WATERSHIP DOWN
1978, Janus Films, 91 min, Dir: Martin Rosen

“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and when they catch you, they will kill you. … But first they must catch you.” This faithful adaptation of Richard Adams’ classic novel about a community of rabbits in southern England struggling to survive boasts beautiful hand-drawn animation but is hardly a children’s cartoon. Dark and sometimes violent, the journey Hazel (John Hurt) and his allies take to find refuge at Watership Down can be seen as an allegory about freedom and tyranny. Also featuring the voices of Ralph Richardson, Roy Kinnear, Denholm Elliott and Zero Mostel.


MOANA
2016, Walt Disney Pictures, 103 min, USA, Dir: Ron Clements, John Musker

Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN), this sweeping, CG-animated feature follows the title character, a teenager inspired by the seafaring adventures of her ancestors to leave the safety of her Polynesian island. Aided by mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), Moana (Auliʻi Cravalho) prevails against enormous monsters and impossible odds as she voyages across the open ocean on a daring journey to save her people.


ALADDIN
1992, Walt Disney Pictures, 90 min, USA, Dir: Ron Clements, John Musker

The Disney renaissance sparked by THE LITTLE MERMAID continued with this dazzling fantasy based on the Arabian Nights folktale. When street urchin Aladdin comes into possession of a magic lamp, he uses its power to woo a princess but runs afoul of the evil Grand Vizier. As the lamp’s wisecracking Genie, Robin Williams is at his stream-of-consciousness best (legendary animator Chuck Jones called this film "the funniest feature ever made” for good reason). Composer Alan Menken’s original score and song (“A Whole New World”) both earned Oscars.


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