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Review by C.J. Bunce

Back in 2006 artist-writer Chris Grine published his first of a two-volume Eisner-nominated comic called Chickenhare, featuring a unique hero in a strange new anthropomorphic world, mixing adventure and dark comedy.  This weekend his hero makes it to Netflix in his own animated movie, Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness The creator himself has acknowledged in the past the scripts in development for the movie were different than his source material.  The artwork looks nothing like Grine’s characters.  Fans of Grine will find little in common with the new movie, but it’s relatively harmless for really little kids, or older kids who have already seen far better treatments in the talking animal genre, notably Zootopia and Chicken Run–actually all the Aardman Animation shows–and major studio efforts like Ferdinand.

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Attention Space Ranger Recruits!  The next big Disney Pixar animated movie, Lightyear–a science fiction adventure reboot/origin story/prequel of sorts with Chris Evans as the voice of Buzz Lightyear of Toy Story fame–is right around the corner, coming to theaters in June.  Sure to be one of this summer’s blockbusters, the film’s previews (see below) have shown some cutting-edge animation, and it will have a musical score by Michael Giacchino, who, in addition to creating some great scores in past years, is the current go-to guy for movies, creating music for all the big recent and forthcoming genre movies, like Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Batman, Jurassic World Dominion, and Thor: Love and Thunder.

To get kids young and old ready for the movie, toymaker Super7 is using a bundle scheme first made famous back in 1977 for Star Wars–the infamous Kenner Early Bird Certificate Kit–which was quickly designed to get revenues and a Star Wars tie-in gift in time for Christmas 1977, despite the fact the action figures weren’t ready to ship yet.  Super7 is doing a similar promotion for Lightyear.  The Early Enlistment Bundle for Lightyear is a limited edition set of ReAction Figures with special bonus items only available through its offer at Super7.com.

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