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Mighty Joe Young

Year: 1998
Studio: Disney
Director: Ron Underwood
Cast: Bill Paxton, Charlize Theron, David Paymer, Rade Sherbedgia
The possible violence and bloodshed were toned down (and the schmaltz and simplistic quasi-environmentalism turned right up) for kids - being a Disney movie. Otherwise it was a fairly intelligent story (with a faintly ridiculous premise) about a giant gorilla, his human friend and the primatologist who convinces them to come with him to a zoo in America to escape poachers at his native African game reserve. The effects were quite astounding - it's impossible to tell where computer animation begins and animatronics end. Charlize Theron oozes sex appeal whatever film she's in, while Paxton, Paymer and the rest of the cast seem comfortable.

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