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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Finding Dory

Back when I watched Finding Nemo for the first time, I was totally charmed by the film… but it was the blue tang that actually made me cry. Ellen DeGeneres was at a lull in her career right after she came out, and media flapped its fins awhile, unsure what to do with a girl …

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Inside Out

When her idyllic family moves to San Francisco from Minnesota, 12-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is put into a bit of a spin. What may appear to everyone else as a bit of homesickness combined with lashing out, turns out to be a result of the voice, errr… the emotions inside her head. Sitting at a …

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Finding Nemo

So it should come as no surprise that I think Finding Nemo is a visually stunning, joyfully heartwarming underwater romp that takes the best elements from its Pixar predecessors and moulds them into a colorful, sharply written story that will entertain kids and their parents alike. The action, set in the ocean, follows a nervous …

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Filled with spectacular art direction and ever-clever writing, Up tells the story of elderly balloon vendor Walter Fredricksen (voiced by Ed Asner), who decides to fulfill a life-long promise to his late wife, Ellie, by embarking on the adventure they never managed to take together. (In a dialogue-free sequence that I can only describe as …

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Here’s one of my favorite things about this grrrrl-power, action-comedy from Pixar: I honestly had no idea what it was about when I sat down to watch. The filmmakers, voice actors and studio have done an excellent job keeping plot details tightly under wraps, so all I knew going in was that it was movie …

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