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Monday, December 7, 2015


          The first thing you’ll notice about this movie is it eclectic cast. Two virtually unheard of brothers named Will and Dylan Denton play the main character of Rodney. The supporting cast is the tell tale sign however. It includes the effervescent Amanda Bynes (hi ‘Danger’) the forever-balding Terry Bradshaw, the sweet overly enthusiastic Paula Abdul and the stunningly beautiful Halle Berry. Did I forget to mention the always-chubby Drew Carey, the aging comedic genius Mel Brooks and the consistent second fiddle Paul Giamatti?

            The only problem is none of them are actually seen in this unique flick. (Remember people it is a cartoon.) The plotline is as old as time. A young tyrant attempts to take over a family owned and cared for conglomerate like company and the original owner is kept in seclusion and oblivious of the deteriorating world outside around him.

            What is unique about this movie is the anthropomorphic style it is told in. The appliances resemble the Flintstones TV show, there are shouts or homages to both Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz.

             This seemingly ‘G’ rated cartoon (It’s actually PG) comes complete with a few not so subtle double-entendres. They are thrown in so quickly you’ll miss them if you blink, or even cough for that matter. Not to mention a little inappropriate langue to boot.

            What this film fails to do is captivate. I was nearly dulled to sleep by this film and I had been wake for an hour when I stuck it in my computer. It is fun however and overall sends a good message to kids. The message is that one man can take a difference and never stop caring about your fellow man. (or robot) That is a great motto to take into life. 

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

Talk to you soon!

Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm