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Mighty Joe Young (2000)
Pre-Harambe and post-Kong, there was the 15-foot tall Joe Young.
Jill Young (Charlize Theron) and Joe Young (the genetically modified ape) are a pair of orphans who have sworn to protect each other. Jill's mom rescued Joe from poachers just before her death. As a result, the pair share a close bond. Now that Jill is an adult, the poachers have returned, and she's looking for a new place to house her friend.
Monsters Inc. (2001)
Take a tour of corporate scare-merica. (A corny joke, but come on.) Sulley and Mike are the Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen of making children scream at Monsters, Inc., a scare factory in Monstropolis. When a little girl named Boo accidentally follows them through the closet portal and into the world of monsters, the duo make a mad dash to return her home.
Boy meets girl. Boy is neurotic ant voiced by Woody Allen; girl is princess ant voiced by Sharon Stone. In retrospect, everything about this animated flick is a little random (Anne Bancroft in a movie with Jennifer Lopez? Danny Glover in a movie with Woody Allen?), but it's a sweet, underdog story about overcoming a stiflingly classist, homogenous city of ants.