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I'm not planning on reviewing the earlier movies because...to hell with that. I don't have enough patience for that type of thing. Especially considering that the sequels barely have any connection to each other, though this one has the actor from the previous Step Up film: Revolution/Miami Heat. The choreography is amazing and the actors are trying their best but the plot drags down the movie, which is a shame because there was effort put into this movie. Step Up: All In could've done with much less plot but the dance choreography prevents the movie from being a complete waste of time.
The movie's premise depends on whether or not you like Timon and Pumbaa and there are blatant continuity errors which can be annoying with regards to how much they contradict the first film, even if some of them are meant to be intentional and this movie isn't meant to be regarded as canon but the colourful animation, great voice acting, decent songs and just how damn funny it is make The Lion King 1 1/2 a fun prequel/midquel that's much better than the reputation of the direct-to-video Disney sequels gives it any right to be.
Normally I don't watch Disney's direct-to-DVD sequels but in the case of the Lion King, I made an exception. Given the DTV sequels' reputation, The Lion King II honestly wasn't half-bad. But coming off the heels of the first film, the movie had a lot to live up to. The animation is downgraded from the first film but it is still lovely to look at. It helps that this was always meant to be a sequel, not completed episodes from a cancelled TV show (*cough* Atlantis 2 *cough*). The songs, while forgettable, are still relatively decent and the voice acting is good. My main flaw is Simba. True, he still has to live up to his late father's legacy but he was a bit of an asshole in this movie. Nevertheless, The Lion King 2 might have the misfortune of being the sequel to the high point of the Disney Renaissance, if not the entire Disney Animated Canon, but it is an above-average direct-to-DVD lion-based retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
Colourful animation, a scene-stealing Bruce Willis and a clever, but not entirely original, crossover can't save Rugrats Go Wild from its flatter gags, genuinely feeling like an extended episode with higher production values that would've been better off being released as a made-for-TV film and just being boring for older audiences who still unironically enjoy cartoons revolving around babies as the protagonists (in their defense, the live-action attempts fall flat on their faces thanks to creepy CGI lips and certain scenes obviously having a little person in a costume with a baby's head pasted onto them, among other things). In short, a disappointing conclusion to the third longest-running Nicktoon.
Better than the first film, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie is more lighthearted than its predecessor but still remains cinematic thanks to a cute plot, great voice acting, catchy songs and visually pleasing animation. The only flaw? Aside from the obligatory "glorified extended episode" criticism that most animated movies based off of TV shows, there's also the whole "it's not for everyone" thing. Being animated is one thing but focusing on babies as the protagonists means that teens and adults might not be interested. That being said, I don't hate this movie. It gave me exactly what I thought was going to get and then some.