- Directors: Zack Snyder
- Producers: Donald De Line, Deborah Snyder, Zareh Nalbandian, Lionel Wigram
- Writers: Kathryn Lasky, John Orloff, John Collee
- Genres: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
- Actors: Jim Sturgess, Rachael Taylor, Jay Laga aia, David Wenham, Emilie de Ravin, Miriam Margolyes, Geoffrey Rush
Legend of the Guardians is based on the first three installments of the book series: The Capture, The Journey, and The Rescue.
- Directors: Jon Amiel
- Producers: Jeremy Thomas
- Writers: John Collee
- Genres: Biography, Drama
- Actors: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Jeremy Northam, Toby Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch
Following the death of his eldest daughter Annie in 1851, English naturalist Charles Darwin has a crisis of faith. Having returned from his expedition in the Galapagos Islands fifteen years earlier he has yet to compile his findings from his notebooks.
Darwin has an unshakeable illness and cannot write, though his friends Joseph Dalton Hooker and Thomas Henry Huxley encourage him to finish his book, having read his 230 page synopsis. Darwin’s depression is also the cause of a rift with his wife, Emma, whose devout faith contrasts with Darwin’s own loss of faith. Darwin explains her refuge in religion as her reaction to Annie’s death.
To provide evidence for his theory Darwin breeds pigeons. Darwin is stopped when he is sent a letter by Alfred Russel Wallace in 1855, which details the same findings as Darwin in twenty pages. He sees the discovery as a good thing, as he will not have to write his book and the strife with Emma will dissipate.
He subsequently visits Malvern to “take waters” and visit the guesthouse where Annie died. Cured of his illness after addressing his grief, Darwin finishes his manuscript and hands it to Emma to read, leaving the decision to publish in her hands. She reads it and packages it to send to the publishers.
Darwin dispatches the manuscript, and it is published on 24 November, 1859.
- Directors: Peter Weir
- Producers: Alan B Curtiss
- Writers: Peter Weir, John Collee, adapted from novels by Patrick O Brian
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
- Actors: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D Arcy, Edward Woodall
The film takes place in 1805, during the Napoleonic Wars. Captain Aubrey of the British man-of-war HMS Surprise is ordered to pursue the French privateer Acheron and “burn, sink or take her a prize.” As the film opens, Surprise midshipman Hollom briefly spies a dark shape in a fog bank. After some hesitation, the call to beat to quarters is given. Aubrey and the other officers at first see nothing, but the Surprise soon comes under attack by the Acheron. The British warship is heavily damaged and its rudder destroyed, while its shots do not penetrate the Acheron’s hull. The crew tows the Surprise into the fog, where it evades its pursuer.
Aubrey learns from a crewman who saw the Acheron built in America that due to a cutting-edge design, the privateer is heavier and faster than the Surprise â€” the senior officers consider the ship out of their class, and such a ship could tip the balance of power in Napoleon’s favor. Rather than return to port, Aubrey orders a refit at sea while they pursue the Acheron. The Acheron once again ambushes the Surprise, but by using a decoy the ship manages to escape in the night.
The Acheron and Surprise are repaired. While the Surprise will remain in the Galapagos, Pullings is promoted to Captain and charged with sailing the captured ship to Valparaiso. As the Acheron sails away, Maturin mentions that the French doctor had died months ago. Realizing the Acheron’s captain tricked him by dressing as the doctor, Aubrey gives the order to beat to quarters and escort the Acheron to Valparaiso. Maturin is again denied the chance to explore the Galapagos. Aubrey wryly notes that since the bird Maturin seeks is flightless, “it’s not going anywhere”, and the two begin to play a piece on cello and violin as the crew readies for battle.
- Directors: George Miller
- Producers: George Miller, Doug Mitchell, Bill Miller
- Writers: Warren Coleman, John Collee, George Miller, Judy Morris
- Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical
- Actors: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Anthony LaPaglia, Magda Szubanski, Steve Irwin
Set in an Antarctic emperor penguin colony, the movie established that every penguin must sing a unique song called a “Heartsong” to attract a soul mate who will know how to complete their heartsong. This is based in fact, since emperor couples court each other and recognize one another by their unique calls. One penguin, Norma Jean (Nicole Kidman), sings the song “Kiss”, whereupon a male penguin named Memphis (Hugh Jackman) sings “Heartbreak Hotel”. Norma Jean chooses him as her mate. They couple and Norma Jean lays an egg. The egg is left in Memphis’s care while Norma Jean and the other females leave to fish for several weeks. While the males are struggling through the harsh winter, Memphis drops the egg, briefly exposing it to the freezing Antarctic temperatures. The resulting chick – the film’s protagonist, Mumble (Elizabeth Daily, Elijah Wood) – has a terrible singing voice. However, Mumble had an astute talent for something that none of the penguins had ever seen before: tap dancing.
This ability is frowned upon by the colony’s elders, who don’t tolerate deviance of any kind. As a result, Mumble is ostracized throughout his childhood, with only his mother and his friend Gloria (Brittany Murphy) to turn to for help. Mumble then grows to an adult, still half-covered in fluffy down. Through a series of mishaps – mainly getting chased by a hungry leopard seal – the penguin finds himself far from his home and within the carefree colony of adelie penguins – penguins small in stature, but fiercely loyal to those they call friends. He quickly befriends a small group of bachelors who form a club of sorts called the Amigos: the leader, Ramon (Robin Williams), the brothers Raul (Lombardo Boyar) and Nestor (Carlos Alazraqui), and twin brothers Rinaldo (Jeff Garcia) and Lombardo (Johnny A. Sanchez). The Amigos quickly embrace Happy’s dance moves and assimilate him into their misfit group.
In the credits, the characters reunite to dance for the final number “Song of the Heart.” During the credits, it could be said that the characters appear and disappear based on the relationships between each other.