Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Anomalous Material Weekly Feature: 10 Best Animated Movies

Here we are again true believers, with my latest weekly 10 best feature for the fine folks over at Anomalous Material.  For those of you not in the know, those same said fine folks have given me a (possibly foolish on their behalf) regular gig as feature writer.  It is a series of top ten lists on various cinematic subjects (and anyone who knows me can attest to how perfectly suited I am to such an endeavor - yes I am a  list nerd).  This week's feature, my nineteenth such feature, is all about the animated side of cinema.  Taking a look at the history of animated motion pictures - a history that is nearly as long as cinema itself - I send forth my choices for the ten best animated feature films of all-time.

Read my feature article, "10 Best Animated Movies" at Anomalous Material.

As an added bonus (see screenshot below), the film that would have come in at number eleven if I had extended my list, is the 1926 German film The Adventures of Prince Achmed, directed by Lotte Reiniger.  It holds the honour of being the earliest surviving animated feature film.  Done in a magic lantern/silhouette cutout technique, it is a wonder to behold.  It is a good enough film to make me second guess leaving off the list, but alas, I do not wish to go back and disrupt such a list, so off it will stay - until I make my inevitable Top 100 Animated Features list later this year.


Chip Lary said...

I was kind of surprised to not see The Iron Giant mentioned, not even as an honorable mention.

Kevyn Knox said...

I have not seen The Iron Giant. I tried to catch up on as many animated features as I could, but just ran out of time before getting to see that one. My guess is I will like it and will surely add it to my 100 Greatest Animated Movies list I plan on doing on this site later this year.

Chip Lary said...

If you are interested, here is my review of the film (no spoilers):