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    The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021)

    Seeing a baby wearing a three-piece suit and tie, running business meetings and coupled with the strong voice of Alec Baldwin, The Boss Baby (2017) was a family entertainer and a hit. As usual, Hollywood has tried to milk the franchise by making a sequel: The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) was the result and it was a mediocre attempt to say it kindly. The film gets a mangoidiots rating of “Raw” as kids will like the film especially those who haven’t watched the first one. The plot was uninspirational and beyond the first thirty minutes, I found it tough to keep watching. In the original, puppies were being created…

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    Secret Magic Control Agency (2021)

    Secret Magic Control Agency (2021) is a fantasy animation film based on the famous kids classic “Hansel and Gretel” by Brothers Grimm. Available on Netflix. It was a simple story of a king being kidnapped by an evil witch, and two brave special agents saving the king. A fun film to watch and gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. The cookies coming alive and walking, talking gibberish and even fighting was fun to watch. Seeing so many colourful sweets, sugary treats, and pastries made me hungry and order a box of doughnuts for dinner :-) Kids will love this film.

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    Tom & Jerry (2021)

    Tom & Jerry (2021) is a live-action and computer-animated comedy film for kids like you & me to enjoy. It happens in one of New York’s luxurious hotel getting ready for a high-profile wedding, when Jerry decides to make the hotel his residence, followed by Tom who comes chasing him.  This familiar yet thoroughly laughable sequence from the famous cartoon by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera forms the backdrop for the film. The Tom and Jerry chase sequences too didn’t have anything new, they appear the same as what we had seen numerous times in the cartoons and the story involving human characters were stale and cliche. As a result,…

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    Over the Moon (2020)

    Over the Moon (2020) is an animated musical film for kids that can be enjoyed by grown-ups too, I liked it. It blends Chinese mythology, a bright girl & caring parents, science and the emotional drama of losing a loved one.  Be warned, the story is childish and not a new one but one that has been narrated tastefully; and there are many songs too. The film is available on Netflix. A young girl named Fei Fei lives in a small village in China with her loving parents who run a small shop selling their home-made mooncakes. A sudden loss happens which Fei Fei finds difficult to accept. As a…

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    Soul (2020)

    Soul (2020) is a perfect way to get your mind away from the craziness of the year. The film is about a middle-aged Joe Gardner, who has been struggling for years to break into the world of Jazz, which he is passionate about. How he discovers himself while helping a girl in the out-of-the-body world forms the story. The film is available on Disney+ Hotstar. I liked the fact the protagonist was shown as an African-American, a rarity in animation films and a first for Pixar (as per Wikipedia). Though the film reminded me of earlier Pixar works like Inside Out (2015) and COCO (2017) I found it thoroughly enjoyable.…