Top 50 animated films

Time Out’s list of the 50 greatest animated films, curated by Terry Gilliam, shows a large number of films from Studio Ghibli, including the top film! These are good times fo Ghibli, at least in Spain:

  • Ponyo on the cliff was broadly played during the summer an has just been released on DVD, as is Whisper of the Heart (#21).
  • Totoro (#1) is being shown in some cinemas (ok, only two in the city of Madrid), and the DVD is due on December 9th.

Ghibli movies in the list:

You can find the complete list below, with links to Time Out reviews (when provided by them).

 

This is the list. As all lists, it can be quite controversial. Nevertheless, I think all of the films belong to the list, except the ones with [*]. For these, I strongly disagree their placement (remember, it’s the best 50 animated movies ever!).

  1. My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
  2. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) (1937!!!)
  3. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979)
  4. Fantasia (1940)
  5. Toy Story (1995)
  6. Spirited Away (2001)
  7. Yellow Submarine (1968)
  8. Belleville Rendez-vouz (2003)
  9. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
  10. Robin Hood (1973)
  11. Bambi (1942)
  12. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
  13. Dumbo (1941)
  14. Gandahar (1988)
  15. The Iron Giant (1999)
  16. Akira (1988)
  17. The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
  18. The Jungle Book (1967)
  19. When the Wind Blows (1988)
  20. Pinocchio (1940)
  21. Whisper of the Heart (1995)
  22. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) & Coraline (2009)
  23. Perfect Blue (1997)
  24. The Incredibles (2004) [*]
  25. Watership Down (1978)
  26. Princess Mononoke (1997)
  27. Antz‘ v ‘A Bug’s Life’ (both 1998)
  28. Persepolis
  29. The Secret of NIMH (1982)
  30. Porco Rosso (1992)
  31. WALL-E (2008)
  32. Kirikou and the Sorceress
  33. Aladdin (1992)
  34. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
  35. Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996)
  36. The Lord of the Rings (1978)
  37. A Soldier’s Tale (1984)
  38. Ratatouille (2007)
  39. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theatres
  40. Animal Farm (1954)
  41. FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
  42. Fritz the Cat (1972)
  43. Happy Feet (2006)
  44. Waking Life (2001) / A Scanner Darkly (2006)
  45. Transformers – The Movie (1986)
  46. Paprika
  47. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  48. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within [*]
  49. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
  50. Heavy Metal (1981)

 

Some films missing, in my opinion:

  • Vampiros en la Habana, the best animated movie in Spanish I’ve ever watched.
  • Ghibli’s Kiki’s delivery service, Castle in the sky, at least (perhaps, Nausicaä, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo).
  • Disney/Pixar’s Monsters Inc, Lilo & Stitch

 

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