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Friday, March 7, 2014

The Top 10 Best Animated Movies Currently Streaming on Netflix*

10) Hercules (1997)
Starring: Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, & James Woods
STARS: 3 out of 4

Brief Description: The first Disney film based off of Greek mythology takes some liberties with story (i.e. Hercules is born to the Gods then given a potion to make him almost mortal. I guess having Zeus rape a woman wasn't appropriate for Disney), but it's a solid Disney flick the whole family can enjoy.

9) Mulan (1998)
Starring: Ming-Na Wen, B.D. Wong, & Eddie Murphy
STARS: 3 out of 4

Brief Description: "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" is one of my all time favorite Disney songs. That's probably because in my Freshman World History class, when my teacher started to discuss Attila The Hun, a good friend of mine burst out into song singing, "Let's get down to business/ To defeat the huns!"

8) Pocahontas (1995)
Starring: Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, & Christian Bale
STARS: 3 out of 4

Brief Description: Pocahontas went 2 for 2 at the 1996 Academy Awards winning Best Score and Best Song ("Colors Of The Wind") and easily the best Disney flick that you can currently stream on Netflix.

7) Antz (1998)
Starring: Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd. Sharon Stone, & Gene Hackman
STARS: 3 out of 4

Brief Description: Unfortunately overshadowed by Pixar's 1998 A Bug's Life, Dreamwork's own insect tale is a very good story about individuality and following your dreams.

6) The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, & Daniel Craig
STARS: 3 out of 4

Brief Description: While the Academy Awards may not have considered this an animated film (they felt it was too live-action based), it's truly is one of the best animated films that you can currently stream on Netflix. The Adventures of Tin Tin is what Steven Spielberg does best- excellent adventure flicks.

5) The Croods (2013)
Starring: Emma Stone, Nicholas Cage, & Ryan Reynolds
STARS: 3.5 out of 4

Brief Description: This 2014 Best Animated Feature Oscar nominee is currently the only 2014 nominee in this category that you can see on Netflix. While the themes aren't anything new, and the plot is extremely predictable, it's still a film that you can't help but enjoy.

4) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Starring: Danny Elfman & Catherine O'Hara
STARS: 3.5 out of 4

Brief Description: It's really hard to make both a Halloween movie and a Christmas movie, but director Henry Selick managed to do that, and do it splendidly. There are some excellent songs as well including "This Is Halloween" and "What's This".

3) Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1998)
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Llyod, & Charles Fleischer
STARS: 3.5 out of 5

Brief Description: While this film is obviously not a pure animated film, director Robert Zemeckis created a visual masterpiece playing together the animated characters in the human world in this twist on the old film noir tales.

2) ParaNorman (2012)
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, & Casey Affleck
STARS: 3.5 out of 4

Brief Description: 2012 was a very strong year for animated film which included Wreck-It Ralph and Brave. ParaNorman came out a weird time between the summer blockbusters and the Oscar contenders, and Tim Burton's terrible-looking Frankenweenie also came out around the same time. To me, I thought this was a film that was just going to get swept under the rug. But it's not only surprisingly dark, smart, and mature, but really freaking good. In most other years, it would be the best animated film of the year.

1) South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut (1999)
Starring: Matt Stone & Trey Parker
STARS: 4 out of 4

Brief Description: South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut is not only the best animated film that's ever been made, it's probably the best musical that's ever been made. People used to look at Matt Stone and Trey Parker as obscene buffoons, but after almost 20 years doing what they do and after all of the Emmy's, Tony's, and Grammy's (if "Blame Canada" had won Best Song at the 2000 Oscars, Matt Stone would have EGOT'd by now), it's clear that Matt Stone and Trey Parker are just geniuses.

* That I've Seen

What do you think is the Best Animated Film currently streaming on Netflix?

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