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Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-10-13
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Isao Takahata
Cast: Miki Imai, Toshiro Yanagiba, Youko Honna, ...

The timeless quality of the story and animation make it as much a pleasure to see on the second or third time as it is on the first.

Run Time: 1:27
U.S. Release Date: 2019-10-11
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Elsie Fisher, Allison Janney, ...

Lackluster and restrained, it employs a dull story to present a message about the importance of diversity and the evils of assimilation.

Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: 2019-08-13
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Thurop Van Orman
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, ...

Anyone with an interest would be advised to wait for this to reach smart phones and tablets where it can be viewed in a medium appropriate to its content and ambitions.

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-10-22
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated/Adventure
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyoncé, ...

Although it qualifies as solid entertainment for a 2019 family with its technically superior look, the film struggles mightily to find the magic that came so easily to its predecessor.

Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 2019-07-01
MPAA Rating: "G"
Genre: Animated
Director: Yoshifumi Kondo
Cast: Yoko Honna, Issei Takahashi, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, ...

An affecting and endearing collaboration between Miyazaki and Kondo, it weds a coming-of-age story with a flight of fancy to good effect.

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-10-08
MPAA Rating: "G"
Genre: Animated
Director: Josh Cooley
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tony Hale, Don Rickles, ...

A respectable afterthought sequel that is paradoxically welcome and unnecessary.

Run Time: 1:25
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-08-27
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Chris Renaud
Cast: Patton Oswalt, Bobby Moynihan, Dana Carvey, ...

Although not “bad” in a conventional sense, it’s a disappointingly mediocre effort that doesn’t have a lot to offer potential viewers over age 10.

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 1992-07-18
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated/Adventure
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Shuichiro Moriyama, Tokiko Kato, Akemi Okamura, ...

Although enjoyable in its own offbeat way, it’s more for Miyazaki completists than mainstream audiences.

Run Time: 1:25
U.S. Release Date: 2019-03-15
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated/Adventure
Director: Dylan Brown, David Feiss, Clare Kilner, Robert Iscove
Cast: Brianna Denski, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell, ...

Eschews the simplistic animated story arc as it explores the power of imagination and innovation to overcome grief.

Run Time: 1:44
U.S. Release Date: 2019-02-22
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated/Adventure
Director: Dean DeBlois
Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, ...

Although the series hasn’t been reduced to the harebrained level of a big-screen children’s cartoon, the latest chapter is the least sophisticated of the movies.