Thursday, 24 July 2014

Slugterra: Return of the Elementals Review

The hit Disney XD animated series Slugterra is getting the big screen treatment on August 2nd with the nationwide release of Slugterra: Return of the Elementals. Shout! Factory, Screenvision and Nerd Corps have teamed up to bring the second Slugterra movie to cinemas all across the United States.

Since its premiere in 2012, Slugterra has become a mega hit with children and adults, airing 39 episodes over three seasons. It has been broadcast in over 150 countries.

Earlier this year, the first movie, Slugterra: Gouls From Beyond, went straight-to-DVD; centering on the series slug-slinging hero, Eli Shane (voiced by Sam Vincent), and his pals, Pronto (voiced by Lee Tockar), Trixie (voiced by Shannon Chan-Kent) and Kord (voiced by Andrew Francis), as they battle Dark Slinger and his Goons. Now, the Shane Gang are accompanied by their new ally, Junjie (voiced by Brian Dobson), a master of the mysterious slugslinging art of Slug Fu and the former Dark Slinger, as they go on their biggest mission ever.

After the slugs all across the 99 Caverns start turning into ghouls, the Shadow Clan give Shane a hologram message left by his father instructing him to find the five Legendary Elemental Slugs (Earth, Air, Energy, Fire, Water). If these five slugs fall into the wrong hands, Slugterra will be destroyed.

Eli and his friends travel to different Caverns in the attempt to gather the five Elementals, but they encounter a slight problem - Dr. Blakk (voiced by Mark Oliver) and his Goons are after the Elementals too. Eli must confront his past in order to stop Dr. Blakk once in for all.;

Slugterra: Return of the Elementals Trailer

Though I consider my self an aficionado when it comes to cartoons, I only learned about Slugtrerra earlier this year when I reviewed DVD titles Heroes of the Underground and Ghouls From Beyond. Return of the Elementals opens exactly like the series with the theme song and plays out like a typical episode, but at the running time of 63 minutes. Yes, it is a little short for a feature film; almost like a three-part episode shoved into one long episode. It uses the same computer-animation style from the series, probably because of the small budget.

The plot involves Shane and his pals collecting the five Elementals that are scattered about Slugterra, so they can stop Dr. Blakk from turning the slugs into ghouls. There is plenty of scifi-action and a bit of a humor, especially from Pronto, throughout the film. Yes, it may not be up to Pixar standards, but overall, Slugterra: Return of the Elementals is action-packed thrill ride that fans of the series, young and old, will enjoy.

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*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary screener in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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