Best Kids & Family Movie – Anime

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1. Ponyo

by: Disney Presents Studio Ghibli
Release date: Mar 02, 2010
Run Time: 103 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Welcome to a world where anything is possible! Academy Award winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, Spirited Away) and legendary filmmaker John Lasseter together with Disney bring to life a heartwarming and imaginative telling of Hans Christian Andersen s classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid. A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship and discovery before Ponyo s father, a powerful sorcerer, forces her to return to her home in the sea. But Ponyo s desire to be human upsets the delicate balance of nature and triggers a gigantic storm. Only Ponyo s mother, a beautiful sea goddess, can restore nature s balance and make Ponyo s dreams come true. Ponyo will delight your family with its magnificent animation and timeless story.
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2. Whisper of the Heart (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

by: Walt_Disney_Video
Release date: May 22, 2012
Run Time: 119 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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WHISPER OF THE HEART inspires like never before in Blu-ray! A new digital master reveals the true brilliance of this heartwarming coming-of-age classic from Studio Ghibli, the studio that brought you PONYO and the Academy Award(R)-winning SPIRITED AWAY (Best Animated Feature Film, 2002). A chance encounter with a mysterious cat sends Shizuku, a quiet schoolgirl, on a quest for her true talent. Challenged by Seiji, a boy determined to follow his dreams, and enchanted by The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers of her heart, Shizuku embarks on curious adventures beyond the boundaries of her imagination. Now in Blu-ray High Definition for the first time ever, this beautiful tale based on the screenplay from legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki will delight and amaze families!
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3. Pokemon – Adventures on the Orange Islands Box Set

by: VIZ VIDEO
Release date: Mar 31, 2009
Run Time: 760 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Pokemon Season 1: Orange Island Part 4
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4. The Cat Returns

by: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date: Feb 22, 2005
Run Time: 75 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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From the creators of the Academy Award(R) winning SPIRITED AWAY (Best Animated Feature Film, 2002) comes the visually stunning THE CAT RETURNS, a spectacular animated journey to a world of magic and adventure. Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat, and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she ever imagined. The Cat King rewards her good deed with a flurry of presents, including a very shocking proposal of marriage to his son! Haru embarks on an unexpected journey to the Kingdom of Cats where her eyes are opened to a whole other world and her destiny is uncertain. To change her fate she’ll need to learn to believe in herself and, in the process, she will learn to appreciate her everyday life. Featuring the sensational voice talents of Anne Hathaway, Cary Elwes, Tim Curry, and Elliott Gould, THE CAT RETURNS is a magical animated adventure that will delight and inspire everyone.~~(c)2002 Nekonote-Do – GNDHMT
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5. Kiki’s Delivery Service

by: Disney Presents Studio Ghibli
Release date: Mar 02, 2010
Run Time: 105 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Discover KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, a fantastic coming-of-age tale full of magic, adventure and self-discovery from the sensational imagination of Academy Award(R)-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, SPIRITED AWAY). And now you can explore even more of Kiki’s amazing world through never-before-seen bonus features — exclusively in this 2-Disc Special Edition DVD! Kiki is an enterprising young girl who must follow tradition to become a full-fledged witch. Venturing out with only her black cat, Jiji, Kiki flies off for the adventure of a lifetime. Landing in a far-off city, she sets up a high-flying delivery service and begins a wonderful experience of independence and responsibility as she finds her place in the world. Bring home KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE from Studio Ghibli and Disney for your family’s DVD library and share Kiki’s high-flying adventure again and again.
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6. My Neighbor Totoro (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

by: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Presents A Studio Ghibli Film
Release date: May 21, 2013
Run Time: 88 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Disney presents a Studio Ghibli film about the magic of friendship and sisterhood from Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Best Animated Feature, 2001, Spirited Away).  Celebrate the 25th anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro – available for the first time on Disney Blu-ray, with a new HD digital transfer and perfect picture and sound! 

Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei as they discover their new neighbor is a mysterious forest spirit named Totoro who can only be seen by the eyes of a child.  As Totoro introduces the girls to his extraordinary friends, they embark on the journey of a lifetime.  Featuring the voice talents of Tim Daly, Lea Salonga and real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, My Neighbor Totoro is an amazing animated adventure the whole family will fall in love with.

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7. Pokemon the First Movie – Mewtwo vs. Mew

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Mar 21, 2000
Run Time: 96 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The adventure explodes into action with the debut of Mewtwo, a bio-engineered Pokemon created from the DNA of Mew, the rarest of all Pokemon. Determined to prove its superiority, Mewtwo lures Ash, Pikachu and others into a Pokemon match like none before. Mewtwo vs. Mew. Super-clones vs. Pokemon. It’s the ultimate showdown … with the very future of the world at stake! Also, includes the mini-movie Pikachu’s Vacation and never-before-seen bonus footage!

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentary by M. Haigney & N. Grossfeld
Featurette:“Pikachu’s Vacation” – 19:00 with chapters
Music Video:“Don’t Say You Love Me” by M2M (3:42)
Other:Preview of “Pokemon: The Second Movie” (1:00) “Mewtwo’s Origin” (2:17)

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8. Oban Star-Racers, Vol. 2: The Oban Cycle

by: Shout Factory
Release date: May 20, 2008
Run Time: 360 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The satellite tournament on Always has been completed, and Molly and the crew of the Whizzing Arrow have qualified to compete on Oban for the mysterious Ultimate Prize. Can young Molly outrun the competition, save Earth and win the power to bring her mother back to life?
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9. Destroy All Monsters – 50th Anniversary Special Edition

by: ADV Films
Release date: May 18, 2004
Run Time: 88 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The all-time favorite monster rally.
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10. Hamtaro: Volume 1

by: Viz Media
Release date: Oct 15, 2002
Run Time: 30 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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In good condition. Shows some usage and storage wear.
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11. The Thief and the Cobbler

by: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Release date: May 03, 2011
Run Time: 73 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Feast your eyes and ears on this colorful, hilarious and thoroughly entertaining action-adventure! The timeless story of The Thief And The Cobbler is brought spectacularly to life in this critically-acclaimed, feature-length fantasy created by the Academy Award®winning animator of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Richard Williams, and features the voice talents of Matthew Broderick, Toni Collette, Vincent Price and Jennifer Beals.

In an ancient city, a timid shoemaker’s apprentice named Tack falls for the lovely and adventurous Princess Yum Yum. When a bumbling thief manages to steal the enchanted golden balls that protect the city, Tack and the Princess must courageously defeat the evil wizard Zig Zag and save their beloved city from destruction.
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12. Pokemon: The Movie 2000

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Nov 14, 2000
Run Time: 80 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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An ancient legend comes to light when Pokfemon Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres’ harmony is disrupted; now it is up to Ash and the mythical Pokfemon Lugia to bring balance back to earth.
Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: G
Street Date: 06/07/05
Wide Screen: no
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Language: ENGLISH
Foreign Film: noSubtitles: no
Dubbed: no
Full Frame: no
Re-Release: no
Packaging: Sleeve
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13. Pokemon 3: Advanced – Bite to Remember [VHS]

by: Viz Media
Release date: Sep 21, 2004
Run Time: 76 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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A Bite to Remember: Max takes a particular liking to a Poochyena, but will he see it evolve before they move on?

The Lotad Lowdown: Team Rocket is on the hunt for the Lotad bunch in the lake. What will Brock and his quirky Lotad friend do to save the day?

All Things Bright and Beautifly!: May gets an opportunity to assist in a glamorous Pokémon contest. Will she enter a contest herself one day?

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14. Zoids – The Battle Begins (Vol. 1) [VHS]

by: Viz Media
Release date: Apr 09, 2002
Run Time: 88 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Inspired by a classic video game, the animated Zoids comes with a ready-made and uniquely appealing story line and characters. Set on the desert planet Zi, where mechanized robot beasts known as Zoids are piloted by humans in fierce battles against one another, this episodic anime adventure series centers on a 16-year-old junk dealer named Bit Cloud. The unlikely choice of a catlike Zoid hero named Liger Zero to be the latter’s intuitive pilot, Bit becomes a champion fighter for the warrior group Team Blitz. The four tales on this program explore Bit and Liger’s feats of derring-do, as well as Bit’s struggle for acceptance by his teammates. The fights are fun, the romantic conflicts are juicy, and Liger’s courageous heart is a thing to behold. The show plays regularly on the Cartoon Network. –Tom Keogh
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15. The Magic Voyage

by: Hannover House
Release date: Dec 05, 2006
Run Time: 88 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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16. Sonic The Hedgehog – The Movie

by: A.D. Vision
Release date: Sep 07, 1999
Run Time: 60 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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17. Hamtaro – Ham-Hams Head Seaward

by: Viz Media
Release date: Oct 15, 2002
Run Time: 30 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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DVD about Hamtaro’s adventures
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18. Pokemon Heroes: The Movie

by: Miramax
Release date: Jan 20, 2004
Run Time: 71 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The fifth installment of the phenomenally successful POKEMON series takes place in a mysterious city on water. Set against a baffling maze of canals and alleyways, Ash, Pikachu, the rest of the gang take on a slick new pair of thieves in this glamorous, high-stakes adventure story. The film introduces two new Pokemon characters — Latias and Latios, who possess strong psychic abilities and the power to disguise themselves as humans!
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19. Pokemon 4Ever: Movie

by: Miramax
Release date: Mar 18, 2003
Run Time: 75 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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All of your favorite Pokémon characters are back and are joined for the first time by the legendary Pokémon Celebi and Suicune in this latest exciting Pokemon adventure! In order to escape a greedy Pokémon hunter, Celebi must use the last of its energy to travel through time to the present day. Celebi brings along Sammy, a boy who had been trying to protect it. Along with Ash, Pikachu, and the rest of the gang, Sammy and Celebi encounter an enemy far more advanced than the hunter left behind in the past. This new enemy possesses a Pokeball called a “Dark Ball,” which transforms the Pokémon it captures into evil and far stronger creatures. When Celebi is captured, the fate of the entire forest is threatened. Let POKÉMON 4EVER transport you to a world of adventure as Ash, Suicune, and the rest take action to save the day!
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20. Hamtaro – Surprise Party (Vol. 3)

by: Viz Media
Release date: Dec 03, 2002
Run Time: 30 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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“Hamtaro, the loveable hamster who has already charmed Japan and become one of its most popular cartoon characters, once again embarks”
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21. Sailor Moon R The Movie – The Promise of the Rose [VHS]

by: Geneon [Pioneer]
Release date: Feb 08, 2000
Run Time: 60 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Kisenian, traveling from a far away galaxy, disguised as a meteor, aims to gather all the “positive” energy from the Earth and plant the seeds of “negativity” leaving Earth full of hatred. Unable to do this on her own, Kisenian preys on the vulnerable heart of Darien’s childhood friend, Fiore. Fiore, jealous of Sailor Moon and Darien’s passionate friendship, joins Kisenian in her wicked endeavor to gather energy from every star and planet!
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22. Dragon Ball: Path to Power [VHS]

by: Funimation Prod
Release date: Apr 29, 2003
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Dragon Ball: Path to Power
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23. Mobile Suit Gundam The 08th MS Team (Vol. 4) [VHS]

by: Geneon [Pioneer]
Release date: Jan 22, 2002
Run Time: 125 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The longest running of all the GUNDAM series, THE 08TH MS TEAM is an OVA series that takes place in the year 0079 of the Universal Century. It finds the Earth Federation and the space colonies at the tail end of the same One Year War where the original GUNDAM took place. In these episodes, the last battle in Southeast Asia is imminent. The Zeon forces, about to evacuate their base, are hit hard by the Federation. Caught with their guard down, Zeon sends their ace pilot, Packard, to buy them some time. Meanwhile, the 08th MS Team is left without a leader as the battle begins, forcing Michael and Kiki to track down Shiro during what is perhaps the pivotal moment of the war.
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24. Sonic X 1: Super Sonic Hero [VHS]

by: Funimation Prod
Release date: Jun 01, 2004
Run Time: 60 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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This contains the first three episodes of Sonic X plus a bonus episode on VHS. This item has been avaliable since 2004.
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25. Sailor Moon S The Movie – Hearts in Ice [VHS]

by: Geneon [Pioneer]
Release date: May 23, 2000
Run Time: 60 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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As Serena and her friends enjoy Christmas vacation, an unusual and fierce snowstorm hits town… The evil Snow Queen Kaguya has returned to claim Earth as her own. Crucial to Queen Kaguya’s plan is a magical crystal from outer space, approaching Earth disguised as a comet. Once she gets hold of the crystal, she will have the power to suck away all life energy and cover the Earth in ice. Will Sailor Moon find the crystal before Queen Kaguya? Will her powers be enough to save the Earth from permanent winter? All hope lies with the Legendary Ultimate Scout Power!
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