As before, a handsome prince is cursed for being a world-class jerk and transformed into a Beast (Stevens) until and unless he can find and share true love, while his staff are turned into furniture. The time frame is unspecific, but the curse also removes the castle and its inhabitants from the memory of the outside world, in particular of the little town that supports it, to which years later a girl named Belle (Watson) and her father Maurice (Kline) move after the loss of her mother.
Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise Starring Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Rex Everhart, Jesse Corti, Jerry Orbach, Jo Anne Worley, Bradley Michael Pierce, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury
A spoiled prince disrespects a beggar woman, who reveals herself as a beautiful enchantress pulling shenanigans and turns him into a Beast, so to remain unless he can find and share true love before his twenty-first year. Ten years later, in a nearby provincial town that is entirely ignorant of the existence of said prince, his family and his castle, we meet Belle (O’Hara), a high-minded, intellectual dreamer who isn’t like all the other girls. She is pursued by local bravo Gaston (White), but uninterested in a life in the village, remaining largely to protect her ageing and eccentric father, Maurice (Everhart).
Directed by Jon Favreau Starring Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johanssen, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Lupita Nyong’o and Neel Sethi
A young boy (Sethi) is found by animals, named Mowgli and raised by the mother wolf Raksha (Nyong’o) in the jungles of India. When the water truce brings him into contact with Shere Khan (Elba), the tiger swears to kill him, and Mowgli agrees to leave the pack in the company of his mentor Bagheera (Kingsley) in order to protect them.
Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush Starring Giniffer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Jenny Slate and Shakira
Country rabbit Judy Hopps (Goodwin) dreams of becoming a cop in Zootropolis, the cosmopolitan capital of a world of anthropomorphic animals far removed from its primal roots. Montaging her way through the academy, she wrestles with the prejudice of her boss (Elba) and the machinations of vulpine hustler Nick Wilde (Bateman) before landing a career-making missing mammal case with the help of Dawn Bellweather (Slate), the put-upon assistant of blowhard Mayor Lionheart (Simmons).
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Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams Starring Ryan Potter, Scot Adsit, TJ Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Genesis Rodriguez and James Cromwell
In the megalopolis of San Fransokyo, robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Potter) is shocked out of his lackadaisical attitude when his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) introduces him to the cutting edge research at his ‘nerd school’. Hiro designs a winning entry for the university’s open audition-cum-science fair application process, but then the auditorium catches fire and Tadashi is killed trying to save his mentor, Professor Callaghan (Cromwell). Falling into a funk, Hiro is roused only by the intercession of his brother’s last project, a medical aide robot called Baymax (Adsit).
Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker Starring Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes and Pat Carroll
Ariel (Benson), the youngest daughter of King Triton (Kenneth Mars) of the Merfolk, dreams of the wonders of the surface world. When she saves the life of an adventurous prince (Barnes) and falls in love with him, she makes an ill-advised deal with the sea-witch Ursula (Carroll). Ursula transforms Ariel into a human for three days. If she can get the prince to kiss her, she will be human forever; if not, she will belong to Ursula. The cost of the deal is her voice, which ironically is the thing the prince has fallen in love with. Continue reading The Little Mermaid (1989)→
Directed by Peter Sohn Starring Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Sam Elliot, Frances McDormand and Jeffrey Wright
65 million years after a giant asteroid doesn’t hit the Earth, a family of apatosaurus headed by Ida (McDormand) and Henry (Wright) work a small family farmstead with Flintstones-style technology. Their smallest child is Arlo (Ochoa), a runt with out-sized feet, and Henry asks him to protect the grain silo from ‘critters’ to earn a sense of self-esteem. When he takes pity on the critter – a young caveboy (Bright) – Henry is killed in a flood when they pursue the boy.
“The greatest adventure of all is finding our place in the circle of life.”
Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff Starring Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Rowan Atkinson, Robert Guillaume, Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin
The young cub Simba is born to Mufasa (Jones), King of the Pridelands. While Simba is still a young, reckless cub, his father is killed by his brother Scar (Irons) with the aid of his hyaena minions (Goldberg, Marin) and flees into exile.
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman Starring Bruce Reitherman, Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, George Sanders, Sterling Holloway and others
A young infant is adopted by a family of wolves and named Mowgli (Reitherman), but the pack kick him out when Shere Khan (Sanders) the tiger comes hunting. As his guardian Bagheera the Panther (Cabot!) tries to escort the reluctant Mowgli to the nearest man village, he encounters the insinuating python Kaa (Holloway), the cheerful bear Baloo (Harris) and the mocking monkeys of orangutan King Louis (Prima,) before his final showdown with Shere Khan.
Directed by Pete Docter Starring Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Richard Kind, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan
11 year old Riley (Dias) is uprooted from her home in Minnesota when her Mum (Lane) and Dad (MacLachlan) move with her to San Francisco. The resulting turmoil is managed by Riley’s emotions, the five personifications – absurdly perky Joy (Poehler), neurotic Fear (Hader), splenetic Anger (Lewis Smith), discerning Disgust (Kaling) and morose Sadness (Phyllis Smith) – who live in her head and regulate her inner life.