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The new wave of kids' cinema is remarkable but limited. Children of the future should be donated films of the past so that they know what's really out there

By Mark Cousins   December 2005

Children’s films seem to be on a roll. Exactly a decade ago, Toy Story married kids’ themes with adult jokes and computer-generated imagery and created what has since become a dynamic, shiny, intelligent formula. It revived the animation genre, took $360m in cinemas around the world and made it fun again to take kids to the movies.

Then came Shrek, Toy Story 2, Shrek 2, A Shark’s Tale and The Incredibles: high-quality American family fare for the computer age. Defiantly post-Disney (whose wholesomeness they lampooned), they were marketed aggressively and drove the DVD boom. At last American family cinema had…

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