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‘Toy Story,’ ‘The Big Lebowski,’ more comedic kidnapping movies

Jeff Bridges, left, and John Goodman in "The

Jeff Bridges, left, and John Goodman in "The Big Lebowski." Credit: Gramercy Pictures / Merrick Morton

A kidnapping is the unlikely source of laughs in the Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn movie, “Snatched.” Then again, other movies have also worked for laughs with a plot about someone being abducted. Here are four examples.

O. HENRY’S FULL HOUSE (1952) — Five of the famed New York City writer’s tales were featured in this anthology movie, including “The Ransom of Red Chief,” about two inept kidnappers (Fred Allen, Oscar Levant) whose abduction of a bratty kid backfires when the parents opt not to pay the ransom.

THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) — Jeff Bridges stars as the Dude, the ultimate slacker — and bowler — who becomes involved in a plot to rescue the trophy wife of the title character. A flop upon its release, the movie has since become a cult favorite.

TOY STORY (1999) — When Woody gets taken by an unscrupulous toy collector, it’s up to Buzz Lightyear and the rest of his playful pals to rescue him.

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS (2012) — Not everyone who gets kidnapped is human. Sam Rockwell played a dognapper who makes the mistake of taking a gangster’s pet pooch, which lands him and his cohorts in a mess with the L.A. underworld.

— Daniel Bubbeo

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