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A brave chicken plots an escape from a Yorkshire chicken farm. The world is enchantingly believable, and the chickens and side characters are highly individual and wildly funny. Parents and kids alike will delight in the Rube Goldberg-like machines and split-second action sequences.

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Elf

Buddy has been raised as one of Santa's elves but discovers at age 30 that his real father lives in NYC. Buddy leaves the North Pole to find his dad, and his naive pleasure in the world is almost as endearing to us as it is to (almost) everyone he meets. Will Ferrell as Buddy is hilarious.

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When someone steals his bicycle, sprightly man-boy Pee-wee Herman embarks on the adventure of a lifetime in Tim Burton's madcap comedy. This quirky film is a cult classic among devotees of Paul Reubens' bow-tied alter ego, with wild production designs, some Claymation, and lots of unusual toys.

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Carmen and Juni, the children of the world's cleverest spies, must rescue their parents -- and the entire world. This great family film has the right combination of fantasy, adventure, special effects, and sly comedy, and it's notable for featuring strong female and Latino characters.

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Tweens, teens, and adults will love the brilliant humor, action-adventure sequences, and complex, suspenseful plots of these three Claymation shorts, in which inventor and proper Englishman Wallace and his silent, wise dog Gromit brave a moon appliance, mechanical trousers, and a robotic dog.

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Common Sense Tips

Common Sense Tips

  • Take movie night on the road during vacations. Nothing beats the whole family laughing together.
  • Learn Napoleon Dynamite's sweet dance moves and hold a talent show.