you start naming Top 10? anythings, youre bound to ruffle some feathers.
Which I think is cool.
I love this kind of conversation, so feel free to send me any comments. Believe
me, it was hard for me to not just list every Pixar film thats come down
the line because those guys can do no wrong (except Cars
Im just not
redneck enough to get into a movie about Nascar).
this is probably one of the only Top Animated Films lists that wont
include Snow White or Bambi. Im sorry. Just because something is old, or
the first, it doesnt make it good. Or interesting. In my less-than-humble
opinion, Snow White is one of the most overrated, boring films to come down the
pike. But Cody, you might say, It was a technological breakthrough in animation.
It was the first of its kind. Yea, well, just because something is different doesnt
mean its good. Just ask Paris Hiltons parents.
here we go. The best in animation, according to me
Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas
There is a moment
in this film that always blows me away. Jack Skellington has gone off to become
the new and improved Santa Claus and his #1 fan Sally is home lamenting because
she knows somethings not right. While Sally is singing her ballad she steps
through a gate and swings her head to the side. That moment right there is so
its almost hard for me not to believe its
not a person in a big Sally costume. And theres also the Oogie Boogie song.
Ill admit it. I havent liked anything else
this guy has done. And yes, that includes the Wallace and Gromit series. So my
expectations for this were pretty low. Not only did this movie blow me out of
the water, it also made Kate Winslet more attractive. The fun action peppered
with jabs at America (and the UK) cracked me up. This movie probably would have
ranked higher on my list if the characters didnt look so much like those
Wallace and Gromit idiots.
The Prince of Egypt
Like The Nightmare Before Christmas, theres
one scene in this film that sticks in my head, but with a much larger emotional
attachment. It comes at the climax of the film when Moses parts the Red Sea. That
the animation as the water rushes into the sky, the swelling
and then the eerie silence
it gives me chills just writing about
it and gets my heart beating like Ed Grimley in the presence of Pat Sajak.
The Emporers New Groove
How is this cartoon not more popular
than it is? Hey, Im not the biggest David Spade fan either, but when hes
on, hes on. And in this film, hes on. Emporers plays like a
Disney film done by the kids of the filmmakers: sick and tired of the schmaltz
and cheese, theyre gonna show us that cartoons can be sarcastic, too. A
cartoon that knows its a cartoon and says What the heck. Lets just
have fun with this one.
The Simpsons Movie
Admit it. You were just as shocked into hysterical
laughter as I was to see Barts junk.
I can still remember thinking to myself Cartoons arent
supposed to be this irreverently funny while I was in the theater holding my side
trying to stop laughing so I could hear the next joke. Like The Emporers
New Groove, Shrek takes the world of childrens stories and pokes it in the
eye as it dumps ice cubes down its shirt.
Are you kidding me? Superheroes more believable than
their Marvel or DC cousins, an amazingly animated landscape, harrowing action
(its hard to beat that jungle chase scene), all delicately painted around
a couple struggling to keep their marriage together
wow. Well done, Pixar.
Just the fact that the animators were able to keep up with
Robin Williams mile-a-minute freestyle is a feat in itself. Disney loves
putting our heroes in a spot where you think Theres no way they can get
out of this. But when I watched this, I remember saying OK really, theres
no way hes getting out of this one. One of these good guys is gonna die.
Man, when things come together at Pixar, they really come
together, dont they? Everything from the casting down to the most intricate
detail in a random air bubble was spot on. This is one of the few films you could
pop into your player, press pause at any spot and the image frozen on your screen
will be the very essence of art. Youd just look at it and say Wow. Thats
beautiful. And hey, any film that is clever enough to incorporate the old Monty
Python Bruce sketch gets extra credit.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Only Steven Spielberg would be able to get
Warner Brothers and Disney to shake hands and agree to let their greatest cartoon
characters appear side by side in the name of good moviemaking. Considering this
was done before the computer animation technology we have today, its amazing
how they got this film to work.
those are actual guns and beer bottles floating around in the air, not CG recreations,
and the way they orchestrated the chaos in the Ink & Paint Club is beyond
me. Roger Rabbit is a movie that loves movies and is a love letter to an era that
may be gone but wont soon be forgotten.
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