Flushed Away is a 2006 computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell, produced by Cecil Kramer, David Sproxton, Peter Lord, written by Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Chris Lloyd, Joe Keenan and William Davies. It is the third and final film to be co-produced by Aardman Animations and DreamWorks Animation following Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, was Aardman's first computer-animated feature as opposed to their usual stop motion standard; the film stars the voice talents of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy, Ian McKellen, Shane Richie and Jean Reno. In Flushed Away, a pet rat named Roddy St. James is flushed down the toilet by a sewer rat, befriends a scavenger named Rita in order to return home while evading a toad and his rat henchmen; the film was released in the United States by Paramount Pictures on November 3, 2006, in the United Kingdom on 1 December 2006.1 Despite receiving positive reviews from critics, Flushed Away underperformed at the box office, prompting DreamWorks to end their partnership with Aardman.
Roddy St. James is an upper class pet rat. While his owners are away on holiday, a common sewer rat named Sid comes spewing out of the sink and decides to stay as England is playing against Germany in the World Cup Final. Roddy schemes to get rid of Sid by luring him into the toilet, but Sid is not fooled, instead throwing Roddy in and flushing him away into the sewer. Roddy discovers a city resembling London, made out of various bits of junk, meets Rita Malone, an enterprising scavenger rat who works the drains in her faithful boat, the Jammy Dodger. Rita is irritated by Roddy but ends up taking him along, her archenemy The Toad sends his rat henchmen and Whitey, after her for stealing back her father's prized ruby. The Toad loathes all rodents, plans to have Roddy and Rita frozen with liquid nitrogen inside an icemaker; the pair escape, Rita takes a unique electrical cable, required to control Ratropolis' floodgates. Roddy breaks it in front of Rita, enraging her. Roddy offers her a real ruby if she takes him back to Kensington, to which she agrees, the pair first stop to visit her family before setting off.
During Roddy's stay, he overhears a conversation that causes him to think that Rita is selling him to The Toad, so he steals the Jammy Dodger. When Rita catches up to him, she is able to clear up the misunderstanding; the pair evade a pursuit from Spike and their accomplices, incensed at his minions' repeated failures, The Toad sends for his French cousin, known as Le Frog. It is revealed that The Toad was once Prince Charles' pet, but was replaced by a pet rat and flushed down a toilet, resulting in his hatred of rodents. Le Frog and his subordinates intercept Roddy and Rita and retrieve the cable, sinking the Jammy Dodger in the process, but the duo use a plastic bag to lift themselves out of the sewer and back to Roddy's home. Roddy pays Rita the promised ruby and an emerald shows her around his house, she at first realizes he is a pet. Rita tries to persuade Roddy to come with her, she is soon captured by The Toad. Talking to Sid about half-time, Roddy pieces together The Toad's plan: to open the gates during halftime of the World Cup, when all the humans will most be using their toilets.
As a result, a great sewage flood will form and drown Ratropolis in sewage, allowing The Toad to use the city as a home for his tadpole offspring. Roddy has Sid flush him back to the sewers, he frees Rita, together they defeat The Toad and his henchmen and freeze the wave of sewage with his liquid nitrogen. Rita and Roddy set off in her. In a post-credits scene, Roddy's former owner Tabitha returns home with a new pet cat, which scares Sid. Hugh Jackman as Roderick "Roddy" St. James, a pampered but lonely pet rat living in a Kensington apartment with a wealthy English family, he is flushed down the toilet by Sid into the sewers. Kate Winslet as Rita Malone, a street-wise scavenger rat and the oldest child of a large family, she is the captain of The Jammy Dodger. Ian McKellen as The Toad, a haughty amphibian wanting the entire rat population to be killed off so he can make room for his hundreds of offspring. Jean Reno as Le Frog, The Toad's French cousin, he is the leader of a team of hench-frogs.
Andy Serkis as Spike, one of the Toad's two top hench-rats. He is the most aggressive of the two. Bill Nighy as Whitey, another of the Toad's two top hench-rats. Whitey is an albino rat, Spike's partner. Unlike Spike, Whitey is sympathetic and less vicious, but is ignorant and gullible. Shane Richie as Sid, an over-weight and lazy rat from the sewers, he is an acquaintance of Rita and her family, the one who flushed Roddy down the toilet into the sewers. Miriam Margolyes as Rita's grandmother. Rachel Rawlinson as Tabitha, Roddy's human owner; the idea for a film about rats which fall in love in a sewer was proposed by animator Sam Fell during the production of Aardman Animation's Chicken Run. At the time, Aardman encouraged everyone at the company to come up with ideas for features for the DreamWorks partnership. Fell, development executive Mike Cooper, producer Peter Lord developed the concept into a story before pitching it to DreamWorks. Lord described the pitch as "The African Queen with the gender roles reversed."
Comic writing duo, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais were cont
The Little Mermaid (1989 film)
The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy romance film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the Danish fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid tells the story of a mermaid princess named Ariel, who dreams of becoming human. Written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, with art direction by Michael Peraza Jr. and Donald A. Towns, the film features the voices of Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, Buddy Hackett, René Auberjonois; the 28th Disney animated feature film, The Little Mermaid was released to theaters on November 17, 1989 to positive reviews, garnering $84 million at the domestic box office during its initial release, $211 million in total lifetime gross worldwide. After the success of the 1988 Disney/Amblin film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid is given credit for breathing life back into the art of Disney animated feature films after a string of critical or commercial failures produced by Disney that dated back to the early 1970s.
It marked the start of the era known as the Disney Renaissance. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Original Song. A stage adaptation of the film with a book by Doug Wright and additional songs by Alan Menken and new lyricist Glenn Slater opened in Denver in July 2007 and began performances on Broadway January 10, 2008 starring Sierra Boggess. In May 2016, Disney announced that a live-action remake is in development. A sixteen-year-old mermaid princess named Ariel is dissatisfied with underwater life in the kingdom of Atlantica and is fascinated by the human world. With her best friend Flounder, Ariel collects human artifacts in her grotto and goes to the surface of the ocean to visit Scuttle, a seagull who offers inaccurate knowledge of human culture, she ignores the warnings of her father King Triton, the ruler of Atlantica, Sebastian, a lobster who serves as Triton's adviser and court composer, that contact between merpeople and humans is forbidden. One night, Flounder, an unwilling Sebastian travel to the ocean surface to watch a celebration for Prince Eric's birthday on a ship.
Ariel falls in love with Eric. Shortly afterward, a violent storm arrives, which tosses Eric overboard. Ariel brings him to shore, she sings to him, but leaves just as he regains consciousness to avoid being discovered. Fascinated by the memory of her voice, Eric vows to find the girl who saved and sang to him, Ariel vows to find a way to join him and his world. Noticing a change in Ariel's behavior, Triton questions Sebastian about her behavior and learns of her love for Eric. Triton confronts Ariel in her grotto, destroys the artifacts she collected with his trident. After Triton leaves, two eels named Jetsam convince Ariel to visit Ursula the sea witch. Ursula makes a deal with Ariel to transform her into a human for three days in exchange for Ariel's voice, which Ursula puts in a nautilus shell. Within these three days, Ariel must receive the "kiss of true love" from Eric. If Ariel gets Eric to kiss her, she will remain a human permanently. Otherwise, she will belong to Ursula. Ariel accepts and is given human legs and taken to the surface by Flounder and Sebastian.
Eric finds Ariel on the beach and takes her to his castle, unaware that she is the one who had rescued him earlier. Ariel spends time with Eric, at the end of the second day, they kiss but are thwarted by Flotsam and Jetsam. Angered at Ariel's close success, Ursula disguises herself as a beautiful young woman named Vanessa and appears onshore singing with Ariel's voice. Eric recognizes the song and, in her disguise, Ursula casts a hypnotic enchantment on Eric to make him forget about Ariel; the next day, Ariel discovers. Scuttle discovers Vanessa's true identity and informs Ariel who pursues the wedding barge. Sebastian informs Triton, Scuttle disrupts the wedding with the help of various sea animals. In the chaos, the nautilus shell around Ursula's neck is destroyed, restoring Ariel's voice and breaking Ursula's enchantment over Eric. Realizing that Ariel is the girl who saved his life, Eric rushes to kiss her, but the sun sets and Ariel transforms back into a mermaid, she gets kidnapped by Ursula.
Triton confronts Ursula and demands her to let Ariel go. At Ursula's urging, Triton agrees to take Ariel's place as Ursula's prisoner. Ariel is released as Triton loses his authority over Atlantica. Ursula declares herself the new ruler, but before she can use the trident, Eric intervenes with a harpoon. Ursula attempts to kill Eric, but Ariel intervenes, causing Ursula to inadvertently kill Flotsam and Jetsam. Enraged, Ursula uses the trident to expand into monstrous proportions. Ariel and Eric reunite on the surface, she gains full control of the entire ocean, creating a storm and bringing sunken ships to the surface. Just as Ursula is about to destroy Ariel, Eric steers a wrecked ship towards Ursula, impaling her with its splintered bowsprit. With Ursula defeated and the other polyps in Ursula's garden revert to their original forms. Realizing that Ariel loves Eric, Triton willingly changes her from a mermaid into a human permanently and approves her marriage to Eric. Ariel and Eric depart. Jodi Benson as Princess Ariel Christopher Dani
My Science Project
My Science Project is a 1985 American comedy science fiction film directed by Jonathan R. Betuel. Although not performing as well, the movie follows on heels of other teen-sci-fi/comedy films released the same year, such as Back to the Future, Real Genius and Weird Science. In 1957, the United States military secures a crashed UFO in a hangar bay. President Dwight D. Eisenhower enters to see the craft and orders his men to "get rid of it". In 1985, a high school senior named Michael Harlan, whose only interest is muscle cars, reluctantly searches for something to turn in for his science class project final. While on what his bookworm friend Ellie Sawyer, thinks is a date, Michael breaks into a government aircraft boneyard and stumbles upon a hidden fallout shelter. There, he finds a glowing, plasma globe-like piece of scientific equipment and grabs it just as a military guard approaches and chases him away; the next day, Michael cleans up the device in auto shop class and unwittingly activates it, causing it to leech power from a nearby boombox.
His friend, Vince Latello, tries to talk him out of attaching the device to an automotive battery, whereupon the device emits a swirl of colorful energy that manifests into an Ancient Greek vase as the battery melts. The two leave the auto shop for their next class, but soon realize they inexplicably lost two hours of time and missed their final science exam. After more strange occurrences with the machine, Michael takes the device, referred to as "the gizmo", to his ex-hippie science teacher Dr. Roberts. Believing it is a portal to another dimension, he plugs it into an electrical outlet. While bathing in the cosmic energy of the gizmo and contemplating the wonders of the universe, Roberts disappears, leaving behind his peace symbol medallion. Michael is unable to disconnect the machine from the outlet and decides his only solution is to destroy the power lines leading to town. Michael and Vince obtain dynamite from the backroom of a hardware store owned by Michael's father, race to outrun a wave of energy traveling along the lines before it reaches the local power plant.
They blow up a tower, stopping the wave and causing a blackout, but upon returning to town are arrested for Dr. Roberts' disappearance. Michael calls Ellie and asks her to go to the school to retrieve the gizmo, hoping to prove his innocence by showing it to the police. At the school, she runs into Sherman, an obnoxious nerd, who hooks the gizmo up to the outlet again, creating a massive time warp over the school and causing a black out in town, allowing Vince and Michael to escape the police. Returning to the school, they find the whole building consumed in a vortex of space/time as objects and people from the past and future manifest around them and a crazed Sherman, who fears the world is ending and tells them that Ellie is in danger. Dragging Sherman along and Vince grab weapons from a platoon of fallen Vietnam War soldiers and make their way to the science lab, battling a T-rex in the gymnasium and a mob of post-apocalypse mutants along the way, they reach Ellie and deactivate the gizmo, causing time to return to normal just as emergency crews and police show up.
Moments Dr. Roberts reappears, rejoicing in an unexpected trip to Woodstock, proudly gives Michael an "A" grade on his science project under the condition that he gets rid of the machine, saying it's not something mankind is ready for. Roberts is arrested by the local sheriff, who thinks he blew up the power lines - as Michael had accidentally left Robert's peace medallion at the hardware store; as promised, Michael returns the gizmo back to the junkyard. On the way back, the car runs out of gas and he and Ellie leave it by the side of the road; the distributors of the movie in Sweden thought it should be marketed as a mix of Ghostbusters and Back to the Future. It was subsequently renamed TimeBusters; the film was holds 14% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 7 reviews. New York Times critic Stephen Holden wrote on August 10, 1985. Despite a plot that has few interesting twists and a shoestring budget, the film glimmers with moments of drollery." The film was not a success. On its first weekend, it only peaked at # 14 with $1,504,118.
It ended grossing $4,122,748 in its two weeks long run. My Science Project on IMDb My Science Project at AllMovie
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996 film)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1996 American animated musical drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation for Walt Disney Pictures. The 34th Disney animated feature film and the seventh animated film produced and released during the period called the Disney Renaissance, the film is based on the 1831 novel of the same name written by Victor Hugo; the plot centers on Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame, his struggle to gain acceptance into society. Directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale and produced by Don Hahn, the film's voice cast features Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay, Kevin Kline, Paul Kandel, Jason Alexander, Charles Kimbrough, David Ogden Stiers, Mary Wickes in her final film role; as the seventh animated film produced and released during a period known as the Disney Renaissance, the film is considered to be one of Disney's darkest animated films as its narrative explores such mature themes as infanticide, damnation and sin, despite the changes made from the original source material in order to ensure a G rating received by the MPAA.
The musical score was written by Alan Menken, with songs written by Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who had collaborated on Pocahontas, released the year before. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released on June 21, 1996 to positive reviews and was a commercial success, grossing over $325 million worldwide and becoming the fifth highest-grossing release of 1996; the film received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Menken's musical score. A darker, more gothic stage adaptation of the film, was rewritten and directed by James Lapine and produced by Walt Disney Theatrical in Berlin, Germany, as Der Glöckner von Notre Dame, ran from 1999 to 2002. A direct-to-video sequel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, was released in 2002. A live-action adaptation of the film is in development. In 1482 Paris, Clopin, a gypsy puppeteer, narrates the origin of the titular hunchback. A group of gypsies sneak illegally into Paris, but are ambushed by Judge Claude Frollo, Paris' Minister of Justice, his soldiers.
A gypsy woman in the group attempts to flee with her deformed baby, but Frollo chases and kills her outside Notre Dame. He tries to kill the baby as well, but the cathedral's archdeacon intervenes and accuses Frollo of murdering an innocent woman. To atone for his sin, Frollo reluctantly agrees to raise the deformed child in Notre Dame as his son, naming him "Quasimodo". Twenty years Quasimodo develops into a kind yet isolated young man who has lived inside the cathedral his entire life. A trio of living stone gargoyles—Victor and Laverne—serve as Quasimodo's only company, encourage him to attend the annually-held Festival of Fools. Despite Frollo's warnings that he would be shunned for his deformity, Quasimodo attends the festival and is celebrated for his awkward appearance, only to be humiliated by the crowd after two of Frollo's guards start a riot. Frollo refuses to help Quasimodo, but Esmeralda, a kind gypsy, intervenes by freeing the hunchback, uses a magic trick to evade arrest. Frollo sends him back inside the cathedral.
Esmeralda follows Quasimodo inside, only to be followed herself by Captain Phoebus of Frollo's guard. Phoebus refuses to arrest her for alleged witchcraft inside Notre Dame and instead has her confined to the cathedral. Esmeralda finds and befriends Quasimodo, who helps her escape Notre Dame out of gratitude for defending him, she entrusts Quasimodo a pendant containing a map to the gypsies' hideout, the Court of Miracles. Frollo soon develops lustful feelings for Esmeralda and, upon realizing them, begs the Virgin Mary to save him from her "spell" to avoid eternal damnation; when Frollo discovers that she escaped, he instigates a citywide manhunt for her which involves setting fire to countless houses in his way. Phoebus is appalled by Frollo's evil and defies him, Frollo sentences him to death. While fleeing, Phoebus is struck by an arrow and falls into the River Seine, but Esmeralda rescues him and takes him to Notre Dame for refuge; the gargoyles encourage Quasimodo to confess his feelings for Esmeralda, but he is heartbroken to discover she and Phoebus have fallen in love.
Frollo returns to Notre Dame that night and discovers that Quasimodo helped Esmeralda escape. He bluffs to Quasimodo, saying that he knows about the Court of Miracles and that he intends to attack at dawn with 1,000 men. Using the map Esmeralda gave him and Phoebus find the court to warn the gypsies, only for Frollo to follow them and capture all the gypsies present. Frollo prepares to burn Esmeralda at the stake after she rejects his advances, but Quasimodo rescues her and brings her to the cathedral. Phoebus releases the gypsies and rallies the Paris citizens against Frollo and his men, who try to break into the cathedral. Quasimodo and the gargoyles pour molten lead onto the streets to ensure no one enters, but Frollo manages to get inside, he pursues Quasimodo and Esmeralda to the balcony where he and Quasimodo fight and both fall over the edge. Frollo falls to his death in the molten lead. Afterward, Quasimodo comes to accept that Phoebus and Esmeralda are in love, he gives them his blessing.
The two encourage him to leave the cathedral into the outside world, where the citizens hail him as a hero and accept him into society. Tom Hulce as Quasimodo, Notre Dame Cathedral's 20-year-old hunchbacked bell ringer who dreams of seeing life outside the bell tower. Despite the fact that Quasimodo is being informed by his guardian Judge Claude Frollo that he is an ugly monster, Clopin's opening song asks listeners to judge for themselves "who is the monster and, the man" of the two. James Baxter served as t
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American animated science fantasy action adventure film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation—the first science fiction film in Disney's animated features canon and the 41st overall. Written by Tab Murphy, directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, produced by Don Hahn, the film features an ensemble cast with the voices of Michael J. Fox, Cree Summer, James Garner, Leonard Nimoy, Don Novello, Phil Morris, Claudia Christian, Jacqueline Obradors, Jim Varney, Florence Stanley, John Mahoney, David Ogden Stiers and Corey Burton. Set in 1914, the film tells the story of a young man who gains possession of a sacred book, which he believes will guide him and a crew of mercenaries to the lost city of Atlantis. Development of the film began. Instead of another musical, the production team decided to do an action-adventure film inspired by the works of Jules Verne. Atlantis was notable for adopting the distinctive visual style of comic book creator Mike Mignola. At the time of its release, the film had made greater use of computer-generated imagery than any of Disney's previous traditionally animated features.
Linguist Marc Okrand created a language for use in Atlantis, with James Newton Howard providing the film's score. The film was released at a time when audience interest in animated films was shifting away from hand-drawn animation toward films with full CGI. Atlantis: The Lost Empire premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on June 3, 2001, went into general release on June 15. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, Atlantis performed modestly at the box office. Budgeted at around $90-120 million, the film grossed over $186 million worldwide, $84 million of, earned in North America. Due to the film's lackluster box office performance, Disney canceled both a spin-off television series and an underwater attraction at its Disneyland theme park; some critics praised it as a unique departure from typical Disney animated features, while others disliked it due to the unclear target audience and absence of songs. Atlantis was nominated for a number of awards, including seven Annie Awards, won Best Sound Editing at the 2002 Golden Reel Awards.
The film was released on VHS and DVD on January 29, 2002. Atlantis is considered to be a cult favorite, due in part to Mignola's unique artistic influence. A direct-to-video sequel, Atlantis: Milo's Return, was released in 2003. Many centuries ago, a rogue wave threatens to drown the island of Atlantis. In the midst of an evacuation from the capital city, the Queen of Atlantis is caught by a strange, hypnotic blue light and lifted up into the "Heart of Atlantis", a powerful crystal protecting the city; the crystal creates a dome barrier that protects the city's innermost district. She leaves behind Princess Kida, as the island sinks beneath the ocean, her husband, King Kashekim Nedakh, is blinded during the event as he protects Kida from the light In 1914, Milo Thatch, a cartographer and linguist at the Smithsonian Institution, marginalized for his research on Atlantis, believes that he has found The Shepherd's Journal, an ancient manuscript that contains directions to the lost island. Though the museum board declines his proposal to search for the journal, a mysterious woman, Helga Sinclair, introduces Milo to Preston B.
Whitmore, an eccentric millionaire. Whitmore has funded a successful effort to retrieve the journal as repayment of a debt to Milo's grandfather, recruiting Milo to lead an expedition to Atlantis, as soon as he receives it. Whitmore builds a mercenary task force 200 - strong, equipped with military grade weapons and munitions; the expedition departs with a team of specialists led by Commander Lyle Rourke, who led the journal recovery expedition. They set out in a massive submarine. During the journey, they are attacked by the monstrous Leviathan, a robotic lobster-like creature that guards Atlantis' entrance; the Ulysses is subsequently destroyed, but Milo and part of the crew escape to a cavern, described in the journal as the entrance to Atlantis. After traveling through a network of caves and a dormant volcano, the team reaches the borders of Atlantis, where they are greeted by Kida. However, Kida's father, the King of Atlantis, is not pleased with the team's visit, but agrees with Rourke for a one-night stay.
Kida enlists Milo in deciphering the Atlantean written language, long forgotten by the natives. By diving deep within the city's submerged ruins and translating underwater murals, Milo helps Kida uncover the nature of the Heart of Atlantis: it supplies the Atlanteans with power and longevity through the crystals worn around their necks, he is surprised this recalls that a page is missing. Returning to the surface with Kida, Milo discovers Rourke has the missing page. Rourke and the crew betray Milo, intending to sell it. Rourke mortally wounds the King while trying to extract information about the crystal's location, but finds it himself hidden beneath the King's throne room; the crystal detects a threat and merges with Kida, whom Rourke and the mercenaries lock in a crate, prepare to leave the city. Knowing that when the crystal is gone the Atlanteans will die, Milo berates the crew for betraying their consciences, convinces them to leave Rourke and remain in Atlantis; the King explains to Milo.
Beauty and the Beast (2017 film)
Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 American musical romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films. The film is a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's 18th-century fairy tale; the film features an ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the eponymous characters with Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson in supporting roles. A live-action Beauty and the Beast remake was first announced in April 2014, with Guillermo del Toro attached to direct. After he dropped out and Condon was hired to replace him, Stevens and the rest of the cast signed on between January and April 2015. Principal photography began at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England in May 2015 and ended that August. With an estimated budget of around $255 million, it is one of the most expensive films made.
Beauty and the Beast premiered at Spencer House in London on February 23, 2017, was released in the United States in standard, Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D formats, along with Dolby Cinema on March 17, 2017. The film received positive reviews, with many praising the performances of the cast, its faithfulness to the original animated film, as well as elements from the Broadway musical, visual style, production values, musical score, though it received criticism for some of the character designs and its excessive similarity to the original; the film grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing live-action musical film, making it the second-highest-grossing film of 2017, the tenth-highest-ever-grossing film in North America and the 14th-highest-grossing film of all time. The film received four nominations at the 23rd Critics' Choice Awards and two nominations at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, it received Academy Award nominations for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design at the 90th Academy Awards.
A beautiful enchantress disguised as an old beggar woman arrives at a castle during a ball and offers the host, a cruel and selfish prince, a rose in return for shelter from a storm. When he refuses, she reveals her identity. To punish the prince for his lack of compassion, the enchantress transforms him into a beast and his servants into household objects erases the castle, the prince and his servants from the memories of their loved ones, she casts a spell on the rose and warns the prince that the curse will only be broken if he learns to love another, earn their love in return, before the last petal falls. Some years in the small town of Villeneuve, the book-loving daughter of a music box maker and artist Maurice, dreams of adventure and brushes off advances from Gaston, an arrogant former soldier. On his way to a convention and lost in the forest, Maurice seeks refuge in the Beast's castle, but the Beast imprisons him for stealing a rose from his garden as a gift to Belle; when Maurice's horse returns without him, Belle ventures out in search for him, finds him locked in the castle dungeon.
The Beast agrees to let her take Maurice's place. Belle befriends the castle's servants; when she wanders into the forbidden west wing and finds the rose, the Beast scares her into the woods. She is ambushed by a pack of wolves, but the Beast rescues her, is injured in the process; as Belle nurses his wounds, a friendship develops between them. The Beast shows Belle a gift from the enchantress, a book that transports readers wherever they want. Belle uses the book to visit her childhood home in Paris, where she discovers a plague doctor mask and realizes that she and her father were forced to leave when her mother succumbed to the plague. In Villeneuve, Maurice fails to convince the other villagers of Belle's imprisonment. Gaston, seeing rescuing Belle as an opportunity to win her hand in marriage, agrees to help Maurice; when Maurice learns of his ulterior motive and rejects him, Gaston abandons him to be eaten by the wolves. Maurice is rescued by the hermit Agathe, but when he tells the townsfolk of Gaston's crime and is unable to provide solid evidence, Gaston convinces them to send Maurice to an insane asylum.
After sharing a romantic dance with the Beast, Belle discovers her father's predicament using a magic mirror. The Beast releases her to save Maurice. At Villeneuve, Belle reveals the Beast in the mirror to the townsfolk. Realizing that Belle loves the Beast, a jealous Gaston claims she has been charmed by dark magic, has her thrown into the asylum carriage with her father, he rallies the villagers to follow him to the castle to slay the Beast before he curses the whole village. Maurice and Belle escape, Belle rushes back to the castle. During the battle, Gaston abandons his companion LeFou, who sides with the servants to fend off the villagers. Gaston attacks the Beast in his tower, too depressed to fight back, but regains his spirit upon seeing Belle return, he spares his life before reuniting with Belle. Ungrateful and unrepentant, Gaston fatally shoots the Beast from a bridge, but it collapses when the castle crumbles, he falls to his death; the Beast dies as the last petal falls, the servants become inanimate.
As Belle tearfully professes her love to the Beast, Agathe reveals herself as the enchantress and undoes the curse, repairing the crumbling castle, restoring the Beast's and servants' human forms and the villagers' memories. The Prince and Belle host a ball fo
Oliver & Company
Oliver & Company is a 1988 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released on November 18, 1988, by Walt Disney Pictures. The 27th Disney animated feature film, the film is based on the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, adapted many other times for the screen. In the film, Oliver is a homeless kitten. Among other changes, the setting of the film was relocated from 19th century London to modern-day New York City, Fagin's gang is made up of dogs, Sykes is a loan shark. Following the release of The Black Cauldron, Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg held a pitch meeting with the animation staff, in which story artist Pete Young pitched the idea to adapt Oliver Twist with dogs; the pitch was approved, the film went into production under the working title Oliver and the Dodger. Released on the same day as The Land Before Time, Oliver & Company was a box office success, but it received mixed reviews from film critics; the film was re-released in the United States and the United Kingdom on March 29, 1996.
It was released on home video that same year, again in 2002 and 2009 on DVD. The film was released on Blu-ray Disc in 2013. On Fifth Avenue, an orphaned kitten named Oliver is left abandoned after his fellow orphaned kittens are adopted by passersby. Wandering the streets by himself in search of someone to adopt him, Oliver meets a laid-back mongrel named Dodger who assists the kitten in stealing food from a hot dog vendor named Louie. Dodger flees the scene without sharing his bounty with Oliver. Oliver follows Dodger all throughout the streets until he arrives at the barge of his owner, a pickpocket named Fagin, along with his meal, to give to his friends: Tito the chihuahua, Einstein the Great Dane, Rita the Saluki, Francis the bulldog. Oliver sneaks inside, located below the docks, is discovered by the dogs. After a moment of confusion, he is received with a warm welcome. Fagin comes in and explains that he is running out of time to repay the money he borrowed from Sykes, a nefarious shipyard agent and loan shark.
Sykes tells Fagin that the money must be paid in three days, under the threat of resolving to violence. Sykes's dobermans, Roscoe and DeSoto, attack Oliver. Thereafter, a depressed Fagin returns to the barge, lamenting that he only has three days to find the money he owes Sykes. After the dogs cheer him up, Fagin is introduced to Oliver, considering that they all need help, accepts him into the gang; the next day and his pets, now including Oliver, hit the streets to sell some shoddy goods and steal money. Oliver and Tito attempt to sabotage a limousine driven by Winston, a butler, chaperoning Jenny Foxworth, a lonely rich girl whose parents are away on a trip. However, the plan backfires when Oliver accidentally slips on the ignition keys, starting the car and electrocuting Tito. Jenny helps untangle Oliver from the wires and adopts him out of loneliness, much to the disgust of Georgette, the Foxworth family's pompous and pampered poodle. Dodger and the others manage to steal Oliver from the Foxworth family and return him to the barge, but he explains that he was treated kindly and did not want to leave, much to the disappointment of Dodger who feels that Oliver is being ungrateful, but allows him the opportunity to leave.
However, Fagin arrives and concocts a plan to ransom Oliver sends Jenny a ransom note. Jenny sets out to get Oliver back, while Fagin informs Sykes of his plan. Jenny meets up with Fagin, shocked that the "very rich cat owner person" is only a little girl. Bothered by his conscience after seeing Jenny distraught over losing Oliver, Fagin gives Oliver back freely. Just Sykes comes out of the shadows and kidnaps Jenny, intending to ransom her and declaring Fagin's debt paid. Dodger rallies Oliver and the other dogs to rescue Jenny from Sykes, but the animals are confronted by Sykes and his Dobermans after they free her. Fagin saves the group with his scooter and a chase ensues throughout the streets and into the subway tunnels. Jenny is pushed onto the hood of Sykes's car after he rams it against the scooter, where she holds onto the hood ornament, Oliver and Dodger attempt a rescue. Roscoe and DeSoto fall off the car in the struggle and land on the subway's third rail, electrocuting them. Tito takes control of Fagin's scooter as Fagin manages to retrieve Jenny, Tito drives the scooter up the side of the Brooklyn Bridge as Sykes' car drives straight into the path of an oncoming train, killing him and throwing him and his car into the East River.
Dodger and Oliver manage to avoid the collision thanks to Sykes throwing them off him before the impact and are reunited with Jenny and the others. Jenny celebrates her birthday with the animals and Winston; that same day, Winston receives a phone call from Jenny's parents in Rome saying that they will be back Stateside in Manhattan tomorrow. Oliver opts to stay with Jenny. Joey Lawrence as Oliver: an orange orphaned kitten, looking for a home, he joins Fagin's gang of dogs before being taken in by Jenny. He saves her life from the black-hearted loan-shark, Sykes. Billy Joel as Dodger, a carefree, charismatic mongrel with a mix of terrier in him, he claims to have considerable "street savoir-faire". He is the leader of Fagin's gang of dogs, is Oliver's first acquaintance, as well as his eventual best friend and bodyguard, he is the object of Rita's affection. Cheech Marin as Tito, a tiny yet passionate Chihuahua in Fagin's gang, he has a fiery