Oblivion Island, Summer Wars, Sword of the Stranger
I believe I randomly saw a trailer or clip for each one and decided to pick them up.
For me, The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Close second would be Rango.
Oblivion Island, Summer Wars, Sword of the Stranger
I believe I randomly saw a trailer or clip for each one and decided to pick them up.
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Final Fantasy The Spirits Within really surprised me. I even cried. It might be the worst movie ever made.
A little late with the Academy Awards over but Brave was really good especially if you have a daughter.
Fantastic mr Fox, Tangled, How to Train your dragon. Im surprised someone mentioned Brave, that was my least favorite pixar movie after cars
Fantastic Mr. Fox really is an amazing movie. I also really love Spirited Away.
Echoing Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Sword of the Stranger. Just shockingly good.
I have found memories of The Nightmare Before Christmas; although, I don't imagine it has held up well over time.
Another vote for Summer Wars. Also, The Sky Crawlers was really really good.
WALL-E really surprised me. i watched it with my 6 year old nephew. it was actually a very good movie.
how the heck did Wall-E surprise you?
Thats like the height of Pixar's output.
Tangled and Megamind/how to train your dragon.
Disney movies have not been so great in a while. Tangled really was a step up.
Dreamworks out of nowhere with both those two.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the wind. Saw this on like Free HBO week or something as a kid. Had no idea what I had just seen. Wasn't till high school, art teacher showed it, that I had a "THAT MOVIE". One of the biggest reasons for an interest in art.
Its not really the same NOW. as its pretty common, and even the western animation has changed. But travel back to 1984, or 88. Have nothing but Disney movies, Secret of Nimh, and looney toons. Then suddenly, Nausicaa, or Akira. Man. mind blown.
Even western non-Disney, didnt really have that kind of impact. The last unicorn, The hobbit, wizards, fire and ice.
How to train you Dragon in one of the best animated movies, I probably liked it more than kung fu panda
Grave of the Fireflies. I had no idea an animated movie could be that fucking depressing.
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another animated movie that i really enjoyed was "howl's moving castle."
The Plague Dogs. Also Watership Down, same people but not as shocking. As far as I can tell from various similar threads to this I am the only human to have ever seen The Plague Dogs. I was like 6 and my asshole older brothers let me watch it. Movie is was too fucked up for a 6 year old...
Dragon Hunters. This was a suggestion from FoH a few years back.
Also Coraline just because I went in to it with almost no prior knowledge.
Transformers: The Movie - I mean, you watch the cartoons for years as a kid, and then shit happens in the movie that completely changes everything.
Fantastic Mr. Fox - HOT BOX! I fucking love that movie so much. The voice-acting and animation totally made that film.
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an anime movie by Satoshi Kon
i watched it just because Satoshi Kon was the creator of Paranoia Agent and Paprika, but i was not expecting much from it since it was supposed to be a romantic movie of sort. It was fucking amazing
I just watched Rise of the Guardians with my kids. That definitely surprised me. Pretty good flick. I was not expecting it
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. I saw it subtitled. Not sure if dubbed will be as good.
The Emperor's New Groove surprised me. The trailer made the whole movie look like stupid crap but it was funny with a decent story, interesting characters. And right at the ending, when Emperor Kuzco levels a look at Pacha and starts with, "So. You lied to me..." then channels his asshole self to do something good.
I didn't care for Nausica, but that's because I read the manga first, and the anime had a damn near totally different story where most characters that had depth were now just caricatures.
Wreck-it-Ralph, which I had little desire to see, turned out to be a really good movie. I actually liked it more than Brave and wished it had won the Oscar but of course the Pixar juggernaut prevailed.
Someone already mentioned How To Train A Dragon, another movie I had zero interest in, but it turned out to be really entertaining.
Heavy Metal was the first animated movie I ever saw that really wow'd me, as a kid it made a huge impression.
UP surprised me a lot. The first 10 minutes of that movie were incredibly emotive. Just a really excellent film.
Memories, is an anime movie produced in 1995 and is comprised of three short films. Each film has it's own style and mood but all three could be classified under science fiction. If you get the opportunity to view it, I highly recommend it.
Looks like the second short film has been posted on Youtube.
Episode 2: Stink Bomb
And a portion of chapter 3...
Episode 3: Cannon Fodder
Of note, the third story is done in a single "camera shot"; So there are no hard cuts, only fades and pans.
The Director of Memories is Katsushiro Otomo, Who also directed Akira, another great movie if you haven't seen it yet. Some silly person decided to upload the whole movie to youtube, wonder how long that will last.
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Wow, I thought I personally knew the other 3 guys that had watched The Last Unicorn. The book is slightly better, mostly because of Molly Grue, but the animated does a really really good job.
I wish someone arty would do one of similar quality for A Fine and Private Place.
Redline, I randomly downloaded it and it was totally awesome.
my wife loves the last unicorn, i liked it too..Haggard Haggard UNICORNS...unicorns!!
akira, howls, how to tame your dragon, wreck it ralph, Wall-E, ratatoille
how about the movie the relaunched disney animation....
The Little Mermaid- i loved it.
Princess Mononoke - It was my first exposure to Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. I was blown away by the movie and it wasn't even the best movie they have put out.
The most surprising for me was Waltz with Bashir. Using animation to make an auto-biographical documentary about the israelian army going into Lebanon... that was unexpected! And the result is very very good too. The animation create a distance that allows comedy and lyricism with a very difficult subject.
My little sister tried to get me to watch it with her for months. I thought it sounded retarded but I liked it a lot.
She has now been telling me to watch The Fantastic Mr. Fox for at least a year, never got around to it. I guess I have to get on that.
Also I went in to Kung Fu Panda 2 3D thinking most animated sequels suck, and I don't care for 3D. It was actually pretty good and one of the better 3D movies I have seen.
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Fantastic Mr fox was maybe the best movie that year for me. I was pretty shocked that I enjoyed it as much if not more than Royal Tenenbaums as far as Wes Anderson movies
Rango sucked. Mr. Fox sucked even harder. Maybe it's just because I was sandwiched between two fat people on a 100 degree plane ride back from Costa Rica while watching it that made me not enjoy it.
How to Train Your Dragon is very underrated for me. And Wreck It Ralph was awesome, until the plot kicked in.
honestly, the most surprised i've ever been at an animated movie was probably "aladdin" just because i was a freshman in high school and thought cartoon movies with singing were completely fucking gay, but i went with some friends and our dates and the movie we wanted to see was sold out so we went to see aladdin instead and holy shit did i enjoy that movie. i actually went back and saw it a second time i liked it so much.
"toy story" was the same thing. wasn't expecting it to be that funny or entertaining but it really was a great movie. story was way better than i thought it would be.
It doesn't really fit the theme here, but I really enjoyed Batman: Under the Red Hood.
I go back and watch Gundam Wing: The Endless Waltz a few times a year. Some army buddies turned me onto it way back in High School.
Ragefire - Snatty / Vlett
Tunare - Sethlen / Ryoh
Vulak - Snatty / Terran
Stormrage - Vlett (RIP WoW)
Balmung - Vlett Byrn
Trakanon - Vlett
Watched The Adventures of Tintin at my fathers house about a year ago and enjoyed it quite a bit. We felt it was a more enjoyable Indian Jones movie than the last Indian Jones movie was. Definitely worth a watch if you like that type of movie.
James and the Giant Peach. Watched it for the first time with my kids and really didn't know anything about it. Loved it. At this point I think I've watched it more times than my kids have.
enchanted was surprisingly good.
The Sword of the Stranger is probably the best animated movie I've seen in the last year. The musical score is ridiculously good.
As for an animation that will always live in my memory: Watership Down. I wish more western animators had the desire and character to create such a film.
For anime: Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal. A four part OVA that has none of the lighthearted goofy cartoonishness of the Rurouni Kenshin TV series. This a serious and bloody yet also a very beautiful depiction of Kenshin's dark past and is one of my favorite anime productions. If you didn't like the TV show don't worry as this stands alone and is so different in tone and artistic direction that if you didn't know better you wouldn't be able to connect the two.
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The Floating Castle i think its called , its an anime. Saw someone suggest it and i had given up on anime long ago till i watched it and was pleasantly surprised. Generally love watching the Pixar stuff , having kids so they love them and i enjoy them as well. Cant recall any bad ones really. All good in their own right , but if i had to choose if i didnt think it would be good till i watched it. It would be Wall-E , boy was i wrong.
The Hobbit animated, 10x better than PJ movie. Have a taste, bro:
Another clip, the way PJ SHOULD have done the goblins, including the song!
Three movies that impressed as a kid that were still good to me as an adult.
And here is a video reminder of all the animated classics people might have forgotten about.
I would also like to add that I cannot believe the massive memory resurrection you guys have done. I have also seen The Last Unicorn, but only once. I was probably 6 or 7 years old, so this was near 30 years ago. I remember how strange the animation was to me, but I really liked it as a kid. I even remember the TV, the people's house we were visiting and when I asked to watch it again, they said it can only be watched once and disappears. This was also my first run in with a VCR too. I will have to watch this again.
NIMH! Fuckin' A man, that movie is tits.
Also, 1 other poster said Watership Down, YAY!
Since no one else has ever seen it, here's Plague Dogs in it's entirety.
Watch it, then go hug your dog. Maybe punch a British dude.
Here's the full movie of Watership Down for anyone yearning for some military rabbit action.
This has to be the right place to ask. Anyone know what this animated movie is?
I remember - vaguely - watching a movie, or parts of a movie, as a kid, maybe late 70s or early/mid 80s. I distinctly remember a scene around a lake where either bad stuff comes out of the lake or comes from around the lake... and the protagonist (I think) is sort of trapped. I also remember some kind of spaceship to be involved later on.
And it's not The Abyss: The Animated Movie
Warning about Watership Down: that shit gave me nightmares as a kid. Literally i'd wake up in a sweat and crying.
God damn scary fucking bunnies.
I never saw Watership Down as a kid, I got it when I was like 22, and it still fucked with me. That is violent as fuck for a "kids" movie. I refused to watch Plague Dogs after how harsh Watership was, knowing that Plague Dogs was worse (and reading the synopsis for it). Another ++ to The Last Unicorn, the voice talent for that movie was superb, and the soundtrack by America really helps you get lost in the movie.
As far as surprised, the first Studio Ghibli film I saw was Princess Mononoke, which just happened to be on HBO one day. I watched the whole thing and was like, holy shit, is this that anime stuff that people talk about? Movie single handedly got me into anime and made me buy everything by Miyazaki. I'd have to say that Mononoke/Naussica are my favorites, but Spirited Away/Howl's are definitely up there.
I have actually never watched the movie of Watership Down, but I have read the book like 18 times. Shit is fucking awesome.
Yeah when i was a kid, my dad brought home this weird looking VHS called "Akira" and told me it would be awesome. And he was right. I never really got into anime though because the next one i watched was Wicked City, too much tentacle porn for me. But Akira is awesome. It wasn't until recently that I realized there are different dubbed versions, and the one they play on tv sometimes is full of shit.
Not exactly high art, but it's so 80s and over the top I found it impossible to not be entertained.
Also agree on Last Unicorn, that shit was nutso. Also I learned to never peel apples/anything TOWARDS the body from that movie and have never forgotten it.
Nausicaa similarly blew my mind as a kid. I still get a little chill seeing this motherfucker.
You should be watching Adventure Time BTW
Also this cute bastard >>>>>>>> Pikachu. Fuckin' rip off.
Nausicaa is one of the greatest movies ever made.
Hmm stuff that surprises me I guess is pretty rare and not necessarily my favorite stuff.
Up was surprising because the start of the movie was fucking amazing. The rest was more or less what I expected but the start of the movie really left an impression.
Toy Story because it was the "first" 3D animated movie that actually didn't suck, it really reconciliated me with the US animated stuff which had kinda died out with Disney mostly releasing pretty boring stuff, and especially the singing, god. Loved most of Pixar works since then.
Ghost in the Shell because it was the first anime movie I watched and it was so good, I had read the manga but seeing all that stuff in action was really impressive. Also because it was a fucking amazing movie.
Mononoke was the first Ghibli I saw and even though I had watched a bunch of animes before(GitS and Akira for example), it was really a quality that I hadn't seen before. Funny enough before that the only Ghibli I had heard of was Porco Rosso but it didn't interest me much so I didn't watch that and didn't watch a Ghibli for a couple of years even though I knew of the reputation.
Also many years later, Satoshi Kon's work, pretty much all of it. My favorite would probably be Paprika because it's really crazy, but his early works Perfect Blue and Millenium Actress were really fucking good, not even as animated movies but just as movies.
Finally for the youth stuff, Roger Rabbit, not purely animated but the mix of animated and movie was pretty amazing back then I thought.
Wreck it Ralph actually to me was quite quite entertaining- I was not expecting much really- I think the voice actors made the movie go up a notch also.
Bastard! the best anime that has no ending...did the comics even finish?
guys you messed up the what is that movie meme...geez you all know the answer is -ALWAYS- The Abyss - Directors Cut...
kids and i watched Wreck It Ralph over the weekend. we played name that video character. my daughter pointed out princess peach and daisy, and the dino from meet the robinsons..
Wreck-It Ralph was really good. I didn't expect too much, I thought I remember people here not really being impressed with it. But my kids love it too. My 3 year old says she's Taffeda, which is concerning but whatever.
Heavy Metal for me also - I think I saw it when I was 8 or so and it came on HBO. Managed to con my aunt watching me to allow me to watch it because it was "animated" and therefore "OK for kids". Watching two aliens sniff up mounds of coke and a jewish secretary sleeping with a robot probably turned me into a weirdo though.
Watching it as an adult, the only sequence that holds up relatively well is the zombie war plane sequence. Soundtrack is still pretty good though.
I personally love Blue Gender (even the Warrior OVA *after the series just to get a diff take on things*) it surprised me alot in how well it was put together... the ending(s) still bug me (no pun! haha)
Also Windaria ... wow... it surprised me in that I got connected with the characters and then FUCKING DEPRESSED OMG...
oh, it was Howls? you should go watch Laputa. Its way better.
another surprisingly good movie I am finishing up is the Dante's Inferno anime based on the game, does the different animation styles for different things like that one deadspace anime (also surprisingly good)... I would say give both of them a shot.
yeah, the word castle and animated is about the only similarity.
To stay on topic- another anime series that I was surprised I enjoyed was actually a Tenchi series- the War on Geminiar (sp?) - surprisingly enjoyable little series.
Yeah I saw the stuff on the new Berserk, I have not seen all of the orig- so I need to check them out- I thought it was a new Bastard animation... or are they the same thing? I thought they where different just similar in the groups that tend to like "them" so they are often together in "must watch" and comparison etc.
Edit: on topic- another animation that was better than I thought--
Titan AE - I ignored it for a long time dismissing it- but it was quite good and now I watch it every now and then.
Oh two anime movies that I had forgotten and were pretty nice too, Ninja Scroll (Juubee Ninpuuchou). Good ninja action movie from back when I started watching anime.
Second was Jin Roh.
The old Hobbit movie had kickass songs.
The Princess and the Pilot is a great movie that's pretty recent.
roland the barbarian, fantastic Mr.fox and rango would be my top 3
Just watched Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki, it was really great, slow paced daily life type of movie about a mother who has to raise her 2 kids alone with a fantasy twist mixed in about werewolves. Great animation, great story, was a bit surprised since it was in my backlog of stuff I usually only watch when I'm bored which tends to be fairly shitty stuff.
If How To Train Your Dragon 2 doesn't have a female Night Fury love interest, then that will surprise me. Seems like everything goes the Ice Age path...
I had no idea what it was going to be about. Blew my mind.
Perfect Blue, omg "Why did I watch this...but I couldent stop watching it...but why!"
Watched King of Thorn on Hulu... nice animation, well done- liked the characters but...typical OMG WHAT? HU? NO? out of nowhere ending imo...
Not sure if anyone had recommended it in this thread already (I looked) but "Jin-Roh The Wolf Brigade" is a quality film. Takes place in an alternative reality japan in what appears to be the early 60's. It sort of comes across like a noir crime flick/ political thriller.
I watched the subtitled version so that's the only one I can attest to. I had heard good things about this movie for a long time, just never got around to tracking it down. The pacing is a bit on the slow side, but that is not really a mark against the film. The movie just unfolds at a methodical pace, which is good considering the density of some of the dialogue. The characters all have a very real weight to them; which just compounds with the story to deliver a very honest performance. You definitely don't feel cheated by anything improbable happening.
Anyways, that's enough out of me; just go watch it.
Steamboy was really good. (although, not really surprising..)
Finally got around to watching Brave and Wreck it ralph.
Did a search, and only this thread came up. I guess the threads were in the old forums?
Don't want to make a new thread, though.
So weird. The Disney movie, Wreck-it Ralph is SO much better then Brave, the Disney/Pixar movie.
Brave was in June of 2012
Wreck it Ralph- Nov of 2012.
Directors of both had few credits. mostly TV stuff.
Stories seem to have polar opposite messages.
Brave. Female lead doesn't like her fate, mostly because she isn't getting her way.. she is a horrible person. She was in fact totally ok with her "fate" when it involved a male she thought was attractive.
Runs away, ruins everyones lives. and in the after having to come to terms with the fact everyone is on the brink of war, and facing her mistakes. She decides to do as she pleases, in complete contradiction to everything that has happened and not care what anyone else thinks. everyone is inexplicable ok with this, despite her having done nothing to actually change anyones mind.
Ralph. Male lead doesn't like his fate, because everyone is a dick to him all the time. He is a nice guy, but completely denied any justice. He runs away, which causes real problems for everyone else around him. He faces his problems, makes friends, and realizes that he can't change his fate. But he can make the best of it, and as long as he has friends, thats ok.
Imagine the story from Turbo's perspective, then compare that to Brave. He's the bear that didn't get changed back.
Still, I would disagree and say that Brave's message was more about family and bonds than fate. Which also ties in to how everyone's relationship changed in Wreck-It Ralph.
I would put American Pop on my list of animated movies that still blow me away when I see it, in terms of story and imagery. The Plague Dogs is another really surprisingly good movie.
668 The Neighbor of the Beast.
Originally Posted by Erronious
As for Ralph, love the movie the voice cast was spot on- I think its disturbing and hilarious that Sarah Silverman sounds like a kid. Also turbo did not like his fate of being replaced, traveled to another game and ended up destroying it- somehow still surviving he hacked and manipulated another game at the expense and was happy with all that until he was caught- Ralph was not happy with the effect his choices made on his people/game and sought to fix it.
It does occur to me Vanellope is also Merrida.
Also doesn't like her fate. Female. Trys to change it. Does, ruins everything. When faced with the consequences of her actions, completely ignores them, and chooses to do what she wants anyway. But everyone thankfully, just decides to go with her on that, and at no point faces any consequences. Oh this game is glitching? and Vanellope wins every race?
Man I think you guys just really don't understand what made Brave a bad movie.
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I did not care for Wizards when I watched it, albeit that was many long years ago.
I liked it as a kid. but, I would not recommend now.
At the behest of a co-worker I watched Tangled the other night. Hilarious.
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