Top 10 Animated Features of the 2000s
Hayao Miyazaki is a living legend of animation for good reason. His Alice in Wonderland, Spirited Away is a fantasy of pure visual invention and complex storytelling. With subtlety, he weaves into his adventure an environmental message, comment on the generational gap and an intricate coming of age lesson. Chihiro is a spoiled child when she is transported into an alternative world where she must take a job at the bathhouse of the gods. There she will have to give up the childish ways of youth and forge her new adult identity. Winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature and the prestigious Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, Spirited Away represents the full extent of what artists can accomplish in animation.
Rick DeMott is the director of content for Animation World Network, VFXWorld and AWNtv. Additionally, he's the creator of the movie review site, Rick's Flicks Picks, which was recently named one of the 100 best movie blogs by The Daily Reviewer. He has written for TV series, such as Discovery Kids' Growing Up Creepie and Cartoon Network's Pet Alien, the animation history book Animation Art, and the humor, absurdist and surrealist website Unloosen. Previously, he held various production and management positions in the entertainment industry.