Inside Out (2015)

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I saw Inside Out for the second time recently at a screening at my local library with Josh Cooley, a head writer of the film, who provided a wonderful Q&A after the screening! Cooley grew up here and his parents also own a toy store in the area. The movie is a heartwarming story that takes place inside and out of the mind of a young girl named Riley who has just moved to San Francisco. The inside of her mind is composed of five emotions, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. It is a powerful story that ironically, will evoke many of your emotions, the animation and score are great as well. I would definitely recommend Inside Out especially if you’re a Pixar fan.

Like most good animated films, this is aimed largely at adults but obviously it’s still a great movie for kids too.

Availabie on iTunes and Amazon.


Zootopia (2016)

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I don’t watch many animated movies, but Zootopia is the best one I’ve seen in quite a while. It takes place in a city of anthropomorphic animals in a world where primates never existed. The characters are good, the animation is great, and the plot is subtly genius. The only fault with this movie is I really can’t see most of the humor and underlying morals landing with young kids. Overall, you should defiantly see Zootopia, even if you don’t often watch animated movies. Any age could watch this movie, but like I said before, a lot of the great thinge about it will go over their heads.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Shrek (2001)

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Shrek is a great counterbalance to your average fairytales. It has witty humor and a really good moral. The animation doesn’t quite hold up with today’s standards, but I still recommend that any parents sick and tired of Disney films watch this with their kids!

Available on iTunes and Amazon

The Iron Giant (1999)

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The Iron Giant is a great family movie about a kid who befriends a giant metal robot in the 50s, it has good humor and a really good story! It is animated yet doesn’t have any singing for once which is awesome so I strongly recommend this to any family!

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

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A spinoff of the Madagascar films, this animated action adventure comedy is great for all ages! It has impressive animation and plenty of humor. The great thing is that there’s lots for the adults to enjoy as well as the younger viewers so if you liked the Madagascar films you should see Penguins!

Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix.

TV Review: The Legend of Korra (2012-2014)

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Legend of Korra, the continuation of ATLA, has quite a different feel to it, it’s also a little bit more mature. It’s a good show but doesn’t quite compare to The Last Airbender, you don’t really “connect” with the characters like you do in ATLA and the continuity between the two shows isn’t perfect. Overall I would still suggest Korra if you are a fan of the first series.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.