Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

ERIC DARNELL, SIMON J. SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2014.  DreamWorks Animation, Pacific Data Images.  Story by Alan Schoolcraft, Brent Simons, Michael Colton, John Aboud, Screenplay by Michael Colton, John Aboud, Brandon Sawyer.  Produced by Lara Breay, Mark Swift.  Music by Lorne Balfe.  Production Design by Shannon Jeffries.  Film Editing by Nick…

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Abominable (2019)

JILL CULTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB China/USA, 2019.  DreamWorks Animation, Pearl Studio.  Screenplay by Jill Culton.  Cinematography by Robert Edward Crawford.  Produced by Suzanne Buirgy, Peilin Chou, Dave Polsky.  Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Max Boas.  Film Editing by Susan Fitzer.   At a scientific lab owned by a billionaire industrialist (voiced…

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Trolls (2016)

MIKE MITCHELL, WALT DOHRN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2016.  DreamWorks Animation, Hurwitz Creative, Isobel Griffiths Limited.  Story by Erica Rivinoja, Screenplay by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, based on the Good Luck Trolls created by Thomas Dam.  Cinematography by Yong Duk Jhun.  Produced by Gina Shay.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by…

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

DEAN DeBLOIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2019.  DreamWorks Animation, Mad Hatter Entertainment.  Screenplay by Dean DeBlois, based on the How To Train Your Dragon book series by Cressida Cowell.  Cinematography by Gil Zimmerman.  Produced by Bonnie Arnold, Brad Lewis.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Pierre-Olivier Vincent.  Film Editing by John K….

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The Boss Baby (2017)

TOM McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2017.  DreamWorks Animation.  Screenplay by Michael McCullers, based on the book by Marla Frazee.  Produced by Ramsey Ann Naito.  Music by Steve Mazzaro, Hans Zimmer.  Film Editing by James Ryan.   A young boy’s perfect life as the top priority of his loving parents is dashed when they come home from the hospital with…

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

DAVID SOREN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2017.  DreamWorks Animation, Scholastic Productions.  Screenplay by Nicholas Stoller, based on the epic novels by Dav Pilkey, additional screenplay material by David Soren.  Produced by Mireille Soria, Mark Swift.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Nate Wragg.  Film Editing by Matt Landon. Dav Pilkey’s popular children’s books are brought to the big screen with…

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

DEAN DeBLOIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  DreamWorks Animation, Mad Hatter Entertainment.  Screenplay by Dean DeBlois, based on the book series by Cressida Cowell.  Produced by Bonnie Arnold.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Pierre-Olivier Vincent.  Film Editing by John K. Carr.   The success of the somewhat amusing original has been followed by a delightful sequel,…

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Home (2015)

TIM JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2015.  DreamWorks Animation.  Screenplay by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, based on the book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.  Produced by Suzanne Buirgy, Christopher Jenkins, Mireille Soria.  Music by Lorne Balfe.  Production Design by Kathy Altieri.  Film Editing by Nick Fletcher. A race of gooey purple aliens show up on Earth…

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Puss In Boots (2011)

CHRIS MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2011.  DreamWorks Animation.  Story by Brian Lynch, William Davies, Tom Wheeler, Screenplay by Tom Wheeler, based on a character created by Charles Perrault.  Produced by Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Guillaume Aretos. Film Editing by Erika Dapkewicz.   The adorable sidekick who stole scenes from the sequels to Shrek…

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Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

JENNIFER YUH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2011.  DreamWorks Animation.  Screenplay by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger.  Produced by Melissa Cobb.  Music by John Powell, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Tang Kheng Heng.  Film Editing by Maryann Brandon, Clare De Chenu.   The cuddly martial arts hero who bested all odds returns for another adventure in this colourful sequel to the 2008 hit. Jack Black voices…

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Kung Fu Panda (2008)

JOHN STEVENSON, MARK OSBORNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2008.  DreamWorks Animation, Pacific Data Images.  Story by Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris, Screenplay by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger.  Cinematography by Yong Duk Jhun.  Produced by Melissa Cobb.  Music by John Powell, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Raymond Zibach.  Film Editing by Clare De Chenu.   Po is a panda bear (voiced by Jack Black) whose duck father…

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Chicken Run (2000)

PETER LORD, NICK PARK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2000.  Aardman Animations, DreamWorks Animation, Pathé.  Original Story by Peter Lord, Nick Park, Screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick, additional dialogue by Mark Burton, John O’Farrell.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver, Frank Passingham.  Produced by Peter Lord, Nick Park, David Sproxton.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell.  Production Design by Phil Lewis.  Film…

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