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Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2019-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane
Cast: Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, ...

The filmmakers seem unconcerned about appealing to anyone who isn’t a 9-year old boy; aside from the occasional throw-away line, there’s little here to interest adults.

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-02-25
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck
Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, ...

A worthy follow-up with enough heart, action, and music to entertain younger and older viewers alike.

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2016-02-26
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. Home Release Date: 2020-01-21
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. Release Date: 2019-07-19
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. Release Date: 2019-06-21
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. Release Date: 2019-06-07
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.