4. Toy Story 1, 2 & 3

DIRECTED BY JOHN  LASSETER (1 & 2) AND LEE UNKRICH

WRITTEN BY JOSS WHEDON, ANDREW STATON, JOEL COHEN & ALEC SOKOLOW (PART 1);  ANDREW STANTON, RITA HSIAO, DOUG CHAMBERLAIN & CHRISS WEBB (PART 2) & ANDREW STATON, JOHN LASSETER & LEE UNKRICH (PART 3)

STARRING: TOM HANKS, TIM ALLEN, JOAN CUSACK, NED BEATTY, MICHAEL KEATON, WALLACE SHAWN, JOHN RATZENBERGER, BLAKE CLARK, ESTELLE HARRIS, JODI BENSON, DON RICKLES, JIM VARNEY, ANNIE POTTS, JOHN MORRIS, LAURIE METCALF AND ERICK VON DETTEN 

RELEASE DATE(s): NOVEMBER 22, 1995;  NOVEMBER 24, 1999; JUNE 12, 2010

AGE RECOMMENDED: ALL


The Toy Story Franchise is one of the most resent classic in children, and it is of course the master piece of Pixar. Toy Story (1995) is the first movie made entirely using computer generated imagery. It is also a world wide acclaimed film. Toy Story franchise is one of the most seen movies ever, is smart and ingenuous; the movie is easily love for both children and adults. In fact Toy Story 3 had touch more deeply adults than children, when I saw it in the movie theater every single grown up in the the room were crying.  Toys story is the animated film with most award and nomination.

Toy Story is a timeless story that truly understand the magic and even the pains from growing up.  The franchise is a really an open letter to any trilogy how the things should do,  If you’re going to make a part three, you’ve got to aim at least this high.  Also it is a wonderful lesson for children about friendship, sharing and love.  The story of the “Toy Story” films is the story of the cycle of life, and to make a thrilling, emotional, visceral film trilogy of blockbusters that somehow doesn’t rely on the typical storytelling crutches of the modern blockbuster is a truly amazing accomplishment.   There’s no chosen one, no mention of destiny once in three movies, no “chase the doodad” plot where all the energy is spent on plot and none is spent on anything important.  BTW I truly believe that Toy Story it is the best movies for the 3D.

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13. UP

DIRECTED BY PETE DOCTER & BOB PETERSON

WRITTEN BY PETE DOCTER & BOB PETERSON

STARRING BY: EDWARD ASNER, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, JORDAN NAGAI & BOB PETERSON

 RELEASE DATE: MAY 29, 2009

AGE RECOMMENDED: ALL

Another master piece of Pixar. This one is my favorite, is the movie that make you cry and laugh. It is a beautiful exciting story with a series of amazing characters as Kevin, Dug , Carl and the adorable Russell. The movie won 2 Academy Awards: Best Animated Movie, and Best Score, also is the second animated movie to be nominated as best movie. The movie is also in two of the most popular genres of all: the odd couple and the scape of reality.  My favorite part is the first part of the movie the story of the romance between Carl and his wife Ellie, and I’m not the only one just goggle “Up Wedding” and you will find endless blog post about it. 

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34. Monster House

DIRECTED BY GIL KENAN

WRITTEN BY PAMELA PETTLER, ROB SCHARB & DAN HARMON

STARRING: MITCHELL MUSSO, MAGGIE GYLLENHALL, STEVE BUSCEMI, NICK CANON, KEVIN JAMES, JASON LEE

RELEASE DATE: JULY 21, 2006

AGE RECOMMENDED: 8 AND UP

I already talk a little of this movie in my Halloween post Boo!. But this movie really worth to talk longer. This is one of that movies that make you thing of that scary house or scary neighbor we all had; this is a really original movie with memorable characters and is unpretentious, smartly script. It’s not just high concept, it’s high content too with well drawn characters facing realistic kid dilemmas talking the way that kids actually talk.

The movie had a lot of influence of Steven Spielberg like a Wilson basketball with a human face smudged onto it; plumbing fixtures that come to life with the slinky movements of Jurassic Park dinosaurs; a suburban Halloween out of E.T., the images of childhood as an age of wonder and darkness, and the lack of adult supervising as something scary and exciting. The movie is a perfect ghost history with grief, disappointment, loneliness and success.

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91. How to train your dragon

DIRECTED BY CHRIS SANDERS & DEAN DE BLOIS

WRITTEN BY ADAM F. GOLDBERG, PETER TOLAN, DEAN DEBLOIS, CHRIS SANDERS

VOICES BY JAY BARUCHEL, GERARD BUTLER, CHRISTOPHER MINTZ-PLASSE, JONAH HILL, AMERICA FERRARA

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 26, 2010

AGE 3 & UP

This is a new one, and I can said if this year I liked a children movie (beside of Toy Story 3) was this one. The movie is based on a series of books by Cressida Cowell. The principle of the movie is simple and is not trying anything else than offer a little of adventure, in 3D.

The story was kind of predictable, but not in a bad way, it was interesting and funny.  As always in this stories we have a group of kids not likely to get together in other circumstances force to work together in order to achieve a greatest end and as always paternal issues. The movie is cute and is like the book funny to watch and kids like it. Continue reading