This was a fun Thursday Movie Picks for me. I say fun, and I also me slightly frustrating because choosing only three was really, really hard. So I cheated. Why stick to mere rules! I laugh in the face of rules! LAUGH! Actually, I don't. I try hard to stick to them, but really...I couldn't knock off any of these so I'm doubling it and going with six. "Six what?", you may ask.
The theme of the week is:
Animated Movies! Of course, institutionally I went right to my favorite Disney movies, and then I was like...no, let's not just go Disney crazy. Then I was thinking Pixar, but too popular...and then I was like, "how about my favorite animated films NON Disney/Pixar" but then it just opened this Pandora's Box of all these sub-categories and I just got overwhelmed. SO MUCH WILL BE SNUBBED! So, then I decided to stick to a theme, and my theme is this:
Beloved Animated Films from my childhood that I've introduced to my children.
And here they are:
|The Chipmunk Adventure|
So much better than that motion-capture crap they recently spilled all over our unsuspecting youth, this ridiculous and preposterous animated adventure/musical is such a joy to watch, even as an adult. It's takes us everywhere, shows us everything and keeps us entertained from start to finish. My kids LOVE this, sing every song and clutch their seats as our heroes avoid peril at every turn. Sure, it's pretty terrible when you consider how awful every character is as an actual role-model, but thankfully my kids are well aware of 'stranger danger'. Unfortunately, my eldest thinks that traveling the Globe in a hot air balloon sounds like the greatest thing ever, so...
|The Land Before Time|
Talk about a movie that just doesn't hold up, I was so bummed when I watched this with my kids recently. They loved it, but there was so much missing for me as an adult. I remember ADORING this movie and the characters as a child. Yes, I ate leaves...but let's not talk about that right now. Anyways, I found this to be so shoddily made, so brisk (but not in a good way), so choppy and lacking in real narrative structure. It felt way too much like a 'cartoon' and not a movie. Anyways, it worked as a kid and it worked for my kids, so I guess that's the point.
|Oliver and Company|
"Why should I worry?"...well, apparently I should have (go figure), because as much as I still love this one, it terrified my kids. Still have no idea why, but maybe one day they'll apreciate the awesomeness that is Billy Joel's soundtrack.
|All Dogs Go to Heaven|
One of my favorite 'parent' moments was walking in on my daughter watching this movie. She was two. I hadn't seen the film in YEARS, so eff me for not remembering that this movie is pretty much a horror story for like so much of it, but regardless that wasn't what struck her. ANYWAYS, I walk in the room and my two-year-old daughter is softly weeping...WEEPING, and I ask her, "Honey, what's wrong?" and she says to me, "That little girl doesn't have a mommy and daddy" and I just broke. Like...what a heart! UGH!!! She hasn't changed a bit.
|An American Tale: Fievel Goes West|
This movie is just great, right? Why don't more people talk about this one? Sharply made, tender, emotional, heartfelt, that music, that song, that childish wonderment, that Western throwback, that clever script!
|Beauty and the Beast|
And then we come to the magnum opus that is the greatest animated film of all time; Beauty and the Beast. Like, for real. The magic and wonderment of this classic Disney film just doesn't age at all...it's timeless! The look on my daughter's faces when they watch this mirrors the very look I had when I saw it in the theater as a child, and being able to take my eldest daughter to the theater when this was re-released was just so special.