Hey, all! Sorry I've been MIA! Came here quick to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all and your loved ones, just in case, happy new year as well! Thought I'd share my most fave animated films ever with you guys!
Christmas is somehow a time that makes you watch animated movies, be it with family or friends, or heck, just by yourself, something about the yule time that makes you watch animated films! And I just thought I'd share my top 10 fave. Why? 'Cause that's how I roll!!!
10- The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)
Oh, my Lord, how I BUGGED my parents to rent this movie all the time as a kid! The songs just stuck on my head for days on end. Adventures all over the world. The villains in the movie smoked and drank alcohol and were snobby rich a-holes. How I LOVED this movie! I saw this movie a few years ago, and, yeah, it hasn't aged that well. But still, it's a nice trip back to being a little kid in New York!
9- An American Tail (1986)
I really loved this one. But even as a little kid, I always felt this was such a sad movie lol It was "emo" before the "emo" generation was even born (as are most Don Bluth films, come to think of it). It was always agonizing watching Fievel always be juuust this close to finding his parents, it was actually a bit unnerving lol And when the most up-tempo song is about how cats killed families and loved ones...yeah, definitely a Don Bluth film! For some reason, at the school I went to in New York they always gave this movie a bunch of times during the school year (and Princess Bride also), so I watched this movie a lot growing up...even if I didn't want to XD
8- Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Ok...forget Micheal Bay...to HELL with Micheal Bay! Bay urinated all over the Transformers like Bumble Bee urinated over John Turturro!!!! THIS is the real deal! Forget Linkin Park (who I have nothing against), Chris Brown (boooo, HISSSS!) or Black Eyed Peas (meh), this movie had THE TOUCH!!!!!! It also emotionally scarred a generation when Optimus went to the big gas station in the sky! And also had the first swear word I ever heard in an animated film ("holy sh..!"). Word has it Duke in the GI Joe counterpart originally was going to die also, but the fan reaction (mostly negative) that came from the Prime death they decided to change the ending to the GI Joe animated movie. One thing that always pissed me off....was not that Optimus died...Star Scream died! After he finally became leader of the decepticons and stiffed it to Megatron!!!! I was more shocked by that than Optimus. Still love this cheesy movie to pieces! I despise Micheal Bay films with a PASSION.
7- Spirited Away (2002)
If there's one movie that as an adult made me feel like a little kid again, it was hands down Spirited Away. A gorgeous movie. From the characters to the animation to the story. Even the american voice acting cast did a great job on this movie. Hayao Miyazaki is a true master in this artform, he's basically the modern day Walt Disney to an extent. Hideaki Anno, another HUGE favorite of mine, got his start with Miyazaki in Nausicaa, Valley Of The Wind. How cool is THAT!? Even my mother loved Spirited Away, and she doesn't like "cartoons" very much (actually, she also loved Kiki's Delivery Service). A film I'd recommend to anybody in a heartbeat!
6- Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)
Perhaps one of the most underrated Batman films ever, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm! This movie was dark, gothic, moody, just like the first two Batman live action flicks and the animated series. It was a great tragic love story. It was a dissapointment at the box office, not to mention it came out the same year as Lion King and Nightmare Before Christmas, so it kind of got lost in the shuffle.But this was truely a spectacular movie, my suggestion is forget the Joel Shumacher flicks and stick to Burton, this animated film, and Christopher Nolan for some good bat-action!
5- Rebuild Of Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance (2009)
Holy. Crap. Just when you think nothing can be done to make Neon Genesis Evangalion relevant again after the hey days of the 90s, comes the Rebuild tetralogy. And the second installment blows. My. Mind. This is mech perfection. This is pretty much Hideaki Anno's original vision if he had the budget and technology available during the original series. Also with tweaks made along the way. This is the ultimate Eva series. The animation is fluid, the colors are gorgeous, the characters are more likeable and better developed. This quite simply was an amazing reboot/adaptation of the franchise. Coming in the fall of 2012 (supposedly) the final 2 installments are coming out, and the 4th and final film is alledgedly the original ending Anno didn't make after fans of the series got all pissy and sent death threats to Anno after the series finale aired, resulting in the infamous Evangelion: Death and Rebirth and End Of Evangelion (which I LOVE despite it all). In the meantime, Rebuild 1 was all right, and sticks pretty closely to the first 6 or so episodes of the series. But 2.0....is an entirely different beast all together introducing the new character (Mari) and new elements into the story. Hopefully, this is just the tip of the iceberg.....
4- The Lion King (1993)
What can be said about Lion King that has not been said before? It's basically a mash-up of Hamlett with Imperial King Kimba. Shakespear, mixed with a creation from the God of anime, done by Disney at it's peak? Cha-CHING!!!! I loved this movie so much growing up. Even though now as an adult, it has kinda worn off on me I must admit. And Scar started off so bad ass and he ended up being a bit of a let down in the end admittedly. But still, it was a great movie, one of those timeless classics!
3- The Secret Of NIHM (1982)
I was too young to remember this film. But recently, I actually bought the DVD. And it is hands down one of my favorite movies. EVER. The first full length movie Don Bluth made after he left Disney (he had previously made a short basically to test the waters before this) and this movie, along with An American Tail and Land Before Time actually made Bluth topple Disney in the early-mid 80s in dominance in animation. And of course forced Disney to bring it's A-Game again with The Little Mermaid. The Secret Of NIHM is an oustanding adventure movie. And suprisingly dark for a childrens movie, too. There are murder plots, sword fights to the death, violent deaths, this movie has everything!!!! Beautifully animated, compelling story, to me, the best of Don Bluth's career. And a movie I'd say to you to sit with your family with some hot cocoa, maybe some smores, gather around the TV, and just enjoy a magical experience in this tale of a mother that would go through great lengths to save the life of her child!
2- Disney's Tarzan (1999)
If there was a Disney flick this high up, probably not the one you were expecting, huh? Yep, it's Disney's Tarzan! It has the typical gorgeous Disney animation and what not. It actually has a pretty dark beginning, too, with the death of the baby gorilla eaten by that cheetah and apparently, was the same cheetah that also killed Tarzan's parents as well. I loved the character designs in this movie (especially Jane), and has one of the coolest Disney villain deaths ever, but only because how ridiculous it was! The songs were...all right I guess. But I guess what I loved about the film the most was, well, the movie was basically about finding uyour place in the world and I was in a place in my life where I was struggling to find a place in the world, too, so I guess I kind of identify with the movie in that weird sense. And I just love when Tarzan has his Ariel moment when he's curious about a world he never knew existed lol If there's one song I can say I liked about the movie, was "Strangers Like Me". Probably not the most popular of Disney films, but to me, it's my all time fave Disney film! If I had one wish, it would be an animated film of my own "Warlord" done by this animation team.
1- Rurouni Kenshin: Trust And Betrayal (1999)
Not just my favorite animated movie, one of my favorite movies period! This is anime perfection to me. This, is a timeless classic to me. Technically, it was not originally a movie, it was a 4 part OVA that was released direct to video, but got SO popular it was editted into a director's cut movie. In the states it's more known as "Samurai X", and THIS is just kick-ass! This was a prequel to the animated series of Rurouni kenshin, which came years after the series was cancelled due to poor ratings for it's final season which was basically an ENTIRE season of filler episodes made until the manga finished the "Jinchu" story arch, the final story in the manga.
The ironic thing is, what people loved so much about this movie was that it was so much more serious than the series, and so much darker and mature, and the people that don't like it don't like it for that reason. And the thing is, this story was actually an incredibly faithful interpretation of the earliest acts in the "Jinchu" storyline in the manga. Only that in the manga, the story is told in the form of a flashback as Kenshin narrates the story to everyboy at Kaoru's dojo, while in the movie it's seen as it's happening. The animation is one of the most beautiful animations I have ever seen, the fight scenes are AMAZING. And the quiet subtle scenes are beautifully done as well. This is a classic tragic love story about love, hate, loyalty, redemption, this is just to me, a plain and simple masterpiece.Even non-anime fans who have seen this movie with me has LOVED it. And to this day, it's the only movie that makes me cry every. Single. Time. When it gets to a certain scene. So, if you're not squimish about blood, even if it is animated, there is a TON of blood in this movie, especially in the first act, you have to check it out!
There it is, I hope you enjoyed it and feel free to share your memories of your favorite animated movies, see you next time!
~Alvaro "Lance Danger" Cortes Ortiz Jr