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Toy Story of Terror! (2013) October 31, 2013

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2013 #93a

The Toy Story toys go through a terrifying time.

Make Mine Marvel (One-Shots) September 16, 2013

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As last Monday I reviewed the latest Marvel movie, let’s this week turn our attention to the latest Marvel shorts…

2013 #75a: The Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot’s pilot?

2013 #75b: 15 minutes that are better than the entirety of Captain America.

Room on the Broom (2012) January 22, 2013

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2012 #94a

An adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s book, shown on BBC One this Christmas. I thought it was charming and fun.

#62a: Dirty Laundry (2012) January 13, 2013

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It’s just a guy doing his laundry… except that guy is Marvel’s Punisher…

Marvel One-Shots September 12, 2012

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The Avengers (aka Avengers Assemble) will soon make its DVD & Blu-ray debut, both here and in the US, and with it comes the third in Marvel’s series of in-universe short films, Item 47.

So now seemed as good a time as any to share my thoughts on the first two: The Consultant and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer.

#50a: Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation (2011) August 10, 2012

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Rounding off animation week, and in honour of the fact that Toy Story 3 comes to Sky Movies Premiere today (and continues until Thursday 16h August), here’s my review of the first Toy Story Toons short…

#85a: Catwoman (2011) March 11, 2012

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aka DC Showcase: Catwoman

Lauren Montgomery | 15 mins | Blu-ray | 1.78:1 | USA / English | 12

CatwomanIncluded on releases of Batman: Year One, Catwoman is an action-orientated short starring Catwoman (obviously) chasing down gangster Rough Cut because two of his goons tried to shoot a puddytat. OK, there’s more to her motivation than that, but that’d spoil the ending.

Being a short it has a brief plot, especially as Montgomery seems to have decided to make it all about the action, be that a car chase, a punch-up, or a striptease — of which there are two. But this is PG-13-ish animation, so don’t fret, it’s all cleavage and conveniently draped hair. That said, such gratuitousness could just add fuel to the fire of those who objected to DC’s controversial portrayal of Catwoman in her New 52 title the other month. This emphasis works well for a short — the plot is slight because there’s no time to develop it, there’s not much dialogue, just a visual feast of fluid fighting.

The quality of the action sequences outweigh anything seen in the main Year One feature. They’re original, exciting and very fluidly animated. The titular womanApparently Montgomery is known in fan circles for liking a bit of violence and trying to add it to the action in DCU films she’s worked on, and that’s in evidence here too. It gives it an edge, I think.

If you like a bit of animated action, this is a satisfying and well-staged piece.

4 out of 5

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