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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

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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.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

October 1, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Honestly, you couldn't make it up.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It's director Mark Lewis's focus on this war's heroes that give his chirpy doc its bounce.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

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.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Mark Lewis' fascinating-if-niche documentary intersperses great 3D shots of these glistening, gobbling Jabbas with testimonies from boffins and crackpots.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

[Lewis'] art is all his own: no-one else shoots ugly amphibious imported pests in 3D quite like him.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

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.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

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.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

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.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Conquest doesn't feel like it's nearly as much fun as its predecessor.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

It's all fine as far as it goes, but it doesn't go very far.

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

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.

May 31, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Where his first toad movie had the element of surprise, this sequel has the advantage of experience.

May 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A fascinating look at the ubiquitous cane-toad, this entertaining documentary is informative, humorous and occasionally tragic as it traces its Australian origins and laments its future.

May 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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