Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

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An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation. (IMDb)
Every scene is a delectably detailed diorama, brought to life by endlessly creative animation, perfect voice acting, and marvelous music (a fun soundtrack plus tear-jerking classical crescendos-see Rat’s redemption), while a tight script (the wolf encounter is a real cherry on top) showcases remarkable characterization (see the angsty Ash), thoughtful drama (see Mr. and Mrs. Fox’s standoff), and a fascinating anthropomorphic vs. wild animal thematic thread alongside its heaps of quirky humour.
9.5/10 (Breathtaking)

Matilda (1996)


Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable. (IMDb)
The narrative here is pure, kid-minded, free-spirited fun: A cute children vs. adults motif (“I’m big, you’re small”) is filled out by a few hilariously exaggerated antagonists (see DeVito [puzzlingly also the amiable narrator] as the brash book-hating dad, Ferris as the child-throwing principal), an adorable protagonist with great gifts of genius and magic to live vicariously through, and many satisfying moments of child rebellion (see the ridiculous but tear-jerking chocolate cake triumph).
7/10 (Good)