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The animation looks like it was done in 30 seconds, and looks more like caricatures rather than characters. I've been a fan of Scooby Doo ever since the series premiered in 1969. I didn't think much of the Scooby Doo animated movies, (I'm talking about the TV Series, not the full length movies.), but some of them were pretty cool, and I like most people found Scrappy Doo to be an irritant, but this series is pure garbage. As soon as I saw the animation, and heard the characters, (and I use that term loosely) speak, I cringed. Also, Mystery Inc., was a team, and without the entire crew to compliment each other, it just seems like opening up a box of chocolates to find someone has already ate the best ones, and the only thing left are the ones nobody wants. What's New Scooby Doo was better than this. If you're going to have a Scooby Doo TV series, include the elements that made the series endure so long. The entire cast of characters, and quality animation. They need to put this one back under the rock from where it came.
Not A Major League film, but still enjoyable.
Perhaps not the big names as the first two installments of the series, but an enjoyable movie that teaches that you don't have to be biggest or the best, as long as you give it all you've got and have fun. Scott Backula gives a great and convincing performance as a minor league coach, Ted McGinley does what he does best, play a self centered egotistical, overbearing idiot. He has been brilliant with the same type character in vehicles like "Married With Children." Who else could have pulled this character off. This movie delves into some of the situations faced by both major and minor league players. There are good players who spend their entire baseball careers in minor league. In the days we live in of multimillion contracts, and players who think they are gods, it might be better to see men who play the sport more for fun than money. Perhaps if some of the Major League stars in real life would learn to have fun playing, then we as fans would get a better game.
I remember watching this program as a kid. There were no fancy special effects, no blood and gore, just edge of your seat excitement. There was a clear distinction between the good guys and the bad guys, and the good guys won. The dedicated Sargent Preston, and his faithful dog King, fighting the elements and the bad guys. You always knew who the hero was, and the bad guys always got what they deserve. Perhaps if there were shows like this today, children would have a better sense of right and wrong. Clear definitions of right and wrong, where the objective is to bring the wrongdoer to justice, not smash, mutilate or destroy them. No super powers, no high technology, just plain old fashioned using your brain. Clear values and no gratuitous violence.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
I just purchased the 30th anniversary edition of Blazing Saddles. I was extremely disappointed. I purchased the DVD a couple of years ago, and this version is no different than the one I already have. The scene where Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder come across the Baptism while fleeing the villian are still not present. I wasted $15.44, don't make the same mistake I did. This is not the original version. It has been cut. I know these scenes should be present as I have seen them when the movie was shown on television. I don't know if there is a director's cut or something like that available, but I feel I was suckered in by the label saying there were additional scenes. Don't waste your money.
Captain Kangaroo (1955)
Entertainment and education
Some of my earliest memories of television are watching Captain Kangaroo. It was entertaining and educational. The thing is, the talents of Bob Keeshan made it work. You learned without knowing you were being taught. And they were practical lessons. Things like self esteem, respect, and dedication. All rolled up in a children's format in ways they could understand. It was a pioneer in children's programming that would effect other educational shows for decades to come. I started watching when I was a child, and grew up to see my children discover "The Captain" and watched it with them. If you look at later children's programs like Sesame Street, you can clearly see the influence of the Captain Kangaroo show. It is a program that had enough of an influence to receive recognition by the Smithsonian Institute. Though Bob Keeshan is no longer with us, his spirit and love of children, will be with us as long as there are children's educational programs.
Birds of Prey (1973)
I saw this TV movie when it first appeared on television. I was riveted. The flying scenes were superb, and it was fast moving. One of David Jansen's best performances. The main character seemed to come alive, and you were able to see what events in his past shaped who he was. Just wish it were available on video.
Comfort and Joy (2003)
Different, but good
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Started watching and couldn't tear myself away. A feelgood experience that makes one realize, there are things in life more important than "things". I hope I get to watch it every year, it isn't often a classic in the making comes along.
Fate Is the Hunter (1964)
A terrific movie, Glenn Ford, Rod Tayler, and Suzanne Pleshette give wonderful performances. Not only a suspenseful movie, but it also one which makes a person think. Maybe some things are just meant to be. I just wish it was available on Video or DVD.
Anna Nicole Smith: Exposed (1998)
Anna Nicole Smith is the epitome of "free spirit". A beautiful, sexy woman, would make any man's heart rate speed up. I could watch her anywhere, anytime. Anna Nicole is probably the material of every man's dreams. In spite of the criticism of others, she is an inspiration of sexuality.
The worst adaptation I've ever seen.
This is probably the worst adaptation of any Sherlock Holmes story I have ever seen. Though the setting and characters are the same, the plot doesn't even resemble the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If you know anything of Doyle's works and Sherlock Holmes, you will be sorely disappointed. If you don't, you won't learn it from watching this story.
I thought it was funny.
This might be a disappointment to die hard Scooby Doo cartoon fans, but I enjoyed it. I thought the gags were hilarious, and since I never cared for Scrappy Doo, I was especially fond of the end. I think Matthew Lillard should get an academy award for the way he interacted to a character that wasn't even there. In my mind, every time I see a Scooby Doo cartoon, I will picture him as Shaggy. It also brought the characters even more alive for me when the "human" sides of their personalities came out. It's really reaching to think that a group of people would be able to spend that much time together and not have individual jealousies and get on each other's nerves. I can't wait to see the sequel.
King Kong (1933)
King of the monster films
I first saw this movie in the early 60's on one of those late, late, science fiction theater shows. I've never forgotten it. Even better, was when I bought it on VHS, and realized there were scenes that were cut from the version I originally saw. I just wish it was available on DVD here in the US. The folks that make the "slasher" pics of today, should study this one and see how it should be done.