My Favorite Animated Films

I really like this video of a hardcore cartoon fan offering his opinions about various animated features. Many of us are so heavily immersed in the industry that it’s easy to forget how the average moviegoer looks at animated films. It’s refreshing to hear a fan’s perspective, even though I cringed a few times, like when he expressed affection for Once Upon a Forest. Our chubby-cheeked friend also calls Looney Tunes: Back In Action “a classic ’90s style film,” says DreamWorks’s Over the Hedge reminded him of Care Bears, and touts The Chipmunk Adventure as one of his “all-time favorite animated films.”


  • http://jamessuhr.blogspot.com james suhr

    I agree with you that sometimes you might cringe hearing what he liked, but hearing his enthusiasm and love for animation is infectious and really fun. Great way to start a day.

  • http://trevour.blogspot.com Trevour

    “O-Masis Jones” :-)

  • http://mattjonezanimation.blogspot.com Matt Jones

    This is my all time favourite post on the Brew!

  • http://www.saturdaymorningcentral.com Tommy Day

    Growing up with a film really blurs your judgement, but in a good way.

    I grew up in the 80s/90s so I can related to the Chipmunk Adventure, a Goofy Movie (which is great), as well as Don Bluth movies, We’re Back (yikes) and the Gumby Movie.

  • Killroy McFate

    My God, it’s Roger Ebert’s teenage sidekick! Seriously though, I love this guy. His genuine passion for animation mirrors my own at his age.

  • http://www.ovinedelcu.blogspot.com ovi

    is there anything he DOESNT like?

    i missed last years comic-con, but after watching that i feel i never missed a beat…it’s nice to see people excited about animation, but at the same time sad to see them SO excited about animation…oh the irony.

    good post, made me smile…and cringe.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/william_joseph_dunn/ William Joseph Dunn

    “Pinocchio I really liked. They made a lot of live action movies out of that one”. He does know it was a story written before Disney animated it ,right?

  • Scott

    He didn’t mention “A Boy named Charlie Brown,” which is finally out on DVD. It’s widescreen, but the incorrect aspect ratio so quite a bit is missing.

    The chipmunk adventure is a vile piece of garbage with absolutely awful character design and ugly backgrounds and wildly uneven animation.

    “O-Masis Jones.” HA!
    Funny thing is virtually every critic lambasted the film–especially the live action.

  • RODAN

    I do like this kid….. with the proper brainwashing and a little bit of an animated education he could really be a good critic. He actually has nice personality.

    We should ask him back from time to time.
    CHEERS!

  • http://www.autodaddy.blogspot.com tom

    I had a couple of cringe moments too, but this is a great addition to CB and I’d love to see more fan critic posts like this here.

  • http://awprunes.wordpress.com/ Larry Levine

    Scott, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” is my all-time favorite animated feature!

    My understanding is Bill Melendez blocked the 12 field layouts so the backgrounds (and not the characters) could be cropped for widescreen.

  • http://www.abelboddy.com C.Edwards

    Yeah, I think his list of least favorite animation would be a lot shorter… That’s like when I would talk to my neice and the cartoons she loved were all the ones I hated and vice versa.

    My highlights:
    First, of course, “O-Masis Jones”

    Second, referring to “Bebe’s Kids” as “urban animation”

    Next, mentioning “The Popples”

    Lastly, drop ceiling with recess lighting.

    He does get one thing right, though, I don’t care what anyone else has to say, “The Chipmunk Adventure” was the sh*t.

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

    Get this guy to do at least one guest post on the Brew!

  • Gobo

    I admit a fondness for the Chipmunk Adventure. Yes, it’s ridiculous and makes no sense as a movie, but it’s got a lot of fun stuff in there.

  • Shmorky

    I have a hard time taking him seriously and I’m pretty sure he’s joking judging by the other videos he has done.

  • top cat james

    Amid, tell our new friend that the “sequel” to “Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown” was a 1983 TV special,”What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown (A Tribute)”.

    From Wikipedia:
    Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, and Marcie are returning from their student exchange in France. As they head back to London Heathrow Airport for a plane ride the same way they came to France their problematic rented car slows their progress, and while they travel, they have an opportunity to see several memorials to World Wars I and II. They come away realizing what the impact of the wars was, and how important the sacrifice of the soldiers was. One of the most moving moments of the special is Linus’ recitation of the poem In Flanders Fields.

    The special was given a Peabody Award for “distinguished achievement and meritorious public service” in broadcasting.

  • Kevin Martinez

    A Boy Named Charlie Brown would’ve been seen in widescreen (roughly 1.85:1) during it’s original 1969 release. The DVD’s AR seems to be an approxmination of what theatergoers would’ve seen, which isn’t incorrect (Same deal with The Jungle Book and the other Disney films of that vintage).

    The DVD also reinstates about 10 minutes of footage that have been cut from the movie since at least the 70′s. Eh, I prefer Snoopy Come Home (my favorite animated Peanuts ever).

    Does the Guy With the Glasses have competition? Oh, I think so.

  • http://www.autodaddy.blogspot.com tom

    Hoodwinked!??

  • http://www.chrisoatley.com Chris Oatley

    I love this guy! I love how he is just expressing his opinions so positively and honestly. How great is it that he just likes what he likes and is so open about it? I also love how he hasn’t forgotten what he loved as a kid. I would love to be more like this dude.

    How refreshing…

    I was a big fan of Chipmunk Adventure as well. I haven’t seen it in years, but I remember loving it. Didn’t Glen Keane animate on that film?

  • Scott

    A Boy named Charlie Brown on DVD is 100% incorrect. The scoreboard is cropped so as not to be able to see the scores. Many shots are incorrectly framed. It may have been released on DVD 1.85:1, but SOMETHING is up. I’ve chatted with Melendez about this and he’s furious. Probably some lazy video transfer place screwed it up. It is certainly NOT “as seen in original release.”

  • http://www.saturdaymorningcentral.com Tommy Day

    There are a lot worse films than The Chipmunk Adventure.

    Rock-a-Doodle anybody?

  • Ace Weems

    I agree. Get back to this guy. Follow his advancement. Real life. Real people. Real reviews. Beck, Maltin, Solomon, Amid & Canemaker all started somewhere. All of them were nerdy cheerleaders for a medium they loved. Give this guy some training in film studies, film history, reading media & critical analysis and he’ll step right into their places. Let’s give him a voice.

    As well, I’m sure Jerry Beck’s wife doesn’t consider herself an expert on animation because she lives with one. You don’t get experience by osmosis. (Hello Hillary!) Hopefully he’ll follow his love and learn how to step up to the next level.

  • http://bobbypontillas.com bobby pontillas

    Haha Bebes Kids! I love that movie!

  • http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/mjf7583 Michael F.

    While I definitely do agree with some things that critics say I don’t follow them all of the time, and it’s good to see that other people do the same. Judge things for yourself! I applaud this kid for having the heart to be unique with his favorites and not base his opinions on the majority’s (not to mention the enthusiasm he has for it all)

    p.s. I can’t say much about the Teacher’s Pet movie, but I do like Gary Baseman’s style of art.

  • Keith Paynter

    Well, ya gotta start somewhere…

    My first “favorite”was The Skeleton Dance, when I saw it in 16mm, way before the dawn of home video…still like it, though. It was crude then, it’s crude now, but are Hanna-Barbera animation “loops” (or re-used Spiderman/Hercules, et al) any better?

    Ya gotta go with what you know. Give him a few years.

  • http://afrokids.com Floyd Norman

    Team this kid up with a geeky, balding teenager and we’ve got a hit television show.

    Haven’t had this much fun since Siskel and Ebert.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    What Larry said about the cropping in “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” is the reason why I didn’t have a problem with it being that way on DVD. It felt a bit more different an unique over the years watching the full-frame on VHS.

    This kid looks like a combination of me and a friend of my brother’s rolled into one, I could’ve been that silly doing this vid, but today, I would’ve changed my tune greatly! My podcast would’ve been far different than this!

    Some notes…
    Too bad this kid didn’t pick up the LD edition of WFRR otherwise. :-)

    Technically, Dumbo was a short movie too. ^_^

    I don’t need to say anything more about LT: Back In Action that hasn’t been said before.

    Hopefully he’ll learn how to pronounce “osmosis” if his school hasn’t scrimped on it’s science classes.

    Surprised someone half my age knows of the Popples. I wish people will forget that!

    Also didn’t care much for BnB Do America, but wouldn’t mind getting the DVD if it came with that deleted scene of Beavis using the Constitution as toilet paper. The writing still needed work in that.

    For me, I didn’t care much for “Chipmunk Adventure” at all, while I watched it and thought it was OK as a 10 year old, I have a different impression upon seeing it 20 years later, if anything, it’s a decently animated film, but it’s story needed work (the music at times when it’s just the instrumental BGM though evokes euphoria for the 80′s I can accept anyway, like that piece at the opening of the film).

    I think Once Upon A Forest is out on DVD as we speak, though the best I bothered getting was an LD of it.

    Still haven’t seen that Gumby movie myself, and don’t have the interest to yet.

    Yes, “What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?” was the sequel to Bon Voyage. I remember seeing that way back in ’83 and got inspired into learning about WWII later on.

    At least he hasn’t gushed over Transformers The Movie! (please don’t give him ideas, and I know I will) ^_^

  • celia

    Sure, all of us have come a long way film-wise since “A Chipmunk Adventure”. Still, we can have a soft spot for these films, right?

    Thank you Animation Fan for showing the love. Most of us would never own up to it!

  • http://educatedmetalhead.blogspot.com/ DanO

    I couldn’t make it through that thing all the way, but you have to appreciate his enthusiasm.

    He’s kind of like a big, heavy, Rodney Bingenheimer.

  • http://kittyhasfleaz.blogspot.com Felicia Spano

    I really enjoyed listening to what this guy had to say. I find it interesting that people who aren’t animators/cartoonists themselves tend to go for what entertains me at the immediate moment as opposed to — what is different/edgy or what’s well animated?

    Before entering SVA, I used to LOVE “certain” shows (which shall not be named) and now I can’t stand to look at them because of the analyzation that has been implemented into story, animation quality, lay out design and character development. When you’re unaware of all of these things, sometimes the overall simplistic view of an animated cartoon/feature changes drastically. Educated animators/draftsmen tend to look for erroneous aspects of a film (nitpicking — which is what I admittedly do) instead of the big picture. Perhaps I should dumb down my brain one day and watch some of the programs that I hate — would I have enjoyed them before learning animation? Who knows? I’d like to see what others find so wonderful about some of the movies that I dislike.

    Obviously, there are movies and cartoons which are just HORRIBLE (no matter how you look at it), but it IS intriguing to find myself loathing a show I once found very funny. Perhaps it was the humor of the show that got me hooked as opposed to the animation and style — in the end, is that really a bad thing? Maybe yes, maybe no. Either way, I’d like to meet this dude one day and just talk about animated movies — seems like an awesome guy.

  • Joe

    Nice to see someone get credit for actually defending some of these movies, no matter how much or how little they deserve it, rather than the oversaturation of hyperbolic, swearfilled bashings on Youtube.

  • http://www.forthebirdsblog.blogspot.com Michael J. Ruocco

    I pretty much like all the films he mentioned (except for ‘Bebe’s Kids’ & ‘Beavis & Butthead’, ’cause I never saw them). I remember loving ‘Chipmunk Adventure’ as a kid as well as ‘Once Upon a Forest’ (which I saw again recently on HBO late at night while animating at my desk).

    This kid, whoever he is, is very enthusiastic and he really does care about these films. I don’t blame him, many of the films he mentioned I either loved as a kid or enjoyed as an adult. I give this guy props for doing this. Kudos to you, big guy!

    Now, which one of you Brewsters is going to do his/her own video like this? Hey, I might do one myself!

  • tom d.

    what a nice kid! i wish there were more people like him!

  • Thomas D.

    I dunno in the densly populated areas most people only talk about mating, buisness, or live action movies…I don’t hear anyone talk about cartoons, much less “The Illusion of Life” quality of animation. I don’t think we’re going to survive into half of this centurary….

  • Lee

    Nice and unpretentious. Not sure I agree with everything, but who cares (although I think I need to rent The Chipmunk Adventure. That one seems to be causing the most controversy.)

  • Kris

    I love this kid’s passion. I can’t rag on him too hard for having taste that differs from my own (although from what I’ve seen of the Chipmunk Adventure, it is NOT a bad film–the animation itself is truly gorgeous).

    Once Upon a Forest is pretty bad–it drops right into the “terrible childhood film” category, along with Fern Gully and Rock-a-Doodle (arguably one of the WORST movies I have ever seen, yet I own a copy of it). The thing is, while objectively knowing these are terrible films, I still feel nostalgic for them. Shitty kids’ films are like comfort food.

  • Josh

    For me the most intriguing/endearing aspect about this video is the emotional weight he gives to an otherwise vague statement, “I liked it.” It’s a harsh reminder that the majority of consumers think in purely binary terms.

  • Ryan

    Gots’ta give him a lot of praise, I could NEVER put myself on YouTube or whatever talking about my favourite DVD’s. Maybe a blog, MAYBE, but never YouTube. He’s couragous. I used to be obsessed with Popples and the Goofy Movie (think I gave it a Ten on IMDB), and if Jerry’s book is anything to go by, he has the same enthusiasm for Teacher’s Pet (haven’t seen that one, sounds interesting).

  • Chris Sobieniak

    S–tty kid films you say? Hmm… The Angry Cartoon Video Nerd!

    I think the best I ever seen done with A Chipmunk Adventure outside of watching it was a 5 minute clip done a few years back by Neil Cicierega where he overdubbed the opening of the film with insane dialog for the characters. It was brilliant and spot-on, and I would pay him dearly to finish it!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVn7yoxKB7o

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marmaladearmy Doug

    I think you should do a feature with this guy reviewing all of the Star Wars Kid spinoffs, giving us his take. Seriously, he is so positive and seems like the kind of person you’d want to share popcorn and a movie with.

  • http://tstazer.www4.50megs.com tom stazer

    Chris,
    Thanks for that hilarious youtube link!

    I admit soft spots (in my head) for chipmunk adventure and nemo, but haven’t dared watch them in over a decade.

    I agree with the general feedback; I thought I’d mock the guy but, heck, he is obviously sincere, and anybody who knows the director’s names, and actually reads them on the box, well god bless him.
    I did chuckle at the Osmosis bit, but hey – YOU try doing a 5 minute unedited take without a stumble or two. He’s well on his way to being a pro, i’d say.

  • Chappell

    There are a few dance sequences (namely, one) in The Chipmunk Adventure that contain some unexpectedly swell animation. The Chipettes have a nice range of motion. You just have to get around the atrocity that is Dave. That guy is barely held together with unsteady lines and out-of-the-tube flesh colors. Nice trousers, though.

  • http://awprunes.wordpress.com/ Larry Levine

    A Boy Named Charlie Brown was definitely blocked for widescreen though the current DVD may have screwed up the transfer (at least they restored the missing footage!).

    The IMDb lists the film as 1.85:1 asspect ratio on a 35mm negative. The Schulz PBS documentary showed a photo of Bill Melendez at a moviola with a close-up of a scene from ABNCB with Linus & Lucy showing horizontal grids on the upper & lower portions of the frame to block it for widescreen.

    Now that Warners has the home video rights hopefully they will consult Bill Melendez for a new DVD release–this time FREE of DVNR!

  • matt

    I appreciate Amid’s discipline here after the comic-con debacle. Thanks man.

    Although it must be said (and if you’ve ever seen his videoblogs before), he’s not a “hard-core animation fan”. He loves EVERYTHING this much. He speaks exactly the same way about everything, and seems to have more money than sin. The amount of DVDs (& BDs and HD-DVDs) he buys is staggering. I wonder who his Dad is – obviously likes the stuff too (I also love Baseman).

    I’m not knocking him though. The nice side-effect of his lack of discernment is that he does watch EVERYTHING. Unlike most young-uns (yes I know I sound like an old fogey), he doesn’t use the “I’m __ years old! Why should I HAVE to know that stuff?!” (as if that’s a justifiable excuse for their myopia) that most kids defend themselves with these days. Never understood it.

    So when this kids starts filtering things, he’s going to have all that sponge(Bob)like context to draw from. Rather than just the last 5-10 years of remakes. Good on ‘im.

    Yeah Tom anyone who’s done interviews knows that dry-mouthed feeling where all the names, research and clever quips go straight out of your head and out the nearest exit. I also tend to talk in a girlie voice. Gah.

  • Prof. Widebottom

    I feel like I’m looking through a keyhole at something I shouldn’t be witnessing, like a kid languishing in a tub full of animation DVDs and tapes. –and I mean that affectionately.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Hate to burst some people’s bubble, but CBS owns “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” (as well as “Snoopy Come Home”, the other two movies are owned by Paramount), WB only got the rights to the specials/shows from United Media I assume, unless something has changed and I haven’t been informed of it.

  • Joshua Smith

    I feel no embarrassment saying I enjoy The Chipmunk Adventure, though I enjoy it for many of the same reasons I enjoy some Terrytoons. It’s not a great, or good movie, but it features a rare opportunity to see some brilliant unfiltered animation from some of the modern masters like Louise Zingarelli and Dan Haskett who never really got the chance to display their talent in “better” projects. The Boys of Rock and Roll scene is especially entertaining for its pure 80′s cheese factor in addition to the fantastic stylized animation from Haskett.

  • http://www.realmofquickpaw.com QuickPaw

    I’m really glad he talked about The Chipmunk Adventure. I loved the animation and music. I still think their models in this movie beats the TV shows and newer direct-to-video releases hands down.

    I do hope he can find Once Upon a Forest on DVD (mine is still in it’s wrapper)…that movie was a surprisingly entertaining movie…not as much heart as, say Secret of NIMH, but still good…I mean…the thing was originally meant as a made for TV special.

    Also, I like his pick of A Goofy Movie. For the first time, at least from what I remember, we got to see a more personal side of Goofy. Way more emotion than the early Goofy shorts. I know it takes away from the simple charm Goofy once had, but it’s great to see Goofy in the modern day. Some of my personal fav parts include Pete’s and Goofy talk in the hot tub (when Goofy snubs Pete as he walks away…and him punching the stearing wheel in the car), Goofy’s anger then pulling over after Max leads them on the highway to LA, and of coarse, my fav line of all time…

    Goofy: “How many cups of sugar does it take to get to the moon”
    Max: “3 and 1/2?”
    Goofy: *goes back to sleep*.

    Ok, nobody is going to read this much…I might as well make a youTube video of myself ^_^;. Anywho, great find and great video!

  • ramey

    i like this kids honesty and no one should make fun of him. judging from the background behind him he is a fan boy, like the rest of us, and the only difference between him and us is that he had the nerve to stand up and show the world how much he likes this medium.

  • John Grundmann

    Good for him. Nothing wrong with sharing your love of ‘toons. He seems completely genuine. His knowledge is limited but better than average.

    I think it takes guts to do this sort of thing, putting yourself out there and sharing your taste. However, he is young, and this is highly obvious in many of his choices. Most of the stuff is 1980′s through today. I was waiting for him to mention The Land Before Time series. He mentions some classics like Pinocchio, one of the greatest classic animated films ever made, but I cannot take him completely seriously because a real animation fan/afficionado would have included a wide spectrum of truly good films such as Fantasia, Allegro Non Troppo, Snow White, Spirited Away, Bambi, Cinderella, etc.

    It also comes down to personal taste. Everyone’s favorites would be different. For example, I am crazy about Sleeping Beauty, The Corpse Bride, The Sword in the Stone, The Emperor’s New Groove, and the Rankin Bass stop-motion movie Mad Monster Party.

    I think Charlie Brown is great (I love the feature films because they are charming and innocent), but if you’re going to talk great animated features, please understand that animation didn’t begin in 1972.

    However, he is to be congratulated for his nerve, and the decent knowledge of cartoons for someone so young. Who knows, maybe he will become an internet celebrity… if he isn’t already.

  • http://paramb.com Param Bhattacharyya

    “chubby cheeked friend”

    lol

  • http://www.artware.com.mx Arturo

    John K. would love to have that DVD collection :D

  • http://www.lowndes.com Leil Lowndes

    I loved your commentary. As a writer (“How to Talk to Anyone,”) etc. etc., I draw a lot of inspiration from, believe it or not, animataed films. The hit right at the heart of emotions — so uncomplicated (well, most of them.,) compared to adult films. Not having kids it’s great to get reccomendations from an “adult kid.” Thanks!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2Pi5uppjT0 James Buccelli

    I really enjoyed reading this article. I’m actually committing Sin #2 ‘Waiting too long to comment’! However, I felt compelled to express appreciation, since I think many of these you enumerate are unconscious mistakes that can easily be rectified.