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MIGRATION 4K Blu-ray Review

The Film

While Illumination Entertainment's films may not always win over the critics, there's no denying the joy they bring to young audiences. MIGRATION is no exception, offering a delightful adventure that had my 8-year-old positively beaming from start to finish.

One of the standout aspects of MIGRATION is its animation, which is undeniably impressive. Illumination Entertainment consistently delivers in this department, with vibrant colors, intricate details, and smooth character movements that draw viewers into the story. The sound design further enhances the experience, immersing audiences in the world of the film and showcasing the studio's technical prowess.

At its core, MIGRATION is a tale of self-discovery and stepping outside one's comfort zone. The protagonist, Mack, leads a family of ducks on a cross-country journey filled with colorful characters and valuable life lessons. Mike White's screenplay strikes a balance between entertaining young audiences and incorporating thoughtful ideas, ensuring that parents can enjoy the film alongside their children.

The voice performances, particularly those of Kumail Nanjiani and Elizabeth Banks, are commendable, adding depth and emotion to the characters. The child voice actors also shine, bringing authenticity and charm to their roles. Most characters are well-developed and engaging, with humor that resonates with both kids and adults alike.

While MIGRATION may not reach the lofty heights of a Miyazaki film, it doesn't need to. It's a heartfelt and original story that will undoubtedly become a favorite among young viewers for years to come. While it may not leave a lasting impression on critics seeking more ambitious storytelling, it succeeds in delivering wholesome entertainment that families can enjoy together.

In conclusion, MIGRATION is a colorful and uplifting journey that celebrates the importance of friendship, courage, and embracing one's true self. It's a film that reminds us of the joy of childhood and the power of imagination, making it a worthy addition to Illumination Entertainment's lineup of family-friendly fare.

Bonus Features

  • FLY HARD (MINI-MOVIE): Join Chump as she sheds her tough exterior to embark on a heartwarming adventure through a blizzard and the bustling streets of New York to return a prized possession to a kind woman from the park.
  • MOONED (MINI-MOVIE): After the events of DESPICABLE ME, Vector and a lost Minion find themselves stranded on the moon, facing challenges as they struggle to return to Earth.
  • MIDNIGHT MISSION (MINI-MOVIE): The Minions take on a daring mission to help Agnes overcome her fear of the dark, venturing into outer space in a bid to bring her comfort.
  • MICROPHONE MADNESS: Get a sneak peek behind the scenes as the cast records some of their funniest and most memorable lines, showcasing the talent and creativity that brought the characters to life.
  • MEET THE CAST: Explore behind-the-scenes features that introduce you to the beloved characters of MIGRATION and the talented actors who brought them to life, including:
  • TAKING FLIGHT: THE MAKING OF: Dive deep into the creative process behind MIGRATION as filmmakers and crew members discuss the development, design, and animation of the brand-new characters and locations that give the film its unique look and feel.
  • THE ART OF FLIGHT: Discover the intricate production phases involved in bringing the avian heroes of MIGRATION to life, from storyboards to pre-visualization, showcasing the dedication and craftsmanship behind the animation.
  • THE SOUND OF FLIGHT: Explore the enchanting music of MIGRATION as Composer John Powell takes you on a journey through his scoring process, revealing the inspiration and techniques behind the film's captivating soundtrack.
  • HOW TO DRAW: Learn step-by-step instructions on how to draw your favorite characters from MIGRATION, including Mack, Delroy, Chump, and Gwen, allowing fans to unleash their creativity and bring the characters to life on paper.
  • BUILD YOUR OWN POP-UP BOOK: Follow along with a fun "How To" guide to create your very own pop-up book, inspired by Daddy duck Mack's imaginative bedtime stories, providing a delightful activity for families to enjoy together.
  • CALLING ALL BIRDS: Get ready to chirp and honk with excitement as you learn how to create and customize your own colorful bird whistles, adding a touch of avian fun to your day.
  • BEST NESTS: Discover the secrets to creating the perfect paradise for your feathered friends with tips on crafting the best nests and water feeders, ensuring your pet ducks or any flying visitors feel right at home.

These exclusive bonus features offer a treasure trove of entertainment and activities for fans of all ages, providing an immersive behind-the-scenes look at the making of MIGRATION and inviting viewers to embark on their own creative adventures inspired by the film's charming world.


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