Top Ten Pretty Animated Shots Vol.02

It is time for another set of animated pictures that is easy on the eyes.  Making this top ten is a little like trying to become an actor.  Many try, but few make the cut.

We liked the visually hard edged rendering of the Enchantress Amora in Hulk Vs Thor.

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While this painting featured in the credits looks nothing like that hard edged version, it is still pretty.

Chun Li remains a crowd favorite – if the crowd hangs out huddled around an arcade Street Fighter machine.  ;)  Here she is from Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind.

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How does she keep that face so pretty after all those nose-crushing, lip-bashing fights?

Princess Aurora from Disney’s true classic Sleeping Beauty has time-tested stylized good looks.  Below she is dressed as the forest maiden “Briar Rose”.  We like that edged style.

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Naruto Shippuuden went downhill faster than Balloon Boy’s ill-fated, non-existent flight to nowhere.  Never-the-less, while it is no longer worth a take, it did have a purdy enemy ninja.

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What is her deadly secret? Uhh, you do not want to see her without make-up...

Our takes on Winx Club remain top hitters.  The latest is season 4 part 1.  In honor of that popularity we could not pass up including a picture of Flora. If you do not know who Flora is, step back from the Street Fighter machine for a minute or give Naruto Shippuuden a rest for a half hour.

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Jerrica Benton…  How we would like to see your Jem & The Holograms storyline with your deceived but true boyfriend Rio resolved.  We have been waiting since 1988…, so it is overdue.

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At least Jerrica and Rio reaffirmed their love in this final season trip to Greece. Hmm Jerrica, do you dress native like this for every destination? We want to travel with you!

Ariel, the little mermaid’s mother was Queen Athena.  A lot of people seem to be searching for her online.  She was quite pretty as seen depicted here from The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning.

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Mom's everywhere, let Queen Athena be an inspiration to you to keep in shape.

Huntik: Secrets and Seekers is pleasantly surprising most who watch it – including us!  So enough with the sad face Huntik Star Sophie Casterwill, you made the cut for this Top Ten.

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Did all of Sophie's training include how to look good scuba diving? Ahh, we think it must have.

Zhalia from Huntik is not giving us a long face below, that is her usual stern expression.  But inside she had a soft heart.  Awww.

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Bonus Poll Picture:

There was a singer in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman who caught our eye.  She seemed to get a disproportionally large amount of close ups and screen time for a nameless background character.

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Is this supposed to resemble somebody in particular? If so comment who please.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning [2008]

Ariel's mother and King Triton's wife, Queen Athena.  (Nice eyes.  Contacts?)

Ariel's mother and King Triton's wife, Queen Athena. (Nice eyes. Contacts?)

We enjoyed the original Little Mermaid in 1989.  So much so that we refused to watch the direct to video sequel Return to the Sea in 2000.  That was a time when Disney was cashing on on all their franchises and even classics by cranking out such releases.  (Come on, Sleeping Beauty 2!  Do not do that to our favorite classic.)  However it seemed that The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning was a genuine attempt to relaunch Ariel for a new generation, so we gave it a whirl.

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Jodi Benson continued to voice Ariel and as the song goes, her voice is like a bell.  But she really does not sing too much as music has been banned in mer-city after the first few 5 year-old Ariel scenes.

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Yup.  So that is the biggest hump to get over after 10 years have gone by; mer-city has been pretty much turned into a police state.  King Trition overcome with sadness has swordfish enforcers on the hunt for any music.  Those who love it must resort to secret underground clubs.  If it all sounds a little like prohibition, we think that was the feel they were going for.

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The antagonist never filled out in my opinion.  She, like Ursula used electric eels as her personal enforcers.  We think some sort of reference to the sea witch would have helped fill out the franchise lore a bit, but there was none.  For the most part, until Triton’s heart warms at the end, the colors are subdued.

It was nice to see Aerial's mother in the early scenes.  Obviously good looks run in the family.

It was nice to see Ariel's mother in the early scenes. Obviously good looks run in the family. Getting hit by ships is apparently a major hazard in this universe. Just ask Ursula.

As mentioned there is not a ton of music in the film, and what there is does not approach the quality of the original’s songs.  We know that is a high bar, but we think they could have got closer than they did.  And while we are nitpicking we will say that the film could have tranmitted a greater feeling of “travel”.  We feel as though too much of the movie takes place on roughly 3 sets.

Queen Athena shown here passed on her striking looks and voice it seems to her daughter Arial.

Queen Athena (shown here) passed down to Ariel similar fin coloring, hair and of course her melodious voice. Kids these days. They think it all started with them. ;)

On the brighter side it was good to fill out the personalities of Ariel’s sisters.  Not a lot mind you, but enough to give each a distinguishing characteristic.  We especially liked the depiction of Atina, the eldest.

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Genetic diversity is an amazing thing. Is it even possible for any additional hair colors to be represented by this family?

The antagonist’s drool sidekick did not annoy like that character stereotype sometimes can.  The pacing, while not peppy enough was consistent.  The content was suitable for even the youngest kids as any violence or injury is only implied.

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Less horns, more singing.

Overall we are not disappointed with Ariel’s Beginning.  They treated the characters and for the most part the franchise with respect.  We would not go into this movie with expectations high, however it will definitely do the job of endearing a new generation of kids to Ariel.  It would have done more so if there was some “Part of Your World” like solo song.  We mean come on, you hired Jodi Benson.  Take advantage of those soothing pipes.

Arial's eldest sister Atina.  Even under the sea, elder sisters act responsibly.

Arial's eldest sister Atina. Even under the sea, elder sisters act responsibly. (And are a little bossy. Cute, but bossy.)

See another  pic of Queen Athena in Top Ten Pretty Animated Shots Vol 2.