Recently we read an interesting article by Time Magazine. One wouldn’t think that they would be interested in cartoons, but they have actually looked at a whole bunch of cartoons and decided which are the best according to their opinion.
Many generations grew up with animated films, and some of them have even become world blockbusters. But what do you think – which of those hits have something special that would put them on the best ever list made byTime Magazine?
Using special measuring methods, Richard Corlis of Time compiled and published a list of the 25 best animated movies. Here we are going to comment on which of those 25 we agree withTimes on. Please comment if you disagree with us!
Lady and the Tramp
There is a story that when this cartoon was first played in the studio, Walt Disney
didn’t approve of one scene: when the spaniel Lady and playful dog Tramp on their romantic dinner bitone piece of spaghetti and eat until their faces come together in a romantic kiss. It turned out that is the moment that was actually “blue-printed” in the memory of millions of viewers all over the world.Even half a century later, it is still the favorite cartoon scene for many people.
Lady and the Trampwas the 15th animated Disney production and is actually one of the more modest ones because it was produced in a decade when Disney invested more in famous story adaptations, such as Peter Pan, Alice in the Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty. Returning to the values and the humor that made Disney famous, Clyde Geronimo, Hamilton Luske and Wilfred Jackson gave Lady and the Trampa winning pedigree and enabled many generations of kids to enjoy it.
Kung Fu Panda
This is a cartoon about a panda dreaming of becoming a famous martial artist and winning against five tough Kung Fu masters. However, in reality he is just a chubby panda working in a noodle shop run by his dad – surprisingly a duck, but this is not important in this moment. However, he manages to become a savior of the region and gets tutoring from the red panda master Chifu, not to win against the tough 5 masters, but to join with them in a fight against the evil tiger Tai Lung after he escapes prison.
Getting ideas from Hong Kong martial arts movies such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Kung Fu Football, directors John Stevenson and Mark Osbourne came up with a master course of cunning visual arts and viewer satisfaction.
This Disney animation hadtwo periods in which they were at their best. The first onewas the classics from a decade that started in 1937 with Snow White. Then there was a “renaissance” period that started in 1989 with The Little Mermaid. The blockbuster of the renaissance period is the Lion King, whichgave us magnificent epic moments of melodrama. The story in one line is this: prince, still a young boy, leaves home, escapes responsibility with his kind but irresponsible friends (Hakunamatata, remember?!) but in the end faces his social duties after all. Africa is the scene for the story with a Hamlet finish.
A bunch of famous Hollywood stars gave voices to cartoon characters, such as Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg and Mathew Broderick, and the music was signed by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice. Songs from the movie, such as “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “HakunaMatata,”as well as Academy Award winner “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” became cult hits and also contributed toLion King becoming one of the most profitable movies ever, only overrun by Avatar, Titanic and Star Wars.
We are a bunch of adult cartoon fans. Some of us are parents who enjoy watching cartoons with their kids and debating with them about which cartoons are the best.