2001 Animation Movies
- November 2nd, 2001
- 92 mins
In the realm of things that go bump in the night ? another animated flick from Pixar (Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life), this comedy-adventure tells the story of a large, furry, spotted, and horned James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) and his best friend and roommate, a green, opinionated, feisty little one-eyed monster (Billy Crystal), who audition for spots under children's beds. They then must capture the children's screams, that provide the energy on which the monsters live. When the two accidently transport a little girl (Mary Gibbs) back to their realm ? an absolute no-no ? they are exiled from their land by the factory's mean crablike CEO (James Coburn) and are forced to live in the human world.
- May 18th, 2001
- 90 mins
Set in a strange, colorful land populated by fairy tale characters, SHREK is a hilarious comedy that will win over audiences of children and adults alike. Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a fearsome green ogre living in isolation in his own cozy little swamp. He is not receptive to visitors, and fends off the occasional party of torch-wielding villagers with ease. But when the power-hungry Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) turns Shrek's swamp into a relocation camp for dozens of banished fairy-tale characters (including some pesky dwarves, wolves, and fairies) Shrek's quiet, introverted life is ruined. Joined by the talkative Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Shrek makes his way to Farquaad's realm of Duloc, where the Lord makes Shrek an offer: He will rid Shrek's land of the unwanted visitors if Shrek will go on a simple quest to free Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from her remote, dragon-guarded castle and convince her to marry Farquaad. On their quest, Shrek and Donkey run into a number of bizarre situations, and Shrek finds himself realizing that he isn't quite the fearsome monster he has always made himself out to be. Reinventing the traditional fairy tale adventure, SHREK features gorgeous computer animation, a unique sense of humor, and compelling characters--especially Eddie Murphy's lovable Donkey.
- June 8th, 2001
- 95 mins
The Lost Continent legend gets a new-old spin in a state-of-the-art animated epic that's been years in the making. Set in the early 1900s, this Jules Verne-style adventure follows intrepid explorer Milo Thatcher (voiced by Michael J. Fox), who joins a submarine mission in search of Atlantis. Images popping up on the Internet indicate that Disney has made another advance in the art of animation.
- October 19th, 2001
- 99 mins
A imaginative animated film about a man (Wiley Wiggins) whose dreamlike adventures in an alternative reality bring him into contact with a series of bizarre characters. The movie's most interesting feature is its use of "rotoscoping" � animation that is "drawn" on top of digitally shot live-action footage.
- August 10th, 2001
- 95 mins
When the virus (voiced by Laurence Fishburne) invades Frank's body, renegade white blood cell Osmosis Jones (voiced by Chris Rock) springs into action to hunt down and destroy it. Unfortunately, he's stuck with his partner Drix (the voice of David Hyde Pierce), a painkiller-packing 12-hour cold capsule who can be a bit of a pain himself. Together they race against the biological clock to save Frank from certain death, dodging mucus mud slides, toxic spills, hurricane-force sneezes and things you've got to see to believe.
It's a dirty job but some antibody's got to do it.
- July 11th, 2001
- 106 mins
Though the movie is based on the popular video game series created by Square Soft, it reportedly will not feature characters or storylines from any of the games. What is known is the plot follows the adventures of our heroine, Aki, and centers around an alien race that invades Earth in the year 2065 with a plan to take over the planet. The movie is destined to raise the standard by which all animation will be judged by using revolutionary technology that will bring the "virtual actors" (computer generated characters with life-like skin colors, textures and facial expression) to life.
- December 21st, 2001
- 83 mins
All the parents have been stolen! A group af aliens, the Yokians, has abducted them, and it's up to a young genius to go to outer space to rescue them.
- February 23rd, 2001
- 93 mins
Life couldn't be better for cartoonist Stu Miley (Brendan Fraser). He has created a hit comic strip featuring Monkeybone, a petulant rascal with a penchant for wise cracks and racy antics. Stu, happy and in love with his beautiful girlfriend Julie (Bridget Fonda) is on the verge of big success, as his comic strip is about to become a national television show. But on the night Stu is to propose to Julie, he is struck down in a freak accident.
While Stu's body lies comatose - and Julie maintains a constant bedside vigil - his conscious spirit is transported to Downtown, a purgatory-like limbo existing between life and death -- with a carnival landscape populated by mythical gods and creatures who revel in the nightmares of the living.
Upon his arrival, Stu learns his ominous fate: There's no turning back. And just as things seem like they couldn't get any worse, Stu's alter ego, Monkeybone, springs to life to stir up some trouble. Now, Stu must outwit Death (Whoopi Goldberg) in order to return to the world of the living before the doctors pull the plug on Stu's body. But Monkeybone has hatched his own plot that could thwart Stu's plans...
- February 16th, 2001
- 83 mins
When school lets out for the summer, T.J. Detweiler is ready to play hard. When all his friends head off to summer camp, though, he's left without anything to do. One day, passing by the empty shoolyard, T.J. notices an eerie green light emanating from the main building and attempts to rally his parents and the local police to investigate. When he's dismissed as a bored kid with an overactive imagination, he turns to the principal of the school. When the principal is dematerialized while investigating the green light, T.J. calls his friends back from summer camp.
At first skeptical of T.J.'s story, the gang become believers when they see a giant weapon emerge from the school's roof and fire a laser beam into the sky. Their school and principal in obvious danger, the gang decides to sneak into the school to investigate, but they are quickly discovered by the bad guys, led by an evil renegade ex-principal. In the chase that ensues, T.J. is captured. All seems lost, until the gang gather together every kid they know, and with the help of their teachers, vow to take back their school.
- October 1st, 2001
- 76 mins
"Barbie" stars as Clara in this animated retelling of the classic Christmas ballet, complete with Tchaikovsky soundtrack and ballet choreography.