“Top 9 Greatest Animated Films” by Leader K

Leader K

O, that this too too selfish opinion would melt, thaw, and resolve as fact. Alas is the pain one must bring to others and oneself to make note of life’s more promising fortune.
O, a sting in the head and a bite to the arm say of who is deserved above another and what brings privilege to a life left ignorant of that great beauty.
Tis the great equator, the unchanging compass is this rude hand that brings forth its best ideas in joust to the belief that thy may never see the light of the true sun, the true way, the true fun all the artist have to offer.
Let one preach, and steadily preached that his mind’s armor might stop the foreign blade and prevent the slide into riper flesh.
O, that these pillars that hold up the mind and thus the body will hold high and long enough for those in question to understand why i say….
And thus; A top 10

K: “Yes, yes i know.”

Jerk: “Not another one of these pointless top ten lists. What are you thinking man? You think anyone gives a damn? You think your picks are the best? Just give it up!”

K: “Well i’ll tell you internet devil son of a bitch, i happen to like top ten lists, and do a lot of other people! There’s no better way to start positive debate and form common bonds then by simply naming a few things you like.
Some are recent that other people might have seen and like or dislike. While some of the movies a lot of people might have never seen before and i could be the one to recommend them.”

Jerk: “Like hell! you just want to weasel as many hits as possible with less effort. Your a bad person. (and what you think your shakspeare or somthin’?)”

K: *hits jerk in the face with a hammer* “If you don’t like it, don’t get hit by a hammer for it.” (0_0)

Top 9 best animated movies

9. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)
Director: Will Vinton

The first ever feature length claymation film, a strange epic following Hucklberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, and Twain himself as they chase down Halley’s Comet. Throughout the film many of Twain’s most notable works come to life, like The Diary of Adam and Eve, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, as well as the Dark Mark Twain who appears in person putting on displays of Twain’s later works like The Mysterious Stranger, and The Damned Human Race, (though the depiction of Satan in the The Mysterious Stranger segment is not true to the indifferent but always kind counterpart in the novella (read it)). Vary little of what the Twain characters say in all the film was not already said by the real Twain. so much so that Twain himself was credited as the lead writer for the film. The level of detail that went into the animation is astounding from beginning to end. Every scene is filled with wonder. The movie was banned for a short time due to complaints by parents for “Dark Mark” being a little to brash with his eternal damnations for the worthless lot of human nothings. But those who can’t hack it for whatever reason are missing the 9th best animated movie of all time.

“You perceive, now, that these things are all impossible except in a dream. You perceive that they are pure and puerile insanities, the silly creations of an imagination that is not conscious of its freaks – in a word, that they are a dream, and you the maker of it. The dream-marks are all present; you should have recognized them earlier.”
-The Mysterious Stranger (novella)

8. The Iron Giant (1999)

Director: Brad Bird

Was 99′ a great year or was 99′ a great damned year!? The Sixth Sense, Toy Story 2, The Matrix, Pokémon: The First Movie, Magnolia, Fight Club, AND THE IRON GIANT! The eternally loved super alien death weapon with a heart of gold and the bravado of Superman (SUUUUPPPPEERRRMAAANNNN!!!!!!) crashed to Earth and melted our cold souls into plasma group.
As the story goes Warner Bros. Animation decided that they should forgo all common logic and create an American animated feature film that didn’t pander to little jackass’ that have yet to develop a proper preludes against things that are bullshit in favor of things that are smart, creative, and have (forgive the notion) EMOTION!!!! The giant although almost unanimously liked by critics didn’t do much better than bomb domestically.

“After the end World War 2, the world was split into 2, East and West. This marked the beginning of the era know as the Cold War”, And who should intervene but a robot from far beyond the galaxies, a metal eater who finds himself a friend in Hogarth, an oddly named young boy who wants little more than to play around. But with paranoia wide spread and military tension higher than any point in world history can this strange creature live in peace or must a war now be waged across space? BA DA DA DA DAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!

7. Princess Mononoke (1997 Japan/ 1999 US)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is the greatest director of animated film of all time. That out of the way i shall now refrain from kissing his ass to much more.

Miyazaki’s (Kami-sama’s) most violent creation by miles takes us into a world where Japaneses myth is fact, where animals grow ten times the size they would in our world, where humans not only war against each other but have found an enemy in the forests that they plunder. The young Prince of a forgotten clan, Ashitaka, endued with incredible strength and courage is one day forced to do battle with the guardian boar of the western forest (home of the Great Forest Spirit) and is cursed by the beast who has become a maddened demon all thanks to a small lead ball fired from the musket of the Mistress of Iron Town lady Iboshi. Banished from his village Ashitaka seeks to travel west in order to stop the war between the forest and the humans and also to lift the curse that will destroy his body. Ashitaka later meets San a young woman raised by the wolf tribe fighting to destroy the humans. Ashitaka must find a way to stop the hatred being passed over the valley before chaos consumes them all.

Like many Japaneses samurai films; Mononoke is about the dramatic shifting of culture Japan has grown accustomed to in their long history, similar to the wild west being tamed in the early 1900’s, industrialization promises to bring both providence to mankind and also destroy anything that gets in its way. The film does not ask us to pick sides (though it dose pick one itself) as the revolution of this world is ancient history in ours. There are many sides to fight for but none to fight against. Are the humans wrong? No. Are the forest guardians wrong? No. Its rare for a war film in that you want both sides to fight but neither to lose. All hail Hayao!

6. Fantastic Planet (French: The Savage Planet) (1973)
Director: René Laloux

Damn, how to star with this one? It’s French… (-__-)

On a planet where human beings are kept as pets to aliens big enough to hold a full grown man in ones palm there is little hope for connection. Though both races are vary similar their superficial differences turn one race into monsters and the other into savages. The aliens’ (calling themselves Draags) look upon the human race as humans would look hamsters, feeding them, dressing them, and sometimes forcing them to fight each other. Their concerns for the tiny humans ranges from interested for children Draag to indifferent by the adults. What the humans see as torture and injustice the Draag see nothing but ants with ant sized problems. As the humans revolt against their masters the Draag must reconsider these strange little beasts.

Fantastic Planet is a scary movie for a ten-year old. The Draag design however basic is jarring and so much time of the film is spent with them that once we switch over to the humans it feels foreign and odd. I didn’t feel human while watching this movie, it was all just to much for the senses, i couldn’t see the whole picture. From the mysterious modern yet seemingly low tech machines of the Draag and back to the humans fighting giants with rocks and sticks like fire ants until they overwhelm their pray and kill it slowly, not because they want to, but because they have nor other method. The ideas are powerful for sure. The world keeps you out with its abstract imagery and ideas, but you’ll keep trying to force your way in. Good luck.

5. Watership Down (1978)
Director: Martin Rosen

In fear for their lives several rabbits leave their comfy warren in search for a new home. Along the way they risk themselves against cats, dogs, birds, tractors, poison, and even other more vicious rabbits that will rip someone apart just to prove a point. It is a harsh world our heroes travel, at the end of it all will their efforts bring prosperity?

In 1978 this movie was rated PG du to violence and gore, in 2010 if someone gets kicked in the head its an instant R, hell anything you see on Nickelodeon (Even Avatar) can’t even make a simple threat against another’s well being without putting a warning sign before hand. Really goes to show how weak the younger generations are gonna be. I know when I first saw this movie i appreciated it instantly for not holding back on the more violent scenes, but as i got older i realized it wasn’t an action movie but closer to an inspiring journey and i really found myself worrying about these little rabbits. I suggest kids don’t watch this, at least until they are able to understand the reason behind the violence (welcome to the real world jackass).

Watership Down is a devastating movie weather you accept the idea that the main characters are rabbits or just metaphors. It doesn’t pull a single punch and where it aims it hit full on. A more modern rendition of the show is the anime Wolf’s Rain which follows the main plot within inches. Both parties must combat against humankind and nature to reach paradise along the way being tempted with ideas of false prosperity and even forced paradise. The characters rebel of course and with each new challenge they grow in unity.

4. Porco Rosso (1992)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

When Italy’s best fighter pilot Marco Rosslini is cursed to live his life as a pig he accepts that he’s never been anything but a pig, now he just looks the part. Marco is now Proco Rosso the famous bounty hunter of the Adriatic, shooting down sky pirates but always letting them keep enough loot to repair their ships to fight again another day. Though Porco claims many time to be nothing more than a pig, denying any further link to human society he has still sworn off killing and is an all around pretty well liked guy. Gina, Porco’s childhood friend seems to think that someday the cure could be lifted if only he would take an active intrest. The story comes to a head when an American fighter pilot Curtis challenges Porco to a duel, though Porco declines his plain suffers sever damages. The only one who can fix it is Porco’s mechanic back in Italy where the fascist secret police are hunting him. There he meets Fio, a young woman who wants nothing more than to be an engineer. Together they prepare Porco for his rematch with Curtis.

Like all Miyazaki’s (youy god’s) movies Porco Rosso is bright and beautiful and aside from the whole anthropomorphic pig it is vary much dug into our reality. We, like our man Porco are only mere specs between the heavy ocean and the boundless sky. Each plain is more distinct then the last and watching them buzz around shooting at each other is always fun and picturesque.
Of course a movie like this, it has to live on nothing more than charm, and yes there is enouph to go around.

3. Neo Tokyo (1992)

An anthology film made up of three shorts all completely different in style, art, and who is directing them, the same in that all three stories come from Japanese novelist Taku Mayumura famous mostly for science fiction as is vary apparent with this little gem. Watching all three back to back the film last a little less than forty-five minuets but this was more than enough time to leave an permanent impression on my little head as a kid.
I saw Labyrinth when i was twelve when my uncle managed to somehow get a raw bootleg all those years ago and i fell in love with. No matter how bad the quality or the fact that i didn’t understand anything about it, i still watched it ten times over. As years passed i never forgot it; so in 2006 when i first discovered youtube you bet your silly ass that i looked for it within my first day. The problem was, i had no idea the name of it. My uncle struggling to remember said it was called labyrinth, so for many days i spent all my than limited time at the computer clicking on every Google link that the word Labyrinth happened to be on(yeah!) Finally i found Neo Tokyo and was pleasantly surprised to find that there were two more little shorts along with it. I owned the VHS for several years until losing it and never again seeing the film on a TV (despair). Luckily as we all know Youtube is the tree of life and the tree of knowledge, therefore a god among us; it answers all prayers.

Labyrinth Labyrintos
Director: Rintaro

I had never once seen or heard of Alice in Wonderland before i saw Labyrinth so naturally when i finally did i thought AIW was just a cheap American rip-off! The stories are virtually identical: a little girl travels into a world of her own imagination (in labyrinth the girl has a Fat Cat sidekick) and observers the wonder and madness of it all.
Our girl (Sachi) in a matter of about ten minuets meets ghost children, the cardboard workforce, and a train filled with living skeletons. All the while Sachi chases and white clown who’s guidance through the strange world may or may not be in good will.

Rintaro makes a world that many would assume to be a nightmare a place of charm and good will. Sachi though we may not know much about her is a wonderful little character and goes on as one of my favorites. I have never forgotten this little short, and i never will.

The Running Man
Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

In an extreme form of Death Race where gamblers earn riches and the racers are lucky to live pas their second race only one man be known as a man who actively fights death. Zack Hugh is champion of these death races and those that oppose him don’t live long to do so, is it simply a complement to the man’s skill or is there a darker reason behind his victory.

Much, much, MUCH, darker than the previous short Running Man is vary much a reminder of the Classic Stephen King story (actually it might be closer to the film version). The color pallet (like Labyrinth) is dark and heavily shadowed but the animation changes entirely, looking more akin to western comics than Japaneses anime. If I’m not mistaken Running man played several times on MTV back when that meant something. The same as the short before it; Running Man hollows out a spot in the mind that you may never forget, but unlike and warm cosy little corner Labyrinth makes for itself, Running Man digs its way in with its meticulous imagery, it bites, it claws, it refuses to let go.

Construction Cancellation Order
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

The brightest in color scheme but again a darker story then the latter of the pervious two. Construction is about a regulator who is assigned to shut down a company of defensive robots who continue to build on a project that has been ordered to stop at the cost of millions for the company who built them. As Tsutomu Sugioka arrives he learn the the robots are unwilling to stop production and do not believe him when he says that the project is cancelled.
Not as dark as The Running Man but similarly haunting for the irony of the story. The setting is again changed absolutely as we are now in South Africa and most of the short is in daylight. Check it out!

If you can get this DVD you should. It is a premiere example of some of Japan’s best storytelling with imagery before dialogue and because of this i will provide a youtube link to the film, but its all in Japaneses, and the subtitles are Hebrew or something, i don’t know!

2. The Girl who Leapt through Time (2006)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda

Proud winner of the first annual animation of the year at the Japan Academy Prize in 2007 (along with many more highly valued festival awards), and based on a much loved 1967 novel of the same name (that i have not read) The Girl who Leapt through Time is easily one of the first names in animated movies from the past ten years that should be mentioned for those who want to see the fantastic Japaneses modern day style without the culture gap often carried in with anime. Hayao Miyazaki may make some of the best animated films, but very few of them can be held a representative of good “anime”, the styles are to far apart. Where as Miyazaki’s films usual take place in locations that in one way or another seem isolated from our world making/alloying us to see thing that we never have before, Hosoda leaves us where we are (modern japan (a fantasy world in its own right)) and drops the fantasy in our laps. Mamoru Hosoda’s previous works are Digimon: The Movie (everyone loves that one), One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island (2005), and recently Summer Wars (2009), so if your looking for a few good science fiction anime films talk to Mamoru.

As the story goes Makoto Konno is a high school student who is “generally pretty lucky, but when she’s unlucky, she’s really unlucky.” and the first day we get to spend with her is one of those unlucky days. She’s late to school, fails a pop quiz, causes a fire and gets a nerd thrown on top of her. While on cleaning duty at the end of the day Makoto falls and accidentally breaks a curious little device that resembles a walnut, but she thanks nothing much about it. Riding her bike home down a busy hill she realizes that her breaks are broken and she is now going top speed uncontrollable into an oncoming train. As she flies into the air with only milliseconds before her horrible fate she thinks of how regrettable a day it was to die. As the train collides with Makoto killing her she awakes at the top of the hill having crashed her bike as the train passes by. She is told by her aunt (implied to be the protagonist from the book) that while time dose not alter in itself Makoto has now gained the ability to leap back through time and ” re-do” anything she chooses as long as it was apart of her life. Where did this power come from? what effects do others suffer when Makoto calls for a re-do of events in the past?

The art is distinct and flows nicely (especially in the “running” scenes) the sub is nice but a few of the characters have to much emphasis and sound unnatural for such down to earth film (a problem in animation in general). For the dub the selling point is Makoto voiced by Emily Hirst who did an outstanding job and delivers every line perfectly. The score is subtle but worth a buy all by itself.

Be good to yourselves and buy this F*&^%$G movie!

1. Spirited away (2001)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

The Seven Samurai, Tokyo Story, and now Spirited Away, these are the three film out of Japan that one MUST see. All three are considered by many to be the best film of all time and i am in the camp of Miyazaki (Lord) . The hightest grossing film of all time in Japan defeating Titanic (damn you James Cameron) Winner of the Japan Academy Prize for best picture, an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, as well as another 34 win and 19 nomonation from all aroung the world. Its success is undeniable, it charm eternal, its appeal universal!

Little Chihiro doesn’t want to move but she must go where her parents do, and her parents happen to stumble across a ghostly world filled with monsters and sprits. When Chihiro’s parents are turned into pigs by the powerful witch Yubaba, Chihiro is saved from this fate by a young boy named Haku a who can transform into a dragon. For her own safety Haku gets Chihiro a job in Yubaba’s bath house where creatures that surpass most imagination go to rest. Yubaba takes Chihiro’s name like she has done for all that sign a contract with her and gives her a new one, Sen. Chihiro must live and learn through the arduous days as Yubaba’s staff while trying to remember her own name and rescue her parents.

What seem to be a basic Alice and Wonderland story is now a beautiful fable about growing up. Each character from the most important to the least is incredibly memorable and despite their flaws are likable (even the witch Yubaba). The film reaches new heights in creativity and atmosphere to the point that Miyazaki (alpha and omega) seems to have out done himself. Every meticulous drawing helps to create a world of detail of wonder.


Honorable mentions:

* The Triplets of Belleville
* Ghost in the Shell (the show is better)
* Fantasia
* Wall-E
* The Secret of NIHM
* Whisper of the Heart
* Studio Ghibli
* Pixar
* Disney(!?)
* Evangelion 1.0 (you skip the show)
* Memories

Movies people will suggest but are grossly over-hyped (i hate them):
* Akira
* The little Mermaid
* The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (otaku scum)

6 Responses to ““Top 9 Greatest Animated Films” by Leader K”
  1. Leader K says:

    I found this both fasinating and extreamly helpful. THANKS Leader K!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Pixar doesn't count?

  3. Leader K says:

    *Anonymous* I'm glad to hear you say that. understand it was mentioned only to prevent argument from those who know no better

  4. Anonymous says:

    ralph bakshi didn't get an honorable mention?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I'm really curious why you wouldn't mention Ralph Bakshi in a "greatest animated films" list, is there something wrong with you?

  6. Leader K says:

    Growing up all i ever saw of Bakshi was his awful stuff like Ren & Stimpy, cool word, and coonskin. I had to go out of my way to find his better work like LOTR, and fire and ice, and those are not good movies by any means. important and influential as he was (which is ego has tried its damn hardest to remind us every chance he gets) i just don't like his work.Great animator, great animation, but his scripts are vapid.sorry for responding so terribly late.

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