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Cinema: The millennium bugs

First Antz. Now A Bug's Life. Since Hollywood's animators have apparently convinced themselves that they've exhausted the anthropomorphic potential of ducks, rabbits, dogs, cats and mice, what next? Amoebae? Microbes? Molecules? Quarks?

Film: Digital monsters? No fear

Why are computer-generated special effects still so unconvincing?

Mickey eclipsed by Disney's own Pooh

"MERRY CHRISTMAS, Pooh!" said Christopher Robin. "You've been such a generous bear, such a kind bear, you deserve pots and pots of honey!"

Letter From Hollywood

PEOPLE HAVE always been seduced by the notion that film producers are among the lowest of life forms, so one can only sense a frisson of perverse pleasure at the sight of two Hollywood studios spoiling for a fight over their respective screen visions of an insect colony.

People and Business: Toy story is just a fable

EVERY BUSINESS success begins with an apocryphal tale, and the story of the top-selling children's construction toy K'NEX, now rivalling Lego, is no exception.

Christmas Gifts: Toy story

As the father of eight children, Tim Waterstone understands the difficulties parents face when shopping for and with their children - especially at Christmas. With this in mind, Waterstone has devised an all-encompassing children's department store that provides a full range of toys as well as clothes, books, and even a hairdresser. Based on The Adventures of Daisy and Tom, written by Waterstone's wife, Rosie Alison, the whole store runs to this theme. Costumed characters, a carousel and a puppet show keeps children amused, while a soda bar stocked with knickerbocker glories and snacks offers a welcome respite for weary feet. Don't miss the adorable little fairy outfits with matching slippers, an asset to any dressing-up box, (pounds 29.95) the leather daisy purses (pounds 2.95), a life- size, fleecy rocking sheep (pounds 99.99) and, most importantly, Father Christmas, who will be telling stories in the book department in the week before Christmas.

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TRIED & TESTED; Are you a Disney fairy, an M&S superhero or a blow-up pumpkin? Our junior consumers size up the options

New Films: Jungle 2 Jungle

Director: John Pasquin. Starring: Tim Allen, Martin Short (PG)

Barbie takes her crown at last

Barbie, the 37-year-old doll, has been named toy of the year for the first time in her history.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee