Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Favorite Animated Films of the Decade (So Far)

Back in 2010 or so, I made a list of my all-time favorite animated films. Since then, some 40 more major animated features have come out. I haven’t seen 10 of those, amongst which are a few I really do want to see. (Winnie the Pooh, Le Magasin des Suicides, Epic, etc.) However, here are the top 15 ranked animated films of the decade so far:

15. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” (2013) 
Not as great as I had hoped it would be, but entertaining none-the-less.

14. “Paranorman” (2012) 
Sort of messed-up, but kids stories lack a certain grimness these days.  more

13. “Despicable Me 2” (2013) 
I think the music pushed this sequel into greatness territory for me.

12. “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011) 
Better than the original, especially in message.  more

11. “The Croods” (2013) 
I really liked this story, it far exceeded my expectations.

10. “Brave” (2012) 
Not the weakest Pixar, but considering their output a little bit run-of-the-mill. more

9. “Pirates! The Band of Misfits” (2012) 
I love Aardman’s sensibilities. more

8. “Monsters University” (2013) 
Good film, but my affection for the original elevates it for sure. more

7. “Frozen” (2013) 
Pixar’s craft and heart finally impacting Disney. more

6. “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012) 
Surprising depth and even spiritual messages are to be found here. more

5. “The Secret World of Arrietty” (2010) 
Beautiful. more

4. “Frankenweenie” (2012) 
More of a personal guilty pleasure, but a great film as well.  more

3. “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010) 
One of the more amazing visual films of the 3D era, and even better, it works without it.

2. “Rango” (2011) 
I seem to like this film more than most. more

1. “Toy Story 3” (2010) 
I have only seen this one once as it is a hard emotional endeavor, but it is wonderful. more

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