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Being someone who never saw the first Rio, I wasn't sure what to expect from Blue Sky Studios latest film. Sure I enjoyed some of the Ice Age movies, but even then none of those films had a very strong script. And boy does this show here in Rio 2.

After the events of the first film, our two blue macaws Blu and Jewel have started a family, living in Rio de Janeiro. After discovering from television that there is possibly a whole flock of blue macaws somewhere in Amazon, the family decides to help Blu's former ornithologist owners Linda and Tulio to find this flock. The family and their old friends who join their trip manage to find the macaws and the rest of the film is about Blu, the former city bird, trying to get used to living in the jungle. Will he succeed? Will there be a whole slew of new side characters? Is the story going to be lazily written?

Like with most Blue Sky Studios movies, the biggest problem with the movie is it's lacking, almost rushed script. The story felt predictable and old: every scene I was taking guesses of what the characters are going to say to one another and how they are going to act to each other in different circumstances. Now with characters that are three-dimensional this wouldn't be a bad thing, but almost all of the new characters are horribly one-dimensional: Jewel's lost father is your typical overprotective dad, her old childhood friend is a romantic false lead and nothing else, a flock of parrots that live next to macaws act like jerks for the sake of having jerks in the film and the villain of the film is a greedy businessman who just wants to have money. Who cares about the birds and trees, when you can just work on your business.

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It's the movie that whored itself out to Angry Birds, but ignoring that does Rio stand on its own?

The sequel to the bird movie nobody really remembers with the added bonus of not taking place in Rio. This is Rio 2


Illustrations by Nero Angelus
Written By: Taylor "Whyboy" Wyatt
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Scooby-Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed TC

Smoulder and Whyboy Unleash a Can as they take a look at one of the most Famous Scooby-Doo flops; Scooby-Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed. ENJOY

Title Card by Nero Angelus

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Scooby-Doo Wrestlemania Mystery

It's time to wrestle with Scooby-Doo and a Ghost Bear. It's exactly as awesomely silly as it sounds.

Guest Title Card Artist: Jason Goodrich

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After so many of these movies you start to see an equation for each movie; Scooby-Doo + American Idol + Musical Numbers + Phantom of The Opera. And the question is always the same; does it work? Find out in Whyboy's Spotlight of Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright.

Guest Title Card Artist: Jason Goodrich


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Whyboy's love of Puppetry has betrayed him as he views one of the most disjointedly boring Scooby-Doo movies, Scooby-Doo Adventures: The Mystery Map.

Guest Title Card Artist: Jason Goodrich
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The Hardcore Kid teams up with anime reviewer Otaku Nate to review an anthology anime film from the 80s...all featuring robots!

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(DISCLAIMER: This blog is not for profit. All images and footage used below are property of their respective companies unless stated otherwise. I do not claim ownership of this material. New to the blog? Start at the start with Snow White.)

Previously on Unshaved Mouse:
Transformed into a rodent at a young age because of his inability to appreciate Beauty and the Beast by Walt Disney (who, as well as being the most influential figure in American animation, the legendary entrepreneur behind Disneyland and an icon of the twentieth century is ALSO a half mad immortal warlock with a broom fixation), the Unshaved Mouse began a quest to review all of the Disney animated canon classics. However, he strayed from the path destiny had set out for him and began reviewing non-Disney films which allowed for his arch-nemesis, the Horned King to be resurrected. Masquerading as the Mouse’s psychiatrist, Doctor Ernst Fiedelman, the Horned King has used his hypnotic powers to force the Mouse to review Pixar’s legendarily not-so-greatCars movies. And now you know why this blog gets a mention on TV Tropes “Continuity Lockout” page. Now read on!

“Hey Europe, do you think Mouse is alright? He’s been in there a long time.”

“HEY! SOMEBODY! ANYBODY! HEEEEEEELP!”

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(DISCLAIMER: This blog is not for profit. All images and footage used below are property of their respective companies unless stated otherwise. I do not claim ownership of this material. New to the blog? Start at the start with Snow White.)

“Sigh.”

“You seem depressed Mouse. What is troubling you?”

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DISCLAIMER: This blog is not for profit. All images and footage used below are property of their respective companies unless stated otherwise. I do not claim ownership of this material. New to the blog? Start at the start with Snow White.)

There’s a little game I like to play called The Mark Hamill Game. It goes like this, you spend your entire life waiting for someone to say something like “Tch. Mark Hamill, what a has-been” or “Wow. Bet he thought Star Wars was going to be a career maker for him, more like a career breaker amirite?” and then, get this, you punch that person repeatedly in the face. It’s a fun game, and also it provides a useful service to society. Mark Hamill is not a has-been. Mark Hamill is one of the most talented, respected and lauded voice actors currently working in the industry, an actor who combines astonishing versatility and a real flair for mimicry with a wonderfully energetic and intense performance style. And by far his greatest role was his absolutely revolutionary turn as Batman’s arch nemesis the Joker in the seminal Batman: The Animated Series. Now…millenials like myself tend to gush about this show to the point that if you sat down to watch it based on our recommendation you might be expecting something like Saturday morning Miyazaki. And, at the risk of a storm of screeching Batfans descending from the stalactite studded cave roof of the internet…it wasn’t perfect. It was, no question, a very, very good cartoon. Possibly the best cartoon series until that point. But the quality varied wildly in terms of animation and writing. Partially this was because the animation was done by more than one animation studio, some vastly more adept than others. And also, the show took its time to decide whether it was just a cartoon for kids or something more mature. It’s great, I’m not disputing that, but…not every episode was Heart of Ice. Some of them were Batman’s in my Basement. You know what was perfect though? Mark Hamill’s Joker. Hilarious, crazed and utterly terrifying. To fans in the know, the greatest Joker was not Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson or even Heath Ledger. It was Mark Hamill.

He’s not in Batman: Under the Red Hood.

As well as Hamill, BTAS also had one of the all time great Batman/Bruce Wayne performances (admittedly that’s a slightly lower bar to clear). Kevin Conroy’s Batman for many fans (including me) was the absolute sweet spot for this character that has had an incredibly broad spectrum of portrayals over his nearly 75 year history.
Same guy. Really.
Same guy. Really.
Conroy’s Batman is grim but compassionate. Hyper competent but not infallible. Intimidating but not a monster. Often brutal but not a cop-killing, kidnapping, ableist, potty-mouthed psychopath.

No. No you are not.
No. No you are not.
Conroy’s not in this either.

So understand, when Warner Bros announced that they would be releasing a straight to DVD animated Batman film that would not star either Conroy or Hamill, long considered irreplaceable, expectations were not high. I remember reading one commenter who essentially said “What ever they want? Pay them. If they’re not free? Wait. And if they just don’t want to do it? Don’t make the movie.” You could say that the very positive response Under the Red Hood would finally receive was partially due to low expectations but I don’t think so. This, to me, personally, is the best Batman movie ever made. I don’t mean that it’s the best movie to feature Batman in it.
Nope.
Nope.
There ya go.
There ya go.
No, you know what? I can't even joke about that.
No, you know what? I can't even joke about that.

Logically I know that Dark Knight is an absolute masterpiece. But as a Batman story, as a story that actually tells us something new and interesting about Bruce Wayne, as a story that actually makes him the focus I think URH has the edge. Why is it so good? Let’s take a look.  To the Mousemobile!

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