Animated summer

Chicken Run (2000)
Titan A.E. (2000)
Fantasia/2000 (1999)

Summer provides a glut of movies aimed at school-age children. Some excellent films can fit this this category, such as last year's Toy Story 2 (released in the fall, actually) and, from two years ago, Babe: Pig in the City. Chicken Run, the British claymation homage to The Great Escape (1963), comes close to that kind of artistry. The adeptness and occasional brilliance of the film come not from outright lunacy--which co-director Nick Park used to great effect in his Wallace and Gromit shorts--but from an intelligence and imagination not often seen in recent animated offerings.


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