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What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? (DJ and Tracker John)
What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? (DJ and Tracker John)
by John David Morris
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Children love dinosaurs so stop feeding them this crap!, May 2, 2013
It is an unwritten rule that children love dinosaurs so I find it a sad state of affairs that there still exists a need to poison young minds with this Flintstones garbage. Paleontology is one of the older sciences for a reason. Your child deserves to wonder and marvel at dinosaurs for the true beauty behind them, not become confused by Bible lies. Ditch this nonsense and pick up any Nat Geo magazine for kids or any approved illustrated guide to dinosaurs which talks about how they lived, what they really looked like, and the process of fossilization and how the geological strata illustrates the different eras.

In the Days of Noah
In the Days of Noah
by Gloria Clanin
Edition: Library Binding
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1 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why don't we just stop brainwashing our children?, April 18, 2012
Why do we as a nation keep insisting on "kiddifying" the stories in The Bible, as if that would downplay the sordid, abhorrent, incredulous, and violent aspects of them? And not only that, but indoctrinating them by masking the fact that all of it is pure fiction, and plagiarized fiction to boot? If you want to read your kids fantasy stories, identify to your children the tales and deeds in The Bible as exactly what they are, and have a biology teacher explain why the mechanics of this story is preposterously infeasible. Then consider, instead, any number of proper fantasy stories, like Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, or even Eragon. If you want to expand their minds, pick up some National Geographical and get them excited about why the animals of the world as so wonderful. Or pick up any book of dinosaurs with up to date information and groom them to understand what REALLY happened to the dinosaurs(hint, they weren't on Noah's Ark).
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The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust
The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust
by Mark I. Pinsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.19
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pure tripe, April 28, 2006
The editorial review of this book is spot on. As a long time lover of Disney, I picked up this book at the library, interested in seeing something more akin to the history of the studio or an analysis on animation as an ever-evolving artform. Instead I found a book written by an author who can't decide to praise Disney or bash it. In every entry, he practically gives away the plot of each movie by summarization. He then finishes off with a hyperbolic overanalyzation of the "message" of the movie. It would be wrong to call this book "propaganda" because he flip flops between love and hate. While it IS great that he shows love for Disney's accomplishments in many movies, including the underrated The Fox and the Hound, the author has a habit for picking out "messages" and "themes" that nobody in their right mind would honestly believe. Okay, it's easy to see how The Fox and the Hound is a parable about civil rights and the issues of color, just as it's easy to see how The Lion King is either an adaptation of King Lear or a ripoff of Kimba, but that simply wasn't the point of the movie. In other places, the author gets downright looney. Most viewers saw Atlantis: The Lost Empire as either a straightfoward, gung ho action adventure movie or a seering disappointment. The movie according to the book? Atlantis was an attack on the ideas of "venture capitalism", saying that western ideas of progression are poorly disguised evil imperialism. More importanly, with the movie, Eisner is deliberately attacking Walt's ideals. "Walt must be spinning in his grave" the author writes. So I guess Rourke isn't the villain and what he's doing is right? In The Emperor's New Groove, the author doesn't enjoy the movie simply for its outrageous humor but takes a look at the villain Yzma and quips "once again Disney shows its misogynistic hatred of old and ugly females." It was at that point that I closed the book and put it back on the shelf. I would like to close by noting that the earlier movies, with their "passive" princesses and dead parents, weren't all bad and that we don't always need to have fiery, headstrong types. Furthermore, by writing everything in a religious light, the author makes Disney sound like a big religion itself, with sole ownership on movies with "moral messages", instead of just the simple entertainment giant that it is.

Ecco The Dolphin: Defender of the Future
Ecco The Dolphin: Defender of the Future
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game ever? Yeah-heah-heah!, September 14, 2000
God! Where do I begin? It isn't everyday that I play a great game with as much originality as this. Let's face it. A great fighting game is still just another fighting game, but there is only one Ecco. And what a game this is! Jaw dropping, photorealistic graphics. You won't find visuals like this anywhere for a very, very long time. I swear! The collision problems that plagued Sonic Adventure are also gone. Fluid, easy controls. You'll be swimming like a dolphin in no time. Challenges coming out the wazzoo! You'll find stages that'll test your powers of perception, your skill and reflexes, your intuition, and of course your thinking skills. You'll even find areas that provide instant death to the unwary. This is no kiddie game! This is an experience. And it's a prolonged experience, as it has more than twenty stages. The sounds and music are also sweet, and the story is out of this world. Is this the best game ever? To me it is. You'd better believe it!

Gay Purr-ee [VHS]
Gay Purr-ee [VHS]
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dull or not, this movie's cute, September 13, 2000
This review is from: Gay Purr-ee [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Despite whatever the critics may say, this movie is fun to watch. Okay, so it may not have power, and it may not have Disney's charm(which they're rapidly losing), but this movie's quite all right to pull out every once in a while. It doesn't have anything that kids may take the wrong way, and the songs are simply delightful. Little Drops of Rain is nice. For animation buffs and young kids alike. Especially for fans of the Loony Toons.

Grave of the Fireflies [VHS]
Grave of the Fireflies [VHS]
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0 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More manageable than I expected, September 3, 2000
With that said, I was slightly disappointed with this anime title. I expected to be reduced to a blubbering mass of emotions like with my personal favorite The Fox and the Hound or with Watership Down or even Mulan, but in the end, I just wasn't. I didn't feel the magic I felt with all my favorite animated movies. I couldn't stand the fact that I knew what was going to happen all throughout the movie. There were only a few parts I found geniunely shocking. However, I still thought it was a good animated movie, one that everybody in the entire world should see at least once. It is better than a lot of animated movies, but it's no Princess Mononoke.

Watership Down [VHS]
Watership Down [VHS]
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful animated movie, September 3, 2000
This review is from: Watership Down [VHS] (VHS Tape)
A few days ago, I finally managed to watch the popular anime title Grave of the Fireflies. While I considered it to be a good animated movie, I was disappointed by the apparent lack of true drama. With Watership Down, however, we get something powerful. While I don't consider mindless violence to be drama, here the violence actually works because it represents the hardships these rabbits have to endure. Everybody acts realistically, and everybody makes the experience enjoyable, especially the haunting Fiver. And with this movie, you can't actually say the animation is bad because the surrealistic quality makes the movie that much more haunting. It just wouldn't be the same if the movie didn't have the bleeding fields or Captain Holly's nightmare or the sad but powerful "Bright Eyes" sequence. While uninitiated adults won't want to see an animated movie, and this is certainly not a movie for kids, those that have seen this movie have seen something, in my opinion, epic and powerful and genuinely sad. The ending is also something very different, neither a happy one nor a sad one. That is something you won't see in any Disney movie, with the possible exception of The Fox and the Hound. Truly a gem of an animated movie. I consider Watership Down to be the anime of western animation, and it is many times better than most anime movies I've seen.

The Secret of NIMH [VHS]
The Secret of NIMH [VHS]
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Bluth's best, September 3, 2000
After the scathing review I gave Titan A.E., I feel it is necessary to go back and look at what Bluth used to be. The Secret of Nimh is easily his best work, and will forever remain so. When he did this movie, he didn't feel pressured by formula and created from the heart. It shows, too. With this movie, we get expertly crafted and lavishly made animation, and this was created before the days of fancy computer work. But we get more than that. We also get a simple and charming story about a mother's quest to save her son mixed in with a great adventure unlike any other. There is no modern Disney stuff here. You'll find no bad jokes, and the humor is light. The Secret of Nimh also wasn't afraid to show kids some of the darker realities without going too far and scaring them. Okay. So maybe the story is a little on the thin side and a few parts get rushed. But this is better than most animated movies coming out today, and so long as they continue to look like Dinosaur and Titan A.E., we'll never see animated movies like The Secret of Nimh ever again.

Titan A.E. [VHS]
Titan A.E. [VHS]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than Dinosaur. Not as good as El Dorado, September 3, 2000
This review is from: Titan A.E. [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Okay. I've thought about it some more. At first I was willing to give this movie four stars. It is a competent animated movie, more so than the poorly executed crapfest with only outstanding graphics that was Dinosaur. The graphics in Titan A.E. may not be as brilliant, but at least the story is better, if only by a little. But I can't ignore those boring characters and the plot holes any longer. Despite a decent story, it still looks like it was put together in a day or so, and the characters are utterly flat. And gawd is the animation pitiful! It's not as horrible as Pokemon, but it still gets bad at some parts. Now take another movie with a very wimpy story. Road to El Dorado. Yeah, it was a weak movie, but it was damn fun, and the animation was top notch. With Titan A.E., they had a serious story, but the studio didn't know what to do with it. Everything was by the numbers, and nobody took a chance, something Dreamworks likes to do, even if some of their movies are a little bad. If you're a big animation or sci-fi fan and like a little action, Titan A.E. should satisfy. Otherwise, find something else to watch, like Chicken Run.

Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew
Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew
DVD ~ Veronica Taylor
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ack! Get thee far away, vile creature!, June 25, 2000
Normally, I don't give animated movies one star. But this movie is just so worst case scenario that I can't help but utterly destroy it. I know I'm going to get lynched by Pokemon fans for this, but let's face it. This movie stinks! No, I'm not the kind of person who thinks Pokemon are creations of the devil or whatever nonsense they're saying these days. I like the cartoon. I find it charming. Unfortunately, some things should just stay as a cartoon series. The animation style of the series is so wretched that it couldn't possibly look good in a full blown movie. Pikachu's Vacation is cute, but it's incomprehensible and horridly strange. The main movie itself is slow, boring, and inane. It also rudely jackhammers its message into your poor brain. The soundtrack? Dumb. More excuses to show off pop sensations. All in all, I really don't care if this movie is entertaining to Pokemon fans. That's not enough for me or for those who aren't. As a movie, this is one of the worst. It just shows such a complete lack of any creative thought one would expect from proper storytelling. Get far away from this monster and don't look back.

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