Fantasy/Adventure: Other Recommended Titles

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Fantasy/Adventure | 0 comments

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Around the World in 80 Days (1956): Much better than the 2004 remake, this Jules Verne story is credited with inventing the “cameo” as the following stars make brief appearances: Peter Lorre, Trevor Howard, Red Skeleton, Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton, Cesar Romero, Edward R. Murrow, and George Raft.

Avatar (2009): The only movie to justify the existence of 3D, James Cameron’s champion blockbuster epic is truly a sight to behold, but with a story that is best described as Dances with Smurfs in FernGully.

Chronicles of Narnia series (2005-2010): CS Lewis’ Christianity-packed fantasy fables are decent escapist fantasy (the first is the best), with battles, CGI creatures, and exciting new worlds, but Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter it is not.

FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992): Robin Williams provides a preview of his upcoming brilliance in Aladdin and Tim Curry is as evil as ever (has anyone played as many Satan-esque characters?) in this save-the-rainforest flick.

The Last Unicorn (1982): With a stellar cast and wonderful story, it’s sad that the only things lamer than the animation are the songs by America. Let’s hope the upcoming live action version will live up to its potential.

The Rescuers (1977): Two lovable Rescuers2mice set out to save a helpless orphan girl from the Cruella DeVil-type character that kidnapped her. I actually prefer its 1990 sequel, The Rescuers Down Under.

The Secret of Nimh (1982): Like Watership Down, this film is a philosophical morality tale, as well as an entertaining animated film. We follow super-intelligent rodents that escaped a laboratory to set up their own society.

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2007): The incomparable John Sayles helped write the gritty (not sweet) screenplay for this inventive fantasy about fairies, goblins, divorce, and other childhood oddities.

The Thief and the Cobbler (aka The Princess and the Cobbler or Arabian Knight) (1993): One part Aladdin and another part Yellow Submarine, this film was meant to be animator Richard Williams’ capstone and instead became his swan song. Since it started production in 1964, this revolution in film animation became something very different in the hands of distributors, but Disney is rumored to be piecing together a restored director’s cut that is vastly superior.

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