MOVIE REVIEW: Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight! (2015)

Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight! (2015)
Release Date: 12/11/2015
Rating: PG
Director: Mitch Schauer
Writer: Mark Banker

Loki and a Frost Giant are trying to gain more and more power, turning a tropical island into an frozen land, with only Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stop them, The Avengers.  When The Avengers win the battle Loki and the Frost Giant try something else, they plan to find an ancient powerful cross between a Frost Giant and Elf known as Jolnir, but you and I know him as Santa Claus.

I want all the adults here to remember back as far as they can, if they are close to my age they’ll remember the Saturday morning cartoons which started off our weekends, sadly these are mostly gone.  Remember the adventures of The Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, going back further X-Men, Batman the Animated Series, and the other great cartoons that brought our loved comic book characters to life.  This was long before the high level of cinematic adventures.  Now think about it logically, these were the precursors to our loving of the movies of today, the high adventures and great stories.  We wouldn’t drive these movies so hard without that basis.  So with that in mind, if you have children, you will get them Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight.  It’s films like this that will bring the next generation of comic fans to the cinema and fingers crossed to the books.

Characters include Captain Marvel, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Loki, Frost Giants, Santa, Elves, Zombie Gingerbread men, and Reptil.  The voice talent here is close to those characters we know from the movies, which helps the adults appreciate the one hour fifteen minutes running time.  The action packed story brings us to the land of Jolnir, or Santa, and there Loki is looking for a powerful casket to meet his need for power.  The story is focused towards the children who love these characters, it’s not very testing, but then it’s set to build the audience more for the future rather than appease the grown up more mature audiences.

Animation wise it’s very similar to the traditional animations that we came to love during the 90’s and early 00’s of this century, with a little bit of modernisation to show they are not doing a tribute piece.  Character design is along the lines of the Avengers Assemble series that dropped in the past few years and it’s all very much similar to what we’d expect.  I have to admit that I’m not that familiar with Reptil, I mostly read DC (don’t hate), but he’s an interesting addition to the Avengers team that I feel is taking the role that Spider-Man would traditionally take.

Bringing in Captain Marvel is a clever move, with the live action version coming in the near future, and will introduce those who haven’t heard of this character gently into her presence.  There are funny moments where Hulk and Thor go Christmas shopping, and Hulk explaining Santa to Thor made me smile from ear to ear.  Iron Man’s character here is the wise cracking role that you’d expect and the voice is close to Downey Jr.’s voice when he’s being sarcastic.

The Holiday theme of this animation is going to help this film but hinder it too, I would buy this for my Nephew and Niece, but there is a limited amount of time that you’d play it through the year.  With other Marvel animations you can play them year round, always handy to put on when the kids are screaming and running around, but this one has that two month period where watching it is acceptable.  If this leads your children to read some of the all ages comics that are out there from any company then it serves another purpose.  If your children are interested in comic book characters then buy them comic books, using an entertaining animated film like this one would be another tool to get them to the pages.  A Saturday morning Holiday special from Marvel that the whole family can sit down and just turn off the world for just over an hour. What more could you ask for?

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