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Despicable Me 2
In this sequel to Despicable Me, Gru thinks he's out of the villain game. But when a new super criminal emerges, the Anti-Villain League calls upon this ex-baddie to be a hero once more! Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, and Russell Brand lend their voices; Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud direct. (Read our review here.)
Animation is a great venue for unconventional hero tales, from fuzzy malcontents to cross-dressing nation-savers, and toon-hating detectives. This holiday weekend, you can have your pick of three dazzling animated adventures.
The Lorax (2012) Inspired by the environmentalism-themed children's book by Dr. Seuss, this feature cartoon—also produced by Illumination Entertainment—tells the regrettable tale of the Once-ler. Once, he was an entrepreneur with a dream and—thanks to the insistence of the titular tree spirit—a thought toward sustainability. But as the money comes rolling in for his Thneeds—a thing that everyone needs don't you know—the Once-ler begins to rationalize away his commitment to the ecosystem around him. But can a boy with a big heart save the day? Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Betty White lend their voices. Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda direct.
Mulan (1998) Based on an Chinese legend, this vibrant action-adventure unfolds the incredible tale of Mulan, a girl who masqueraded as a young man to spare her crippled father from having to return to the front lines of a brutal war. Hiding her true identity, Mulan (Ming-Na) trains to be a soldier, and no matter the obstacle forges ahead with the kind of persistence that is demanded of a true hero. Along the way, she's helped by a lucky cricket and a troublesome dragon named Mushu (Eddie Murphy). BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer, George Takei, Pat Morita, and Harvey Fierstein also lend their voices.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) A comedy-noir suitable for kids, this groundbreaking feature won three Academy Awards in large part because of its astounding blending of live-action actors and hand-drawn animated characters. In a world where people and toons live side-by-side, Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) is fed up with their wacky antics. A hard-boiled detective with debts piling up, he's forced to take on a toon case when a major studio needs to wrangle the attention of their unfocused star, Roger Rabbit. Soon, one sleazy snooping job leads Eddie into a murder case and literally bound to the loony toon. Christopher Lloyd co-stars as a local judge who has discovered a way to kill toons who get out of hand. Robert Zemeckis directs.
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