Always interested in seeing animated cinema, I’ve tried getting into some of anime oeuvre from Japan, works from celebrated creators such Miyazaki. Maybe there’s something lost in translation, but many of them are too abstruse or just plain weird.
This list of the 50 greatest animated films from Time Out London, is ostensibly “curated” by master storyteller and cineaste Terry Gilliam (although his participation to only be brief commentary on just a handful of them). Of course many of Miyazaki’s films make the cut. But it’s gratifying to also see some Disney classics, such recent CGI notables as Ratatouille, and even South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Gilliam’s comment on the Parker-Stone film is priceless:
These are my children! They’re brilliant. With the film, I was convinced they couldn’t pull it off because I just didn’t think it would sustain for 90 minutes. But of course it does, and it’s just brilliant. They’ve been able to maintain their outrageousness, their awfulness. They’re uncompromising, that’s why I love them.
And while that list does include utter crap—check out Gilliam’s take on Bakshi’s horrific The Lord of the Rings—it’s good to see more “serious” animated films make the cut, especially the captivating Persepolis. I’m still wondering, however, how Waltz with Bashir could have been omitted.
Still, it’s good reference for the Netflix queue.