Directed by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Team America: World Police is a tongue-i... read moren-cheek but nonetheless politically biting send-up of the CGI-laden, big-budget action movies that have taken an almost exclusive hold over mainstream box offices, particularly during the summer months. Inspired by the Thunderbirds, a popular 1960s children's series, Team America: World Police uses similarly styled, but significantly more crass, marionette puppets in lieu of computer-generated images to breath life into an elite group of adventurers known as Team America. Their mission: to travel the world, root out its terrorists, and keep evil at bay. Aside from intentionally employing all of the hallmarks of standard action-adventure blockbuster formulas, from a prototypical hero to his communist arch-rival, the film also boasts the occasional musical number. The puppets were created by Norman Tempia along with Charles and Stephen Chiodo, the brothers behind the cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Team America: World Police is not based on Team America, a 1980s series from Marvel Comics, which followed a patriotic team of racecar drivers. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi
Thunderbirds goes hardcore in this very comical puppet show. It certainly won't be to everyones taste as some of the jokes are very borderline and p
Reviewed 2 years days ago
. Plus, puppet sex!
Reviewed 17 months days ago
Thunderbirds, Stingray, Spitting Image and stereotypical humour, the ingredients for this puppet fest movie. A gung ho team of world police known as 'Team America' are at call to stop the Wo
Jim Henson ventures into Tolkien territory in his all-Muppet fantasy feature The Dark Crystal. The t... read moreitular Crystal maintains equilibrium in a mythical kingdom. When the Crystal is broken, the evil Skeksis take over, killing off the good-guy Gelflings and enslaving everyone else. Two of the Gelflings have survived: Jen was raised by the all-knowing Mystics, while Kira grew up amongst the swamp-dwelling Podlings. Jen and Kira join forces to "heal" the precious Dark Crystal and restore order to their world. Adults may find the whole affair a little precious, while children may be disturbed by the film's mortality rate. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
eature Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal benefits from one thing: being built on the basis of nothing but puppetry. There are no actors in The Dark Crystal, only puppets, and it makes it a mystical fantasy
Reviewed 55 days days ago
. With a strong story, great puppet work, wonderful voice acting, and a richly-developed world, The Dark Crystal makes for essent
Reviewed 6 months days ago
The genius of a completely puppet movie in an unknown land. The story is amazing, but the movie adaptation is just beautiful.