Postulating & Pontificating: Animated Bonanza!

I do love me some animation!

Animations knows no boundaries, it isn’t a genre, it’s but another style within the medium of film, and even limiting animation to the term “style” may be selling it short. Okay, okay, I’ll give. This is a cheat, I know I said when I started the Postulating & Pontificating feature that it would be opinion pieces. However, I also like to make lists and I’ve decided that from time to time I want to toss in a list. Besides, unless it’s a list from someone else it’s still my opinion and it is a piece I put together, so there!

The first list I’m going with is my ranking of the top one hundred animated films of all time. I used to put together a list like this at a message board I once frequented. That was a group list, but this is decidedly a personal list. It is full of shorts and features because I don’t differentiate between the two. I consider every single one of these films to be a great work, and I’d like to share my list with my readers.. The reason I’m giving you guys this list is because I like compiling it and I have a feeling that animation will be a topic that I return to many times for Postulating & Pontificating. I know there are a lot of films not on my list, it may be that I didn’t rate the film you’re looking for or it may be that I haven’t seen the film in question. There is a ton of animation features and shorts that I have not gotten to, both modern and classic. I’m always open to suggestions, and I’m always on the lookout for new animated films to love.

If I’ve written a full length review for any of the films on this list go ahead and click on the link that goes with the films listing to be taken to said review. I have provided capsule reviews for most of the shorts listed in my This Week In Cinema Feature. I generally don’t link to those reviews because it clutters up the difference between my capsule reviews and full length reviews. However, if anyone is interested in seeking out those reviews try the search function or click on the category link for This Week In Cinema. Also, as a small tease, I know there isn’t a review for my number one animated film, but there will be a full length review coming next week. Alright, that’s enough gabbing from me, enjoy the list.

100. Aladdin (1992, Ron Clements & John Musker)
99. Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pompoko (Pom Poko, 1994, Isao Takahata)
98. BURN-E (2008, Angus MacLane)
97. Wallace & Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (2005, Steve Box & Nick Park)
96. Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole (2010, Zack Snyder)
95. The Princess And The Frog (2009, Ron Clements & John Musker)
94. Lilo & Stitch (2002, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders)
93. Lifted (2006, Gary Rydstrom)
92. Cars (2006, John Lasseter & Joe Ranft)
91. Persepolis (2007, Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi)
90. For The Birds (2000, Ralph Eggleston)
89. Bolt (2008, Byron Howard & Chris Williams)
88. How To Train Your Dragon (2010, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders)
87. Tangled Ever After (3D, 2012, Nathan Greno & Bryron Howard)
86. Tangled (2010, Nathan Greno & Byron Howard)
85. Bambi (1942, David Hand)
84. Popeye The Sailor Meets Sinbad The Sailor (1936, Willard Bowsky & Dave Fleischer)
83. Minnie The Moocher (1932, Dave Fleischer)
82. Jûbei Ninpûchô (Ninja Scroll, 1993, Yoshiaki Kawajiri)
81. Der Fuehrer’s Face (1942, Jack Kinney)
80. Rupan Sansei: Kariosutoro No Shiro (Lupin The Third: The Castle Of Cagliostro, 1979, Hayao Miyazaki)
79. Pocahontas (1995, Mike Gabriel & Eric Goldberg)
78. A Bug’s Life (1998, John Lasseter & Andrew Stanton)
77. Beauty And The Beast (Special Edition, 1991, Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise)
76. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996, Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise)
75. James And The Giant Peach (1996, Henry Selick)
74. The Incredibles (2004, Brad Bird)
73. Sennen Joyû (Millennium Actress, 2001, Satoshi Kon)
72. Anastasia (1997, Don Bluth & Gary Goldman)
71. Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004, Hayao Miyazaki)
70. Hôhokekyo Tonari No Yamada-kun (My Neighbors The Yamadas, 1999, Isao Takahata)
69. Coraline (2009, Henry Selick)
68. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009, Phil Lord & Chris Miller)
67. Toy Story (1995, John Lasseter)
66. The Polar Express (2004, Robert Zemeckis)
65. Your Friend The Rat (2007, Jim Capobianco)
64. Jack-Jack Attack (2005, Brad Bird)
63. Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip (1940, Clyde Geronimi)
62. Steamboat Willie (1928, Walt Disney & Ub Iwerks)
61. Three Little Pigs (1933, Burt Gillett)
60. Boundin’ (2003, Roger Gould & Bud Luckey)
59. Luxo Jr. (1986, John Lasseter)
58. The Old Mill (1937, Wilfred Jackson)
57. Small Fry (2011, Angus MacLane)
56. Vincent (1982, Tim Burton)
55. Knick Knack (1989, John Lasseter)
54. Brave Little Tailor (1938, Bill Roberts)
53. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000, Mark Dindal)
52. Kaze No Tani No Naushika (Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, 1984, Hayao Miyazaki)
51. The Great Mouse Detective (1986, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, and Ron Clements & John Musker)
50. Rabbit Fire (1951, Chuck Jones)
49. Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993, Eric Radomski & Bruce W. Timm)
48. Feed The Kitty (1952, Chuck Jones)
47. Robin Hood (1973, Wolfgang Reitherman)
46. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, Henry Selick)
45. The Little Mermaid (1989, Ron Clements & John Musker)
44. Tin Toy (1988, John Lasseter)
43. Tenkû No Shiro Rapyuta (Castle In The Sky, 1986, Hayao Miyazaki)
42. Begone Dull Care (1949, Evelyn Lambart & Norman McLaren)
41. Presto (2008, Doug Sweetland)
40. Bad Luck Blackie (1949, Tex Avery)
39. Duck Dodgers In The 24½th Century (1953, Chuck Jones)
38. Rabbit Of Seville (1950, Chuck Jones)
37. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999, Trey Parker)
36. Kurenai No Buta (Porco Rosso, 1992, Hayao Miyazaki)
35. Tma/Svetlo/Tma (Darkness/Light/Darkness, 1990, Jan Svankmajer)
34. Geri’s Game (1997, Jan Pinkava)
33. Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1953, Chuck Jones)
32. Waking Life (2001, Richard Linklater)
31. Monsters, Inc. (2001, Pete Docter, David Silverman, & Lee Unkrich)
30. The Lion King (1994, Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff)
29. The Cat Concerto (1947, Joseph Barbera & William Hanna)
28. The Iron Giant (1999, Brad Bird)
27. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988, Robert Zemeckis)
26. What’s Opera Doc? (1957, Chuck Jones)
25. One Man Band (2005, Mark Andrews & Andrew Jimenez)
24. Day & Night (2010, Teddy Newton)
23. Rango (2011, Gore Verbinski)
22. Winnie The Pooh (2011, Stephen J. Anderson & Don Hall)
21. Duck Amuck (1953, Chuck Jones)
20. Gake No Ue No Ponyo (Ponyo, 2008, Hayao Miyazaki)
19. Wallace And Gromit In ‘A Matter Of Loaf And Death’ (2008, Nick Park)
18. Mononoke-hime (Princess Mononoke, 1997, Hayao Miyazaki)
17. Toy Story 3 (2010, Lee Unkrich)
16. The Dot And The Line: A Romance In Lower Mathematics (1965, Chuck Jones & Maurice Noble)
15. Mimi Wo Sumaseba (Whisper Of The Heart, 1995, Yoshifumi Kondo)
14. Perfect Blue (1998, Satoshi Kon)
13. Finding Nemo (2003, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich)
12. Up (2009, Pete Docter & Bob Peterson)
11. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937, David Hand)
10. Alice In Wonderland (1951, Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, & Hamilton Luske)
9. Majo No Takkyûbin (Kiki’s Delivery Service, 1989, Hayao Miyazaki)
8. Rabbit Seasoning (1952, Chuck Jones)
7. Toy Story 2 (1999, Ash Brannon, John Lasseter, & Lee Unkrich)
6. Fantasia (1940, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe, Norman Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield & Ben Sharpsteen)
5. One Froggy Evening (1955, Chuck Jones)
4. Tonari No Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro, 1988, Hayao Miyazaki)
3. Hotaru No Haka (Grave Of The Fireflies, 1988, Isao Takahata)
2. Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away, 2001, Hayao Miyazaki)
1. WALL·E(2008, Andrew Stanton)

Cheers,
Bill

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