From reckless junkies, to hopelessly romantic slumdogs, a man forced to face the zombie apocalypse and a man forced to hack off his own arm to survive an excursion gone terrifyingly wrong, director Danny Boyle has offered us plenty of portraits of unlikely protagonists. Not only has he taken us into the characters' vibrant and often brutal worlds, but he has also shown us how these desperate people are not so unlike ourselves.
The family sitcom formula went old school -- like prehistoric old school -- in 1991 by focusing on a family of dinosaurs in the aptly named comedy series 'Dinosaurs.' The show, produced by Jim Henson Productions, brought puppetry to a massive scale, putting puppeteers in complex animatronic suits to properly portray the larger-than-life members of the Sinclair family.
Many of us had imaginary friends growing up, but none were so wild as the green suited anarchist at the center of 'Drop Dead Fred!'
This off-the-walls comedy from 1991 followed Lizzie Cronin, a grown woman who'd failed to blossom after her parents locked away her fantastical BFF. But when her life hits a serious low point (no husband, no job, no money or car), she comes across a taped-up Jack-in-the-Box and rediscovers her moxie as well as Drop Dead Fred.
In 1988, some serious movie magic brought cartoons to life in a way that awed audiences, critics and the Academy Awards. In 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit,' daring director Robert Zemeckis seamlessly blended 2D hand-drawn cartoon characters into a live action film, where they interacted with physical props as well as some incredibly game performers!
Nominated for eight Academy Awards, 'American Beauty' was one of the most talked about films of 1999. Setting a tale of self-discovery and a mysterious murder in suburbia, the film not only launched former TV director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Alan Ball, but also cemented each of its cast into film history.
As children we were all terrified by Disney's villains. Their evil cackles rattled our still-developing brains, and haunted our nightmares along with their songs, which gleefully reveled in their bad intentions and malevolent plots. Yet looking back, these vicious villains are a beloved part of our childhood, from their cruelly pointed toes to their audacious hairdos.