The Jungle Book

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Bill Murray as Baloo is my life:

“Come on, Mowgli. Let’s be on our way.” —Bagheera
“But I’m helping Baloo get ready for hibernation.” —Mowgli
“Bears don’t hibernate in the jungle.” —Bagheera
“Not full hibernation, but I nap. A lot.” —Baloo

In addition, I applaud Jon Favreau for taking this on and thank him for recreating a childhood favourite so wonderfully well. I was skeptical from the beginning. I wondered how and why he could possibly make a live-action movie about talking animals that wasn’t Air-Bud-terrible, but my worries were completely unfounded. He cast some absolutely incredible voice talent (Scarlett Johansson was brilliant as Kaa, and Christopher Walken as King Louie?! Genius!), introduced a child actor who is more than capable of holding his own against a bunch of CGI-d pros, AND included a smashing remix of the original soundtrack. So yeah, he nailed it.

The Boxtrolls

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The story was cute, the animation exceptional, and Dakota Fanning did an excellent job voicing the little red headed brat, but the end scene where Mr. Pickles (Richard Ayoade) talks about how hard the animators must have worked to make him blink was my favourite part by far.