by Lally Pollen
Coraline (2009) PG
Beautifully animated stop motion feature based on the book by Neil Gaiman, about a young girl thrown into an idealized replica of her world, which is more sinister than at first it seems.
Frankenweenie (2012) PG
Animated feature film based on the short by director Tim Burton. A young boy, victor, conducts experiments to bring his dog back to life. As the monster dog wreaks havoc in the town the boy must convince them of the loyalty and good nature of his best friend.
The Black Cauldron (1985) U certificate
One of Disney’s lesser known animations, Black Cauldron was the first to be released that was not a musical and was with held from video release due to its dark content. Its tells the story of a young boy and his companions who go on a quest to get hold of a powerful object before the evil Horned King gets his mitts on it.
Labyrinth (1986) U certificate + Dark Crystal (1982) PG
Written and directed by Jim Henson, the characters of both these films were based on the designs by Brian Froud. Labyrinth stars David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. Sarah (Connelly) must rescue her baby brother from The goblin kings, by completing his Labyrinth with in 13 hours. Dark Crystal is an animation using puppets. Jen a young orphan raised by peaceful wizards must embark on a quest to find the missing piece of the dark crystal to restore the balance of the universe.
Paranorman (2012) PG
An animated comedy adventure from first time director Chris Butler. Norman has the ability to see and talk to the dead, yet most people do not believe his ability is real. The town of Blithe Hollow (a nod to Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and Washington Irving’s Sleepy Hollow) is under threat from a curse cast by a witch condemned centuries ago. Norman is the only one who can save them.
Dracula (1931) PG
Although black and white films may not interest some children, Bela Legosi gives one of the most iconic performances of the count in this beautifully creepy version of the classic novel.
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