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10 Animated Films That Won’t Ever Get Sequels (But Probably Should)

Animated films are probably enjoying a bit of a comeback in recent years. They have consistently become some of the highest selling movies of each year. There are also now a diverse range of studios producing animated feature films, aside from the traditional duo of Disney and Dreamworks.

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There have been plenty of sequels, TV shows and spin-offs from some of the greatest animated films of all time. But there are also many films that haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve. Not only this, but there are also many movies that deserve a sequel but probably will never get one. Here are 10 films that fit into that list!

10 RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

Wreck-It Ralph was in some ways a surprise hit for Disney, which has continued to enjoy an animation renaissance. While they likely had faith in the project, perhaps they didn’t realize it would become as beloved as it has. This led to Ralph Breaks the Internet which many believe to be the superior film of the duo.

However, a third film is probably never going to happen. The last film seemed to have an element of closure, suggesting we probably won’t be able to visit this world again. It’s a shame since it’s so rich and full of opportunity, but perhaps Disney has simply run out of stories to tell.

9 COCO

Coco is one of the most gorgeous films that Pixar has ever produced and was both a critical and commercial success. It performed brilliantly and recaptured some of that Pixar magic that may have been missing in some of the more recent offerings from the studio.

The problem with Coco is that it doesn’t really lend itself to a sequel. While the story was compelling and the world-building very complete, there was also a very strong ending that could be tarnished by a sequel. Although it would be amazing to visit the land of the dead again, the studio wouldn’t allow a commercial decision over a creative one.

8 CHICKEN RUN

The stop motion animation of Chicken Run is absolutely spectacular to watch and the film has become a classic, especially in the UK. It’s a beloved member of the Aardman studio family and there’s plenty of stories to tell with such fertile characters.

Unfortunately, the film is in some ways a bit of a cult hit and there may not be grounds to repeat it. Although a sequel would be a really fun trip back into the world of poultry, its likely that financial interests would dictate that it’s not worth another try at the franchise.

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7 MONSTERS INC.

In the early days of Pixar, there was a lot of talk over when the first failure would happen. The brand is stronger today than it was in the release of Monsters Inc. yet, this incredible film has added to the legacy of one of the most creative studios in the whole of the industry.

Mike and Sully are two characters that hit hearts around the world and we even received a prequel to this fun tale. However, while a series is in the works for Disney Plus it’s unlikely we’ll ever see a true follow up film as it appears that the studio wants to continue to explore new worlds.

6 SAUSAGE PARTY

The adult comedy from the mind of Seth Rogen was controversial and hilarious. It really brought something different to animation and perhaps many people were surprised by the critical success of the film. Sausage Party is continuing to gain traction as a cult hit, but is there room for a sequel?

Despite there being a lot of potential in the concept that Rogen has set up, it’s probable that a sequel could never happen. It was a difficult sell the first time and although it certainly made a lot of money, there might not be an audience left for a second feature. It’s most probable that this is the only installment into this franchise.

5 SMALLFOOT

Smallfoot starring Channing Tatum was a bit of a sleeper for cinema-goers. The film is packed full of wit and heart and is a really fun concept to explore. There’s a lot of potential for a sequel with the film finishing with the unity of humans and Yetis alike.

However, this certainly wasn’t a runaway success and many people thought that this would perform a lot better. Maybe its due to poor marketing or maybe the film just wasn’t compelling enough to drive viewers to the cinemas, but Smallfoot will probably never get a sequel.

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4 THE BEE MOVIE

The Bee Movie was commercially panned at the time of release but has since enjoyed a slow growth of enthusiasm. It seems that its become an underground hit with many people supporting the idea of a sequel for the film about a bee fighting for the right to own honey.

The problem is that with so many projects, Dreamworks probably isn’t going to spend time on something that they wouldn’t be able to predict performance-wise. There’s no telling whether any of these fans would actually go to see a sequel or whether they’d wait to see it on streaming services.

3 RATATOUILLE

A story about a chef and a rat doesn’t sound that appealing. Yet Pixar’s magic worked again as it produced Ratatouille, which is the favorite of many Pixar fans. The film has sparked rides at Disneyland and Remy has become a bit of a sensation.

With the film coming to a natural resolution however, there might not be too much to explore. While the movie probably should get a sequel, there’s no point creating one just for the sake of it. There needs to be a story idea and there are not many more directions to take these characters in unless you start from square one again.

2 MEGAMIND

It’s criminal that there hasn’t been a sequel to Megamind. The film is incredibly imaginative and is underrated as being part of the comeback of superhero films. It’s a brilliant tale of a villain becoming the hero and deserves a lot more recognition than it gets.

The timing might be gone on getting a sequel for this though. While there’s no good reason that there was never a second Megamind, the ship might have sailed on the dream. As Dreamworks continues to chart its journey forwar, it may not be looking back at such old brands.

1 LEGO BATMAN

Speaking of animated superhero movies the Lego Batman film was not only an instant hit but also caught many people by surprise. While The Lego Movie is already a classic, people were skeptical about how the dark knight’s tale would perform.

The instant charm of Lego’s cheek and humor, as well as the meta-references to other Batman films, made this a spectacular movie throughout. The exploration of Bruce’s and Joker’s relationship was also an interesting twist. There may be no other films in store though as the Lego franchise is probably going to take a different turn in order to keep it fresh.

NEXT: The 10 Best Friendships In Animated Disney Movies, Ranked


2019-09-25 03:09:01

George Chrysostomou

Trailer Park Boys: 5 Storylines That Were Never Resolved & 5 That The Animated Series Wraps Up

Trailer Park Boys is a rare success in the “Low budget shows about Canadian trailer parks” category. The show has tons of fans across the globe who have faithfully watched every season of the live-action show, the movies, and now the animated series too. At the end of the last live-action season, there were still quite a lot of loose ends left.

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It’s natural that any show over 10 seasons long will have a few storylines that never get resolved. Trailer Park Boys is no exception. From unresolved arcs to long-forgotten characters, the show has its fair share of unfinished business. Happily, some of these were wrapped up nicely in the animated series while some still remain a mystery.

10 Unresolved: Ricky’s Mom

Ricky’s mom is a source of confusion in the Trailer Park Boys universe. We hear her brought up many times yet we still know almost nothing about her. Despite having left her husband and son behind, Tammy is still spoken of highly, especially by Ray. It’s clear whatever love they shared left an indelible impression on him. Tammy left Sunnyvale around Christmas 1997. Despite her former husband and son defending her name even Julian describes her in a less-than-flattering light. There are some references to Ricky’s mom in the past tense as if she was no longer among the living. Later references in the present tense imply she is alive and simply left the park. Either way, we still don’t know exactly what happened to Ricky’s mom.

9 Wrapped Up: Mr. Lahey

There’s no doubt about it, Jim Lahey is a Canadian national treasure. The character has been described as one of the greatest anti-heroes in Canadian TV history. The actor who portrayed the stumbling alcoholic was a wonderful man who spent his life creating beautiful granite statues and entertaining the world. Tragically, John Dunsworth passed away in 2017 of a brief and unexpected illness. His family mourned the loss of a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.

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The world mourned the loss of a beloved comedian. The writers and producers of Trailer Park Boys were faced with a dilemma. The show could hardly be the same without Lahey but John was no longer with us. The animated series continues his storyline with an offbeat but loving homage to the late actor. Mr. Lahey passes away but his spirit continues to advise his former lover Randy. Dunsworth’s real voice was used in the creation of his animated character.

8 Unresolved: Julian’s Parents

We learn very little of Julian’s parents throughout the show’s 11 seasons. What we do know paints a bleak picture of young Julian’s life. We know he suffered at the hands of his father before he was abandoned. We learn the horrible story of Julian’s dad forcing him to shoot his own dog with a revolver at 5 years old. The boy would be abandoned one year later. This brutal upbringing may explain why Julian feels he must be a caretaker to so many He looks after Bubbles, keeps Ricky moving forward and generally looks after everyone in the park. Far from being the only character with missing parents Julian does have the least clear history of any main character on the show.

7 Wrapped Up: Steve French

This beloved character makes a stunning come back in the animated series. Bubbles loves his kitties and no other cat stole his heart quite like Steve French. When Steve is spotted by a helicopter and pursued by local hunters Bubs knows he has to save his old friend. Unbound by the limits of reality the animated series takes this mountain lion to a new level. While Bubbles is separated from the rest of the gang his old friend appears from the trees. Steve French speaks to Bubbles and the conversation completes the character. Not only is he a sophisticated and classy gentleman but he even has a French accent.

6 Unresolved: Julian’s Foster Parents

We may know little about Julian’s birth family but there are benevolent figures from his past that appear on camera. In season one we meet Levi and Desiree. The couple is introduced as Julian’s foster parents. They raised him as their own after finding him abandoned in the trailer park.

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You would think two members of his immediate family couldn’t just vanish without a trace after appearing on the show but you’d be wrong. After season one neither Levi nor Desiree is ever mentioned again. For the remainder of the show he only family of Julian’s we ever hear about or see is his beloved grandma.

5 Wrapped Up: Nathan MacKinnon

On the list of celebrities that the boys have kidnapped, Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon may have been the most fun. The gang snatch MacKinnon in season 11 and force him to help out with Bubbles’ youth hockey team. MacKinnon was delighted to appear on the show and has dabbled in acting before. The creators and stars of Trailer Park Boys are all from MacKinnon’s home town. The NHL star admitted to being a little star-struck by them and quickly accepted their invitation to appear on the show.

4 Unresolved: Bubbles’ Truck

One minute Bubbles’ truck is on a wrecker being towed. The next day Bubbles is back behind the wheel. Who put the engine back in? The sheer number of broken-down cars in Sunnycle implies that there isn’t a skilled mechanic in the park. Who could have gotten the totaled vehicle up and running? Why don’t we hear anything about it? Bubbles loves that truck like he loves his kitties. It seems strange that a character as grateful as Bubbles wouldn’t ever mention how his vehicle got back on the road.

3 Wrapped Up: Two Become Three

It’s obvious that Julian and Ricky are like family to Bubbles. The three stick together no matter what, that bond didn’t form overnight. In the sixth episode of season 1, the boys find some old school hash. It transports them back to their youth when the three first become friends.

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Predictably they bond when Julian defends Bubbles from a bully. He really does have the biggest heart in Sunnyvale. We get to see glimpses into the formation of the characters as adults. We even see into the lives of other characters like Sam and Lahey. It’s somewhat sobering to see the youth and hope in their eyes, particularly Sam who comes across as a nice guy in his brief appearance.

2 Unresolved: Bathroom Makeover

The boys have finally decided to go legit. No more dope, no more hash, no more hustles. Julian dons his fancy court clothes to job hunt at the mall. Ricky finds his calling after a home improvement project. While gazing up at his gorgeous new deck he discovers a brand new feeling he’s never experienced before, pride.  Bubbles suggests that Ricky could make a career out of his carpentry skills. He quickly gets his first gig hanging a towel bar for miss Margarite. Somehow Ricky goes from checking for studs to tearing out sheetrock in a matter of seconds. With the all the elegant absurdity of a Three Stooges skit things go from bad to worse and we never see the problem solved.

1 Wrapped Up: Helix

There are a lot of running jokes across the Trailer Park Boys universe. None may be as beloved by fans and the characters alike as the constant references to and appearances by Helix. The Canadian rock band has been great about their inclusion on the show. They made an appearance in the live-action series as well as Trailer Park Boys: The Movie. Helix performed live at the film’s premiere. Ricky and Julian’s characters have even appeared on stage with the band. The animated series takes the joke full circle. We see Ricky in a Helix tee shirt in several flashback scenes and in one episode the band appears yet again to save Sunnyvale. In “Trailerstock” Helix headlines a show to benefit the park. Hijinx ensues when Queens of the Stone Age happens to be performing at the same time threatening to steal the crowd.

NEXT: Trailer Park Boys: 10 Best Celebrity Cameos


2019-09-18 03:09:09

Danyell Marshall

Aladdin 2 Won’t Adapt Animated Sequels (But May Borrow From Them)

Aladdin producer Dan Lin says the live-action Aladdin 2 (if it happens) won’t adapt the animated film’s sequels, but could potentially be influenced by them. Despite the pre-release skepticism towards everything from Guy Ritchie directing to Will Smith following in Robin Williams’ footsteps as The Genie, this year’s live-action remake of Disney’s animated Aladdin earned a suprisingly decent response from critics. General audiences were even happier with the film, which went on to gross over $1 billion at the worldwide box office this summer.

With those kinds of returns, it’s little wonder the Mouse House is exploring the idea of a sequel. The animated Aladdin ultimately received a pair of direct to video feature followups (titled The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves), leading some to wonder if the live-action Aladdin 2 could ultimately adapt one or both of them. According to Lin, however, if the live-action sequel does happen, it will be an original story.

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During our interview with Lin for Aladdin‘s home video release (the live-action remake and Aladdin Signature Collection hit Blu-ray on September 10), the producer confirmed Aladdin 2 is being considered, but – should it come to pass – won’t be directly based on either of the animated Aladdin sequels. He went on to explain how the film could draw inspiration from them, instead:

It’s still early days. We never designed the movie to tell the Return of Jafar story, frankly. We were focused on telling the best movie possible. Now, we’re studying Jafar and the Thieves movie that came out, as well. We’re looking at that, but it’s still early days. We’re talking about different storylines. What we’re talking about is not going to be a direct remake of any sequel that’s come out, the same way that our movie was not a direct remake of the first movie. We studied the original movie and saw what worked and what things we wanted to update, and if we’re lucky enough to make another movie, we will do that as well. But it’s not going to be a remake of any specific DVD sequel. It’ll be a new story.

Assuming Aladdin 2 is eventually made, it’s probably for the best that it won’t be a direct remake of either Return of Jafar or King of Thieves. While both of those films have their strengths (Aladdin’s father, Cassim, being one of them), neither one has a particularly inventive or memorable storyline. Plus, while the live-action Aladdin was able to get away with being a pretty faithful retelling that “fixes” the parts of Disney’s animated movie that haven’t aged well since 1992 (or were always problematic), audiences might not feel the same about Aladdin 2 being another near-shot-for-shot remake. At the same time, Return of Jafar and King of Thieves are arguably the best direct-to-video animated sequels Disney’s ever made, so it would make sense for a live-action Aladdin 2 to take some inspiration from their best elements (similar to how Disney’s Star Wars movies have borrowed from the abandoned Expanded Universe or Legends lore).

Disney’s previous sequels to its live-action remakes (102 Dalmatians and Alice Through the Looking Glass) didn’t fare so well either critically or commercially, so the odds are the studio won’t green-light Aladdin 2 unless it’s convinced its plot is something that audiences will actually want to see. The Aladdin sequel’s chances of happening could also be impacted by the performance of October’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, which is similarly bettting on audiences wanting to see a followup to Disney’s live-action Sleeping Beauty retelling with a brand-new story. Still, after Aladdin‘s billion dollar performance, it’s fair to assume the Mouse House will give Aladdin 2 some serious thought before making the call either way.

NEXT: All the Live-Action Disney Remakes in Development

Disney’s live-action Aladdin and Aladdin Signature Collection become available on Blu-ray starting Tuesday, September 10.


2019-08-30 01:08:03

Sandy Schaefer

Raya and the Last Dragon: Details for Disney’s New Animated Movie

Disney has announced its next animated film: Raya and the Last Dragon. As much success as the Mouse House now enjoys thanks to its big affiliates like Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and Pixar Animation, its own in-house animation studio is still the heart of the company. In recent years, Walt Disney Animation Studios has even come to rival Pixar, as far as their critical darling status and creative accomplishments are concerned. With recent Oscar-winning hits like Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Zootopia under its belt, Disney Animation shows few signs of slowing down anytime soon, either.

The studio’s winning streak should only continue this fall, when it releases the much-anticipated Frozen II in theaters (six years after its predecessor captured the zeitgeist and took home $1.3 billion). Disney Animation fans won’t have to wait too long for their next original project, either. In fact, the studio announced their mystery animated feature for 2020 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim today.

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Disney has now officially pulled the curtain back on its upcoming animated movie, Raya and the Last Dragon. The film opens in theaters on November 25, 2020 and features Cassie Steele (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Awkwafina (The Farewell) as members of its voice cast. You can check out its concept art in the space below.

Written by Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians), Raya and the Last Dragon follows Raya (Steele), “a lone warrior from the fantasy kingdom of Kumandra who teams up with a crew of misfits in her quest to find the Last Dragon and bring light and unity back to their world”. Awkwafina is lending her voice to Sisu, the Last Dragon, who was left behind on earth by the other dragons “in case dark forces return to the world”. Disney story artists Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins (Frozen, Big Hero 6) are making their directorial debut on the film, with Osnat Shurer (Moana) producing. The project’s D23 presentation confirmed it was heavily inspired by Southeast Asian myths, with places like Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia being studied for research by its creative team.

Raya and the Last Dragon brings Disney’s animated Moana to mind, in the sense that both films tell an original story based on the myths and culture of a specific region in the world. It should provide some welcome representation in that regard, and ought to feel all the more authentic thanks to Lim (who was born and grew up in Southeast Asia, as she discussed at D23). Raya and the Last Dragon won’t be the only original animated tentpole released in 2020 either, seeing as Pixar is planning to unveil two all-new movies (Onward and Soul) over the same twelve-month period. Needless to say, next year should be an exciting one for animation fans.

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Source: Disney


2019-08-24 01:08:50

Sandy Schaefer

The Lord Of The Rings: 10 Ways The Animated Movie Was More Faithful To The Books Than The Jackson Trilogy

Understandably overshadowed by Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning live action trilogy, Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings is a decidedly weird beast. There’s no faulting the ambition involved – Bakshi, screenwriters Peter S. Beagle and Chris Conkling and the crew of animators do an admirable job of squeezing the first half of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic into one flick.

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But the film’s inconsistent visual style, hammy voice acting and disregard for the finer details of Tolkien’s mythos drag it down. Nevertheless, there’s also no denying that Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings gets more right than he and his team get credit for. Indeed, his spin on the source material is occasionally more faithful to the Middle-earth canon than Jackson’s movies. Don’t believe us? Read on, as we highlight 10 ways the animated Lord of the Rings followed Tolkien’s novels more closely than its live action counterpart!

10 The 17 Year Time Jump

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Tolkien states that 17 years elapse between when Bilbo entrusts the Ring to Frodo and Frodo leaving the Shire to seek safe haven among the Elves in Rivendell. Bakshi, Conkling and Beagle go along with this, preserving the story’s timeline and leaving Frodo’s canonical age unaltered.

On the other hand, Jackson and co-writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh jettison this time jump – although the exact gap between the two events isn’t clear, it’s a matter of months, not years. That said, what the live action version loses in fidelity to Tolkien’s work by collapsing its chronology, it gains in narrative urgency, so arguably Jackson made the right call here.

9 Gandalf’s Showdown With Saruman

As it goes down on the page, the confrontation between Gandalf and Saruman in The Fellowship of the Ring isn’t exactly a pulse-pounding dust-up. What it boils down to is that the pair engage in a heated philosophical debate, before Gandalf is locked atop Orthanc tower. This means that, while some sort of struggle is at least implied – Gandalf does end up imprisoned, after all – we never actually see these two wizards trade magical blows.

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Bakshi and his writing team largely honor this: the pair still wind up in a high-brow slanging match, before Saruman overpowers Gandalf by way of a psychedelic light show (it was the 70s, OK?). Perhaps sensing that a less literal interpretation of the scene would be more cinematically satisfying, Jackson pares down the chatter to a bare minimum, replacing it with the wizarding duel equivalent of a knock-down, drag-out brawl!

8 Aragorn’s Character Arc

In The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien was dealing with archetypal characters – which means that the series’ heroes tend not to be as three-dimensional as modern audiences are accustomed to. True, the good guys of Middle-earth aren’t without flaws and they’re occasionally uncertain, but overall, they verge on superhumanly perfect.

Take Aragorn: other than a few instances where he momentarily expresses doubts in his leadership abilities, he never really shows any misgivings when it comes to ascending the throne of Gondor. The 1978 adaptation follows suit in its depiction of Aragorn, who demonstrates no reservations when it comes to fronting the resistance against Mordor.

By contrast, Jackson, Boyens and Walsh drew upon contemporary storytelling techniques to create a character arc for our hero – charting his gradual transformation into the king he was born to be – a decision that didn’t necessarily please purists!

7 The Elves Are Absent From Helm’s Deep

One of the most rousing scenes in Peter Jackson’s version of The Two Towers sees an Elvish army arrive on the eve of the Battle of Helm’s Deep, bolstering the outnumbered ranks of the Rohirrim. As any Tolkien aficionado will tell you, this doesn’t happen in the novel, where no martial aid from the Elves is forthcoming. Since this was an invention on the part of Jackson and his team, it’s hardly surprising that it’s nowhere to be found in Ralph Bakshi’s adaptation of the story, either.

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Interestingly, the two films do overlap where Gandalf’s timely intervention is concerned. Unlike in the book – where the wizard is joined by venerable warrior Erkenbrand and his riders – in both big screen reimaginings, Gandalf is backed by exiled loyalists lead by heir apparent to the throne of Rohan, Éomer, instead.

6 Giving The Elven Smiths Their Due

The 2001 film version of The Fellowship of the Ring kicks off with a prologue that briefly recaps the relevant history of Middle-earth that newcomers need to follow the story. One of the key events covered is the fashioning of the Rings of Power – and as presented on-screen, it’s easy to miss the role played by the Elven smiths. Indeed, casual viewers would no doubt leap to the conclusion that Sauron forged the entire range of magical bling solo, rather than in collaboration with the Elves.

This ambiguity doesn’t exist in the 1978 Lord of the Rings cartoon. Although its prologue does get other details wrong, Bakshi, Beagle and Conkling clearly acknowledge the Elven smith’s role in the Rings’ creation. In fairness, Jackson and his writing team were trying to streamline Tolkien’s mythos to avoid overloading newbies with information, but the upshot is that Bakshi’s movie is technically more accurate than Jackson’s on this score.

5 Saruman’s New Title

For the entirety of Peter Jackson’s big screen trilogy, secondary antagonist Saruman is known by the same title, “Saruman the White”. This doesn’t just reflect his dress sense (although it totally does), it also denotes Saruman’s status as the wisest and most powerful figure among Middle-earth’s wizard order. However, in Tolkien’s original books, Saruman awards himself an unofficial promotion, arrogantly proclaiming himself to be “Saruman of Many Colors”, updating his wardrobe to match.

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Jackson’s films might omit this, but Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings mirrors this development in Saruman’s character perfectly. Well…not quite perfectly: Saruman’s animated incarnation rocks a crimson robe at odds with his description in the text, and he’s often referred to as “Aruman” – part of an aborted effort to distinguish him from overarching villain, Sauron!

4 Elrond And Aragorn’s Relationship

Unlike in Tolkien’s writings, the relationship between Aragorn and Elrond in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is best described as complex. The Elrond of the books is a model foster father to Aragorn and is broadly supportive of the romance between his ward and his daughter, Arwen. By contrast, in the live action adaptation, the Aragorn/Arwen union – which will ultimately cost Arwen her immortality – is a source of hostility between the Elf Lord and his surrogate son.

None of this unpleasantness is present in Ralph Bakshi’s animated adaptation…although if we’re being honest, that’s because Elrond has barely any screen time, while Arwen is omitted entirely! Still, the brief moments Elrond and Aragorn share in the 1978 flick don’t contain even the slightest trace of animosity between them, so this is another case of Bakshi and co being closer to the mark.

3 The Shards Of Narsil

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novels explicitly describe Narsil – the legendary sword that cut the One Ring from Sauron’s finger – as being broken into two pieces. The degree of damage inflicted upon the blade is carried over to Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 film, but not in Peter Jackson’s live action trilogy over 20 years later.

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Jackson and the crew at Weta Workshop re-envision Narsil as splintering into multiple shards. This hardly constitutes a major change from the source material – and aside from being more visually impressive, it serves to highlight the unmatched craft of the Elves when the blade is re-forged in The Return of the King.

2 Frodo Defies The Nazgûl

Art By: Pitsh

Both The Fellowship of the Ring and its two big screen adaptations include a thrilling sequence where Frodo is pursued by Sauron’s fearsome servants, the Nazgûl. Yet despite sharing the same underlying premise, all three chases play out differently. Notably, whereas in the novel our brave hobbit is accompanied by mighty Elf Lord Glorfindel, he’s teamed with Elven archer Legolas in Bakshi’s cartoon and Elf maiden Arwen in Jackson’s live action feature.

Where the Tolkien and Bakshi accounts align is that Frodo is a more active participant in these events – he even defiantly shouts at his pursuers when they try to coax him to their side. By comparison, the Frodo of Jackson’s film has nearly succumbed to the supernatural wound he sustained earlier and is a more passive protagonist as a result.

1 Galadriel’s Moment Of Temptation

When the Fellowship visits the Elven realm of Lothlórien in The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo offers to surrender responsibility for the One Ring to super-charged elf (and fellow Ringbearer) Galadriel. This is true of both Tolkien’s book and the adaptations by Bakshi and Jackson – but again, there are discrepancies between how three iterations of the scene unfold.

For his part, Bakshi more or less follows Tolkien’s lead. Galadriel is tempted by the Ring, but despite momentarily unveiling her own formidable power, she rejects Frodo’s offer with a laugh, keeping proceedings cordial. Jackson injects more drama into proceedings though, and Galadriel’s near seduction by the Ring is more pronounced and intimidating. This further emphasizes the potency of the Ring, but also ruffled the feathers of Tolkien devotees who felt that Jackson had mischaracterized Galadriel’s benign personality.

NEXT: The Lord Of The Rings: 10 Facts About Frodo They Leave Out Of The Movies


2019-08-12 07:08:21

Leon Miller

Best Animated Movies Of The Decade | Screen Rant

Here are our top animated movies of the past decade. Purely in terms of technological advancement, the 2010s have been huge for animated filmmaking, and the leap in what is visually possible using both traditional and computer-generated techniques from 2010 to 2019 has been huge. Perhaps more significantly, however, animated movies have continued to push the boundaries of what the genre can achieve from a storytelling perspective. In decades past, the best animated films have been those designed to appeal to kids, but that keep adults entertained too. Nowadays, that divide is far less apparent, with some major theatrical animations appealing to all ages equally.

On the business side of the animation equation, the 2010s have seen much change. While Pixar went from strength-to-strength after being purchased by Disney in the 2000s, Dreamworks became a subsidiary of Universal Pictures and, over in Japan, Studio Ghibli’s iconic Hayao Miyazaki entered retirement, before swiftly changing his mind and returning to the animation game without missing a beat. Aside from those big names, some animated gems came from unexpected places, creating franchises that no one had previously thought viable. Best of all, however, the world of animation offered a far better mix of original material and sequels compared to the live-action medium.

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Taking into account every animated release between 2010 and 2019 (so far), here are our top animated movies of the decade, based on quality, technical achievement and overall cultural impact.

Due to the incredible quality of animated releases in the 2010s, some movies are worthy of an honorable mention before dipping directly into the top 15. Incredibles 2 lived up to the reputation of Brad Bird’s original superhero offering, proving (not for the first time in this list) that Pixar know their way around making a sequel. Disney’s Tangled reworked the Rapunzel story beautifully for a modern day audience, and showcased a hybrid style of digital and traditional animation. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World concluded the story of Hiccup in style, living up to the reputation of the much-loved franchise. The LEGO Movie brought everyone’s favorite Danish bricks to the big screen, spawning an entire franchise of spinoffs and sequels. And finally, Finding Dory saw the return of Ellen DeGeneres’ super-forgetful fish.

Set within a Polynesian village, Disney’s Moana respectfully adapted the subject matter at hand, and featured a cast that mixed A-list stars such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with newcomers to the industry. Moana took the traditional Disney musical setup and updated it for the present-day, most notably with the fully-realized, strong young title character, who sets out on a journey to find a demigod of her people and sing some chart-bothering hits along the way.

Bringing the vivid beauty of Polynesia to life in animated form, Disney’s Moana boasts style and substance, acting as the perfect bridge between the Disney themes of yore – adventure, epic songs and light scares – and the modern direction of cinema, with crisper CG animation techniques and an increased focus on equality and representation.

As one of the few original movies in history to gross over $1 billion, Zootopia was a massive financial success for Disney – an achievement that was richly deserved. Starring Ginnifer Goodwin as an anthropomorphic rabbit police officer, Zootopia depicts a human society populated by animals in detailed and hilarious fashion. Marketed somewhat like a generic cuddly springtime animation designed to amuse the kids for two hours, Zootopia actually possesses far more depth than it might seem at first glance, containing a strong central message about discrimination and breaking down cultural barriers that balances out Zootopia‘s jokes.

Zootopia is one of the decade’s best examples of a film that can entertain and deliver a politically-tinged message without feeling forceful and talk of a sequel continues to do the rounds three years later.

Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises was originally intended to be Hayao Miyazaki’s final project before retiring, but after four years tending his garden, the legendary filmmaker returned in 2017. Nevertheless, The Wind Rises would’ve acted as a fitting swansong for Miyazaki, encompassing everything fans across the world love about the Studio Ghibli canon. The Wind Rises may not have commanded the international attention that My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke have enjoyed, but the tale of Jiro Horikoshi, inspired by real-life events, is every bit as inspiring, thoughtful and beautifully-animated as its predecessors.

Dealing with the impact of war on Japan, The Wind Rises carries more real-world weight than many Ghibli movies, but its fundamentally pacifist message shines through, using the dream of becoming a pilot to represent war’s habit of corrupting innocent ideals.

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Best known for Christmas favorite The Snowman, Raymond Briggs returned in 2016, adapting his 1998 book Ethel & Ernest, a true story about the lives of his parents. What might initially sound like a personal project took on a life of its own in animated form, dealing with British history and culture in a way that both old and young could relate to. Witnessing events such as World War II through the eyes of an everyday couple (and later their young son) has an understated charm and the soft, dream-like animation suits this deeply personal story perfectly.

Featuring British acting legends such as Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, Pam Ferris and June Brown, Ethel & Ernest may have fallen under the radar in terms of feature-length releases, but is a hidden gem of the decade’s animated output.

Purely in terms of impact, Frozen might just be the top animated movie of the decade. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, Frozen had been in the works at Disney for years, with writers struggling to develop a workable story. Eventually released in 2013, Frozen surpassed all expectations, becoming a cultural phenomenon and one of the Mouse House’s hottest properties. Centered on sisters Elsa and Anna, Frozen attracted a raft of top musical talent including Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff and the film’s soundtrack reads like a list of the decade’s biggest movie hits.

Frozen 2 is due out later this year and it remains to be seen whether the sequel can match the acclaim and success of the original. In either case, “Let It Go” isn’t leaving our ears anytime soon.

With Toy Story 3 ending on an emotional note many deemed the perfect end to Buzz and Woody’s story, Toy Story 4 seemed like a gratuitous entry into Pixar’s most famous franchise but, once again, the studio succeeded in producing a follow-up that wasn’t only worthy, but that arguably improved in certain areas. More than ever before in the series, Toy Story 4 delves into the philosophy of being a toy and the relationship these beings have with their child owners.

This plays out via the interactions between Woody and Forky, a plastic utensil that comes to life after Bonnie turns it into a toy. As the fork struggles with his new existence, Woody must show Forky how important he is to Bonnie and goes to extraordinary lengths to achieve this. As usual, the ensuing road trip teaches Buzz and Woody plenty about themselves and, by Toy Story 4‘s ending, the whole audience is in tears. Again.

Riffing on video games of past and present, Wreck-It Ralph isn’t just family fun, but a treat for geeks everywhere, with references to arcade classics, modern console franchises and everything in between. Wreck-It Ralph is far more than just a short-lived gimmick, however, and tells a heartfelt story of a video game villain wanting to get a fair shake in life. Set up similar to Toy Story in the sense that video game characters have their own personalities outside of their games, Wreck-It Ralph is a colorful adventure with more heart than most of its contemporaries, as Ralph meets Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope von Schweetz and learns the truth of her existence.

With a smart script and incredible attention to detail, Wreck-It Ralph easily warrants multiple views and while 2018’s Ralph Breaks The Internet failed to have the same impact on audiences, Wreck-It Ralph will always enjoy a diverse appeal among movie fans.

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After the success of Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon, a sequel seemed inevitable and while the studio’s follow-ups have a hit-and-miss history, How To Train Your Dragon 2 proved to be just as witty and touching as the original. Greatly expanding on the core cast of the original, How To Train Your Dragon 2 offers character development not just for Hiccup and Toothless, but also for the colorful crop of young vikings introduced in the first movie.

The addition of Cate Blanchett as Hiccup’s mother cracks open the mythology of the franchise’s titular dragons and while kids can enjoy the accessible humor and Toothless being cute, older viewers can absorb the expansion of How To Train Your Dragon‘s fictional world and Hiccup’s evolution into the leader of Berk. Directed and written by Dean DeBlois, How To Train Your Dragon 2 does a better job of highlighting the franchise’s visual potential, with some beautiful dragon-based battles and flight sequences.

With the Marvel Cinematic Universe in full swing, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse was a far bigger hit than it had any right to be, with many calling it the definitive Spider-Man movie. Starring the Miles Morales version of Spidey, Into The Spider-Verse cracked open the Marvel Multiverse, introducing a host of different variations of the iconic superhero in gloriously animated splendor. Taking more inspiration from the comic books than most live-action adaptations, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is essentially a coming of age tale, but one wrapped in a classic superhero story.

Meanwhile, the collective inter-dimensional appearances aren’t merely fan-pleasing cameos, but drive the plot and character development forward, all while building the legend of Spider-Man as a cultural icon both within the story and in the real world. Visually, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has been labelled a game-changing release, and Lord and Miller even found room for a Spider-Ham appearance.

Pixar have promised to release original movies only over the next few years, and if Coco is anything to go by, that can only be a good thing. Marrying together a musical tale with Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival, Coco tells the story of a young boy attempting to find his own identity, dealing with themes of family, death and legacy. With the Day of the Dead festival known for being a visually stunning event, Pixar had a blast translating the imagery onto the big screen and nowhere is this more apparent than in the gorgeous afterlife scenes.

Arguably one of Pixar’s strongest releases in terms of score and music, Coco also takes great care to respect the Mexican traditions being explored, never resorting to stereotype or coming across as derivative. Coco proved to be a unique and striking visual feast and, as one might expect, an uplifting tale with a keen moral compass.

While all of the How To Train Your Dragon movies have merit, the original remains the best of the bunch. Rarely has an animated beast been given more personality than Toothless, the deadly dragon that triggers Hiccup’s evolution from boy to man. The symbiotic relationship between Hiccup and Toothless provides How To Train Your Dragon‘s emotional backbone, but equally as important is the fun depiction of a viking village, wisely removing the grizzlier parts of history in favor of Scottish accents and visual gags.

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How To Train Your Dragon is, in essence, one unremarkable boy’s mission to change the attitude of an entire town and this makes Hiccup both entirely relatable and completely sympathetic. Although sequels might offer improved visuals, How To Train Your Dragon stunned upon release with its visceral sky battles and intense action sequences, but most of the film’s strength lies in the compelling relationship between a boy and his dragon.

Proving that the stop-motion technique is far from dead, Laika’s Kubo & The Two Strings saw director, Travis Knight, on top form and was duly recognized come awards season, despite being one of the least financially successful entries on this list. Delving headfirst into Japanese culture, Kubo & The Two Strings tells an intricate story and combines traditional stop-motion with computer-generated graphics to spellbinding effect.

While the bright visuals and adventure elements will appeal to a younger audience, Kubo & The Two Strings is a sophisticated piece of storytelling that incorporates a beautiful, yet sometimes melancholic, score from Dario Marianelli. Although perhaps not the most accessible animated release of the decade, Kubo & The Two Strings deserves endless credit for its ambition, originality and vision, and continues the quirky spirit Laika began with Coraline.

Uniting Disney’s renowned animation skills with the superhero storytelling of Marvel, it’s no surprise that Big Hero 6 proved so critically and commercially successful. Clashing together the cultures of Japan and the United States, Big Hero 6 deals with mature topics, such as the death of a loved one, with surprising clarity and care. By introducing traditional superhero elements into that mix, Big Hero 6 offers a truly unique experience that thrills thanks to a cast of wonderful, three-dimensional characters and a meticulously crafted world.

Yes, there’s a cute robot character and, yes, he will make you cry, but the real emotional core isn’t the cuddly Baymax, but Hiro’s gradual acceptance of his brother’s death. Surprisingly deep for a film with a stereotypical stoner dude that dresses up as a fire-breathing dinosaur. Despite its bombastic approach to superheroes, Big Hero 6 doesn’t pull its punches in terms of real-world struggles and deservedly stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Marvel’s other cinematic releases.

Rarely does a franchise’s third outing become the crown jewel of the series, but many would argue that Toy Story 3 is Woody and Buzz’s best outing. Picking up on the gang during Andy’s late teens, playtime is truly over for Toy Story‘s playthings and everyone is resigned to their fate of moving to the attic. After accidentally being sent to Sunnyside Daycare, however, a wild adventure ensues where Woody and his pals come across a corrupt toy-based dictatorship – a regime they both escape and take down for good.

Adding glorious new characters in Ken, Lotso and Bonnie’s group of toys, Toy Story 3 breaks Woody and Buzz from the life they’ve known and helps them transition to a new stage, all of which proves emotionally devastating for viewers. As well as the expected improvements in animation, Toy Story 3‘s humor is sharper than ever before and shows even more shades to characters that have been part of fans’ lives since the 1990s.

On every level, Inside Out is the 2010s’ most accomplished cinematic release, and one of the most important animated stories ever put to film. Based on an incredibly ambitious concept, Pixar’s Inside Out takes place in one child’s head, with each main character representing a human emotion. The depiction of memories, feelings and everyday human processes visually expresses sensations that viewers of all ages can relate to, but might struggle to verbalize, while also touching upon the issue of mental health in a very Pixar-like way.

An animation it might be, but Inside Out offers one of the best representations of the human mind in movies and with so much detail in the creation of an inner world, it’s impossible to enjoy every element in one viewing, such is the level of depth on offer. Of course, much credit must go to the central voice cast, with Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith and Bill Hader helping craft characters that the audience can’t help but imagine sitting right there in their own heads.

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2019-08-12 03:08:20

Craig Elvy

The 10 Best Disney Animated Movies Of All-Time, According To IMDB

When it comes to animated movies, Disney is the studio that started it all. From its early short cartoons shown before other movies to its debut feature-length movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney Animation set the bar that no one else could touch for decades to come.

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While Disney seems interested in bringing its classic animated films to life in live-action remakes, its animation studio hasn’t slowed down either. With so much success in its past, here are the 10 best Disney Animated movies of all time based on IMDB users. Only original Disney movies are on this list, so no Pixar movies are listed here.

10 THE LITTLE MERMAID (7.6)

Based on the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid tells the story of a young mermaid named Ariel who dreams of one day becoming a real human after she meets a human prince named Eric. The film, released in 1989, launched a new era of Disney animated movies, which had languished for two decades before its release.

The Little Mermaid was the first release of the new Disney Renaissance in animation. Its box office and critical success led the way for movies like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast to see the light of day. The animated film led to a stage play, sequels and up upcoming live-action remake.

9 MULAN (7.6)

Released in 1988, Mulan was based on a Chinese legend and told the story of the daughter of an aging warrior who was expected to enter into a pre-arranged marriage and live as a dutiful housewife. Instead, she ran away, pretended to be a man, and replaced her father in a war against the Huns.

The film was another monster success for Disney and took the idea of the Disney princesses and turned it on its head with a very strongwilled and powerful female warrior leading the way. The film picked up Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and will get its own live-action remake in 2020.

8 WRECK-IT RALPH (7.7)

Possibly the most surprising Disney Animated hit came in 2012 with Wreck-It Ralph. After a decade of lackluster releases following its illustrious run in the ’90s, Wreck-It Ralph looked more like something DreamWorks Animation would release but ended up pure-Disney in the best ways possible.

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The movie followed a video game character in a classic arcade game who met a spunky girl from a race car game, and the two went on to help each other fulfill their dreams. The movie ended up gaining a sequel six years later that added in a lot of Disney properties when the characters went into the internet.

7 FANTASIA (7.8)

Before Disney Animation released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it released a handful of short animated movies, many of which featured the character of Mickey Mouse. After releasing Snow White and Pinocchio, Walt Disney set out to release a film with Mickey Mouse as one of the primary characters.

Fantasia was a shocking turn. While both of Disney’s first two movies had a lot of adult situations involved, Fantasia was a mishmash of musical segments that included magic and fantasy. The most popular segment featured The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and helped bring Mickey Mouse back into the spotlight.

6 BIG HERO 6 (7.8)

While the world seemed excited to see Spier-Man: Into the Spider-Verse win an Oscar for Marvel under the Sony banner, it wasn’t the first to do so. In 2014, Disney Animation released its own Marvel movie in Big Hero 6. People might not have noticed since it was not advertised as a Marvel movie, but it was based on Marvel Comics characters, and it won the Oscar.

Big Hero 6 was also the highest-grossing animated movie of 2014, even without publicizing it was based on a Marvel Comic property. This is because it was a great story with a unique setting and some genuinely heartwarming scenes.

5 TANGLED (7.8)

While original Disney movies like Wreck-It Ralph and Big Hero 6 showed that Disney Animation didn’t have to rely on its old fairy tale tropes to succeed, it was a classic fairy tale movie based on a Disney Princess that kickstarted their new run of critically-acclaimed movies.

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In 2010, Disney Animation released Tangled, based on the German fairy tale Rapunzel. While Frozen broke the box office with its release, Tangled received a better IMDB audience score (7.8 to 7.5). As in the original story, the movie told the story of a girl locked in a giant tower who longed to leave and discover the world.

4 ALADDIN (8.0)

In 2019, Disney released the live-action remake of Aladdin, with Will Smith taking on the role of the genie in the bottle. However, while it received a massive box office take and a lot of praise from fans, it still pales in comparison to the original. Even Will Smith said that he never had a chance to match what Robin Williams did with Genie in the original.

Aladdin hit theaters in 1992 as part of the Disney Renaissance, based on the Arabic folktale from One Thousand and One Nights. The movie followed a young street urchin who finds a magic lamp with a genie and then uses it to try to improve his status in life and win over the heart of the princess.

3 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (8.0)

Released in 1991, Beauty and the Beast single-handily changed the Academy Awards. The Disney animated film became the first-ever nominated for an Oscar and caused the Academy to create an Animated Film award to make sure it never happened again.

Based on the French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a young prince cursed for arrogance when a witch turns him into a hideous Beast. He has to prove his worth by convincing a woman to love him despite his appearance.

2 ZOOTOPIA (8.0)

In what might come as a shock, in the long history of Disney Animated movies, it is a movie released in 2016 that has the second-highest IMDB score of any animated film by the company. Zootopia tells the story of a rabbit who believes that she can make a difference in the world by becoming a police officer.

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However, when assigned to the capital city of Zootopia, she learns that no one cares. When she puts her prejudices behind her and teams with a scheming fox to solve a crime, she proves it doesn’t matter how big or small someone is. Everyone deserves a chance to prove their worth.

1 THE LION KING (8.5)

Released in 1994, The Lion King was the movie released during the Disney Renaissance that sits on the top of the mountain. Not only that, but it ended up as the most beloved Disney Animated movie of all-time, based on the votes of IMDB users.

The Lion King told the story of Simba, a lion cub, and the son of the king Mufasa. When Mufasa’s brother causes the king to fall to his death and then blames Simba, the young cub runs away and has to learn to become a king on his own. The Lion King re-tells the story of Hamlet and became one of the most successful animated movies in cinema history.

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2019-07-30 01:07:10

Shawn S. Lealos

The 10 Best DreamWorks Animated Movies Of All Time, According To IMDB

Sixty years after Disney Animation proved that animated films could be major box office successes, DreamWorks formed and started to build a library of its own. It was an immediate success thanks to a grumpy green ogre. However, it took the company years to prove its style of animated filmmaking was as original as its competitors.

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Despite early critics, DreamWorks Animation proved very successful. It created mega franchises based on its properties with sequels and spin-off television shows. The properties scored big at both the box office and the Nielson ratings. Here is a look at the 10 most popular DreamWorks Animation movies of all time based on IMDB users.

10 THE CROODS (7.2)

While not talked about as much as other DreamWorks Animation franchises, The Croods enjoyed life outside its original movie, which received a favorable rating on IMDB. The film, released in 2013, follows a prehistoric family of cavepeople threatened when a natural disaster forces them to find a new home.

The voice cast is excellent, with Nicolas Cage as the father, set in his ways and scared to death of an unknown future. Emma Stone is his rebellious teenage daughter who wants to set out to see the world. The Croods received an Oscar nomination and spawned an animated series that lasted four seasons.

9 KUNG FU PANDA 2 (7.2)

While a sequel, Kung Fu Panda 2 proved to be extremely popular and was only one of two DreamWorks animated franchises to have more than one movie on this list. Following the first movie about a panda named the Dragon Warrior, this movie features a peacock named Lord Shen who believes he deserved that title.

The movie added just enough comedy and unique set pieces to help set it apart from the first film in the series. This movie also received a lot of praise for its use of 3D fight sequences and cut to traditional animation at critical moments. There was also a third movie that was great as well but failed to make the cut.

8 MEGAMIND (7.3)

Possibly the lesser-known DreamWorks Animation movie on this list, Megamind was released in 2010 and featured Will Ferrell in the lead voice role of Megamind, the world’s most intelligent supervillain. However, what makes this movie so great is the fact that it turns all ideas of superhero movies on their heads.

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The hero in this world, Metro Man, is kind of a jerk. On the other hand, Megamind was picked on as a kid and had no choice but to be the villain. However, when he gets a chance to be the hero for a change, he jumps at the chance but is he good enough to succeed in his new role?

7 RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (7.3)

Rise of the Guardians is the most underrated movie on this entire list, but it is one that enough IMDB users recognized the brilliance from to lead it to the seventh spot. This beautifully animated DreamWorks Animation movie follows the Legends, which are all the mythical characters from childhood tales.

The focus of the story is Jack Frost, the least likely hero and the character least known by kids today. Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and Sandman don’t want Jack in their club. However, when Pitch Black strips hope away from children, Jack is all remaining to stop him.

6 WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT

One surprising addition to this list if Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. It isn’t a surprise due to quality, as this movie deserves to be on just about any best-of list for animated films. However, this is an Aardman movie, so it is unusual to think of it as a DreamWorks Animated film.

However, it was DreamWorks, and not in name alone. Aardman animator and director Nick Park said that he often received notes from DreamWorks on things he needed to change, which irritated him. However, he stuck to his vision, and the movie ended up a massive critical success.

5 KUNG FU PANDA (7.6)

Kung Fu Panda is one of the most successful animated movie franchises in Hollywood, as DreamWorks Animation knocked it out of the park with its original movie. Jack Black voiced Po, a giant panda who idolizes the Furious Five — kung fu masters who protect the land.

After Tai Lung escapes from prison, threatening to destroy everything the Furious Five and their master Shifu hold dear, Po is their only hope. With great humor, brilliantly created martial arts battles, and a heartwarming story, it was one of DreamWorks Animation’s first critical successes.

4 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD (7.6)

It should come as no surprise that all three How to Train Your Dragon movies made this list, but the fact that all three were in the Top 4 might be a slight surprise to some. The third movie, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was the final film in the series that also included interconnected animated cartoons on Netflix connecting the films.

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The movie was colorful and beautiful and provided the franchise with what might be considered the greatest conclusion of any movie franchise. In a series where Hiccup lost his father and gained back his mother, this is the movie where he finally had to let Toothless go. It was heartbreaking and touching to let go of these beloved characters.

3 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (7.8)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 took the ideas from the first movie and then added shocking moments that left audiences stunned and excited about where the franchise could go next. In the first movie, Hiccup was living with his father, after his mother’s death at the hands of a dragon attack.

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His father finally came around in that movie, and just as they learned that the mother was still alive in this movie, his father died — sacrificing himself to save his son. That moment was only one part of this movie, but the entire story was a roller coaster ride of emotions. It kept the heart of the original while adding a lot of breathtaking animated action scenes to create a visionary treat.

2 SHREK (7.9)

Shrek receives a lot of criticism by vocal fans and movie critics, but it seems fans on IMDB still find the charm and creativity of the original film. It ranks second best for DreamWorks Animation. Mike Myers voices the ogre Shrek while Eddie Murphy voices his companion Donkey in this franchise.

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The law of diminishing returns hurt the Shrek franchise as it never reached the levels of Kung Fu Panda or How to Train Your Dragon for sequels. However, the first movie about an ogre who finds the love of his life while trying to save his home from the evil Lord Farquaad still connects with fans. This film made DreamWorks a significant player in animation.

1 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (8.1)

The most popular DreamWorks Animation movie by far is the first How to Train Your Dragon. There are a few reasons why this is the movie that people look to as the crown jewel for DreamWorks Animation. The first is the animation itself, which is beautiful, exuberant, and possibly the best work that they did in any movie to date.

The second reason is the story about a boy and his dragon in a world that fears the creatures. It is neither hokey, nor is it overly sentimental. Despite this, it still pulls at the heartstrings smartly and poignantly. In addition to the overwhelming love by fans, it is also the highest-rated DreamWorks Animation movie on Rotten Tomatoes, at 99-percent fresh.

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2019-07-29 03:07:12

Shawn S. Lealos

Why Disney Doesn’t Make 2D Animated Movies Any More

Disney no longer makes hand-drawn 2D animated movies, but why is that the case? The Mouse House made its name using traditional animation techniques, including the first full-length animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, but in recent years it’s instead turned to computer animation and even live-action remakes of old classics.

Disney’s only animated effort of 2019 is Frozen 2, which is computer-animated, while another of its biggest releases is the live-action The Lion King remake, based on their biggest and best hand-drawn animation. It’s a major reminder of just how far away Disney has come from making 2D animated films, which has been the case for most of the past decade, although the shift away from hand-drawn animation started much earlier.

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The most successful period in Disney animation was the late-80s and early-mid-90s, which brought about the Disney Renaissance, a boom period of creativity and quality after many years of drift following Walt Disney’s death. Starting with The Little Mermaid in 1989, Disney went on an incredible run that saw them produce some of their biggest ever hits – Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King – and a few underrated gems too, such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The success was mostly sustained across the 90s, but by the turn of the century it’d started coming crashing down.

In the early 00s, Disney was already turning away from 2D animation, and despite some efforts at reviving the format, such as The Princess and the Frog or Whinnie the Pooh, the movies weren’t quite as successful and Disney closed their 2D animation studio in 2013. A big reason for this was the rise of computer-animation, led by Pixar, who are now owned by Disney. Pixar made a major splash with 1995’s Toy Story, which changed the game in terms of what an animated movie could be. Once they started perfecting that formula in the late-90s and early-00s, it wasn’t long before other studios were attempting to catch-up, including Disney.

Disney started to make their own push with computer-animation, such as 2008’s Bolt, and then finally started to reap the rewards with a four-year period that saw the releases of Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and Frozen, all of which were big hits for the Mouse House. Since then they’ve released Big Hero 6, Moana, Zootopia, and Ralph Breaks the Internet, all of which utilized 3D computer-animation. Even in the early-00s, it’s clear to see the difference in box-office results between Pixar’s 3D efforts and Disney’s 2D movies: in 2003, Pixar’s Finding Nemo made $940 million, which was 10x its budget. Just a year later Disney released Home on the Range, which cost an estimated $110 million and didn’t even make that back.

It’s tempting to solely put all of this down to the success of Pixar (and later animated franchises such as Shrek as well), but that’s just one (admittedly large) part of the story. Disney themselves should take some blame: it’s not just that Pixar’s movies were making more money, but that they were better. That isn’t because of the animation style, but a change in focus at the top of Disney (including faster productions and more straight-to-DVD sequels) and it was a decline that 2D animation couldn’t pull them out of.

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Alongside Pixar’s rise was the advancement of technology, which has subsequently made it easier for studios to produce animated features. Hand-drawn 2D animation is known for being a painstaking process, often requiring huge teams of animators and a lot of the time meaning things cannot be flexible and decisions have to be locked in a lot earlier. Computer-animation too is still a major undertaking, but it’s generally considered easier to maintain quality control (especially for a big animation house like Disney) and to fix things if they do go wrong or the filmmakers want to do something differently.

Moving towards greater advancements in technology isn’t uncommon in Hollywood: just look at the shift from black-and-white to color. It’s a huge shame that Disney isn’t making 2D animated movies anymore, especially since they’ve yet to create anything on par with The Lion King or Beauty and the Beast in the 3D realm. But when the 3D movies are making more money, and are in a lot of ways easier to produce at a high quality, and they can also turn their old 2D classics into live-action remakes that make $1 billion, it’s clear why Disney has stopped making 2D animated movies.

Next: The Lion King 2019’s Biggest Changes To The Original Animation


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James Hunt