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Animated Features

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Movie Review: ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’

(2½ stars out of 4)This inevitable followup to the commercially successful kidflick “Planes” is another PG-rated film aimed unapologetically at the preschool kids in the audience.

07/17/2014

(Jay Baruchel returns as the voice of Hiccup in the sequel, "How To Train Your Dragon 2.")

Movie Review: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′

The first one was respectable. The second is delectable.

06/12/2014

(Image from Summertime Entertainment)

Movie Review: ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’

With apologies to Mark Twain, the difference between the charm and artistry of the original movie and that of this animated sequel is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

05/08/2014

(The  new animated feature "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" uses characters created by a Delaware Valley cartoonist.)

New Movie’s Got a Decades-Old Connection to Delaware Valley Artist

A new animated movie is based on characters created by a local artist.

03/07/2014

("Frozen" is produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.)

Movie Review: ‘Frozen’

An animated princess is nothing new on the toon landscape. But “Frozen” defrosts two princesses for the price of one.

12/03/2013

(Owen Wilson voices the lead character in the animated feature "Free Birds.")

Movie Review: ‘Free Birds’

The writers let the fowl-out-of-water narrative get away from them in the late going, but the initial premise is a solid one and the funny jokes and clever bits are plentiful.

10/31/2013

(This animated feature stars the voices of Josh Hutcherson and Amanda Seyfried.)

Movie Review: ‘Epic’

It’s passable entertainment for the kids, even if it even falls a tad short of “Ice Age” and “Robots,” by the same director.

05/29/2013

(Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone are the voices of father-and-daughter cave dwellers in the animated feature, "The Croods.")

Movie Review: ‘The Croods’

“The Croods” evokes the Flintstones but quickly surpass it in ambitiousness and quality, what with all the parallels to modern families.

03/22/2013

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Home Video Report: Good Stuff From The Vintage Vault

It was during President Clinton’s first term that Aaron Sorkin and Rob Reiner imagined what the next commander-in-chief might look and act like.

10/03/2012

(Image from Pixar Studios.)

Movie Review: ‘Finding Nemo 3-D’

Nearly a decade later, with all the technological advancement in the interim, “Nemo” remains a monumental achievement as well as a delightful and resonant entertainment.

09/13/2012

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Movie Review: ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’

Sequel number three represents a step back in the right direction.

07/13/2012

(Kelly Macdonald is the voice of Merida, the heroine of this Pixar animated feature.)

Movie Review: ‘Brave’

This is a terrific piece of work and a splendid entertainment.

06/21/2012

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Movie Review: ”Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”

It’s a deforestation fable about the effects of industrialized society on the environment.

03/01/2012

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Movie Review: ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’

This animé is an English-language version of 2010’s top-grossing hit at the Japanese box office, known there as “The Borrower Arrietty.”

02/16/2012

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Movie Review: ‘Cars 2′

It’s not equal to the masterful original, “Cars,” but it would border on the miraculous if it were.

06/23/2011

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