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SNEAKS '06 | Animation

A first run at the year's movies

Sent With Hope Into The World, Each Is A Potential Hit --but Filmgoers Always Have The Final Say.

January 15, 2006

The Ant Bully An ant colony rebels against the 10-year-old boy who torments them by shrinking him to their size and making him see how they live. With voices by Zach Tyler Eisen, Nicolas Cage, Paul Giamatti, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep. Directed by John A. Davis ("Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius"). Warner Bros., Aug. 4

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Barnyard The secret lives of talking cows are threatened when a carefree bovine has responsibility thrust upon him. Voices include Kevin James, Courteney Cox, Sam Elliott, Danny Glover, Andie MacDowell and Wanda Sykes. Directed by Steve Oedekerk ("Kung Pow: Enter the Fist"). Paramount Pictures, Oct. 6

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Charlotte's Web A new adaptation of E.B. White's children's tale about the friendship between a pig and a spider mixes in live action. With Dakota Fanning and the voices of Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese and Oprah Winfrey. Directed by Gary Winick ("Tadpole"). Paramount Pictures, Dec. 20

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Curious George The inquisitive primate embarks on an adventure based on the original 1941 book by Margaret and H.A. Rey. With voices by Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, David Cross, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright and Dick Van Dyke. Directed by Matthew O'Callaghan. Universal Pictures, Feb. 10

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Doogal An evil sorcerer seeks to unite three diamonds that possess the power to freeze the sun, and only an unlikely quartet led by the titular pooch with a sweet tooth can stop him. Voices by Kenan Thompson, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Judi Dench, William H. Macy, Ian McKellen. Directed by Jean Duval, Frank Passingham and Dave Borthwick. The Weinstein Co., Feb. 24

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Flushed Away The British class system takes to the sewers of London when a common gutter rat usurps a society rodent's Kensington flat. Voices by Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy, Simon Callow and Jean Reno. Directed by Sam Fell, David Bowers and Henry Anderson. DreamWorks, Nov. 3

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Happy Feet Among the emperor penguins of Antarctica, where one's song is the key to finding a mate, a baby is born who cannot sing, but boy, can he dance. Voices include Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Anthony LaPaglia, plus the tap dancing of Savion Glover. Directed by George Miller ("Mad Max," "Babe: Pig in the City"). Warner Bros., Nov. 17

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Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Things are starting to thaw out for Manny the woolly mammoth, Sid the sloth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Scrat the saber-toothed squirrel, but if a glacial dam breaks, their days are really numbered. Voices by Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott and Jay Leno. Directed by Carlos Saldanha. 20th Century Fox, March 31

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Meet the Robinsons A brainy 12-year-old boy is whisked into the future to see what it holds for his family. Directed by Steve Anderson. Based on the book "A Day With Wilbur Robinson" by William Joyce. Walt Disney Pictures, Dec. 15

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Monster House A neighbor's creepy home turns out to be a living, breathing creature for three kids (Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner and Spencer Locke) on Halloween. Voices by Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Catherine O'Hara, Kathleen Turner and Fred Willard. Directed by Gil Kenan. Columbia Pictures, July 21

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Open Season A laid-back grizzly and a nervous mule deer are released in the woods against their wills and must rally their fellow wildlife against the approaching hunters. Voice cast includes Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Gary Sinise and Debra Messing. Music by Paul Westerberg. Directed by Roger Allers, Jill Culton and Anthony Stacchi. Sony Animation / Columbia Pictures, Sept. 29

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Yankee Irving A boy travels cross-country to return Babe Ruth's bat in time for the 1932 World Series. With voices by Rob Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Brian Dennehy, William H. Macy and Mandy Patinkin. 20th Century Fox, Aug. 25

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