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Howl's Moving Castle

Now that Disney has joined Fox and Dreamworks in abandoning traditional animation for that of the 3-D computer generated variety, hand-drawn animation has become an endangered species (although, given the cyclical nature of this sort of thing, it wil...

Run Time: 1:59
U.S. Release Date: 2005-06-10
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Violence)
Genre: ANIMATED
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: (voices) Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, ...
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The

Out of respect for the stunning visuals and family entertainment value of Disney's 34th animated feature, I can do no less than recommend The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Sadly, however, this is the least-enjoyable animated feature to come from th...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 1996-06-21
MPAA Rating: "G" (Nothing Objectionable)
Genre: ANIMATED
Director: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Cast: (voices) Tom Hulce, Tony Jay, Demi Moore, ...
Ice Age

Hats off to 20th Century Fox. Through a marketing campaign which can be considered nothing less than astonishing, the studio has managed to convert Ice Age from an adequate (but hardly superlative) example of family entertainment into one of 2002'...

Run Time: 1:22
U.S. Release Date: 2002-03-15
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Violence)
Genre: ANIMATED
Director: Chris Wedge
Cast: (voices) Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary
Ice Age: Collision Course

Ice Age: Collision Course, the fifth installment in this lamentably long-lived animated franchise, is the last Ice Age movie I intend to see. In a way, this review is superfluous. That’s because Ice Age: Collision Course isn’t a movie. Oh...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2016-07-22
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu
Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, ...
Ice Age: Continental Drift

With the Ice Age movies, you get what you expect. This is the fourth installment of a franchise that has been around since 2002. (In this case, it was decided against recasting all the voices and re-telling the first story with only a few cosmetic ...

Run Time: 1:25
U.S. Release Date: 2012-07-13
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: ANIMATED
Director: Steve Martino, Michael Thurmeier
Cast: (voices) Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, ...
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

With each release, Pixar explores new themes and ideas. Meanwhile, animation studios like Fox retread tired "franchises" like Ice Age. Never representative of more than mediocrity from a technical or story-based standpoint, the Ice Age series has...

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 2009-07-01
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: ANIMATED
Director: Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier
Cast: (voices) Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, ...
Ice Age: The Meltdown

Despite its popularity with children, Ice Age represented, at the time, a nadir for digital animation. Although entertaining, the film couldn't stand toe-to-toe with its Pixar and Dreamworks competitors. Ice Age: The Meltdown represents a further...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2006-03-31
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Nothing Objectionable)
Genre: ANIMATED
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Cast: (voices) Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, ...
In This Corner of the World

In This Corner of the World is as atypical an animated feature as one is likely to find washing ashore in the United States. Although fare of this sort – hand-drawn, serious-minded, narrative-based – is common in Japan, where Studio Ghibli...

Run Time: 2:09
U.S. Release Date: 2017-08-11
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (War Violence)
Genre: Animated
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Cast: Rena Nounen, Magumi Han, Yoshimasa Hosoya, ...
Incredibles 2

Sequels generally exist for one of two reasons: because there’s a creative, story-based purpose or because the earlier film made a ton of money. Like most of the Pixar sequels, Incredibles 2 has been brought to the screen because Disney saw ...

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 2018-06-15
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Brad Bird
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, ...
Incredibles, The

The Incredibles may become the first Disney/Pixar film not to dominate at the box office. That statement has nothing to do with the film's quality - in fact, The Incredibles is among the best of Pixar's digitally animated movies. However, it's go...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2004-11-05
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Violence)
Genre: ANIMATED
Director: Brad Bird
Cast: (voices) Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, ...