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Due out: June 21

Stars: the voices of Kelly Mac­don­ald, Emma Thompson, Craig Fer­gu­son, Billy Con­nolly

They say: A head­strong princess cast out of her king­dom must rely on her brav­ery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

We say: It al­most reads like a fairy­tale with a lit­tle Hunger Games on the side . . . Un­til you re­mem­ber this is the lat­est work from the creative an­i­ma­tion pow­er­house Pixar.

Close up: There’s a first time for ev­ery­thing, even for a been- there- done- that out­fit like Pixar. Never be­fore has the stu­dio framed a project around a fe­male pro­tag­o­nist.

Wide shot: Has been up on the blocks for a long time by Pixar’s stan­dards. Work started in 2008 un­der the ti­tle The Bear and the Bow. Dis­agree­ments over the orig­i­nal look ( too much snow) and feel ( too bleak) re­sulted in a di­rec­tor and sev­eral key creatives leav­ing the pro­duc­tion along the way.

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