Oy vey was this hard. When I was a kid, my pipe dream job was to be an animator for Disney, so I love me some cartoons. I couldn’t condense this list – these are my favorites, dammit. In no particular order, because that would be fucking impossible:
Anastasia: An overlooked gem. Beautiful animation, a total princess fantasy, John Cusack’s sexy voice as one of the hottest hand-drawn men to grace the screen, and the MUSIC, oh how I love it. *cough*I still listen to this soundtrack in the car*cough
How to Train Your Dragon: My favorite film of 2010, and also probably an all-time fave as well. The 3D was stunning, the breathtaking flying sequences better than Avatar, and Toothless looks and acts like my cat. Plus, the soundtrack is stellar.
Kung Fu Panda: Didn’t expect to like this one, but was oh-so pleasantly surprised. The celeb vocal talents were fine, but the spectacular animation is what blew me away. In particular, the kung fu action sequences would give any live-action martial arts flick a run for its money. The scene where Tai Lung escapes from prison was pretty awe-inducing.
Shrek 2: Puss N Boots, giving his famous look. And of course the wit and heart. I find the other Shreks to be lacking in various departments, but this one got it just right, on all counts.
The Land Before Time: My favorite childhood film. Every time I watch it, there’s still a tiny chunk of my brain that thinks, “Maybe THIS time Littlefoot’s mom will make it!” A wonderful story, fun characters, the happiest ending ever, and the best cheesy song plays over the credits.
Sleeping Beauty: Old, OLD-ass Disney at its elegant best. For many years I wanted to name a future daughter Aurora. Malificent is one of the most exquisite villainesses to grace the screen, and the maternal trifecta of Flora, Fauna and Merriweather adds a level of comfort to this classic tale.
An American Tail: Oh Fievel, you precious little mouse, you. Another Don Bluth tour de force. Seriously, “Somewhere Out There”?? I’ve got goosebumps.
Robin Hood: This seriously underrated movie is funny, adorable, and has that funky 70s vibe going.
The Little Mermaid & Beauty and the Beast: I fawn over both of these here.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: This gets forgotten about, but I thought it was beautiful and moving.
Finding Nemo & Monsters, Inc.: My thoughts on these masterpieces here.
Bolt: Any cat or dog lover needs to see this sweet tale…I cried, hard, of course.