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fairestf one of all?” Star­ring:S the voices of Adri­ana C Caselotti, Lu­cille La Verne, Stu­art Buchanan Year one for fea­ture- length an­i­ma­tion. Be­fore this, all- screen car­toon­ing was five min­utes or less, and strictly on the sup­port bill. Af­ter this, mov­ing il­lus­tra­tions be­came a main at­trac­tion in cin­e­mas forever­more. This cap­ti­vat­ing retelling of the fa­mous fairy tale still casts a pow­er­ful spell, and not just be­cause of the de­cep­tively sim­ple vi­su­als ... the songs are bril­liant too! 18. THE IN­DI­ANA JONES SERIES ( 1981- 2008) “You want to talk to God? Let’s go see him to­gether, I’ve got noth­ing bet­ter to do.” Star­ring: Har­ri­son Ford, Karen Allen, Sean Con­nery OK, it might be a bit of stretch in­clud­ing the last one, but the rest are gilt- edged es­capism par ex­cel­lence. It all started with the rol­lick­ing Raiders of the Last Ark, estab­lish­ing Ford’s Indy as an all- too- hu­man ac­tion hero with flaws, foibles and fast think­ing that runs rings around your typ­i­cal comic book su­per­hero. 19. RATATOUILLE ( 2007) “Good food is like mu­sic you can taste, colour you can smell. There is ex­cel­lence all around you. You need only to be aware to stop and savour it.” Star­ring: the voices of Pat­ton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Ro­mano Ex­hibit A in mak­ing the case that Pixar can fash­ion an an­i­mated clas­sic from any­thing: the sump­tu­ous tale of a gourmet sewer rat vi­o­lat­ing ev­ery last law of food prepa­ra­tion known to man. Nev­er­the­less, the ex­pe­ri­ence is ab­so­lutely ap­petis­ing through­out. 20. FAN­TAS­TIC MR. FOX ( 2009) “I am seven fox years old. My fa­ther died at seven and a half. I don’t want to live in a hole any­more, and I’m go­ing to do some­thing about it.” Star­ring: the voices of Ge­orge Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Mur­ray A very clever stop- mo­tion an­i­ma­tion adap­ta­tion of the pop­u­lar chil­dren’s story by the great Roald Dahl. The ti­tle char­ac­ter ( voiced by Clooney) is a re­luc­tantly re­tired poul­try thief just itch­ing to re­turn to his old ways. Though sharper and nervier than Dahl’s orig­i­nal tale, the strik­ing old­school look of the film keeps the wilder im­pulses of di­rec­tor Wes An­der­son ( The Royal Te­nen­baums) in check. A real gem.

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