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DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: HERO OF THE YEAR ANIMATED FEATURE REVIEW

DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
Release Date: August 9, 2016 - Digital; August 23, 2016 - Blu-ray, DVD

Synopsis: Move over boys! It's time for the girls to take flight in the first full length DC Super Hero Girls animated feature! Join Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl along with fellow gal pals Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee and Katana. Enrolled at the esteemed Super Hero High, the teens in training practice their unique abilities and master the fundamentals of becoming super heroes.

DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the YearAs the students compete for the annual Hero of the Year prize, the ominous Dark Opal and his mysterious partner-in-crime target the girls and the school in their plot to rule the universe. Join the DC Super Hero Girls as they discover that the real power lies within each and every one of us!

DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year features some of the top voice actors in the industry. Grey Griffin (Wonder Woman), Anais Fairweather (Supergirl), Mae Whitman (Batgirl/Barbara Gordon), Tara Strong (Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy) Teala Dunn (Bumblebee), and Stephanie Sheh (Katana) join forces to portray some of the newest students to attend Super Hero High.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
· Six Animated Shorts:
o Hero of the Month: Wonder Woman
o Fall into Super Hero High
o Hero of the Month: Bumblebee
o Hero of the Month: Poison Ivy
o Clubbing
o Saving the Day


DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year Review
By Andrei Logigan, James Harvey

DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year is a fun, great movie for fans of all ages. It takes the basic concept of the episodes we’ve seen to date and sticks with it, though tosses in just a bit more action to keep things rolling. The movie is able to find a solid between action, comedy and even a surprising amount of character drama. The film added subplots for just about all of the main characters, and really took advantage of the film’s running time to delve deeper into our main cast.

To take a closer look at the characters for a moment, Supergirl’s storyline provides the thrust for the movie. It was surprising to see how emotional it got at times with her remembering her family and hoping they're still alive. They even bring her arc for the movie full circle by her accepting her place on earth and embracing her new family, something that I’m sure will set the tone for the character going forward.

It was also great for Wonder Woman’s relationship with her mother to get explored a little more. It was great to see Diana interact with her, and was actually pretty interesting at times. It’s a relationship that you’d never expect to be explored, but they handle their somewhat delicate relationship nicely.

In terms of the other characters, Lois Lane had some great moments, especially with Grodd. When it comes to Big Barda, it was great to see this movie reference the recent TV special, and how she’s still feeling the repercussions of that, especially in her quest to gain the trust of her fellow classmates. Bumblebee also had a very satisfying character arc, and her continued focus is a real gem for the DC Super Hero Girls series. She’s always been so underutilized elsewhere that it’s great to see her finally get her proper dues.

Outside of the main characters, DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year didn’t skimp on the action of bad guys, other. The Gemworld connection was a great nod. The action scenes featured some solid choreography (and at times very creative), and it was nice to see the film give each character a moment to shine. Extra props for showing that these characters also have their own unique fighting styles and solutions to dealing with their foes.

DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year is a fun movie, and a great entry in the overall DC Super Hero Grils universe. The film had lots of neat moments and gags spread throughout, like Crazy Quilt's plans for the festivities, or James Gordon being an over-protective father, to name only a few. Plus a cameo from Amethyst herself, pretty cool stuff. This show is really spinning a fun, fresh take on the DC Universe many of us grew up with and is presenting it in a fun new light. For fans looking to pick it up, make note the DVD release includes a few of the DC Super Hero Girls animated shorts. It’s great to get some of these on a physical media release. If you’re a fan of the franchise, or just want a fun, safe avenue to introduce a younger generation of potential fans to the awesomeness of the DC Universe, you need to start here with DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year.Highly Recommended!