movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] We watched this as “lighter fare” to watch after the traumatizing experience of watching the movie Frozen.

PEOPLE: A Bruce Timm-produced DC cartoon movie, so it’s from the same production source as most Batman and Superman animated productions from the past 20 years. Directed by Lauren Montgomery, who did other recent excellent superhero animated movies: Justice League:Crisis On Two Earths, Green Lantern:First Flight, Wonder Woman (2009), and Superman/Doomsday. And more are in the works, too.

Kevin Conroy is back as the most familiar voice of Batman ever, and Tim Daly is back as the most familiar voice of Superman ever. Susan Eisenberg continues voicing Wonder Woman as she has for a decade (but she’s drawn way hotter in this movie than before). And Summer Glau from Firefly plays Supergirl, who [highlight for spoilers] arrives on Earth during this movie.

Big Barda is played by Julianne Grossman (Marie from The Life And Times Of Tim, Charlene from Spaceballs:TAS). Darkseid is played by Andre Braugher (Live!, Fantastic Four:Rise Of The Silver Surfer, Homocide:Life On The Street, Hack, Men Of A Certain Age).

We also have Ed Asner, and even a bit part by Tara Strong (one of the most popular google searches that people use to get to my blog, she plays Bubbles on PowerPuff Girls, among other things). Also a bit part by April Winchell, daughter of past-generation celebrity Paul Winchell, who has emailed me before to discuss some roles she did.

PLOT SUMMARY: Supergirl arrives. That’s good. Then Darkseid arrives. That’s bad.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Interplanetary child custody battle kills innocent bystanders.

QUIRKS: Superhero animation crossover: Batman AND Superman.

VISUALS: Really good superhero action! Better than usual. No blood, but Supergirl‘s clothes get beat up when she fights — something cartoons often don’t do. Definitely adds to the realism.

MORALS: I don’t know, actually. It was just an excuse to have some superhero fights.

GOOD STUFF: Watching Supergirl have no idea how to deal with her new powers. Floating upwards, grabbing buildings so she doesn’t fall into the sky. It was a really, really awesome scene when she first arrived on earth. And of course, Darkseid’s planet is the worst hellhole ever.

BAD STUFF: The shopping scene. Made me want to kill myself. The way peoples’ lips were drawn.

CONCLUSION: Apparently, I didn’t quite like this as much as Carolyn. But it was still another awesome installment of animated superhero goodness.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4.6/5 stars (low 5 stars). IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.1/10, Netflix: 4.3/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.0/5 stars–Huh?!?! FAIL!).

RECOMMENDATION: Superman/Batman cartoon fans must see this!!

SIMILAR MOVIES: Most of the recent Bruce Timm produced animated movies. They’re all comparable.

MOVIE QUOTE: “This vessel carries my daughter, Kara Zor-El from the now dead planet Krypton. Treat her as you would your own child. She will prove a treasure for your world.”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS:

Rev. Suds Pshaw: I give 5 for 5. Conroy and Daly return as Batman and Superman respectively — and it follows pretty damn closely the Michael Turner series.

Mood: hungry
Music: Anthrax – Indians