The Iron Giant

Here’s a lesser-known animated film from the filmmaker who would go on to direct The Incredibles and Ratatouille for Pixar. Nine-year-old Hogarth lives in a small town in the 1950s.… Read More

Beauty and the Beast

Here’s an animated Disney classic from the early 90s. A young woman unsatisfied with her provincial life, Belle wishes for adventures outside her small town. She gets her wish when… Read More

Encanto

In a small remote enchanted village in Colombia lives the Madrigal family, each member gifted with certain powers that they use in service of the village. Except for the teenage… Read More

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

With Thanksgiving feasts (and perhaps some holiday shopping) around the corner, here’s a family comedy that features some delicious weather, but warns of the dangers of excessiveness. Flint Lockwood has… Read More

The Book of Life

With All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, and the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) just around the corner, how about a film that deftly segues us from… Read More

Coraline

The young Coraline Jones is miserable after she and her parents move to a new house out in the middle of nowhere. She is completely bored, misses her friends, and… Read More

Spirited Away

“Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember.” Here’s another animated classic from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, a film which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The timid… Read More

A Silent Voice

When a deaf student joins Shoya’s middle school class, he is easily annoyed by her deafness, which makes communication a challenge. Shoya overcomes his discomfort by becoming a bully, teasing… Read More

The LEGO Movie

Taking place in a world made entirely of LEGOs, and animated to look like real LEGO pieces in a stop-motion animation, The LEGO Movies follows Emmet, a construction worker with… Read More

Castle in the Sky

This week we look at another animated classic from Japan’s Studio Ghibli. The young orphan Pazu lives in a small mining town, but dreams of visiting Laputa, a mysterious floating… Read More

The Secret of Kells

As it is St. Patrick’s Day (or was when this was posted), how about a movie with a bit of an Irish flavor? The Secret of Kells imagines the creation… Read More