Weekly Top Ten-#26
My 10 Favorite Animated Films
I am currently sitting down to watch "Rise of the Guardians," an animated movie that was released last year. While I sit down to watch this movie, I have decided to reflect upon my 10 favorite animated films.
I think over the years, there have been quite a few phenomenal animated spectacles over the years. Making this list incredibly hard to make, there are tons of big favorites absent from this list. That isn't intended to be a knock on those films, its just a testament to just how powerful the genre truly is. I really dig the list I made and I hope you do too.
10.) The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Shame on you Oscars, shame on you.
How could you deny the power of storytelling which came with "Adventures of Tintin." This is easily the most ignored animated film of the last five years and it baffles me. This is a tremendous celebration of filmmaking as well as a compliment to the comic strip that inspired the film. The film is given a deep voice made by a ensemble of wonderful actors.
9.) Ghost In The Shell (1995)
Yes I watch Japanese anime, no I am not apologizing for it.
I am definitely not going to apologize for loving an action-packed, delirious ride like "Ghost In The Shell." The mastery isn't in the tight action or the remarkable story within this film. Its the true beauty of animation captured in this movie. It truly is the very definition of awesome.
8.) Shrek (2001)
How can you not like a relentless parody of the great fairy tales of our time turned into a heartwarming fable of love? The parodies make me laugh out loud, the voice work by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy is great, this is something that appeals to children and adults. It meshes together in unsuspectingly great ways.
7.) A Scanner Darkly (2006)
On another note, here is a movie that isn't appealing to adults and children. But it is a film that is just as good as the other films on this list. Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Winoda Ryder and Woody Harrelson all throw themselves at this drug/science fiction masterpiece adapted by a Philip K. Dick story. The animation is just as cool as the movie!
6.) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
A dream come true in terms of claymation. A clever way to celebrate both Halloween and Christmas. A great group of memorable characters created into a story that can be charming, funny and even a little bit terrifying all at the same time. That is very hard to pull off multiple emotions in one big film but this film does it with ease.
5.) Akira (1988)
I don't know if I have lost so much adrenaline in one film before but "Akira" pulled it off. Very nice.
4.) Princess Mononoke (1997)
Weird little beings with Roarsack faces, giant wolves, and lots of cool fighting may not seem like much. But the emotional power of this film is overbearing. Its a film filled with wonder and magic, as well as great action and big thrills.
3.) Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Elegant, confident, emotional, sad, uplifting...these words and more are all I would use to describe this film. Its tremendously powerful and brings tears to my eyes after every viewing.
2.) Toy Story (1995)
Woody and Buzz are probably two of the most iconic characters in all of the 1990's. They also happen to apart of a movie that has etched itself into my life almost since its beginning. Truly important to my identity and my being, this is a movie I constantly return to. Its funny, its adventurous, its clever and its nostalgic. I love every moment.
1. The Lion King (1994)
How does "The Lion King" get the top spot? Because of all animated films I've seen, this one makes me laugh loudest, this one makes me cry hardest, and as far as memories go, this one will last longest in my heart and soul. I love every character, I love every scene, I love every piece of music and that is why I love "The Lion King" so much.