Despicable Me 2 (2013)

PIERRE COFFIN, CHRIS RENAUD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/France/Japan, 2013.  Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment.  Screenplay by Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio.  Produced by Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri.  Music by Heitor Pereira, Pharrell Williams.  Production Design by Yarrow Cheney, Eric Guillon.  Film Editing by Gregory Perler.  Academy Awards 2013.  Golden Globe Awards 2013.  North Carolina…

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)

CHRIS RENAUD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2012.  Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment.  Screenplay by Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, based on the book by Dr. Seuss.  Produced by Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Yarrow Cheney.  Film Editing by Claire Dodgson, Steven Liu, Ken Schretzmann. Gorgeously animated comedy from the Dr. Seuss book, beginning in…

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Spirited Away (2001)

HAYAO MIYAZAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi Japan, 2001.  Tokuma Shoten, Studio Ghibli, Nippon Television Network, Dentsu, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, Mitsubishi.  Screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki.  Cinematography by Atsushi Okui.  Produced by Donald W. Ernst, Toshio Suzuki.  Music by Joe Hisaishi.  Production Design by Norobu Yoshida.  Film Editing by Takeshi Seyama.  Academy Awards…

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Home On The Range

BB.5 (out of 5) In this mildly amusing animated film, a prize-winning cow with a boisterous personality (voiced by Roseanne Barr) is given up by her owner after an evil cattle rustler takes most of his livestock. The cow’s new home is a charming little farm called ‘Little Patch Of Heaven’, and on it live…

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Monsters University (2013)

DAN SCANLON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios.  Story and screenplay by Dan Scanlon, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird.  Produced by Kori Rae.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Ricky Nierva.  Film Editing by Greg Snyder.  New York Film Critics Awards 2013. North Carolina Film Critics Awards 2013. Online Film Critics Awards 2013.  Phoenix…

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Treasure Planet (2002)

RON CLEMENTS, JOHN MUSKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2002.  Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Screenplay by Ron Clements, John Musker, Rob Edwards, based on Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Produced by Ron Clements, Ray Conli, John Musker.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design…

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WALL-E (2008)

ANDREW STANTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2008.  FortyFour Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon.  Produced by Jim Morris.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Ralph Eggleston.  Film Editing by Stephen Schaffer.  Academy Awards 2008. American Film Institute 2008.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2008.   Golden Globe Awards…

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Happily N’Ever After

B (out of 5) Just how many revisionist versions of Cinderella do we need before we’ve had enough? This abysmal animated film is a sad attempt to capture the persnickity joy of Shrek that is neither funny nor clever. In this version, Cinderella lives, along with all the other fairy-tale standards such as Sleeping Beauty…

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Jetsons: The Movie

BB (out of 5) The futuristic Flintstones come to the big screen nearly thirty years after they were first played on television, and they have absolutely nothing to show for it. In this film, which is basically a lengthy episode with very few improvements made on the original, George Jetson is sent to a faraway…

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Cars

BBBB (out of 5) While the story doesn’t reach the brilliance of Toy Story or Monsters, Inc., this animated film from the multi-talents at Pixar is among their most beautiful, and manages some poignant moments that make it more than just a spectacle. Anthropomorphically charismatic cars with individual personalities populate the story, one of the…

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