Andrew’s Top 100 Animated Films (90-81)

 

 

This list will change as more animated movies come out.  Some of these can be interchangeable with others in general, but I stand by their placement. 

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90- Robin Hood (1973)- This remains one of my favorite Robin Hood movies.  They always try to make him awesome in movies and create a franchise and it never seems to stick.  This Robin Hood film is fun and filled with tons of memorable characters. I grew up with this being the first representation of the familiar Robin Hood characters and it has stuck with me my entire life. I will say there is certainly some nostalgia factoring in here, but if you grew up with it,too. Then it likely has a special place.

 

89- Antz (1998)- The animation in Antz is not as good as A Bug’s Life (coming out in the same year). However, the concepts involved in this animated Woody Allen film are quite heavy. If Allen ever wrote animated movies, this is exactly how they would be. Loaded with social commentary and his unique brand of self-deprecating humor.

88- South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (1999) It is a longer episode of “South Park” and that means you get all you expect in the series except for longer. Be warned that it is a musical and does have some epic songs.  Like the show, the humor is a mix of clever social commentary mixed with barbaric and crude scatological references.  Overall, the film certainly has some high points on what it represents.  If you enjoy South Park, you’ll likely appreciate this movie.

87- Storks– I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Storks nearly as much as I did.  While there remains some grimace worthy humor, much of it is hilarious. There are concepts about families in this one. A lot of the humor branches out from this. Also, it gets absolutely ridiculous.  If you like a silly film with strong family values and situational humor, this is worth it.  Also, there is a couple of beautiful moments that really tug at the heart in the third act. Surprisingly deep considering the humor.

 

86- Robots (2005)- A bit before its time visually, there are great aspects here. The world they create is visually stimulating. Robin Williams isn’t quite Genie-level awesome, but he is still the best reason to watch this film.   The ideas presented in this film about runaway capitalism are very apt for the present society we live in.  Robots has great humor, an awesome cast of voices (Robin Williams, Drew Carey, Mel Brooks, Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Paul Giamatti, Amanda Bynes, Terry Bradshaw, and more).  Come for Robin Williams madness, stay for the visuals, and enjoy the pleasantries along the way.

 

85- Penguins of Madagascar (2014)– Another unexpected hit. I didn’t think the Penguins of Madagascar franchise fame could carry a movie. Turns out they can. This film has a lot of James Bond references, clever jabs at Disney, and almost countless puns. The action is thrilling (Bondesque). Most importantly, there is character development. We see these penguins who for a long time were one note sidekicks become more fleshed out individuals filled with hopes, dreams, and doubts. I was pleasantly surprised.  Yes, it caters to the children in the audience, but there is enough for older crowd if you want it.

 

 

84 Cinderella (1950) The classic Disney princess tale. I know some of you just lost your mind. (Get used to it.) Cinderella is a lovely film with excellent animation (for its time), some splendid visuals, and minus the stupid animal songs, a beautiful musical score.  Iconic characters like Prince Charming, Cinderella, and The Fairy Godmother all are done to perfection. This film scores low in large part to cartoon mice wearing clothing. I understand that in 1950, you make an animated film ONLY for children and they may not be enticed by the main storyline. Add in some cute animal friends for comfort.  Also, I tend to be progressive and Cinderella is an archaic storyline.  Cinderella is beautiful, kind, and with a beautiful singing voice, but she has no backbone. She always submits and that’s why I can’t put her higher on my list.

 

83 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001- Though this movie borrows ideas that were used better in certain Japanese animated series and movies. It is a decent film. The humor carries it above and beyond many and the animation is rock solid in a very tumultuous time for 2D films. A brilliant adventure with a diverse cast of wild characters.  Some you love, some you hate, and some right in the middle.

 

82 Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992) Some call this movie out for being preachy, but it is actually very important. A message that is still needed today. To save the rainforests around the world from logging. This film entertains the thought of what happens if we don’t do anything. Of course it uses an assortment of interesting pixie/faerie creatures to get the point across. The pacing and protagonist may not be as powerful as one would hope, but the songs and incredible animation makes up for it many times over throughout the film.

 

81 Fox and the Hound (1982)– a well rounded story about a mismatched friendship between a Fox and a Hound.  It is a powerful movie filled with comparisons to race and social status that is not nearly appreciated enough.  Fox and the Hound is a solid mix of cute and cuddly intertwined with serious messages about our society. Well worth a watch as a child and an adult.

 

 

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