VIDEO: Animated Heroine’s Top 25 Animated Films (#20 to #16)

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The Animated Heroine continues her countdown of her favorite animated films, with the next five movies on her list, including two entries from Studio Ghibli, an Oscar nominee, and more!
Watch #25 to #21 here!

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  • Muthsarah

    20. Possibly my #1. Still, I wouldn’t call it a gigglefest; it’s sweet, but not exactly a comedy. Just an imaginative, but….umm….unextreme fantasy movie. It wants to draw you into a world so…you can…be there, I guess. Great escapism. Beautiful visuals, wonderful score. Sweet, but never saccharine. And timeless! Timeless too. Also, it’s the only Japanese movie I’ve ever seen dubbed that didn’t make me squirm; the old dub, not the one with the Fannings. The only one. It is, therefore, exceptionally good. I gotta see it in the original language one of these days. (P.S. Infamous means bad.)

    19. …Speaking of infamy, I guess, uhh…yeah. The ending. It’s where it all falls apart, yeah, just getting more baffling as it goes. But the first half, soaking in the visuals….wow. A lesser Ghibli, yes, but that’s like a lesser Monet. Actually, that’s a crap comparison. Howl’s is one of their best-looking films, kinda a merger of the visuals of Kiki and Spirited Away, the best parts. It’s…heaven. I was aching as I watched. But once the aesthetics have done their thing….the story just….doesn’t work. Doesn’t finish. And there was plenty of potential for wrapping it up nicely, there was nothing wrong with the buildup. I liked how understated and mysterious a lot of the characters still were, how it felt like it was going somewhere deep and taking its time getting there. I just don’t know why Howl’s explanation was so…vague and shallow, yet long. And just what the hell was going on with the scarecrow?! Feels like they were cramming in stuff from the book (which I haven’t read) what there wasn’t room for. In the final 5 minutes, of all places! What a downer ending.

    18. How did your software not spin at the aesthetic shift from Howl’s to Triplets? One of the most gorgeous films ever to….Triplets. Now, I enjoyed Triplets, but…I struggled a bit with it. Because of the visuals. Because I’m a whore. An aesthetic whore. I loves the pretty, and will forgive a lot for a good-looking movie (see also: Howl’s). I liked the originality of it, though. But…so not my thing. It WANTS to disturb the viewer with these awkward shots and bizarre illustrations. And not just in scenes meant to invoke unease; all the time. Just to be different, I guess. Definitely an animated film for animation lovers. Hardcore. For sepia-tinged, mostly-silent French animated feature films of the last decade, I’ll take The Illusionist. You seen?

    17. Got little to say. Nimh’s rep should speak for itself. THE seminal film for contemporary Western animation. I don’t know where we’d be without it.

    16. Yes! Five-for-five! This visuals whore approves! Definitely my kind of different. I love how it completely ignores almost every standard of how animated films – especially ones fit for children – are typically made. It’s Pre-Raphaelite animation. I never thought about Samurai Jack, though, prolly because I never watched it. From what I’ve seen, however, Kells’ style is a lot more complex. And just better-looking. It’s a bit shallow, yeah, but with style like this, who cares?

    BTW: Netflix has Secret of Kells for Instant Queue. If you A) are reading this, B) haven’t seen Secret of Kells, and C) have Netflix, congratulations, please claim your prize!

    • TheAnimatedHeroine

      20. Whoops, need to be more careful with my wording. I wouldn’t call it funny, so much as cute as hell. Although I think it definitely has a lot of the quiet humor that Studio Ghibli films tend to have.
      19. Yeah, it’s a bit of a mess, but damn what a creative set up. It’s only a shame it wasn’t handled a little better.

      18. I have…and it may or may not be on this list (looks around suspiciously) Given that they were made from the same guy, I get the impression that the visuals are meant to compliment the story. The Illusionist is much more down to earth ( still a bit outlandish at parts) but it’s meant to be more emotional and has a definite message to get across, so the more subdued animation is necessary, whereas Triplets is just completely absurd. It’s more of a comedy…a black comedy, but still a comedy, whereas The Illusionist is more of a drama. I like both styles, but I’ll admit the Illusionist is easier on the eyes. I just love the sketchy quality of both though. I’ve always been a sucker for concept art, and a whole film that looks like concept art is heaven for me.

      16. I probably didn’t use the best clips from Samurai Jack. The only one I had on hand was from The Tale of X9, great episode and quite cinematic, but it’s not great in showing the stylized quality of the show. I’ve been a big Samurai Jack fan for a while, so when I saw the Secret of Kells for the first time I immediately thought of it and was not surprised to read that it had some hand in inspiring the art for the movie…particularly with the character design. Also, the film at times uses the same method as the show of segmenting off certain scenes in a style similar to comic book panels. Kells definitely has a bit higher of a budget and there are a lot of small intricate details as well as an obvious use of watercolors…Samurai Jack never had that. Kells is a great argument for traditional animation. This was probably way cheaper then CG, and it leaves way more of an impression.

  • Cristiona

    Have to admit, I’d never even heard of Kells, but it looks mesmerizing.

    • TheAnimatedHeroine

      It is. It will hypnotize you OO

  • JD

    I may need to see some of these, Kells looks very good.

    • TheAnimatedHeroine

      Kells is very good 🙂

  • danbreunig

    Can’t speak too in depth here, but here goes my mini comment list:

    20–More than anything reminds me of how I went on a huge Moomins kick at the start of the year, because of the emphasis on kid characters just being kids and that the title character reminds me of the Groke.

    19–Haven’t seen it or read it, except for a review back when it came out. Based on that I’m told that the movie’s resolution doesn’t involve the main character returning to her young self, but instead staying old and accepting and embracing her new self. Some kind of moral there.

    18–My favorite in this batch. Loaded with Post-Impressionist imagery, a story (nearly) completely shown through visuals only, a throwback to old classic Disney in style and flow, a completely fresh tale that I really cannot remember seeing elsewhere, and former jazz stars turned little old ladies who take on a French Mob and succeed through their own ass-kickery. (Yay, grannies with homemade explosives!)

    17–I never saw this all the way through (only one exposure to it when I was little), and I was too young and impressionable then to think “oh yeah, this is so Don Bluth”. Just that it was really dark and intense for the usual cute anthropomorphic animal movies I saw around the same time and…just not getting it. Years later I read one chapter of the book in class, and that made sense on its own, but then left me thinking “how do research mice have anything to do with sorcery and mysticism?” Not in those words, but that’s the feeling from all that confusion.

    16–Never saw Samurai Jack to compare this to, but it seems like a decent stand-alone. That’s all I got.

  • Cristiona

    Films distributed by Troma:

    Beware! Children at Play
    Blood Junkie
    Blood Sucking Freaks
    […]
    My Neighbor Totoro (English dub)

    One of these is not like the other~

  • “Howl’s Moving Castle”: that ending you covered mostly killed it for me, especially with the line, “I’m that missing prince everyone has been looking for.”