THE LEGO MOVIE
2014, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Everything is awesome about the hit computer animated family adventure, which turns what could have been a feature-length toy commercial on its head to become a celebration of childhood creativity. An ordinary construction worker named Emmet (Chris Pratt) is mistaken for “the Special,” chosen to save the LEGO universe from the evil plans of Lord Business (Will Ferrell). The star-studded voice cast includes Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and Elizabeth Banks. “Pop-culture jokes ricochet off the heads of younger viewers to tickle the world-weary adults in the audience, with just enough sentimental goo applied at the end to unite the generations.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times.


THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY
KARI-GURASHI NO ARIETTI
2010, Walt Disney Pictures, 94 min, Japan, Dir: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Gary Rydstrom

Arrietty (voiced by Bridgit Mendler) is a tiny but tenacious 14-year-old who lives with her parents (voiced by Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voiced by Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voiced by David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger. Executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall and based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series 'The Borrowers.'


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