What about Mary and Max?? It’s great animated movie…
1. Waltz with Bashir
2. Grave of the Fireflies
3. Triplets of Belleville
6. Spirited Away
7. Howl’s Moving Castle
Nightmare Before Christmas
The Iron Giant
Wall-E NOT (maybe the first half, the rest looked like an old Jetsons episode)
GHOST IN THE SHELL 1&2
howl’s moving Castle
My neighbor Totoro
not really in any particular order
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Spirited Away
- Princess Mononoke
- Triplets of Belleville
- Nightmare Before Christmas
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Fox and the Hound
- Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (I recently re-watched it, and it was still scary haha)
- The Three Caballeros
- Finding Nemo
- The Sword in the Stone
- Hedgehog in the Fog
- La Maison en Petits Cubes
- Danish Poet
- Duck Amuck (Looney Tunes)
- Kid Story + World Record (from The Animatrix)
- Disney’s Silly Symphonies. xD
ghost in the shell
grave of fireflies
mary and max
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Might as well Rename this topic TOP 10 MIYAZAKI FILMS, nothing else can even compare. FACT!!
1. My Neighbor Totoro
2. Spirited Away
3. Howl’s Moving Castle
4. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
5. Porco Rosso
7. Kiki’s Delivery Service
8. Princess Mononoke
9. Laputa: Castle in the Sky
10. Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0
Pixar = A Fail, watered down MAINSTREAM version of Miyazaki. They are obviously better than all the other MINDLESS CGI being made out there, but in the context of ALL TIME…. they are decent at BEST.
They REALLY need to take a f*cking risk with one of their films, cut the comedy and cut the family crap, c’mon they’ve made blockbuster after blockbuster and they always have their little dark and “edgy” openings… quit f*cking around teasing and commit to that, don’t just keep making the same “OK” film over, and over, and over.
I Agree With Axel
1. Origin: Spirits of the Past
2. Toy Story
3. Princess Mononoke
5. Ghost in the Shell
7. The Incredibles
8. Spirited Away
2. Grave of the Fireflies
3. The Lion King
4. Charlotte’s Web
5. Alice in Wonderland
Axel, have you seen WALL-E? I found it to be dark and quite different from the light, fluffy movies they made their name with (which, in my opinion, are great too).
My top 100 animated movies:
1. Akira. (My all time favorite movie since i was 14 back in 1994 when i read an article on anime in Newsweek and i got hooked into the genre since)
2. Ghost in The Shell.
3. Grave of the Fireflies.
4. Princess Mononoke.
5. Spirited Away.
6. My Neighbor Totoro.
7. Fist of the North Star.
8. Toy Story 2.
9. Pink Floyd the Wall.
13. The Iron Giant.
14. The Professional: Golgo 13. (Loved this since high school in the 90’s)
15. Watership Down.
16. American Pop. (Bakshi’s finest movie)
17. South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut.
18. Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
19. The Incredibles.
20. Nausicca: Valley of the Winds.
22. Kung Fu Panda.
23. Toy Story.
25. Beauty and The Beast.
26. Ninja Scroll.
28. Kiki’s Delivery Service.
29. Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust.
30. The Princess and The Frog.
31. The Nightmare Before Christmas.
33. Castle in The Sky.
34. Wicked City.
35. Heavy Traffic.
36. Metropolis (2001).
38. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
39. Shrek 2.
40. Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
42. Heavy Metal.
43. Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend. (You have to see this mindblowing horror fantasy erotic anime to believe it, it will blow your mind and perhaps make you sick)
45. Monsters Inc.
46. Fritz The Cat.
47. Over The Hedge.
48. Hey Good Lookin’. (Rare obscure cult animated feature from Ralph Bakshi from 1982, always loved this one)
49. Fire and Ice.
50. Rock and Rule. (Loved it since i was 13 in 1993 when it aired on TBS and had it taped)
51. The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
52. Howl’s Moving Castle.
53. Ice Age.
54. Waking Life.
55. A Scanner Darkly.
56. A Goofy Movie.
57. The Sword in The Stone.
58. Peter Pan.
59. The Secret of NIMH.
60. The Flight of Dragons.
62. Fantasia 2000.
63. Starchaser: Legend of Orin. (AWESOME PG-rated adult animated Sci-fi fantasy in the tradition of Star Wars meets Moses and Heavy Metak from 1985)
64. The Emperor’s New Groove.
65. Transformers The Movie.
66. Finding Nemo.
67. Barefoot Gen.
68. Cowboy Bebop The Movie.
70. The Last Unicorn.
71. The Hobbit.
72. Pinocchio and the Emperor of the NIght. (Rare little-seen cult animated feature from 1987 from New World Pictures and Filmation as it’s Filmation’s best triumph! suprisingly dark, creepy and atmospheric animated feature that i dug as a 7 year old in 1987 when i saw it in theaters yet it gave me nightmares as well, check it out on youtube and has a solid cast including James Earl Jones).
73. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.
74. Trippletes of Belleville.
75. Happy Feet.
76. Batman Mask of the Phantasm.
77. The Little Mermaid. (Who can’t resist that fine piece of ass Ariel?)
78. Wallace and Gromit in Curse of the WereRabbit.
79. The Great Mouse Detective. (Saw this in theaters 2 times back in 1986 at age 6 and loved it)
80. Vampire Hunter D.
81. The Aristocats.
82. Lilo and Stitch.
83. Fantastic Planet.
84. Robin Hood.
85. The Land Before Time.
86. An American Tail.
87. Oliver and Company. (Saw this three times in a theater back when i was 8 in 1988 during it’s original run and i love BIlly Joel’s music of anything)
89. Treasure Planet.
91. Caroline. (A brilliant pleasant suprise that was dark and unique, love stop motion)
92. Titan A.E.
93. Robot Carnival.
94. Ghost in The Shell 2: Innocence.
95. The Fox and The Hound.
96. The Jungle Book.
97. Sleeping Beauty. (Ah i had a major crush on Aurora when i saw the theatrical re-issue of this movie in 1987 at age 7)
98. A Bug’s Life.
99. Final Fantasy The Spirits Within.
100. Three Caberellos.
What do you think?
“Axel, have you seen WALL-E? I found it to be dark and quite different from the light, fluffy movies they made their name with (which, in my opinion, are great too).”
Ya, i’ve seen all the pixar, there were of course some elements in wall-e that can be appreciated. In fact, You can say that about almost all of pixar’s films, they all have elements and “potential”. But then they all also have their cutesy BS. In Wall-E’s case, this the robot like grabbing a fire extinguisher and setting it off, hilarity ensues. Basically slapstick.
Also, I can’t really get into the extremely unsubtle social comment with all the overweight people. I mean, so your message is all of he dumb overweight fat lazy americans are destroying the environment. A little heavy handed, and way too obvious.
SIGN ME UP for the first pixar film to completely shed it’s lighter side. They’ve been dipping their toes into the pond of “real” and “dark”, but they never take the dive. They keep making the same film time and time again, and while stand alone I think they are all decent, I’m constantly disappointed by seeing the potential in their “dark openings”… and then it turns into squeeky voice talking animals and slapstick humor.
I do think one day they will wisen up and embrace something totally dark and/or off the map, and I’ll be first in line.
“But then they all also have their cutesy BS…..A little heavy handed, and way too obvious.”
And you list Ponyo at number 6. “Ponyo! Loves! Sosuke!”
“I do think one day they will wisen up and embrace something totally dark and/or off the map, and I’ll be first in line.”
I do not believe being dark or off-the-map is necessary for qualitative animated (or live action) entertainment. Happy things are good, too, and Pixar is pretty much the biggest example of that. It’s actually my dedication to buying Pixar movies that changed my DVD collecting focus from “disturbing films” to “good films”, way back in the day when I was young and finally getting less stupid (but I’m still young and stupid for some reason, I wish it would stop so that I can finally be old and curmudgeony like I want).
1. AKIRA <—— Always will be #1 on my list!
2. Yellow Submarine
3. The Snowman
4. Beauty and the Beast
5. Pink Floyd: The Wall
6. Triplets of Belleville
7. The Nightmare Before Christmas
I like most of the Ghibli films, my top favourites are Nausicaa, Mononoke, Only Yesterday, Whisper of the Heart, Ocean Waves and Kiki’s Delivery Service. I do wish Miyazaki would get over his reluctance to use anime voice actors in his more fantastical movies though, the film actors he gets aren’t horrible, but they feel wrong (especially in something like Spirited Away).
Most of Satoshi Kon’s stuff (Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers, Millenium Actress and Perfect Blue), Lots of Pixar (Finding Nemo, Up!, Toy Story, etc), everything by Makoto Shinkai (3 cm per second, Voices of a Distant Star, etc).
Various others (some are not exactly “movies”, they’re OVAs or compilations): Angel’s Egg, Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society, The Last Unicorn, The Plague Dogs, Triplets of Belleville, MIND GAME, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Cowboy Bebop Knockin’ on Heavens Door, The Secret of NIMH, Yellow Submarine, Robot Carnival, The Animatrix (not all of it, but most of it), Otaku no Video, Junkers Come Here, My Beautiful Girl Mari, White Heart Baekgu, Waltz With Basir, Tekkonkinkreet, Cat Soup, Wallace and Gromit (all of them), The Three Caballeros, Lady and the Tramp, Rudolph, Asterix and Cleopatra, Robin Hood, Animation Runner Kuromi, Macross: Do You Remember Love?, Project A-Ko, All Dogs Go to Heaven, An American Tale, The Brave Little Toaster…
I could go on and on but I’ll stop heh. Thinking about it though, some of these might come off the list if I ever get to see them again; it’s been a while for a few of them.
1. Wings of Honeamise (The Royal Space Force)
2. everthing else
….huge Miyazaki and Ghibli fan, Porco Rosso and Princess Mononoke are probably my favorites, along with Castle of Cagliostro.. The Gundam Movie Trilogy is awesome as well.
Disney’s Pinocchio and Fantasia
René Laloux’s La Planète Sauvage, Gandahar and Les Maîtres du Temps
Richard Goleszowski’s Rex The Runt
Will Vinton’s Adventures of Mark Twain
Bruce Bickford’s animation on Zappa’s Baby Snakes
Jan Svankmajer’s Exhaustive Discussion
Tim Burton’s Vincent
Henry Selick’s Coraline
Paul Barry’s The Sandman
Myazaki’s Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle and Mononoke
Alice in wonderland
Vampire Hunter D
Final Fantasy Advent Children
The following list is a purely personal representation of what are the most important films to me personally, but with attempts at a more objective criteria included. Since ultimately any film’s power over us is the result of a personal experience of it, no ultimate object test can be developed, and so no single “best” film decided upon. We could objectively analyze films on purely technical bases, but such a criteria could conceivably result in a film like “Space Jam” being rated as highly as “Nausciaa,” so I personally don’t see the point of such a system.
Here’s my list:
1. My Neighbor Totoro
- Most powerful, best executed of the Miyazaki films
– Most personal of films as well, with emotional power rooted in
universal experience of life
- Makes the best case for the merits of animation as art film
- Solidified Miyazaki’s position as an auteur, being the equal of
anything by Truffaut
2. Snow White
- A technical masterpiece which, arguably, has never been equaled
- Pioneer status, established the market for animated films
3. Princess Mononoke
- Even more ambitious than Nausicaa, with better technical execution
- A dazzling philosophical premise with universal appeal, despite being
deeply rooted in a specific Japanese cultural context (in my view,
this aspect of PM rivals any western from Ford or samurai epic from
- While not as technically brilliant as Snow White or the later films from
Disney’s golden age, this is the first animated film (that I know of)
which dispenses with typical narrative structure in order to showcase
the possibilities of pure animation
- The most mature and emotionally complex of all of Pixar’s films (excluding
“Up,” which I haven’t yet seen)
- Relationship of plot to character is more organic and subtle than “Finding
Nemo” or “Wall-E”
- Technical execution reinforces the viewing experience better than “Wall-E”
(the food evoked hunger, paris evoked romance, whereas “Wall-E”
settings, though well rendered, added less to the experience of the
6. Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Perhaps the most artful of all Miyazaki’s films, certainly the most lyrical
(even more so than Totoro), it combines the personal nature of
Totoro, the coming of age story of Laputa, and the recurring flight
motif of most of his films into what may be the best example of
Miyazaki’s film-making idiosyncracies
- Pioneer status, as this film was (if memory serves) the first in which Studio
Ghibli seamlessly incorporated CG and hand drawn animation (in
exactly the way “Beauty and the Beast” did not)
- This film has had perhaps more political and social impact than any other
animated film, as it was a significant part of changing cultural attitudes
towards animals in the US during the postwar years
- Technically, this film is a precursor to the Disney golden age, or its opening
act. Expressive line, naturalistic movement, visual onomatopoeia,
and impressionistic colors defined the genre until Toy Story.
8. Watership Down
- While its technical execution might be found lacking in comparison to other
films in this list, its expressionistic composition makes up in large
part what the quality of movement gives away
- Unfairly considered (by, I think, American audiences) a children’s movie,
mainly by adults who didn’t pay enough attention to what their kids
- Though much later than “Bambi,” this film shares with it a place in the
cultural movement away from a utilitarian view of animals
- How could I not include the film which introduced me to Miyazaki,
Japanese animation, and with Kieslowski, serious film in general?
- Perhaps the single most influential hero in any animated film (I remember,
as a collector of “Animage” magazine from the late 1980s, that
Nausicaa was consistently voted the most popular character in
Japan). Though the appearance of Miyazaki’s female lead type goes
back at least to his work on TOEI’s “Treasure Island,” Nausicaa is his
most complete and important character
- Until Princess Mononoke, this film stood alone as Miyazaki’s most
comprehensive and organic composition of character, setting,
– My internal list puts this at one or two, followed (or preceeded) by Kiki’s
- The complexity of line, detail, and color rivals anything from Studio Ghibli
- Pioneer status, as it introduced adult oriented animation to the American
audience and proved it could succeed
My top 10
1. The Iron Giant
2. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
3. My Neighbor Totoro
4. Waking Life
5. Porco Rosso
7. A Scanner Darkly
8. Princess Mononoke
9. Fantastic Planet
10.Team America: World Police
EDIT: Oops, I forgot Mind Game which should be #5. Also, I didn’t consider shorts for this list.
Kung Fu Panda
Alice in Wonderland
Those are my 5 favorite :D
I love short animated films too but I haven’t included them. All together I adore animation as a medium. Just watched Spirited Away for the first time yesterday and it blew me away, so I’m really into animation right now. Lots of other great ones and personal favourites so bear in mind that this is a very exclusive top ten:
1. Toy Story 2
2. Monsters, Inc.
3. Finding Nemo
4. Toy Story
5. Fantastic Mr. Fox
7. The Secret of Nimh
8. The Incredibles
9. Spirited Away
10. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
This list will inevitably change soon, particularly as I see more Miyazaki films.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
A Scanner Darkly
1) The Incredibles
2) The Triplets of Belleville
5) A Short Film: Harvie Krumpet
Twice Upon a Time
Hoppity Goes to Town
Wallace and Gromit (all of them)
Bump in the Night (tv series, plus a few films)
My absolute fave:
Allegro non troppo
Grave of the Fireflies
The Triplets of Belleville
Wish I could see:
Ubu et la grande Gidouille
The Asterix series (60s-70s)