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The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

(1993)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film is a classic, and a milestone achievement in the art of animation.

Tim Burton may not have directed it, but Nightmare was his vision, so I find no problem in hailing it as his masterpiece.

It is charming, original, innovative and fun.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

(2009)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

You want to know why some people don't take animation seriously? Here is why.

This movie is purely juvenile. It thinks it's far more imaginative then it is. Raining food would be a good concept for maybe a short or a childrens book *wink* but the concept just doesn't work in feature length.

The plot is predictable: man builds machine to make water into food, it ends up in the sky and it starts raining food, but (surprise!) the machine has a mind of it's own and the food will soon crush everyone.

The animation is also hideous to look at. The character designs are about as pleasing on the eyes as a cold sore, and for a movie with such an emphasis on food, the food doesn't look appealing at all. Ratatouille made me hungry. This makes me feel queezy.

Don't waste your money on this garbage. If you want to see REAL animation at its artistic best, see Pixar's Up or Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo. Better yet, see both! Just don't see this.

Ponyo

Ponyo

(2009)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Ponyo is further proof that Hayao Miyazaki is the greatest animator who ever lived (sorry Walt, you know I still love you).

Ponyo is a lighthearted yet artistically deep feature film similar to Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro in nature. It is one of those very, very rare movies that anyone can truly enjoy. Kids will love it for it's magical nature, and adults will love it for its depth.

This film is a masterpiece and one of Miyazaki's finest works. It also may very well be the most beautiful film ever made.

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