The basic premise of cinema is to escape, to relax, to forget about our mundane lives and escape into a parallel reality. That's why movies involving fantasy worlds (and fantastical characters) break the bank at the box office.

Classic children's-book-made-movie 'Where the Wild Things Are' stands to be a gigantic hit with both younger and older generations. Here are some other flicks that transport us to another place and time: The basic premise of cinema is to escape, to relax, to forget about our mundane lives and escape into a parallel reality. That's why movies involving fantasy worlds (and fantastical characters) break the bank at the box office.

Classic children's-book-made-movie 'Where the Wild Things Are' stands to be a gigantic hit with both younger and older generations. Here are some other flicks that transport us to another place and time:

The Neverending Story'The Neverending Story' - Underappreciated and bullied boy Bastian realizes he can live his dreams as he reads The Neverending Story, and finds himself swallowed up in the book in more ways than one.

The Chronicles of Narnia'The Chronicles of Narnia' - This seven-book series has thus far been made into two movies, 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe', and 'Prince Caspian', both of which take us to the mystical world of Narnia, where a lion is king and children have the ability to change the world.

The Princess Bride'The Princess Bride' - Still immensely popular, this classic features swordplay, giants, an evil prince, and a beautiful princess who is kidnapped. Only a heroic prince can save the day - will the young boy being read the book be the one?

'The Wizard of Oz' - If you like a bit of nostalgia and don't mind watching an older movie, check out this Judy Garland classic, where a wayward Kansas girl, Dorothy, is swept up by a tornado to the land of Oz. Also worth checking out is the underrated follow-up 'Return to Oz' - definitely scarier, but entertaining.
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Fantasy Worlds on Film
The Land of the Wild Things
Troubled tween Max desperately wants attention and someone to play with - and his single mother and teenage sister certainly aren't providing him with it - so he sets sail for the Land of the Wild Things.
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Fantasy Worlds on Film

    The Land of the Wild Things
    Troubled tween Max desperately wants attention and someone to play with - and his single mother and teenage sister certainly aren't providing him with it - so he sets sail for the Land of the Wild Things. When he lands on the island, he's instantly thrust into the world of the monsters, and they're free to fight, play War, and build forts from sunrise to sunset.

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    Oz
    Oz is a fantasy land inhabited by munchkins, witches (both good and bad), and talking animals. Texas girl Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto inadvertently land there after a tornado swallows their house. It's generally a happy place full of colour in 'The Wizard of Oz', but definitely takes a darker turn in 'Return to Oz', a 1985 sequel with Fairuza Balk.

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    Narnia
    Adapted from a series of children's fantasy books, the fictional realm of Narnia is a place where children play central roles in its unfolding history. Animals talk, magic is everywhere, and good faces off against evil. The land is ruled by a gentle lion named Aslan. We'd love to have him on our side.

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    Pan's Labyrinth
    In post-Civil War Spain, a little girl named Ofelia travels with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, Captain Vidal. When her mother falls ill and her father becomes increasingly despotic, Ofelia retreats into Pan's Labyrinth. She discovers the fantasy world after entering an overgrown garden and meeting a faun who believes her to be Princess Moanna. He gives her three tasks to complete before the full moon to ensure return to her father's realm through the labyrinth.

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    Tideland
    Tideland is created by an abandoned child named Jeliza-Rose after her father dies from a drug overdose. She summons the imaginary Tideland with the aid of dismembered Barbie doll heads that she wears on her fingertips. The dolls act as Jeliza-Rose's companions as she explores her fantasy world and the Texas landscape around her rundown farmhouse.

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    Pleasantville
    'Pleasantville' is a black-and-white 50s sitcom that centers around an idyllic middle-American family. David, a 20th-century high school student, is a huge fan. He and his sister acquire a futuristic new TV remote after breaking their old one in a fight. As they resume fighting over the new control, they are transported into the TV and the town of Pleasantville. As they introduce the moores of the future into the traditional world of Pleasantville, the town becomes awash in colour.

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    Jumanji
    Jumanji is the name of a boardgame that dates back to the 19th century. The instructions read: "A game for those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind." Sure enough, upon the roll of a dice, you can either be sucked into the game or watch as animals and other jungle hazards appear from within it.

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    Cool World
    While incarcerated for murder, cartoonist Jack Deebs creates a new comic book, Cool World. The story is populated by "doodles," most importantly the sexy blonde Holli Would. Upon his release from prison, Deebs is transported into Cool World by Holli who wants to have sex with Deebs so she can become real. Unfortunately, sexual relationships between noids (humans) and doodles (toons) are illegal in Cool World.

    Paramount

    Toontown
    'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' is set in fictionalized Los Angeles, where animated characters ('toons') live and work with real humans. There is a section of this L.A. called Toontown, where only toons reside. It's sort of like a cartoon ghetto. Would be a cool place to visit, for sure.

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    Books
    In another live action/animated film, Macaulay Culkin's character Richard falls unconscious in a library and is subsequently trapped in a land of books. He learns to confront his various fears in the animated world of literature. A movie for geeks and outcasts, this is a cult favourite.

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