April 19, 2012 |
** (out of four) Nothing articulates the persistence and struggle of life in the jungle more than a chimpanzee's use of a large rock, which inspires narrator Tim Allen to mention “power tools” and grunt like his “Home Improvement” character Tim Taylor. Naturally, this gets a big rise out of the animals, who were all big Jonathan Taylor Thomas fans. That's a joke, of course, as is the increasing trend of Disneynature films (the terrific “Earth,” dull “Oceans” and decent “African Cats”)
March 4, 2012 |
"Community"will return a little sooner than expected, and it'll be animated. Cast members lent their character voices to three shorts promoting the March 15 return of the comedy to NBC Thursday nights. Titled "Abed's Master Key," the three shorts kick off March 7 on NBC.com and Hulu with Part 1. Parts 2 and 3 appear March 8 and 9 respectively. Written by Dave Seger and Tom Kauffman of the Web series "Ikea Heights," the webisodes run approximately two minutes in length each.
December 11, 2012 |
Non-violent inmates would continue feeding animals and cleaning their cages at the city's Animal Care and Control facility under an agreement advanced by a key City Council committee. The Committee on Budget and Government Operations on Tuesday endorsed the renewal of an agreement between the city and the Cook County Sheriff's Office that would allow 16 detainees at the Cook County Department of Corrections to volunteer for four hours a day for one year at the Animal Care and Control facility at 2741 S. Western Ave. The pilot program started in...
January 11, 2012 |
I didn't see "Napoleon Dynamite" when it hit theaters almost eight years ago and became something of a cult phenom. That's probably a good thing: If the first two episodes of the new animated series ( 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox; 1 star ) based on it are any indication, I would not have sat through it. I understand from friends who loved the movie that it was a sweet, gentle look at a group of misfits. The humor of the movie came out of its honest portrayals. Maybe that's the problem with the animated version: Everything...
May 20, 2013 |
You just knew "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" wasn't going to be the last animated "Star Wars" series from Lucasfilm. On Monday, the company announced it is working on a brand new TV series set to debut in the fall of 2014 on Disney and Disney XD channels. "Star Wars Rebels" will give fans of George Lucas' sci-fi franchise fresh stories before the next live-action film hits theaters in 2015. "Rebels" is set in the two decades between events of the third and fourth films, where the Empire becomes a dominant force in the galaxy, Lucasfilm said in its release.
May 30, 2013 |
When Heather Owen heard about the deadly tornado in Moore, Okla., last week, she decided to do what she could to help. As president of One Tail at a Time, the Chicago-based dog rescue center, that meant raising more than $6,000 in one week, packing a van full of animal supplies and heading to the devastated town to help with animal relief efforts. Owen and four of her colleagues will mainly be volunteering at the Animal Resource Center in Moore. The group will also bring five dogs back to their Chicago center and...