Also I've never actually watched Robin Hood!! I've meant to, but haven't gotten around to it. What are some of your other favorite animated movies? Oh, and did you like any 2016 movies?
Okay, this turned into a monster.
Anna loves animated films. Brace yourself, Nonie.
The Top Ten Animated Films of All Time (in Anna’s most humble opinion).
10. South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut
Anna is a shameless South Park fanatic. I’ve seen every episode, and I reference the show constantly (nobody around me seems to understand). I think it’s genius. I will never outgrow it. Bigger, Longer, Uncut is South Park in its prime. Hilarious, ridiculous, totally quotable.
And who can forget -
9. An American Tail
I fell in love with these characters. I’m a sucker for a good “presumed dead” story, and this one hits all the beats for me. Also, Anna’s got a huge soft spot for Don Bluth films.
You’ll see a common theme, here. Anna can sacrifice a good plot as long as the characters are on point. The story of UP is pretty dumb, but the characters slay me every time, especially Carl, Kevin, Doug, and Ellie.
Oh god, Ellie.
Aside from that, UP has to be on the list solely for the beautifully executed montage at the beginning. The pacing, the score, the emotions - it’s all there.
Oh, man. Bambi is purely a nostalgia pick.
I don’t like princess movies, but there’s something fascinating about the old Disney animations, so this fits the bill for me.
Also, and I’m not sure why this is, but my family just has lots of inside Bambi jokes (many of them are completely inappropriate for Tumblr).
I can tell you that my grandmother, still to this day, says, “Nice or nothin’,” which is a direct derivative of Thumper’s infamous, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”
I got that a lot, growing up.
6. The Lion King
Hamlet, but with lions. God, this movie is so iconic - the second highest grossing film of all time when it was released. Holy shit (and Disney didn’t even think it would be successful). I frickin’ love this movie. I was right around the target age when it came out. I
still sing grew up singing Hakuna Matata and Be Prepared. Mufasa’s death gave me my first feels, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Scar, too.
Also, Anna firmly believes that Nala is the best Disney female to date.
5. The Land Before Time
Another Bluth film, and another nostalgia pick.
Anna was obsessed with The Land Before Time.
My parents still jokingly refer to it as the jurassic period. I stomped around our property obstinately referring to sweetgums as “tree stars.” I wanted to be a Sharp Tooth so desperately that I bit a kid once at church.
I got in a lot of trouble for that one.
4. Robin Hood
This is kind of an obscure choice, really. Disney was going through a rough patch at the time - budget problems and such - so a lot of the animations are recycled from older films. But, the characters - again - are excellent, and the music has always stuck with me.
This is another one that my folks make a lot of references to, also.
Golly, what a day!
3. My Neighbor Totoro
I was drunk as a skunk the first time I saw this.
It was in undergrad, when I was living with some yogi English majors (seriously the high point of my life, guys). I couldn’t really follow the story - there’s not a fuckton of story to follow here, anyway - but, again, it was the characters that pulled me in.
They were so real.
It was the scene toward the beginning when Satsuki and Mei are cleaning the house that got me. They’re scrubbing the floors, running back and forth as fast as they can, sort of push/sliding the rag in front of them.
I remember being drunk off my ass and thinking, “Hey, I did that when I was a kid.”
And then came Totoro.
So began Anna’s love for Studio Ghibli, and for Miyazaki.
2. The Secret of NIMH
Just a damn good film, if you ask me, and totally underrated. I have my nitpicks, but for all that, it’s still high on the list.
I highly recommend the book, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. It’s even better.
Genetically modified rats, y’all.
What’s not to love?
1. Princess Mononoke
I cannot sing the praises of this film near enough.
It’s beautiful. It’s heartbreaking. The score is excellent. The characters are extremely believable. The message bites hard without being preachy.
The animation, guys.
Oh man, oh man, the animation.
I’ve never seen anything as gorgeous as the nightwalker scenes. Fuck me, dude.
People praise Spirited Away (which only narrowly missed this list), but guys, truly, Princess Mononoke is Miyazaki’s magnum opus.
If you have not seen this film, please, please, make time over the weekend for it.
I promise, you will not regret it.
2016′s Noteworthy Films
- Star Trek Beyond
- The Witch
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
2016 wasn’t really a stellar year for film, in my opinion, but I’ll freely admit, I haven’t spent the time I usually do watching movies. Residency’s got me snowed under. I can tell you that I did not like Finding Dory, Doctor Strange, The Boy, Ben-Hur, Wardogs, The Legend of Tarzan, or The Jungle Book.
Whew, okay. Enough about me, Nonie. Your turn.
Reblog, guys, and tell me what I missed, or what you hate!
I love to overanalyze films!