Artemis Fowl is a science fiction adventure film based on the book series by Eoin Colfer an is directed by Kenneth Branaugh. It stars Ferdia Shaw as the titular character as well as Lara McDonnell, Nonso Anozie, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nikesh Patel, Colin Farrell and Judi Dench.
I admit that I’ve never read the books, I was aware of them based on the title but my review will have to be based on what I’ve seen here.
Onward is the latest animated feature from Pixar directed by Dan Scanlon and features the voice talents of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez and Kyle Bornheimer.
The Mandalorian is an eight episode sci-fi series created by Jon Favreau and streamed on Disney+. Set in the Star Wars universe five years after Return of the Jedi it stars Pedro Pascal as the Mandalorian bounty hunter. As well as Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, Taika Waititi, Emily Swallow, Werner Herzog and Giancarlo Esposito.
Happy Halloween everyone! Before we begin the next analysis I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Gargoyles just celebrated it’s 25th anniversary, just last week in fact. Which would make it the Silver Anniversary if I recall correctly. Anyway…
Last time on Gargoyles.
Xanatos and the gargoyles duked it out. Xanatos in a spiffy new battle armor and the gargoyles with just their dukes.
Oh and Elisa got a new partner, a conspiracy theorist named Matt Bluestone.
Previously on Gargoyles, Brooklyn got his first solo episode and was the new victim of naivete when his trust in Demona was abused and nearly got Goliath permanently brainwashed. Also there was this really cool motorcycle that was blown up.
The episode begins on the docks where Owen is overseeing a shipment of some crates belonging to Xanatos Enterprises. Suddenly a group of men with gas masks appear and start firing gas grenades, and though Owen attempts to stop them they still manage to hijack the truck and make off with the crates much to Owen’s displeasure.
Last time on Gargoyles, we had an episode centered on Lexington as he and Goliath were hunted by a team of TV stars/mercenaries that he and the rest of the Gargoyles had previously idolized. Bringing to mind that old adage, “Never meet your heroes, because heroes are people and people suck.”
For this episode, we start off with the Trio at some old garage where Lex is putting the finishing touches onto a motorcycle to the impatience of Broadway and Brooklyn.
Broadway: Isn’t it finished yet? We’ve been here every night for a week.
Brooklyn: Come on. You’ve ridden one before.
Lexington: You’ve ridden a horse before, could you build one from scratch?
I’d like to tell you a story, once upon a time animation became the biggest commercial for young children in America. The shows were used to sell toys, which in turn would help pay for the animation used in making shows. This paved the way for merchandise-driven cartoons like The Transformers and G.I. Joe; from that same era came Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and from that came a whole lot of imitators. They did everything from sharks to dinosaurs in an attempt to get a piece of the success that TMNT was. The only thing more obvious than the imitation was the blatant commercialization.
This is what makes Gargoyles so unique in its approach, while merchandise did exist for the show.