A stop-motion puppet animation film based on the stories of Etgar Keret, this film is a surreal look at a group of misfits who are drawn together in an apartment complex in Sydney. Dave, an unemployed young man, is drawn into this community when he finds an ad for a pamphlet that costs $9.99 and will explain the meaning of life. Together with a disgruntled old man and his guardian angel, a man who has befriended a group of two-inch tall students, and a boy who frees his piggy bank, he sets forth on his quest. Directed by Tatia Rosenthal. With Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Samuel Johnson, Joel Edgerton, Claudia Karvan, Leeanna Walsman and Josef Ber. Categories: Animation. Year: 2008.
Cutting edge, animated science fiction, about an artificial brain that is created and will destroy the world, if it isn't stopped. Elijah Wood is the title character, one of nine creatures still attached to some part of their humanity, who are the only hope for killing off the brain. Crispin Glover, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau provide the voices for what is left of humankind. Directed by Shane Acker. Categories: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. Year: 2009.
Thirty years after a bomb destroys Tokyo, triggering World War III, Neo-Tokyo has been built under Japan's new political system. Kaneda (Cam Clarke), the leader of a biker gang in the desperate, poverty stricken city, must deal with anti-government activists, corrupt politicians, evil scientists and a powerful military leader as he goes on a quest to save his friend, Tetsuo (Joshua Seth). Meanwhile, Tesuo, who has been captured by the Akira Project, is subjected to a number of tests which ultimately cause him to morph into another life form and unleash his supernatural powers upon the city. Directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo. Categories: Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Cult Classics. Year: 1988.
Made up of nine anime-style films, each Animatrix short is a stand-alone work detailing elements of The Matrix universe. From the first moments of the computer domination of man to disturbances within the artificial world of The Matrix, these films are beautifully written and animated and work as a companion to the movies or alone. Directed by Peter Chung, Andy Jones and Yoshiaki Kawajiri. With Clayton Watson, Melinda Clarke, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. Categories: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Animation. Year: 2003.
Young Lucas Nickle is the new kid in town. Friendless and harassed by a neighborhood bully, Lucas takes out his frustration by flooding an ant hill in his yard. But, when the ants decide to retaliate by using a magic potion, Lucas is shrunk down to the size of an ant and sentence to live in their colony. Directed by John A. Davis. With Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti and Meryl Streep. Categories: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy. Year: 2006.
The Ant Bully
After his son dies, Dr. Tenma (Nicolas Cage) builds a powerful robot in his image to help him deal with his grief. Unable to live up to Dr. Temna's high expectations, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) leaves his home in Metro City and sets out into the world to become a super hero. But, when Metro City is threatened, Astro Boy returns to save the day and attempts to reconcile with the father who rejected him. Directed by David Bowers. With Kristen Bell, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane and Eugene Levy. Categories: Action, Animation, Sci-Fi, Based on a Comic. Year: 2009.
Bambi is a young deer when a band of hunters kills his mother. As Bambi grows up in the forest alone, he befriends the other animals and enjoys playing in the beautiful wilderness. But, when the hunters comeback, all of Bambi's painful memories return and he must lead his friends to safety in order to fulfill his destiny of becoming the Prince of the Forest. Directed by David Hand. Categories: Cult Classics, Animation, Family, Drama, Classic. Year: 1942.
While the farmer's away, a cow named Otis (Kevin James) and his goofy farm animal friends sing, dance, party and play tricks on humans. But when Otis is suddenly forced to be responsible, he'll have to find the courage and confidence to be a leader. Directed by Steve Oedekerk. With Courteney Cox, Sam Elliott and Steve Oedekerk. Categories: Animation, Comedy, Family. Year: 2006.
Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) is a college educated bee who wants more out of life than just making honey. After venturing outside the hive and traveling to New York City, Barry nearly dies before being saved by a florist named Vanessa (Renée Zellweger). As Barry's relationship with Vanessa grows, he comes to learn that humans eat honey and decides to sue the human race as a result. Directed by Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith. With Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Chris Rock and Kathy Bates. Categories: Animation, Comedy, Family. Year: 2007.
In this CGI adaptation of the legenday tale, the mythic warrior Beowulf (Ray Winstone) must battle the demon Grendel (Crispin Glover), who is terrorizing the countryside. Later, Grendel's ruthless and seductive mother (Angelina Jolie) becomes hellbent on revenge and it is up to Beowulf to put an end to the killings. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. With Anthony Hopkins and Robin Wright Penn. Categories: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy. Year: 2007.
Bolt (John Travolta) has spent his entire life as a famous TV superdog. But, when he is accidentally shipped from Hollywood to New York City, he discovers that his powers aren't real and must rely on his new friends Mittens (Susie Essman), a jaded housecat, and Rhino (Mark Walton), a TV-obsessed hamster. As Bolt sets out on a cross-country mission to reunite with his owner Penny (Miley Cyrus), he learns that the only thing you need to be a hero is heart. Directed by Byron Howard and Chris Williams. With Malcolm McDowell, Nick Swardson and Diedrich Bader. Categories: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy. Year: 2008.
After his brother is killed by a bear, Kenai (Joaquin Phoenix), a young Inuit hunter, sets off into the forest to seek revenge. But, when the Great Spirits transform him into a bear himself, Kenai is forced to befriend a young cub named Koda (Jeremy Suarez), who is his only chance for changing back into a human. Teaming up with a pair of wisecracking moose (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas), Kenai and Koda set off for a magical mountain and learn the true meaning of brotherhood. Directed by Aaron Blaise. With D.B. Sweeney, Michael Clarke Duncan and Harold Gould. Categories: Animation, Adventure, Family. Year: 2003.