Director: Cecilia Aranovich Hamilton
Cast: Teala Dunn, Anais Fairweather, Grey Griffin (VOICES)
Release Date: May 23, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7/10
Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee and Katana square off against Korugar Academy in the Intergalactic Games, but trouble is in the air as Lena Luthor takes advantage of the gathering of the Supers to enact her villainous plan. It’s up to the DC Super Hero Girls to fight the forces of evil and protect their school. With Wonder Woman’s strength, Supergirl’s speed, Batgirl’s strategic knowledge, Poison Ivy’s ability to make things grow, Harley Quinn’s energy, Bumblebee’s ability to shrink, and Katana’s fearless personality… anything is possible.
Get ready to grab all of your favorite little real life superheroes and “get your cape on” for an all-new animated DC Super Hero Girls adventure aimed largely at the younger audiences (and also largely at younger female audiences in particular due to the characters most focused upon, although that hopefully shouldn’t deter the boys who should also have plenty of fun with the series), returning us to Super Hero High and once again joining with the likes of Batgirl, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and numerous other young super heroes as this time around they must tackle an intergalactic games competition between rivalry super-schools in a fight for the ultimate achievement. As each of the characters quickly find their own personal stake in the result, following some surprise guests and an unfortunate all out attack from an unsuspected source, these Super Hero Girls must now manage to finish their school competition while also trying to save the world once again. There’s plenty of carefree, easygoing and largely family friendly fun in store within the new animated feature ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games’!
The latest ‘animated movie’ in the ongoing ‘DC Super Hero Girls’ storyline (of which an all new animated TV series has also been recently confirmed) brings home another goofy helping of humorous, family friendly entertainment with your kid’s favorite group of female super stars in training. While the series is definitely aimed at younger audiences, even the adult DC comics fans (such as me) should have their share of fun with the animated film and its ability to consistently offer a fitting mix of humor (such as finding clever ways of twisting and rearranging some classic DC characters for the series, often in the most amusing of ways) and adventure that keeps things action-oriented and exciting, yet never delves into an overly violent nature or tone, finding a perfect middle ground that works perfectly for the little DC fans while still able to keep the adult fans fairly entertained as well. Many of the older DC comics fans that aren’t crazy about kid oriented animation and don’t have any little ones running around probably won’t find this to be their cup of tea, but those with little DC lovers at home and anyone who enjoys similarly lighthearted DC cartoons such as ‘Teen Titans Go’ will likely have quite a bit of fun with ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games’ and will want to at least consider giving it a whirl if a convenient opportunity to do so presents itself.
Overall, those with little DC fans at home (or merely of comic themed entertainment in general) and the fellow DC fans who appreciate more goofy and easygoing DC cartoons primarily aimed at kids will both definitely want to look into purchasing or at least renting a copy of ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games’ at some point. The latest feature length animated feature delivers plenty of exciting, lighthearted thrills and fun that always keeps things humorous and action-oriented while maintaining a more goofy and family friendly nature and approach which results in an adventure that should be suitable for children of (nearly) all ages. Those who have little ones at home that are already fans of the ‘DC Super Hero Girls’ in particular on the other hand will probably want to just go ahead and buy a copy of the DVD or Digital HD release if you haven’t already considering the odds are that you’ll probably end up doing so eventually.
The DVD release of ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games’ is presented in a 16×9 friendly Widescreen presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty good for the most part and offers a clean, colorful and capable presentation from start to finish with no noteworthy faults to be found within. It holds up quite well even during the fast moving and heavily populated sequences and never causes anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a solid standard definition video presentation that looks pretty great for a DVD and should please most fans of the DC Super Hero Girls.
The DVD release features a 384 kbps 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack provides a fairly crisp, clean and smooth audio presentation throughout. The majority of the audio activity is kept to front, and while the music consistently spreads throughout all five available channels, nothing else really does; the action and flying activity tending to be restrained to the front, yet all activity remains clean and sharp throughout, with the dialogue clear and fully audible at all times. Overall, this 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack certainly isn’t anything exceptional and doesn’t offer much in the surround department, yet it still manages to provide a clean and clear audio presentation at all times that for the most part certainly gets the job done.
The DVD release of ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games’ includes some brief, yet fun extras. Included on the release is a ‘”That’s My Girl” Music Video’ (running approximately 4 minutes in length), and a collection of animated shorts featuring various characters from the series. The animated shorts include: ‘New Beginnings’ (running approximately 4 minutes), ‘Hero of the Month: Supergirl’ (approximately 2 minutes), ‘Batgirl vs. Supergirl’ (3 minutes), ‘Qunn-tessential Harley’ (3 minutes), ‘Doubles Trouble’ (3 minutes), ‘Franken-Ivy’ (3 minutes), and ‘Dude, Where’s My Invisible Jet?’ (4 minutes).