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Jeff C.
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I thought it would be fun to make a top 10 list of each of our favorite cartoon films. So here we go, what are your top ten?

Here are mine in order:

1. The Emperor's New Groove
2. Tangled
3. How to Train Your Dragon
4. Up
5. The Lion King
6. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
7. Aladdin
8. Wall-E
9. Princess Mononoke
10. Kung Fu Panda

I think I've watched those first three at least half a dozen times each (the Emperor's New Groove probably stands at about 20 viewings now), but I still love them. I had to include a few of the Studio Gibli films as well, but not too many; if this list went to 15, I'm certain you'd see a few more of them. I'm probably forgetting one or two movies, but oh well.

What about you guys?

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capaxinfiniti
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I can only think of 6 right now:

1. The Thief And The Cobbler
2. Little Nemo (not Finding Nemo)
3. Toy Story Movies
4. The Jungle Book 
5. The Land Before Time
6. The Brave Little Toaster

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Aris Katsaris
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Hmm, here's my own rough list, made on the spot, so perhaps I'm forgetting some or I'd rearrange a few of them if I rewatched them...

1. Spirited Away
2. Wall-E
3. The Prince of Egypt
4. Toy Story 2
5. Persepolis
6. The Hunchback of Notre dame
7. Waltz with Bashir
8. Tangled
9. Finding Nemo
10. The Incredibles

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Lyrhawn
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Any list without The Land Before Time is dead to me.
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Haven't seen that one, I think.
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Traditional animation or 3D animation included?

2D Animation:

To keep the list from being over-run, let's just accept that Miyazki films would dominate the list. To increase diversity these are my non-Miyazaki films.

1. Iron Giant
2. Prince of Egypt
3. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
4. Princess and the Frog
5. Land Before Time
6. Lion King
7. Brave Little Toaster
8. Secret of Nimh
9. Batman: Under the Red Hood
10. Batman: Return of the Joker

I'm partial to animated Batman movies.

If we include 3D animation it's quite a shake-up. Like with Miyazaki, I should probably just say that Pixar dominates the list. But to show how it dominates I've put Miyazaki films into a (Catch-All)

1. Wall-E
2. Up
3. Finding Nemo
4. (Miyazaki Catch-All)
5. Toy Story 3
6. Tangled
7. Iron Giant
8. Prince of Egypt
9. The Incredibles
10. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

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umberhulk
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1. Cowboy Bebop: Knocking At Heaven's Door
2. Princess Mononoke
3. Spirited Away
4. Scooby Do on Zombie Island
5. Digimon the movie
6 Wall-E
7. I don't care. Could change my mind every week.

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1. The Incredibles
2. Shreks
3. Kung Fu Panda (1, not 2)
4. Ratatouille
5. Lion King
6. Aladdin
7. Secret of Nimh
8. Wallace and Grommet: Curse of the Warerabbit
9. The Hobbit
10. Wall-e

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Lyrhawn
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Stone_Wolf_

Really? The Hobbit?

I'm not arguing against it, but I'm surprised. Most people hated the Rankin Bass cartoons.

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1. Grave of the Fireflies.
2. The Last Unicorn
3. Spirited Away
4. Beauty and the Beast
5. Toy Story
6. Lilo & Stitch
7. The Incredibles
8. Iron Giant
9. Finding Nemo
10. Nightmare Before Chirstmas

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Shanna
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On the subject of Rankin Bass, I noticed the lack of "The Last Unicorn." I don't know if it holds up for me as an adult but it certainly left an impact on me as a child.

Some earlier votes that I support:

How to Train Your Dragon
Incredibles
Iron Giant
Shrek
Prince of Egypt

Trying to narrow it down to a few particular Disney films is tough. "Beauty and the Beast" certainly earned a top ranking though I wouldn't say its a personal favorite. As a child, I watched "Cinderella" ALL THE TIME. And "Fantasia" deserves a mention for originality. And while "The Lion King" gets attention its early use of computer graphics, I have a very vivid memory of seeing specials about the computer animation in "Aladdin" when I was a kid and being absolutely enthralled by it.

I'd like to also do a Miyazaki catch-all, but of the bunch, "Kiki's Delivery Service" was my introduction to his films and still remains my absolute favorite of the bunch. Of course, the other Ghibli films deserve a shout-out as well, especially "Grave of the Fireflies."

In the same vein of Miyazki, I really enjoyed Satoshi Kon's films as well.

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quote:
Originally posted by Shanna:
On the subject of Rankin Bass, I noticed the lack of "The Last Unicorn." I don't know if it holds up for me as an adult but it certainly left an impact on me as a child.

Heh, beat you to it. As a kid, it stood out but it wasn't really one of my favorites. I watched it again as an adult and enjoyed it much more.
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I can give you a rough top five right now:

1. Princess Mononoke
2. Lion King
3. The Iron Giant
4. Up
5. Wall E

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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
Stone_Wolf_

Really? The Hobbit?

I'm not arguing against it, but I'm surprised. Most people hated the Rankin Bass cartoons.

Crack the dishes, chip the plates, that's what Bilbo Baggins hates!
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Oh, and Iron Giant should be in my top ten...somewhere.
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1. Finding Nemo
2. The Iron Giant
3. An American Tail
4. Metropolis
5. Spirited Away
6. Aladdin
7. Up
8. Ratatouille
9. The Triplets of Belleville
10. The Secret of Kells

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Oh geez, I can't believe I forgot My Neighbor Totoro.
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I've seen a couple stop-animation movies listed. If we open up that genre/style, I'm adding James and the Giant Peach to my list. That movie is mostly animation...
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And I remember this movie not being popular on Hatrack, but Titan A.E. is one my top 10.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Titan A.E..
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I definitely will have more than 10. Not in any order:

Princess Mononoke
Ponyo
Howl's Moving Castle
WALL-E
UP
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
Ratatouille
Coraline
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Coraline
The Emperor's New Groove
The Black Cauldron
Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
The Illusionist (this one)
The Iron Giant
How To Train Your Dragon
Finding Nemo
The Secret of Nimh

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I'm not capable of listing any Disney or Pixar movies that I watched as a kid, because I've several times with my little brothers, partially against my will.

I need to rewatch the Black Cauldrion and Sword in the Stone, though.

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Aw, I still love Sword in the Stone. Makes me laugh every time.
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quote:
Originally posted by SteveRogers:
I definitely will have more than 10. Not in any order:

Princess Mononoke
Ponyo
Howl's Moving Castle
WALL-E
UP
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
Ratatouille
Coraline
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Coraline
The Emperor's New Groove
The Black Cauldron
Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
The Illusionist (this one)
The Iron Giant
How To Train Your Dragon
Finding Nemo
The Secret of Nimh

I challenge you to decide on your top ten, or in the very least your top five. [Smile]
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I can try later today, but I'm not sure I could do it. Animation is probably my favorite medium, and there are far too many I hold dear to my heart. The list you quoted is already pretty bare bones for me. [Smile]
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1. The Prince of Egypt
2. The Iron Giant
3. The Incredibles
4. Toy Story 3

(and filling out, in any order, the rest of the top ten.)

Chicken Little
Meet the Robinsons
Coraline
Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tangled
Megamind
Despicable Me
The Emperor's New Groove
Space Chimps

As a side note, The Iron Giant - along with Ender's Game - was one of my litmus tests when I was dating my now-wife. Smart, yes - attractive, yes. That's fine, rabbit - but does she tear up when the Giant takes off into space? Yes, yes she did.

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SteveRogers
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If you have a soul, you tear up when the Giant takes off into space. True story.
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I'm surprised Chicken Run is getting no love.
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SteveRogers
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I had a hard time cutting my list down as it was, and it was already too long. If I'd been able to just list forever, probably every Aardman Animations film would have made my list.
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suuuuupermaaaan
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I'm surprised at the lack of love for classic Disney. No props for either Robin Hood or Sleeping Beauty? Shame.

I think anyone without a Miyazaki movie on their list probably doesn't know what they are. And they should learn. With Disney distributing the Studio Ghibli flicks, Ebert said that Miyazaki was the one that really held the keys to the magic kingdom. Just saying Ghibli and Pixar are the two winners right now.

We'll see, though. Wreck-it Ralph looks like it might just be a winner. Disney could use another win. Though I think both Tangled and The Princess and the Frog were pretty strong, if somewhat flawed, efforts.

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SteveRogers
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I actually really adored The Princess and the Frog.
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quote:
Originally posted by Aros:
I'm surprised at the lack of love for classic Disney. No props for either Robin Hood or Sleeping Beauty? Shame.

Robin Hood in particular gets some serious props from me to Disney. They made it on a shoestring budget and it's a really solid film. I don't know if this has been posted to cool YouTube videos thread, but here's an interesting showcase of the reused animation references used in Robin Hood (and other Disney films). The YouTube Video

It's not that the animators were lazy as some comments accuse Disney of, it's budgetary problems.

A fun bonus feature on the Princess and the Frog bluray/DVD is one of the behind the scenes features. It shows some of the live-action footage they used for the references and it helps give an appreciation for the work, money, and time it takes to make smooth animation. Here's a YouTube video for some of the live-references used in The Little Mermaid.

Um... what was my point here, again?

Oh yeah. I like Princess and the Frog and Robin Hood. They're just not in my top ten. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Aros:
I'm surprised at the lack of love for classic Disney. No props for either Robin Hood or Sleeping Beauty? Shame.

Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite Disney movies ever, it just comes somewhere after my top five.

I haven't seen Robin Hood since I was kid, and can't remember a minute. I'll watch it again soon.

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I love the music in Robin Hood.

Are we allowed stop motion animation? Because I would include Chicken Run in my list. I am assuming that feature length is a requirement, though.

Yellow Submarine
The Emperor's New Groove
Meet the Robinsons

After that comes films like Wall-E, Finding Nemo, Prince of Egypt, The Incredibles, Beauty and the Beast and Fantasia which I enjoy but rarely think about watching again.

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There are so many moments in Meet the Robinsons which make me laugh really hard. And so many moments which make me get a little teary-eyed. I feel like that movie should have a bigger fanbase.
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Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite cartoon.

Plus, it instilled in me at a young age a desire to find an angry man who borderline abuses me at first, but who can change with my love. What a wonderful film!

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I watched Meet the Robinsons again because of this thread.
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I don't know if I could rank in order, but here are some I've really liked:

Cars
Shrek's (yes, ALL of them)
The Sword in the Stone
Bees (I actually don't remember if that's what it's called.)
The Little Mermaid

There are probably others, but nothing that stands out to me right now.

And, once upon a time, I MIGHT have added A Land Before Time, but after so many of them, I can barely stomach to think about the characters.

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What? You don't like The Land Before Time 987: The Raptors of Respect?
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In no real order:

1. Lion King
2. Titan AE
3. Anastasia
4. Wall-E
5. Meet the Robinsons
6. Up
7. Secret World of Arriety
8. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
9. Batman: Return of the Joker
10. Lilo and Stitch

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I don't love Mask of the Phantasm, but the scene where they first meet in the cemetary is probably the best written scene in any animated movie.
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