Warner Bros. will make its new animated feature film “SCOOB!” available for both Premium Video On Demand (PVOD) and for premium digital ownership in Australia and New Zealand from today, providing high-quality family entertainment in the home just in time for school holidays.
“We know ‘SCOOB!’ has been highly anticipated in Australia and New Zealand, so we’re pleased we can deliver this action-packed movie for families to experience at home during the school holidays,” said Joel Pearlman, CEO of Roadshow Films.
“SCOOB!” will be available to premiere at home for a 48-hour rental via Premium Video On Demand or premium digital ownership beginning on Wednesday, July 1. The title will be available on participating digital platforms.
A fully animated, full-length Scooby-Doo action adventure for the whole family, “SCOOB!” reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global “dogpocalypse,” the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.
“SCOOB!” features an all-star ensemble cast led by Will Forte, two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell, and Frank Welker.
The film was directed by Warner Bros. animation stalwartTony Cervone, an Annie Award nominee for the feature film “Space Jam,” two-time Emmy nominee for his work on “Duck Dodgers” and one of the creators of the popular Scooby-Doo series “Mystery Incorporated.” It was produced by Pam Coats and Allison Abbate. Adam Sztykiel, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Jesse Ehrman, Dan Povenmire, and Chris Columbus served as executive producers. The “SCOOB!” screenplay was by Adam Sztykiel and Jack C. Donaldson & Derek Elliott and Matt Lieberman, story by Matt Lieberman and Eyal Podell & Jonathon E. Stewart, based on characters created by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Cervone’s creative team included editors Ryan Folsey and Vanara Taing, and composer Tom Holkenborg.
A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, “SCOOB!” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and by Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand.
Summary: A deadly threat from Earth’s history reappears, and a hunt for a lost artifact takes place between Autobots and Decepticons, while Optimus Prime encounters his creator in space.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 21st June 2017
Australian DVD Release Date: 4th October 2017
Country: United States, China, Canada
Director: Michael Bay
Screenwriter: Matt Holloway,Art Marcum, Ken Nolan, Akiva Goldsman (story)
Cast: Erik Adahl (Bumblebee voice)), Daniel Adegboyega (Saebert), Gil Birmingham (Chief Sherman), Steve Buscemi (Daytrader voice)), Santiago Cabrera (Santos), Jerrod Carmichael (Jimmy), Jim Carter (Cogman voice)), Gemma Chan (Quintessa), Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime (voice)), John DiMaggio (Nitro Zeus/Crosshairs voice)), Josh Duhamel (Colonel William Lennox),Dino Fazzini (Alden), Marcus Fraser (Gawain),Rebecca Front (Aunt Marie),Liam Garrigan (Arthur),John Goodman (Hound voice)), Minti Gorne (Young Viviane),Laura Haddock (Vivian Wembley), Jess Harnell (Barricade voice)), Richard Hills Jnr. (Cheldric), John Hollingworth (Tristan), Sir Anthony Hopkins (Sir Edmund Barton),Tom Kenny (Wheels voice)), Jason Matthewson (Spenser), Martin McCreadie (Lancelot), Isabela Moner (Izabella), Glenn Morshower (General Morshower), Phoebe Nicholls (Aunt Helen), Allen Phoenix (Luke Reynolds), Jade Quon (Cogman), Trent Seven (Hengist), Omar Sy (Hot Rod voice)), Stanley Tucci (Merlin), John Turturro (Agent Simmons), Mark Wahlberg (Cade Yaeger), Ken Watanabe (Drift voice)), Frank Welker (Megatron voice)), Reno Wilson (Mohawk/Sqweeks voice)), Rob Witcomb (Percival)
Runtime: 154 mins
OUR TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT REVIEWS & RATINGS:
Kyle McGrath’s Transformers: The Last Knight Review:
Despite his negative reputation as a filmmaker I consider myself to be a fan of a lot of Michael Bay’s films. Bad Boys, Pain & Gain, The Rock, 13 Hours and even Armageddon are all films I have enjoyed. He’s drawn the ire of some film fans however with films like Pearl Harbour (which I’ve not seen) and the incredibly popular Transformers franchise.
Transformers The Last Knight is the fifth film in the live action Transformers film series. Continuing on with new series protagonist from the previous film, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), this film sees the good autobots still lumped together with the villainous decepticons and outlawed by mankind in the wake of collateral damage which they seem to have brought to earth. Leader of the autobots, Optimus Prime, upon completing his long journey back to the Transformer’s home planet of Cybertron is captured by a new enemy with plans to use him in her plan to destroy earth.
The film proceeds more or less as anyone who has seen any the previous 4 films might expect. Having not fully enjoyed the series up til now I found myself once again disappointed in the development of the story, characters and the comedic relief which still comes off as inappropriate either in timing or in content (although perhaps not quite as bad this time as cutaway shots to dogs humping or John Turturro talking about robot testicles as we saw in the franchise’s second instalment).
The over the top action which Bay and this series are both known for of course returns as well. I must say that the mixing of CGI and live action which has always been impressive still excels if you stop to appreciate the movie on such a technical level.
That is if you can actually keep track of what is going on. I’m not sure if this has something to do with the film having 6 different editors but I felt like I was inside the head of a schizophrenic at times with how the movie is shot, edited and jumps from one plot thread to another.
Something I’ve noticed with the story of each of these films is that every single one of them presents a new revelation on how long Transformers have actually been on earth. They were here building the pyramids, they were the true reason for man walking on the moon, they were here with the dinosaurs and now they were instrumental in the legend of King Arthur. I believe these revelations are to make the audience not think that the world would be a much better place, and avoid periodical catastrophic events killing thousands, if the Transformers would simply leave. Each film needs a new reason for them to be here and after a while they’re starting to pile up on each other and conflict.
On top of that it means every film feels too heavy with exposition as this new reason needs to be explained though in such a way which won’t completely bore the fans who are there for the action. This is where the inappropriate timing of humour comes in as the movie can’t go too long without the equivalent of a pie in the face gag.
Characters both human and robotic are introduced and dropped frequently. Rather than focusing more on key players we’re aquatinted with more supporting characters who don’t appear to serve much of a purpose and disappear from the film before they do. John Turturro & Josh Duhamel both series regulars who were absent from the previous film round out the cast but again don’t do much.
This wouldn’t be too much of an issue but as a result the role of major characters like Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock) seem rushed or are flat out absent from most of the film in the case of Optimus Prime or the leader of the decepticons, Megatron.
Optimus in particular whom I’ve never thought was handled well in any of the films barely makes an appearance til past the halfway mark then 10 minutes later he’s back to making these forced rallying speeches to motivate the troops to go into the final battle when he hasn’t earned the right to take on that leader role.
I think a problem with the Transformers film franchise for a lot of people has been the lack of genuine passion for what was going on. The films are visually stunning and often exhausting to watch as the staggering amount of man hours which have gone into creating them is clear to see. But at the same time they can feel hollow and boring.
When the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action films, themselves produced by Michael Bay, were announced the details of changes to the established ideas of the property caused an uproar. In time this led to the decision to shift gears and so the sequel from the ground up was crafted with die hard fans of TMNT in mind. Familiar villains, heroes, monsters and even the theme song which any fan would know off by heart were included and I believe this made a much more enjoyable film in the process.
The Transformers films have never had this reinvention because they never really needed to being the franchise was always so popular despite negativity from some audiences. This sums up my thoughts on Transformers The Last Knight. If you have enjoyed the franchise up till now then you will definitely enjoy this latest addition. However, unlike with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, I can’t think of a reason to recommend this sequel to anyone who has felt let down by the series up till now.
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Summary: The Smurfs team up with human friends to rescue Smurfette who has been kidnapped by Gargamel as she knows a spell that can turn the evil sorcerer’s newest creation – creatures called the Naughties – into real Smurfs.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 12th September, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Raja Gosnell
Screenwriter: J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Kasey Kirkpatrick, Peyo (characters)
Cast: Fred Armisen (Brainy Smurf (voice)), Hank Azaria (Gargamel), Gary Basaraba (Hefty Smurf (voice)), Alan Cumming (Gutsy Smurf (voice)), Jeff Foxworthy (Handy Smurf (voice)), Brendan Gleeson (Victor), Neil Patrick Harris (Patrick), Genevieve Joly-Provost (Francoise), Tom Kane (Narrator Smurf (voice)), John Kassir (Crazy Smurf (voice)), Jimmy Kimmel (Passive-Aggressive Smurf (voice)), Kevin Lee (Party Planner Smurf (voice)), George Lopez (Grouchy Smurf (voice)), Mario Lopez (Social Smurf (voice)), Jayma Mays (Grace), Joel McCrary (Farmer Smurf (voice)), B.J. Novak (Baker Smurf (voice)), Nancy O’Dell (herself), Shaquielle O’Neal (Smooth Smurf (voice)), John Oliver (Vanity Smurf (voice)), Katy Perry (Smurfette (voice)), Paul Reubens (Jokey Smurf (voice)), Christina Ricci (Vexy (voice)), J.B. Smoove (Hackus (voice)), Kenan Thompson (Greedy Smurf (voice)), Jacob Tremblay (Blue), Frank Welker (Azrael (voice)), Shaun White (Clueless Smurf (voice)), Jonathan Winters (Papa Smurf (voice)), Adam Wylie (Panicky Smurf (voice)), Anton Yelchin (Clumsy Smurf (voice)),
Summary: Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th September, 2012
Australian DVD Release Date: 9th January, 2013
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon
Screenwriter: Noah Baumbach, Eric Darnell
Cast: Cedric The Entertainer (Maurice (voice)), Jessica Chastain (Gia (voice)), Sacha Baron Cohen (Julien (voice)), Bryan Cranston (Vitaly (voice)), Nick Fletcher (Frankie The Dog (voice)), Steve Jones (Jonesy The Dog (voice)), Vinnie Jones (Freddie The Dog (voice)), Frances McDormand (Captain Chantel DuBois (voice)), Tom McGrath (Skipper/First Policeman (voice)), Chris Miller (Kowalski (voice)), Jada Pinkett-Smith (Gloria (voice)), Andy Richter (Mort (voice)), Chris Rock (Marty (voice)), David Schwimmer (Melman (voice)), Martin Short (Stefano (voice)), Ben Stiller (Alex (voice)), Conrad Vernon (Mason/Second Policeman (voice)), Frank Welker (Sonya (voice))
Runtime: 90 mins
Dave Griffiths’s ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ Review:
It’s not often that three films into a franchise that the series seems to be getting stronger, but that is certainly the case with Madagascar because Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted could well be the strongest film in the series… sadly it also seems like it will be the last.
This time around begins with Alex (Ben Stiller – The Watch, Towerheist), Marty (Chris Rock – What To Expect When You’re Expecting, 2 Days In New York), Melman (David Schwimmer – The Iceman, John Carter) and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith – Madagascar 2, TV’S Hawthorne) still trapped in Africa and beginning to believe that they will be stuck there forever as it is clear that the Penguins really aren’t returning for them.
Still believing there is a way back to New York they head to Europe to find the Penguins but in doing so cause a disturbance that leaves the evil Captain Chantal DuBois (Frances McDormand – Moonrise Kingdom, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon) chasing after them, eager to add a lion’s head to her trophy wall. In a bid to escape Chantal and her mad cronies the New York refugees join a circus with the likes of Gia (Jessica Chastain – Lawless, The Dark Fields), Vitaly (Bryan Cranston – Total Recall, Rock Of Ages) and Stefano (Martin Short – Frankenweenie, TV’S The Cat In The Hat Knows A lot About That), but when they lie about their circus experience they are left have to proving themselves.
There is absolutely no weakness with Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted at all. The screenplay works well and captivates the audience from start to finish. Even more importantly the film appeals to both adults and children alike, and despite the fact that there are jokes that are aimed for adults they certainly aren’t anything that is damaging to children.
Credit must also be given to the three directors involved – Eric Darnell (Madagascar 2, Madagascar), Tom McGrath (Megamind) and Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs Alens, Shrek 2) – who for once used the 3D technology to enhance the film and not just as a gimmick. Together these filmmakers go back and visit the original fun that 3D can create, things appearing to be flying at the audience etc while the psychedelic 3D circus that they create is some of the best 3D animation that you are ever likely to see.
The voice cast certainly come to the party as well, the usual cast are fine as always while it seems Frances McDormand really enjoyed the task of playing the ‘baddie’. The clear standouts however were Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator, Hugo) who seems to capture ‘fun’ in his voice like no other as well as Bryan Cranston and Martin Short who seem to enjoy playing around with some thick accents.
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is a sensational animation that needs to be seen on the big screen and in 3D.
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Summary: From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life – with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 25th October, 2012
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Tim Burton
Screenwriter: John August, Tim Burton, Leonard Ripps
Cast: Dee Bradley Baker (Persephone van Helsing/Shelly/Were-Rat/Colossus/Mr. Whiskers/Driver (voice)), Robert Capron (Bob (voice)), Martin Landau (Mr. Rzykruski (voice)), Christopher Lee (Movie Dracula), James Hiroyuki Liao (Toshiaki (voice)), Catharine O’Hara (Mrs. Frankenstein/Weird Girl/Gym Teacher (voice)), Winona Ryder (Elsa Van Helsing (voice)), Atticus Shaffer (Edgar ‘E’ Gore (voice)), Martin Short ((Mr. Frankenstein/Mr. Burgemeister/Nassor (voice)), Melissa Stribling (Movie Mina), Charlie Tahan (Victor Frankenstein (voice)), Frank Welker (Sparky Frankenstein (voice))
Runtime: 87 mins
Dave Griffiths’s ‘Frankenweenie’ Review:
It’s something that fans of director of Tim Burton have never had to go through before… a patch where the legendary filmmaker has actually delivered some fairly ordinary films. Alice In Wondeland was one of the worst films he has ever delivered while Dark Shadows was good but nowhere near as great as the films that have earned Burton the respect of the film making world over his career. So it’s great to see Burton get to the top of his game once again with Frankenweenie.
Frankenweenie follows young Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan – TV’S Blue Bloods & Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) a gifted young student who listens too carefully to his science teacher, Mr. Rzykruski (Martin Landau – Dark Horse, Have A Little Faith) and brings his one true friend, his dog Sparky back to life after he is killed in a tragic accident.
Victor is quick to work out that he needs to keep the revived Sparky a secret from his parents (Catherine O’Hara – TV’S Leslie & Glenn Martin DDS and Martin Short – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, TV’S The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That) but when fellow student Edgar (Atticus Shaffer – TV’S The Middle & Shake It Up) finds out what has happened it is only a matter of time until others including Elsa (Winona Ryder – The Letter, The Iceman), Bob (Robert Capron – Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, The Three Stooges) and Toshiaki (James Hiroyuki Liao – Applebaum, World Invasion: Battle LA) also find out and decide they can try and bring things back to life as well.
Frankenweenie sees Tim Burton return to the type of stop animation that made some of his early movies really stand out. Together with a great script Burton has used the animation of Frankenweenie to really take this film back to the period when it was set… in the 1950s. Throughout the film Burton pays tribute to horror films of the past in such a way that the film becomes a pure joy for any serious film lover to watch.
In fact while Frankenweenie is being promoted as a children’s/family film you would have to argue that this is one animated films that adults are going to love, even the script allows for some adult humor that will go right over the heads of all the kids in the audience.
The other part of Frankenweenie that makes this such a memorable film is the amount of work that the animators have put into each character. While some resemble characters from horror films of the past others are so strange and hilarious that you’ll end up laughing as soon as they appear on screen.
Frankeweenie sees Tim Burton return to his usual brilliance and you certainly won’t be disappointed.