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Top 10 Animated Films

August 21, 2011

Warning: the following list has the potential to cause some heavy debate.

 

I think the greatest aspect of the animation realm is that it is possibly the closest thing to re-creating our imagination than anything else. The best part about a good animation is that it pulls it off in a way that seems so realistic, even when we know what we’re seeing isn’t real.

The beauty of animation is that it’s not limited to one genre and it reaches across all types of demographics, which is the reason I’ve given this post a warning disclaimer at the top. So many people watch animations; they’re all so different, and therefore people are going to have greatly varying opinions on which animations are the best.

I encourage this debate.

 

 

10. Howl’s Moving Castle

If you’ve heard of Hayao Miyazaki, and have watched any of his films, then you are most likely a fan. Howl’s Moving Castle is a brilliantly made hand-drawn animation that captures the fact that animated films are not limited to the country and language they are made in. The version of this film I watched had been dubbed in English, and the film is magnificent. I really do recommend watching this man’s films if you get the chance.


9. Shrek

DreamWorks did a great thing when they made Shrek. They used perhaps almost every classic fairytale character and brought them all together in this fairytale animation. Shrek is great for kids, and perhaps even better for adults. Its humour connects with all ages, and I believe this a sign of great writing. The producers showed audiences they weren’t a one trick pony with the sequel Shrek 2, which proved to be almost, if not as good as the first. They probably should have left it there, as Shrek the Third left viewers bitterly disappointed compared to the success of the first two. The fourth and final in the series was a good bookend to the series, but nothing could compare to the brilliance of the first 2 films in the Shrek series.

 

8. The Incredibles

Pixar got onto a pretty incredible roll with the animated films they produced, and The Incredibles was part of that roll. Pixar did everything right in this movie, as they do in most, if not all of their animations. The character’s were hilarious, the style of animation suited the film’s themes brilliantly, and they did a fantastic job with a concept that is seen a fair bit, and therefore has the potential to bomb. Well played Pixar.

 

7. Tarzan

I recently saw this film on T.V. again and it occurred to me how great a movie it is. It has great characters, an awesome soundtrack by Phil Collins and a very touching story. This film may very well be the last of the classic traditionally animated Disney films.

 

6. Monster’s Inc

Monster’s Inc is another one of those brilliantly crafted Pixar animations. It’s wonderfully paced, has some huge laughs all throughout as well as a very moving finale. In case you didn’t know, there’s currently a sequel in production for release in 2013. As a result of the brilliance of Monster’s Inc, I will definitely be the first in line to watch this film at the cinema.

 

5. Finding Nemo

I cannot remember how many times I watched Finding Nemo when it was released. Sure, I was still young, but when you’re in 6th Grade you can still determine what’s a good film, and what isn’t – and Finding Nemo was, and still is one of the greatest animations. It definitely didn’t hurt that one of the film’s main locations was none other than Sydney, Australia, but it could’ve been Antarctica and it would still come in at no less than number 5 on my top 10 animations list.

 

4. The Lion King

Disney became known for producing classic animations with musical numbers in them, and The Lion King is nothing short of being one of these classics. It really is so tough trying to sum up why I think one of my childhood classics is so good, because there’s never just one reason why. Perhaps the standout feature of this film is the opening sequence, which I believe is one of the greatest opening sequences of all animated films – and there are some darn good ones out there. When a film can claim the title of ‘the greatest opening sequence,’ you know you’re in for an awesome film.

 

3. Aladdin

Robin William’s is the master of comedy, and he truly shines in this outstanding Disney Animation, Aladdin. Have you ever wondered why animated films now feature well-known actor’s voicing characters? Well, it all began with Robin Williams. Williams’ Genie character is just one of the many brilliant aspects of Aladdin – of which there are too many to list right here, but trust me, this is an exceptional film.

 

2. Beauty and the Beast

Who can beat the idea of human’s being transformed into different objects in a castle? This film is a wonderful underdog tale, and a film that can make a character as horrid and mean as the beast so likeable by the end is genius. There are so many wonderful aspects of this film, such as the depth and diversity in the many characters, the spectacular scenery or the fantastic musical numbers. What ever it might be, this film is of the highest quality.

 

1. Toy Story 1, 2 and 3

It is impossible to separate Toy Story 1, 2 and 3 from each other on this list. They are all as good as the other, and the fact that there are 3 of them makes life even better. Without the Toy Story films, my childhood, and even my adulthood (with the release of Toy Story 3), would not be the same, just a little worse – and that’s saying a lot. They are films full of huge laughs; great passion, brilliant story lines and perhaps the greatest aspect of all are the fantastic characters. These films (or at least the first 2) had me convinced that my toys were alive, and it made me super concerned about their safety and wellbeing. It takes a tremendous film to achieve a feat like that.




Let me assure you that this has been an outrageously hard list to conjure up, perhaps the hardest one to date. Do you agree or disagree with the films I’ve included in my list? Have your say in the comments’ section below.

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Top 10 Comedies by Sam

August 6, 2010

Let me tell you, this has been one of the more difficult lists to conjure up. I am a big fan of a good comedy, and there have been many great comedies over the course of the last 20 years, hence the difficulty in creating the list. I expanded the list to 10, which was still an arduous task, but nonetheless, here it is, the top 10 comedies of all time.

10. Wedding Crashers (2005)

Directed by David Dobkin

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson proved in the film to be one of the greatest comedy duos of the last decade. The humour they provided in this film was of such a high standard, and had me laughing my head off at almost every scene. A great comedy, and a well deserved place on this list.








9. Hot Rod (2007)

Directed by Akiva Schaffer

One of the most “laugh out loud” movie experiences I have ever encountered. I watched this film at my home with a large group of guys, and without a doubt, every single one of us were in tears at some point laughing at this film. You can imagine, then, why I’ve added it to the list.








8. Big Daddy (1999)

Directed by Dennis Dugan

Big Daddy is a classic Adam Sandler film, and undoubtedly is his greatest comedy so far. It has a great script, and a great performance by Sandler, and is one of those iconic comedies of the 90’s. Well, in my mind anyway.










7. Dodgeball (2004)

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber

Another one of those “laugh out loud” type comedies. Vaughn once again delivers some good stuff as the hero of the film, but the real highlight of this film goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. Ben Stiller portrays such a funny character in this film, and gives audiences good reason why his films perform so well at the box-office – he’s a funny guy.






6. Zoolander (2001)

Directed by Ben Stiller

Once again, Stiller hits the list, and with the well deserved Zoolander. Written and directed by the man himself, Ben Stiller delivered a great comedic film, and really began the trend of outrageous, stupid humour in modern films. I will be honest and say that it took me multiple viewings of Zoolander to actually realise the greatness that it was – but nonetheless, here be Zoolander sitting comfortably at number 5.





5. The School of Rock (2003)

Directed by Richard Linklater

You either love Jack Black, or you dislike Jack Black – and I love the bloke. When I first watched The School of Rock, I was aware of Black, and I knew he had done some films prior, but I don’t think I had fully realised his capability. This film was where our relationship really began to flourish, and I understood the greatness of his humour. The School of Rock is a well-written comedy, and an excellent performance by Black and his peers.




4. Anchorman (2004)

Directed by Adam McKay

What is there to be said about Anchorman? ‘Silly’ humour at its finest provided by the man himself, Will Ferrell, with one of the funniest performances of his career. Also, a great supporting cast with the likes of Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell and Christina Applegate who all add a great comedic element to the film. Laughs all round.







3. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Directed by Peter Farrelly

Another one of those ‘laugh out loud’ films in which I literally cried laughing in an uncountable amount of scenes. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were superb as the leading comedy duo in this film, and their performances were timed brilliantly. A brilliant comedy, and a well deserved number 3 on the list.









2. The Hangover (2009)

Directed by Todd Phillips

The Hangover is a brilliant comedy of all aspects. It has an excellent story line, great performances, and holds a high standard in the humour it uses. I was overwhelmingly impressed by the high quality of The Hangover, and was repeatedly laughing out aloud in the cinema. This film is definitely deserving of its position in 2nd place.







1. Groundhog Day (1993)

Directed by Harold Ramis

Without a doubt, Groundhog Day is my all-time favourite comedy. Bill Murray is in his prime here, and his comedic timing is perfect. The concept of a man living the same day over and over is excellent, and it provides for some great laughs all over the place. This film never fails to entertain me no matter how many times I watch it. Harold Ramis hit the high point of his directing career with Groundhog Day, putting it at number one position on my list.







I can feel you wanting to let me in on some of the comedies you think should’ve made it to the list. I know that I didn’t add some of you all time favourites, so lash out in the comments below.