Summary: Luke Skywalker, who tires of his dull, unfulfilled life on Tattooine, joins rebel forces to save Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader, and the galaxy from the Empire's planet-destroying Death Star.
My opinion: There is a reason why Star Wars is as popular as it is. Anybody who watches this is taken by surprise at how good this actually is.
Summary: As Luke trains with Master Yoda to become a Jedi Knight, his friends evade the Imperial fleet under the command of Darth Vader who is obsessed with turning Skywalker to the Dark Side of the Force.
My opinion: Arguably the best movie in the Star Wars franchise, packed with character development and the possibility of a sequel, which gets fulfilled 3 years later.
Summary: After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels attempt to destroy the Second Death Star, while Luke Skywalker tries to bring his father back to the Light Side of the Force.
My opinion: Despite being the weakest of the original trilogy, the parts focusing on Luke are engaging.
Summary: Due to a group of meddling scientists, a curious nature-loving alien gets separated from his kind. The alien ends up hiding in a household with 3 kids and is given the name E.T.. While the kids educate E.T. about Earth's various things, they help him "phone home" his kind to come back and get him, but the scientists are still out to get their alien friend. Can the kids get E.T. home before things get worse?
My opinion: What can I say? E.T. was an icon that to this day still resonates with the general public. The movie, despite moments that may scar a child for life, is extremely idealistic in nature, with a handful of cute moments involving our alien friend.
Summary: To save her ill son, timid field mouse Mrs. Brisby must seek the aid of a colony of super-intelligent rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected.
My opinion: After so much talk about this being Don Bluth's greatest work, I watched this and believed the truth. When it comes to Bluth's works, it's perfect. E.T. aside, I don't know why people didn't see this back in '82.
Summary: Epic sci-fi story about a 17 year old boy living in 1985 named Marty McFly, who accidentally escapes 30 years into the past via a DeLorean time machine after eccentric inventor and good friend Doc Brown, who created it, gets shot by Libyan terrorists. In 1955, Marty must find a way back and warn the younger Doc, but manages to alter a couple of things, such as accidentally causing the teenage version of his own mother to pine for him! Marty must fix this and get his future parents together.
My opinion: This movie is EPIC! What's not to love? The main characters are likable, and there's action, comedy, the works!
Summary: In 1885, little Fievel Mousekewitz and his family leave for America, "where the streets are paved with cheese", after the Cossacks and their cats destroy their village. But only mere hours away from their destination, Fievel gets seperated during a storm and must find his family in New York.
My opinion: At first, it was just okay to me, but after re-visiting it, it's a whole lot better in hindsight.
Summary: An awkward florist named Seymour breeds a strange plant in order to keep Mushnik's flower shop in business, and ultimately, win the heart of beautiful co-worker Audrey. But the plant requires blood to grow, and Seymour can't just keep feeding it his own blood...
My opinion: Sorry, but to me, THIS is the perfect movie rather than The Godfather. Just about every character is likable, including the ones you aren't supposed to root for, such as the dentist.
Summary: Disney's 1988 musical romp based off of a Charles Dickens book about a lone kitten and his life in New York City. He is befriended by Dodger, a carefree mutt who happens to be the alpha dog of a pack of canines that work in the industry. While on a mission due to the dogs' human leader Fagin in debt with his evil loan shark Sykes, Oliver ends up in the care of a lonely little rich girl named Jenny.
My opinion: I don't care what anyone says, this movie was a huge part of my childhood, and still resonates with me to this day.
Summary: In Mel Brooks' hilarious Star Wars spoof, Colonel Sandurz, Dark Helmet, and their bumbling superior, President Skroob, hatch a plan to kidnap Princess Vespa and steal her planet's air to replenish Spaceball's squandered atmosphere. Meanwhile, space-bum-for-hire Lone Starr and his clueless dog-like sidekick Barf are in debt to Pizza the Hutt and figure that rescuing Vespa would reward them handsomely.
My opinion: As a parody of Star Wars, a lot of things work pretty well. You can't help but laugh at the hijinks that ensue.
Summary: 5 years after the events of the first movie, the Ghostbusters have forcibly parted ways. Ray and Winston are reduced to performing at children's birthday parties, Egon studies human emotions, and Venkman is the host of World of the Psychic. But when old friend Dana asks Egon for help, the guys reunite and investigate some weird slime flowing in the old transit system. Meanwhile, an ancient tyrant prepares to return to the earthly domain and targets Dana's baby as the new shell for its soul.
My opinion: While not as good as the first movie, I'll applaud it for giving Louis a key role in helping our heroes.
Summary: Kooky scientist Wayne Szalinski has spent 5 years trying to get his shrink ray to work, but all attempts failed, until one day, when one of the neighbor kids was playing baseball, the ball smashes through Wayne's attic window and turns it on, shrinking the furniture. The neighbor kids, as well as Wayne's own kids, Nick and Amy, get shrunken, and end up in the backyard, leading them to try and get back to the house and back to normal size.
My opinion: I can see why this movie was vital to Rick's movie career. It's epic, funny, and has genuine moments.
Summary: 13 year old Kiki leaves her family to begin training as a witch in a new town, where she starts helping out at a bakery by delivering food on her broom. Throughout the year, Kiki befriends a lot of people in town, including a nerdy boy obsessed with aeronautics.
My opinion: Great movie with relate-able characters and a deep story.
Summary: Doc takes Marty and Jennifer to the year 2015 to save their future son Marty Jr. from being framed by Biff Tannen's future grandson Griff. After that, Marty considers buying a sports almanac, which ends up in Biff's hands, making Biff alter the present for his own selfish needs.
My opinion: At first, I thought it was the worst of the trilogy, but I eventually changed my mind and realized that, like Ghostbusters II, it's merely darker than the original.
Summary: Marty looks for Doc in 1885, where the scientist falls in love with schoolteacher Clara Clayton, who was about to fall into a ravine. And as for Marty, he meets his immigrant ancestors, as well as Biff Tannen's ancestor, Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen, the meanest cowboy that ever lived.
My thoughts: Even though I'm not a fan of Westerns, this was still good to me, and a nice conclusion to a great trilogy.
Summary: Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead and discovers her captor to be a shallow prince who was transformed by an enchantress in order for him to learn how to love.
My opinion: This is the best movie in the Disney Animated Canon. The visuals are stunning and the characters are memorable.
Summary: Wayne Szalinski and his family have a new addition: 2-year-old Adam. One day, when Wayne was taking his sons to see him test a growth ray, Adam sneaks out of his stroller and gets hit by the beam. From that point, every time Adam is near anything electrical, he gets bigger and bigger until he escapes to Las Vegas.
My opinion: Yeah, I actually like this movie. Besides, according to Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, it's canon.
Summary: Mufasa's son Simba is born to be next in line for being king, much to the chagrin of his brother Scar, who kills Mufasa and convinces Simba that he is responsible. After fleeing the pridelands, Simba comes across Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog who take him in to live a worry-free life. But with Scar taking over the pridelands, Simba will have to confront his past and become king.
My opinion: This is one of these Disney movies where you wish it was left alone as it is because everything related to this movie that came afterwards is inferior, especially if the main focus is on Timon and Pumbaa (who are otherwise quite funny).
Summary: A young emperor named Kuzco is turned into a llama by a potion concocted by his resentful ex-adviser Yzma. Kuzco must cooperate with a llama herder whose house he planned to replace with a summer retreat in order to change back and reclaim the throne.
My opinion: One of the funniest movies I've ever watched. You can't go wrong with this one.
Summary: A wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world.
My opinion: This is the best movie that Studio Ghibli ever distributed, the best movie of the 21st century, and overall, the perfect animated movie.
Summary: A band known as The Crescendolls is abducted by people working for an evil record executive named Earl de Darkwood. Their memories have been altered as well as their appearances. Shep, a fan of the band, especially Stella, goes and rescues The Crescendolls, and the band finds out about Darkwood's true motivations.
My opinion: This is an overlooked gem of a movie. Great animation and music for something that lacks dialogue.
Summary: A Native American teen named Kenai seeks to avenge his eldest brother Sitka's death after Sitka sacrifices himself to save his younger brothers from a bear. When Kenai kills the bear, his brother's spirit frowns upon this and turns him into one. Kenai seeks the advice of shaman Tanana, and she tells him to go to where the lights touch the Earth in order to make amends with Sitka. Along the way, Kenai meets a hyperactive bear cub named Koda, who befriends him, much to his dismay, but with time, Kenai and Koda bond.
My opinion: This one really surprised me. It's kinda like The Emperor's New Groove if it had dramatic weight. A moving feature with a good cast.
Summary: Kenai is enjoying life as a bear and being Koda's surrogate brother. But when Kenai's childhood friend Nita runs away from an arranged marriage due to the bond she previously had with him, he goes with her to burn the amulet he gave to her as children. As they proceed, the two of them realize their feelings for each other, and Koda fears that he's being left out.
My opinion: Genuinely moving sequel, but obviously not quite as good or moving as the first.