Favourite animated films of all time?

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Monday, January 9, 2006 6:09 AM


Ghost in the Shell
Jin Roh

I guess anime spoiled me for the rest of animation. It's all I watch, animation-wise.


Monday, January 9, 2006 6:39 AM


Iron Giant
Toy Story 1 and 2
Shrek 1 and 2
Trailer for The Incredibles.
A Close Shave (Wallace and Gromit)

At the time, the trailer for The Incredibles (struggling into the cossie) was simply the best thing I'd ever seen. Great, I thought. If the film is as good as this... But it was just OK. Not rubbish, but not extraordinary.

Beaten to the punch on "Where The Wind Blows." Now that is extraordinary. So sad, yet with a great deal of quiet dignity, and no mawkishness whatsoever.


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Monday, January 9, 2006 8:08 AM



Originally posted by Bromgrev:
Jin Roh

Thanks for mentioning this one! I was debating it myself. It is often overlooked, and is beautiful and compelling (if not a bit violent). There's been other stuff set in this 'parallel timeline', most of it live action. I think there's a promo on the DVD somewhere.

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Monday, January 9, 2006 9:02 AM


I am so glad to hear that. That someone out there doesn't think THE INCREDIBLES was that incredible.

I was so pumped for this flick. I loved THE IRON GIANT, and I thought that with Brad Bird working at Pixar, that he's make like one of the best animated films ever. And I loved the domestic scenes between the family members. I thought it was so incredibly well done. But then it turned into a "James Bond/bad guy with an evil lair on a tropical island/WATCHEMN for kids" knock-off.

And while it was very well done, it just didn't seem INCREDIBLE like the title said. And it annoyed the piss out of me when it was on all of those ten best lists last year.

And over at boxofficemojo.com, in their review of THE INCREDIBLES, they actually touched on something that no other reviewer seemed to have caught that really sums up one of the main problems with the flick. They said that "The Incredibles cops out with a Nietzschean version of Superman which suggests that one's best is inborn. Bird's philosophy speaks through Hunter's heroine, who, while coaching her self-conscious teenaged daughter in using superpowers, exhorts: "Don't think. It's in your blood." The volitional Iron Giant and his friend Hogarth, who saved the world with a Herculean act of free will, would disagree.

A few throwaway lines decry the age of mediocrity, but the notion that one's ability is innate—the villain is depicted as monstrous because he is self-made—looms and, coupled with the requisite notion of saving lives as a moral duty for "the greater good," it is something of a killjoy. The Incredibles being born incredible undercuts their appeal."

I like that exposure of an askew ideology. If that were prevailant, then Batman would be considered a supervillain, and the X-Men would be considered gods on earth, thus stripping them of their inheirant metaphors and their potency as cultural landmarks.

But I digress.

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Monday, January 9, 2006 9:03 PM


Out of my own personal collection:
GITS 2: Innocence--While the movie is extremely vivid in animation and ambience, the story of continuity after loss is absolutely fantastic. Don't forget, an Innocence "prequel" book just came out, I believe, so get to reading on that. I promise, it'll make you stop to wonder about how it correlates, if faintly, with our modern day technologies, and how it seems to be slipping into realms beyond simple comprehension.

Princess Mononoke--For the same reasons everyone else listed above.

FFVII: Advent Children--Because once upon a time, there was a girl who sold flowers...it felt good to have another taste of the FFVII world, even though it wasn't playable. The finality it eminated at the end, the feeling that made it seem like everything would be alright for just a while, all of it, perfect.

Howl's Moving Castle--Miyazaki touches again on the subject of magic in the world, which is always a welcome sight to see. World needs more magicians, even if they may be giant bird demons in disguise. The story, beautiful settings, hilarious characters, make it one of the best Ghibli films out there.

End of Evangelion--I'm a big EVA fan, and I liked how they culminated the psychological aspects of the show into one lump of a mindtwist. I'd say something else, but it wouldn't be quite appropriate. You have to see the entirety of the series in order to understand it fully, however, and even at best you'll probably be asking questions at the end.

Other movies that I've seen:
Akira--Very, very psychologically questionable, and somewhat disturbing to think of the possibilities of the mind. It creates an interesting blend of general disregard for organized life and self-preservation in a futuristic world, even though it's only so far (I believe only a few decades) beyond our time. Interesting idea of how fast technology can be intertwined into life, and how the results can easily destroy it.

Samurai X--While I know this comes in three parts (Truth, Betrayal, and Reflections), it still culminates into a full, feature-length film, exposing the origins of Kenshin. It's a personal favorite of mine because I love samurai movies--I'd put down Seven Samurai and Ran, but they aren't animated--and is plenty entertaining to those on the more casual side of anime watching. Kinda excessive with the blood at times, though.

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Monday, January 9, 2006 10:02 PM



Originally posted by Gixxer:
Beaten to the punch on "Where The Wind Blows." Now that is extraordinary. So sad, yet with a great deal of quiet dignity, and no mawkishness whatsoever.

How could I forget? Maybe a little hard to empathise with for the post-cold war generation, but that 'cartoon' epitomises the feeling of those days for me. There was more to the eighties than men with lipstick.


Monday, January 9, 2006 10:33 PM


In no particular order:

The Iron Giant - even though it has Vin Diesel in it.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm - Simply, it got it right. The scene with Bruce crying over his parents' grave still gets to me.

Toy Story - I've always loved this movie, yet I'm not really sure why. It's just great. I loved it even before I knew who Joss was.

Disney's Aladdin - A really fun, entertaining movie all around.

Disney's The Lion King - The best Disney movie there is, in my opinion. Everything about this movie -- the characters, music, themes, etc. -- is all great.

That's all I can think of right now. I'm going to bed.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006 3:45 AM


Princess Mononoke - I love everything Miyazaki but If I have to pick one...

Iron Giant - VIN DIESEL RULES! =)

Robin Hood (with swedish cast) - favorite disney

The Last Unicorn - sans the singing

Akira - a sci-fi masterpiece, but I do prefer the comic

Kenshin OAV - it's almost a movie


Tuesday, January 10, 2006 3:58 AM


Hmm, toughee, but if I had to pick two, it would be:

Princess Mononoke: The music was beautiful and the movie's art was just breathtaking.

Titan AE: Story was great. Really brought a tear to my eye. Loved that part when he decides to call it planet Bob. Quite a funny movie as well.

Jayne: Are you saying River's a witch?
Wash: Yes, Jayne, she's a witch. She's had congress with the Beast.
Jayne: She's in Congress?
Wash: How did your brain even learn human speech? I'm just so curious!


Tuesday, January 10, 2006 5:00 AM


Transformers: The Movie
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
Ninja Scroll

Shrek 1 & 2 and some other ones I can't think of right now.

Mal would kick Han Solo's ass.


Tuesday, January 10, 2006 5:19 AM


The Incredibles. Still the best thing ever to come out of Pixar - sharp writing and characterisation, added to every trick in the CGA book.

Spirited Away. Like all Miyazaki films, a bona-fide work of art.

Akira. Started a ball rolling that's still going strong today.

PS. Would it be contentious to suggest Star Wars: Episode III? 100% CG backgrounds with wood puppet performances - a double-whammy of animation!


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Tuesday, January 10, 2006 2:31 PM


Animated Joy =

Princess Mononoke - Everybody knows why this one is cool... I'll just leave it at that

Vampire Hunter D - I'm suprised no one has mentioned this one (I might be wrong... I just sort of scanned) this has great action scenes... great music... the tempo of this movie never drags.

Titan A.E.- As said before... not because of Joss... Hey I didn't even know this movie was written by him 'til yesterday... It's just an awesome job of mixing CGI and Animation together and it has a great story to go along with it.

Nightmare Before Christmas - Another movie I'm suprised no one mentioned... (still like I said... I just scanned) but I love the visual style of said movie it's so twisted... it's a movie I grew up with.

Ghost in the Shell - Not going into details as people pretty much have this one wrapped up as well

"Classic" Disney Films - I'm grouping all of these together because frankly this list would be much longer. They've all made a great impact on me. I think I've seen almost every disney film to date. There might be a few I'm missing but that's not much

The Dark Crystal - Only seen it about 2 times in my life... but I can never forget it... it's that memorable. The Jim Henson company outdid themselves in this one so much... that it it too has a semi-cult following to it as well.

Memories - I highly Recommend that people check this out. Three Animated stories for the price of one... something everybody should like. Three very different stories and animation styles... It may not have the Run and Gun feel that people do crave for... but the stories are cool.

The Animatrix - Not saying much... Just other than I liked the different visual styles from the "Last Flight of the Osiris" to "The Second Renaissance"

The Coyboy Bebop Movie - I don't know what it is about this movie... it just rules.

Steamboy - I liked this movie... most people around me either fell asleep or just didn't like it that much... but I thought it was cool.


Friday, January 13, 2006 6:35 AM


I'm gonna have to go with

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut



Friday, January 13, 2006 6:47 AM



Originally posted by StillThereWaiting:
I guess this must be a youngish crowd, at least from where I'm sitting.
I have to agree that Fantasia is a masterpiece of a movie, but my favourite for purely great animation has to be Disney's "Pinochio". Disney studios at their peak.
Also, anything by the Wallace and Gromit crowd, including "Chicken Run", but alot of that may be due to the homage paid to "The Great Escape"

I must be older too...
I loved the 'Chicken Run' for the same reason,
my favorite Disney are the earliest ones:
Snow White

My favorite Miyazaki are his later ones:
Spirited Away
Howl's Moving Castle

and I love:
South Park Bigger Better and Uncut

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Thursday, January 19, 2006 2:00 PM


Heavy Metal - the European edition
Titan AE


Thursday, January 19, 2006 3:05 PM


You're all naming good movies . sleeping beauty, fantasia, robin hood and others are all great. However, noone has mentioned the great and fantastic:

"Sword and the Stone" hickety, pockety, wackety, whack..... blow me to bermuda!
Terribly whitty and amusing. All though, very off.


Thursday, January 19, 2006 3:28 PM


Waking Life
Cowboy Bebop
Ghost in the Shell 1&2
The Animatrix (Does that count)

and last but not least...
the heretofore, and alas, only dreamt of...

Firefly - The Animated Feature


"...make your mother sigh." Wash


Thursday, January 19, 2006 3:41 PM


Shiny! Here goes--
Ice Age
Final Fantasy
Finding Nemo
Beauty and the Beast
The Emperor's New Groove
Titan AE
The Rescuers
The Secret of Nimh
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Lilo & Stitch
Monster's Inc.

*Anime series fav--
Samurai 7
G-Force (Gatchaman)
Burst Angel
Gunslinger Girls

Cheers *smile*

*Never judge a book by it's movie*
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Thursday, January 19, 2006 4:51 PM


Ghost in the Shell 1 & 2

... So, far. I got me a list to watch. Wish I had the time to get around to it at a quicker pace

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Friday, January 20, 2006 6:39 AM



Originally posted by globlabsurdity:
Samurai 7

On a tangent: do you happen to know how many disks are being released? Part four's supposed to come out in February, and I wanna wait until I have them all before I start watching.

('Course, I still haven't been able to find disk two. Ruttin' Canada.)

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Friday, January 20, 2006 6:53 AM


I am a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki. My favorites of the ones that he has done are Porco Rosso, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle. And I watch them once dubed and once with subtitles, that way atleast once I spend the whole time looking at just the artwork. Not a Miyazaki movie but my other two favorites would have to be Metropolis, and the CLASSIC Akira. And as to why I like them, well watch them and maybe you'll figure it out.

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Friday, January 20, 2006 6:53 AM


Tell me, guys, is this Samurai 7 really good?

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Friday, January 20, 2006 6:53 AM


The Bakshi Film


One of my favorites


Friday, January 20, 2006 7:08 AM


Wizards was great stuff. I saw it for the first time at Boskone 15 and no, I won't tell you what year it was. Figure it out yourself.

How's about a few older Bakshi gems like Fritz the Cat or Heavy Traffic?

And did anyone even mention Ren and Stimpy?

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Friday, January 20, 2006 7:51 AM


Oh so many to choose from....

Transformers The Movie: I grew up with Transformers and I still remember crying when I saw this the first time. I mean, how could Optimus die!!

Do You Remember Love?: OMGZ, I am a HUGE Macross fan. Imagine my delight when I discovered a movie. Great action and animation for a movie that was released in 1984.

Macross Plus: Did I mention that I'm a Macross fan? This is still one of the most exciting animes I've seen. It's over 10 years old and the animation is still top notch.

That would be my Top 3 I suppose.

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Friday, January 20, 2006 3:03 PM


Cybersnark & QueenoftheNorth--
Here's a good website that gives you more info. about Samurai 7
We have the first three epidsodes--according to this site--there are 26 episodes total.
I really like this anime.However I enjoy Gilgamesh best of all. My husband is the huge anime fan and therefore we have quite an arsenal. The ones I listed are the ones I enjoy most recently.
Anyway--this site listed will explain the story. I truly hope you enjoy!

*Never judge a book by it's movie*
*The heart is an artist that paints over what profoundly disturbs it, leaving on the canvas a less dark,less sharp version of the truth*--D.Koontz (Forever Odd)


Friday, January 20, 2006 3:07 PM


How did I forget Ren & Stimpy! This is my favorite all time televised cartoon. Shiny!
I loved the 'Stinky' episode--so very crass & also 'Powdered Toast Man'--so ridiculous--hehehe.

*Never judge a book by it's movie*
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Friday, January 20, 2006 8:44 PM



Originally posted by FollowMal:

Regarding Disney's Robin Hood....
My Dad loved that movie, and I loved watching it with him, so it's on my list. I used to cry at the same scene, now I cry variously thru the whole thing, (except the funny parts) because I miss my Dad.

One of the things I treasure most is the memory of my father, when I was very young, telling me that there was no shame in crying honest tears. Wise man, my Dad.

As for animated films, anything by Miyazaki, but expecially Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind; I first discovered this film in a badly cut (though reasonably well-dubbed) version cobbled together by Roger Corman's studio and retitled Warriors of The Wind; despite having more than twenty minutes cut, including some serious exposition, it still held up. My wife and I bought a two-dollar bargain videotape of the Corman version nearly fifteen years ago, when Anime was still scarce in the U.S. We then went to a party, with the result that it was after midnight by the time we got home; I only put the tape in to see if it would play well. (It was awfully lightweight, as bargain-basement tapes often are.)

It was after two in the morning before we got to sleep. We kept hoping to find a dull spot so we could rest. No such luck. Thanks, Miyazaki-San.

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Saturday, January 21, 2006 12:14 PM


Huh. Judging by the pattern of the covers, it looks like there'll be seven DVD releases (one for each samurai).

Great. This is why I hate collecting full series.

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Monday, February 20, 2006 8:50 PM


Ooh, animated films!
This brings back memories. Of when I had time to actually watch them.

My favorites would have to be the Inuyasha movies. I was so completely engrossed in them when I managed to get my hands on them. And I utterly adore the movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki. I think that man is a genius!
Princess Monoke would have to be at the top of my list- the storyline was just so involving and the animation was asolutely amazing, especially when you consider the year it was released in. Following as a close second would have to be Spirited Away- I feel like I'm in a dream when I watch that movie( which I have done about fifty times... ).
The latest one, Howl's Moving Castle, is not as good as the others, and the ending does come across as a little too sugary, but it does manage to leave me with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside,like eating alot of hot fudge-cake.
Mmmm... Fudge-cake...
Also, the Animatrix movies just left me wide-eyed with wonder. Although I found the ending of the original Matrix trilogy kind of disappointing, these short movies managed to recapture that spark of awesomeness that I saw in the first movie of the Matrix. I loved every single one of them and I wish they'd make more!!

Another personal favorite would have to be Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. That movie actually did justice to the Batman series. There was drama, tragedy, real character development, and an ending that left me all choked-up inside.
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Monday, February 27, 2006 8:22 PM


Yeah, I didn't think HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE was one of Miyazaki's best. It was definitly good, but coming off of SPIRITED AWAY (which is one of the few films that can be described as pure, uncompromising imagination), it was a bit lackluster.

I posted a few times on this thread, and a lot of people have mentioned ones that I would have already mentioned. But I just want to throw my hat into the ring for a few others that might not have been mentioned.

FINDING NEMO- Everyone's that's seen this flick knows that it's probably the pinnacle of Pixar's work. But I wanted to highlight just one aspect of the film that I think pushes it above the two TOY STORY movies, A BUG'S LIFE and MONSTERS INC. The music.

The first four Pixar flicks were scored by Randy Newman. Randy I think is a better songwriter than he is a composer. If you listen to his scores, they often sound the same, repeat melodies and rely too much on brass. They fit the movies, but they don't really enhance them. It's his songs that really hit the right notes (pun intended). His song for TOY STORY 2, "When She Loved Me" sung by Sarah McLachlan, is one of if not the most heartbreaking song for a movie you've ever heard. I defy you to hear that song and see that scene and not get choked up.

But for FINDING NEMO, they relaced Randy with Thomas Newman. And the overall quality skyrocketed. The score is the most lush, imaginative and heartfelt music you've ever heard. And that "Egg theme" played at end by the oboe as Marlin is truly reunited with Nemo just shatters your heart.

If I should ever become a filmmaker and get enough money to hire a real first rate composer, first on my list is Thomas Newman.

One classic Disney title that I'm thinking of rewatching is LADY AND THE TRAMP. I know like the SE DVD of it is out tomorrow (I saw a commercial). It's not one of my favorite classic Disney titles. But I havn't seen the flick ever since I was a little kid. I vaguely remember bits and pieces of it, but I've read a lot of good things about it. If I see it at Roger's, I'll pick it up. Personally, I'm holding out for the Platinum Series editions of 101 DALMATIANS and THE JUNGLE BOOK, and if it's at all possible THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE. I know that period between Walt's death and the early 90's was a dark period in Disney animation, but THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE was always a personal fave of mine, just for the climax in Big Ben. Probably one of the best action sequences ever animated.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006 9:26 AM


The Secret of NIMH - Don Bluth is a genius and I love his work, not the crap that spun off from his work, but the stuff he had a hand in, almost all of it was brilliant, but there's a special place in my heart for NIMH.

Transformers: The Movie - Ok, Im a geek, I confess >.>

Winnie the Pooh - the classic shorts, some of the newer stuff Im mixed about (maybe because Im older?) but the original four shorts, well original three since A Day For Eeyore didnt come out until much later, are great work.

And I couldnt begin to list the assorted Warner Bros shorts Im in love with. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner movie anyone? That had segments of some of my favorite cartoons in it, how about I just go with some quotable quotes.

"Egads, what a night, I'll never mix radish juice and carrot juice again!"

"You have desecrated the spirit of the lamp! Now you must pay the consequences!"

"Consequences, shmoncequencies, as long as Im rich."

"Shhh...be vewy vewy quiet, we're hunting Elmers, huh-uh-uh-uh-uh"

And, uh, see my sig >.>

Where's the KABOOM?! There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom! *sigh* Delays...delays...


Tuesday, February 28, 2006 10:01 AM


The Secret of NIHM such a childhood favorite!!

Anything that Disney has done because it reminds me of my nieces being little and watching all the Disney shows with them new and old. But “The Great Mouse Detective” is a special fav.


Thursday, March 9, 2006 12:26 AM


My favorites as Follows:

The Castle of Cagliostro-A classic in every sense of the word, and showed the world who this Hayao Miyazaki is.

The Iron Giant-Giant robot befriends a kid, nuff said.

Porco Rosso (The Crimson Pig)- A animated film for middle aged men who still dream.

As for Disney:

101 Dalmatians-Why doesn't Disney learn from how great this one was?

The Great Mouse Detective-Ditto.

Lilo & Stitch-Disney's last great one, well before Treasure Planet and Brother Bear.

Favorite Warner Bros. Cartoon of all time:

Duck Amuck-This is a close-up? I said a close-up you jerk, a CLOSE-UP!

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 12:41 AM


Oh man, Duck Amuck was brilliant "That's strange, suddenly I don't feel quite like myself. Oh I feel alright only..." *looks at mirror* "ACK!"

Now Im going to have to go dig out my Golden Collection DVDs, that one's on there.


...had to end with a quote :)

Where's the KABOOM?! There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom! *sigh* Delays...delays...


Thursday, March 9, 2006 1:33 AM


Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is my absolute favorite.
Lilo and Stitch is so much fun so is Emperor's New Groove also I LOVE the classics- Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Bambi yeah I'm a Disney girl, I'm not big with the anime. I don't really like any of it- even Ghost in The Cell wasn't as good as I thought it would be.

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 1:44 AM


1. cowboy bebop the movie
2.the incredibles
3. titan A.E
4.spirited away
5.iron giant
6.monsters ink

greater is he who is in me than who is in the world


Thursday, March 9, 2006 2:06 AM


Anything by Don Bluth!
Titan A.E.
All Dogs Go to Heaven
The Land Before Time
An American Tail
The Secret of NIMH

and then there's those things non-Bluth, such as:
The Last Unicorn
The Lion King (best adaptation of Hamlet to date!)
Beauty and the Beast
The Little Mermaid

but my all time favourite is definitely:
Here's one of the many reasons why:

Kronk's Shoulder Devil: Listen up, big guy. I got three good reasons why you should just walk away. Number one. Look at that guy! He's got that sissy stringy music thing.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: We've been through this. It's a harp, and you know it.
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: Oh, right. That's a harp, and that's a dress.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: Robe!
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: Reason number two. Look what I can do. Ha-ha, ha!
[does one-armed handstand]
Kronk: But what does that have to do with me?
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: No, no. He's got a point.

Ha-ha! And the funny just keeps on coming!

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 6:43 AM


It's my opinion that Joss Whedon must have some kind of interest in anime, as Buffy, Angel, and Firefly all have quite a few similarities to anime titles. For instance, I'd equate them as follows:

(Vampire Hunter D, Vampire Princess Miyu)

(Cowboy Bebop, Saber Rider/Bismarck)

I bring this up because those similarities are one of the first things that got me into Joss' work. It's also possible the similarities are just coincidences, but what are the chances..

Anyway, there are quite a few excellent anime films out there. I'd be happy to get you a list.

I think I swallowed a bug...


Thursday, March 9, 2006 6:52 AM



Originally posted by FnordChan:
Allegro non Troppo - Brunno Bozzetto's crazed 1977 send-up of Fantasia is astonishing to behold. Like Fantasia, it's a series of animated segments set to classical music with live-action bits as a framing device, but from there things diverge wildly as the narrator - think an combination car salesman and con man (or is that redundant?) wearing a horrifically bad suit - holds forth on the originality of the film (while rejecting the supposed efforts of this Bisney character), before a small mob of old little Italian ladies tromp in to act as orchestra before a long suffering animator who is chained to his desk by a brutish conductor. But, inspired live-action gags aside, the real star here is the animation which alternates between whimsical, leering, caustic, madcap, and even poignet. Highlights include a complete history of evolution (sparked by an abandoned Coke bottle) set to "Bolero", a tear-jerker about a starving cat using "Valse Triste" to great effect, and the frantic finale. Highly recommended, especially for the Fantasia fan interested in seeing a good-natured parody of a holy cow. There's an excellent R1 DVD release courtesy of HVE that also includes a slew of Bozzetto's shorts; I'm particularly fond of "Self Service", about a bunch of hungry mosquitos.

*big thumbs up!*


Sunday, March 12, 2006 4:33 AM



Originally posted by SamWibatt:
I've got a ton of favorites, but the only one I can think of that hasn't already been mentioned is Nelvana's 1983 sleeper "Rock and Rule". Way ahead of its time, nearly bankrupted the company. Finally available on DVD.

Oh my ;p Now on DVD, are you serious? (First off, I'm always suprised that anyone even knows that movie :) Saw that on like TV when I was a kid (I'm yet another product of the 80's), and it frelling blew my mind! :) Spent years trying to even find out what the name of it was later on in life ;p

Far as my other favorites: anything Bakshi. Also, the Hobbit. (Mostly for the songs. "Suchs tiny little birds..." :)

Saw a few references to Last Unicorn, which is another shiny bit of nostalgia ;p Batman: Mask of the Phantasm for all the stated reasons, and for getting the Joker right. Heavy Metal, which was always a big influence on my art in my formative years. Cowboy Bebop, lots of other Anime. (Tokyo Godfathers was awesome, and like many, Akira was my gateway.)

My only other favorite I don't believe I saw mentioned here is Watership Down. Another movie that really blew me away as a kid, and remains one of my favorite books of all time.

You can take my hope when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.


Sunday, March 12, 2006 5:30 AM


Wow, great thread! Some many fabulous 'toons mentioned already I won't bother relisting the ones I agree with, but will be checking out the ones I haven't seen yet.

Two that I haven't seen listed that I think qualify: Disney's "Hercules", mainly for the celebrity voices, especially James Woods' Hades. I even like to watch the series because of him.
And, does anyone remember "A wish for Wings That Work"? A Christmas special based on the Bloom County comics, with Opus and Bill the Cat, that was on lo so many years ago (taped it. Good thing too because I've never seen it aired since then). The therapy session for flightless birds was pure genius (especially when the cockroach showed up with milk duds as falsies "Is this the group for cross-dressing cockroaches?") They had a pig named Truffles, that thought he was a rhino. That's where I got the name for my new Shih-Tzu puppy. Hey, that's when it was one, 14 years ago, when we got Truffles.


Sunday, March 12, 2006 6:08 AM



Oh my ;p Now on DVD, are you serious? (First off, I'm always suprised that anyone even knows that movie :) Saw that on like TV when I was a kid (I'm yet another product of the 80's), and it frelling blew my mind! :) Spent years trying to even find out what the name of it was later on in life ;p

(This was about the Nelvana film "Rock & Rule")

Yup, two versions - special edition thing linked here, and a single-disc one you can find digging around a bit:




Sunday, March 19, 2006 3:55 AM


A lot of my favorites have already been mentioned but one that hasn`t is "Wings of Honneamise" by Hiroyuki Yamaga.
This is the story of another planet`s attempt to put their first man in space and has some incredible background work on depicting a different, but not entirely unfamilliar world.


Flight Instructor: Son, know what the first rule of flying is?
Me: Don`t crash?


Sunday, March 26, 2006 6:16 PM


Alright, I'm not sure if these count, seein as they were stop-motion, but they looked like CG.

The Nightmare Before Christmas- Kidnap the Sandy Claws!! Hahahahaha!!

Corpse Bride- you should have seen him with fur

I'm a Burton fan.

And as for Anime....
Cowboy Bebop
Anything Miyazaki (fav was probably Castle in the sky)
Fushigi Yugi
Fruit's Basket
Ghost in the Shell
Ruroni Kenshin


Saturday, April 22, 2006 10:07 AM


My compliments to you for bringing up "Wings of Honeamise".

A brilliant and unique piece of work.

One of a small number of non-Miyazki anime features that actually works as a story as well as incredible animation and imagery.

It almost goes off course with the religious cult girl subplot, but pulls it together for one of the greatest action set pieces in animation history at the big battle at the end, culminating in the launch of the first manned rocket into orbit and the beautifully transcendental speech/image montage at the end.

Heartfelt and truly Genuis.

I met the Executive Producer from Gianax Studios almost 20 years ago and had the opportunity then to render my effusive praise for Honeamise.

Is is available in DVD? Dubbed?


Saturday, April 22, 2006 10:07 PM


There was an English dubbed version of "Wings of Honeamise" released in the UK on VCR a few years ago and a subtitled version turned up on TV some time back.
No DVD version as far as I know but with the Miyazaki/Ghibli studios back catalogue being released on DVD now perhaps we`ll get lucky with Gainax.


Flight Instructor: Son, know what the first rule of flying is?
Me: Don`t crash?


Saturday, April 22, 2006 10:30 PM


I would be as bold as to say that:

nightmare Before Christmas, Hellsing and Vampire Hunter D(and VHD:Bloodlust) make up the top 3 of my animated feature "list."

I ain't signing anything without seein' the fine print!







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