The Movie

DVD - 2017
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Originally from Africa, Mari McCabe grew up an orphan after her parents were killed by local greed, corruption, and wanton violence. But Mari refuses to succumb to the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family's Tantu Totem, Mari can access the powers of animals, anything from the super-strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (75 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby audio 5.1
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Jun 12, 2019

This "movie" is actually all the episodes of the Vixen animated series strung together, which gives it serious pacing issues. Since said series is part of the CW universe, including Arrow and the Flash, it inserts a lot of characters from those shows without much explanation as to who they are, so if you don't follow the live-action shows, there's really not much here for you.

The animation quality is good, but that can be said for any of the proper DC animated movies. Skip this one unless you're a big CW fan.

Apr 12, 2019

This is a very decent flick, showing a high level of animation quality and a mostly-well-written story (it's the work of about 6 different writers, and I'm guessing that only 1 or 2 of them sucked, given that there are a handful of lines that land badly, occurring in otherwise-excellent scenes which were probably structured by a good writer and then detailed a little by a bad one). The DVD also comes with two random-but-good episodes of a show called Justice League Universe; while a little hard to understand due to a lack of context (I recommend watching the second one first, as it has less of this problem), these eps are nonetheless compelling stories, and should prove persuasive to anyone who still thinks cartoons are silly, crappy children's fare. All three of the stories on this disc are largely well-written, very entertaining work, with good voice-acting and music. Highly recommended to anyone who likes superheroes, though not so excellent that it will draw in even non-fans.

Sep 13, 2017

not too bad. Nice addition to have the real actors from the CW shows do the voices for their characters in this movie too. Almost felt like it could have been done after a half hour then kept going with the story, did a good job of taking it to the end and telling the story it wanted to

Jul 05, 2017

As an origin movie, this had plenty of potential. Unfortunately, the script/writing wasn’t up to the task. First off, I admit my knowledge of Vixen is confined to the “Justice League Unlimited” series. She was a B-grade hero who can summon animal-like powers from her jewel. Also, she was dating Green Lantern (John Stewart) at the time. Easy peasy. At this point, the writers had a blank slate, so they could’ve gone in any direction as they pleased. Wrong! They went the young adult route, which was fine since it is an origin movie. Here’s where it gets tricky, I can only assume, the writer’s immediately translated young adult in the DC Universe to the team “Young Justice”. Hence, Kid Flash and Speedy were dispensed to recruit her. What!? She was never a member of Young Justice! Whatever. The writers needed to put her somewhere, but at the same time, they couldn’t risk sparing any significant member(s) of the Justice League to recruit her because the story would no longer be solely focused on Vixen. *Writers...Fine, let’s hand her off to YJ instead of JL where she actually belongs. That makes sense.* This is lazy writing at its worst. At this point, I was both confused and irritated.

The rest of her story is fine, but the baddie was kind of weak. I mean his powers, not his story. It took four YJ members and Vixen to defeat him. (Granted, Vixen was still trying to master her powers.) Of course, Vixen had to give the deathblow, since it is her movie. Overall, disappointing. Find something else to watch.


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