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Chicken Run (2000)
The 2000 claymation film has everything going for it: chickens who can knit, an evil piemaker, and a you-can-do-this tale of underdog triumph. Add to that British accents — yes, the chickens speak with proper English accents — and you've got an absolute winner. In the movie, a cockerel named Rocky ends up in the henhouse, and no fowl hanky-panky occurs. Instead, the hens convince Rocky to help them escape the farm. How do they escape, they ask? Why, they learn how to fly.
Like we said, flying chickens. Chickens who knit. Mice with British accents. This movie is gold.
The Adventures Of Milo & Otis (1986)
This live-action film follows Milo, the cat, and Otis, the dog, in their Odyssey-like quest to find each other after a river current separates the two. Narrated by the British Dudley Moore, The Adventures Of Milo And Otis is just an excuse to watch kitties and dogs play in the snow for 90 minutes. That being said, you should be forewarned: this movie is scarier than you might expect. Both Milo and Otis get lost in the woods. There are some harrowing sequences there, especially when the furry friends first get separated.
A Bug's Life (1998)
When a lowly ant Flik mucks up his colony's food supply, a menacing grasshopper threatens to destroy the community of ants. Flik goes on an adventure to recruit stronger insects to defend his creepy crawly colony.
(Also: An objective truth in this world is that Bug's Life is not as good as Antz. Bug's Life might have the color and jokes of a feel-good family movie, but Antz was gritty and nuanced.)
George of the Jungle (1997)
"George George George of the jungle, strong as he can be / George George George of the jungle, watch out for that tree!"
Forget Tarzan. The undisputed king of the jungle is hapless George of the jungle, who battles to save his ape friends from bozo poachers. In the spirit of get you a man who can do both, George can swing through the jungle on hanging vines and also rock a black turtleneck.
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.