Zoo Wars 2
The Dove Take:
In Zoo Wars 2, the power of goodness to prevail over evil is discussed and exemplified, even to the extent of positive characters having faith that there is good to be found even in very bad people and situations.
In the wake of a truce between the Nice Side and the Mice Side, the Zooverse has settled into a beautiful era of peace. However, the villainous mouse, Boo Boo Squeal, is determined to violate that peace treaty and restart war at any cost. Assembling a team of the galaxy’s most despicable deplorables, Boo Boo targets the Nice Side heroes, Nuke Tiptoes and B-52, and attempts to eliminate them before regaining the most awesome prize in all the Zooverse: the power of the Sauce. With the Nice Side leader Princess Sparklefeather away on a honeymoon, Nuke and B-52 are forced to fend for themselves in order to thwart Boo Boo’s vengeful minions and defend the Zooverse with everything they’ve got. With time running out, and Boo Boo getting closer and closer to acquiring Sauce power, Nuke and B-52 enlist some friends of their own in an effort to derail the Mice Side’s sinister plans and keep the Sauce from falling into their evil clutches. Who will emerge victorious—the Nice Side or the Mice Side?
The Dove Review
In Zoo Wars 2, Nuke the elephant finds himself choosing intergalactic adventures over his desk job when he is called to help the robot B52 fight the powerful Boo Boo Squeal, an evil mouse who wants to get his hands on “The Sauce,” a dimension that when entered has surprises for everyone. Boo Boo plots to take over the world while the princess is away on her honeymoon, so Nuke and B52 are left on their own to defend the zooverse.
Boo Boo, the evil mouse, works with the challenges that are thrown his way without giving up, and Nuke and B52 fight hard as well. As a result, we see mini battles occur outside the two spaceships that encase these enemies; a few laser-gun beams are shot at one another with some spaceships and comets flying around. Otherwise, this is mostly a verbal battle, as these characters do not leave their spaceships, and there is little to no action occurring. Instead, there is a great deal of dialogue, sometimes seemingly advanced for younger children, the target audience for this movie.
Instead of action on the screen, these two enemies attempt to outsmart each other by soliciting a variety of old and new friends to help them. They converse with each of them, explaining repeatedly what their missions are. These characters appear on a screen within the spaceships and they talk with Boo Boo or with Nuke and B52 about plans for success. This happens numerous times throughout, as each character is introduced, and then Boo Boo conspires with his partners in crime on the ship, talking about their new addition to the team, while Nuke and B52 do the same on their side.
In the end, goodness prevails and the princess returns in a surprising form to confront and outsmart the evil at hand. The animation is impressive for what lacks in storyline and action, and young children will be captivated by the villainous mouse and the heroic elephant.
Zoo Wars 2 merits the Dove-Approved Seal for All Ages.