Fun With Animals: Other Recommended Titles

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An American Tail (1986): From executive producer Steven Spielberg, this depressing story tracks a young Jewish mouse’s hardships in czarsit Russia, while dreaming of emigrating to America. Fievel Goes West is a respectable sequel.

Bringing Up Baby (1938): This bringingupbabyscrewball comedy from Howard Hawks has Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn parading around town after a leopard.

A Bug’s Life (1998): Mirroring Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, Pixar’s second feature is a clever and exciting action-adventure that is epic in proportion to its microscopic heroes.

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952): This movie captures the novelty and pure joy of the circus, plus has a great turn by Jimmy Stewart. It plays way too long and overdramatic for most, however.

The Incredible Journey (1963) and Homeward Bound (1993): In the Disney original and voice-dubbed remake, follow three lost pets as they travel across the country to locate their owners.

Lady and the Tramp (1955): A Disney classic involving menacing Siamese cats, a bothersome baby, loads of loveable dogs, and some spaghetti.

Mouse Hunt (1997): A stupid and predictable film overall, but Christopher Walken’s cameo as the psychologist exterminator, a five-minute appearance, makes this film worth “catching.”

Over the Hedge (2006): Its endless social commentary, though notably less than the comic strip it was based on, makes this CGI animal comedy better than its similar counterparts Madagascar and The Wild.

Stuart Little (1999): Fun flick written by M. Night Shyamalan from the classic E.B. White tale, with good performances by Hugh Laurie and Geena Davis, as well as the voices of Michael J. Fox and Nathan Lane.

Valiant (2005): Much like Antz, this flick is about class and servitude from the perspective of the working class. But with a classic troupe of actors and some culture, it’s a great piece of Britishness.

Winged Migration (2001): Almost 500 filmmakers and ornithologists spent the better part of four years making this awe-inspiring vision of dozens of birds’ journeys come to life. Watch it, mouths agape, trying to figure out how cameras came so close.

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