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  • Toy Story

    Toy Story

    ★★★★★

    Widely celebrated as the first computer animated feature film, the technology may have inspired the decision to center it around toys, but this computers certainly didn't have an effect on the storytelling. John Lasseter and the rest of the Pixar team knew that to really wow audiences with this groundbreaking animation, they had to craft a great story with well defined characters. They succeeded brilliantly. So many years later, "Toy Story" still impresses with its well-structured screenplay, winning humour and…

  • A Dog's Journey

    A Dog's Journey

    ★★½

    With A Dog’s Purpose, we got a story about a dog being reincarnated multiple times as he attempted to return to his original owner. After getting part the initial shock that the film would show a dog dying every twenty or so minutes, it turned into an ultimately harmless little family film with an emphasis on showing cute canines. The sequel A Dog’s Journey follows a similar story structure, although there are a few less dog deaths this time around.…

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  • Aladdin

    Aladdin

    ★★★★★

    Taking the classic Arabian Nights tale and turning it into a fast-paced musical comedy with a beloved comedian's trademark improv skills and a Hirschfeld-influenced art style really was a stroke of genius on Ron Clements and John Musker's part. Everything about "Aladdin" fires on all cylinders and it has held up wonderfully in the years since its original release. Even before Robin Williams's Genie bursts onto the screen, the movie is a ton of fun. Aladdin makes for a likeable…

  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    ★★★★★

    I sometimes see "The Little Mermaid" dismissed, but I find none of its magic has diluted since I first set eyes on it as a young Disney-loving child. Ron Clements and John Musker were tasked with bringing back the classic Disney fairy tale and they made every correct decision one could make, when given this responsibility. For one, the soundtrack. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's songs are already brilliant enough on their own, but the animated sequences set to these…