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REVIEW: Disney’s 101 Dalmatian Diamond Edition

Last Tuesday, February 10th, Disney has released 101 Dalmatians: Diamond Edition in Blu-Ray and DVD formats, as well as through digital. The release is notable because it’s one of Disney’s most popular franchise even though it doesn’t follow their usual M.O., as it isn’t based on a public domain fairy tale and doesn’t feature princesses (the movie is based on a 1956 children’s novel by Dodie Smith.)

Popular enough to have spawned sequels, a couple of live action movies, and various appearances in videogames, the ball that got things rolling was the 1961 animated film, which is exactly what you’re getting in the Diamond Edition, along with a few nifty extras. But first, a refresher for people who forgot or a brief introduction as to what 101 Dalmatians is all about:

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 8: Minako – Sailor V

The latest episode of Sailor Moon Crystal, while still giving enough screen time to all the guardians (especially Usagi), the true star was Minako Aino, better known as Sailor Venus, hence the title being devoted to her. Besides having some nifty powers at her disposal, she’s also the only guardian with her memories intact, so she’s probably one of the most knowledgeable guardians at this point.

It’s no secret among fans that Minako is one of the most fleshed out characters in the series, owing to the fact that she was the lead character in the Codename: Sailor V manga, which predated Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon and is generally compatible with it continuity-wise (Minako is the last Sailor Soldier to be discovered in the first story arc, but is actually the first to be awakened to her powers.)

Review: Toy Story of Terror

While most people thought that Toy Story 3 has already closed the pages on the franchise and no new yarns can be told unless it’s a prequel, Pixar continued releasing Toy Story TV specials that follow Woody and the rest of the gang as they grow accustomed to their new owner, Bonnie. The most recent one is Toy Story of Terror, which was released on ABC last October 16, 2013 and will be making its way to Blu-Ray and Digital (via Disney Movies Anywhere) on August 19th.

If the title isn’t a dead giveaway for you, Toy Story of Terror is intended as a Halloween special featuring Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. Potato Head, and several other toys as they are stranded in a seedy motel in the middle of nowhere. In the motel, the Toy Story gang find themselves dealing with a mysterious abductor and the very real danger of being left behind by their new owner.

Review – Sofia the First: The Floating Palace

Last April 8th, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released Sofia the First: The Floating Palace on Disney DVD. The story itself will be familiar to fans of Sofia the First, as it is the home video edition of a full-length special that aired on the Disney Channel last November.

In The Floating Palace, Sofia finds herself transformed into a mermaid in order to help a mermaid princess, Oona, with an injured trail. As expected of a feature-length special, the story in The Floating Palace is a little bit heavier than what you see in the average Princess Sofia episode – it tackles the gap that separates mermaids from humans and the distrust that has festered in said gap.

Additionally, the story is rare in that the characters faced actual physical danger – such as when the mermaid queen sends a storm toward Sofia’s family’s royal ship due to the aforementioned mistrust and a little misunderstanding. There’s also a cameo from another popular Disney princess. In case the theme of the movie hasn’t given it away yet, it’s Princess Ariel.

Review: Disney’s Frozen

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for a couple of years, chances are you’re already familiar with the 53rd entry in Walt Disney’s Animated Classics – the CG-animated Frozen. Loosely-based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen, Frozen has already managed to earn more than $1 billion in the box office, and has netted Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song in the recent Academy Awards. So it’s safe to assume that nobody’s going to shy away from spoilers at this point, but either way: there are spoilers in this review, you have been warned.

ToonBarn is looking for Total Drama World Tour Episode Reviews

ToonBarn is looking for Total Drama World Tour Episode Reviews

Have you been watching Cartoon Network’s lastest in the Total Drama franchise, Total Drama World Tour? What am I asking here… of course you have! The ratings for the contestant-based animated game show have been through the roof so far, and it’s only just begun! Well, how about THIS challenge — if you’re watching the episodes, what are your thoughts on them? We’re looking for reviews of every weekly episodes – and not just some reviews, YOUR reviews! Write up a recap of what happened in each episode; what you liked, what you didn’t like, what you thought of the surprises or your favorite quotes. Then, send it in using the CONTACT link up top. Lucky entries will have their reviews posted right here on the ToonBarn homepage, with all the fame and credit linking to them!!! Want to be a star?? Let’s get star-ted!!

IGN reviews Ben 10: Alien Force for the Nintendo DS

Ben 10: Alien Force The Game

IGN has just reviewed the latest Ben 10 game for the Nintendo DS, entitled .  Here’s a little bit of what they had to say:

The Ben 10: Alien Force video game on DS is a much less satisfactory experience than last year’s Protector of Earth. It’s unfortunate that the positive progress made in the TV series couldn’t be reflected in this latest game adaptation, as the first time Ben 10 game to the DS it was in a robust and solid adventure. But, for whatever reason, most of the best qualities from that first game have been cut out of this sequel, and the places where Alien Force could have naturally advanced — like making Gwen and Kevin more active participants in the action — go uncapitalized on as well. If you’re a Ben 10 fan, I still recommend last year’s product and you should now be able to pick it up for under 20 bucks. But this year’s Alien Force effort is much less desirable, and should only be considered by the most dedicated Plumbers-in-training.

You gamers out there agree?

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