Top 25 Animated Movies of the Decade: Part 2

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December 10th, 2009–

Ok, here we go. The top ten animated films of the last decade. There’s not much to say here that I didn’t mention in the first installment of this article. Honestly, this was such a great 10 years for animation in general, that even limiting the choices and ranking them has been a fool’s errand. But, I guess I’m that fool and the following represent what I think are the finest accomplishments of the form. Each and every one of these could be competing for number 1. Here goes…

 

10. Up (2009) Directed by: Pete Doctor

An old man who looks like he’s been assembled out of soggy cardboard boxes? An asian child shaped like a chicken McNugget? A house pulled to South America by thousands and thousands of balloons? Up is filled with unlikely elements but its these that push it a little further away from Pixar’s business as usual. The result is something of a wonder. Up fires off its most emotionally powerful and poignant scene right up front: a young girl and boy meet, spend years dreaming together, get married and miss those far-flung plans when life intervenes. It might just be the most touching moment in any of the Pixar films, indeed, in animation in general and a lesser movie wouldn’t recover. But Up is first and foremost a golden age pulp adventure, with forays into the deep jungle, unusual creatures and long-lost expeditions. Carl Fredrickson and his young friend are wonderful characters, and their exchanges are part of the film’s lifeblood. What impresses me is that Up is actually thrilling; the adventure scenes that take place on the flying zeppelin with armies of canine-piloted planes attacking Carl and the boy are more dazzling and breath-taking than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ever dreamt of being. Instead of being complacent, or resting on their laurels, Pixar takes a risk and rises to the occasion. A beautiful and absorbing classic, regardless of whom you might be.  

 

9.  Howl’s Moving Castle (2005) Directed by: Hayo Miyazaki

Japanese director Miyazaki has rightfully earned the status of animation master. Working dilligently and dutifully for decades, he has made some of the most endearing and imaginative fantasies I have ever seen. I honestly thought he might have hit his stride after 2001. But he came back with this magnificently intimate adaptation of Dianne Wynn-Jones young adult novel Howl’s Moving Castle. It is old hat to call a Miyazaki movie visually stunning, but what he accomplishes here is a new feat; he’s blending the worlds of Japanese fantasy and European fantasy into an enticing stew. Every frame has an old-world elegance and an Eastern sense of the mystical and exotic. The castle itself is one of the greatest movie spaces I’ve ever seen. From the outside it is a hulking, anthropomorphic goliath, striding across the countryside. On the inside it’s a cozy chamber that encases the characters in both their struggles and their joys. And while there is plenty of inventive joy here, there’s also a real sense of danger and sacrifice. Evoking the terror of war and the frivolity of stunted adolescence, HMC has an expansive sensibility similar to The Wizard of Oz. It is to Miyazaki’s credit that this film has all the magic and intelligence and heart that one possessed. And give Lasseter and company props for getting a great voice cast, led by Christian Bale, to deliver one of the best dubs I’ve heard for a foreign language film.

 

8. Metropolis (2001) Directed by: Rin Taro

Every once in awhile you will come across a piece of art that remakes or draws from another substantial work and manages the near impossible feat of creating something comparable in its effect. Rin Taro’s Metropolis accomplishes such a feat. The film is an animated adaptation of  Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis, itself a manga version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 science fiction spectacle. Building a layered world of robotic servants and upper-class societies vying against an increasingly hostile lower caste of disenfranchised peasants, Metropolis adopts Tezuka’s simplistic and childlike illustrative style (the characters all look similar to his famous Astro Boy) and crams the frame full of eye-popping and gorgeous details. Drawing from the pop-art of Tezuka, the German Expressionism of Lang, and a kind of 40’s noir atmosphere, Taro’s movie is an epic and provoking futuristic fable. His characters aren’t lost in his staggering future city, and the movie’s exploration of artificiality vs. humanity and the social definitions of a ‘person’ are more thought-out here than in a similar live-action film like A.I. In addition, Metropolis has a stellar soundtrack made up of 20s jazz, and later renditions of blues classics. The final, apocalyptic melee goes down while Ray Charles croons ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’. Those are exactly my sentiments towards this overwhelming anime achievement.

 

7. The Incredibles (2004) Directed by: Brad Bird

I absolutely adore this movie. I was a huge fan of Bird’s 2-dimensional classic The Iron Giant, and as far as I’m concerned Incredibles takes everything that movie did so achingly well and amplifies it. For starters, this is a true family movie; not in the sense it is simply appropriate for all members, but rather it’s actually got something worthy and worthwhile to say about and to each member. In a time when Hollywood seems determined to crap endlessly upon the waning concept of the nuclear family, Bird’s movie celebrates familial bonds, the desire to press beyond mediocrity and how reinvigorating passion for life is best approached as an effort made by the whole unit. Take all that away, and you still have the single best superhero film of the decade; a movie that understands the silliness of the suits, the draw of heroism, and the stronger stuff that defines someone as ‘incredible’. I guess it’s also worthwhile to mention that this is both a terrifically funny and awesomely thrilling movie.  A masterpiece.

 

6. Mary and Max (2009) Directed by: Adam Elliot

 As an artist who primarily works in two-dimensions with pencils, paints and pastels, I have always been in awe of those who could work in that third dimension without the aid of a computer. Greater still is the talent who can not only wring emotion and meaning from lumps of clay, but actually amplify the depths of human feeling with a dimple here, a fold there. Mary and Max, the first feature length film from Harvie Krumpet director, Adam Elliot, is a tremendous work of understanding and empathy and it pushes the boundaries of what we accept as real ‘friendship’. It’s a truly heart-felt and emotionally disarming story about a lonely little girl living in Melbourne who randomly picks a pen pal out of the phonebook. The person she finds is an extremely overweight New York man in his 40’s who happens to be an ex-mental patient. Now, that might initially sound sinister, but Elliot avoids this completely. Max, the New Yorker, is  gladdened by Mary’s correspondence because it is really the only consistent source of care he recieves. See, Max is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and he hides away from the world in fear. Mary, hearing of his diagnosis, sets out to learn all she can about the illness in hopes of curing her friend and freeing him from his cage. What happens from there spans 20 years and is sure to bring on both tears of laughter and tears of emotion. A live action film couldn’t deliver the impact this one has. Elliot creates a drab, gray noir world of trouble and adversity for Max and Mary and the one ephemeral thing he can’t physically animate–their friendship–is the very thing that is most fully realized in this gentle, heartening tale.  

 

5. Persepolis (2007) Directed by: Vincent Paronnaud &
Marjane Satrapi

In graphic novel form, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis was an inspired, witty and insightful memoir. It told the story of the author’s own childhood and growing up in Tehran under the rule of the Shah and the ayatollahs. In animated form, with French voice actors (where Satrapi now works and lives), Persepolis becomes more immediate and more colorful, despite the fact it’s mostly in black and white.  Whether she is marching about with a shirt that says Punk isNot Ded, rocking out to Eye of the Tiger, or fleeing arrest due to the views or opinions of her family and friends, the movie shows all facets and sides of Satrapi’s experiences in Iran. Like Bashir, but with a livelier, more endearing voice, Persepolis stretches the use of animation to include instruction on the realities of the world in which we live. But what is most impressive and excellent about the film version is that it never ever loses its very human voice and what emerges from all those eye-catching black and white squiggles is a very real and very intriguing portrait of a girl growing up and making sense of the world she finds herself in.

 

4. Belleville Rendezvous (The Triplets of Belleville) (2003) Directed by: Sylvan Chomet

Sylvan Chomet’s Belleville Rendezvous is a gloriously weird and off-kilter vision. It is also so unique and singularly intriguing that I recall being surprised to learn that after breathlessly watching the entire thing, I had heard only a handful of spoken dialogue. For all intents and purposes, this could be a silent film. And yet, the characters have about three times as much spirit, charm and definition as those in films where the script runs for 300 pages. The animation is also unconventional, but it has a traditional, ink and water-color style that reminds me of the illustrations that would accompany the Tin-Tin stories. Chomet is an artist of impeccable craft and his details, although mostly wacky, are placed so perfectly that he achieves exactly the right oddball response he’s going for. Most of this one feels like a dream; it’s a story that might as well be taking place in a completely other universe, and I love that about it. The world of animation can be used to show us things we simply couldnt see otherwise, or reveal emotional truths that live action might veil, but here Chomet is introducing us to an entirely separate story where every single element could only exist in animation. None of it could be lifted out of where it is. It simply wouldn’t work. I’ve heard from those who are just put off by it. It’s too offbeat or too erratic. I don’t think so. I find it inspiring and wonderfully persistent in its oddness. My wife finds the animation so grotesque that she refuses to rewatch it. She isn’t wrong, but that’s another part of why the film is endearing to me. These aren’t cookie cutter characters or an easily digested story with the usual beats. These are the absurd dreams of Sylvan Chomet, spilled from his head and running rampant up there on the screen. I can’t think of a better use for animation than that.

 

3. Coraline (2009) Directed by: Henry Selick

Like many of my favorite films, Selick’s Coraline took awhile to grow on me. When I first saw it in 3-D at theaters my mind was preoccupied and I mostly reacted to the rather dark storyline. On a second viewing, at home, the film jumped to life in a way that it hadn’t in 3 dimensions. Coraline is possibly the best fantasy about the tension between childhood and the adult world I have ever seen. The stop-motion is expertly concieved and the visuals are everything that is great about Jan Svanmaker, the brothers Quay and Terry Gilliam in one delightful and gloriously dark package. The atmosphere can only be described as otherworldly. The tone is halfway between classic Grim fairy tales and that mopey sense of despoiled wonder that a rainy day can bring to a kid. There are songs, a cat voiced by Keith David, and the most frightening witch to ever terrorize a child. All of that can go to explaining the appeal, but in truth, the movie is this high up on the list because when I returned to it ….I connected with it. Whats up there on screen is so fantastical and bizarre, but in addressing the desires and dreams of a child, I found my own specific childhood reflected in its rythyms and wild imaginings. When I watch Coraline, I’m pulled in by a great story, yes, but I’m also picked up and set back down in a POV that is now a few decades removed from me. That, in and of itself, is a wonder.

 

2. Wall-E (2008) Directed by: Andrew Stanton

One of the great movies, Wall-E is equal parts sweet love story, social commentary and visionary science fiction. Detractors like to call the first half-hour of so brilliant and then slag the rest. They are, of course, only half right. The near silent-film that opens Wall-E is quite nearly perfect and it captures the most unlikely courtship in the history of cinema. I loved it, I did. But for me personally, if the film had remained there in the junkyard of Earth, between Wall-E and Eva, then it wouldn’t have the power and effect it has. Yes, there is some great pantomime and heartwarming character work going on in those opening 30 minutes. Theres a lonely desolation too, cataloguing the ruin of the human homeworld, that is actually rather daring for a film aiming to snare families. But what happens on the Axiom, the world Wall-E encounters there, and the subsequent adventures are what give the story it’s context and the characters their drive. Wall-E would have been a supremely sweet and delicate little movie if it had been two robots tooling around Earth. The filmmakers here are more generous and ambitious. They gave us that movie, and a second one too. One that peers through the eyes of true science fiction and imagines mankind awkwardly and tepidly trying to steer itself back on course with the help of a robot more decidedly human than all of them. Few films can conjure such iconic imagery and specific emotions. Wall-E makes the love between a trash compactor and an i-pod seem like the greatest love story every told. And when it’s over, how can you argue?

 

1. Spirited Away (2001) Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Enchantment can take alot of forms. Spirited Away hits so many different notes of enchantment, that one could get lost trying to figure out how the movie does what it does. It essentially takes Alice and Wonderland and replaces the nonsense with a thoughtful and wise invocation of self-identity and finding your place amidst a world that doesn’t always make sense. Miyazaki has never imagined a crazier and more biologically diverse universe than the one that shows up here. Asian mythology bursts at the seams and lets loose a veritable parade of indescribable creatures, phantoms, dragons, witches and even a magical frog. There is a loving, hand-made quality to the animation and the film is an embarassment of riches. When No-Face, the mask-wearing carnivore with an out-of-control appetite threatens to consume every living thing in the movie, and he’s faced down by Chiro’s sensible patience, I was won over. This could easily be a surreal and fleeting dream, but the film is anchored by its story and its central character. I am a fan of the movies because I enjoy being delighted, surprised and transported. Spirited Away does every one of those things so completely that the experience of it lingers with you after you have left it. The savor and spice of this profoundly entertaining animation leaves it’s aroma on the mundane world it inhabits.

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79 Responses to “Top 25 Animated Movies of the Decade: Part 2”

  1. koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    You saw Mary and Max! You lucky bastard! Its doesn’t even gots the VHS release date yet.

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

      It’s hard hitting. I think it’s due to come out soon though.

  2. koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:04 pm #

    Also Wall-E was the best thing Pixar has done since Toy Story. Got robbed for best song at the oscars as well.

  3. koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    Man Metropolis, I’ve been meaning to watch that for the longest time. I love the original and have been wondering how this turned out.

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

      it’s great. You should see it. Theres just so much detail in every single space of the thing.

  4. koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    Also no Monster’s Inc??? Oh well at least you didn’t make Coraline number one or include that worthless Corpses Bride.

    Trust me five years from now you’ll have watched a bunch of these movies again before you ever pick up Coraline again.

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

      Seen Coraline four times and counting.

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

      The Mike and Sully friendship and the Boo and Sully relationship are terrific. But honestly, the rest of it is rather standard issue Pixar.

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

      see Coraline a second time. I’m telling ya. It improves.

      • koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

        Do you think its got a chance against UP at the Oscars? I don’t. That movie had the award after the first critics screening.

      • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

        No, I doubt it or Mary and Max have a shot. Princess and the Frog might, if just because its a return to form. Pixar dominates because it hits the critics sweetspot and it has that populist sensebility, so they figure giving it the award is a win/win. And it is terrific. It’s just been an uncommonly good year for animated films.

      • koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

        I don’t know, there is too much love for Up. I don’t think anything will get close. Its almost like Pixar is making Oscar bait movies now. hahahahahahaha

      • koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

        Battle for Terra is on the short list for nominations though!!!!! FINGER’S CROSSED!

  5. koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    Also thank you for not putting Ponyo on there. That movie was pretty weak. Good first half everything after the wave shows that Miyazaki was just making stuff up for the sake of making stuff up.

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

      I liked Ponyo, alot actually, but it wasn’t quite in the same league. It gets better on a second viewing, though, Koutch. I felt the same way you did at first.

      https://cinematropolis.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/now-playing-ponyo-swims-the-dazzling-seas-of-miyazakis-imagination/

      • koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

        Really? Well first off I was told the movie was 20 minutes shorter then it was. And secondly after the wave there is like 10 minutes of the little boy just shouting Ponyo and it was annoying as hell. Then all the stuff Ponyo’s dad at the end was tottally just like, yeah sure do that why not.

      • Mrs. Bartleby December 18, 2009 at 8:20 am #

        I was really not impressed with Ponyo either. Ponyo’s dad was a little too weird for my taste… and yes, I agree there is a lot of the little boy just screaming “Ponyo.”

  6. koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    Yeah I never got the whole, second half of Wall-E is worthless. I don’t know what people were expecting?

  7. koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    So you were a little girl when you were a child?

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

      no, but I have two sisters. besides Coraline doesn’t do anything ‘girlish’ the entire movie. She could, more or less, be a boy and it wouldn’t matter so much.

  8. koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    I think that movie was about becoming a ‘women’ if you know what I mean.

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

      I hear you, but not really…Wizard of Oz, with the ‘ruby’ slippers, sure. But Coraline was mostly more universal in dealing with a kid’s attitude towards their parents and their place. I think because the Bell Dame was a female apparation–and mostly assumed the role of the mother (as vile creatures in fairy tales are wont to do–it made sense to make Coraline a female, to have that sense of tension with her mother.

      • koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

        Yeah I was just messing. Coraline can swing both ways.

        I don’t hate the movie, I liked it it just didn’t engage me. I should rent it.

  9. koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    Alice and Wonderland god this idea is about to be done to death between this year and next.

    I’m already sick of it and that crappy looking Burton dreck hasn’t even come out.

  10. koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    So no love for TMNT? What did you think of that film? Still can’t believe it was number 1 at the box office. Totally thought it would bomb. Best reboot of the decade.

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

      ready for a shocker? I never actually saw it. I wanted to, but never made it round somehow. I guess I will, if you are recommending it.

      • koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

        AWWWW MAN! NO WAY! ITS SO GOOD!….If you were a fan growing up.

        If you never cared for them or liked the live action stuff better, this won’t change your mind.

        But to me, being a huge fan, it didn’t destroy my childhood as they say. I think its by far the best Turtle movie. And there is a fight scene in the rain that just has to be seen. Probably one of the best fight scenes in a cartoon ever and at least top 20 of this decade.

      • koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

        I’d lend you my copy?

        I bought it and my mom wanted to see it, but when I turned it on she realized it was CGI and was mad, she thought it was going to be live action.

        I used to have a copy on my zune, what happened to that?

  11. Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 1:25 pm #

    Nah. That’s fine. I’ve got a friend whose also a TMNT fan, and he’s been recommending the movie. I’ll borrow it from him, or rent it. Maybe do a TMNT, Battle for Terra double feature.

    • koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

      I hope your read for the most action packed 3 hours of your life!

      I hope you like them. Let me know if you do.

      • koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

        READY*

  12. koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    I don’t know if this is a sad fact or not. But I was in some lame movie trivia quiz, and losing pretty bad. I’m not extremely fast, it was a buzz in situation and they had crappy buzzers.

    But when it came to the Disney song catagory I got all BUT ONE of the questions. And I only missed that question because I missed the first buzz in and that person got it wrong, and then I missed the rebuzz in. But I slay at Disney song trivia.

  13. koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    All in all, I can’t say anything bad about this list. You didn’t have Shrek anywhere near it. And for some reason people always have to include Shrek.

  14. Xiphos December 10, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    Where’s the Afghanistanimation? your a cultural imperialist.

  15. Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    the what, Xi?

    • Xiphos December 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

      Afghanistanimation= animation from Afghanistan. Jonny Chimpo, never heard of him? Imperialist.

  16. Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    nope…got a link or something? let me guess the animators have all been burned already?

    • xiphos0311 December 10, 2009 at 2:32 pm #

      Not a fan of the movie Super troopers I take it? I’m just busting hops because I’ve only seen the Incredibles.

      • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

        Actually, Super Troopers is pretty darn funny. It’s probably why I took the bait at all..because I recognized the name ‘Jonny Chimpo’. Wasn’t that the emblem on the drugs or something? I only remember Fava getting hosed by the powdered sugar and Brian Cox shambling drunkenly through someone’s yard with a baseball bat.

  17. Continentalop December 10, 2009 at 2:53 pm #

    I loved the Incredibles, but one thing really drive me nuts: Violets powers. Hey, I’m a big comic book fan and it just rubbed me raw that everyone in the family had a physical power (super-strength, speed and stretching) while she generated force fields and turned invisible. Plus her powers were just to simular to the Invisible Woman. They should of given her the power to shrink and grow.

    A minor complain I know but something that bothered about that movie. I still enjoyed it though, it was in my top #25.

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

      well, and I know you know this Conti, but they were going for the power closest to what they assumed a teen girl would feel: being invisible, putting up shielding walls. I think too Xi is right in the fact it’s a deliberate homage. If the Flash had been on the Fantastic Four, it’s almost a facsimile. Dad’s the big, strong protective type, mom the flexible one who will reach out to catch you no matter what, speedy little pre-adolescent boy, going so fast no one can catch up with him. Even the baby: a big, vibrant ball of chaos. I thought they did a nice job with making the powers meaningful.

      • koutchboom December 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm #

        Violet looks like that chick from Parks and Rec and Funny People.

      • Continentalop December 10, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

        I know B. But I also felt that shrinking/growing would have worked better forcthe awkward girl phrase. She shrinks when she feels small or unimportant orvwhen shevwants to hide socially (a literal shrinking violet) and finally grows when her self confidence grows and she wants to assert herself.

        Plus it could have led to a great line if a 50′ tall Violet punched the Omnidroid, Mr. I could gave said “That’s my little girl.”

      • Continentalop December 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

        Posted via iPhone if you are wondering why I went full retard with the typos. Not drunk.

  18. MORBIUS December 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    Mary and Max and Metropolis, I will need to check out. Once again, very well written reviews, I like your style. Although Coraline, Persopolis and Triplets would be less closer to #1 for me. Up and the Incredibles (Hey Sal, GIANT ROBOTS) would be my choices, and of course WALL-E which is. Miyazaki rules, except PONYO (I liked it but didn’t care for the mostly washed out look of it, too Pastelly?).
    Spirited Away and Howls Moving Castle are my two favorites, as well as TOTORO,NAUSICAA, MONONOKE, KIKI’s Delivery Service.

    Nicely done sir.

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

      Thanks Morbius. Ponyo gets better the second time, but I hear what you are saying. It’s my least fave Miyazaki movie. You still gotta give the guy credit for being so talented and formidable after all these years. As far as talent and effort goes, Ponyo isn’t any less than the others. It just has a less compelling story and no characters you can really graft onto.

      Morb, did you see Metropolis?

  19. Continentalop December 10, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    And I really enjoyed Spirited Away. And besides all the creatures from Asian mythology, did you see the cameo by Maurice Sendak’s Wild Things?

  20. xiphos0311 December 10, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    I just figured they were doing the a good Fantastic Four movie. Outside of Mystery Men, Incredibles is the best funny book movie out there.

  21. Continentalop December 10, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    I agree. The Incredibles is the best funny book movie out there, but the similarities with the FF distracted me somewhat.

    My favorite live action super hero movie might be the Bourne Identity (don’t tell me it is a spy movie; regular Joe Matt Damon suddenly finds out he can kick-ass and kill people, he is a super-hero).

  22. lord bronco December 10, 2009 at 3:06 pm #

    Cracked.com’s Chris Bucholz Buggers Gingertown in no uncertain terms:

    Well, this year has been a breakout one for Cracked.com-with the showdown between Dan o’Brien and Chris Bucholz as to will be crowned King of The Snarky Internet Columnist Of the Decade. Sorry, Onion staffers–you don’t have the dedicated output and demented consistency to even merit a placement in the discussion.

    Though the slaughterfest has been epic these last few months-we now have a clear winner given a late round knock out punch delivered by Bucholz in the Ninth december Round.

    Submitted for your approval, I give you:

    http://www.cracked.com/blog/?p=14265

    In one article, bucholz not only feighly comments on the mystique surrounding the hubris of James Cameron, his destined to be the most scientifically profitable new movie Avatar–He also completely and utterly destroys a certain Texas-based internet web-movie review service and it’s head editor known as Knowles.

    Though there are a few remaining weeks left for o’Brien to attempt to beat the ten-count, even his coaches are considering throwing in the towel at this point.

    Submitted for your consideration, yours as always-L.B.

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

      that…was really a weird article. I should expect no less from Cracked. Some of it was pretty funny though.

  23. xiphos0311 December 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm #

    Bourne identity= Mr.Potato head goes mano a mono with red shirts and an editing computer.

    I’m technically deficient so I don’t know what the computers and programs are actually called sorry. I’m not trying to deliberately insult your work Conti.

    • Continentalop December 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm #

      Don’t worry Xi, I never took it as an insult.

      And it is only the first one that works for the me. The idea that Matt Damon, this wimpy, weak looking guy, surprising everyone including himself that he is a tough guy can only work once. Matt Damon’s strength is that you can’t see him as being dangerous, which is also his weakness in the sequels.

  24. lord bronco December 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    Sorry for the threadjack fellas, I actually have to be productive today–great lists-but I shall be back anon… *yes, a generic spam reply* toodles!

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

      no prob, Bronco. Spread the word of the list on your travels…

  25. MORBIUS December 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    Bart,

    I mentioned that I need to see the animated METROPOLIS. Or did you mean the Film from 1927?

  26. Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    Im sorry, yea, the original…

    • MORBIUS December 10, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

      Only seen bits and pieces, I’m thinking I should give it a go.

      Is there a way to put a picture in the box above my screen name?

      • xiphos0311 December 10, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

        Morbius have joined Worldpress yet? if you have go to your profile section in Dashboard and go to the “gravatar” and follow the directions.

        I think that’s all you need to do.

        to enroll in worldpress there is a link at the bottom of the page.

  27. MORBIUS December 10, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    Bart, Is that something different than what I had to do when first logging onto WotM? For some reason registering there automatically put me on here too. Or is WordPress a different animal altogether? As you can probably tell, an a computer I am one rung above tyro, but not by much.

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

      That’s wordpress Morbius. It gets you into any wordpress site with your screename. If you go to your profile section and then to ‘gravatar’ as Xi instructs above, you can add a pic in. Y’know, it’s bout time I did that myself.

      • MORBIUS December 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm #

        WordPress keeps telling me that I have an invalid Username. How is that possible?

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

      Morb, go to wordpress.com and set up an account there. I suppose it’s possible you just have some sort of screename for posting without an account. Im not sure exactly.

  28. Cello December 10, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    Glad to see Coraline getting such high marks, it was my first and only 3-D movie and I enjoyed it immensly. Glad to see the anime love on here as well. It’s decided, you’ve inspired me to make my town top list. Top 10 anime films of the decade! I’ll get started and maybe post it up next friday after your done with your lists 🙂

    • MORBIUS December 10, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

      Looking forward to another persons take on their animated favorites.

      There’s always room for Cello!

    • Bartleby December 10, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

      Bring’em Cello! I’ll add a link over here when you do!

  29. MORBIUS December 10, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    Sorry about that Xiphos, I was expecting a reply from Bart, didn’t look at the name. Thanks mate.

  30. drmorbius December 11, 2009 at 2:01 am #

    Bart

    AVATAR: london Screening posted at TWITCH

    http://twitchfilm.net/reviews/2009/12/avatar-review.php

  31. herr milflover December 11, 2009 at 3:00 am #

    Great list. A lot of these I havent seen yet, some just dont interest me, some I never got around to watch.

    The Incredibles is my favorite overall movie this decade. Just perfect in every way. I also loved 9, Coraline, Kung Fu Panda and Ratatouille.

    Persepolis and Nocturna I definitely want to see.
    I’m gonna try to catch Fantastic Mr Fox this weekend, at first I didnt care, but the more I read about it the more I want to see it, I just hope by now I havent had it all spoiled.
    I didnt like Beowulf, the end battle with the dragon was awesome, but the rest of it I didnt care at all for. Might have been more enjoyable in 3D.
    The Miyazaki stuff I’ve seen I didnt get into, but I agree he is a great talent. Ponyo looks like complete ass tho.

    Absent from your list, I really enjoyed Tale Of Despereaux.
    And I loved the recent Appleseed, have you seen it? I tought it was really cool. Just got the sequel Ex Machina recently so I’m gonna do a double bill of them sometime soon.
    I also unashamedly totally dig Star Wars Clone Wars, and the tv series is just awesome.
    And while it’s only a 10 minute short, I’d also put One Rat Short on my list, it’s just so beautiful.

    So um, yeah. Just my two cents.

  32. koutchboom December 11, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    Yeah I really enjoyed The Clone Wars movie and the show. The battle on the side of the cliff in the movie was amazing.

    As for favorite shorts, I’d say Rockfish is my favorite.

    • koutchboom December 11, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

      And the original short for 9 was really good, or Kung Fun Panda’s directors oscar nominated short.

      Here is the site for the company that did Rockfish

      http://www.blur.com/
      But they seem to only do commercials now, they used to have some really cool shorts.

      Here is a link to you tube Rock Fish:

      http://www.spike.com/video/rockfish/2650473
      Vin Disel was once going to turn it into a movie, I’m glad that never happened. Its sort of like Termors in the future.

  33. koutchboom December 14, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    Dude, saw The Princess and The Frog last night. The movie was awesome! Totally dug it. You didn’t mentioned Keith David sings in the movie! Man if I knew that I would’ve gone to the midnight showing. He was a billion times better in this then in Coraline. In my opinion it was better then Up. It already felt classic while I was watching it. Can’t believe some of the reviews I’ve read for it, saying that it looks like DVT stuff??? In what world?

  34. Bartleby December 15, 2009 at 12:11 am #

    Good Koutch…I’m glad you liked it. I was really, really surprised. I think it’s just been so long since they did something like that right that it was a pure joy to see it done. Fantastic.

  35. koutchboom December 15, 2009 at 3:12 am #

    Yeah it was, everything was just right. The music the story. I fits in there with the best of them. Can’t believe all the critics saying it looks like DTV stuff? Its like they’ve become too cool for hand drawn? Yet, they all loved Ponyo? No way is Ponyo close to as good as Princess and the Frog.

  36. Cello December 16, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    Hey buddy, slapped up my list of top 10 anime flicks of the deacde, thanks for the insipiration to write it, and I hope you enjoy 🙂

  37. Castor December 17, 2009 at 2:26 am #

    Great post! I agree that Spirited Away was the best animation ever

  38. Mrs. Bartleby December 18, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    Good list. Can’t think of anything that you really missed here… even though Triplets of Belleville grossed me out, I admit, the story was very good. With little dialogue, the characters were more developed than in some stories where the character’s don’t shut up. I do believe that you forgot to mention that I DID watch this movie with you… out of the kindness of my heart… on Valentine’s Day.

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