Mar 26, 2011

Cartoon Network's Original Movie, Firebreather Review

Cartoon Network's latest hit original movie, Firebreather  debuted on DVD and Blu-ray March 22nd


Get Fired up for the Blu-ray and DVD Debut of Cartoon Network’s

First-Ever Original CGI Movie Event




Top-Rated Feature Film and Red Hot Special Features, the DVD and Blu-ray Disc

Blaze Their Way to Retail on March 22, 2011


This spring, Cartoon Network Enterprises and Warner Home Video are bringing the heat with the release of Cartoon Network’s first original CGI movie event – FIREBREATHER – on Blu-ray and DVD. Based on the comic book series written by Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn and on the heels of a fantastic broadcast debut on Cartoon Network, the spellbinding film follows 16-year-old Duncan (Jesse Head, Summerland, So Little Time) as the new kid in school, who struggles with normal teenage problems like making friends and bad luck with girls – while also dealing with orange skin and an appetite for coal instead of sandwiches. After all, it can’t be easy having an overprotective mom (Dana Delany, Tombstone, Desperate Housewives) who wants you to lead a normal life and a dad (Kevin Michael Richardson, The Cleveland Show, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien) who wants you to take over the world!  Watch what happens as Duncan struggles to find his place as half-human and half-Kaiju – a race of ancient, powerful creatures. 
Available on March 22, 2011, both the FIREBREATHER Blu-ray and DVD versions will include a variety of bonus materials including a 2-D animation test, deleted scenes, animatics and visual development featurette, and will be available for the suggested retail prices of $28.99 and $19.97, respectively.
Directed by Peter Chung (Aeon Flux), written by Jim Krieg and executive produced by Julia Pistor (Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events), FIREBREATHER garnered amazing ratings for Cartoon Network when it premiered on the network on November 24, 2010.  The action-packed movie attracted 3.7 million persons ages 2 and up – beating all other television networks by double digits and winning the night.  Furthermore, it was the #1 show with Kids 6-14, Boys 9-14 and Tweens 12-17 versus programming on all broadcast and cable networks, according to Nielsen Media Research.  The special was also recently recognized by the larger animation industry, receiving two ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award nominations in the categories of Directing in a Television Production (Peter Chung) and Production Design in a Television Production (Barry Jackson).

Our thoughts:
Johnny (7) says:  FireBreather was good because of the people and the battles.
Bryas (3) says: FireBreather was too scary.  
I say (old) that FireBreather is better for older kids.  Bryan was a little scared of some of the characters but he was also pouty because he didn't want to watch it to begin with.  It wasn't a whole lot darker than the average Cartoon Network shows.  The story line included some more mature topics like peer pressure and dating.  But the battle scenes were what kept the older boys interested.   I liked the plot as it gave ME something to watch without being bored out of mind like some of the fighting shows that are watched in my testosterone pumped house!

Disclosure: We received this DVD for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own honest, personal feedback.

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