48. The Secret of Kells (Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey, 2009)
For my money, the most gorgeous animated film I've ever seen. I was blown away by it.
Judas wants love. No pain.
To be fair, my love of WIZARDS is colored by the fact that my brother took me to see it in the theaters back in 1977 when I was 7 years old. It, along with STAR WARS, defined my year.
Well if we're drawing from the Parker & Stone well you have to include ETA:amended... 50. South Park: Bigger Longer Uncut
Filthy, wrong, crass, and some of the funniest comedy ever put to screen - oh and a quite wonderful, fully functioning musical to boot.
If you disagree with this inclusion you know what you can do with your fucking face you uncle fuckers...
I guess you're right. I don't know why I was thinking there was use of stop motion in it. I shall strike it from the record.
We agree with you so much it was already picked on the first page.
52. Chicken Run (Peter Lord & Nick Park, 2000)
53. THE LITTLE MERMAID (Ron Clements, John Musker, 1989)
This should have been in the top 50, guys. It started the Disney Renaissance and STILL has the two best songs from any Disney film ('Kiss the Girl' and 'Under the Sea'). It holds up beautifully, too.
I think this list is for features only, so:
54. I Married A Strange Person (Bill Plympton, 1997)
I prefer Plympton's short films, but this is one of his rare feature-lengths. A sorely underrated animator.
57. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)
This may be Pixar's prettiest film. And the Marlin/Dory dynamic still works even after having seen this a dozen times. If "I'm home" doesn't kill you, you're already dead inside.
58. While I admit this film has some flaws, I absolutely loved it as a kid. It's so dark for a Disney animated fim. The Villian is an undead nekromancer, and Andy Serkis owes a debt to John Byner's Gurgi voice.
63. Waking Life (Richard Linklater, 2001)
Slacker rotoscoped. Even if the free-form philosophizing and vignette structure aren't for everybody, the beautiful and imaginative animation alone justifies its existence.
64. Millennium Actress (Satoshi Kon) 2001
Arguably the greatest accomplishment in anime storytelling, this look at the life of an actress is epic in scope and grand in emotion. Truly amazing direction by Kon (animated or not, he shows himself to be a superb filmmaker).
67. The Adventures of Mark Twain (Will Vinton, 1986)
Samuel Clemens is joined by Tom, Huck, and Becky on his fantastical airship for his deathwish trip to Halley's Comet. In clay. Weird, fun, often quite beautiful, one of a kind.
69. The Plague Dogs (Martin Rosen, 1982)
If Watership Down traumatized a generation of British kids, this drove them to Prozac. Extremely downbeat, shocking at times (as when one of the dogs meets a hunter), unforgettable.
If Pinocchio were made by Disney today, all those donkeys would magically turn back into boys at the end. But nope, salt mines. Hardcore.
To me, the most fascinating thing about Pinocchio is the conscious contrast between the physical behavior of living things versus inanimate objects set in motion. The "No Strings" number probably shows this off most explicitly, but I also like the scene where Pinocchio is hooked on the Fox's umbrella handle and continues with a walking-forward motion while the Fox simulates walking by hopping in place next to him. Just incredible attention to detail.
God, yes. It's the most horrifying metaphor for male puberty ever!
I think you should have an honorary "partially animated" section just so you can include The Wall.
But as long as Watership Down is in here I'm happy.
This was a TV Movie, but it's probably the best adaptation we'll ever see:
Wind in the Willows (Cosgrove Hall) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086590/
If anybody lists Avatar, it has to share it's placement with Fern Gully, LOL.
EDIT: Oh fuck, just remembered a few more possibles...
1954 version of Animal Farm
The Devil and Daniel Mouse
(Another Nelvana production - ie: Rock n' Rule)