Rotten Tomatoes has just released its list of the 50 Best Animated Films. I agree that practically every one of the movies on the list should be there, but of course, as with most “top” lists, I don’t agree with a lot of the results. The real thing to remember here, of course, is that Rotten Tomatoes ranks the films (for the most part) by the TomatoMeter, and so you get a film like Beauty and the Beast being beaten out by 101 Dalmations, which is definitely on the lower end of quality with Disney animated films. I don’t agree with that much at all, but apparently, the TomatoMeter says otherwise. One can’t fret about such a thing, though. Such review compilations are always off to some degree. Still, as with most lists in the same realm, it’s a fun distraction.
Update: If you want, you can spoil the top ten right here, below, with some commentary.
10: The Nightmare Before Christmas
9: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
8: Chicken Run
6: Finding Nemo
4: Toy Story
2: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1: Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2? Seriously? The reason it’s #1 here is simple, though: it got the most positive reviews and the least negative reviews. It actually, according to Rotten Tomatoes, didn’t get a single negative review. Kind of surprising, if you ask me, but there it is.
I also have to object to Who Framed Roger Rabbit being on the list at all. It has animation in it… But why not include Mary Poppins as well? That certainly has a good amount of animation. Not to the same extent as ‘Roger Rabbit’, but the fact is that the majority of the film is live action, and all of the animation takes place within a real, live action world. I just don’t see the logic here. I don’t see it at all.