Friday, December 25, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: The Peanuts Movie

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THE PEANUTS MOVIE
Written By Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano
Composed By Christophe Beck
Produced By Craig and Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano,
Paul Feig and Michael J. Travers
Edited By Randy Trager
Directed By Steve Martino

Got to see "The Peanuts Movie" with my family a week ago for Christmas and...although I wouldn't call myself a huge fan of the Peanuts franchise, this film managed to surprise me in every way possible.

When it comes to the story, it captures the spirit of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts franchise so amazingly well that I think that even their creator Charles Schulz would even be proud of as the film really knew how to present those little moments in life that feel like personal accomplishments...although I will say that Snoopy's subplot with the Red Baron served no purpose to the main story itself.

When it comes to the animation, it's not only creative but also innovative as the team at Blue Sky really knew how to capture the simple drawings of Charles Schulz' characters and adapt them for a 3-D animated film while also making them still look 2-D-heck, this could probably be considered as a 2.5-D animated film!

And when it comes to the characters, the team at Blue Sky really knew how to capture the characters that we knew and loved as kids and present them in the same way for a new generation from the sincere but honest Charlie Brown to his loyal dog Snoopy. Not only that, but the cast of kids that they got to voice the characters does an amazing job in capturing their personalities.

Overall, "The Peanuts Movie" is a loving tribute to the legacy of Charles Schulz' lovable Peanuts franchise that really feels charming and wholesome on all levels...and for that, it gets a rating of a 9 out of 10 from me.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: Philip To The Rescue

PHILIP TO THE RESCUE
Written By Andrew Brenner

Just finished watching the new episode "Philip To The Rescue" and...did this episode manage to end the Philip Double Feature on a high note? Yes, yes it did.

The story for this episode can easily be described as "a trip down memory lane" as there was so many references to previous episodes like Season 1's "James In A Mess/Dirty Objects" and Season 4's "Bulldog"-heck, even a reference to "The Adventure Begins" from Edward that hit me right in the childhood feels.

When it came ...to the animation, the team at Arc have once again did an outstanding job-especially in the sequence of James arranging his "mega-train" and the damage detail on James after a pretty intense climax and crash sequence which were awesome by the way.

And when it came to the characters, they were all awesome-especially with the pairing of Philip and James for what I like to call a "Show-off Showdown" as James tries to show Philip how much stronger he is in order to show Philip what an engine like himself could really do. Speaking of Philip, I really hope we get to see him in future seasons after these two episodes and that he doesn't end up becoming a one-off character made to sell toys.

Overall, "Philip To The Rescue" is an excellent conclusion to the Philip Double Feature and gets an overall rating of a 10 out of 10 from me.

MLEEP Reviews: The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead

THE LITTLE ENGINE WHO RACED AHEAD
Written By Andrew Brenner

Just finished watching the new episode "The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead" and...as Philip's introductory episode as well as Part 1 of the Philip Double Feature, was it a good one to welcome a new engine to Sodor? Well, I can safely this...yes, yes it was.

When it came to the story, it was a very solid introduction to Philip that was packed with humor that ranged high on the adorability level as well as numerous callbacks to previous episodes and specials like "The Adventure ...Begins" and Season 1's "Percy Runs Away".

When it came to the animation, the team at Arc Productions have done another amazing job as always-especially with the design of Philip, who is based on a Pennsylvania Railroad Class A6 diesel electric box-cab switcher.

And when it came to the characters, they were all great-especially the new engine Philip, since I love his eagerness to please and I can definitely say that I can relate with him on a personal level being someone who tends to let his eagerness get the best of him and do things without thinking.

Overall, "The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead" raced its way to the top to get a rating of a 10 out of 10 from me.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: Best Engine Ever

BEST ENGINE EVER
Written By Andrew Brenner

Just finished watching the new episode "Best Engine Ever" and...for an episode that I was both interested and split on at the same time, this episode exceeded my expectations.

While the story may be Season 11's "Dream On"/Season 16's "Whiff's Wish" all over again and that might turn some fans off because of that, let me be the first to say...that this episode is those two previous episodes done right as I love how they addressed the different styles and uses for locomotives like Emily and Caitlin. Not only that, but I love how they managed to pack in so much within the timespan of an eight minute episode-in fact, I feel that they've done more with this episode than in any other of the series.

When it came to the animation, the team at Arc never ceases to amaze me with the amount of effort that they put in and it really comes into play with things like the damage detail on Caitlin's skirt after a pretty intense climax and Emily's design as a streamlined engine...although I feel that was only done so that Hit Entertainment and Mattel could make profits off of toys.

When it came to the characters, they were all awesome-especially Emily and Caitlin seeing as we've never had an episode with the two of them before and the two work off of each other brilliantly. Not only that, but I love how strong their friendship is throughout this episode-kudos to Teresa Gallagher and Rebecca O'Mara for giving another awesome performance with their characters!

Overall, as cheesy as this sounds, "Best Engine Ever" is one of the best episodes ever and gets a rating of a 10 out of 10 from me

MLEEP Reviews: Reds VS. Blues

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REDS VS. BLUES
Written By Davey Moore

Just finished watching the new episode "Reds VS. Blues" and...for an episode that a lot of fans including myself were excited to see ever since we saw the sneak peek on the official "Thomas & Friends" YouTube channel, I'm proud to say that this episode did not disappoint.

When it came to the story, I kept saying to myself that this is what Season 10's "Thomas And The Colours" should've been as the story here is much more fun and uplifting since it doesn't play like a soap opera like "Thomas And The Colors" did because seeing Thomas being sad throughout that episode got old extremely fast. Not only that, but I love the explanation of red and yellow cards in a football game and the humor was excellent with the best joke being Percy's fourth wall break.

When it came to the animation, the team at Arc always does an amazing job and this episode is no exception since I love the design of Dryaw and the football court (great to see the football court back after so long by the way) as well as the montage sequence of Thomas and James racing to collect and deliver their passengers.

When it came to the characters, they were all awesome since I love the competitive rivalry and interactions between Thomas and James as I think their rivalry was done much better here than in "Thomas And The Colors" and the idea of them racing each other to prove which team was the best was a great one in my opinion. Not only that, but I love how they both realized their mistakes and put things right in the end.

Overall, I take "Reds VS. Blues" over "Thomas And The Colors" any day and this episode gets an overall rating of a 10 out of 10.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: Two Wheels Good

TWO WHEELS GOOD
Written By Lee Pressman

Just finished watching the new episode "Two Wheels Good" (special thanks to kaitolovethomas for the upload) and...for an episode that I was unsure about based on its premise, it turned out to be much more entertaining than I expected.
The story may be Season 5's "Lady Hatt's Birthday Party" all over again and it might turn some fans off because of that, but it was handled much better here. Not only that, but I love the humor and how they went through the sets of characters from the tender engines to the vehicles that don't run on rail or road.
When it came to the animation, the team at Arc have done an amazing job once again as they really know how to capture the season of fall with the falling of the leaves and the country lanes look absolutely gorgeous.
When it came to the characters, the biggest surprise of the entire episode in my opinion was...not only did we get a ton of characterization from characters like Mr. Percival and the Duke and Duchess of Boxford, but Lord Callan made his CGI debut ever since twelve seasons ago in Season 7's "Bad Day At Castle Loch"-and I thought the team at Arc said they didn't plan on bringing characters back in Season 19!
Overall, "Two Wheels Good" is not only a fantastic episode...but has also become one of my favorites of Season 19 and gets an overall rating of a 10 out of 10 from me.

MLEEP Reviews: Slow Stephen

SLOW STEPHEN
Written By Helen Farrall

Just finished watching the new episode "Slow Stephen" (special thanks to kaitolovethomas for the upload) and...for an episode that had me split with the return of Stephen in what could've been a rip-off of Season 17's "The Afternoon Tea Express", man did this episode prove this doubter wrong!
The story can easily be described as Season 2's "Better Late Than Never", the special "Calling All Engines!" and Season 17's "The Afternoon Tea Express" combined and that might turn some fans off because of it...but it's done so much better here than in those episodes and it flows so much better too. Not only that, but it's much more action-packed and intense and it actually focused on Stephen being slow instead of him wanting to be fast again.
When it came to the animation, the team at Arc have done another spectacular job as I absolutely adore the fall atmosphere and the sequence of the Sodor Suspension Bridge collapsing. I was really hoping that we'd get to see it fully collapse like in "Calling All Engines!", but...oh well, it was still awesome to see.
When it came to the characters, they were all in top form-especially Stephen, as this episode truly showed that he's not stupid like he was in "The Afternoon Tea Express" and we actually have a reason for him to be willy-nilly and not because the plot needs him to be that way.
Overall, "Slow Stephen" has become one of my favorites of Season 19 and gets an overall rating of a 10 out of 10 from me.

MLEEP Reviews: Helping Hiro

HELPING HIRO
Written By Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler

Just finished watching the new episode "Helping Hiro" (thanks to Yuki48483 for the upload) and...an episode I was excited to see turned out to be a big disappointment.
While the story was heartwarming in showing how close Thomas and Hiro's friendship is, it was way too rushed with how it kept jumping from one thing to another so quickly and had some questionable moments like Hiro not knowing why he's called "Master Of The Railway"...but at least it had a nice callback to "Hero Of The Rails".
When it came to the animation, the team at Arc always does a great job and it shows in this episode as we got two awesome crash sequences and there were so many great little touches added in like the damage detail on Hiro after his accident. And when it came to the characters...while Hiro was in top form, Thomas was way too hyper-maybe he accidentally took on caffeinated coffee instead of water.
Overall, despite its faults, "Helping Hiro" gets a rating of a 6.5 out of 10 from me. Not the worst, but could've been much better.