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Why do we love talking animals?

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1 August 2016

Episode 251

28 minutes

We take a look at what’s been popular on the silver screen so far this year. While talking-animal films made up half of the top 12 grossing movies in the first half of 2016, sequels aren’t enjoying much success. We analyse the trend with film critics Karen Krizanovich and Tim Robey and executive director of the Rio Cinema, Oliver Meek.

1 August 2016

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

The demise of the sequel

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There’s been a plethora of sequels and nearly all of them have flopped. We discuss why we’re sick of things returning, striking back, or getting lost in New York and why Hollywood needs to get creative to secure bums on seats.

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Why do we love talking animals?

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Talking animals are enjoying a moment of glory as they feature in six of the 12 best-selling films so far in 2016. We find out why.

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