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Blu-ray Review: Vixen: The Movie

by Matt Sernaker, Managing Editor

Looking for something to fill the void in between the seasons of The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow? You are in luck, Vixen: The Movie has arrived, and you can own her new animated adventures on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

If you watched the fourth season of Arrow, you might already be familiar with the name Vixen. Mari McCabe made a brief appearance to assist Oliver the mystical threat of Damien Dark. Fans were thrilled with Vixen’s portrayal, and the heroine would later resurface in a different incarnation in Legends of Tomorrow. Vixen: The Movie features animated adventures leading up to, and just following, her live-action appearance, giving fans the opportunity to learn more about the Queen of the animal kingdom. Originally broken up into two story arcs for release on the CW Seed web-platform, the home video release has blended the arcs into one feature length title.

After Mari McCabe inadvertently activates her family’s magical amulet, she will finds that her destiny is tied to the spirits of the Animal Kingdom. With a little help from her new friends (in red and green), she faces down new mystical threats and learns how to be her own kind of hero. Who is the mysterious woman who is after the amulet, and what is her connection to Vixen? Check out this release to find out!

Vixen features the live-action heroes of the Arrow-verse, including Megalyn Echikunwoke (Vixen), Grant Gustin (The Flash), Stephen Amell (Arrow), Victor Garber (Professor Stein/Firestorm), Franz Drameh (Jax/Firestorm), Carlos Valdez (Cisco Ramon/Vibe), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity), Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), and Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance/Black Canary). The animated feature also includes Neil Flynn (Scrubs), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls), Sean Patrick Thomas (Save the Last Dance), and Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda).

Special Features

  • Vixen: Spirit Animal
  • Bruce Timm’s Top Picks: Justice League Unlimited episodes – “Hunter’s Moon” & “Grudge Match”

Overall

Vixen: The Movie has the feel of the live-action Arrow-verse, but using animation to tell McCabe’s story allowed the creative team to do more with the mystical components. If you were a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender or The Legend of Korra, you will probably enjoy the elemental connections in the story. Vixen is a solid addition to the WBTV arsenal, and hopefully we can see more of Mari’s story in the future.

Rating: ★★★★★
ComicsOnline gives Vixen: The Movie – 5 out of 5 animated mystical adventures.

About Matt Sernaker

(Managing Editor/Director of Media Relations) Matt interviewed MacGyver once (true story), and was invited on a submarine to the Arctic. It hasn't happened yet, but Matt hopes that some day he will get the call and he and Richard Dean Anderson will go off and have a wacky adventure.

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