The Tuesday, Feb. 24, new DVD releases include top-notch animated offerings for young an old.
Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams have managed to find a perfect balance of story and visuals. The characters — from the spunky Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez ) to the enthusiastic Fred (T.J. Miller ) — mix well together and come across as separate parts of one persona.
From the blending of the architecture of Tokyo and San Francisco (to create San Fransokyo ) to the collision of traditional animation with anime, the film is “manga-nificent.”
Jason Bateman is reduced to being the straight man as he tries to give this cockamamie plot some meaning. Even an actor as good as Bateman can’t help a story that only works in the most absurd of conditions.
Even Jennifer Aniston’s sex-obsessed character is more pathetic than funny. It’s lucky she has all that “Friends” money as this may bring her career to a stop.
This kind of asinine offering is just the result of an uninspired effort to milk a few dollars out of the good feelings generated by the original movie.
This is a fun tale that includes some strong tunes.
The adventure features a special appearance by Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore, who reprises her role from Disney’s “Tangled.” John Michael Higgins voices the self-appointed leader of an all-dragon a cappella group, and Oliver Platt speaks for Enchancia’s oldest-living dragon, Everburn.
Also new on DVD Feb. 24