Sooooo many great animated films out there! This is going to be tough!!
The Iron Giant
Beauty and the Beast
Okay guilt free list and all, this one was an inner battle between so many incredible characters and stories which the world of animated films has long enriched our lives with~! But making my final top 5 cut was still manageable within just a few minutes albeit I do have the urge to list here my many~many honorable mentions…. however I will refrain on that urge today so that this remains a true top 5 and that exclusively ^^.
Perhaps one of the most dare I say underrated or rather ill publicized animated movies of all-time is “The Iron Giant.” And I say that only because it didn’t bring in anywhere near the box office gross for which this memorable and so well done film deserved. At first sight of its movie poster it may appear to be some sort of clunky animated film however I assure you “The Iron Giant” is animated story telling at its very BEST!! And with the underlying themes of government mistrust, fear of the unknown and the true power of friendship this film grabs at you pretty quickly and never lets go until the credits begin and Yup oh dear did I tear up totally as from the outside it may seem ironic for a robotic main character to bring about such emotions, but it so does in the most winning of ways and therein is the beauty of it all. Stemming from mythology and God and a story which fantasizes an overpopulation of rabbits and the consequential creation of animal attributes where a once harmonious world becomes that of predator and prey, it may seem a surprise that I have “Watership Down” ranked up way high here. And while this film was already a bit “old” by the time my childhood rolled about it truly became one of my most cherished movies growing up, that one animated movie which I often times “tormented” my family with by watching it over and over and over again…. and we had just one main t.v. to watch =P. In hindsight what’s really quite odd is that “Watership Down” is by no means a movie intended for children as it’s quite violent and even scary at parts of the film, but I somehow was never kept from watching it and it no doubt left an everlasting impact which I still cherish today. And yes there was nooooo way that “Frozen” would be left off of my list!! Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven and of course Olaf!~! I laugh, cry and sing every time I watch it and really the songs are the cherry up top as these characters and all of their trials and tribulations to the inevitable I didn’t see that one coming bad guy, a sister to save, a kingdom to save, snow everywhere, true love and redemption and ever after and all of that good stuff…. no I will not “let it go!” =) Intermingling The Brothers Grimm with Rapunzel and then spinning it every which way hilarious and heart warming to downright evil…. “Tangled” is my go-to-animated film! And I so do love the voice of Mandy Moore so this one was an easy wrap! Also has there ever been an animated horse as great as this one?! Nah! =) Okay deep nostalgia for classic Disney kicks in with my #5 animated film in “Beauty and the Beast.” Sure there are tons of other great Disney classics but this one film through its musical charm and quite possibly the most memorable and iconic characters whom find true love in the most unlikely of ways is not only a tale as old as time…. but also the one which makes my heart go awwwww. Well, that is after a lot of magic, heart and epic dilemmas…. this one was a no brainer for my top 5. Now wasn’t that “easy” haha….!