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Mortal Engines, from Peter Jackson, now due 2018

24 October 2016 11:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Nov 25, 2016

Philip Reeve's novel, Mortal Engines, is being brought to the screen by some of the The Hobbit team. And it's landing in December 2018.

Universal has now inked in a release date for the new project being overseen by Peter Jackson, an adaptation of the book (and book series) Mortal Engines. The film – which we’re presuming is based on the first of the four books in the series – will be in cinemas on December 14th 2018.

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Production is expected to begin in 2017. When we have casting news, we’ll pass it your way…

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36 Actors Who Could Be The 007th James Bond

4 August 2016 12:39 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Simon Columb with 36 actors who could be the 007th James Bond…

Straight off the bat, we’ve got to be open-minded about what defines James Bond. I’d argue that James Bond needs to be have a smart, smooth presentation with a brawling, rough depth beneath the surface. The whole backstory needs to be buried in the character. He needs to be ever-so-slightly uncomfortable in a tuxedo but to such a small extent that it carries the swagger that demands the attention of others in the room. There’s no particular figure, height, age or race that defines this presentation. Being a bit smarmy with the ladies is almost an expectation – especially as ‘Bond Girl’ is so rooted in the series. But, considering M was the Bond Girl in Skyfall, I can appreciate this may need a slight update. Nevertheless, a Jane Bond can’t be entirely off the table. »

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Joe Cornish's "Snow Crash" Filming In 2017?

27 July 2016 8:10 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hard to believe but it has been five years since British filmmaker Joe Cornish exploded onto the scene with the very well-received alien invasion tale "Attack The Block" which also launched the career of John Boyega.

With the exception of some work on the script for Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" and the early drafts of Marvel's "Ant-Man," Cornish hasn't had any credits since. Now though, it looks like he's finally returning with a new project that looks to be going in front of the cameras next year.

The film is an adaptation of Neal Stephenson's beloved 1992 sci-fi novel classic "Snow Crash" which deals with things such as virtual realities, the dark web, and global conspiracy in a future where most power has been ceded to private organizations and entrepreneurs. Producer Frank Marshall told Collider this week that it's almost ready to be made:

"Joe Cornish is developing »

- Garth Franklin

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Forget The Bfg, Spielberg ain’t past it yet…

9 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black on what the future holds for Steven Spielberg following the box office disappointment of The Bfg

This week, The Bfg joined this year’s list of ‘illustrious’ flops, at least in the Us where it tanked hard as it released off the back of Indepedence Day: Resurgence and the much more successful Finding Dory. That puts it in the same house as The Huntsman’s Winter War, Gods of Egypt & Zoolander 2. A Steven Spielberg movie. Based on a legendary children’s book by Roald Dahl. This can’t be right, surely? Well for whatever reason, nobody wanted to smell what The Bfg was cooking, and almost immediately commentators and sites decried this box office failure as the metaphorical ‘death of Spielberg’, suggesting the master of modern cinema has lost his magic touch with the takings and, moreover, has lost that special ingredient which made him arguably the »

- Tony Black

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Steven Spielberg says Peter Jackson will still direct the Tintin sequel

5 July 2016 5:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in 2007 it was announced that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson were teaming up to bring Herge’s The Adventures of Tintin to the big screen, with Spielberg directing a first movie, Jackson helming the sequel, and the duo teaming up to round out the trilogy by co-directing the third.

Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin arrived in 2011 and was met with positive reviews and a decent global box office of $374 million. However, by that point, Jackson was back in Middle-earth developing what ultimately became a trilogy of Hobbit movies, and talk of the sequel seemed to fizzle out.

Well, Spielberg has now confirmed that the second movie is still in the works, with Jackson remaining attached as director, although he’s set to helm a mystery project for Amblin first:

“Peter was so busy with The Hobbit that it took him away from Tintin and he’s doing another film for my company now, »

- Gary Collinson

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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ and ‘The Bfg’ May Not Recoup

3 July 2016 2:34 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With Independence Day falling on a Monday, the holiday weekend’s three-day totals so far took a sweet jump over 2015, when the 4th fell on Saturday. After a slow summer, the result is the best increase over the equivalent weekend in some time; three films topped $30 million for the three days, all better than any last year.

The top spot was nabbed both last weekend and in 2015 by a Pixar film in its third week. Incredibly though “Finding Dory” is now 50% ahead of “Inside Out” through the same period, with a clear path to the best total of the year, at least until December’s “Star Wars” entry takes its shot.

Read More: Why ‘Finding Dory’ Sequel Drowned ‘Independence Day: Resurgence

The Legend of Tarzan” exceeded predictions, but is far from home-free in recouping its $180-million cost (plus marketing). That’s no worry for the $10 million “The Purge: Election Year, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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‘The Bfg’ Flops: Has Steven Spielberg Lost His Blockbuster Touch?

3 July 2016 11:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 1975, Steven Spielberg ushered in the modern blockbuster era when “Jaws” terrified audiences and smashed box office records.

It was a time when American directors were offering up smaller, more intimate looks at crime, politics and society, such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Dog Day Afternoon,” two of the year’s other big hits. But Spielberg went in the opposite direction. He was a maximalist. His work promised spectacle, of the kind that needed to be enjoyed on the big screen.

Over the ensuing decades, no director has maintained a firmer grasp of popular tastes. “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”  and “Jurassic Park” were popcorn movie totems for a generation of film lovers and Spielberg became synonymous with summer blockbuster season.

“If you ask anyone across the country or around the world to name a director, he’s at the top of the list, »

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Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg Team for Secret Movie

1 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Making a three part epic like The Hobbit sure can knock the wind out of a guy. Especially when it is not as well received as the trilogy that came before it, which in this case, would be the Academy Award winning Lord of the Rings saga. So it's understandable that director Peter Jackson has taken some much needed time off between projects. But it sounds like the New Zealand maestro may be heading back to work soon. And it will be under the guidance of filmmaker extraordinaire Steven Spielberg.

Though he won't divulge exactly what the project may be, director Steven Spielberg spilled the beans about Peter Jackson's next project while out promoting his big summer release The Bfg, which is in theaters now. Spielberg dropped this exciting nugget of news to TimeOut Magazine, with New Zealand's Stuff picking up the coverage. The actor only let this new »

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The Adventures Of Tintin 2 Still Alive As Steven Spielberg Teases New Collaboration With Peter Jackson

1 July 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ready Player One director Steven Spielberg has been dropping hints of a new collaboration with Peter Jackson, while there’s also word that animated sequel The Adventures of Tintin 2 remains alive and well.

Word comes by way of The New Zealand Herald (via The Playlist), where Spielberg spoke about a mysterious future project while doing press rounds for The Bfg.

When it comes to Tintin 2‘s development status, Spielberg pointed to Peter Jackson’s all-consuming work on The Hobbit trilogy to explain the lack of tangible progress, but there appears to be another, separate project brewing between the two filmmaking greats. Sadly, Spielberg stopped short of revealing what that movie could possibly be.

“Peter was so busy with The Hobbit that it took him away from Tintin and he’s doing another film for my company now. It’s a secret, nobody knows about it. Then after that he’ll do Tintin. »

- Michael Briers

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Peter Jackson Is Making a Secret Amblin Movie for Steven Spielberg

1 July 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

When the folks at spoke to producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, who worked with Steven Spielberg on Bridge of Spies, they asked if we'd ever see the promised sequel to The Adventures of Tintin. At the time she said, "I think we will. Peter Jackson will direct the next Tintin, they are working on the story. We don't know when it will happen, but the hope and the prayer is to make Tintin 2. But it's up to Peter Jackson. Peter's directing it and Steven is...

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Peter Jackson is working on a secret Steven Spielberg project

30 June 2016 11:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Five years ago Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg collaborated on The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, and although sequels were promised, we’ve heard nothing since then.

Well, Spielberg is on the massive promotional tour for The Bfg where he spoke with the The New Zealand Herald. He touched on the Tintin movies, which still look to be happening, but not quite yet.

“Peter was so busy with ‘The Hobbit’ that it took him away from ‘Tintin’ and he’s doing another film for my company now. It’s a secret, nobody knows about it. Then after that he’ll do ‘Tintin.'”

What could it be?

The first film in the Tintin series, which was 100% CGI captured, took nearly $300 million around the world back in 2011, more than enough to warrant a sequel.

More news on this top secret project as we get it.

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Tintin 2 still happening – but still not yet

30 June 2016 10:27 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jul 1, 2016

Peter Jackson is still set to make Tintin 2 - but he's doing another top secret film for Steven Spielberg first.

The original plan with The Adventures Of Tintin was for a trilogy of movies. Thus far, Steven Spielberg has kept his part of the bargain. He directed The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, that was released in 2011. Then, though, the plan was for Peter Jackson to helm the second movie, but he subsequently signed on to bring The Hobbit to the screen, eventually across three movies. It would be fair to say that that significantly delayed Tintin 2.

Not too much has been heard of Jackson since, as understandably he’s been taking a small break from filmmaking. But as it turns out, he’s been keeping busy. In a new interview, ahead of the release of The Bfg, Steven Spielberg has revealed that »

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What's the secret movie Spielberg and Jackson are making before 'Tintin 2'?

30 June 2016 9:35 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Steven Spielberg is enormously clever about the way he drops hints in the press when he wants to create some buzz for something, knowing full well that any comment he makes is going to be carefully parsed for meaning and for clues about things. Specifically, when he mentions that he and Peter Jackson are making a secret film before Jackson makes Kingdom Of The Sun, the previously-announced title for the Tintin sequel, then he has to know that people are immediately going to start guessing about what that secret film might be. I’ve seen plenty of people speculate today about what that secret film might be, with many people betting that it’s going to be The Dam Busters, the long-in-development movie about a famous bombing raid during WWII that Jackson wants to make, with Weta having spent several years building full-sized Lancaster bombers for the movie. I wouldn »

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Peter Jackson is Making a Secret Amblin Movie for Steven Spielberg

30 June 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

When we spoke to Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg's producer, last year for Bridge of Spies we asked if we'd ever see the promised sequel to The Adventures of Tintin. At the time she said, "I think we will. Peter Jackson will direct the next Tintin, they are working on the story. We don't know when it will happen, but the hope and the prayer is to make Tintin 2. But it's up to Peter Jackson. Peter's directing it and Steven is producing, which was always their plan together. " That's reassuring for fans of the first mo-cap adventure movie, but now Spielberg has revealed that he and Jackson have plans for another movie before Tintin. What movie is that? Spielberg's not saying, but he did confirm this to The New Zealand...

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Jackson Working On "Tintin 2," Spielberg Project

30 June 2016 11:07 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hard to believe but it has been five years since Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson teamed up to adapt Herge's "The Adventures of Tintin" into a CG animated mo-cap features. Scoring good reviews, the film was only a soft opener in the states with $77.5 million, but in the rest of the world which grew up on the comic the film managed a further $296 million - certainly enough for a sequel to go into production.

However that hasn't happened. Jackson was to direct the film which it was thought would be based on "The Seven Crystal Balls"/"Prisoners of the Sun" two-parter, but instead opted to tackle the "The Hobbit" trilogy. With that all over back in late 2014, it remains surprising that we've yet to hear anything further which has prompted concern the project had been cancelled.

Speaking with The New Zealand Herald this weekend, Spielberg talked about his future collaborations »

- Garth Franklin

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Peter Jackson Working on a Secret Project for Steven Spielberg, And It’s Not ‘Tintin 2’

30 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

This winter it will have been five years since Steven Spielberg teamed with Peter Jackson to bring Hergé‘s iconic intrepid reporter to the big screen in The Adventures of Tintin. The motion-capture performance film wasn’t a massive hit in the United States, earning $77.5 million, but since the comic that inspired it is much more […]

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Peter Jackson Working On A Secret Project For Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment

30 June 2016 8:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s been a half-decade since Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg‘s “The Adventures Of Tintin” hit the big screen, in what was supposed to be a trilogy launching franchise. However, the box office receipts weren’t quite as high as many had expected (the movie couldn’t even top $80 million domestic), and while promises were made that […]

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Review: The Bfg, Steven Spielberg's Infectious Sense of Play Returns to the Fore

30 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Once upon a time Steven Spielberg was the fabulist of our time. Looking at Close Encounters of the Third Kind or E.T or even Jurassic Park and A.I., you could see a sense of wonder and playfulness in his filmmaking, a childlike enthusiasm that never felt pandering or out of place. While the last few years have seen Spielberg in production mode for megafranchises (i.e. Transformers) and whittling away at history (Lincoln, Bridge of Spies) his true flights of fancy have been less overt. Save for an underappreciated The Adventures of Tintin, we've been seeing a lot more of a serious side of the director. It's all the more fitting, then, that The Bfg finds Spielberg returning to his overtly childish ways, finding a particularly genuine...

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John Boyega Teases Potential Reunion With Attack The Block Director Joe Cornish

27 June 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Long before John Boyega found his name up in lights, tethered to the box office behemoth Disney calls Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the British actor had his breakout in Attack the Block, a low-key sci-fi flick brimming with personality.

Fending off an alien invasion within a South London council estate, the Joe Cornish-directed feature was as intelligent as it was entertaining, pushing and pulling at genre conventions in a manner not dissimilar to, say, Shaun of the Dead.

But even after landing roles in Legendary’s Pacific Rim sequel, not to mention his bright future in Disney’s rejuvenated Star Wars universe, Boyega is keen to tee up another collaboration with the Attack the Block helmer, revealing that the pair are currently brainstorming for a new project. Could it spell a direct sequel?

Saw Joe Cornish the other day. Yes. We are brainstorming. #somethingnew

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- Michael Briers

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The 50 Best Animated Films of the 21st Century Thus Far

16 June 2016 11:23 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There’s something inherently remarkable about the field of animation: that, with just a paper and pen, one can use infinite imagination to create a world unbound by physical restrictions. Of course, in today’s age it goes far beyond those simple tools of creation, but it remains the rare patience-requisite medium in which a director’s vision can be perfected over years until applying that final, necessary touch.

With Pixar’s 17th feature arriving in theaters, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium thus far in animation and those films that have most excelled. In picking our 50 favorite titles, we looked to all corners of the world, from teams as big as thousands down to a sole animator. The result is a wide-ranging selection, proving that even if some animation styles aren’t as prevalent, the best examples find their way to the top.

To note: we only stuck with feature-length animations of 60 minutes or longer — sorry, World of Tomorrow, and even Pixar’s stunning Piper — and to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000. We also stuck with films that don’t feature any live-action (for the most part) and that have been released in the U.S. thus far, so The Red Turtle and Phantom Boy will get their due on a later date. Check out our top 50 below and let us know your favorites in the comments.

50. The Lego Movie (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller)

Admit it: When The Lego Movie was announced, you did not expect it to wind up any best-of-the-year lists. But, against all odds, Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s first smash hit of 2014 is an unadulterated pleasure. This bold, original film has a wildly clever script (by the directors) with a message of creativity that made it a glorious surprise. It is also well-cast: Lego is the first movie to fully make use of Chris Pratt’s essential sweetness, and offered Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman their freshest parts in years. It is not often that a “kids” film entertains adults as much as their children, but The Lego Movie is far more than a piece of entertainment for the young ones. What could have been a headache-inducing, cynical creation is instead a pop treat. Everything is, indeed, awesome. – Christopher Schobert

49. 5 Centimetres per Second (Makoto Shinkai)

Makoto Shinkai’s emotional tour de force is the embodiment of the Japanese term “mono no aware,” which describes a wistful awareness of life’s transience. In the way its characters are haunted by bygone moments in the face of a vast and shapeless future, 5 Centimetres per Second could function as a spiritual companion to the oeuvre of Wong Kar-wai, but whereas Wong’s lovelorn protagonists are stuck in the past, Shinkai’s move forward, steadily, in a state of melancholic acceptance. Time is itself a character here, a fact brought to our attention by shots of clocks, the evolution of technology alongside the characters’ aging, and scenes where narrative stakes ensure that the passing of each second is palpably felt. And yet it is precisely the ephemerality of these seconds that lends them elevated significance —fittingly, the film’s animation is breathtakingly detailed and tactile, allowing us to identify with the characters by having us inhabit each, vivid moment before it vanishes. – Jonah Jeng

48. The Adventures of Tintin (Steven Spielberg)

Leave it to Steven Spielberg to eke more thrills out of an animated feature than most directors could with every live-action tool at their disposal. The Adventures of Tintin is colored and paced like a child’s fantastical imagining of how Hergé’s comics might play in motion, and the extent to which viewers buy it depends largely on their willingness to give themselves over to narrative and technical flights of fancy. Me? Four-and-a-half years later, I’m still waiting for a follow-up with bated breath. – Nick Newman

47. Titan A.E. (Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and Art Vitello)

It’s the movie that took down Don Bluth, netted Fox a $100 million loss, and starred the young voices of Matt Damon and Drew Barrymore. From a script by Joss Whedon, John August, and Ben Edlund, Titan A.E. is a swashbuckle-y tale with stirring visuals and moments of sheer originality that now feels like a more-accomplished precursor to something such as Guardians of the Galaxy. If you’re going to go down, this is an impressive picture to sink with. – Dan Mecca

46. Metropolis (Rintaro)

Metropolis has more than a little in common with the apocalyptic orgy of violence of 1988 anime touchstone Akira, as the story follows the tragic inevitability of mans’ relationship with overwhelming power. But Rintaro’s Metropolis — which is based on Osama Tezuka’s manga and Fritz Lang’s canonical film — is also a story of overwhelming kindness in its central relationship between Kenichi, a well-intentioned and naïve child, and Tima, a cyborg capable of immense destruction. Distinguished by its washed-out watercolor character designs and its inventive cast of characters, Metropolis is a distinctly lighter take on the characteristically dreary dystopia genre. – Michael Snydel

45. Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore)

Animation has never shied away from grief. It’s the bedrock of everything from Grave of the Fireflies to the majority of Pixar’s filmography, but it’s rarely been as unbearably beautiful as in 2014’s unfairly overlooked Song of the Sea. Animated with a mythic tableau style, steeped in Celtic folklore, and filled with a cast of characters worthy of Hayao Miyazaki, Tomm Moore’s work is the rare heartwarming family film that knows it doesn’t need to compromise genuine emotion with fake-outs or Hollywood endings. – Michael Snydel

44. The Secret World of Arrietty (Hiromasa Yonebayashi)

While much of Studio Ghibli’s popularity focuses on the adored writer-director Hayao Miyazaki, some works from other directors deserve equal praise. One of them — which, yes, cheats a bit because Miyazaki scripted it — is The Secret World of Arrietty by first-time helmer Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The film follows a little boy’s fascination with the Borrowers — small humans that live in our world — and weaves the story of him and his family with Arrietty, one of the Borrowers. There are intensely dramatic moments as the Borrowers are constantly striving to survive amidst this world of luxury and easy life that the larger humans enjoy. Much like some of the best of Ghibli’s work, the film works on multiple levels and layers and thus becomes one of the studio’s most beautiful, enjoyable, and enduring works. – Bill Graham

43. ParaNorman (Chris Butler and Sam Fell)

A story of bullies and the bullied, Laika Studios’ second stop-motion film, ParaNorman, was unfortunately overshadowed by their astounding previous effort, Coraline. But time has been kind, and ParaNorman feels ahead of its time in both the exploration of darker themes (witch hunts, child murder, bigotry) and its juxtaposition of a Puritan New England ghost story and a vividly supernatural present. Buoyed by Jon Brion’s characteristically thoughtful score and an inventive reconfiguration of horror movie iconography, ParaNorman is a coming-of-age story that recognizes that even the “bad guys” have their reasons. – Michael Snydel

42. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit (Nick Park and Steve Box)

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit, Aardman Animation’s second feature collaboration with DreamWorks, brings Nick Park‘s brilliant claymation series about an absentminded inventor and his mute canine companion to the big screen. Working as humane pest removal specialists, Wallace and Gromit have hatched a plan to brainwash every hungry rabbit in town to dislike vegetables, preventing Gromit’s prized melon from being ruthlessly devoured. But the experiment backfires and the Were-Rabbit, a monstrous beast with an unquenchable appetite for veggies, is unleashed on the lush gardens of Tottington Holl. On par with the most uproarious shorts of Park’s career (working this time out with co-director Steve Box), the film slyly evokes fond memories of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein in never treating its goofy leads as seriously as its surprisingly effective scares. It’s a shame that Park has announced the titular duo are likely retired, due to the failing health of voice actor Peter Sallis. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit is a light-hearted and whimsically clever gem that also works as a charming introduction to the horror genre for young cinema-lovers. – Tony Hinds

41. Lilo & Stitch (Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois)

What other film can pull off starting with an all-out sci-fi adventure and transition into a heartful ode to culture and family? Before they delivered an even more impactful variation on a similar sort of creature-human bond with How to Train Your DragonChris Sanders and Dean DeBlois created this touching tale. Featuring a return to watercolor-painted backgrounds for Disney, as well as a reliance on 2D animation, it’s one of the company’s last in this era to have that long-missed tangibility. As often repeated in the film, “Family means nobody gets left behind,” and, by the end credits, you’ll feel like you’ve added a few new members to your own. – Jordan Raup

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