Mind Your Business: Best & Worst Animated Films of 2011
I always love the end of the year list of the Best Of…, Biggest of…, etc of things and events of the year. But most movie lists get it wrong. They list the best reviewed movies or the ones that made the most money.
This is animation. I want to talk about the animated movies of 2011 that were the most FUN to watch.
TOP 10 MOST FUN ANIMATED FILMS OF 2011
1: Arthur Christmas
Incredible character designs and super funny script. I laughed hardest at this movie from beginning to end than any other animation this year. I’m stunned that more people aren’t talking about it. Completely under-rated. The Grandpa Santa is one of the greatest designs I’ve seen in years. Just looking at him is funny.
I think the title may have hurt it in the box office. It’s accurate, but not enticing. In other words the title sucks…but go see it. It’s the must-see film of the season.
I was wary of this movie since all of the performance capture movies by Zemeckis have looked absolutely terrible. Every character had that horrible ‘dead eyes’ look. Luckily, Spielberg and Peter Jackson have conquered that problem with this movie. The characters look incredible.
This is truly an animated Spielberg movie. It’s an adventure like his Raiders movies. It’s a blast.
I think the problem here, again, is the title. I’m a huge comic book fan and have known about Tin Tin for decades, but I never read it. The name turned me off, and it looked like I’m not the only one since this great movie is not making much money in the States. Here in the U.S. the name Tin Tin is reminiscent of the old TV series Rin Tin Tin, giving us a skewed feeling of what the property really is. Forget the name but don’t miss the movie.
I love these characters. Jack Black’s live-action movies are tanking, but his VO on animated films is great. The 3D stereography was the most comfortable I’ve seen (with the exception of Avatar). Fun and funny with lots of outrageous action.
Everyone talks about the first part of Up being so great because the story was told with no dialogue. Well here’s an entire movie with no dialogue. It’s slow-paced, but it’s a great pace for this type of story. Great look and keeps you interested from the first frame to the last.