VIDEO: Animated Heroine’s Top 25 Animated Films (#5 to #1)

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The Animated Heroine finally finishes her countdown! After six long months, get ready to find out what her all-time favorite animated movies are, and if you missed the previous videos in the series, here are #25 to #21, #20 to #16, #15 to #11, and #10 to #6!

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  • Muthsarah

    ‘BOUT TIME! So excited to finally see this! Been forever! Cute outfit!

    5. I think the medium was better off before the Best Animated category – before it got ghettoized. Feels like every year, they just hand out a consolation prize in lieu of actually treating them like serious contenders. And wow, do I still love that opening scene music. The movie itself…mid-range Disney. Love the actual scenes with the title characters, but the furniture always got too goofy in the second half; that last fight scene is so Looney Tunes, it both distracts and detracts from the far more interesting resolution of the Belle-Beast-Gaston love-wishbone-thing. ‘Cuz it’s not a triangle. Nobody loves Gaston. What a dick. The first two-thirds of the movie are frequently magnificent, but it ultimately feel unbalanced, not helped by the super-happy ending contrasting with the dark, gothic (old-school gothic!) tone of the first half.

    4. Wonder if there’s a pattern here. Another movie with a great first two acts, that gets very, very slapsticky in the end. And these two old guys being set up (with many jokes) as frail, then suddenly doing John McClane stuff…suspends disbelief. Which…so do the dogs, but…well, what once felt grounded no longer….beh. But, hey, still a really good film, partly because it has one of the best premises for a film ever, for whatever that’s worth. I can forgive a film for being a bit flawed if it’s trying to do something this out-there. When it hits, it hits hard, both the happy and sad bits.

    3. Ah, nice to see you making room for an opera. This is probably the biggest-FEELING animated movie I can think of. It does everything big, and it feels three hours long (in a good way). Everything’s so grand, the big action scenes with the swelling score feel like Miyazaki was smashing Kurosawa and Wagner together, with plenty of room left for…stuff I’ve probably never even heard of. There’s just so…much…stuff in this film. It’s all BIG and HEAVY! But pretty.

    2. Yeah…not one of my favorites. It’s a quality production as far as the visuals go, obviously, but it still feels so formulaic, I couldn’t get too deeply into it. Stock characters, the theme about the little guy nobody believes in, chasing his dream, fluuuuuuuhhhhh….It’s on the restrained side of silly, but it just didn’t click with me.

    1. Nice to see this at the top. I know it and Mononoke get all the love, prolly because they feel more cinematic than the earlier Miyazakis I prefer (Totoro and Kiki), but while Mononoke can be exhausting (opera ain’t for daily viewing), this movie is just twisted and bizarre in a Baroque way that doesn’t get old. Comparisons have been drawn with Alice in Wonderland since it came out, but I think it’s both an apt comparison and a helpful one. You can enjoy either story on a literal level, or see everything as a parabel or something. Whatever you’re in the mood for. It’s been several years since I’ve seen it, I supposed after this, I’m due.

    Thanks for the list. It felt like your own (with some odd inclusions and sad omissions, as there must be), but overall, there should be enough for anyone to love. I’m just curious about one thing in particular – where are the comedies? 25 films, and few of them LEAD with comedy, even if most of them have some to varying degrees. No Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Shrek, Emperor’s New Groove (not one of my favorites, but apparently quite popular). Monsters Inc was probably the most “comic” movie on your list. Do you prefer your comedy in small, measured doses only?

    • E.Buzz Miller

      In fairness even when they were eligible for Best Picture nominations a whopping total of one nomination ever, so in that sense it makes sense and I’m sort of glad they’d reward animated fare at all, as opposed to ignoring.
      I mean if voters are like this ass of an Oscar voter who regards animated films as for no one over the age of 6. it just doesn’t feels like there’s yet still a divide between live action and animated in terms of perceived maturity.

      I agree they should be considered, and especially now they have no excuse given the expanded number of nominees, but they’re just really resistant and they kind of forced the ghettoization of animated features by ignoring they exist pretty much.

      I’m not as high on UP either to be honest, it’s definitely in the top tier of Pixar, but it does have some real flaws, mainly the middle dragging a bit for me, and the aforementioned plotholes, though I also feel that way about WALL-E once he leaves Earth, but I’m in the minority there I always find.

  • $36060516

    Entertaining video charmingly presented.

    Here are a couple animated movies you didn’t mention that you might want to check out if you haven’t already seen them: “When the Wind Blows” (about an old British married couple coping with nuclear war) and “Mary and Max,” about an Australian girl outcast corresponding with and befriending an autistic American shut-in. I haven’t seen these other two myself, but I also need to watch the highly regarded “Watership Down” and “The Plague Dogs” (two bleak animated films adapted from novels by Richard Adams from the perspective of animals trying to survive in the wilderness) as well. All of these are kind of downer stories, so if you don’t want to get sad, maybe avoid them, though they’re emotionally powerful if you can stand it!

    • E.Buzz Miller

      Watership Down is really, REALLY brutal and harrowing. Just be prepared going in for some really strong emotional draining viewing. I haven’t seen Plague Dogs yet, but I hear it’s even worse, so yikes.

      As long as we’re recommending, if A.H hasn’t seen The Point (featuring music by Harry Nilsson) I’d definitely check it out just for the uniqueness.
      Simple story,but the unique animation and great songs completely make that a non-issue for me.
      Plus it’s the sort of message all kids should learn growing up.

  • E.Buzz Miller

    I just want to say I’ve really enjoyed this countdown, and even got into some films I’d overlooked or simply never knew existed (like Kells and The Illusionist).
    You’re really insightful, passionate and also fair.

  • JamSanJose

    Great list although I’ve only seen 18 of them. The Secret of Nimh is the best, but that might just be nostalgia talking, because I saw that movie in the theater when I was 11. I’m sorry but The Secret of Kells was super boring.

  • JD

    I really need to see Spirited away.

    • Guest

      Yes. Yes you do.

      Great animation
      Outstanding score
      Original concept
      Dazzling setpieces
      Youthful, as in it makes you feel again
      Endlessly inventive

      Crafted immaculately
      Relentlessly intriguing
      Astonishing exceution
      World building on a staggering scale
      Life affirming
      Refreshing for the eyes.

  • I never really felt that much passion for #1. I understand the appeal, and I like the movie, but I see it as just a good movie. (I never really had much interest in what could be considered its western counterpart, “Alice in Wonderland” or “Coraline” either, though again, I see the appeal of going on an adventure in a world with strange rules and creatures and a powerful and malignant queen/witch/matron like figure).

    Then again most people don’t have the same level of attraction to Superheroes that I do, as “The Incredibles” would be my #1.