Friday, December 6, 2013

Best of Disney Animated Features (3-1)

3. Pinocchio (1940)
This is not just a story of a puppet who becomes a real boy, it is a movie where animators made animated characters feel just like they were alive.  This is a morality tale where an innocent, naive character makes mistakes and has to deal with the consequences.  His many adversaries all represent various obstacles that everybody faces while growing up.  He is fooled by many different types of evils who never receive their comeuppance.  The bad characters are balanced well by the loving Geppetto and of course Jiminy Cricket, one of the best narrators of al time.  Jiminy is such a pleasant character who keeps the movie lighthearted and uplifting.  The lessons in this movie are timeless and still relatable, this still holds up and is worth multiple viewings.

2. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Disney really got it perfect right off the bat.  This movie was made by animators who had never worked on a feature before or any characters that looked this realistic.  This is very much the culmination of Disney's artistic efforts in the Silly Symphonies and this really pushed the animation industry into new heights.  This is one of the strongest example of Disney taking an unheard of risk on something that would become heavily imitated.  The animation in this movie absolutely holds up and the characters are still impressive.  The character animation on these seven dwarfs, all of whom are the same size, have extremely distinctive, memorable personalities.  This movie does not shy away from being dark (Scary Woods, Queen's transformation), but it doesn't shy away from being fun either.  Some may criticize how archetypal it is, but it remains entertaining and an incredible artistic achievement.

1. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
All of these rankings are subjective, but I would have to say that Beauty and the Beast is the perfect animated feature.  This works on every level, this feature has everything.  It is funny, touching, suspenseful, and beautiful.  All of the characters, songs and scenes fit together to create a consistent story that is absolutely worth telling.  This was nominated for Best Picture when only five movies were nominated and it really represents the strong response this movie inspires.  There is absolutely no critical or commercial dissonance, it is a perfect movie.

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