Big Hero 6

There’s a lot about Big Hero 6 that is stock-standard, and the boy-and-his-robot tale has echoes of Short Circuit and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Clichés abound, and whilst this may be based on a Marvel comic, there’s a lot that’s been Disney-fied.
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Monsters University

Crystal and Goodman are just as good in the central roles as the first time around, but the dialogue feels a little sparse in comparison to the original. That being said, there are some heartfelt scenes here, particularly with one of the recurring motifs.
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Watching this film, you can see the set-ups flicking past, one after the other. There are at least half a dozen such moments that feel like they’ll be important later on. But then, astonishingly, nothing comes to fruition. This doesn’t feel clever or deliberately anti-convention; it simply feels unfinished.
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Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph hits all the emotional and narrative beats from Screenwriting 101, but it does it so skilfully that the film never feels predictable. Filled with pathos, there are some incredible moments that really tug at the heartstrings, and like all good kids’ films, there are some great lessons to be learned.
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Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror

Haruka is well animated, however the foxlike Teo is simply ugly, which is a bit of a problem when he shares so much of the screen time. The whole film has a tendency to get a little gaudy once we move from our world to Teo’s.
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