professor. This first volume features three episodes, [...]


February 16, 2016
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
"Hatched" is a cute film about chicks learning how to fly, along with their alien friend named Magic. Three young chickens are determined to fly so that they can save the farm and their friends from the alien vulture. The only one the vulture wants is Magic, who helps them with their flying [...]