Friday, October 7, 2011

Best Animated Films



A couple of weeks ago Joe Carter on the First Thoughts blog of journal First Things posted a great roundup of animated films, listing his favorites and what others he had seen. Here are my own picks, and the list of what ones I've seen (X) what ones I think I saw as a kid but hardly remember (x) and what ones I only watched part of (O), and W if I want to see them but haven't gotten around to it yet. My favorites are bolded (there are 18). I've seen 62 of the 240, which isn't bad considering a huge portion of them are anime, which I don't really like at all. (Please don't judge me because I've seen The Rugrats Movie. It was a long time ago and I do regret it.) (Also, yes, My Little Pony the Movie is one of my favorites. Hello. It's truly great.)


CLASSIC DISNEY
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[X] Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
[X] Fantasia (1940)
[X] Pinocchio (1940)
[X] Dumbo (1941)
[X] Bambi (1942)
[ X] Song of the South (1946)
[ X] Cinderella (1950)
[ X] Alice in Wonderland (1951)
[ X] Peter Pan (1953)
[ X] Lady and the Tramp (1955)
[ X] Sleeping Beauty (1959)
[ X] 101 Dalmatians (1961)
[ X] Mary Poppins (1964)

DISNEY’S DARK AGE
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[X] The Sword In The Stone (1963)
[X] The Jungle Book (1967)
[ ] The Aristocats (1970)
[x] Bednobs and Broomsticks [1971]
[X] Robin Hood (1973)
[ ] The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
[x] Pete’s Dragon (1977)
[ ] The Rescuers (1977)
[X] The Fox and the Hound (1981)
[ ] The Black Cauldron (1985)
[X] The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
[X] Oliver and Company (1986)

THE DISNEY RENAISSANCE
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[X] Beauty and the Beast (1991)
[O] The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
[X] Aladdin (1992)
[X] The Lion King (1994)
[ ] A Goofy Movie (1995)
[X] Hercules (1997)
[ ] The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
[X] The Little Mermaid (1989)
[W] Mulan (1998)
[X] Pocahontas (1995)
[ ] Tarzan (1999)

This was the first Disney movie I saw that just took my breath away.
Definitely their best adaptation of a fairy tale.

DISNEY’S MODERN AGE
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[ ] Dinosaur (2000)
[O] Fantasia 2000 (2000)
[O] The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
[ ] Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
[O] Lilo & Stitch (2002)
[ ] Treasure Planet (2002)
[ ] Brother Bear (2003)
[ ] Home on the Range (2004)
[ ] Chicken Little (2005)
[ ] Meet the Robinsons (2007)
[ ] Bolt (2008)
[ ] The Princess and the Frog (2009)

PIXAR
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[X] Toy Story (1995)
[O] A Bug’s Life (1998)
[X] Toy Story 2 (1999)
[X] Monsters Inc. (2001)
[X] Finding Nemo (2003)
[X] The Incredibles (2004)
[W] Cars (2006)
[X] Ratatouille (2007)
[W] Wall-E (2008)
[X] Up (2009)

DON BLUTH
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[ ] The Secret of NIMH (1982)
[ ] An American Tail (1986)
[X] The Land Before Time (1988)
[X] All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
[ ] An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
[ ] Rock-a-Doodle (1991)
[ ] A Troll in Central Park (1994)
[X] Anastasia (1997)
[O] The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)
[ ] Thumbelina (1994)
[ ] Titan AE (2000)
From the makers of Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run is hilarious. It enjoys more popularity in the UK.

CLAYMATION
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[ ] The Adventures of Mark Twain (1986)
[ ] The Puppetoon Movie (1987)
[O] The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
[X] James and the Giant Peach (1996)
[X] Chicken Run (2000)
[ ] Corpse Bride (2005)
[W] Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
[W] Coraline (2009)

CGI GLUT
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[X] Antz (1998)
[X] Shrek (2001)
[X] Shrek 2 (2004)
[ ] The Polar Express (2004)
[ ] Madagascar (2005)
[X] Happy Feet (2006)
[ ] Monster House (2006)
[ ] Over the Hedge (2006)
[ ] Beowulf (2007)
[O] Shrek The Third (2007)
[W] Kung Fu Panda (2008)
[ ] Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
[W] How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
[ ] Shrek Forever After (2010)


Antz had great cameos, like Dan Ackroyd spinning his SNL role as a WASP/wasp.

CARTOONS FOR GROWN-UPS
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[ ] Fritz the Cat (1972)
[ ] Street Fight (Coonskin) (1975)
[ ] American Pop (1981)
[ ] Heavy Metal (1981)
[ ] Hey Good Lookin’ (1982)
[ ] Cool World (1992)
[ ] Beavis & Butthead Do America (1996)
[ ] South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
[ ] Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)
[ ] Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
[ ] Waking Life (2001)
[ ] The Animatrix (2003)
[ ] Lady Death (2004)
[ ] Final Fantasy: Advent Children (2005)
[ ] A Scanner Darkly (2006)

The Iron Giant is vastly underrated and under appreciated.

OTHER ANIMATED MOVIES
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[X] Animal Farm (1954)
[X] Charlotte’s Web (1973)
[X] The Hobbit (1977)
[X ] Lord of the Rings (1978)
[ ] Ringing Bell (1978)
[ ] Animalympics (1980)
[ ] Pink Floyd’s The Wall (1982)
[ ] Rock & Rule (1983)
[X] Care Bears: The Movie (1985)
[ ] He-Man & She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword (1985)
[ ] Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985)
[ ] Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords (1986)
[X] My Little Pony: The Movie (1986)
[ ] Transformers: The Movie (1986)
[ ] G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987)
[ ] Bravestarr: The Movie (1988)
[X] The Brave Little Toaster (1988)
[X] Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
[ ] Fern Gully (1992)
[ ] Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992)
[x] The Swan Princess (1994)
[ ] Balto (1995)
[X] Space Jam (1996)
[ ] Cats Don’t Dance (1997)
[X] The Prince of Egypt (1998)
[ ] Wizards (1977)
[X] The Iron Giant (1999)
[ ] Quest For Camelot (1999)
[W] The Road to El Dorado (2000)
[ ] Powerpuff Girls: The Movie (2002)
[ ] Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
[ ] Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon The Movie (2007)
[ ] Superman: Doomsday (2007)
[ ] Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)
[ ] Wonder Woman (2009)
[ ] Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
[ ] Batman: Mask of the Phantasm


Masterful, hilarious, and surprisingly wise.


IMPORTS
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[ ] Arabian Knight
[ ] Back to Gaya
[ ] Yellow Submarine (1968)
[ ] Watership Down (1978)
[ ] The Last Unicorn (1982)
[ ] Light Years (1988)
[ ] When the Wind Blows (1988)
[W] The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
[ ] Persepolis (2007)
[ ] Planet 51 (2009)
[ ] Waltz With Bashir (2008)

STUDIO GHIBLI/MIYAZAKI
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[ ] Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
[ ] Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
[ ] Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)
[ ] Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
[ ] Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
[ ] Only Yesterday (1991)
[ ] Porco Rosso (1992)
[ ] My Neighbor Totoro (1993)
[ ] Pom Poko (Tanuki War) (1994)
[ ] Whisper of the Heart (1995)
[ ] My Neighbors The Yamadas (1999)
[ ] Princess Mononoke (1999)
[ ] The Cat Returns (2002)
[ ] Spirited Away (2002)
[ ] Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
[W] Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea (2009)
[ ] Panda! Go Panda!
[ ] Tales from Earthsea
[ ] Horus, Prince of the Sun

SATOSHI KON
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[ ] Perfect Blue (1999)
[ ] Millennium Actress (2001)
[ ] Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
[ ] Paprika (2006)

SHINKAI MAKOTO
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[ ] She and Her Cat (1999)
[ ] Voices of a Distant Star (2001)
[ ] The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
[ ] 5 Centimeters per Second (2007)


Ponyo is an anime, which I really don't like, but looked charming and was highly
recommended by friends, including Ben Hatke.


OTHER ANIME FILMS
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[ ] Galay Epress 999 (1979)
[ ] Arcadia of My Youth (U.S. Title – Vengeance of the Space Pirate) (1982)
[ ] Space Adventure Cobra (1982)
[ ] The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983)
[ ] Unico and the Island of Magic (1983)
[ ] Lensman (1984)
[ ] Macross: Do You Remember Love (U.S. Title – Clash of the Bionoids) (1984)
[ ] The Dagger of Kamui (U.S. Title – Revenge of the Ninja Warrior) (1985)
[ ] Vampire Hunter D (1985)
[ ] Fist of the North Star (1986)
[ ] Neo-Tokyo (1986)
[ ] Project A-ko (1986)
[ ] Dirty Pair: Project Eden (1987)
[ ] Urotsukidoji: The Movie (1987)
[ ] Robot Carnival (1987)
[ ] Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force (1987)
[ ] Akira (1989)
[ ] Patlabor the Movie (1989)
[ ] Silent Möbius (1991)
[ ] Ninja Scroll (1993)
[ ] Ghost in the Shell (1996)
[ ] End of Evangelion (1997)
[ ] Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (1998)
[ ] Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust (2000)
[ ] Metropolis (2001)
[ ] Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2003)
[ ] Appleseed (2004)
[ ] Steamboy (2004)
[ ] Robotech: The Shadow Chronicle (2006)
[ ] The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
[ ] Appleseed: E Machina (2007)
[ ] Sword of the Stranger (2007)
[ ] Origin: Spirits Of The Past

ADDENDUM
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[ ] The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)
[ ] Felix the Cat: The Movie (1988)
[ ] We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)
[X] The Rugrats Movie (1998)
[ ] Pokemon: The First Movie (1999)
[ ] Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
[X] Ice Age (2002)
[ ] Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)
[W] Shark Tale (2004)
[W] The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004)
[W] Hoodwinked (2005)
[ ] Valiant (2005)
[ ] The Ant Bully (2006)
[ ] Flushed Away (2006)
[ ] Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
[ ] Open Season (2006)
[W] Bee Movie (2007)
[W] The Simpsons Movie (2007)
[ ] Happily N’Ever After (2007)
[o] Horton Hears a Who (2008)
[ ] Space Chimps (2008)
[ ] Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
[W] The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
[W] 9 (2009)
[W] Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
[ ] Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
[ ] Robots

And not on Mr. Carter's list was Wes Anderson's claymation Fantastic Mr. Fox, which, as you know, I have seen. And loved.


I LOVE THIS MOVIE. That's all.

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