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By Margaret Chrystall

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Pirates v 1
Pirates v 1

THIS August Inverness Film Fans will be screening a season of three animated films from three different studios - Aardman, Pixar and Studio Ghibli – chosen to be enjoyed by all ages.

They are – Aardman’s Pirates: In An Adventure With Scientists on Sunday, August 5 at 2pm; Pixar’s Wall-E on Tuesday, August 7 at 7.15pm; Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle (PG) on Tuesday, August 21 at 7.15pm.

Everyone is welcome at the public screenings at Eden Court Cinema which are followed by the chance for informal discussion.

Pirates: In An Adventure With Scientists

Sunday, August 5 at 2pm

Directors: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt

UK / 2012 / 88 mins

Another gem from Aardman Productions, adapted by Gideon Defoe from his children's book. It is effortlessly and unassumingly funny – and terrifically smart. Hugh Grant provides the voice for the Pirate Captain, a rather hopeless cutlass-wielder whose dearest wish is to win the Pirate of the Year award: Grant's self-deprecating self-doubt is a return to the glory days of Four Weddings. When his crew accidentally boards the Beagle and captures Charles Darwin, our hero is pitched into an adventure involving Queen Victoria herself. The film is bursting with fun and packed with gags, often of the incidental, visual kind.

Wall 1
Wall 1


Tuesday, August 7 at 7.15pm

Director: Andrew Stanton

USA / 2008 / 98 mins

After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL-E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL-E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen. Joining WALL-E on his fantastic journey across a universe of never-before-imagined visions of the future, is a hilarious cast of characters including a pet cockroach, and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots. Pixar’s “WALL-E” succeeds at being three things at once: an enthralling animated film, a visual wonderment and a great science-fiction story.

Howl 1
Howl 1

Howl's Moving Castle (PG)

Tuesday, August 21 at 7:15pm.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Japan / 2005 / 119 mins

Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animation director who wowed audiences worldwide with his award-winning film Spirited Away, brings another visually spectacular tale of imagination to the screen. Sophie is an 18-year-old girl who toils in the hat shop opened years ago by her late father. Often harassed by local boys, one day Sophie is unexpectedly befriended by Howl, a strange but flamboyant wizard whose large home can travel under its own power. However, the Witch of the Waste is displeased with Sophie and Howl's budding friendship, and turns the pretty young woman into an ugly and aged hag. Sophie takes shelter in Howl's castle, and attempts to find a way to reverse the witch's spell with the help of Calcifer, a subdued but powerful demon who exists in the form of fire, and Markl, who protects the four-way door which can instantly take visitors to other lands and dimensions. The tireless volley of ideas and inventions make this a delight that should connect with kids and adults alike.

For more information go to: http://www.invernessfilmfans.org

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