WALL-E

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{5/5} “Too much garbage in your face? There’s plenty of space out in space! BnL StarLiners leaving each day. We’ll clean up the mess while you’re away.” WALL-E, released in 2008 WALL-E is a robot whose day job is to compact trash into cubes and stack them up to the sky. He’s been doing this […]

Big Hero 6

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{4/5} “My brain hates my eyes for seeing this.” Big Hero 6, released in 2014 On the day that Hiro, a young robotics genius, is demonstrating his microbots at the university he wants to attend there’s a fire — his brother Tadashi is killed and his microbots are destroyed. When the single microbot Hiro has […]

Ratatouille

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{4.5/5} “Anyone can cook.” Ratatouille, released in 2007 A rat that cooks? It seems like an absurd premise, but the people at Pixar make it work. Remy is different from all the other rats — he wants to eat good food rather than garbage. He makes a deal with a human, Linguini, who’s working in […]

Hotel Transylvania

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{4/5} “He’s not talking to you. First you tell us humans are bad, now they’re good, what else? Up is down, cold is hot, gremlins don’t smell.” Hotel Transylvania, released in 2012 Dracula runs a hotel for monsters, a place where they can be safe from bloodthirsty humans. Dracula wants to keep his daughter Mavis […]

Despicable Me

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{5/5} “When we got adopted by a bald guy, I thought this would be more like Annie.” Despicable Me, released in 2010 Gru is a supervillain whose nemesis Vector has stolen the Great Pyramid — so he decides to steal the Moon. Gru adopts three little girls so they can get inside Vector’s compound by […]

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

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{4.5/5} “My dream was to help my hometown, a small island hidden under the A in Atlantic, called Swallow Falls. We were one of the leading exporters of sardines, until the day Baby Brent Sardine cannery closed when everyone realized that sardines… are super gross.” Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, released in 2009 Flint […]

Bolt

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{4.5/5} “‘Stay back! If I stare at the lock really hard, it’ll burst into flames and melt.’ ‘Now I’m concerned on a number of levels.’” Bolt, released in 2008 Bolt is a dog who thinks he has super powers but he’s really on a TV show and his powers are all faked by the production […]

Dragons: Defenders of Berk (season 2)

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{4/5} Dragons: Defenders of Berk season 2, aired in 2013-14 Hiccup and his friends defend Berk against Alvin the Treacherous, Dagur the Deranged, and Whispering Death dragons. There’s a bit more of an ongoing story this season. The TV show isn’t quite as good as the movies, but it’s enjoyable. A third season is forthcoming […]

How To Train Your Dragon 2

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{4.5/5} “You have the heart of a chief and the soul of a dragon.” Hiccup and Toothless explore new lands while his friends engage in dragon racing. Hiccup comes across dragon trappers who reveal that someone named Drago Bludvist has a dragon army. Meanwhile Stoick has decided to retire and make Hiccup chief of the […]

How To Train Your Dragon

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{5/5} “My name’s Hiccup. Great name, I know. But, it’s not the worst. Parents believe a hideous name will frighten off gnomes and trolls. Like our charming Viking demeanor wouldn’t do that.” Hiccup is a Viking. He lives in Berk, a small hillside village whose people fish and herd sheep. But occasionally fierce dragons come […]