|Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker 2000 N/R, 76 min.|
Genre: Animation / Action / Sci-Fi / Drama / Thriller
Director: Curt Geda
Cast: Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Angie Harmon, Dean Stockwell, Teri Garr, Arleen Sorkin, Tara Strong, Melissa Joan Hart, Don Harvey, Mathew Valencia, Frank Welker, Michael Rosenbaum, Henry Rollins, Rachael Leigh Cook
Young Terry McGinnis (voice of Will Friedle), who discovered Batman's secret in the original "Batman Beyond," now receives aid from Bruce Wayne (voice of Kevin Conroy) when the Joker (voice of Mark Hamill) returns to Gotham City.
|Ice Age 2002 PG, 82 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Comedy / Adventure
Director: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic, Jack Black, Tara Strong, Cedric the Entertainer, Stephen Root, Diedrich Bader, Alan Tudyk, Lorri Bagley, Jane Krakowski, Peter Ackerman, Josh Hamilton
When Sid the Sloth (voice of John Leguizamo) and Manfred the Mammoth (voice of Ray Romano) find a human baby, they set out to locate his tribe and return him to the humans. Joining Manfred and Sid on the journey is Diego the Saber-tooth Tiger (voice of Denis Leary) who schemes to upset the rescue plans. The film was nominated for an Academy award for Best Animated Feature.
|Kaena: The Prophecy 2003 PG-13, 85 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Director: Chris Delaporte, Pascal Pinon
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Richard Harris, Anjelica Huston, Keith David, Michael McShane, Greg Proops, Tom Kenny, Tara Strong, Dwight Schultz, Gary Martin, John Di Maggio, Ciara Janson, William Attenborough, Cornell John, Jennifer Darling
In this animated story from France, the inhabitants on AXIS (a giant, coiled plant that grows in the clouds) are in trouble. Although they have prayed to their gods, no help comes. So, rebel teenager Kaena (Kirsten Dunst) sets off to get answers and along the way meets humanoid space alien Opez (Richard Harris). Opez holds the solution to the problems, but the quest proves more difficult when the Queen of the Selenites (Anjelica Huston) wants Kaena and Opez dead.
|The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea 2000 G, 75 min.|
Director: Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith
Cast: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Tara Strong, Pat Carroll, Buddy Hackett, Kenneth Mars, Max Casella, Stephen Furst, Rob Paulsen, Clancy Brown
Ariel (Jodi Benson) knows that the evil sea witch, Morgana (Pat Carroll), lurks in the ocean with plans to control the Seven Seas; so, she has told daughter Melody (Tara Charendoff) that the ocean is off-limits. But, at 12-years of age, Melody has a mind of her own and ventures into the ocean where she is drawn into Morgana's clutches. Ariel calls on her old friend, Sebastian (Samuel E. Wright), to rescue Melody. Will he succeed?
|The Powerpuff Girls Movie 2002 PG, 87 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy
Director: Craig McCracken
Cast: Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, Elizabeth Daily, Tom Kenny, Roger Jackson, Tom Kane, Jennifer Hale, Jeff Bennett, Jennifer Martin, Grey DeLisle, Phil LaMarr, Rob Paulsen, Kevin Michael Richardson, Frank Welker
This animated film shows how the pint-sized superheroines on the Cartoon Network series attained the status of popular crime fighters in their troubled city of Townsville. The girls–Blossom (voice of Cathy Cavadini), Bubbles (voice of Tara Strong), and Buttercup (voice of Elizabeth Daily)–do not fit in at Pokey Oaks Kindergarten because they do not know how to control their superpowers. They ask an ape, Mojo Jojo (voice of Roger Jackson) for help, not knowing that he is planning to take over Townsville. But, the girls catch on in time to save the town and, in the process, learn to take responsibility for their superpowers.
|Princess Mononoke 1997 PG-13, 133 min.|
Genre: Animation / Adventure / Fantasy / Thriller
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thornton, Gillian Anderson, Jada Pinkett Smith, John DeMita, John Di Maggio, Keith David, Corey Burton, Debi Derryberry, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tara Strong
This is one animated adventure film that is NOT for children, but adults will be enthralled. Set in Japan during the Muromachi era, the story is about Ashitaka's (voice of Billy Crudup) search for the cure of a curse that a Tataraba has placed on him. Ashitaka travels far but arrives at his destination only to find himself amidst a battle between the forest animal gods and the iron miners whose work is killing the forest. Now, Ashitaka must attempt to bring peace between humanity and nature.
|Rugrats in Paris: The Movie 2000 G, 80 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Comedy
Director: Stig Bergqvist, Paul Demeyer
Cast: Christine Cavanaugh, Elizabeth Daily, Cheryl Chase, Susan Sarandon, Kath Soucie, John Lithgow, Joe Alaskey, Michael Bell, Tim Curry, Debbie Reynolds, Tara Strong, Tress MacNeille, Casey Kasem, Jack Riley
The Rugrats are back; this time they head to Paris and end up warding off the impending marriage of Chuckie Finster's (voice of Christine Cavanaugh) father (voice of Michael Bell) to the child-hating Coco LaBouche (voice of Susan Sarandon).
|The Rugrats Movie 1998 G, 81 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Comedy
Director: Igor Kovalyov, Norton Virgien
Cast: Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, Cheryl Chase, Tara Strong, Melanie Chartoff, Jack Riley, Joe Alaskey, David Spade, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Bell, Tim Curry, Busta Rhymes, Roger Clinton, Margaret Cho
Tommy (voice of Elizabeth Daily), Chuckie, Phillip, and Lillian (voices of Kath Soucie) try to return Tommy's troublesome baby brother, Dylan–"Dil" (voice of Tara Strong)–to the hospital where he was born. But along the way they get lost–really lost!
|Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island 1998 N/R, 77 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Comedy / Mystery
Director: Jim Stenstrum, Hiroshi Aoyama, Kazumi Fukushima
Cast: Scott Innes, Billy West, Mary Kay Bergman, Frank Welker, B.J. Ward, Adrienne Barbeau, Tara Strong, Cam Clarke, Jim Cummings, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Leigh Warren, Ed Gilbert
"Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island" is a magical adventure in animation. The story is about the "grown-up" Scooby-Doo gang–Daphne (voice of Mary Kay Bergman) who is now a TV show hostess, her cameraman Fred (voice of Frank Welker), Shaggy (voice of Billy West), Scooby-Doo (voice of Scott Innes), and Velma (voice of B.J. Ward)–heading for a zombie-infested Louisiana island. They arrive, and Lena (voice of Tara Strong) takes them to the home of Simone (voice of Adrienne Barbeau) whose gardener Beau (voice of Cam Clarke) is suspected of causing bizarre incidents. While they investigate, the gang finds themselves caught between cat creatures and zombies. Luckily, Beau turns out to be an undercover detective, and all ends happily.
|Spirited Away 2001 PG, 125 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Fantasy
Director: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise
Cast: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Jason Marsden, Susan Egan, David Ogden Stiers, Lauren Holly, Michael Chiklis, John Ratzenberger, Tara Strong, Mickie McGowan, Sherry Lynn, Jack Angel, Mona Marshall, Candi Milo, Phil Proctor
This Japanese animated film is about 10-year-old Chihiro (voice of Daveigh Chase) who finds herself alone in a world of ghosts and monsters, and her parents have been turned into pigs. She will need courage and allies to escape her nightmare, and she meets Haku (voice of Jason Marsden) who comes to her aid and finds a job for her in a bathhouse used by creatures. While working there, Chihiro tries to find the way to restore her parents into their human forms. The film received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
|Tarzan & Jane 2002 G, 70 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure
Director: Victor Cook, Steve Loter, Don MacKinnon
Cast: Michael T. Weiss, Olivia d'Abo, Tara Strong, Nicollette Sheridan, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings, Kevin Michael Richardson, John O'Hurley, April Winchell, Grey DeLisle, Rene Auberjonois, Alexis Denisof, Phil Proctor
In this Disney direct-to-video/DVD sequel to 1999's "Tarzan," Tarzan (voice of Michael T. Weiss) and Jane (voice of Olivia d'Abo) are about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. They recount the adventures of the past year, and each searches for the perfect gift for the other in the jungle, with obstacles to overcome in their quests. Not much here–except the closing song–in this 70 minute Saturday morning cartoon.
|Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring 2002 N/R, 62 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Action / Fantasy
Director: James T. Walker
Cast: Frank Welker, Jim Cummings, Jeff Bennett, Billy West, Jess Harnell, Maurice LaMarche, Tara Strong, Charlie Schlatter, Maile Flanagan, Tress MacNeille
Our long-time cat and mouse–Tom and Jerry (voices of Jeff Bennett and Frank Welker)–duo are back and join the wizardry craze. Their master, a young wizard, must leave for Calcutta to get some material necessary for a spell. Tom is placed in charge of a valuable, magic ring, but it gets stuck (!) on Jerry's head, and the fun begins.
|1. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)|
2. Ice Age (2002)
3. Kaena: The Prophecy (2003)
4. The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000)
5. The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002)
6. Princess Mononoke (1997)
7. Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)
8. The Rugrats Movie (1998)
9. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)
10. Spirited Away (2001)
11. Tarzan & Jane (2002)
12. Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring (2002)
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