Vixen: The Movie merely compiles all the 5-minute episodes into one feature and on the whole it’s not very cohesive even though the character had potential even if she’s a bit of a copy of Marvel’s Black Panther.
Vixen: The Movie
Genre(s): Animated, Action, Adventure
Warner Home Video | NR – 75 min. – $19.98 | May 23, 2017
Date Published: 05/23/2017 | Author: The Movieman
THE MOVIE — 2.0/5
Plot Synopsis: Originally from Africa, Mari McCabe (MEGALYN ECHIKUNWAKE) 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 Anansi Totem, Mari can access the powers of animals – anything from the super-strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights valiantly to protect her city of Detroit from threats like those that claimed her family. Aiding her in the fight are Arrow (STEPHEN AMELL), The Flash (GRANT GUSTIN), Black Canary (KATIE CASSIDY) and The Atom (BRANDON ROUTH).
Quick Hit Review: Vixen was originally a series of 12 5-minute shorts and this movie culled those together to make a movie. In theory, this might’ve been interesting but in practice it’s a jumbled mess with pacing issues and some so-so voice acting, though Meaglyn Echikunwake wasn’t terrible while the likes of Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell just felt off. It’s a relatively quick watch I suppose and the animation more or less lines up with the others in the DC Animated Universe, however they might’ve done this character more service starting from scratch, even if she’s basically a female Black Panther…
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.0/5
|This release comes with a matted slip cover. Inside contains a redemption code for the Digital HD copy. The only features included is Vixen: Spirit Animal (6:13; HD) featurette and Bruce Timm’s Top Picks, two episodes from Justice League Unlimited.
VIDEO – 4.0/5, AUDIO – 3.0/5
Warner Home Video releases Vixen onto Blu-ray presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer which I found to look nice enough with bright colors though some banding issues in some of the sky shots.
The disc comes with your basic DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which I found a little too low key, however dialogue levels were decent enough while the action scenes were rather flat.
OVERALL – 2.0/5
Overall, Vixen: The Movie merely compiles all the 5-minute episodes into one feature and on the whole it’s not very cohesive even though the character had potential even if she’s a bit of a copy of Marvel’s Black Panther. The Blu-ray released by Warner offers good video, okay audio and one throwaway featurette.
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