Andrew’s Top Animated Films All-Time

 

 

This is my list of animated films. You will find times where you absolutely disagree.  I also hope you will with many of these on my list if not their exact placement.

What I look for in animated films is quality animation, iconic characters, character development, and good writing. The craft of animation is also a big thing with me.

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80-All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)- What is the audience for this film? Children of mobsters? It has a great voice cast featuring Dom DeLuise and Burt Reynolds. They play corrupted, but still memorable characters as Itch and Charlie.  Also, what a great villain Carface is. This film is a homage to classic crime films in the form of an animated film. So bizarre, but also  memorable.

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79-Despicable Me (2010)- A film with all the makings of greatness that somehow falls short of its potential.   It makes my list because it certainly has humorous moments and times where it lays the heartfelt themes on just right. Between Gru, his minions, and three adorable orphaned girls there is enough love and humor to sustain the film.

78-Despicable Me 2 (2013)- While this film may not have the heartfelt moments of the first one, it brings the humor and hard.  If you enjoyed the comedy in the first one (sans the fart jokes in my case), then you will love this one even more.  Clearly the best film in the entire franchise and by the looks of it will be for some time.

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77-The Last Unicorn (1982)- A well-made animated film from the early 1980’s. Featuring a talented voice cast (Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Angela Lansbury, Mia Farrow, Alan Arkin), and fantastic visuals mixed with a beautiful musical score.  It has everything a solid fantasy film should have and more.

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76-Chicken Run (2000)- This film does a fine job at everything needed for a quality animated movie. Though It never reaches the level of masterpiece in any point. It also has been hurt because of the rightful hit to Mel Gibson’s career. Chicken Run continues to be a solid animated film.

 

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75-Monster House (2006)- An animated horror film with teenagers who actually talk like teenagers. The humor is really fitting that awkward young teenager stage of life. Also, there is some depth to the movie that surprised me. A film I always try to watch come October.  Fun, Halloween-themed, and creepy.

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74-Brave (2012)– It is a Pixar movie not in the Cars franchise which means it doesn’t suck. However, Brave borrows heavily on movies such as How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Brother Bear (2003).  I love Merida’s character however. Also, her family is quite lovely. This movie does a lot right and if it didn’t borrow so heavily would be higher on this list.

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73-The Boxtrolls (2014)- Many would argue this doesn’t belong so high.  I generally would agree, but the animation is top notch. (Though a bit ugly, still well-done ugly.)  Also, the strangeness of it makes me like it more than most. Also, the commentary about social status and self-evaluation is very accurate (depressingly so).

72-Ice Age (2002)-An enjoyable adventure-comedy featuring the talents of John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Denis Leary (and a ton of talented extras). I like how every character has their story to follow. I wouldn’t say any are admirable, but some are more honest than others. A nice family film with a decent amount of humor for all ages. (Though you will be at your best to stop watching after this one overall.)

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71-Jungle Book (1967)– Let’s be honest, this movie is messed up. From the quasi-pedo vibe going on at times to the not so subtle racist tones. Cough (King Louie) Cough. Still, there are a ton of iconic characters that the majority of people would recognize. The songs and the animation make it a Disney classic and the last one Walt Disney himself worked on before his death.

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6 thoughts on “Andrew’s Top Animated Films All-Time

  1. My favorites here are Chicken Run, Monster House, The Boxtrolls, Ice Age and The Jungle Book.

    Most pleasant surprise: The Last Unicorn. I discovered that one as an adult and I wish I had discovered it sooner.

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  2. I’m personally known for not being a fan of Don Bluth’s films, in general, but if I had to pick a fave of his, it would be All Dogs Go to Heaven, probably.

    I quite love Chicken Run, but then again, I love all the Aardman Animations films. I do remember liking Despicable Me and Monster House when I saw them too, but it’s been a while.

    I love the Jungle Book and I honestly don’t get any “quasi-pedo vibes” from it at all in the slightest. I also don’t think King Louie is a racist character. I think most people think he’s supposed to be representing black people, but he’s actually representing the “swing” music and lifestyle of the Italian Americans like his voice actor, Louis Prima.

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