Doctor Dolittle (1998)

BETTY THOMAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox, Davis Entertainment, Joseph M. Singer Entertainment.  Screenplay by Nat Mauldin, Larry Levin, based on the stories by Hugh Lofting. Cinematography by Russell Boyd.  Produced by John Davis, David T. Friendly, Joseph Singer.  Music by Richard Gibbs.  Production Design by William A. Elliott.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by…

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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. USA, 2012.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Todd Durham, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Screenplay by Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Marcelo Vignali.  Film Editing by Catherine Apple.  Golden Globe Awards 2012.  Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Even a famous vampire can’t help but turn into…

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Frozen (2013)

CHRIS BUCK, JENNIFER LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2013.  Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Shane Morris, additional story by Dean Wellins, Screenplay by Jennifer Lee, inspired by the story The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.  Produced by Peter Del Vecho.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by David Womersley.  Film Editing by…

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Akira

BBBB (out of 5) Milestone in Japanese animation features a convoluted story played against beautifully painted backdrops. After a bike gang are exposed to a secret government project known only as Akira, the gang’s leader has to race against time to save his best friend from the deadly effects of this top government secret. His…

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Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

RICH MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2012.  Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, Jim Reardon, Screenplay by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee, additional story material by John C. Reilly, Sam J. Levine, Jared Stern.  Produced by Clark Spencer.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Mike Gabriel.  Film Editing by Tim Mertens.  Academy…

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Moneyball (2011)

BENNETT MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2011.  Columbia Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Michael De Luca Productions, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Specialty Films.  Story by Stan Chervin, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, based on the book Moneyball: The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game by Michael Lewis.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz,…

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

CODY CAMERON, KRIS PEARN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   His unpronounceable invention created weather that rained hot dogs and hamburgers from the sky, but in the sequel his home island has gone full-on Lost World when science-geek Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is informed that his creations have become sentient beings.  More exciting, though, is that…

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Tangled (2010)

NATHAN GRENO, BYRON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2010.  Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Dan Fogelman, additional story by Dean Wellins, based on the fairy tale Rapunzel by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm.  Produced by Roy Conli.  Music by Alan Menken.  Production Design by Douglas Rogers.  Film Editing by Tim Mertens.  Academy Awards 2010.  Golden Globe…

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Osmosis Jones (2001)

BOBBY FARRELLY, PETER FARRELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Warner Bros., Conundrum Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Feature Animation.  Screenplay by Marc Hyman.  Cinematography by Mark Irwin.  Produced by Dennis Edwards, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Zak Penn, Bradley Thomas.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Sydney J. Bartholomew Jr..  Costume Design by Pamela Withers.  Film Editing by Lois Freeman-Fox, Stephen…

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Chicken Little

BB.5 (out of 5) Any animated film where a tiny animal wears adorably trendy clothing is worth at least a glance (see Stuart Little), but this lifeless tale won’t impress you much. Poor little Chicken Little (voiced by Zach Braff) feels a piece of the sky falling and causes a panic in his town, only…

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The Princess And The Frog (2009)

RON CLEMENTS, JOHN MUSKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Directed Ron Clements, John Musker.  Story by Ron Clements, John Musker, Greg Erb, Jason Oremland, Don Hall, additional story material by Chris Ure, Jared Stern, Dean Wellins, additional source material by Will Csaklos, Ralph Eggleston, Screenplay by Ron…

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ParaNorman

CHRIS BUTLER, SAM FELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2012.  Focus Features, Laika Entertainment.  Screenplay by Chris Butler.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver.  Produced by Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Nelson Lowry.  Costume Design by Deborah Cook.  Film Editing by Christopher Murrie.  Academy Awards 2012.  Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2012.   National Board of Review Awards 2012.  New…

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