Wednesday, September 9, 2009

EW's Best Animated Movies Ever

Entertainment Weekly has posted a revised version of their top 20 Best Animated Movies Ever (in typical pain-in-the-ass, multi-page fashion), and I have it for you here.

20. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
19. Waltz with Bashir (2008)
18. Pinocchio (1940)
17. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
16. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
15. The Iron Giant (1999)
14. Akira (1988)
13. Chicken Run (2000)
12. The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
11. Dumbo (1941)
10. Coraline (2009)
9. Bambi (1942)
8. Toy Story 2 (1999)
7. The Incredibles (2004)
6. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
5. Persepolis (2007)
4. The Lion King (1994)
3. Up (2009)
2. Spirited Away (2002)
1. WALL-E (2008)

I have mixed feelings here. I'm pleased with the mix of old and new, stop-motion, hand-drawn and CG. Thank goodness they had the good sense to leave off Shrek, the most overrated piece of crap to win an Oscar in the past ten years, and amen to the inclusion of Persepolis, the charming and original gem from 2007.

But on the other hand, how could not one, but three landmark animated films be missing? No Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first ever feature-length animated film? No Nightmare Before Christmas, Henry Selick's hauntingly fun collaboration with Tim Burton? No Toy Story, Pixar's mind-blowing, perfect debut that changed the landscape of the medium forever? What on earth?

Up is just as brilliant as the rest of the features in the Pixar cannon, but I don't think it's better than The Lion King, which would have been my pick for #1. WALL-E isn't an offensive choice, though. It was my favorite of last year.

I'll be tackling all the films on this list (the few that I don't already know by heart) as soon as I'm done tearing through acclaimed British flicks. Until then, are there any not here that should be? What would you have picked for #1?


Ellen said...

Where is Finding Nemo?!?!?!

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