Archive for the ‘Animation’ Category

Planes: Fire & Rescue

Friday, July 25th, 2014

All Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family

Release Year: 2014

Country: USA

Runtime: 83 min

Languages: English

Director: Roberts Gannaway

Tagline: When others fly out, heroes fly in.

 

Cast: Dane Cook
Ed Harris
Julie Bowen
Curtis Armstrong
John Michael Higgins
Hal Holbrook
Wes Studi
Brad Garrett
Teri Hatcher
Stacy Keach
Cedric the Entertainer
Danny Mann
Barry Corbin
Regina King
Anne Meara

 

Plot: When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Written by Walt Disney

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

All Genres:
Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Release Year: 2014

Country: USA

Runtime: 102 min

Languages: English

Director: Dean DeBlois

Tagline:

 

Writers: Dean DeBlois, Cressida Cowell (“How to Train Your Dragon” book series)

 

Cast: Jay Baruchel
Cate Blanchett
Gerard Butler
Craig Ferguson
America Ferrera
Jonah Hill
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
T.J. Miller
Kristen Wiig
Djimon Hounsou
Kit Harington
Kieron Elliott
Philip McGrade
Andrew Ableson
Gideon Emery

 

Plot: It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons. Written by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Rio 2

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

All Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family

Release Year: 2014

Country: USA

Runtime: 101 min

Languages: English | Portuguese

Director: Carlos Saldanha

Tagline: She’s exotic, he’s chaotic.

 

Writers: Don Rhymer (story), Carlos Saldanha (story), 1 credit »

 

Cast: Rodrigo Santoro
Anne Hathaway
Leslie Mann
Jesse Eisenberg
Jamie Foxx
Kristin Chenoweth
Jemaine Clement
Amandla Stenberg
John Leguizamo
Jake T. Austin
Andy Garcia
Will i Am
Rita Moreno
Pierce Gagnon
Bruno Mars

 

Plot: It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law. Written by TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

All Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Release Year: 2014

Country: USA

Runtime: 92 min

Languages: Spanish | English

Director: Rob Minkoff

Tagline: Meet Mr. Peabody March 7

 

Writers: Jay Ward (based on the series produced by), Craig Wright (screenplay)

 

Cast: Ty Burrell
Max Charles
Lauri Fraser
Guillaume Aretos
Patrice A. Musick
Ariel Winter
Karan Brar
Joshua Rush
Stephen Tobolowsky
Allison Janney
Dennis Haysbert
Stephen Colbert
Leslie Mann
Zach Callison
Steve Valentine

 

Plot: Mr. Peabody is a business titan, inventor, scientist, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist and genius…who also happens to be a dog. Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future, while Mr. Peabody may face his biggest challenge yet – being a parent. Written by Juan Diaz

Kaze tachinu

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

All Genres:
Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Release Year: 2014

Country: Japan

Runtime: 126 min

Languages: Japanese | German | Italian | French

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Tagline: Ikineba. (We must live.)

 

Writers: Hayao Miyazaki (comic), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)

 

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Emily Blunt
Mae Whitman
Jennifer Grey
Stanley Tucci
Elijah Wood
John Krasinski
William H. Macy
Mandy Patinkin
Eva Bella
Darren Criss
Werner Herzog
Martin Short
Zach Callison
Madeleine Rose Yen

 

Plot: Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. Written by Official site

The Lego Movie

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

All Genres:
Animation, Action, Comedy, Family

Release Year: 2014

Country: Australia | USA | Denmark

Runtime: 100 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Assembling in 2014

 

Writers: Dan Hageman (story), Kevin Hageman (story), 4 credits »

 

Cast: Will Arnett
Elizabeth Banks
Alison Brie
David Burrows
Anthony Daniels
Charlie Day
Amanda Farinos
Keith Ferguson
Will Ferrell
Will Forte
Dave Franco
Morgan Freeman
Todd Hansen
Jonah Hill
Jake Johnson

 

Plot: An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.

The Nut Job

Monday, December 30th, 2013

All Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family

Release Year: 2013

Country: Canada | South Korea | USA

Runtime:

Languages: English

Director: Peter Lepeniotis

Tagline: No Nuts No Glory

 

Writers: Lorne Cameron (screenplay), Peter Lepeniotis, 1 credit »

 

Cast: Will Arnett
Brendan Fraser
Liam Neeson
Katherine Heigl
Stephen Lang
Maya Rudolph
Jeff Dunham
Gabriel Iglesias
Sarah Gadon
James Rankin
Scott Yaphe
Joe Pingue
Annick Obonsawin
Julie Lemieux
Rob Tinkler

 

Plot: Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter – Maury’s Nut Store.

Walking with Dinosaurs 3D

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

All Genres:
Animation, Action, Family

Release Year: 2013

Country: UK | USA | Australia

Runtime: 87 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: John Leguizamo
Justin Long
Tiya Sircar
Skyler Stone
Charlie Rowe
Angourie Rice
Michael Leone

 

Plot: For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. “Walking with Dinosaurs” is the ultimate immersive experience, utilizing state of the art 3D to put audiences in the middle of a thrilling and epic prehistoric world, where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages. Written by Anonymous

Free Birds

Monday, October 28th, 2013

All Genres:
Animation, Comedy

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime:

Languages: English

Director: Jimmy Hayward

Tagline: The greatest turkey movie of all time.

 

Writers: Jimmy Hayward (screenplay), Scott Mosier (screenplay), 2 credits »

 

Cast: Owen Wilson
Woody Harrelson
Amy Poehler
George Takei
Colm Meaney
Keith David
Dan Fogler
Jimmy Hayward
Kaitlyn Maher
Carlos Alazraqui
Jeff Biancalana
Danny Carey
Carlos Ponce
Robert Beltran
Lesley Nicol

 

Plot: Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the holiday menu for good.

Frozen

Monday, October 28th, 2013

All Genres:
Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime:

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Writers: Jennifer Lee, Shane Morris, 1 credit »

 

Cast: Kristen Bell
Alan Tudyk
Idina Menzel
Josh Gad
Jonathan Groff
Livvy Stubenrauch
Eva Bella
Santino Fontana
Chris Williams
Patricia Lentz

 

Plot: In “Frozen,” fearless optimist Anna (voice of ‘Kristen Bell’ ) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of ‘Jonathan Groff’ ) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. Written by Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

All Genres:
Animation, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime:

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Something big was leftover

 

Writers: Judi Barrett (characters), Ron Barrett (characters), 2 credits »

 

Cast: Anna Faris
Andy Samberg
Neil Patrick Harris
Terry Crews
Kristen Schaal
Bill Hader
Benjamin Bratt
Will Forte
Khamani Griffin
Ashley Lambert

 

Plot: After the disastrous food storm in the first film, Flint and his friends are forced to leave the town. Flint accepts the invitation from his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, which has been tasked to clean the island, and where the best inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. When Flint discovers that his machine still operates and now creates mutant food beasts like living pickles, hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees and apple pie-thons, he and his friends must return to save the world. Written by Reese Sara Eversting

The Smurfs 2

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

All Genres:
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime: 105 min

Languages: English

Director: Raja Gosnell

Tagline: Get ready to get naughty!

 

Writers: J. David Stem (screenplay), David N. Weiss (screenplay), 8 credits »

 

Cast: Hank Azaria
Neil Patrick Harris
Brendan Gleeson
Jayma Mays
Jacob Tremblay
Nancy O’Dell
Karim Babin
Gaston Morrison
Jocelyn Blanchard
Erika Rosenbaum
Carolina Bartczak
James A. Woods
Henri Pardo
Vanessa Matsui
Dusan Dukic

 

Plot: The evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world¹s greatest sorcerer. It’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue? Written by Columbia Pictures

Planes

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

All Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime: 92 min

Languages: English

Director: Klay Hall

Tagline: From above the world of Cars

 

Cast: Val Kilmer
Teri Hatcher
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Dane Cook
Priyanka Chopra
John Cleese
Anthony Edwards
Brad Garrett
Stacy Keach
Larry the Cable Guy
Cedric the Entertainer
Sinbad
Roger Craig Smith
Carlos Alazraqui
Gabriel Iglesias

 

Plot: Dusty is a cropdusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor Skipper and a host of new friends, Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true.

Despicable Me 2

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

All Genres:
Animation, Comedy, Crime, Family

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime: 98 min

Languages: English

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

Tagline: Back 2 Work

 

Writers: Ken Daurio (screenplay), Cinco Paul (screenplay)

 

Cast: Steve Carell
Kristen Wiig
Miranda Cosgrove
Ken Jeong
Russell Brand
Elsie Kate Fisher
Moises Arias
Dana Gaier
Benjamin Bratt
Steve Coogan
Nasim Pedrad
April Winchell
Bailey Gambertoglio
Andre Robinson
Jan Rabson

 

Plot: Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.

Turbo

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

All Genres:
Animation

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime:

Languages: English

Director: David Soren

Tagline:

 

Writers: Darren Lemke (screenplay), Robert D. Siegel (screenplay), 1 credit »

 

Cast: Ryan Reynolds
Paul Giamatti
Michael Peña
Luis Guzmán
Bill Hader
Richard Jenkins
Ken Jeong
Michelle Rodriguez
Maya Rudolph
Ben Schwartz
Kurtwood Smith
Snoop Dogg
Samuel L. Jackson
Mike Bell
Aidan Andrews

 

Plot: A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.

Monsters University

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

All Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime:

Languages: English

Director: Dan Scanlon

Tagline:

 

Writers: Robert L. Baird (screenplay), Robert L. Baird (story), 4 credits »

 

Cast: Nathan Fillion
John Krasinski
John Goodman
Steve Buscemi
Alfred Molina
Aubrey Plaza
Helen Mirren
Charlie Day
Billy Crystal
Bonnie Hunt
Dave Foley
Frank Oz
Sean Hayes
Frank Welker
Joel Murray

 

Plot: Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Written by Disney/Pixar

Epic

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

All Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime: 102 min

Languages: English

Director: Chris Wedge

Tagline: Prepare for something epic

 

Writers: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, 3 credits »

 

Cast: Jason Sudeikis
Steven Tyler
Amanda Seyfried
Pitbull
Beyoncé Knowles
Josh Hutcherson
Judah Friedlander
Colin Farrell
Aziz Ansari
Blake Anderson
Christoph Waltz
Chris O’Dowd
Emma Kenney
Jason Harris

 

Plot: A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world — and ours.

The Croods

Friday, February 15th, 2013

All Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime: 98 min

Languages: English

Director: Carlos Saldanha

Tagline: Are you better off now than you were 4 million years ago?

 

Writers: Chris Sanders (screenplay), Kirk De Micco (screenplay), 3 credits »

 

Cast: Nicolas Cage
Emma Stone
Ryan Reynolds
Catherine Keener
Cloris Leachman
Clark Duke
Chris Sanders
Randy Thom

 

Plot: The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever. Written by DreamWorks Animation

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

All Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Family

Release Year: 2012

Country: UK | USA

Runtime: 88 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Laugh your booty off

 

Cast: Hugh Grant … The Pirate Captain (voice)
Martin Freeman … The Pirate with a Scarf (voice)
Imelda Staunton … Queen Victoria (voice)
David Tennant … Charles Darwin (voice)
Jeremy Piven … Black Bellamy (voice)
Salma Hayek … Cutlass Liz (voice)
Lenny Henry … Peg Leg Hastings (voice)
Brian Blessed … The Pirate King (voice)
Anton Yelchin … The Albino Pirate (voice)
Brendan Gleeson … The Pirate with Gout (voice)
Ashley Jensen … The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate (voice)
Al Roker … The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens (voice)
Mike Cooper … Admiral Collingwood (voice)
David Schneider … Scarlett Morgan (voice)
Tom Doggart … Additional Voices (voice)

 

Plot: After years of humiliation and failed attempts to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award, Pirate Captain and his oddball crew take on the cream of the pirating crop – Black Bellamy, Peg Leg Hastings and Cutlass Liz – in a race to pillage the most booty. They soon cross paths with lovelorn scientist Charles Darwin, who persuades the Captain that the crew's prized 'parrot', Polly, could be the answer to the 'untold riches' they are searching for. Their adventure takes them to Victorian London where they meet Darwin's sidekick 'man-panzee' Mister Bobo, and the notorious pirate-hating Queen Victoria herself. It soon unfolds that Darwin's motives for helping the crew are not what they seem, and the Queen has an evil hidden agenda of her own. The Pirate Captain must choose between basking in the glory of being crowned Pirate of the Year, or staying faithful to his trusted crew. Written by Tom   Add Synopsis Plot Keywords: Pirate  London  Cutlass  Queen Victoria  Charles Darwin   See »

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

All Genres:
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Release Year: 2012

Country: USA

Runtime: 86 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Writers: Ken Daurio (screenplay), Dr. Seuss (book)

 

Cast: Danny DeVito … The Lorax (voice)
Ed Helms … The Once-ler (voice)
Zac Efron … Ted (voice)
Taylor Swift … Audrey (voice)
Betty White … Grammy Norma (voice)
Rob Riggle … Mr. O'Hare (voice)
Jenny Slate … Ted's Mom (voice)
Nasim Pedrad … Once-ler's Mom (voice)
Joel Swetow … 1st Marketing Guy (voice)
Michael Beattie … 2nd Marketing Guy (voice)
Dave B. Mitchell … 1st Commercial Guy (voice)
Dempsey Pappion … 2nd Commercial Guy (voice)
Elmarie Wendel … Aunt Grizelda (voice)
Danny Cooksey … Brett / Chet (voice)
Stephen Tobolowsky … Uncle Ubb (voice)

 

Plot: In the walled city of Thneed-Ville, where everything is artificial and even the air is a commodity, a boy named Ted hopes to win the heart of his dream girl, Audrey. When he learns of her wish to see a real tree, Ted seeks out the Once-ler, a ruined old businessman outside of town in a stark wasteland. Upon hearing of how the hermit gave into his greed for profits and devastated the land over the protests of the Lorax, Ted is inspired to undo the disaster. However, the greedy Mayor of Thneed-Ville, Aloysius O'Hare, has made his fortune exploiting the environmental collapse and is determined to stop the boy from undermining his business. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)   Plot Keywords: Tree Cutting  Industry  Walled City  Urban Sprawl  Reforestation   See »