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Chicken Little

In Fantasy, Movies on September 18, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Chicken Little (2005) is an animated fantasy co-written and directed by Mark Dindal about the difficulties undersized Chicken Little (Zach Braff) experiences when it looks like the sky is falling, but his father, Buck Cluck (Garry Marshall), and most of the community do not believe him.

Life Lesson:

“When all other means of communication fail, try words.”

– Anonymous

Movie Scene:

Chicken Little: “You’re never there for me!”

Buck Cluck: “What?”

Chicken Little: “You’re never there for me. I mean you were when I won the big game, but not when I thought the sky fell, and not at the ball field, and certainly not now! You’ve been ashamed of me ever since the acorn thing happened and we have to talk about it because Modern Mallard says avoiding closure can lead to molting. And I’m already small, and on top of that I don’t think I could handle being bald!”

Buck Cluck: “I.. I.. I didn’t realize, son. I never meant to.. The acorn, the sky, I mean the whole.. You’re right. You’re right. Your mom, she was, you know, she was always good with stuff like this. Me, I’m gonna need a lot of work. But you need to know that I love you, no matter what. And I’m sorry. And I’m sorry if I ever made you feel like that was something you had to earn.”

Phineas and Ferb the Movie

In Fantasy, Movies on September 11, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) is an animated fantasy co-written and co-directed by Dan Povenmire about a summer’s day adventure involving Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (Dan Povenmire) and his other-dimensionator, which sends brothers Phineas (Vincent Martella) and Ferb (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), along with their pet Perry the Platypus (Dee Bradley Baker) and sister Candace (Ashley Tisdale), into another dimension.

Life Lesson:

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Movie Scene:

Phineas: “Did it ever occur to you that we could help you? That we could have made a great team? But I guess you can’t have teamwork without trust.”

The Avengers

In Fantasy, Movies on November 5, 2015 at 5:45 PM

The Avengers (2012) is a fantasy written and directed by Joss Whedon about a group of superheroes: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Captain America (Chris Evans), who come together with the help of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., to defend the Earth.

Life Lesson:

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

– Aristotle

Movie Scene:

Fury: “There was an idea, Stark knows this, called the Avengers initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if they could become something more. To see if they could work together when we needed them to, to fight the battles that we never could. Phil Coulson died still believing in that idea. In heroes.”

Penguins of Madagascar

In Fantasy, Movies on August 4, 2015 at 9:35 AM

Penguins of Madagascar (2014) is an animated fantasy co-written and co-directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith about the heroic adventures of four penguins – Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (Conrad Vernon) and Private (Christopher Knights) – as they battle Dave (John Malkovich), an enraged octopus.

Life Lesson:

Be courageous when others need help.

Movie Scene:

Private: “Wait! Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, all those penguins – they’re this way!”

Classified [Benedict Cumberbatch]: “And so is a massive army of octopi. And as soon as we return to the North Wind headquarters, grab fresh equipment, and work up a smashing new plan, we’ll come speeding back and take down Dave.”

Private: “But the penguins are in danger! We have to go now!”

Classified: “Again, huge army of octopi.”

Private: “So, because you failed once, you’re just running away?”

Classified: “We did not fail. And we are not running away. We’re just very sensibly regrouping.”

Private: “Skipper wouldn’t care. Plan or no, fancy equipment or no – he’d never leave a man behind.”

Classified: “Well, I suppose we can’t all be penguins, can we?”

Private: “No. But maybe you should be.”

The Incredibles

In Fantasy, Movies on August 2, 2015 at 11:55 AM

The Incredibles (2004) is an animated fantasy written and directed by Brad Bird about the Parr family – Bob (Craig T. Nelson), Helen (Holly Hunter), Dash (Spencer Fox), Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Jack Jack (Eli Fucile, Maeve Andrews) – superheroes who are struggling to find their place in society.

Life Lesson:

Find a healthy balance between work and life.

Movie Scene:

Mr. Incredible: “I’m sorry. This is my fault. I’ve been a lousy father. Blind to what I have. So obsessed with being undervalued – that I undervalued all of you.”

Dash: “Um, dad?”

Elastigirl: “Shh. Don’t interrupt.”

Mr. Incredible: “So caught up in the past that I, I.. You are my greatest adventure. And I almost missed it.”

The Jungle Book

In Fantasy, Movies on June 8, 2015 at 5:15 PM

The Jungle Book (1967) is an animated fantasy based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling and directed by Wolfgang Reitherman about Mowgli (Bruce Reitherman), a baby that grows up in a jungle until his wolf family and Bagheera (Sebastian Cabot), a panther, decide that he should return to the human village with the help of Baloo (Phil Harris), a bear.

Life Lesson:

Do what is best for the ones you love.

Movie Scene:

Baloo: “Well.. Well, what are we going to do?”

Bagheera: “We’ll do what’s best for the boy.”

Baloo: “You better believe it. You name it, and I’ll do it. […] I love that kid. I love him like he was my own cub.”

Bagheera: “Then think of what’s best for Mowgli and not yourself.”

Ghost Rider

In Fantasy, Movies on April 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Ghost Rider (2007) is a fantasy written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson about Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage), a man who makes a deal with Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) so that he can be with his girlfriend Roxanne Simpson (Eva Mendes), but ends up cursed.

Life Lesson:

If you make amends, you may get a second chance.

Movie Scene:

Caretaker (Sam Elliott): “God knows I’ve made my share of mistakes. Been trying to make things right ever since. Guess all I can do now is hope He sees fit to give me a second chance.”

Johnny: “Thank you.”

Caretaker: “No. Thank you, kid.”

Mary Poppins

In Fantasy, Movies on February 26, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Mary Poppins (1964) is a fantasy directed by Robert Stevenson, based on the book by P.L. Travers, about a magical nanny, Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), and a chimney sweep, Bert (Dick Van Dyke), who help out the Banks family in London.

Life Lesson:

Don’t be so absorbed in routine that you miss the wonders around you.

Movie Scene:

Mary Poppins: “Goats butt, birds fly, and children who are going on an outing with their father must get some sleep. Come along, please.”

Jane Banks (Karen Dotrice): “An outing with father?”

Mary Poppins: “Yes.”

Michael Banks (Matthew Garber): “I don’t believe it.”

Jane: “He’s never taken us on an outing before.”

Michael: “He’s never taken us anywhere.”

Jane: “However did you manage it?”

Mary Poppins: “Manage what?”

Jane: “You must’ve put the idea in his head somehow.”

Mary Poppins: “What an impertinent thing to say! Me putting ideas into people’s heads? Really!”

Jane: “Where’s he taking us?”

Mary Poppins: “To the bank.”

Jane: “Oh, Michael, the city! And we’ll see all the sights, and father can point them out to us.”

Mary Poppins: “Well, most things he can. But sometimes a person we love, through no fault of his own, can’t see past the end of his nose.”

Jane: “Past the end of his nose?”

Mary Poppins: “Yes. Sometimes a little thing can be quite important.”

Charlotte’s Web

In Fantasy, Movies on February 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Charlotte’s Web (1973) is an animated fantasy directed by Charles A. Nichols and Iwao Takamoto about the friendships that a small pig named Wilbur (Henry Gibson) makes while living on a farm, most notably with a girl, Fern Arable (Pamelyn Ferdin), a gosling, Jeffrey (Don Messick), and a spider, Charlotte A. Cavatica (Debbie Reynolds).

Life Lesson:

You can be friends with anybody.

Movie Scene:

Wilbur: “Oh, we’ve got lots in common where it really counts. Where it really counts, we’ve got large amounts. What we look like doesn’t count an ounce. We’ve got lots in common where it really counts. [..]”

Charlotte: “You’re born to swim and me to spin, but we both love this world we’re in. We share the sun, the Earth, the sky — and that’s the reason why.”

Mulan

In Fantasy, Movies on December 31, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Mulan (1998) is an animated fantasy co-directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook about Fa Mulan (Ming-Na Wen), a woman who enlists in the Chinese army, accompanied by a small dragon, Mushu (Eddie Murphy), and a cricket, to take the place of her injured father.

Life Lesson:

Don’t let social conventions limit your potential.

Movie Scene:

Mulan: “I should never have left home.”

Mushu: “Hey, come on. You went to save your father’s life. Who knew you’d end up shaming him and disgracing your ancestors, and losing all your friends? You know, you just gotta, gotta learn to let these things go.”

Mulan: “Maybe I didn’t go for my father. Maybe what I really wanted was to prove I could do things right, so when I looked in the mirror, I’d see someone worthwhile.”

  • Mulan (rogerebert.com)

Lilo & Stitch

In Fantasy, Movies on December 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Lilo & Stitch (2002) is an animated fantasy co-written and co-directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois about Lilo (Daveigh Chase) and Nani (Tia Carrere), a lonely pair of sisters who adopt an unusual dog, Stitch (Chris Sanders), that turns out to be a fugitive from another world.

Life Lesson:

“Family is what you make it.”

Marge Kennedy & Janet Spencer King

Movie Scene:

Stitch: “This is my family. I found it all on my own. It’s little and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good.”

The Emperor’s New Groove

In Fantasy, Movies on December 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) is a comedic animated fantasy co-written and directed by Mark Dindal about Emperor Kuzco (David Spade), a selfish despotic ruler who gets turned into a llama by an aggrieved advisor, Yzma (Eartha Kitt), and learns how to be kind with the help of a peasant, Pacha (John Goodman).

Life Lesson:

Everyone has kindness in them, but some need help showing it to others.

Movie Scene:

Pacha: “I think we got off on the wrong foot here.”

Kuzco: “Mm-hmm.”

Pacha: “I just think, if you really thought about it, you’d decide to build your home on a different hilltop.”

Kuzco: “And why would I do that?”

Pacha: “Because deep down, I think you realize that you’re forcing an entire village out of their homes just for you.”

Kuzco: “And that’s… bad?”

Pacha: “Well, yeah. Nobody’s that heartless.”

Up

In Fantasy, Movies on March 27, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Trailer: Up

Up (2009) is an animated fantasy co-written and co-directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson about an elderly widower, Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner), who moves his house with the help of a young boy, Russell (Jordan Nagai), to South America, in order to fulfill a lifelong wish he shared with his wife Ellie.

Life Lesson:

Caring for living beings is more meaningful than caring for material possessions.

Movie Scene:

Russell: “Sorry about your house Mr. Fredricksen.”

Carl: “You know, it’s just a house.”

Beauty and the Beast

In Fantasy, Movies on January 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Beauty and the Beast (1991) is an animated fantasy co-directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise about a scholarly young woman, Belle (Paige O’Hara), who rescues her father (Rex Everhart) from an enchanted castle’s prison by taking his place, and teaches their captor, an angry beast-prince (Robby Benson), how to love.

Life Lesson:

In order to love someone, you cannot be spoiled, selfish or unkind.

Movie Scene:

Beast: “This mirror will show you anything. Anything you wish to see.”

Belle: “I’d like to see my father, please. Papa! Oh, no. He’s sick. He may be dying, and he’s all alone.”

Beast: “Then, you– you must go to him.”

Belle: “What did you say?”

Beast: “I release you. You’re no longer my prisoner.”

Belle: “You mean, I’m free?”

Beast: “Yes.”

Belle: “Oh, thank you. Hold on Papa. I’m on my way.”

Beast: “Take it with you [the mirror] so you’ll always have a way to look back, and remember me.”

Belle: “Thank you for understanding how much he needs me.”

Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers): “Well, your Highness, I must say everything is going just swimmingly. I knew you had it in you. Yes, yes, splen–”

Beast: “I let her go.”

Cogsworth: “You what? How could you do that?”

Beast: “I had to.”

Cogsworth: “Yes, but, but— But why?”

Beast: “Because I love her.”

WALL-E

In Fantasy, Movies on November 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

WALL-E (2008) is an animated fantasy co-written and directed by Andrew Stanton about a trash compactor robot, WALL-E (Ben Burtt), who falls in love with a highly advanced reconnoissance robot, EVE (Elissa Knight), and follows her onto the Axiom, a spaceship commanded by Captain B. McCrea (Jeff Garlin) that houses refugees sent to live in space by the BNL CEO (Fred Willard).

Life Lesson:

Start living your life: do, engage, take charge.

Movie Scene:

Captain: “Auto, things have changed! We’ve got to go back!”

Axiom’s Autopilot: “Sir, orders are “do not return to Earth. ”

Captain: “But life is sustainable now. Look at this plant. Green and growing. It’s living proof he was wrong.”

Axiom’s Autopilot: “Irrelevant, Captain.”

Captain: “What? It’s completely relevant! Out there is our home. Home, Auto. And it’s in trouble. I can’t just sit here and-and do nothing. That’s all I’ve ever done. That’s all anyone on this blasted ship has ever done. Nothing!”

Axiom’s Autopilot: “On the Axiom, you will survive.”

Captain: “I don’t want to survive. I want to live.”

Finding Nemo

In Fantasy, Movies on October 20, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Finding Nemo (2003) is an animated fantasy co-written and co-directed by Andrew Stanton about a clownfish father, Marlin (Albert Brooks), and the journey he takes to rescue his captured son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), with the help of a forgetful regal blue tang, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres).

Life Lesson:

Don’t always fear the worst; it prevents you from being free to enjoy life.

Movie Scene:

Dory: “Hey. You okay? There, there. It’s all right. It’ll be ok.”

Marlin: “No. No it won’t.”

Dory: “Sure it will. You’ll see.”

Marlin: “No. I promised him I’d never let anything happen to him.”

Dory: “Huh. That’s a funny thing to promise.”

Marlin: “What?”

Dory: “Well, you can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him… Not much fun for little Harpo.”

Horton Hears a Who!

In Fantasy, Movies on July 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Horton Hears a Who! (1970) is an animated fantasy based on the book by Dr. Seuss and directed by Chuck Jones about an elephant that protects Whoville, a microscopic world, from danger, but finds himself being attacked for it by everyone in his community because they cannot see or hear the tiny world. Meanwhile, Dr. H. Hoovey (Hans Conried), professor of science in Whoville and Horton’s friend, struggles to convince his fellow residents that there is a larger world outside their own.

Life Lesson:

“Every effort counts, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem.”

Movie Scene:

Narrator: “Through the town raced Doc Hoovey, from east to the west. But everyone seemed to be doing his best. Everyone seemed to be yapping or yipping. Everyone seemed to be beeping or bipping. But it wasn’t enough, all this ruckus and roar. He had to find someone to help him make more. […] In the Fairfax Apartments, apartment 12-J, behind an umbrella stand, hidden away, he discovered a very small shirker named Jo-Jo. Standing. Just standing. And bouncing a yo-yo. Not making a sound. Not a yip, not a chirp. […]”

Dr. H. Hoovey: “Make a yip. Make a yopp. Can’t you yip? Can’t you yopp?”

Jo-Jo: “I just don’t know, sir. I never have tried.”

Dr. H. Hoovey: “You better try soon or you’re going to be fried.”

Jo-Jo: “Well, sir, I think I’ll try a yip. On second thought, sir, I think I’ll try a yopp. Yopp!”

Narrator: “And that yopp… That one small extra yopp put it over! Finally, at last! From that speck on that clover their voices were heard, ringing clear through the air. The people had spoken, no matter how small. And their whole world was saved by the smallest of all.”

Kiki’s Delivery Service

In Fantasy, Movies on July 23, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) is a fantasy written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, based on the book by Eiko Kadono about Kiki (Kirsten Dunst), an independent thirteen-year-old witch, who travels to a new town with her black cat, Jiji (Phil Hartman), in order to begin her training, and starts a business to support herself with the help of a baker, Osono (Tress MacNeille).

Life Lesson:

Have confidence in what you are doing, even if you don’t think you have a special skill or talent.

Movie Scene:

Kiki: “Morning, everyone!”

Osono: “Well, look who’s up! Did you sleep well?”

Kiki: “Yes. Oh, that smells good [bread]! Can I help out?”

Osono: “Sure can!”

Kiki: “Osono, I have something I want to talk to you about.” […]

Osono: “Ooh, a delivery business, huh?”

Kiki: “Well, I really only have one skill and that’s flying. So I thought a delivery service wouldn’t be a bad idea.”

Osono: “It’s a great idea — Kiki’s Flying Delivery Service. And, since you’re staying right here, I can be your very first account.”

Kiki: “You mean it! Oh, that’s great!”

The Fellowship of the Ring

In Fantasy, Movies on July 12, 2013 at 10:40 PM

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) is a fantasy directed by Peter Jackson based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien about an unlikely hero, a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), who sets out on a quest along with eight companions, including the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), to destroy a ring that can give its owner the power to enslave the world.

Life Lesson:

Be compassionate — show mercy — towards those who offend you.

Movie Scene:

Frodo: “There’s something down there.”

Gandalf: “It’s Gollum.”

Frodo: “Gollum?”

Gandalf: “He’s been following us for three days. He hates and loves the ring as he hates and loves himself. He will never be rid of his need for it.”

Frodo: “It’s a pity Bilbo didn’t kill him when he had the chance.”

Gandalf: “Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be eager to deal out death and judgement. Even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

Spongebob SquarePants

In Fantasy, Movies on June 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Spongebob SquarePants: The movie (2004) is a fantasy co-written and co-directed by Stephen Hillenburg about a pair of friends, SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) and Patrick Star (Bill Fagerbakke), who go on a journey to vindicate Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown), a restaurant owner falsely accused by his rival Plankton (Doug Lawrence) of stealing King Neptune’s crown.

Life Lesson:

Rise above the low expectations of others.

Movie Scene:

Plankton: “You never had a chance to defeat me, fool. And you know why?”

SpongeBob: “Because you cheated?”

Plankton: “No, not because I cheated, because I’m an evil genius. And you’re just a– a kid, a stupid kid.”

SpongeBob: “I guess you’re right, Plankton. I am just a kid. And you know, I’ve been through a lot in the past six days, five minutes, twenty-seven-and-a-half seconds. And if I’ve learned anything during that time, it’s that you are who you are. And no amount of mermaid magic, or managerial promotion, or some other third thing, can make me anything more than what I really am inside: a kid. But that’s ok, because I did what everyone said a kid couldn’t do. I made it to Shell City, and I beat the Cyclops, and I rode the Hasselhoff, and I brought the crown back!”

Hotel Transylvania

In Fantasy, Movies on June 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Hotel Transylvania (2012) is a fantasy directed by Genndy Tartakovsky about an overprotective father, Dracula (Adam Sandler), who builds a hidden castle to shield his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), that also serves as a haven for monsters who want to be free from the threat of humans.

Life Lesson:

Give children the freedom to live their own lives.

Movie Scene:

Dracula: “I have made a terrible mistake. I was trying to keep my baby to myself because I knew I would always protect her. But I realize now, children need to discover things for themselves. They’ll stumble and fall, laugh and cry, but such is life. […] Honey, I always thought the worst thing ever would be seeing you go, but the worst is seeing you unhappy. Mavey, I want you to live your life.”

It’s a Wonderful Life

In Fantasy, Movies on May 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) is a fantasy directed by Frank Capra about a kindly bank executive, George Bailey (James Stewart), who has always tried to help others, even at the cost of his own dreams and ambitions, until a financial setback plummets him to despair when he realizes that he is worth more dead than alive, but a stranger, Clarence (Henry Travers), helps him see how valuable his life is by showing him what it would have been like had he never been born.

Life Lesson:

Be grateful for your life; it beats the alternative.

Movie Scene:

Clarence: “Strange isn’t it?  Each man’s life touches so many other lives. And when he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?  […]  Your brother Harry Bailey broke through the ice and was drowned at the age of nine.”

George: “That’s a lie! Harry Bailey went to war. He got the Congressional Medal of Honor. He saved the lives of every man on that transport.”

Clarence: “Every man on that transport died. Harry wasn’t there to save them, because you weren’t there to save Harry. You see George, you really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?”

Star Wars

In Fantasy, Movies on April 17, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) is a fantasy written and directed by George Lucas about a scrappy group of rebels, including Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), who team up to destroy the Death Star, a weapon powerful enough to obliterate a planet.

Life Lesson:

Fight for something greater than yourself.

Movie Scene:

Obi-Wan: “I need your help Luke. She needs your help…”

Luke: “I can’t get involved. I’ve got work to do. It’s not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there is nothing I can do about it right now…”

Obi-Wan: “…You must do what you feel is right of course.”

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

In Fantasy, Movies on April 2, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) is a fantasy directed by Andy Tennant about Danielle (Drew Barrymore), a girl who is well-read but treated like a servant by her stepmother until she befriends renowned artist Leonardo da Vinci (Patrick Godfrey), who helps her win the love of Prince Henry (Dougray Scott).

Life Lesson:

Find someone to love.

Movie Scene:

Prince Henry: “You build flying machines and you walk on water, yet you know nothing about life.”

Leonardo: “I know that a life without love is no life at all.”

Big

In Fantasy, Movies on March 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Big (1988) is a comedic fantasy directed by Penny Marshall about Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks), a 12-year-old boy who wants to be “big” and gets his wish granted by a Zoltar Speaks fair machine, which turns him into an adult who gets a job at a toy company and a girlfriend, Susan (Elizabeth Perkins).

Life Lesson:

Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.

Movie Scene:

Josh: “I haven’t told you something because I didn’t think that you were going to believe me. And even if you did believe me, I didn’t think that you were going to like me anymore so…”

Susan: “Oh, honey come here, you can tell me anything. What?”

Josh: “Susan, I’m not what you think I am … Before I met you I was in Little League. Um, I was in Little League and I rode my bike to school, and I played with my friends, and hung out with them, and … I want to go home. I miss my family, Susan, and I want to go home.”

Teen Wolf

In Fantasy, Movies on February 20, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Teen Wolf (1985) is a fantasy directed by Rod Daniel about Scott (Michael J. Fox), a teenager “sick of being so average” and desperate to standout until he discovers that he is a werewolf.

Life Lesson:

There is little value in being popular if it means that other people get to define or limit who you are, especially if they won’t accept the real you.

Movie Scene:

Basketball Coach: “So where’s the wolf?”

Scott: “Oh, not today Coach. No wolf.”

Crowd chanting: “Wolf! Wolf! Wolf! … ”

Scott: “Look Coach. No wolf. Not now, not ever. I wanna play, but I gotta be myself.”

Ratatouille

In Fantasy, Movies on February 5, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Ratatouille (2007) is a humorous animated fantasy written and directed by Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava about an unlikely cook, Remy, a street rat voiced by Patton Oswalt, who trains to become a master chef in Gusteau’s gourmet Parisian restaurant.

Life Lesson:

If you want to be great at something, you need commitment: dedication, devotion.

Movie Scene:

Chef Auguste Gusteau: “You must be imaginative, strong hearted. You must try things that may not work. And you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from.”

Kung Fu Panda

In Fantasy, Movies on December 30, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Kung Fu Panda (2008) is a humorous animated fantasy directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson about an unlikely hero, Po, a warrior panda voiced by Jack Black, who trains to become the legendary Dragon Warrior.

Life Lesson:

Physical appearance does not determine ability.

Movie Scene:

Master Shifu (In the Sacred Hall of Warriors): “You are not the Dragon Warrior. You will never be the Dragon Warrior until you have learned the secret of the Dragon Scroll … One must first master the highest level of Kung Fu, and that is clearly impossible if that one is someone like you … Look at you, this fat butt, flabby arms … and this ridiculous belly.”

Po: “Those are sensitive in the flabby parts.”

[Po triumphs anyway.]

The Princess Bride

In Fantasy, Movies on December 29, 2012 at 6:00 AM

The Princess Bride (1987) is a fantasy-romance based on a book by William Goldman and directed by Rob Reiner about a poor farmhand named Westley who rescues Princess Buttercup and wins her love.

Life Lesson:

True love means being able to say “as you wish.”

Movie Scene:

Narrator: “Buttercup was raised on a small farm in the country of Florin. Her favorite pastimes were riding her horse and tormenting the farm boy that worked there. His name was Westley, but she never called him that … Nothing gave Buttercup as much pleasure as ordering Westley around … “As you wish” was all he ever said to her … That day she was amazed to discover that when he was saying, “as you wish,” what he meant was, “I love you.” Even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.”

Peggy Sue Got Married

In Fantasy, Movies on December 27, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) is a fantasy directed by Francis Ford Coppola about a middle-aged housewife, Peggy Sue (Kathleen Turner), who is facing a divorce from her husband Charlie (Nicolas Cage), but gets a chance to relive her past and change it.

Life Lesson:

There is no point in feeling regret about your past. If you had a chance to go back in time, you would probably make the same choices again. If you changed your past, you may not have the great things you have now.

Movie Scene:

Charlie: “Here. It’s a birthday present …  It opens, too. Look inside.”

Peggy Sue, while opening a heart-shaped locket: “Scott and Beth. Where did you get this?”

Charlie: “Who are Scott and Beth? Your mother gave me those. It’s you and me. You know that.”

[Peggy Sue realizes that without Charlie she would not have her children, Scott and Beth.]

Matilda

In Fantasy, Movies on December 24, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Matilda (1996) is a fantasy based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl, and directed by Danny DeVito, about a girl who is driven to seek vengeance against her tormentors at home and at school, and develops psychokinetic powers to do so.

Life Lesson:

You make your own happiness.

Movie Scene:

Narrator: “Matilda already knew that she was somewhat different from her family. She saw that whatever she needed in this world, she’d have to get herself.”

[…] “And as bad as things were before, that’s how good they became … And Matilda found, to her great surprise, that life could be fun, and she decided to have as much of it as possible. After all, she was a very smart kid.”

Back to the Future

In Fantasy, Movies on December 21, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Back to the Future (1985) is a sci-fi fantasy co-written and directed by Robert Zemeckis about a teenaged slacker named Marty McFly  (Michael J. Fox), who is ready to give up on his dreams until he goes 30 years into the past on a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his scientist friend, Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), and changes his future.

Life Lesson:

Learn to persevere – if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.

Movie Scene:

Goldie Wilson (Lou’s Cafe Worker): “Say, what do you let those boys push you around like that for? ”

George McFly (Marty’s father): “Well, they’re bigger than me.”

Goldie: “Stand tall, boy! Have some respect for yourself. Don’t you know if you let people walk over you now, they’ll be walking over you for the rest of your life. Look at me. You think I’m gonna spend the rest of my life in this slop house? No, Sir! I’m gonna make something of myself. I’m going to night school. And one day, I’m going to be somebody.”

Marty: “That’s right. He’s gonna be mayor!”

Goldie: “Yeah, I’m– Mayor! Now that’s a good idea! I could run for mayor.”

Lou: “A colored mayor. That will be the day.”

Goldie: “You wait and see Mr. Carruthers. I will be mayor. I’ll be the most powerful mayor in Hill Valley. And I’m gonna clean up this town.”

Groundhog Day

In Fantasy, Movies on December 20, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Groundhog Day (1993) is a comical fantasy co-written and directed by Harold Ramis about Phil, a self-centered grouch played by Bill Murray, who repeatedly wakes up on the same day, February 2, until he learns to care about others.

Life Lesson:

You will be a happier person if you take joy in the simple pleasures of life: books, music, learning, being kind to others.

Movie Scene:

Phil (discovering love): “I think you’re the kindest, sweetest, prettiest person I’ve ever met in my life.  I’ve never seen anyone that’s nicer to people than you are … The first time I saw you, something happened to me. I never told you, but I knew that I wanted to hold you as hard as I could.”