Nope, this post isn’t necessarily about Belle or Pocahontas or Anastasia or Nemo. The world of animated movies is far wider than Disney and Pixar. Sure they might come up on this list but as you know, cool isn’t just about the mainstream.
Let’s smarten up with this list of super cool animated movies, how they fared in the Tomatometer of Rotten Tomatoes and how big bro mag Complex ranked them with the help of experts, where public opinion meets what the experts say.
5. The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
Rotten Tomatoes Rank: 36
Complex Rank: 9
Now, this piece is a pretty interesting one being that it really isn’t mainstream. Since it’s French and hasn’t been translated for the majority of the English knowledgeable audience, Tara Aquino also calls it a “rare gem.”
She also provides further background on the film as it is “Sylvain Chomet’s first feature animation, is less for kids and more for adults, and still stands as his greatest work. View it for his animation, one of the most unique styles we’ve seen in years, or for its witty story of a grandma, her dog, and the aged song-and-dance team, the Belleville Sisters, trying to get back a kidnapped Tour de France cyclist.”
4. Toy Story 3 (2010)
Rotten Tomatoes Rank: 8
Complex Rank: 6
For those who grew to know the Toy Story franchise, most would find it short but definitely memorable. With installments amply spaced, the creators made sure that everyone was made to look forward to and they did not disappoint. This series has 2 entries on this list for a reason.
The third movie is here because its considerable jump in tone and definition matches the growth of its original audience. More suited for its considerably grown audience, it is about letting go and moving on and dealing with the threat of abandonment issues. Tackling many of fears like these, its audience relives the days when the franchise was starting out and Woody was Andy’s favorite toy and are brought to the present when Andy no longer remembers the toys he used to love.
For its viewers it is a reminder of our own experiences when we’ve simply outgrown something we used to know and have hence needed to let go. *sob*
3. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Rotten Tomatoes Rank: 44
Complex Rank: 5
Typical of well- thought of Disney stories, Beauty and the Beast is another adaptation of another local fairytale custom- fitted to be G- rated and other classical hit. Singing candelabras, clocks, teapots, teacups and footstools running around like crazy, this movie is another source of LSS songs.
Here kids are helped to appreciate looking past appearances and even crude behavior and understand that beneath this surface may still lurk a human being waiting to be loved. Then again, of course it never replaces good parenting. But nonetheless, it’s a timeless classic.
2. Toy Story (1995)
Rotten Tomatoes Rank: 2
Complex Rank: 3
This is the highest- ranked match between two sources and cool because it is the first ever full- length computer generated movie. A tale of two toys from different landscapes, one from the dusty wild West and the other from outer space, they have to work through their differences to find their home. It was easily loved because the idea of loving them, labeling them an experience common among its viewers. We knew we had favorite toys and the movie gave us a story from their point of view, how they could feel if we replace them and how they could feel if they had the ability to replicate the love we showed them when they were our sources of joy.
This movie was so captivating that we were happy that they finally decided to produce a second installment. And it was quite thrilling to find out that they were going to release a third movie. And though it was heartbreaking that it was the last, the series gave us closure and young and old were happy to know that everybody was able to move on in the movie.
1. Spirited Away (2001)
Rotten Tomatoes Rank: 16
Complex Rank: 1
For the final entry on this list, we’re giving a second look at how Myazaki works on his craft pushing Japanese anime craftsmanship to the forefront of the attention of animators and creators like him. With pure art visible in his hand drawn feature- length movie, Miyazaki show’s that stripped of the convenience of technology, human imagination is still able to recreate realities and deliver the stories it seeks to share.
In the words of Complex’s Ross Scarano, “The themes of childhood alienation and loneliness are prominent, but truly Spirited Away is plain magic. The animation, most of it hand-drawn, feels alive in a way that has nothing to do with computers and everything to do with the power of the human body acting in accordance with limitless imagination, a hand illustrating the impossible.
Be with this movie.”