Decades removed from the hype, Phantom Menace makes its thematic purpose clear, if unseated by misguided execution.
Although following a template, Pixar adds unique touches of their own in A Bug's Life, including a subtly brilliant credit sequence.
Wall-E is eerily prophetic over a decade later, plus wonderfully entertaining without feeling overly preachy.
While Beauty and the Beast isn't without problematic elements, it's also a film that turns its heroine independent and proud to be herself.
Frozen II, on its surface, doesn't alter modern animation's form, but its story embraces the fight against historical revisionism.
While the first film twisted Sleeping Beauty lore into something unique, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil boils over into a modern political debate.
While still producing a pure fantasy romance, there's an honesty to Princess and the Frog's fable that's often missing in Disney animation.
While familiar, safe, and even predictable in its method, Rise of Skywalker does what's needed to close a saga concerned with totalitarians and the families who fight back.
Bringing Christmas spirit to a cold, corporate world, The Santa Clause brings gooey sentimentality to a family story, but that works in context.
With more energy and brazen story ideas, Santa Clause 2 isn't a great movie, but embraces escapism to tell a unique Christmas tale.
The better of the two sequels, The Santa Clause 3 brings the series' themes to a proper close, even if the humor only rises to a sitcom level.
Between Genius and Sanity Dr. Hans Reinhardt spent 20 years living with robots when an astronaut crew finds his spaceship hovering near a black hole. In that time, Reinhardt …