PINOCCHIO
1940, Disney, 88 min, USA, Dir: Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen

Walt Disney’s follow-up to SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS represented a quantum leap in animation technique, and is seen by some as the studio’s summit achievement. When woodworker Geppetto longs for a son, his puppet Pinocchio is magically brought to life. Pinocchio must prove himself “brave, truthful and unselfish” to become a real boy, but he faces temptation at every turn, despite the advice of surrogate conscience Jiminy Cricket. Oscar winner for Best Original Score and Song (the immortal “When You Wish Upon a Star”).


BABE
1995, Universal, 91 min, USA, Australia, Dir: Chris Noonan

“That'll do, pig.” This charming story of a pig who wants to be a sheepdog remains one of the most magical family films ever made. James Cromwell was never better than as Arthur Hoggett, a simple farmer who sees Babe’s potential and gives him a chance. Co-written and produced by George Miller (the MAD MAX mastermind, of all people), this heartwarming box office hit was nominated for seven Oscars, including a win for Best Visual Effects.


MUNSTER, GO HOME!
1966, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Earl Bellamy

Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo, Al Lewis and Butch Patrick reprise their TV roles (with newcomer Debbie Watson as the beautiful Marilyn) as the classic 1960s sitcom arrives on the big screen in color. The Munsters set sail to England after Herman inherits an estate there, but the British side of the family (including a delightful Terry-Thomas) will stop at nothing to hold on to Munster Hall. Costarring John Carradine and Hermione Gingold.


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