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November 17, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) Think about an animal you find cute. Now think about a computer-animated version of that animal rapping LL Cool J's “Mama Said Knock You Out.” Boom: Cuteness eliminated. Escalating the misguided, if-people-like-penguins-and-dancing-then-why-wouldn't-they-like-dancing-penguins logic of “Happy Feet” to new, triply irritating levels, “Happy Feet Two” takes forever to pick its central storyline. OK, the movie's about Emperor penguins synthesizing a variety of pop songs (“Rhythm Nation,” “Sexyback,” “Shake It Fast”)
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August 4, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Today marks the beginning of "Geek Week" on YouTube where the internet channel will be featuring some of the nerdiest content on the web! One of the crown jewels of the channel is an animated version of the "Star Wars Filibuster" done by comedian and uber-geek Patton Oswalt on "Park and Recreation," and rendered by the folks over at The Nerdist Channel:         Follow that with this hilarious parody of "Breaking Bad" as...
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March 21, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Rats, cats, raccoons and bats made the list of animal bites the city's Commission on Animal Care and Control logged during 2011. But the most commonly reported cases of animal bites goes to the dogs. In fact, canines accounted for about 98 percent of just more than 1,830 bites that were reported in 2011. Nearly every day of the year saw at least one report of an animal bite, ranging from small scratches to major injuries that required hospitalization. While the Loop and the Near North Side saw relatively few reports of animal bite incidents in 2011, city data shows a relatively even distribution of reports through...
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July 30, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
While the big announcement at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) was about Superman and Batman finally meeting in the modern live-action era, the question that followed was "when are we getting a Justice League movie?" And while some may think that getting the JLA together on the big screen is a daunting task, the folks over at DC Entertainment's animated movie department have been doing it rather effortlessly. Their latest effort comes in the feature-length "Justice League: The Flash Paradox" which brings all of the DCU's heavy hitters together in an...
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April 19, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (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”)
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March 4, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
"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.
NEWS
December 11, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
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...
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January 11, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
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...
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May 20, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
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.
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May 30, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
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...
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June 21, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
With the popularity of superheroes in comic books and movies, the idea of what actually makes a "hero" is a constant source of debate. In comics, the answer is often made obvious. The "heroes" wear the most colorful costumes. The "villains" are cloaked in a darker, more sinister palette. Heroes are generally motivated by a drive to work for the greater good. Villains work mostly to serve themselves in quests for riches and power. With the distinction between good and evil expressed in those terms, it's obvious that the super hero is a noble soul.
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May 30, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
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 provide them with...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
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.
NEWS
December 11, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
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...
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August 16, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) Eleven-year-old Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) did not ask for the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Why would he? This young horror film fan surely would have seen “The Sixth Sense” and known that Haley Joel Osment doesn't exactly spend that movie with a big smile on his face. The titular hero of the 3-D animated “ParaNorman” spends his adolescence as an outcast in the small town of Blithe Hollow because of a supernatural skill that's been natural to him since birth.
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April 24, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
If you follow pro-wrestling to the fanatical degree that I do, you'll know that there's a lot more out there than just the WWE or even TNA . In addition to Ring of Honor (ROH) and Windy City Pro, you have countless promotions showing up on-line. One of the most notable wrestling promotions that you'll come across on the 'interwebz' is CHIKARA PRO , a fun and funky wrestling organization that fuses the athleticism of the sport with the geekiness of comics and manga. As my fellow geek-in-arms Chris Olmstead describes it:"CHIKARA is a very PG-rated...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
With the popularity of superheroes in comic books and movies, the idea of what actually makes a "hero" is a constant source of debate. In comics, the answer is often made obvious. The "heroes" wear the most colorful costumes. The "villains" are cloaked in a darker, more sinister palette. Heroes are generally motivated by a drive to work for the greater good. Villains work mostly to serve themselves in quests for riches and power. With the distinction between good and evil expressed in those terms, it's obvious that the super hero is a noble soul.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) Eleven-year-old Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) did not ask for the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Why would he? This young horror film fan surely would have seen “The Sixth Sense” and known that Haley Joel Osment doesn't exactly spend that movie with a big smile on his face. The titular hero of the 3-D animated “ParaNorman” spends his adolescence as an outcast in the small town of Blithe Hollow because of a supernatural skill that's been natural to him since birth.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (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”)
NEWS
March 21, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Rats, cats, raccoons and bats made the list of animal bites the city's Commission on Animal Care and Control logged during 2011. But the most commonly reported cases of animal bites goes to the dogs. In fact, canines accounted for about 98 percent of just more than 1,830 bites that were reported in 2011. Nearly every day of the year saw at least one report of an animal bite, ranging from small scratches to major injuries that required hospitalization. While the Loop and the Near North Side saw relatively few reports of animal bite incidents in 2011, city data shows a relatively...
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