2016. USA. Dir: Ron Clements et al. With Auli’i Cravalho. Animated. 107 min.
Disney’s island-hopping adventure is a serene breath of fresh sea air, ditching much of the studio’s tired princess cliche?s in favor of a bold new vision. The Pacific Island songcraft of Opetaia Foa’i meets the showtune sparkle of that Miranda guy, scoring Moana’s quest across an unparalleled animated oceanscape.
2016. USA. Dir: Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane. With Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks. 97 min.
Your favorite, forgetful, whale-speaking blue tang buddy is back and she’s looking for answers. The follow-up to Pixar’s 2003 classic dives us back into, and back out of, the ocean for another heartfelt adventure with the turbulent aquatic family.
2004. USA. Dir: Brad Bird. Animation. With Craig T. Nelson. 115 min.
Sanjay’s Super Team reminded us all how well Pixar could fuse earnest family dynamics with superhero action, but this might be their best designed feature, boasting bold color scoring and retrofuturistic mise en scene. A pair of married “supers” struggle with suburban anonymity until a nefarious plot forces them back on the job – now with kids, mid-life crises, and a little extra weight to juggle.
2015. USA. Dir: Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen. Animation. 94 min.
A cross-country move brings change not only to young Riley but also to the personified emotions – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust – who are in charge of her every thought and feeling. Pixar’s latest feature renders our inner lives with remarkable color, clarity, and vision, putting a new spin on the classic coming-of-age tale.