Time Magazine’s 25 All-Time Best Animated Features

Richard Corliss has compiled a list for Time Magazine of “25 All-Time Best Animated Features”. I’ve posted his choices below.

1. Pinocchio (1940)
2. WALL-E (2008)
3. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979)
4. Dumbo (1941)
5. Spirited Away (2001)
6. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
7. Up (2009)
8. The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
9. Finding Nemo (2003)
10. The Little Mermaid (1989)
11. Toy Story 3 (2010)
12. Toy Story (1995)
13. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
14. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
15. Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
16. Happy Feet (2006)
17. Akira (1988)
18. The Lion King (1994)
19. Tangled (2010)
20. Paprika (2007)
21. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
22. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
23. Yellow Submarine (1968)
24. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
25. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

With all due respect, Mr. Corliss, this list is flawed. Very flawed. Where’s Bambi, The Incredibles, Toy Story 2, The Iron Giant, or Ice Age? What about Fritz the Cat or Heavy Traffic? Allegro Non Troppo and My Neighbor Totoro? Perhaps Nightmare Before Christmas or Mr. Bug Goes To Town?

And c’mon, even I can’t put The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie on such a list, much less at #3. It was essentially a compilation from classic shorts. Horton Hears A Who? You’ve got to be kidding.

Check out the original post on Time’s website. Each of his choices includes a brief write-up and an embed of the trailer. What else do you think Corliss forgot? Perhaps we’ll compile the Cartoon Brew Top 25 Animated Features as a rebuttal.


  • http://jeffisnotartsyfartsy.blogspot.com/ Jeff

    I knew this list was flawed as soon as it didn’t include “The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird”.

    • swac

      Oh good lord, I have a copy of that, picked up in a Dollar Tree store somewhere. What a mess.

  • JJ

    “How to Train Your Dragon” is a lot better than half that list. And did they honestly leave “Beauty and the Beast” off of that list? Tell me I’m mistaken.

    • http://www.daryl-rhystaylor.co.uk Daryl T

      Yes, apparently they did.

  • Chuck Howell

    I’m with you, Jerry. I take a back seat to very few in my love of the Warner oeuvre, but when I saw his number 3 pick for ANIMATED FEATURES I pretty much discounted the rest of the list – which isn’t to say that all of his picks are as off-base. but The Little Mermaid and The (over-rated)Lion King, but no Beauty and the Beast? Toy Story 3 over Toy Story 2?! And I love South Park, but how can you compare a movie that deliberately mimics it’s stop motion, paper cut-out roots with something like Pinocchio, Up or WALL-E which rise at times to the level of fine art? I’d also put in a vote for 101 Dalmatians for introducing xerography as well as some humorous social commentary. And where would Roger Rabbit fall in all of this? I think your rebuttal idea is a MUST DO.

  • Neil

    Snow White is worthy of top 5 at the very least ! .And i agree with Jerry about the others. No entry for Animal Farm either, Very flawed.

  • http://kipwblog.blogspot.com Kip W

    Good lord. Yeah, I might well put PINOCCHIO at #1, but after that he turns sharply right at Albuquerque. He finds a few acorns after that, but for the most part, there’s not even a common point from which I could begin to express how wrong this looks to me.

    I’m just going to follow the instructions on the fireworks. Lay on ground. Walk away.

    • Scott B.

      I agree completely with your post, Kip. Pinocchio would be my number one as well, then the rest of his list is like he pulled from a hat.

  • Leo

    Kung Fu panda there and not beauty and the beast? insane

    • http://chuckrekow.blogspot.com/ Chuck R.

      I loved Beauty and the Beast, but I don’t think it’s held up very well over the ages.
      Sure, I’d put KFP higher. Way higher.

      • http://www.daryl-rhystaylor.co.uk Daryl T

        Have you watched Beauty and the Beast recently. If anything it’s gotten better over the ages.

      • http://chalkrekow.blogspot.com/ Chuck R.

        “Antlers in all of my decorating” has gotten better over the ages.
        The story is great, and the animation is quite good, but the “9 new men” were still honing their skills IMHO.

      • Lala_Marin

        I’m also a bit confused by that comment. If I absolutely had to describe Beauty and the Beast with one word, I’d have to use “perfect.” It’s not my favorite film (Aladdin has always held that honor), but the story, characters, animation, music, and effects are so well executed that I honestly couldn’t call it anything else. The Oscar nomination (for best PICTURE) is another reason why it omission is so suspect/controversial, so I won’t be taking this list very seriously. I appreciate the inclusion of Mermaid (another of my favorites), but truthfully, that film is a little rough. I might include it in a “top 25″ list, but not at the expense of Beauty and the Beast. Or Aladdin.

        I won’t even bother trying to understand how Happy Feet and the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie rank above The Lion King or Lady and the Tramp. Or how The Iron Giant was ignored in favor of films like…Happy Feet and the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie? Really?

        Words I would use to describe this list? Well-intentioned yet horribly executed.

  • CC

    Terrible. It feels like this list was composed in a hurry, and the writer just wrote down the first 25 animated films they could think of. If you (Time) are going to compose a list of what you feel to be the best animated films of all time, I would hope you would do your research.
    Where is ‘Fantasia’, where is ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’? It goes on!
    If anything, I hope the comments that follow this will point out worthy animated films.

    • http://chuckrekow.blogspot.com/ Chuck R.

      Nice hypothesis, CC.
      Personally, I think they are simply testing cartoon fandom’s ability to get it’s shorts in a knot. I don’t think this was a serious effort at all.

    • Gene

      roger rabbit? You’re kidding, of course. Horrible film with mediocre “animation. And not funny. And ugly.

      • CC

        No, I’m not, of course.
        Just goes to show any ‘best of’ list will always have a rebuttal. It comes down to opinion, and art is very subjective.

      • make sense

        hey gene, what did you animate in your lifetime to make such a statement ? please impress us

      • Bud

        I agree. Roger Rabbit, a product of it’s time, is a mess. The idea is better than the movie, and the animation is very spotty at best. To this day, I can’t really tell what the film is about, and Bob Hoskins is the best thing about it.

      • YOUR NEIGHBOUR

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      • Bud

        I’m 45. I understend well enough roger rabbit has no story, and the character are poorly written. And everything looks and moves like a mushy water balloon. And it’s ugly and not funny.

      • YOUR NEIGHBOUR

        actually bud, i’ ll give one thing for granted, your latest reply is funnier than the RR feature…

      • http://www.daryl-rhystaylor.co.uk Daryl T

        Really. The story’s a mess. I saw it when I was 3 and I knew what was going on. Doom frames Roger Rabbit for the murder of Marvin Acme because he wants the deed to Toon Town so he can pave over it for a freeway. Pretty straightforward.

      • Amy

        Too bad the film mangled that with bad animation and direction. It’s so dated and not even up to snuff for when it was made.

      • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

        Wow. So many Roger Rabbit haters. You guys go and watch every other movie that combines CGI characters or traditional animation since 1988.

        The story, the acting and the gags are much better than any movie that combines life action and animation since then, and maybe even before (with the exception of Three Caballeros…Though it’s ok, I’ve never been a huge fan of Mary Poppins).

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      • Jessica Rabbit

        “It’s not bad, it’s just drawn that way.”

      • Funkybat

        Kind of surprised to see so much pooh-poohing of Roger Rabbit. I’ll admit the animation doesn’t look quite as good to me now as a trained animator as it did to me as a animation-loving kid, but it’s still pretty good for the most part. The integration with the “live” world was about as well-done as could be expected in the pre-digital compositing world. I can see what people are saying about the story, but I’m sure that is partly due to it being an adaptation of a book which was *not* aimed at children, and they wanted WFRR to be an all-ages film.

        I’d still rather re-watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit before seeing some more contemporary animation.

      • / Lucky

        Yeah I agree I never saw anything special or memorable in roger rabbit. I did in Aladin, Beauty and the beast, lion king and a lot of other things in those years but if you asked me about it now i’d say
        Its about a rabbit that was framed and everyone goes to toon town (and takes acid)
        Toon town scared me

    • Andrew Kieswetter

      I think Roger Rabbit’s omission is due to that its a live action/animated hybrid,and not a fully animated movie.

      But I agree that Fantasia should have been included.

      • paolo

        Which means that the most famous Karel Zeman’s films (like “The Devil’s Invention”, “Baron of Münchausen”, “The Stolen Airship”) cannot enter the list because they are with live characters in an animated setting. What a pity…

      • jez

        He’s got a point though. I can understand why Fantasia isn’t on there due to tha fact that it’s technically a hybrid. If they did let Fantasia in I can guarantee that Avatar would be on the list.

  • Valentin Moretto

    Don’t forget Fantasia, while we’re at it.

    • http://www.bishopanimation.com Floyd Bishop

      Just try to stay awake through the whole thing. The animation is great, don’t get me wrong, but as a film, it doesn’t really work. I’ve always thought of it as a series of beautiful music videos at best.

      • DB

        I never had a problem staying awake except for the Ave Maria sequence, which was clearly tacked on at the end to appease religious types who might have been offended by Night on Bald Mountain.

        I’ll say this though – when I was a kid my favorite sequence was the Greek Mythology one and now when I look at it I just cringe at the bizarre infantile sexuality of lots of it (the female centaur beauty pageant, etc).

      • http://chalkrekow.blogspot.com/ Chuck R.

        Fantasia deserves its classic status.
        Sure it’s a bunch of animated music videos strung together —only 40 years before the creation of Mtv!
        It was highly innovative both conceptually and technologically, and has lots of first-rate design and character animation to boot.
        Count me among the fans who’d rather skip past the Pastoral segment (bad in so many ways), but the rest is dazzling. My girls (aged 5 and 6) love it, so I can’t understand why any serious student of animation would sleep through it.

        I’ll also defend the Ave Maria —it’s a denouement, folks. It’s quite beautiful, and it lasts what..5 minutes?

  • http://agoynamedjew.blogspot.com Anson J

    Adders: Incredibles, Ratatouille, Iron Giant, Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Totoro, Coraline, Sleeping Beauty

    Droppers: Mr. Fox, Lion King, Happy Feet, Little Mermaid, Prince Achmed, TS3, Bugs Bunny, Spirited Away

    • http://agoynamedjew.blogspot.com Anson J

      BTW, I love TS3 and Bugs, but sequels and short film compilations don’t belong on a 25 film list covering nearly a century of filmmaking, IMHO.

    • http://www.sneezemeaway.com/ Ryan G

      I agree with all of your corrections (especially The Iron Giant) except for Spirited Away, which is a masterpiece in storytelling and animation technique, and deserves to be near the top of any best-of lists.

    • Jabberwocky

      Have to disagree about Spirited Away; it’s a gorgeous story with equally amazing animation, although I will grant you that it can take multiple viewings to get some of the subtleties.

      I was not that impressed by Corpse Bride, but Nightmare and Coraline definitely deserve the spot. Coraline especially had some of the most stunning stop-motion I’ve ever seen.

      • Funkybat

        Coraline was a magical film, without being treacly or even “family-friendly.” Nightmare was very good, though I liked it more when it was new than I have upon re-watching.

        Corpse Bride had some great visuals, but the story was literally forgettable for me, and felt like a re-tread of the “Nightmare aesthetic” that is oh-so-popular with lots of kids who weren’t even born when Nightmare came out in theaters. I wondered if it was partly funded by whoever owns Hot Topic and Spencer’s Gifts.

    • http://www.daryl-rhystaylor.co.uk Daryl T

      YOu can’t drop the little mermaid or the lIon king. They are brilliant films.

    • paolo

      Prince Achmed and Spirited Away must stay, they are masterpieces.

  • http://www.animationanomaly.com Charles Kenny

    Jerry, have you forgotten about TIME’s poor record with such lists? Why only last year you were posting about their list of ‘controversial’ cartoons and how slovenly it was put together.

    It reads as more of a personal favourites list than a serious attempt to rank the greatest animated films, which I suppose is par for the course for TIME these days.

  • diego

    I think that Satoshi Kon’s “Perfect Blue” was by far better than “Paprika”. I’d also add “Panique au Village” and “Mind Game” to the list, but that’s just my opinion.

    • diego

      Bill Plympton’s “The Tune”!

      • mick

        YES! The Tune is genuinely creative original. Most of these films are derivative in some way. I only ever saw it once but Plympton is a bit of a genius in my book.

      • mick

        Absolutely – The Tune is more creative than at least half this list.

  • http://stwallskull.com Steven Stwalley

    This list is baffling. The main qualifier for a movie to be on this list seems to be that it was made after 1985 (there are 7 exceptions out of 25 movies). Yes, there is no accounting for taste, but whoever put this forward as an “all-time” greatest list should just be embarrassed.

  • cbat628

    I would love to see a top 25 list from the Brewmasters.

    I can’t believe I’m doing this, but thumbs up if you agree?

  • http://drgrantz.deviantart.com/ revned

    There would be fewer panties in a twist if the title of the article was “Richard Corliss’ All-Time Favorite Animated Movies.”

    But seriously… Happy Feet?

  • Jason

    Where’s my Song of the South?!

    Seriously though this list is a mess of good and random.

    • cijfer

      Very hipster, but Song of the South isn’t all that great of a movie.

  • http://www.coveringthemouse.com Kurtis Findlay

    I smell a future Jerry Beck book – The 50 Greatest Animated Movies: As Selected by 1,000 Cartoon Brew Readers!

    Also, I’m glad (and surprised) that Shrek didn’t make the list.

  • Steven S.

    What about Don Bluth’s An American Tail and The Secret of NIMH? Are you kidding me?!

    • http://4eyedanimation.com Joe Corrao

      The Secret of NIHM definitely

    • http://www.stringstornasunder.blogspot.com Chris Powell

      I was just about to say the same thing! Nothing from Don Bluth? Laaaammmmmeee

      • / Lucky

        Maybe the list was made with the supervision of disney animators and as soon as someone Brought up Bluth lightning would strike and the phone would cut off

  • JP

    Wow… his list worked. It got everyone talking about Time Magazine. (In this regard, the best lists are controversial lists.)

    My two cents for a missing feature… “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”.

    • GeneD

      Everyone on this board may be talking about Time magazine, but judging from how skinny it is these days few anywhere are reading it.

  • John

    Where’s Totoro?

  • http://dtoons.com/conroy Failed Art Student

    They really should leave these lists to the professionals.

  • Brian

    Glad to see Akira made the list but yea there’s a lot missing. Like some of the above had listed, Fantasia, How to Train Your Dragon, Beauty and The Beast. I have to read the article but is this personal taste or does he deem this culturally significant to animation and film?

  • JJ

    So I read Time’s explanation of each entry, and I think this list is pretty mislabeled. They basically compiled what they think are the most IMPORTANT animated films of all time, rather than the BEST. And looking at it from that perspective it seems FAR less flawed.

    Even their most bizarre choices (The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie) make more sense under that lens. They basically said “how can you discuss important landmarks in animation without talking about the Looney Tunes,” which is pretty true.

    But they decided this was a list of the BEST, not the most important. And if that’s what they’re listing, they are way off the mark with a lot of these entries.

    • Nicola

      agreee

    • DB

      By that logic (rating films for their historical importance) Snow White would be #1 by a long shot with no other animated film being even close.

      And while it is of questionable merit – “Shrek” is pretty important as I think (not entirely sure) the first non-Disney (or Disney associated) animated feature to be a huge commercial hit.

  • Andrew Farago

    Only one entry for Studio Ghibli? I wouldn’t have object to the inclusion of Nausicaa, My Neighbor Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies and Porco Rosso to this list, or Princess Mononoke, Ponyo and Howl’s Moving Castle could have been included without me batting an eye, either.

    It’s a weird, idiosyncratic list, isn’t it?

  • m(_ _)m

    With an introduction saying “They’ve enthralled or terrified generations of kids, and now they’re giant worldwide blockbusters”, I’m surprised Akira made in on the list.

    To throw in a few more titles, what about Persepolis, Plague Dogs, Princess Mononoke, Tokyo Godfathers, or Fantastic Planet?

    • Jason

      They covered their Japanese quota with Akira.

      • Blue

        Yeah, no they didn’t. There were a lot of great anime movies that were more deserving to be on this list than some of the other movies listed.

      • Andrew Kieswetter

        Some other anime features that should have been there; Metropolis,Steamboy,Animal Treasure Island,Perfect Blue,and Pom Poko.

  • http://www.onanimation.com Daniel Caylor

    Agree with #1, disagree with almost everything else.

  • http://50mostinfluentialdisneyanimators.wordpress.com/ Grayson Ponti

    Here is my version of the list. Hope this gets comments:
    1. Dumbo
    2. Cinderella
    3. Pinocchio
    4. Lion King
    5. Aladdin
    6. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    7. Toy Story
    8. Little Mermaid
    9. One Hundred and One Dalmatians
    10. Beauty and the Beast
    11. Up
    12. The Incredibles
    13. Lady and the Tramp
    14. Tangled
    15. Toy Story 2
    16. Spirited Away
    17. Heavy Traffic
    18. The Jungle Book
    19. Fantasia
    20. How to Train Your Dragon
    21. Bambi
    22. Finding Nemo
    23. Nightmare Before Christmas
    24. Lilo and Stitch
    25. Walle

    Just my opinions but I did actually think about quality, artistry, and influence when making this list. Here are the ones on the other list I wouldn’t even consider:
    Happy Feet(a terrible movie that completely doesn’t deserve the acclaim it’s received), the Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie(doesn’t really count and the only good thing about it is you see at least some of the original cartoons although severely cut down), South Park(still a TV cartoon on the screen), Triplets of Beville(ok but not that good), Prince Achmed(Snow White’s the first real feature in my book), Horton Hears a Who(pretty cheesy), Yellow Submarine(limited animation, only notable because it has the Beatles in it), and Fantastic Mr. Fox (not very sincere.)

    • Eddie White

      a little U.S -centric wouldn’t you say? While I would agree the U.S has produced a lot of the most influencial animated features, one cannot ignore Japan, and other features from Europe/UK.

      • Jabberwocky

        Akira definitely has some extremely impressive animation, especially for its time, and there’s no doubt it was massively influential, but as a movie, it’s kind of a mess. This isn’t really their fault; they were trying to stuff thousands of pages of manga into a 2-hour film, but the story is pretty incoherent.

        I guess it comes down to what you’re judging on– just artistry and influence, or the movie as a whole?

    • http://angieness.deviantart.com angieness

      A best animated film list without Satoshi Kon or any French films? You also cut Akira which was extremely influential and really got the US to wake up and take Japanese animation seriously.

    • DB

      Well – since you ask for comments – this is an off-the-top of my head rating of the best ENGLISH LANGUAGE animated films I can think of – will point out that Cinderella IMHO does not rate up there with the best:

      Lady & the Tramp
      Finding Nemo
      Toy Story 2
      Fantasia
      Snow White
      Mr. Bug Goes to Town
      The Incredibles
      Lion King
      Toy Story 1
      Tarzan
      101 Dalmations
      Beauty and the Beast
      Aladdin
      The Jungle Book
      Tangled
      Pinocchio
      Bambi
      Lilo and Stitch
      Madagascar (honorary Dreamworks film – have not yet seen ‘Dragon’)
      Up

      (films I need to refresh my memory on: Iron Giant, Animal Farm, Sword in the Stone, Hercules)

    • http://www.daryl-rhystaylor.co.uk Daryl T

      That’s a much better list. I totally agree.

  • Paul M

    If you think that list is bad check out Entertainment Weekly’s list:

    http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20483133_20302680,00.html

    Websites only make these lists to fill up space, they are always one person’s opinion and shouldn’t be made a fuss over.

  • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

    They left The Godfather trilogy off.

    • Oracle

      Listen, there is as yet no MLP-FIM feature, so we have to hold off a bit on any definitive lists.

  • http://www.otakucomics.blogspot.com Gerry

    I refuse to believe this list was not compiled by drawing titles randomly out of hat. There’s no other explanation.

  • John

    He forgot the greatest animated film ever: Bambi Meets Godzilla.

  • Saturnome

    Oh no, a list.

  • http://toonlets.com Chris Romano

    Perhaps it’s just a list of the first 25 animated movies he could think of.

  • http://greenfrographics.com froggie

    woah. no SECRET OF KELLS? OR CORALINE?

    luckily everybody’s pretty much figured out the IRON GIANT gaping hole in his hastily conceived tome of films. although, really.

    really.

    HORTON HEARS A WHO over DESPICABLE ME?

    and just one more lovely old school perennial gem…hand-drawn, no mondo studio budget no stars, no cross promotion…but it still moves ANYONE i have ever shown it to – THE SNOWMAN.

    • Josh Z

      Completely agree with everything you say. The Snowman is amazing on so many levels. (I’m sure there are some more British Gems). Also you can’t have a top 25 without The Iron Giant–it just don’t make no sense yo!

  • Steven M.

    Give this list to people who REALLY love animation and let them sort it out.

  • Dang

    This is a pretty bad list, and I know the animation involved isn’t particularly “good,” but I gotta say, no working animation director makes me prouder to be an American than Trey Parker.

  • http://zombarbie.blogspot.com/ Lewie

    Ha ha ha Happy Feet? They might as well throw in Space Jam and the Tom & Jerry movie as well.

  • http://optionjoe.blogspot.com Joe

    How to Train Your Dragon, 101 Dalmatians, Jungle Book, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast should easily be on that list, amongst the ones that Jerry already mentioned.

  • Clint H

    Though the list is flawed (The Lion King NEEDS to be higher on the list and there needs to be at least one Ralph Bakshi film), it doesn’t really concern me. Everyone has a different taste in films, and if this is what this guy likes, that’s fine. A lot of these movie were really good to begin with.

    But if this list really gets you p.o.’d, why not just make your own list

    • http://toonlets.com Chris Romano

      Because TIME wouldn’t pay me to make one.

  • Jesse

    Thanks for posting this, Jerry. I was bewildered too when I read this list.

    I think Corliss probably just went around the office asking all his co-workers which films their kids liked and went from there (downhill, if you ask me).

    Next time start with John Canemaker.

  • buh

    happy feet was awful. just one big, blatent preachy message. no thanks, not in a movie about a fuckin penguin

    • http://www.base14.com Tyler K.

      Agreed. Love penguins. Hated Happy Feet. Too long, too garbled, too random. Overrated.

  • Matt P.

    You put “Akira” right under “Happy Feet”…really?

    • jez

      That’s not a bad thing. Richard probably thought that Mumble the cute dancing penguin is a better role modelthan a crackhead motorbike gang leader called Keneda.

      Nothing wrong with Happy Feet beating out Akira

  • http://tomboycomics.blogspot.com Emily

    Like Daniel Caylor, the only thing I can confidently agree with on this list is #1.

  • Mandyy

    I think Shrek should be on the list. Even though it was exploited (to death), it did make change in the look of computer animation.

  • http://marcklopp.tumblr.com Marcklopfenstein

    Yeah, it’s only 25 movies. He couldn’t include all of them and apparently didnt have time to watch all of the best. Basically the list is going to be covered in Disney/Pixar if written for quality in a lot of angles, with one or two movies from scattered studios once every 3 spots, So I can see where the writer is coming from including a variety of companys’ animations in spaced about spots- its to support a variety of studios.

    A Time magazine publication of an interesting Top List is GOOD for the cartoon industry. I’d expect Jerry and Amid to be at least appreciative of support for the world of animation, when I see endless posts/comments on this site talking about the decaying of it.

    • http://www.sweetposer.tk/urbmn/ Cameron A.

      That’s because this is one of Time Magazine’s periodic best-of lists. It’s a side attraction, at best.

      Given his longtime tenure with the magazine (he’s been there since 1980), I’d expect more substantial films from Richard Corliss than Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, but Corliss is a generalist film critic writing for the broadest of audiences. I assume he includes these choices for widespread recognition, and/or to appease the magazine’s advertisers.

      • http://marcklopp.tumblr.com Marcklopfenstein

        And I see little wrong with the broad audience/widespread recognition factor, since Time isn’t specializing in animation, but they were just kind enough to supply some animation recognition. Little or not, its a widely publicized glimpse into titles of good cartoon films, which I thought would be appreciated here-being the list dumb/media-driven or not.

        Another point is that (even though in my opinion Fantastic Mr.Fox is a sensible choice for this list), the choice could be support driven- as in more recent movies still selling copies will benefit significantly more from being in a Time list than ones before 2000.

  • Oliver

    People, remember this *IS* the same magazine that namesd George Bush ‘Man of the Year’ not once but TWICE!

    • GeneD

      This is also the same rag that made Ted Turner “Man of the Year” in 1991 because Time Warner owned as stake in Turner Broadcasting.

  • http://exclusive-cheese.deviantart.com/ Taco Wiz

    …Tangled?

    He included Tangled?

    Hey, at least The Princess and The Frog TRIED to be its own movie!

    • Matt

      Hey. Tangled was good. Although I agree it shouldn’t be on the list.

    • DB

      Actually, I think Tangled is the best of the Disney ‘Princess” movies (rating it against Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Princess and the Frog and maybe Mulan (was she a princess?).

    • Jabberwocky

      Tangled is a fantastic movie. The animation was excellent, with some of the best character animation/emotion I’ve seen in CGI, which is usually far too stiff. And the story itself is great; a Disney princess movie that knew how to showcase and subvert its own tropes. It also had one of the most subtle and effective villains in a Disney movie.

  • Adam

    Wow. Baffling.

    Add me to the chorus that thinks Totoro and How To Train Your Dragon are missing.

  • http://thatssokraven.livejournal.com/ Kelly Tindall

    It’s obviously a very personal list for Mr. Corliss, and I respect that. I love that he’s got some Miyazaki and some Kon on there. But this is a very odd list with some baffling inclusions, and even more baffling exclusions.

  • GF

    Hey! They forgot CARS 2!

  • http://kicreativestudio.blogspot.com/ Ki Innis

    Jerry, indeed you should get together with a couple of colleagues and compile a NEW list, submit it to Richard Corliss and demand that he do a retraction.

    Corliss deserves respect but it’s grossly obvious that this list was compiled upon his personal preference.

    I liked Kung Fu Panda, and Tangled, and Wall-E but these films are too recent and I think fall short in the area of “cultural significance” and their impact on the animation industry. These should be major criteria in compiling this list. (That said, at least one Bakshi film should be on that list) Not just how much money it made or contemporary ratings from Rotten Tomatoes.

    Jerry please, please campaign for a NEW list to be compiled because I guarantee you this list will be taken as gospel or referenced by film historians in the future.

  • http://www.portapuppets.does.it uncle wayne

    hmmmmmm. That’s like letting ME list the “top 25 Greatest Football Games!!!”

  • http://www.nigelmaher.com Nigel Maher

    This is list is just ludicrous, I shouldn’t let myself be so disappointed.

    No “Watership Down”, which means its a given that “The Plague Dogs” is also omitted.

    Not to mention that Satoshi Kon’s other three films ( “Perfect Blue”, “Millenium Actress” and “Tokyo Godfathers” are all more powerful than Paprika, as great as it is.

  • http://woweh.com Kelly

    *spittake*
    ….Happy Feet?! Seriously? *_*
    “Well, that was a great list! Oh, look…my…’laundry’ is done.”
    *walks away with a large novelty sack of money*

    • http://www.hunteachother.com Max W.

      Well hey, it won the Academy Award, doesn’t that automatically equal one of the best ever?

  • http://www.whereisolifant.com Doug Vitarelli

    my top 25 film critics will not include Richard Corliss

  • A Corrigan

    No Jungle Book!…tut tut

  • Lucy

    Haha, April Fools?

    …Wait, no?! This is for real?

    W-Well damn… o.o; That’s… Pretty…. Wow….. I’m at a loss for words.

  • http://4eyedanimation.com Joe Corrao

    Bakshi needs to be on the list…for sheer balls

  • http://awprunes.com Larry Levine

    Where’s “Lilo and Stitch”, “Rugrats in Paris” and “A Boy Named Charlie Brown???

  • 2011 Adult

    Richard is a journalist by trade, isn’t he?

    Yeah I thought so.

    Us animation heads will never agree with this list.

  • Jorge Garrido

    No Sleeping Beauty? I know from Jerry’s book he’s not as keen on it as I am… but come on, the art direction alone makes it at LEAST top 25 material!

    • http://www.cartoonresearch.com Jerry Beck

      For the record, I love Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

      • Jorge Garrido

        I was going by a line in your review in your book about how its story was weak… but it’s been a few years since I’ve read it.

      • http://drgrantz.deviantart.com/ revned

        Sleeping Beauty is the firt Disney film I remember seeing at a movie theater. I was also damn lucky to see a 70mm presentation, and I was the kid that always sat in the center seat of the front row. The scene of Maleficent transforming into the dragon is a moment that will forever be burned into my brain, and one of the reasons why I love movies and animation.

  • http://www.nicholastam.ca Nicholas Tam

    I don’t put much stock in lists unless they motivate insightful critical comment, so I usually don’t pick on inclusions or exclusions… but my standard credibility test for this kind of thing is to hit Cmd-F and check for Grave of the Fireflies. Standard smell test to see if someone actually has a history with animated features outside of the Hollywood bubble.

    It’s not just the film criticism, by the way. Time‘s been in the crapper for ages now.

  • NC

    Why isn’t Princess Mononoke and Grave of the Fireflies on there?

    I think what this guy just did was google: “Top kids cartoons”, “Top japanimation cartoons”, and “Top Disney movies” and the compiled a list from that.

  • NC

    I think this comment alone explains the thinking behind it

    “They’ve enthralled or terrified generations of kids, and now they’re giant worldwide blockbusters.”

    Oh and GHOST IN THE SHELL!!!!! Come on DUDE!!!

  • http://www.dohtem.com/bugs Greg Method

    This is all the more baffling of a list because Corliss is actually a pretty smart, hip critic. He’s not some dilettante who just got stuck having to write about movies (such as the posers who often find themselves writing for the arts/life section of any local newspaper). I would like to think that if someone else had compiled this list, HE would have taken it to task for including both a sequel and a compilation feature.

  • http://oyetoons.deviantart.com Seni

    Y’know, I’m very disappointed in this list. Not because of the picks and snubs, that kinda goes without saying, but because of the ONE film they had the AUDACITY to leave out . . . “Beavis & Butthead do America”! I mean, C’MON!!! If “South Park” can make the list, I’m sure those two (ahem) icons have a shot.

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

    I’m actually happy to see The Bugs Bunny /Road Runner Movie on the list. Yes, it’s not really a movie but a compilation of shorts. And still it’s the best Looney Tunes Movie ever done.

    The rest of the list is pretty random and includes too many recent features, but this happens with most of the lists.

  • Eddie White

    Why doesn’t cartoonbrew run an online poll for the reader’s choices for ‘Best Animated Features’. It would be much more accurate list I feel, judging by the animation knowledge of most of the cartoonbrew readers. It’d be great to see don’t you think?

  • GW

    Well I don’t agree on most of these choices. I’m tired of repeating the most obvious names, so I’ll go with the top 25 you’ve never heard of. I’m sure that I missed a few.

    If I had to include more well known titles, there’d be Ghibli titles, Fantasia, Ratatouille, and any number of films whose names don’t need to be repeated.

    25 Johnny Corncob
    24 Sita Sings the Blues
    23 The Tale of Tsar Saltan
    22 Animal Farm
    21 Szaffi
    20 Midori
    19 Catnapped!
    18 The Devil and Kate
    17 Everybody Rides the Carousel
    16 It was I who Drew the Little Man
    15 Heaven and Earth Magic
    14 Belladonna of Sadness
    13 Mystery of the Third Planet
    12 Sea Prince and the Fire Child
    11 Klyuch
    10 Uproar in Heaven
    9 Lefty
    8 Senya Ichiya Monogotari
    7 Of Stars and Men
    6 The Sensualist
    5 The Tale of the Fox
    4 Laughter and Grief by the White Sea
    3 Son of the White Mare
    2 Chronopolis
    1 Drawn from Memory

    I’d put The Cosmic Eye on there, but that film’s so disjointed it probably wouldn’t count by most criteria. Many of my ratings can be swapped in placement considering how much I like each film in relation to another.

    • http://angieness.deviantart.com angieness

      “19 Catnapped!”

      Yay, I’m not the only one! It’s a wonderful movie. Sea Prince and the Fire Child was also a fantastic film I grew up with.

    • DB

      Gee, I think I know a lot about animated movies then I see a list like yours (well, I’ve seen #24 and #22).

      I’m copying and saving this list in hopes I can find some of these on youtube.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I approve of this list! Especially for “Szaffi”, “Mystery of the Third Planet”, “Sea Prince and the Fire Child”, and “Drawn From Memory”. These are the films I loved so well, yet I find it a little bothersome to include on such a list when it seems like only I know of them at all.

      • GW

        Personally, I’ve adjusted to doing the opposite because it makes people aware of movies that they’ve never heard of, which in my opinion is the best reason to make a list. That is, unless the commentary depends on the reader of the list being familiar with the movies listed.

    • paolo

      what about Rao Heidmets’ “Elulood”?
      And shall we consider Priit and Olga Pärn’s 45 minutes long “Elu Ilma Gabriella Ferrita” a feature?

  • Zach Bellissimo

    I’m at least reaaaally glad Mr. Fox made it on the list. But yea, an extremely flawed flawed list. Jerry, I think we’d love to see a top 25 list of your choosing.

  • James Ciambor

    I think putting a Looney Tunes compilation was very ill-advised. Again I would agree Jerry maybe he should have sought advice from industry experts and historians. I do hoewever agree with Pinocchio, WALL-E, and Spirited Away at least admit that he made some correct choices. Compilation was a huge mistake despite the fact that some of the entertainment value from the shorts was still retained they didn’t take the initiative to transition to Bugs into the feature format properly that its an overstatement to say that its number 3.

    What I would especially agree with is that Mr.Bug is so unsung but may be able to hold their own against some of the greatest something this list neglects to mention. Though Mr.Bug opened with an unwelcoming box-office that audiences held the War as a greater priority so it could never expose itself as the film it truly was. Jerry thank you for mentioning that film from mine and others analysis it is underrated.

  • James Ciambor

    Jerry please keep Pinocchio, Spirited Away, and Wall-E he did not mistake those.

  • No Lists

    It saddens me deeply that Lady & the Tramp is #25 below Yellow Submarine #23 and Happy Feet #16. One of the best examples from its era all the way at the bottom, but hey… at least it’s on the list. There are so many better examples of the medium that simply aren’t there. I guess it just goes to show that putting things in lists has very little to do with equating their true quality.

  • Toonio

    Wall-E in 2nd? Really?

    To those who felt guilty after watching Wall-E I have to tell you something: Greed will always be there and will destroy everything you care about. The only solution is not feeling guilty but stopping the illusion capitalism has created for all of us. Seriously this stupidity with the economy has to end once and for all.

  • Mike

    For me, the most shocking thing about this article is the revelation that TIME Magazine still exists. Who knew?

  • http://www.jaystephens.com Jay Stephens

    If this is where the Brew is taking votes on what we regulars think ought to be on a serious list, I’d like to suggest ‘Yellow Submarine’ and ‘La Planete Sauvage/ Fantastic Planet’ are being left out of the debate. And just because the Academy blessed it with an Oscar doesn’t make ‘Spirited Away’ the best Studio Ghibli film. I argue that ‘Nausicca’, My Neighbor Totoro’ and ‘Princess Mononoke’ are all (slightly) more worthy candidates. I also support ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, ‘Allegro Non Troppo’, and ‘Iron Giant’ for definite inclusion on the top 25.

  • Keegan

    Excuse me while I say this but…

    where the F*CK is Roger Rabbit?

  • Courage, A Cowardly Dog

    It’s just one guys opinion, and he makes a great case on the Road Runner movie. He convinced me!

  • Courage, A Cowardly Dog

    Also, the South Park movie is to me the single smartest animated film produced. Its commentary on the nature of censorship shines over even Pixar flicks. So happy to see it get its due.

  • DB

    A deeply, deeply, DEEPLY stupid list by someone who is obviously not well-versed enough in animation history to be up to the task.

    My biggest gripe is not putting “Night on the Galactic Railroad” on that list – which to ME is by a wide margin the best Japanese animated feature I have ever seen (I admit I have not yet seen Paprika).

    Also, Mr. Bug Goes to Town is better than 90% of those films.

    I love many classic Warner Brothers shorts – but they are not ideally seen out of context as a feature film. (wonder how “Gay Puree” holds up, I have not seen it in a LONG time).

    So much BS on that list though – Pinocchio is brilliant in PARTS (the amusement park city of boys is genius, but it really is a very uneven film.), Wall-E came out where the Pixar ‘formula’ was starting to get stale..and on and on…

    At least “Lady and the Tramp”- to me the most ‘perfect’ classic Disney film – eked in under the wire, but after Tangled?????

    Makes me really sad that a lot of people will see this list and take it seriously.

    • DB

      I forgot to mention “Waltz with Bashir”.

      Also Persepolis, but others have already made note of it.

    • James Ciambor

      I think it has to be understood that Pinocchio is no more choppy than other Disney endeavors. I have seen Sleeping Beauty and Alice In Wonderland suffer from weak story structure and poor character delivery in the same if not worse ways than Pinocchio the corellation between the three is that they have amazing layouts and backgrounds but all suffer from weak choppy story structure. Pinocchio for me comes out on top because of endurable characters.

      Pinocchio has heart something that the two films seldom have. Alice has under realized potential that had Kathryn Beaumonts delivery been more effective she could have been reminiscent of Pinocchio in more ways than one as someone with heart but naive and misguided.

      Sleeping Beauty especially fails due to the fact that its supposed to be Walt’s Magnum Opus but it seems more fit as an ambitious project gone awry. The most fleshed out character is the villain maleficent while compelling you don’t empathize with her.

      Alice has no personality and the supporting characters are more compelling. As for the list the biggest atrocity is not putting Pinocchio in the number 1 spot in some aspects that is not far withdrawn from reality.

      What I ardently disagree with is the compilation being in third place the biggest mistake for this author when all it incorporates is recycled animation from previous endeavors. Even then I still prefer features that don’t include established characters these characters were not really designed to be used in a feature format its just Avery, Clampett, Jones, Tashlin developing these characters out of not trying to emulate Disney which worked as they had superior short subjects in the forties and fifties.

      Mr. Bug should have been their period some elements are comparable to Disney features. Although overall it still suffers from uneven story structure and shallow characters. However I thought it was serious competition to Dumbo although Pearl Harbor prohibited it from making profit.

      This list is also flawed for neglecting to put a Bill Plympton feature up on here.

  • Marc Baker

    Interesting how they would add ‘The Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Movie’, A ‘compilation’ film on their list.

  • Billy Batz

    Wall-E should not be on that list.

    • http://n/a John

      I’m sorry, but aside from some of Satoshi Kon’s work, Wall-E was the most beautifully animated and imaginative movie of the new millenium. I don’t know about number two, but certainly top five.

  • http://highlyrecommended.blogspot.com Satorical

    Internet lists: guaranteed to get a rise out of someone.

  • Lizard 5

    This list could work in NA, UK, AU. But could never work in EU and Asia.

    • Funkybat

      I’m pretty sure more Americans would appreciate EUropean, Russian, and Asian films (I realize “Asia” is huge and not homogenous) if there were more outlets for such films over here. Until the age of Internet video, a lot of this stuff was almost impossible for Americans to see. If it weren’t for Nickelodeon of the early 80s, most Americans would be only dimly aware that Britain had much of ANY animated output.

      We animators and animation geeks may be aware of this stuff, even before the Web, but even today there are hundreds of good films from Asian, Europe and elsewhere that are totally not on anyone’s radar here. Considering how aware the rest of the world is of Disney, Warner Bros. and even Hanna-Barbera, I think it would be good for media rights holders to send some stuff back the other direction. (The whole PAL and SECAM thing doesn’t help, either)

  • http://www.twitter.com/jasclarkewriter James Clarke

    Where’s Starewicz in the list ? Or Svankmajer (I know he doesn’t refer to himself as an animator…) ? Or the Brothers Quay ? Hmmm….

  • http://www.twitter.com/jasclarkewriter James Clarke

    Hi again
    In my recent little book Movie Movements I’ve tried to give a little bit of due recognition to Plague Dogs and also to the work of Frederick Back.
    =

  • http://pedrodanielgp.blogspot.com/ Pedro Daniel

    Totally agree.. this is very FLAWED..

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    Besides the omissions Jerry mentioned,where are Beauty & the Beast,The Secret of NIMH,Ponyo,Princess Mononoke,Mulan,101 Dalmatians,Bolt,and How To Train Your Dragon?

    (But then,I’m a guy who still loves Disney’s Robin Hood)

  • LIST FROM HELL

    TOO DAMN OLD TOO PLAY… with cgi dolls.

  • The Gee

    Don’t mean to be a wet blanket but do stop and consider something:

    This is just a list.
    It is a list that is just on a website from what I can tell. I’m not even sure if it is in the printed version. So, to say that TIME magazine’s reputation is tarnished because of content on the website seems kind of absurd, even if the site is just a version of the magazine.

    Lists online primarily exist to be formatted so that you constantly click. In this case, the curious click 25 times and increase page views for the website.

    If this were a book, an actual book that people were expected to pay for then I could see righteous indignation being valid, especially considering the extensive thought people would expect from such a list. But, there’s just not that much to it as it currently is. It may as well be a list of the 25 best designed Smurfs or Care Bears.

  • http://garrisonsjunk.blogspot.com Chris Garrison

    I’m not sure if any of these would make my top 25, but let’s at least mention:

    Shinbone Alley
    Kirikou and the Sorceress
    the 1988 Soviet animated Treasure Island, aka Return to Treasure Island
    Waking Life
    The Last Unicorn
    a Rankin Bass puppet feature, like The Daydreamer
    Princes and Princesses
    Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!)
    Dirty Duck

  • Rufus

    I’m willing to bet the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner movie was something the person grew up with. And if there’s something awesome that isn’t on the list, it’s because he’s never seen it.

  • http://www.rawlsy.blogspot.com Rawls

    This list means nothing.
    It is just a bunch of movies that Richard likes, and he just happens to work for Time Magazine, that’s all. Who is Richard anyway, other than just some random guy who likes these movies?! Cartoon Brew could probably compile a really nice top 50 movies from all the comments on this posting alone!

  • http://www.patnlewis.com Pat Lewis

    The problem with any of these lists is that they confuse “historically significant” with “best” and also that they try hard not to show a studio-specific bias and to encompass the whole of animation (although, playing the numbers, Disney should dominate this list just based on their long history and sheer volume of output).

    We can nitpick titles all day, but I’d say any “best animated features” list should look roughly like this:

    35% “Classic” Disney
    20% Indie/foreign
    20% Pixar
    10% Notable works from other studios (modern era)
    10% Notable works from other studios (classic)
    5% Modern-era Disney

    That might work for a “top 100″ list, but I think the top 25 is going to be almost entirely populated by Classic Disney, Indie/foreign, and Pixar works. Balanced? No. More accurate? Probably.

  • CMC

    no Avatar?

  • Myrna

    I feel like the only animation buff who doesn’t care for Pinocchio, let alone consider it the greatest animated feature ever. “When You Wish Upon A Star” is a lovely song and the visuals are impressive, but the characters are dull/unlikeable and the plot is frantic and disjointed.

    Questionable rankings and inclusions/exclusions aside, my main problem with the list is that Corliss felt the need to remind the readers that not all animation is for children at LEAST 5 times, not including the introduction. I believe he even included that in his blurb on the South Park movie – if you don’t know after almost 15 years that South Park is a show for adults, you’re probably not going to read the article anyway.

    If this blog ends up doing their own poll/list, don’t limit yourselves to only 25, and perhaps make different categories for North American, European and Asian animation since they all deserve equal recognition.

  • DB

    I think there are many brilliant set pieces in Pinocchio but it is kind of a mess as a whole. It’s a very weird mishmash in tone between the Italian origins and setting and Walt Disney’s shoehorning of his very American obsessions into the mix.

    Sometimes it manages to work really well, however, while it might be heresy to some I think the Jiminy Cricket Missouri-dandy character is a big detriment to the movie. His character might have fit right in in Lady and the Tramp but just does not belong in Pinocchio (although “Wish upon a Star” IS a great song).

  • http://orangecow.org/board Garrett Gilchrist

    The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Thief and the Cobbler [if it had been completed, I suppose], Beauty and the Beast, Fantasia, The Incredibles …

  • chipper

    Fantastic Mr Fox had such ugly zombieish designs, I don’t know how anyone could watch it without being scared. I think Coraline was a much better stop-motion flick. I also hate The Little Mermaid and think Lion King is extremely over-rated. But it’s not my list.

  • eeteed

    what about all the great toei animated feature films?

  • tum j

    its really discouraging to see the lack of world animation on this list, catering to a milquetoast idea that walt disney is the king of an artform that has survived long before and after his presence. where on earth is Wan Laiming’s Havoc in Heaven? its a historical landmark being one of chinas first animated films (after princess iron-fan), made in a risky time in china’s history right (at the cusp of mao’s reign.) not to mention its downright beautiful and wildly entertaining. and really, i think les planete savauge could stand replacing the beatles yellow submarine any day of the week.

  • Christine

    Interesting that no one has mentioned the first surviving animated feature Lotte Reiniger’s “Prince Achmed.” A truly wonderful film.

  • J_Kandefer

    There’s really no right or wrong to this list. Whatever this guys motivations were, a perfect list for everyone doesn’t exist.

    I am glad “Toy Story 2″ isn’t on there. I thought that would be the worst pixar movie If “Cars” and “Cars 2″ didn’t came along. I thought it was boring and lacked depth compared to “Toy Story 3″.

    I think this list sucks personally. I would add “Iron Giant”, “Grave of the Fireflies”, “Secret of Kells”, “Ratatouille” and I liked the “Illusionist” better than “Triplets…”.

  • Jorge Garrido

    Here’s mine, forgive my English-language bias:

    1. Fantasia
    2. Bambi
    3. Heavy Traffic
    4. Sleeping Beauty
    5. The Incredibles
    6. Toy Story
    7. Yellow Submarine
    8. South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut
    9. The Iron Giant
    10. My Neighbor Totoro
    11. Pinocchio
    12. Spirited Away
    13. The Triplets of Belleville
    14. Coonskin
    15. Fantastic Mr Fox
    16. Snow White
    17. Lady & The Tramp
    18. Ratatouille
    19. Toy Story 2
    20. The Adventures of Prince Achmed
    21. Coraline
    22. Mr. Bug Goes to Town
    23. Nightmare Before Christmas
    24. Secret of Kells
    25. Lilo & Stitch

  • Galen

    Happy to see Lady and the Tramp on this list (and in so many of the comments) but I think Coraline should definitely be there too. And Monsters Inc. is better than many of the Pixar films on the list.

  • http://www.ghiblicon.blogspot.com Daniel Thomas MacInnes

    These sort of pop magazine lists are always the same, so there’s no point in getting upset. The writers are only going by what they know, and they follow the standard formula. This includes: 1) Disney, 2) Pixar, 3) Handful of recent Hollywood CGI cartoons, 4) Obligatory Miyazaki mention, 5) Obligatory Akira mention, and 5) A couple of “independent” animation films like Yellow Submarine or Wallace and Gromit.

    Missing from these lists: Yuri Norstein, Isao Takahata, Gisaburo Suugi, Masaaki Yuasa, Frederick Beck, the Fleischer Bros, Paul Grimault, Lev Atamanov, Michel Ocelot…Am I missing anyone? Probably. It’s sobering to realize that none of these names (aside from the Fleischers, and even then only for older people) are complete unknowns here in the US. But animated films are little more than sophisticated toy commercials for small children, so we really can’t be surprised. Like Pauline Kael said, there are consequences to having conglomerates take over Hollywood studios.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Makes me weep knowing that.

    • paolo

      I agree with you, but unfortunately Norstein did not make any feature, “Tales of Tales” cannot be considered a feature. But if you want to consider great animators which made a feature, think of Svankmajer, his latest one, “Surviving one’s Life” is my favourite

  • http://www.karmatoons.com Doug Compton

    I myself lost all respect for Richard Corliss many years ago when he stated in a review of Who Framed Roger Rabbit that it had the “odor of a Toontown Tron”. Moviegoers proved him wrong, of course, and since I’ve referred to him as “Richard Clueless”.

  • Brandon Pierce

    My feeling is this. If “The Secret of NIMH” is not on your list of top animated movies (whether it’s at top 25, 50, or 100), then you’re not well open-minded about most animated films in general, and are only posting the most popular ones.

  • http://thefilmist.wordpress.com Henry J. Baugh

    Good to see George Miller’s Happy Feet on the list, with a write-up that hints at the archetypal themes Miller was going for, past “it’s a toe-tappin’ good time at the movies!” Refreshing and, I think, totally deserved. It’s astounding the degree of malice the movie gets around these parts which is, from my own reading experience, due almost entirely to its use of motion capture, to the disregard of any of its other million and a half redeeming qualities, like the implicitly meta-mythic narrative structure, or the unique style of cinematography that even Pixar’s begun to take influence from, or any of that.

    Come on, guys. It is literally like maybe ten percent motion capture, if that’s your stickling point. Everything else is good old fashioned key frame.

    Although, I do disagree with a few of the choices on the list. Where’s “Watership Down,” or – hell, a relatively new choice, but I’ll say it – “Rango?” Why is “Akira” so low on the list? Why is “Horton Hears a Who” anywhere near the list at all? These things, I don’t understand?

    • http://www.animehell.org danno

      Nothing to do with motion capture. I just don’t think it’s a very good movie and shouldn’t even be considered for any list of good movies, animated or not.

  • http://www.pigtailstudio.com/ Hotara

    Making a list is silly in the first place, since everyone have different preferences. What stated above might just be what one person considers to be the greatest animations of all time. Maybe they should have held a vote to get a broader opinion. :)

  • http://www.hi-test.us Russell Calabrese

    Happy Feet? Cripes. You gotta be kidding!

  • Keith McCaffety

    Yeah, he’s not even trying.

  • Vzk

    Where’s The Agency?

  • Pieter

    South Park above Snow White? Oh, please…

    • jez

      That’s not such a bad thing. South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut’s actually funny.

  • http://yeldarb86.deviantart.com Mr. Semaj

    Everything past Pinocchio is all wrong.

    • James Ciambor

      No there are other choices that belong on here. Like I said before adding a compiliation that offers no new material is the biggest sin on this list. The second greatest sin is putting a film that bases itself around toilet humor ahead of one of cinema’s greatest accomplishments. Though Pixar’s work and Spirited Away belongs on there which he didn’t neglect. I just would have preferred to see Mr. Bug or at least one of Plympton’s films make the top twenty five. He didn’t completely f**k up the list but there is room for improvement.

      Again I’m sure Jerry will be more thoughtful, but some of the choices belong here. As Pat Lewis said the majority of this list should belong to classic Disney.

  • Miss Christine

    Wow, half of you people are crazy. First off, stop insulting Roger Rabbit. That movie is a masterpiece. Second, Snow White deserves the number one spot. That movie created Disney’s empire. Third, stop-motion movies don’t get enough credit. Nightmare before Christmas, Corpse Bride, and Coraline all should have spots. (at least Fantastic Mr. Fox is on there, that was very good.) Forth, there are better Dreamworks movies than Kung Fu Panda. The first two Shreks and How To Train Your Dragon are worthy of this list. Fifth, ALL OF PIXAR’S MOVIES ARE ALSO WORTHY OF THIS LIST. And lastly, pick the movies that touched YOUR heart, not everyone else’s. If people don’t agree with you, than that’s their problem.

  • Johnno

    Practically all of Studio Ghibli and Satoshi Kon’s films!

    Especially Princess Mononoke!

    Hell a lot of anime is worthy of attention… the original Ghost in the Shell in particular made waves and inspired many!

    Summer Wars and the Girl Who Leapt Through Time are als worthy of consideration! Even Steamboy, and stuff like Memories.

  • AgumonKid

    First thing I thought was “almost the whole list will be filled with Disney movies” I was right it was, but thats not the problem for me. Whats up with Toy story, I am not a fan I saw the first 2 I didn’t think they were horrible but I don’t think there that good, I feel like people overreact. I found the movies dull and lame.
    Anyways whats pissing me off the most s how the movie “How to Train your Dragon” is not at number one, it makes all the other movies look like shit!

  • paolo

    As I am a fan of Bozzetto, I would put in the list not only Allegro non Troppo (my alltime favourite) but also “West and Soda” and “Vip Mio Fratello Superuomo”

  • GF

    Obviously the list is a joke, but I love that “Nightmare Before Christmas” was left off.

  • Vince

    Any list that does not begin with Snow White is bogus. The character focus, the animation, the backgrounds, the music and the sheer beauty of the total production makes it number one. The puppet takes second, by a long wooden nose.

  • Ludovic

    I think “Mind Game” could appear on the list and
    “Tokyo Godfathers”

  • J_Kandefer

    Does anyone agree that Batman: Mask of the Phantasm should be on here or at least in a top 30 list somewhere? That studio pushed the envelope with a pretty dark, and moody movie and series. Bruce Timm’s art direction is awesome and I think that movie and series was the best incarnation of Batman. Awesome character designs that changed the whole world of Batman…that’s pretty notable right?

    Also, Disney’s Alice in wonderland would definitely be high on my list. That is My favorite Disney classic. The BG’s and character designs in that film, I think are unmatched. Mary Blair is just brilliant! Character designs like the Chesire Cat and Alice are just so iconic. I know the story is a bit choppy compared to the books, but I actually like it better. I think the film really breaks the traditional Disney mold and for that I feel it should be recognized. I know many people didn’t like this interpretation of the classic novel, but If you think Disney screwed up Alice in Wonderland with this film…Did you see the crap they put out in 2010! the Mad Hatter sword fighting…what the hell?

    I would add Iron Giant, Grave of the Fireflies, Rataouille and My Neighbor Totoro.

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

    I agree Alice In Wonderland is outstanding.

    Also I think (after 200 messages) nobody mentioned The Twelve Tasks Of Asterix. It really is one of the best animated comedies ever done and it proofs that you don’t need emotional scenes to care about the characters or enjoy the gags. I mean, I’m fine with emotional scenes when they’re well done but I fail to see why all animated films have to include emotional moments when they can work so well in pure comedy.

    This movie has a good combination of ‘written’ humor (dialogues/story) and visual gags and it’s hilarious.

    • http://google robert hlister

      What about this? What about that? WAAAAAA!!! Still an impressive list. And what’s wrong with Pinocchio??? It’s a classic!!! The same people whining about Pinocchio would probably rank Kanye West as more of a talent than Michael Jackson!!!!!

  • jez

    I’m glad that Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is on this list. It has lots of subtle, sarctastic, British humour we all know and love from the W&G shorts.

    One glaring omission is Chicken Run, the movie that basically put Aardman Animations on the animated feature map.

    It also made Aardman mainstream with Americans since the W&G shorts only had a cult following.

    Aardman is actually better than Disney in terms of story and humour. Where else would you get a monster that’s ironicaly a vegetarian?

    If anything Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit and Chicken Run should have been numbers 1 and 2 respectively. Snow White was nothing more than a cash cow formula for Walt Disney in the same way that Scooby Doo was a cash cow formula for Will Hanna and Joe Barbera.

  • Jenny

    Fritz the Cat has to be one of the best , certainly on the top psychedelic movies I’ve ever seen. I also agree with How To Train Your Dragon – that was brilliant.

  • Dave

    WALL-E, Spirited Away, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Up, Finding Nemo, Happy Feet and The Lion King all deserve this list. The Toy story series I’ve always found overrated (good, but overrated) and they don’t deserve to be on this list. And Horton Hears A Who! was good, but its not one of the 25 best animated features of ALL-TIME. And I agree with most everyone else Roger Rabbit should be on this list. It should be number one actually. But Corliss gave the film a negative review when it was first released. Check out my list of the best animated films, here: http://www.imdb.com/list/06vO8zfsxMc/

  • JLR

    This has got to be one of the worst lists I’ve ever seen. How the heck can you make a “best animated feature” list without “Beauty and the Beast”, “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, “My Neighbor Totoro”, “Grave of the Fireflies”, “Millennium Actress”, “Fantasia” and “Bambi”? And to rank the mediocre “South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut” ahead of “Snow White”, “Dumbo”, “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo” is a joke. Even “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America” was better than the “South Park” movie.