|Beauty and the Beast 1991 G, 85 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Fantasy / Musical
Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Cast: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach, Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers, Rex Everhart, Richard White, Jesse Corti, Jo Anne Worley, Mary Kay Bergman, Bradley Pierce, Hal Smith, Tony Jay
The animation of this popular fairy tale is a highlight of this Disney film. It is the story of beautiful young Belle (voice of Paige (O'Hara) who is forced to live with a Beast (voice of Robby Benson). She learns to look beneath the surface of another and discovers a gentle kindness hidden behind the beast's gruff exterior. The song "Beauty and the Beast" won an Academy Award as did the musical score. The film was also nominated for Best Picture.
|The Borrowers 1997 PG, 83 min.|
Genre: Family / Fantasy / Comedy
Director: Peter Hewitt
Cast: John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Celia Imrie, Flora Newbigin, Tom Felton, Aden Gillett, Mark Williams, Hugh Laurie, Bradley Pierce, Patrick Monckton, Raymond Pickard, Doon Mackichan, Ruby Wax, Andrew Dunford, Bob Goody
Pod, Arrietty, Peagreen, and Homily Clock are members of a family of Borrowers (four-inch high people who live under the floorboards of the Lender's home). When the diabolical lawyer, Ocious P. Potter (John Goodman) swindles the Lenders out of their inherited house and plans to build luxury apartments in its stead, the Borrowers plot to expose Potter for what he is and return the home to the Lenders.
|Jumanji 1995 PG, 100 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Fantasy / Comedy
Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, Adam Hann-Byrd, Bonnie Hunt, David Alan Grier, Bebe Neuwirth, Patricia Clarkson, Jonathan Hyde, Malcolm Stewart, Laura Bell Bundy, James Handy, Gillian Barber, Brandon Obray, Cyrus Thiedeke
Alan Parrish (Adam Hann-Byrd) was often beaten up when he was in school in Brantford, New Hampshire, in 1969. Then one day he found a magical jungle board game, Jumanji, and played it with his friend, Sarah (Bonnie Hunt). Now we skip to 1995, and orphans Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce) have moved into Alan's old house, find the Jumanji game, and conjure up Alan (Robin Williams) who has been sucked into the game and remained there for the last 26 years. They track down Sarah so they can end the game. Special effects are amazing as animatronic and computer-generated wild animals thunder through the house and town until the game is finished.
|Man's Best Friend 1993 R, 87 min.|
Director: John Lafia
Cast: Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen, Robert Constanzo, Fredric Lehne, John Cassini, J.D. Daniels, William Sanderson, Bradley Pierce, Adam Carl, Trula M. Marcus
Animal Rights activists are about the only ones who will love this film about the horrors involved in animal experiments. Ally Sheedy plays the newswoman who uncovers the story.
|Return to Never Land 2002 G, 76 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Fantasy / Musical
Director: Robin Budd, Donovan Cook
Cast: Blayne Weaver, Harriet Owen, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Kath Soucie, Andrew McDonough, Roger Rees, Clive Revill, Spencer Breslin, Quinn Beswick, Aaron Spann, Bradley Pierce, Dan Castellaneta, Jim Cummings, Rob Paulsen
Although young Danny (Andrew McDonough) loves his mother Wendy's (Kath Soucie) stories about Peter Pan, Wendy's daughter, Jane (Harriet Owen), pooh-poohs them. But, when Jane is kidnapped in London during World War II, Peter Pan rescues her, and Jane becomes a believer. A good animated, family adventure with a few songs thrown in for good measure–including "The Second Star to the Right" and "Do You Believe in Magic."
|1. Beauty and the Beast (1991)|
2. The Borrowers (1997)
3. Jumanji (1995)
4. Man's Best Friend (1993)
5. Return to Never Land (2002)
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