I am awake! And if I'm awake, everyone must be awake!
Solid Disney animated actioner based on the Toy Story franchise. No, it's not Toy Story. It's for a slightly older audience: more action, less slapsticky than their features for younger audiences. The story's solid, there are funny jokes, and an emotional story, more than one I'd argue, that holds the attention. A possible downside for the kids would be the lack of a younger character with whom to identify, but the cat is cute.
Ne Zha is currently China's highest-grossing animated film. China's here to compete with the big kids on the block: Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, etc. and they're using the same playbook: funny characters, a misunderstood boy hero, lots of action, a jovial tone, and lots of heart. And they do it with the good-looking CGI (and great camera work) animated story of a demon child who just wants to make friends.
What differentiates and invigorates this Predator from its predecessors is the unique time and location that the story takes place in. Aside from that, it is a standard Predator movie.
And as with most Predator films, character development barely exists. The movie pads its time until the midpoint when it can finally release the Predator for a somewhat formulaic extended chase and run. Everything's by the numbers here.
Not that it's all bad. Predator is always fun from a "how…