THE INCREDIBLES
2004, Walt Disney Pictures, 115 min, USA, Dir: Brad Bird

“THE INCREDIBLES was everything that computer-generated animation had trouble doing,” noted writer-director Brad Bird of the challenges the action-adventure represented to his team at Pixar – but the end result was a blockbuster hit that earned Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Sound Editing. Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter provide the voices of Bob and Helen Parr, who live quietly with their kids in a Metroville surburb, until the arrival of the nefarious Syndrome (Jason Lee) prompts the Parrs to return to their previous identities as superheroes. Like the film’s visual design, Michael Giacchino’s retro-futuristic score has the feel of 1960s spy movies and comic books while remaining contemporary.


INTO THE WOODS
2014, Walt Disney Studios, 125 min, USA, Dir: Rob Marshall

This adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical weaves together some of the most beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Cursed to remain childless, a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) turn to a witch (Oscar nominee Meryl Streep), who agrees to help them if they will gather ingredients for a magic potion - a scavenger hunt that sends them chasing such characters as Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood. Boasting gorgeous production and costume design, the film features an all-star cast that includes Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman and Johnny Depp (as the Big Bad Wolf).


THE WITCHES
1990, Warner Bros., 91 min, UK/USA, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother vacation at an English seaside resort, only to discover that witches have gathered there with a plot to turn all the children in England into mice. Though often encased in prosthetics, Anjelica Huston is clearly having a wonderful time playing the Grand High Witch; Rowan Atkinson also offers a delightful turn as the resort manager. This big-screen adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's novel was the final film Muppet magician Jim Henson worked on before his death.


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