Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Must See DVDs–FireBreather, An Original Movie from the Cartoon Network (Product Review)




Based on the comic book series written by Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn and on the heels of a fantastic broadcast debut on Cartoon Network, the spellbinding film follows 16-year-old Duncan (Jesse Head, Summerland, So Little Time) as the new kid in school, who struggles with normal teenage problems like making friends and bad luck with girls – while also dealing with orange skin and an appetite for coal instead of sandwiches. After all, it can’t be easy having an overprotective mom (Dana Delany, Tombstone, Desperate Housewives) who wants you to lead a normal life and a dad (Kevin Michael Richardson, The Cleveland Show, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien) who wants you to take over the world!  Watch what happens as Duncan struggles to find his place as half-human and half-Kaiju – a race of ancient, powerful creatures.

Bonus Materials:

  • Deleted Scene
  • 2D Animation Test
  • Animatics
  • Visual Development

Directed by Peter Chung (Aeon Flux), written by Jim Krieg and executive produced by Julia Pistor (Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events), FIREBREATHER garnered amazing ratings for Cartoon Network when it premiered on the network on November 24, 2010.  The action-packed movie attracted 3.7 million persons ages 2 and up – beating all other television networks by double digits and winning the night.  Furthermore, it was the #1 show with Kids 6-14, Boys 9-14 and Tweens 12-17 versus programming on all broadcast and cable networks, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Click here to go to Cartoon Network’s, FireBreather website for fun and games.

My Thoughts:

First, let me start by saying that this movie is for teens, and not little children.  Parents who like comic foods and CGI movies will also enjoy watching this movie with their older children.  My husband and I watched it over the weekend, and even though it wasn’t my cup of tea, my husband thoroughly enjoyed it.  The reason I say it is not for the younger audience is that this full-length film includes violent scenes with monsters and humand battling with weapons, along with firebeathing, gunfire, etc., resulting in death to some humans.  Also, there is some fowl language that is used (ie. jerk) that the younger crowd should not hear.

But, in the grand scheme of the things, I have to agree with my husband that this movie does a great job in relaying positive messages to the teen crowd, involving self-image, family bonds and friendship.  Your teens will relate to the very likeable Duncan character, and his struggles to define himself and fit in. 

Overall, this would be a perfect DVD to watch with your teen, if they missed it when it aired previously on the Cartoon Network. And, the animation is suburb.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD from the Cartoon Network in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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