102 Dalmatians

  • Directors: Kevin Lima
  • Producers: Edward S Feldman
  • Writers: Dodie Smith, Kristen Buckley, Brian Regan
  • Genres: Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd

After three years in prison, Cruella de Vil (Glenn Close) has been cured of her lust for fur coats by Dr. Pavlov and is released on parole. Cruella, now ‘Ella’, rids herself of her old fur coats and the drawing of her in a Dalmatian puppy coat, and regularly meets Chloe Simon (Alice Evans). However, soon Cruella begins to feel the urges and when she sees Dipstick and his puppies, she devises a plan to get the ultimate fur coat.

She sends her servant Alonzo (Tim McInnerny) to find a few puppies as she hires Jean-Pierre LePelt (Gerard Depardieu) to help her capture 102 puppies. The trio create a scheme to set-up Kevin Sheppard (Ioan Gruffud), the owner of the animal shelter where Cruella spent her community service, as a scape-goat for the police to investigate so Cruella and company can get all the puppies she needs for her coat. However, Kevin soon escapes from prison, and meets up with Chloe, to hear that Cruella and her henchmen are headed to Paris. But they are soon captured by Cruella and imprisoned in her house.

Cruella forgot one dalmation, Oddball, because she was born without any spots. Oddball manages to rescue her family and all the other puppies kidnapped by Cruella. She also has Cruella and her two henchmen arrested thereby saving the day. This happy story ends whwn Oddball gets her first spots, and everyone celebrates.

Enchanted

  • Directors: Kevin Lima
  • Producers: Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Writers: Bill Kelly
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, Susan Sarandon

Giselle (Amy Adams) lives in the blissful, traditional animated world of Andalasia, where animals are talkative companions and musical interludes punctuate every interaction. She dreams of her true love and as she sings about true love’s kiss to her chipmunk friend Pip (voiced by Jeff Bennett) and other forest animals, Prince Edward (James Marsden) hears her voice in the forest. After he rescues her from a troll, they decide to marry the next day. Edward’s stepmother, Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon), disguises herself as an old hag and pushes Giselle into a magic portal to the modern world – a world “where there are no happily ever afters” in order to keep her stepson single and thus remain queen.

Giselle emerges in the live-action world of New York City and meets Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey), a cynical, realistic divorce lawyer who is reluctant to help her find her way home. He allows her to stay at his apartment despite believing that she is crazy and worrying about the safety of his young daughter Morgan (Rachel Covey). To Robert’s surprise, Giselle invites animals in the city—rats and other vermin—to help her clean his apartment, and constructs a dress using material cut from his curtains. Robert reaches the end of his patience when Giselle causes a fight between him and his soon-to-be-fiancée, Nancy (Idina Menzel) by making her think he’s unfaithful, and a scene at his office because of her naivete.

Nancy leaves with Edward to Andalasia and marries him. Robert and Giselle open up a boutique, where they are assisted by both humans and animals. Both Nathaniel and Pip become successful authors in the modern world and Andalasia respectively. The last scene shows Giselle, Robert, and Morgan playing together and living happily ever after as a family.

Tarzan

  • Directors: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
  • Producers: Chris Buck
  • Writers: Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family
  • Actors: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Rosie O Donnell, Glenn Close, Brian Blessed, Lance Henriksen, Wayne Knight, Nigel Hawthorne

In the late 1880s off the coast of Africa, a young couple and their infant son escape a burning ship and land on the unexplored rainforests of Africa, where they craft themselves a treehouse in which to live using salvaged ship parts(“Two Worlds”). Meanwhile, a gorilla couple named Kerchak and Kala are traveling with the rest of their group when their infant son is killed and eaten by a leopard named Sabor. The next day, the still-heartbroken Kala hears a distant child’s cry and, following it, stumbles upon the treehouse. She enters the treehouse to find it trashed, and blood covered paw prints, as well as the corpses of the couple, on the floor. Kala rescues the baby from a still-hungry Sabor and returns with it to the rest of the group, but Kerchak despises the boy for his appearance. Nevertheless, Kala decides to raise the boy as her own, naming him Tarzan (“You’ll Be in My Heart”).

A few years later, Tarzan makes friends with feisty young female gorilla Terk and an elephant named Tantor (“Son of Man”). Despite his inability to compete with the rest of the gorillas, Tarzan perseveres and eventually grows into a strong, capable, and gorilla-like man. When Sabor attacks the group again, Tarzan successfully fights with and kills her, earning Kerchak’s respect. Tarzan then notices a group of humans arriving: Professor Porter and his daughter Jane, who have traveled to Africa in search of gorillas, along with their hunter guide Clayton. Jane then has an encounter with a horde of angry baboons, who chase after her. Jane runs towards a cliff and tries to jump to the other side, only to be caught mid-leap by Tarzan. She screams as she is taken to a branch, where she demands to be put down. Tarzan puts her down, but then the baboons get closer and she screams, “No! Pick me up!” The chase then rages on, but finally, Tarzan gets Jane to safety. Curious about Jane, Tarzan proceeds to examine her, at one point playing with her feet, tickling her. He then notices her gloved hand. Taking off the glove, Tarzan places his hand against hers, then puts the side of his head to her chest and listens to her heartbeat, and this is when he realizes that he and Jane are the same. He takes Jane back to her camp.

Jane and Professor Porter prepare to depart for England. However, realizing where her heart belongs, Jane returns to the jungle and is soon followed by her father; the three of them reside happily in the jungle among the animals and gorillas (“Two Worlds Finale”).