1978, The Saul Zaentz Co., 132 min, USA, Dir: Ralph Bakshi

Originally a topic of griping among hard-core Tolkien fans, Bakshi’s bold, hallucinogenic interpretation of hobbits and the journey they undertake to save Middle-earth was later hailed by Peter Jackson as one of his inspirations for the live-action trilogy.

1987, 93 min, Japan, USA, Dir: Don Jurwich

In this feature-length spinoff of the beloved 1980s TV show, the G.I. Joe soldiers join newest hero Lt. Falcon (Don Johnson) to take on the evil forces of Cobra, whose ancient Lovecraftian history is revealed as a new enemy, Golobulus (Burgess Meredith), enters the scene. Featuring many of the same cast members as THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE, with Wally Burr once again directing the voices of Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Chris Latta, Michael Bell, Dan Gilvezan, Neil Ross, Corey Burton, Jack Angel and Gregg Berger, with Joe regulars Michael Bell, Bill Ratner and wrestler Sgt. Slaughter.

2014, 93 min, USA, Dir: Don Hall, Chris Williams

This acclaimed comedy-adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios is one-of-a-kind! Led by teen prodigy Hiro Hamada, the Big Hero 6 team consists of five talented humans and one king-sized inflatable robot named Baymax. Their mission: To keep the city of San Fransokyo safe from a rogue robotics expert. There’s plenty of action here, but it’s the strong central bond between Hiro and Baymax that gives this box office hit a big heart as well as big heroes.

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