SOUL – Review by Pamela Powell

Disney Pixar has done it again with “Soul” thanks to the inspirational co-writing and co-directing of the renowned artist Pete Docter who gave us Up, Inside Out and Toy Story. It’s a remarkable story, perhaps geared more toward adults than children, that sends a perfect message of living our best lives each and every day.

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SOUL – Review by Martha K Baker

One will have to deal with whether Pixar’s animated Soul, is at all appropriate for — or even appealing to — children. But children delight in only what they want in animation, leaving the rest for adults. Soul has a lesson, one children can afford to learn, about our purpose in life, about our spark, about our music. While the film’s concentration on Black artists, on female brass players, and on avoiding Black stereotypes is commendable, its falling into the Great Beyond is questionable.

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ONWARD – Review by Brandy McDonnell

“Onward” represents a huge leap for director/co-writer Dan Scanlon over his previous Pixar feature, the passable “Monsters University,” because it feels personal – and it is. He based the core story on his own experiences growing up without his father, who died when the filmmaker just was a baby, and those emotions resonate throughout the film.

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ONWARD – Review by Susan Granger

Seeking to revive enchantment, this new, animated Disney fantasy is set in suburban New Mushroomton, populated by mythical creatures: scavenging unicorns, punky motorcycle-riding pixies and pointy-eared elves – like angst-riddled Ian Lightfoot, who yearns for a connection with his father who died of cancer before he was born.

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TOY STORY 4 – Review by Susan Granger

It’s been almost 25 years since the first Toy Story, and Pixar keeps coming up with lovable characters inhabiting relatable stories, culminating in a bittersweet conclusion. Now that Andy’s off to college, little Bonnie (Madeline McGraw) has inherited his beloved toys: Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), Trixie (Kristen Schaal), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), et al.

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