You can never fault Pixar for lack of imagination, and their latest, the fantastical-set Onward, is no different. The film centers on two elf brothers, voiced by MCU stars Chris Pratt and Tom Holland, living in a world that is very similar to our own, except that it is inhabited by magical creatures (like the Monsters films, in that sense).
I had put off seeing this new version — is it really a remake? — of The Lion King, as I didn’t want to have to compare it to the original, which was one of the first movies I saw in the theater. I have long loved the animated film, and due to mediocre (at best) reviews of Jon Favreau’s 2019 version, I was reluctant.
I knew next to nothing about this Netflix-released animated film, and wasn’t planning to watch it until it received an unexpected Oscar nomination (it most likely replaced Frozen II). I was pleasantly surprised at how charming and entertaining it was.
Animation studio Laika has produced fairly solid, albeit at times middling, films as of late, including the Boxtrolls. Like The Boxtrolls and other Laika stop motion animated films, Missing Link has a lot of heart, plenty of humor, and enough originality to be interesting and entertaining.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I watched the French-made, Netlix-released animated film (that is meant for a more mature audience) I Lost My Body (i.e. J’ai Perdu Mon Corps). I’d heard such positive reviews that I decided to make it my first watch of 2020, and I was absolutely enthralled and entranced.
I’m not sure if this movie was needed, seeing as Toy Story 3 ended so terrifically that it seemed like the end of the toys’ stories (see what I did there?), yet it’s hard not to love seeing Woody, Buzz, and the others yet again — and supposedly for the last time. I grew up with these movies, having been only seven when the first one was released in 1995.