Onward’s backdrop is the idea that magic, which once saturated the world with wonder and spectacle, has been siphoned away over the centuries by technology and, well, general apathy. Unicorns are the new feral cats, centaurs take cars instead of galloping across town, and sprites have traded in whimsy to become perpetually peeved pint-sized biker …

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Early Man

Let me start out by saying that I don’t think any film, long or short, has made me laugh harder than Aardman Animation’s Wallace and Gromit in the Wrong Trousers, their Oscar-winning short featuring a sinister penguin. My friends thought I swallowed my tongue, I was laughing so hard, and they pounded me on the …

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Despicable Me 3

This time around, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) finds himself on the outs with the Anti-Villain League (AVL) and its hard-nosed new boss (voiced by Jenny Slate), who fires him after he fails to thwart former-bad-boy-child-star-turned-disgruntled-grownup-villain Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker). Bratt, perpetually stuck in the 1980s, clinging to the fame he had a …

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Chicken Run

I’m a huge fan of the Wallace and Gromit clay-animated short films from Nick Park and Aardman Animation, so I, like many so-called adults I know, was really looking forward to Chicken Run. And to tell you the truth, I think the adults in the full theater where I saw the film were enjoying it …

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