Annal: 1999 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Children's Feature Film

Results of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award in the year 1999.

Film:Paulie

Paulie

John Roberts

The human beings are almost as interesting as the title character in this surprisingly subtle and engaging film about the cross-country adventures of a smart-mouthed parrot. As director John Roberts deploys the footage, the bird becomes a vivid personality; every quizzical twist of his head is oddly expressive. The people who interact with Paulie are a quirky and interesting bunch as well, and the casting is topnotch: Tony Shalhoub (The Siege) as a Russian immigrant janitor, Cheech Marin as an open-hearted mariachi musician, and Gena Rowlands as a widowed…

Film:A Bug's Life

A Bug's Life

John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

There was a rare magic on the big screen in 1995, when the people at Pixar came up with the first fully computer-animated film, Toy Story, and their second feature film, A Bug’s Life, may miss the bull’s-eye but Pixar’s target is so lofty that it’s hard to find the film anything less than irresistible. Brighter and more colourful than the other animated insect movie of 1998 (Antz), A Bug’s Life is the sweetly told story of Flik (voiced by David Foley), an ant searching for better ways to be a bug. His colony unfortunately revolves…

Film:Dr. Dolittle

Dr. Dolittle

Betty Thomas

There’s something intrinsically funny about tactlessly truth-telling talking animals. And there are plenty of those—and laughs to go with them—in this 1998 reimagining of Hugh Lofting’s children’s story. Murphy plays the doctor in question, a modern-day San Francisco physician who discovers that he can understand what animals have to say. Director Betty Thomas makes the most of an amazing voice cast for the animals, led by Norm McDonald and including everyone from Garry Shandling to Julie Kavner to Albert Brooks. The story itself is pretty slim—will the…

Film:The Rugrats Movie

The Rugrats Movie

Norton Virgien, Igor Kovalyov

The first theatrical film from the popular Nickelodeon TV series became the surprise hit of the 1998 holiday box-office crunch, trouncing the highly competitive kids market. The key ingredient to the Rugrats’ success is the writing. Venturing into their first theatrical movie, the pals—including the intrepid diaper-wearing Tommy Pickles, the nervous Chuckie, the twins Lil and Phil, and the wonderfully prissy Angelica—garble English into funny prose (“I want those fugitives back in custard-y!”) and use movie references in their fantasy life. The opening here is a…

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