Cane Toads: The Conquest (2012)
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The first 3D film shot in Australia, Cane Toads The Conquest is director Mark Lewis' sequel of sorts to his 1987 cult classic Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, which broke the nature film mold wide open - not only due to its irreverent attitude, but because, unlike most popular documentaries about animals, it was not about a cuddly, endangered species. On the contrary, it was about a feared, reviled, some would even go so far as to say ugly, swamp-dweller run amok. This time around, Lewis takes a giant leap forward as he revs up the technology, giving us, as he puts it 'Avatoad' (in homage to a famous 3D milestone) to once again track the unstoppable march of the cane toad across the Australian continent, now occupying nearly a third of the country, and continuing to spread and evolve into a bigger, faster, even more robust creature. -- (C) Rialto … More
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The namesake of the wacky, yet substantial documentary "Cane Toads: The Conquest" is not a creature to be taken lightly, even if the film (and the audience) has plenty of fun at his expense.
Impressively directed, beautifully shot and quirkily irreverent, this is an entertaining, frequently fascinating documentary that manages to be both chilling and laugh-out-loud funny while delivering a serious ecological message.
It's director Mark Lewis's focus on this war's heroes that give his chirpy doc its bounce.
The film is horrible, true (more or less) and often funny - dogs apparently get "highs" from licking the toads' backs - even if the subject no longer has quite its first, feral freshness.
Mark Lewis' fascinating-if-niche documentary intersperses great 3D shots of these glistening, gobbling Jabbas with testimonies from boffins and crackpots.
[Lewis'] art is all his own: no-one else shoots ugly amphibious imported pests in 3D quite like him.
Updating his famous 1988 documentary, Mark Lewis takes a warm and quirky look at the people who love, hate, sell, study, kill or hug the famous cane toads that have now spread across the top end of the nation.
Debate if you must, but Cane Toads: The Conquest just might be one of the best feature-length wildlife documentaries ever made; it's certainly one of the most entertaining - and one that easily holds up to a second screening.
Educational and entertaining, Cane Toads: The Conquest offers an impartial, multi-headed and often funny look at the takeover of the great southern land by slimy, four legged monsters.
While Lewis can rarely resist cracking a joke at the expense of the cane toad phenomenon, he is always careful to ensure that his film educates as it entertains.
Entertaining, eye-opening and irreverent, this doco's true genius lies in its ability to capture the humour of real Aussies affected by the cane toad.
Where his first toad movie had the element of surprise, this sequel has the advantage of experience.
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