1. Spirited Away – Lyrical, magical. The train scene below is incredible—better in context, but still beautiful on its own. (I find the English dubbed version to be really annoying, so here’s the Italian.)
2. Princess Mononoke – I unfortunately haven’t seen this one in years, but watching the trailer reminded me of its astonishing scope. Also, I totally forgot that Neil Gaiman adapted the English language script…The rather breathless (but nonetheless breathtaking) trailer, below:
3. Grave of the Fireflies – Go watch the clip on the Mubi page. It’s better than any trailers I could find on Youtube. Go watch it! (But only if you feel like crying.)
4. The Triplets of Belleville – I can’t wait for “The Illusionist.”
5. Fantastic Mr. Fox – Not one false note!
6. WALL-E – Just the first 30 minutes. Also, the first 15 minutes of Up, the more wicked moments in Toy Story 1/2/3, much of Ratatouille (I think?)…
7. James and the Giant Peach – I haven’t seen this since I was maybe about 10, but I remember it being really good.
8. Mulan – Because I used to be able to recite it from memory.
The list currently omits:
Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli films I’ve yet to see (or have seen too recently):
My Neighbor Totoro
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Whisper of the Heart
Disney classics I plan on re/watching:
Alice in Wonderland
And a great deal of other things I haven’t seen.Read less