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  • Benidorm - Series 5 [DVD] [2012] Benidorm - Series 5 | DVD | (16/04/2012) from £4.38  |  Saving you £15.61 (78.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Benidorm's favourite holiday-makers are back on their sun-loungers for another fun-packed season at the all-inclusive Solana Hotel. This year, new manageress Joyce Temple-Savage (Sherrie Hewson) is determined to bring a touch of class to the resort - but she hasn't quite anticipated the staff, or the guests!Kenneth has set up a new salon, Blow 'n' Go; Madge has a near-miss with some body-snatchers; Donald and Jacqueline are trying ever-more adventurous ways of making new friends; Mateo enters a dance competition and Liam gets out of his depth with an all-female Olympic swimming team.

  • Rio (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) Rio (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (17/09/2012) from £3.84  |  Saving you £26.15 (87.20%)  |  RRP £29.99

    A classic tale of self-discovery, romance, and adventure, Rio is the story of Blu, a flightless macaw who was taken from the forests of Rio de Janeiro as a young bird and raised by a kind girl in a small Minnesota town. When an ornithologist comes to town and informs Blu's now-grown owner Linda that Blu is the last male of his species, Blu and Linda return to Rio so that Blu can mate with a feisty female named Jewel. Thus begins an adventure in which Blu encounters everything from the complexities of courtship and love, to thugs involved in an exotic animal theft ring, strange new friendships--including one with an overly friendly slobbering bulldog--and a crazy ride through a carnival parade. Blu and Linda both mature as a result of their journey in Rio, and love ensures that life will never be quite the same for either ever again. The animation in Rio is quite impressive, the characters are endearing, the Brazilian music is very appealing, and the star-studded voice cast includes Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Will.i.am, Wanda Sykes, Jane Lynch, George Lopez and Jamie Foxx. While the story doesn't really offer anything new--instead playing much like a rehashing of some of the major plot points from movies like Madagascar, Finding Nemo and Babe--that doesn't mean the film isn't perfectly entertaining for both kids and adults. (Ages 6 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

  • The Forest [DVD] The Forest | DVD | (20/06/2016) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

  • Puss in Boots Blu-ray 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) [2012][Region Free] Puss in Boots Blu-ray 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (26/03/2012) from £5.09  |  Saving you £21.90 (81.10%)  |  RRP £26.99

    A while before Puss (Antonio Banderas) met Shrek and Donkey in Shrek 2, he arrived in town whilst trying to escape from the clutches of a bounty hunter, where he learns that the outlaw couple of Jack (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris) have acquired the magic beans that are able to lead him to a castle holding treasured golden goose eggs. When Puss tries to steal the magic beans from Jack and Jill, he crosses paths with Kitty, his female match. Kitty then leads Puss to his old friend now foe Humpty Dumpty, and this is where the memories and betrayal begin to elaborate Puss’ doubt. Even with his doubt, Puss agrees to help Humpty and Kitty in a plan to take possession of the magic beans, trying to save himself and his town in the process by clearing his name. Puss in Boots involves some outrageous witty fun that is blended in with some fairytale elements and for fans of the Shrek franchise; this is definitely one for you. –T.P

  • Marvel Avengers Assemble (Blu-ray 3D)[Region Free] Marvel Avengers Assemble (Blu-ray 3D) | Blu Ray | (17/09/2012) from £8.49  |  Saving you £17.50 (67.30%)  |  RRP £25.99

    When Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the Director of an international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., encounters an unexpected enemy that threatens global safety and security, he finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins for Earth's mightiest heroes. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and two of the world's greatest assassins, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), must assemble to defeat Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the darkest villain the Earth has ever known.

  • The Lion King (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) The Lion King (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (07/11/2011) from £10.20  |  Saving you £16.05 (53.50%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Disney's 1994 animated feature, The Lion King, was a huge smash in cinemas and continues to enjoy life in an acclaimed stage production. The story finds a lion cub, son of a king, sent into exile after his father is deposed by a jealous uncle. The little hero finds his way into the "circle of life" with some new friends and eventually comes back to reclaim his proper place. Characters are very strong, vocal performances by the likes of Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane and Whoopi Goldberg are terrific, the jokes are aimed as much (if not more) at adults than kids, the animation is sometimes breathtaking and the songs from Tim Rice and Elton John, accompanied by a colourful score, are more palatable than in many recent Disney features. --Tom Keogh

  • Jean-Michel Cousteau's Film Trilogy [Blu-ray] Jean-Michel Cousteau's Film Trilogy | Blu Ray | (20/09/2011) from £9.59  |  Saving you £0.21 (2.10%)  |  RRP £9.8

    Titles Comprise: Sharks 3D: Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau this is a breathtaking film experience that offers audiences an astonishing up-close encounter with the Lions and Tigers of the Ocean Come face-to-face with a multitude of shark species including the Great White Hammerhead and Whale Shark. Witness them as they really are: not wicked man-eating creatures but wild fascinating and endangered animals that have been in existence millions of years before dinosaurs roamed the earth Dolphins & Whales: Tribes of the Ocean 3D: An awe-inspiring and entertaining film. Narrated by Daryl Hannah it takes you from the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the warm depths of the waters of the exotic Kingdom of Tonga for a close encounter with the surviving tribes of the ocean. Through stunning images captured for the very first time in 3D view their lives and habitats as never-before-seen. Come so close to wild dolphins and belugas you will virtually touch them! Ocean Wonderland 3D: This fascinating documentary takes you on a stunning visual and sensorial diving adventure beneath the waves to the pulsating heart of the oceans: the coral reefs. Join your friendly host Aris the turtle and enter this magical and beautiful yet endangered and fragile world from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the Bahamas. Discover the vast bio-diversity thriving there and the crucial role played by coral reefs within the marine ecosystem by providing a habitat and food for a wide variety of fish species and maintaining the well-being of our planet.

  • RBS Six Nations Championship 2016 - England Grand Slam [DVD] RBS Six Nations Championship 2016 - England Grand Slam | DVD | (02/05/2016) from £6.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A new coach, a new captain, a new era for English rugby and according to Eddie Jones, things are going to get even better Thirteen long years after Martin Johnson led England to Grand Slam Glory in 2003, the likeable rogue Dylan Hartley captained a young and developing team with an average age of just 24 to a clean sweep in rugby's greatest Championship. England's opening match saw a solid performance against a potentially dangerous Scotland but in the end it was a comfortable victory to England - Scotland 9 England 15. In Rome Jones wanted England to give Italy a good hiding and that is exactly what transpired - Italy 9 England 40. Ireland represented more dangerous opponents but England pulled clear in the second half with tries from Anthony Watson and Mike Brown - England 21 Ireland 10. Wales, England's World Cup demons, were yet another step up in class but despite a passionate fight back from Wales England held on for their fourth successive RBS 6 Nations win - England 25 Wales 21. And so to Paris, never an easy venue, especially with a Grand Slam on the line, but a tense 31-21 victory over France clinched the grand prize. Featuring: DISC 1: Highlights of all of England's games DISC 2: France v England game in full

  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (24/06/2013) from £8.88  |  Saving you £21.11 (70.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    There are too many body parts flying around Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters to single out the tongue that has nearly been gnawed off in the cheek of its clever premise that fairy-tale heroes have grown up into savage supernatural mercenaries. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton strut around like 18th-century Avengers in leather uniforms, cursing up a storm of modern vernacular and bearing an inventive array of historically and mechanically impossible weapons such as grenades, crossbows, tasers, machine guns, and other weapons of witch-killing mass destruction. It's all a big joke of course, and one that the movie wears boldly and without a shred of irony. To quibble with its gaps in narrative logic or be righteously indignant that the script is often a slapdash mess is to miss the point that it's all meant to be a pile of plain old silly fun. After their childhood trauma at the gingerbread house, the famous Teutonic siblings are now in the business of killing witches full time, hiring themselves out to villages plagued by ugly, evil women wearing loads of scary makeup (Famke Janssen being the evilest and scariest) who feed on the townsfolk's kids. They do their job well and the movie spares no opportunity to show the effect of their fantastical arsenal with profusions of firepower, explosions, viscera, and disgusting cartoon violence, decapitation being the most favoured method of killing by the movie and the title characters both. As the latest in the trend of revisionist fairy-tale telling, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters takes the low road whenever possible, but it does so with a blithe spirit, a foul mouth, and the above-mentioned gore galore to create a B-movie soul that pities any sort of critical over-analysing. It's also pretty funny. There are several inspired offhand moments, such as the missing-children notices slapped on the sides of farmers' milk cans or the way Hansel has to make time for insulin injections because of the gingerbread overdoses he endured at the hand of the proto witch he and Gretel encountered as children. The art direction, wardrobe, and anachronistically engineered props that propel the story all have a cool steampunk design theme and make the silliness pretty hard to resist. Renner, Arterton, and Janssen aren't really taking things too seriously, which is fine because neither are we. This is the American debut of Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola, who brings the same playful gross-out sensibility he did to his 2009 feature Dead Snow. That one was about long-dormant Nazi soldiers rising up as zombies. What fun! It was a lark and a goof, just like Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. --Ted Fry

  • Epic (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy) Epic (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy) | Blu Ray | (07/10/2013) from £5.82  |  Saving you £24.17 (80.60%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Epic is a computer-animated adventure fantasy filled with gorgeous scenery, nice animated effects, plenty of action, and a somewhat familiar plot about the existence of a society of tiny people. Mary Katherine (Amanda Seyfried), or M.K. as she likes to be called, has recently come to live with her dad Bomba (Jason Sudeikis) in a ramshackle house in the middle of nowhere. Obsessed with proving the existence of a society of tiny guardians of the forest called Leafmen, who are responsible for maintaining balance by keeping the Boggans from spreading blight throughout the forest, M.K.'s dad has little time for a daughter or the realities of everyday life. A chance event lands M.K. right in the middle of the Leafmen's society, where she quickly develops a whole new appreciation for her father's eccentricities. She finds herself charged by the Leafmen's queen (Beyoncé Knowles) with a difficult task that will mean the difference between preservation and destruction for the forest. M.K. joins forces with an assortment of unlikely heroes, including slug and snail duo Mub and Grub (Aziz Ansari and Chris O'Dowd), overzealous Leafmen commander General Ronin (Colin Farrell), and Nod (Josh Hutcherson), a soldier with a bad habit of questioning authority. Their perilous journey introduces M.K. to a strange new breed of enemy and a whole new way of thinking. Loosely based on William Joyce's book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, the film shares its premise--a society of tiny people tries to thrive without drawing the attention of the larger humans--with films like the Tinker Bell movies and Arrietty. What's unique about Epic is that it's just as much action film as fantasy. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

  • Wrath Of The Titans (Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D + UV Copy)[Region Free] Wrath Of The Titans (Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D + UV Copy) | Blu Ray | (15/10/2012) from £4.18  |  Saving you £20.81 (83.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Worthington) - the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson) - is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity's lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus' godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramrez), switch loyalties and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans' strength grows stronger as Zeus' remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind. Special Features: Maximum Movie Mode - The Path of Men Maximum Movie Mode - The Path of Gods Battling the Chimera - The Path of Men Who Are The Titans? The Path of Gods Agenor: The Other Demi-God - The Path of Men The Cyclops Fight - The Path of Men Hephaestus: God of Fire - The Path of Gods Prison of the Titans - The Path of Men Lost in Tartarus' Labyrinth - The Path of Gods Minotaur: The Human Nightmare - The Path of Men Creatures of the Titans - The Path of Gods The Heavens Raise Hell on Earth - The Path of Men Perseus Owes Helius an Explanation Perseus Addresses the Troops Zeus is Led Past Missing Olympians MMM Graphic Localization *Please note all special features are in 2D.

  • Iron Man 3 [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] [Region Free] Iron Man 3 | Blu Ray | (09/09/2013) from £13.70  |  Saving you £10.01 (38.50%)  |  RRP £25.99

    Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey at every turn will test his mettle. With his back against the wall Stark is left to survive by his own devices relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Starring Robert Downey Jr. Gwyneth Paltrow Don Cheadle Guy Pearce Rebecca Hall Stephanie Szostak James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black.

  • Frankenweenie (Blu-ray 3D)[Region Free] Frankenweenie (Blu-ray 3D) | Blu Ray | (25/02/2013) from £8.74  |  Saving you £21.25 (70.90%)  |  RRP £29.99

    From Disney and creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes the hilarious and offbeat Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor hanesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life - with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town learn that getting a new leash on life can be monstrous. Complete with electrifying bonus features, Frankenweenie is alive with enchanting fun for the whole family. Special Features: Original Short Captain Sparky vs The Flying Saucers Miniatures in Motion: Bringing Frankenweenie to Life Frankenweenie Touring Exhibit Original Live Action Frankenweenie Short Plain White T's Pet Semetary Music Video

  • Resident Evil: Retribution (Blu-ray 3D) Resident Evil: Retribution (Blu-ray 3D) | Blu Ray | (28/01/2013) from £11.80  |  Saving you £18.19 (60.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Alice is captured by Umbrella and awakens in the heart of their operation facility; as she moves further in the complex more of her past is unveiled and continues to hunt for those responsible for the outbreak. Her quest takes her and her newfound allies from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow. After a mind-blowing revelation, she is forced to rethink everything she once thought to be true.

  • Arthur Christmas (Blu-ray 3D) Arthur Christmas (Blu-ray 3D) | Blu Ray | (19/11/2012) from £4.30  |  Saving you £25.69 (85.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Aardman Animation manages to strike the perfect balance between comedy, creativity, and holiday spirit in this Christmas film that isn't about an aardvark, but Santa, his dysfunctional family, and a Christmas in jeopardy. Arthur Christmas takes on the age-old question of how Santa can possibly deliver gifts to every child in the world in one evening. The answer: with a lot of high-tech logistics and gadgetry and absolute military precision coordinated by Santa's son Steve. While Santa's other bumbling son Arthur deals with the stacks of letters from children, Steve and his tech-savvy crew coordinate virtually everything else to ensure the successful mission of delivering presents around the globe on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, soon-to-be-retiring Santa simply does as he's told, and centenarian Grand-Santa watches the whole procedure on TV from the comfort of his easy chair. But when one little girl's present doesn't get delivered on Christmas Eve, it raises the question of just what is an acceptable margin of error when you're talking about children and Santa Claus--something that Steve, Arthur, Santa, and Grand-Santa don't quite agree on. Thus begins a very unusual, highly comical last-ditch effort by Arthur, Grand-Santa, and a wrapping elf named Bryony to deliver the forgotten present. The film is rife with funny scenes and characters, features some amazing CGI imagery that looks great on the big screen, and utilises a host of talented voice artists, including James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Joan Cusack, and Eva Longoria. But most impressive is that along with all the humour and technological wizardry we get the perfect dose of holiday sentiment and the message that every child matters, especially on Christmas. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

  • Ocean Wonderland - (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) Ocean Wonderland - (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (13/12/2010) from £8.71  |  Saving you £16.28 (65.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Originally presented in IMAX 3D theatres. Hold your breath and plunge into this unique larger than life diving experience. Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Wonderland 3D takes you on a stunning visual and sensorial diving adventure beneath the waves to the pulsating heart of the oceans: the coral reefs. Join your friendly host Aris the turtle and enter this magical and beautiful yet endangered and fragile world from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the Bahamas. Discover the vast bio-diversity thriving there and the crucial role played by coral reefs within the marine ecosystem by providing a habitat and food for a wide variety of fish species and maintaining the well-being of our planet.

  • Fright Night (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) Fright Night (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (20/02/2012) from £4.99  |  Saving you £21.50 (71.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Experience a new dimension of fear, as all the action and suspense of Fright Night leap off the screen in mind-blowing Blu-ray 3D!Meet the sexy new neighbour, Jerry Dandrige (Colin Farrell). He's dangerously charming - and utterly lethal. That's because he just happens to be a vampire, and out for blood...buckets of it. After high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) makes the connection between Jerry's suspicious activity and a steadily rising body count, he vows to end the reign of terror next door. But he can't do it alone. His only hope is Las Vegas magician/vampire-slayer Peter Vincent (David Tennant). Together, this unlikely duo set out to end Jerry's evil rampage. But Jerry is a ruthless,relentless killer, and he's not going down without a fight. Get set to sink your teeth into this thrilling re-vamp of the terrifying horror classic. Featuring a star-studded cast and crawling with bonus, Fright Night in spectacular 3D will captivate you from the very first bite!

  • Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (10/12/2012) from £9.53  |  Saving you £20.46 (68.20%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The revisionist version of natural history offered up in the Ice Age movies gets yet another twist in the fourth instalment, 10 years after Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the sabre-toothed tiger, Sid the sloth, and Scrat the squirrel made their chilly debut to hot box-office receipts. The lessons of family and loyalty in Continental Drift may seem a little warmed over, but the creatively constructed laughs, amusing voice characterisations, and inventive CGI animation are reason enough to keep the series viable for kids to giggle about and grown-ups to belly laugh over--sometimes for exactly the same reasons. Once again, acorn-addicted Scrat is the cause of some pretty important behind-the-scenes machinations. His dialogue-free antics also serve as a stand-alone subplot that could easily be a very clever short film of its own. This time the weasely rodent's addled obsession with the fruit of the oak is revealed as the cause of the formation of the world's continents as we now know them. He sets the story--and planet Earth--in motion while pursuing a little nut in a hyperactive prologue that causes underground rifts that in turn form the famous shapes of Australia, Africa, North America, and the outline of Italy (which it turns out is shaped like a boot for a very good reason). Above ground this means more global chaos for the herd of animals we've come to know so well. All the familiar voices reprise their wonderful roles as fissures in earth and ice separate Manny (Ray Romano) from his woolly wife Ellie (Queen Latifah) and boy-crazy teenager Peaches (Keke Palmer). With a killer continental shelf bearing down on them, mother and daughter lead the madcap pack of animal characters toward a safe meeting place while Manny, Diego (Denis Leary), Sid (John Leguizamo), and Sid's crazy granny (Wanda Sykes) drift away on an iceberg schooner into a newly vast open ocean. While floating into oblivion, the mismatched pack encounters a band of animal pirates piloting another slab of ship-shaped ice, captained by a crazed baboon named Gutt (Peter Dinklage), who's bent on resentment-based revenge. The motley crew provides a plethora of comic encounters and a new raft of excellent voice actors. Running a close second to Dinklage in ingenious casting is Jennifer Lopez as Shira, a sultry tiger who, don't cha know, ends up on the good ship and falling for Diego in the end. The adventures of both the land- and sea-based creatures are full of clever gags and densely constructed set pieces that may not be quite up to Pixar story standards, but are certainly always on the ball and executed with computer-animation acumen that is astonishingly lifelike for such an unreal-looking world. Scrat's misadventures act as interstitial connectors to the parallel heroes' journey stories until they ultimately intersect in a massively scaled finale. Even after all the melting and refreezing, the Ice Age world is still a hot commodity in the animated-franchise business and remains a good investment despite the constancy of global rifts in entertaining family fare. --Ted Fry

  • Alice in Wonderland 3D [Blu-ray] Alice in Wonderland 3D | Blu Ray | (06/12/2010) from £10.35  |  Saving you £15.64 (60.20%)  |  RRP £25.99

    Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice for a fantastical adventure from Walt Disney Pictures and Tim Burton. Inviting and magical Alice In Wonderland is an imaginative new twist on one of the most beloved stories of all time. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) now 19 years old returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny. This Wonderland is a world beyond your imagination and unlike anything you've seen before. The extraordinary characters you've loved come to life richer and more colourful than ever. There's a Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) and more. A triumphant cinematic experience - Alice in Wonderland is an incredible feast for your eyes ears and heart that will captivate audiences for all sizes.

  • Toy Story (Blu-ray 3D) Toy Story (Blu-ray 3D) | Blu Ray | (14/11/2011) from £7.95  |  Saving you £19.25 (64.20%)  |  RRP £29.99

    There is greatness in film that can be discussed, dissected, and talked about late into the night. Then there is genius that is right in front of our faces--you smile at the spell it puts you into and are refreshed, and not a word needs to be spoken. This kind of entertainment is what they used to call "movie magic" and there is loads of it in this irresistible computer animation feature. Just a picture of these bright toys on the cover of Toy Story looks intriguing as it reawakens the kid in us. Filmmaker John Lasseter's shorts (namely Knickknack and Tin Toy, which can be found on the Pixar video Tiny Toy Stories) illustrate not only a technical brilliance but also a great sense of humour--one in which the pun is always intended. Lasseter thinks of himself as a storyteller first and an animator second, much like another film innovator, Walt Disney. Lasseter's story is universal and magical: what do toys do when they're not played with? Cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Andy's favourite bedroom toy, tries to calm the other toys (some original, some classic) during a wrenching time of year--the birthday party, when newer toys may replace them. Sure enough, Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is the new toy that takes over the throne. Buzz has a crucial flaw, though--he believes he's the real Buzz Lightyear, not a toy. Bright and cheerful, Toy Story is much more than a 90-minute commercial for the inevitable bonanza of Woody and Buzz toys. Lasseter further scores with perfect voice casting, including Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Wallace Shawn as a meek dinosaur. The director-animator won a special Oscar "For the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film." In other words, the movie is great. --Doug Thomas

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