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The list isn´t in any particular order, and it is NOT complete. Note: In case you are wondering why some hated titles (Like for example, The Problem Solverz) weren´t included on this list, is because I haven´t seem them yet.
Anyway, like I said before the list is not complete and probably would be subject to changes in the future.
Jue ji (2016)
Not that bad, actually
After seeing the low IMDb rating and reading the bad reviews, I was expecting this movie to be another CGI mess like "10000 Years Later" (How that movie managed to have a higher score than this one will be always a mystery for me) with bad animation and a muddled plot...But it actually turned to be a pretty decent fantasy flick.
The CGI for this movie was quite well made. Some scenes were very impressive and in certain aspects, more pleasant to look than many animated movies from the big studios (And by "big studios", I mean specifically Illumination Entertainment) Of course, there were a couple of moments when the movie looked a bit like cut-scenes from a video game, but the overall result was nice.
The plot on the other hand, while being a bit clichéd, managed to be reasonably entertaining to watch, at least until the last minutes, where things start to get confusing and the dynamics between the characters become unnecessarily complicated. Even worse, there is no resolution to the main conflict, but since this apparently was inspired by a series of novels, I guess that all the loose ends from the plot will be eventually tied up by any future sequel. (At least, that's it what I hope.)
This movie was okay. It was much better than "10000 Years Later" in every aspect, and honestly I don't know why it gets so much undeserved hate here on IMDb.
Yi wan nian yi hou (2015)
This movie is a complete mess
My reaction while watching this movie was almost the same one that Krusty the clown after seeing "Worker and Parasite": This movie is a muddled mess from beginning to end, and there were several moments when I thought this was actually a compilation of cutscenes from a video game due the weird and confusing narrative where neither the plot, characters or setting are properly introduced. Instead of that, we got a mishmash of stuff happening for no reason, lots of clichés and scenes that almost seem plagiarized from blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings movies and The Avengers.
Maybe the most disappointing part of all of this is that despite how bizarre this movie could be at moments, it also manages to be quite dull, mostly because of the forgettable characters and predictable pattern of the plot.
I believe that a good direction, use of well-known elements and interesting characters is able to turn the most overused plots into something enjoyable, but sadly this movie has nothing of that on its favor. The bad CGI and some rather questionable characters designs certainly doesn't help very much.
I think the only positive aspect from this movie was Warrior, the pet dog of the main character, which somehow managed to be more endearing than the rest of the cast from this dreadful mess.
Jolly good show indeed.
After 8 seasons, 261 episodes and one movie "Regular Show" reached its epic conclusion. And while it's a bit sad having to say goodbye one of my favorite animated shows from the recent years, I'm glad that the series ended on its own terms instead of just being cancelled, having a quite satisfying closure for the main characters.
I liked the way the finale brought back many characters from the previous episodes, and that it also referenced "The Naive Man from Lolliland", one of J.G. Quintel's student films which along "2 in the AM PM" leaded to the creation of "Regular Show".
"A Regular Epic Final Battle" was a great finale for the whole series, having many fun, exciting and emotional moments. The use of David Bowie's "Heroes" song for the last minutes was quite fitting, finishing the story of Mordecai and Rigby in a wonderful, bittersweet manner.
With all its highs and lows, my final overall impression of "Regular Show" is still quite positive after all, with this episode as the perfect send-off for all those viewers and fans who had been watching the series since the year 2010. A jolly good show indeed.
Mr. Pickles (2013)
The worst Adult Swim show ever made
"Mr. Pickles" is atrocious. A horrible show without any redeeming value. It is even worse than the awful Tim and Eric shows or "Delocated". This kind of stuff seems to be made by someone who watched one episode of "Superjail" and tried to make something similar...But while "Superjail" has some nice animation and entertainment value beyond all the graphic violence and gross stuff, "Mr. Pickles" has nothing like that.
It's a shallow, charmless imitation. It doesn't help that it has the ugliest, most unappealing character design ever shown in any animated television series. I honestly think the awful animation of "Brickleberry" (another bad "adult" sitcom) looked better than any chapter of "Mr. Pickles".
The characters are boring and flat, the jokes are more focused on being gross rather than funny, and once you see one episode of this, you practically have seen the entire series.
The 7.4 rating is ridiculously high. It's amazing how much better animated movies and shorts have a lower rating than this awful series, but that's IMDb for you.
0/10 (And I would rate it with a negative score if I could)
Lily & the Snowman (2015)
Cute Christmas short
This was a neat Christmas-themed animation.
While the animation and the song used on it were nice enough, it is the heartwarming plot what makes this short a very enjoyable experience despite its brevity, only needing two minutes to tell an endearing story that goes directly to the point.
In that sense, "Lily & the Snowman" manages to be more effective than many other Christmas-themed specials I've seen on television during these days.
The ending was very sweet. Definitely worth-watching.
Lights Out (2013)
Sometimes less is more
For me, "Lights Out" was the most disappointing horror film of 2016. I found it terribly dull, with clichéd characters, predictable jump-scares and a repetitive plot that felt way too stretched in the worst possible manner...Honestly, I wish I had seen the short film which inspired that movie before, because it was much better in every single aspect.
I guess that the brevity of the short helped a lot to avoid everything that made the movie so bad (Like the flat and clichéd characters, the bad dialogue, the boring exposition, the pointless filler scenes and the cringe worthy resolution) but the truth is that "Lights Out" worked much better as a short film, going directly to the point in a quite effective way. And the final jump-scare that closes this short film was honestly far better done than anything from the feature-length version, which just feels redundant and unnecessary by comparison.
Llamas with Hats (2009)
A short, but sweet ride
I like the way this short web series turned out: It started as a fun and wacky dark comedy in a similar way to some Adult Swim series, but eventually starts to develop its own story arc.
I appreciate the creator decided to finish the series on its own terms instead of stretching it indefinitely: This could have been like "Happy Tree Friends" with same joke repeated over and over in each episode, but instead of that the tale of Carl the murderous Llama and his friend Paul gets an unexpected turn which concludes in a tragic (And yet satisfying) manner. And considering the number of animated shows from television that tend to overstay their welcome until they become a shadow of their former self, knowing when it's the proper time to wrap up things is a quality worth of recognition.
Clarence: Straight Illin (2015)
"Clarence" is a mixed bag for me. I'm not a fan of the series, but I think it has some funny and clever moments and I enjoy watching it from time to time.
That being said, this episode was awful.
It started in an average manner but eventually it turns into something quite gross and awkward (And also not in a way that it could be considered remotely funny at all), feeling almost as if it was something from the "Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon" I personally didn't enjoy this episode at all, and I think it could be easily considered the lowest point of the whole series.
If this had been my introduction to Clarence, I think I would have avoided seeing this show permanently.
Stop motion and horror
A neat mixture of stop-motion animation and live-action by Robert Morgan (Director of horror shorts such as "The Cat with Hands" and the beautifully grotesque "Bobby Yeah")
Like in most of his previous work, "Invocation" is quite impressive on the visual level, with some quite impressive visceral imagery which almost feel as something from a David Cronenberg film, with horrifying yet at the same time mesmerizing results: Honestly, very few filmmakers would be able to turn a simple teddy bear into something as nightmarish as the creature from this short film.
Turbo meets Saw
A group of snails is accidentally brought to a house. In their attempt to escape from that place, the snails die one by one, always in a cruel and violent manner.
With the plot synopsis like that, one would expect this animated short to be something completely nasty and unpleasant, but the plot of "Escargore" has a quite lighthearted feeling from beginning to end, focusing in the humor rather than in shock value. It also helps that the CGI animation is quite appealing and well done, with adorably looking characters that one would expect to see in a children's film.
And honestly, I found this to be far more enjoyable and endearing than DreamWorks' "Turbo".