Monday, March 02, 2009

The Greatest Animated Films?

Cartoons in the cinema - the greatest animated films - Telegraph: "It’s 70 years since that mischievous scamp Pinocchio, one of Disney’s best-loved characters, first enchanted cinema audiences, and to mark the anniversary the film has been digitally restored for a new DVD release on March 9. But which are the greatest big-screen cartoon creations? Here are the contenders..."

6 comments:

Todd Mason said...

"The Wrong Trousers," a number of WB cartoons, at least one or two Fleischer projects, and perhaps a few others (including such items as PERSEPOLIS and some Ed Emshwiller films I've yet to see) beat nearly all if not all of these, even the very good ones. Hell, CORALINE, which I liked w/o loving, beats most of these.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

What, no Dumbo or Peter Pan? Pfui! I was not surprised to see that a majority of the picks were from the past 20 years, though. Not that they're better, just more familiar to modern audiences.

Todd Mason said...

And lazy journos.

Dan said...

WHERE'S BETTY BOOP????

Juri said...

Not very historical-wise, this list, all the old films were Disney ones. There are dozens of European films that should be included, for example, ANIMAL FARM or THE YELLOW SUBMARINE or THE SAVAGE PLANET or Lotte Reiniger's wonderful silhouette animation THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED from 1926 (which thus predates SNOW WHITE by ten years)... Or the Juri Norshtein's THE TALE OF TALES which was nominated in the Los Angeles olympics as the world's best animated cartoon ever. (I don't know why they held such a contest, and it's the only Soviet thing to have participated in the LA olympics.) And it is simply great. (It's not feature-length, only 30 minutes, but I should say it counts.)

I could go on and on and on...

Juri said...

Don't forget GAY PURR-EE.

Didn't Chuck Jones make an indie feature, THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH or some such? Maybe it would count, but I haven't seen it.

Bakshi's first Fritz the Cat.

The Italian Bruno Bozzetto's BOLERO.