Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12738 posts, RR: 34 Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4207 times:
I can't remember when the trend for animated movies began; I guess it was Aladdin and I know that they're not all Pixar, but there's been a good crop of them down through the years - from Blockbusters like the Incredibles (which I enjoyed immensely), to less successful ones like "Over the Hedge" (which I didn't think was too bad at all).
What are your favourites? I ask because I have just finished watching "Shrek 2", which I have to say I always thought was a superb movie and now, having watched it again, I think it's one of the best of that whole genre. The quality of the animation is of course superb, the little humourous touches here and there, but the performances - particularly Eddie Murphy's donkey ("I'm a stallion baby"!!!) are just sublime.
Speedbirdie From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 933 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4194 times:
Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 3): Sidenote: A friend says I'm just like Wall-E. She won't say why though
Funny you should say that. A Guy I was seeing recently described our 'relationship' as being like Wall-E and Eva... Me being Eva the gorgeous robot of course and him being the crusty dilapidated robot who chased Eva everywhere.
Needless to say as I was too perfect for him we are not seeing each other anymore lol..
Cars has a special place with me as I grew up along Route 66 and it reminds me of home. Although my home town is a bit bigger than "Radiator Springs" and our cars don't talk nor lead lives of their own. At least, most of them don't.....
Of the ones by Pixar, that would probably be one of the top 3 favorites of mine (the others being "Finding Nemo" and "Toy Story"). The Wall-E DVD especially is enjoyable because it had those two short films (Presto and Burn-E) which were HILARIOUS!
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Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12738 posts, RR: 34
Reply 18, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4002 times:
Quoting Dragon-wings (Reply 11): I liked Monsters Inc. Billy Crystal and John Goodman made a good duo, and there were quite a few funny lines in that movie.
Funny point about that movie - and it takes an Irishman to make this! John Goodman's character is Sully, or Sullivan, while Billy Crystal's is Mike Wazowski, with one eye (not the one at the end!); however, the name Sullivan comes from the Irish words, "suil amhain" (one eye), so had the names been switched - and Mike Wazowski had been Sully - it would have been more, well, appropriate!
Not that it spoiled my enjoyment of it one little bit!
Quoting MD-90 (Reply 15): But Aladdin is not a "Pixar (type)" movie and the trend of animated movies began in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Disney.
Pixar created the trend for modern computer-animated with Toy Story in 1995. It was the first animated film that was created with solely computer-produced animation.
Fair point; probably went back a bit too far there!
There are just so many good ones out there - and sometimes, unlike "real" movies, the sequels can be better than the first. Anyone think Madagascar was better than Madagascar 2? Doubt it!
GrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2911 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3982 times:
I think my top three would be:
1 - Cars, because I'm a huge fan of cars and motorsports. And because the story of the Route 66 being by-passed by an interstate highway reminds the one of the "National 7" in France, which was the road leading from Paris to the riviera.
2 - Ratatouille, because I like food and this movie tells very well the relationship the French have with food.
3 - Wall-E, because it brings a gloomy portrait of what could be our legacy to our planet. And the quality of the animation is fantastic.
"A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one" - Moliere
MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3924 times:
And actually, the modern trend for animated movies (as I understand it) is The Little Mermaid of 1989. From Wikipedia.
The film is given credit for breathing life back into the animated feature film genre after a string of critical and/or commercial failures that dated back to the early 1980s. It also marked the start of the era known as the Disney Renaissance.
Gotta say I love the Incredibles! I first saw it when it was the inflight movie. I only saw bits of it as I wasn't really watching it and wasn't listening to it on the head phones but it caught my eye enough that I finally put down what I was reading and watched it. Then I unplugged my player and listened to it as well. It was good, really good, so I stopped watching it (to not spoil it) and when I got home rented it and forced my wife to watch it with me. She protested at first but quickly came round and we were both surprised at much we enjoyed it, at how good it was. It wasn't just a kids movie.
Number 2.... I'll throw in Iron Giant. Great story, good movie, done well. Fun, serious, and not trying to be great. It has a more timeless quality to it than the others I mention. I at first had Iron Giant as my number 3 but as I was typing it moved to a tie with the former number two and the more I thought about it, the more I realized it is better than Cars. They are just so totally different movies.
So number 3 on my list right now is Cars. And a lot of that is from the first ten or so minutes of it. I really enjoy the whole movie but when Sheryl Crow's song "Real Gone" starts and the cars fly by and the "tire view" is shown it just catches my eye and the tune catches my ear (not a great song but for some reason I really like it). It's just a fun, good movie.
I'll finish by saying I recently saw Monsters vs Aliens and really enjoyed it. A lot of that comes from the fact that I expected very little from it and came away pleasantly surprised. I actually enjoyed watching it. I'll have to see it remains as good when I see a second and third time as a rental on the small screen.
I don’t know that I am unafraid to be myself, but it is hard to be somebody else. -W. Shatner
: Definitely Toy Story 1 is my favorite Pixar film. It was their first feature film and I think it's still the best. Don't get me wrong, I like the oth
: My favorite was Cars then Finding Nemo.. (I haven't seen Bolt yet though!!) The new one by Pixar, Up , looks to be pretty funny according to the trail
: Aww, it is cute. I always smile when I see that. I agree with you there. It is an amazing movie. I know every word to it "You know whatcha gotta do w