Genre Archives: Animated

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 [...]

Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York

April 5, 2016
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
Twinkle Toes has her summer all planned out, but after the last day of school, her father tells her that they are going to New York. He has a chance to direct a show on Broadway. This news does not make her happy, because it means she has to leave her friends and her pet rabbit Walter behind. So, [...]

The Nutcracker Sweet

November 3, 2015
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
"The Nutcracker Sweet" is a wonderful animated tale steeped in a world of fantasy and imagination. Marie and Fritz help the Nutcracker break the terrible curse of evil in the land of toys, which is filled with gumdrops, bonbons, and other sweets. The siblings learn to take care of each other as [...]